Songs of Will T. Massey — “I’ll See You Around”

Will T. Massey — Slow Study coverIf only it were true these days, Will — still wondering where you’ve wandered to now.

From his 1989 independent cassette release, Slow Study, this was a staple of Will’s shows as he broke onto the national scene with his MCA signing and debut album release.

Drawing heavily on his West Texas musical roots, he brought in heavy hitter Lloyd Maines as producer for the album, along with a host of Texas musicians from Tish Hinojosa on backing vocals to Jesse “Guitar” Taylor on guitar to Ponty Bone on accordion and, of course, Lloyd himself on just about every instrument he could lay his hands on.

The resulting recording is so beautifully produced that I decided to use the original studio cut from the cassette. Will’s sound would change from this Texas-tinged sound to more rocking by the time the MCA album was recorded. Not everyone was a fan of the change but Will was always changing while staying true to his personal roots. The raw, live version I recorded at the Chicago House release party highlights Will strongly carrying the song alone and is a great cut as well — but I kinda like Lloyd’s studio version a bit better.

I followed you to the city limits sign,
You rolled your window down.
I turned around, traveling back in time,
I said, “I’ll see you around…”

I’ll see you around —
Every corner, you’ll be with me.
I’ll see you around —
On the border of memory.
You’re going away,
Hey, hey,
I’m going downtown,
I’ll say, “See you around.”

You hung a high wire of memory,
You left me hanging out there.
Good-bye ain’t good for me —
Farewell ain’t fair.

Lord knows I’m blind —
Seek and you shall find.

I’ll see you around —
Every corner, you’ll be with me
I’ll see you around —
On the border of memory.
You’re going away,
Hey, hey,
I’m going downtown,
I’ll say, “See you around.”

See you around…
Repeat and fade

 

 

About bullersbackporch

I am a native Austinite, a high-tech Luddite, lover of music, movies and stories and a born trainer-explainer.
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