If you see me getting smaller: Leaving songs | Liner Notes

Posted 7/29/21

Waylon Jennings told Willie Nelson in song “If you see me gettin’ smaller, I’m leavin’/Don’t be grieving/Just got to get away from here/If you see me gettin’ …

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If you see me getting smaller: Leaving songs | Liner Notes

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Waylon Jennings told Willie Nelson in song “If you see me gettin’ smaller, I’m leavin’/Don’t be grieving/Just got to get away from here/If you see me gettin’ smaller, don’t worry/I’m in no hurry/I’ve got the right to disappear.”

I’ve never been good at goodbye, so I’ll let music say it for me.

Trust me, I wrestled with The Clash’s sentiment of “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” I could just say “Take This Job and Shove It” like Johnny Paycheck, but my time at The Leader has been too good to me. I could just take the easy way out like NSYNC and say “Bye Bye Bye,” but I’ve loved writing Liner Notes too much to be informal.

There are plenty of songs that communicate the perfect farewell, so in the words of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, here are just a few more songs before I go.

Emmylou Harris’s warbling twang rang true when she sang “It’s just an ordinary story ‘bout the way things go/‘Round and around nobody knows but the highway/Goes on forever” in her rendition of “Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight.” She sings “I gotta roll on between the ditches” — that’s just the way it is. Like Bad Company, I’m “Movin’ On.”

I wish this place had felt more like home and I wish it had been easier to be a part of this community. But my time here has been filled with experiences and people I won’t soon forget.

The sweet, musky smells of Quimper Sound’s albums have clung to my clothing and cemented themselves in my mind. To Alex, Marshall, and James, my goodbye song to you all is Thin Lizzy’s “Running Back” — not only because my copy of Jailbreak came from your collection, but also because I found a lot of solace flipping through your endless rows of vinyl. If I ever find myself here again, let me just say “It’s not all over completely/‘Cause I’d come running/I’d come running back to you again.”

My music trivia team also deserves a parting song — maybe a little something by Celine Dion; Bobby Darin, perhaps; but just know, “We Are The Champions” by Queen pretty much sums it up.

Linda, Matt, Kay, and Shelby, we may have come in second and third place for weeks now, but you will always be first place people in my book.

And to my coworkers, I thought long and hard about this goodbye. “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones is fun, funky, and makes for a great walk out song, but it doesn’t quite illustrate what you all have meant to me. I thought about Boys II Men’s “End of The Road,” but it’s a little too sad and slightly dramatic.

So to the people who always put a smile on my face and a song in my heart, The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” is my farewell tune to everyone in The Leader office.

In a short while, I will make like Taj Mahal and pack up my “Leaving Trunk,” then let John Denver’s “Country Roads” take me home.

And you can rest assured that, like Dolly Parton, “I’m gonna hurry just/Just as slow as I can.”

I know I will think back on Liner Notes, reminiscing about the songs we’ve shared over the course of this column, and feel a tinge of sorrow.

But now that it’s “Closing Time” on my moments here, I feel comforted when Semisonic sings “every new beginning/comes from some other beginning’s end.”

This is me saying goodbye, but this is also Liner Notes — the column that, hopefully, connected the community through song. To you all, my farewell is set to the tune of ABBA’s “Thank You For The Music.”

The Jefferson County community playlist needs your input one last time. When you can’t find the words, tell me the songs that say goodbye in the best way.

Email, call, or whatever — just talk music with me for the next week.

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HarveyW

Alli- "We hear you're leaving, that's OK". Said Steely Dan.

Not so long ago when you arrived here in PT, you and your significant other came into my gallery and we talked. As so many do. from near and far. This is my constant touchstone to greater realities and ideas beyond the city gates.

I spoke with your significant for some time about woodworking and instrument making. And you a little about your new job here at the Leader.

I gave my usual assessment regarding local politics and the Leader not often shaking things up enough, and so being part of the "chosen elite" problem historically. I spared you any details and figured you would know soon enough what lies behind the veneer here.

Some come and fit in. Some don't. Some go tribal. Some don't.

Always, Alli, remember this form Ziggy Marley.

"GOT TO BE TRUE TO YOURSELF". As he advises, "day in day out, ask many questions". When your neighbors in local politics can't give straight answers in person to damaging actions, things become very untrue.

The place you are leaving is far down that less than true road. Perhaps you feel that. The heart of what you write here is....

"I wish this place had felt more like home and I wish it had been easier to be a part of this community."

I wish for you and your true love a place you can really feel a real part of. The cast of characters here will play on. The real course is firmly set.

Perhaps a blessing to have seen it, few understand it. Glad you were able to do a Joe Walsh and "Walk Away".

And if you are lucky and don't go brain dead tribal, Miley as a song for you ....

There's always gonna be another mountain

I'm always gonna wanna make it move

Always gonna be an uphill battle

Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there

Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side

It's the climb

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