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Jonathan Ochshorn


Almost Doesn't Count

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An early song, based (loosely) on a true story. This is a live recording, using one mic and done in one take. Videographer: Susan Schwartz.

Almost Doesn't Count
Words and music © 1978 J. Ochshorn

1. you'ld think a fire would have to cool
if you put it out and you went away
i haven't seen her since i was in school
but she's in my mind day after day

i would walk her home in the afternoon
she would never hide what she had to say
even though i knew i'd be leaving soon
i never knew the price i'd pay

to see her now is just a fantasy
i'd give any amount
i almost asked her if she'd come with me
but almost doesn't count

2. sometimes we'd kiss but i never dared
to have her teach me about romance
i was pretty young and a little scared
she never gave me a second chance

to have her now i never really can
i'll always be without
i almost loved her -- loved her like a man
but almost doesn't count

[bridge] what did i do to make her go away
if i just knew what i know today
i almost had what i needed
but i let it slip away

3. other memories fade but i still can see
the moon outside made her fair skin glow
and how she looked lying next to me
i can't believe that i let her go

to hold her now when all the cards are dealt
and i lost without a doubt
i almost told her how i really felt
but almost doesn't count

Production notes:
Song was arranged, produced, and recorded on Garageband software by J. Ochshorn. All instruments (acounstic guitar) and vocals by J. Ochshorn
Recorded at home in Ithaca, NY, February 2008.