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Eternal Sunshine

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Eternal Sunshine Sample

Words by Vince Charming, Music by Vince Charming & Michael Grow (July 2004)

VC: Fender Strat electric rhythm & wah wah guitars, bass guitar, drum programming, vocals

Michael Grow: Stratocaster lead guitar, lap steel

If there was one memory I could isolate
It's about five-foot four and 108
Isis eyes, creamy coffee skin
Reason for and solution to the mess I'm in

It once was mine
Eternal sunshine
I seek, but I can't find
My spotless mind

Suppose it's gone, brain cut quick and clean
And I roam Hayes Valley silent and serene
Hop on the "N", ride to the end of the line
Would our star-crossed paths once again entwine?

Could it be mine?
Eternal Sunshine
I seek, but I can't find
My spotless mind

An old house on a cold foggy beach
The memory's gone, but the instinct's intact
Would I follow you in if you should beseech?
Is it more than the past that makes us react?

Will you be mine?
Eternal Sunshine
Will I ever find
My spotless mind?


If you haven't seen the movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", please do. I loved it. Long before that movie I had formulated a short story outline about a man who obsesses over a woman only to have the feelings unrequited. In a twist on "The Gift of the Magi", he goes to a doctor who is able to remove individual memories from the brain. He has his memories removed for this woman and goes on with his happy, oblivious life. But in the end she realizes what a mistake she has made and tries to find him and finally consumate their relationship. He does not recognize or remember her and walks away uninterested.

This was eeriely similar to the plot of "Eternal Sunshine..." I have managed to mingle images from the film, with my own experiences to create my own musical movie. The words of the first verse came to me walking down Haste Street in Berkeley and I had to stop on the side of the road to jot them down before I forgot. If were possible, I'd have that surgery right now! I borrowed the last line from Homer Simpson: "Alcohol, cause of and solution to all life's problems."

Thus, completes the theme of the CD: confronting the past and trying to move on. Of course this song(and the film) proposes the question: even if we have our memories removed, aren't we still destined to repeat our mistakes because of our nature and instincts? I'll let you decide.

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