Lifetimes Without You

by E.G. Phillips

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Melissa Clarke of Americana Highways described this track as "tapping into the grand sense of timelessness that falling in love inspires"

“Lifetimes Without You” started its life with me messing around with the chords to the jazz standard “Tea for Two” — I had in mind Blossom Dearie’s version where she slows down what is often played as an uptempo and jaunty little number and makes it a sensual, sultry affair.

As I wrote the lyrics, I ended up mixing in my usual obscure Doctor Who references and fondness for history and geography as well as perhaps a bit of Patsy Cline by way of Bob Dylan (at least I think that’s how the pyramids wound up in there). As I was mulling over what songs should be part of this album, I decided to include this one in part because I’m just kinda of in love with it and want to share. Moreover, while although not literally about being at sea, we do have a protagonist who speaks as though he’s adrift in the vast ocean of time itself, hoping to once more cross paths with a lover who’s absence is still keenly felt.

I’m quite pleased that the recording features backing vocals by the very talented jazz-pop chanteuse Eve Fleishman — who’ve I’ve managed to rope into participating in my annual Tom Lehrer tribute twice now (where she absolutely kills it) and by some twist of fate, is herself a Blossom Dearie aficionado — in fact I would go so far as to say scholar.

— EG Phillips

lyrics

I’ve been living Lifetimes Without You
Ever since I saw you last
Each moment feels like a lifetime without you
I’m burn’n through lives so fast

I watched them build the pyramids
I saw them sack Rome
I had to do it without you

Wanted to take you to the new jazz center
Find my name on the wall
Explore the bazaars of Istanbul together
Propose at Iguaçu Falls

I have crossed the Bosporus
I have crossed the Rubicon
I had to do it without you

I watch the water drip in my kitchen sink
Watch each drop dangle from its stem
Watch a drop fall, watch a world shatter
Watch it bead up again

I’m Napoleon in exile
I’m Prometheus in chains
I’ve had to do without you

I’ve been living Lifetimes Without You
Lives in the future and the past
Each moment feels like a lifetime without you
Each one I hope will be the last

credits

released June 28, 2019
"Lifetimes Without You" from the E.G. Phillips album "At Home At Sea"

personnel:
E.G. Phillips (Vocals, Ukulele), Eve Fleishman (Backing Vocals), Ben Osheroff (Ukulele, Piano), Sean Silverman (Upright Bass), Ben Visini (Drum Kit)

produced, recorded and mixed by Ben Osheroff
songs and artwork by E.G. Phillips (ASCAP)
published by Ducks With Pants Music (@duckswithpants)

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E.G. Phillips San Francisco, California

E.G. Phillips is a San Francisco based songwriter who creates lyric driven songs with his own special blend of whimsy and cinematic imagery which he uses to give a wry take on dealing with the longings of the heart and the madness of existence.

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