Auch heute geht es wieder in die Los Angeles in den Achtzigern Richtung… Diesmal mit einem Song, der mir eine Gäsehaut verpasst. Willkommen zu Türchen Nummer 22.
Sänger Rob Wylde erzählt uns die persönliche und irgendwie traurige Geschichte hinter „Ghosts Of My Old Friends“. Hier ist schon der Titel Melancholie pur…
‚Ghosts Of My Old Friends‘ is one of my favourite songs from the debut Midnite City album.
As a songwriter, I always write from the heart and write about things that I have gone though and this is definitely one of the more deeper cuts on the album, and a very personal song to me.
Back in the summer of 2006, my previous band Teenage Casket Company toured America. When we played in Boston I met a girl who unbeknownst to me at the time would completely change the course of my life for a while and would become my future wife in the process.
After meeting that night and pretty much falling in love at first sight, we started to see each other which was obviously difficult living 3,000 miles away from each other across an ocean but somehow we managed to make it work.
Fast forward to 2007 and after many transatlantic trips, a 3 month stay in Boston for me, and a 3 month stay in the UK for her, we decided that one of us would have to make a permanent move so I took it upon myself to do just that. My band was seemingly on it’s last legs at the time so with nothing really holding me back I made the massive decision to leave my family and friends behind and move Stateside.
America had always been the promised land to me. As a kid growing up, I was very much a product of 1980’s American culture. All my favourite bands were American. All my favourite TV shows and movies were also American. I thought that it looked liked the most amazing place on earth and a million miles away from how dreary, cold and rainy England always was. Somehow, even as a little kid, I knew that I’d end up living there at some point.
So in December 2007 I sold all my belongings and literally everything I owned in order to move out there. My parents were heartbroken when I left but I knew it was something that I had to do.
Living in America was amazing and lived up to everything I dreamed it would be. I made some amazing friends out there, many of whom I am still in touch with. I also had a great band out there called Sins Of America who released an album and toured all over the East Coast. Living a 10 minute walk from the beach didn’t suck either and seeing all the big tours every year was awesome. The summers were never ending and amazing and with New York on the doorstep, I spent a lot of time there, as well as in New Hampshire, that had the most breathtakingly beautiful fall season. It was the closest thing to heaven I’ve ever seen.
I loved every single aspect about living in the USA and have memories that I will cherish forever, but unfortunately like with a lot of things in life, it didn’t last.
Without going into any horrible details, my marriage fell apart and as a result I was left with no other option but to move back to the UK for good.
In doing so, I had to leave behind my wife, my band, my friends and my entire life that I loved so much and had worked so hard to build up. Not to mention all my belongings. None of which I ever saw again.
I landed back in the UK on a typically grey and miserable day in September 2010 and that’s when reality finally hit me. My American dream was well and truly over. I sat on my suitcase, which alongside my guitar, was all I returned home with and wondered how something so good could have ended so badly.
With nowhere to go and no money I was forced to go back to my parents house, a house that I hadn’t lived in since I’d moved out of home at the age of 19. It was a tough pill to swallow.
After a few months trying to adapt to being back in the UK, and dealing with a horrific divorce that nearly killed me, I finally made the move back to Nottingham in early 2011 fully expecting to pick my life back up from where I had left it in December 2007. But everything had changed in the time I’d been away. Most of my friends were no longer around. Many of them had also now gotten married. Some had moved away, some had had kids and as a result, I never saw a lot of them again. Not only had most of my friends evaporated and disappeared from my life but a lot of my old favourite pubs, bars, venues and places that I used to hang out at had also gone too. Nothing was the same anymore.
Walking around Nottingham now felt like a ghost town to me. I now viewed it as a place that I ‚used‘ to know along with friends I ‚used‘ to know that were now long gone. I felt totally alone during that period of my life. A very dark chapter for sure and one that I hope I never have to go through again and that’s basically where the song ‚Ghosts Of My Old Friends‘ comes from.
It’s a song that a lot of people will be able to relate to and I’ve had a lot of nice emails from people telling me so since the release of the album, that they can identify with what I’m saying and as a songwriter, that really is the biggest compliment.
I think there is something in all of us that wants to go back to a certain time in our lives. To relive those moments and memories again.
Sehnen wir uns nicht alle nach den guten alten Zeiten?
I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THE TIMES WE USED TO HAVE
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND RECKLESS
NOTHING BAD COULD EVER HOLD US BACK THE FUTURE WAS OURS
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE DREAMS WE HAD
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE FRIENDS I USED TO KNOW
JUST LIKE SAND THEY DRIFTED AWAY
SO MAYBE NOW’S NOT THE TIME TO SAY
BUT I MISS THEM EACH AND EVERY SINGLE
DAY’S THEY MOVE SO FAST
SUCH A SHAME THEY JUST CAN’T LAST
IF YOUR HEART COULD CONTROL YOUR MIND
WOULD YOU GO BACK ONE LAST TIME
AND LONG FOR DAYS WHEN YOU AND ME WERE YOUNG AND CRAZY
WOULD YOU TAKE A CHANCE WOULD YOU GIVE IT ALL
GIVE IT EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT
COS THE GHOSTS OF MY OLD FRIENDS ARE ALL’S HERE LATELY
I’VE BEEN WALKING THROUGH THE STREETS I USED TO KNOW
BUT I FEEL LIKE A STRANGER
COS EVERYTHING I USED TO KNOW’S LONG GONE IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE NIGHTS WE SHARED
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE SONGS WE PLAYED SO LOUD
NOW WHAT’S LEFT IS THE SOUND OF OUR SILENCE
COULD WE TURN BACK TIME COULD WE LIVE AGAIN
AND TAKE BACK WHAT WE SAID BACK THEN
COS NOTHING GOOD THAT LIVES CAN DIE
I STILL SEE THE FIRE IN YOUR EYES
AFTER ALL IS SAID AND ALL IS DONE
WE LIVE OUR LIVES JUST TO PLEASE NUMBER ONE
AND THERE’S NO TURNING BACK OH NO
Hört Euch bitte den Song an, der wird Euch gefallen! Nicht nur von den Lyrics her eine Reise zurück in die Zeit, sondern auch musikalisch geht’s hier zurück in die Achtziger. Einfach ein großartiger Song! Da hat Rob Wylde mal wieder ganze Arbeit geleistet!
Checkt sie direkt auf Facebook aus – nächstes Jahr spielen sie übrigens beim H.E.A.T Festival in der Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg. Be there. Um die Zeit zu überbrücken, bestellt Euch doch das Ablum HIER.
Long live Rock’n’Roll!