Time To Let Go (Song for Ramona)

Assembling the random sketches on my hard drive going in to the RPM Challenge 2011, I found a melody snippet that turned out to be the skeleton for the chorus of this song. I recorded it pretty barebones and went looking for a verse. As it turned out, I could use another idea that I recorded on my cell phone going to work one morning. It’s funny how things sometimes come together…

I actually had to redo the song from scratch one week into the challenge. I was going to add a bass guitar to it, and it sounded very out of tune. Using the internal Cubase tuner, I checked the bass, and it was ok. But still out of tune to the acoustic guitars and vocals that I already had recorded. Meh!!

It turned out my piezoelectric tuner for acoustic instruments had recalibrated itself to 430, which meant everything I had recorded so far was outside of standard pitch. Out of several choices, I opted to just scrap everything I had so far and re-record it. I also found the song to drag a bit, so I bumped the bpm about 10 beats for a snappier groove in the new take.

I ripped off a lot of the lyrics from a piece that Will Gough had sent me earlier. I asked him to look it over and add his magic to it. He rewrote the middle eight and advised on various other parts.

It was a pretty standard pop song, I thought – before Hasse Johnzon added his solid steel guitar to it. That boxed it neatly into the country genre all at once. It probably was already in that neck of the woods even before this addition, only I was too preoccupied with my private perspective to notice.

Robert Wirensjö plays the keyboards and Janne Hedlund handles the drums.


Time to Let Go (Song for Ramona)

(Music by Jana Persson, Lyrics by Jana Persson and Will Gough)

Feel the hurt
Feel the pain
Aching heart
Not again

All the pleas
On my knees
Where’s the cure for emotions like these

There’s no point to go on like before
If the thing we had going
Won’t run anymore

I’m taking all the blame, Ramona
I’m puttin out the flame, Ramona
Sometimes just being blue, Ramona
Is the lesser of the two, Ramona

Enough is enough
It’s time to let go
I know that it’s tough
But Ramona, let go

Love will heal
Some will say
But they’re wrong
There’s no way

When the scar
Goes too far
It will alter the way that we are

There’s no point to go on like before
If the thing we had brewing
Won’t boil anymore

I’m taking all the blame, Ramona
I’m puttin out the flame, Ramona
Sometimes just being blue, Ramona
Is the lesser of the two, Ramona

Enough is enough
It’s time to let go
I know that it’s tough
But Ramona, let go

And I hope that someday
You can look back and say
We were glorious
Maybe time will be kind
And when we come to mind
You can think we were notorious

I’m taking all the blame, Ramona
I’m puttin out the flame, Ramona
Sometimes just being blue, Ramona
Is the lesser of the two, Ramona

Enough is enough
It’s time to let go
I know that it’s tough
But Ramona, let go

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