Never Were You Better

by Mount Everest

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I recently had occasion to look through a bunch of old photos. While some of you will likely be correct in pointing out that I’ve probably already written that song (more than once), I’ll preemptively retort that I’ll write it again and again, because it is a good way to get to a familiar set of potent human experiences. What I noticed this time was that I carry with me an idealized concept of who I used to be. I was more charming. I was funnier. I was more personally insightful. I was casually self deprecating in a way that put people at ease. I was all of these things rolled together that no one person could ever truly be. This song is about trying to convince yourself that your concept of your former self is overblown. I don’t really think I was ever this superman, but in the context of the narrative, I’m trying to say that most people find it easier to let that idealized memory persist. It is therefore a song about deciding to continue deceiving oneself. Sometimes I like to write a song where I am wrong. It is of course not better to convince yourself that you used to be a perfect social specimen. That will only make it harder to live up to your current potential.

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Saying all the right things
I was out on the doorstep
Reminding us all of the wonder
Inherent in the moonlight
Have you noticed that I’m on tonight?

And I would have been like that
If not for the course of my life
And what an outrageous claim
If not for the truth in it

And never were you better
Than that one time
You looked right through everyone
But they weren’t angry
They were glad to know their own minds
By God you were on that night

And you would have been like that
If not for the course of your life
And what an outrageous claim
If not for the truth in it

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released November 26, 2012

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Mount Everest Brooklyn, New York

I’ve been making up a new song every week since 2010.
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