That Was Then

from by Derek Brink

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The turn from "Amanda, I'm Tired" to this track is one of my favorite 180s in my career. From the deep, lush, grandiose production of "Amanda..." to the complete, childish irreverence of this song... It makes me happy every time I listen to that transition.

This one's pretty clear, lyrically. "I loved you then...but that was THEN." It's just a good, old-fashioned kiss-off song. And it's short and punky. It ticks all the boxes of what I like about this side of my writing.

I initially sang "I don't fucking need you" in the second verse. Decided to dial it back. I don't mind using the f-word, but it isn't always necessary. In this song I was saying it just to say it. So it got cut.

I used to do this one in one band or another with my brother too. We had a lot of good songs that need to see proper releases. I hope (and think) I've done this one justice.


There was a time in my life
I probably would’ve made you my wife.
I loved you then.
Now I don’t understand you.
Probably dodged a bullet there.
I bet you would’ve made me cut my hair
and lose the beard just to please you.

Well screw that,
I’m glad you’re gone
and I don’t wanna hear your name.
I loved you then…
But that was then.

There was a day
you’d have heard me say,
“Can’t it always stay this way,”
but now you’re not here
and I don’t really miss you.
Times so soon change
even though it’s sometimes strange.
I’ll never feel the same. I don’t need you.

So screw that,
I’m glad you’re gone
and I don’t wanna see your face.
I loved you then…
But that was then.

Well screw it, I’m done with you
and I don’t wanna think of you.
I loved you then…
But that was then.


from It Could Be Worse, released May 18, 2018


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