End

2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00

Music by Frank Horvat
Words by Lisa Horvat

Recording

Album: Love in 6 Stages
Buy Song: iTunes
Date: September 21, 2017
Location: THE FARM, Toronto
Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano)
Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin
 

Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

Programme Notes

I composed End to be the fifth song on my concept album, Love in 6 Stages. Each song on this album is 10 minutes in length. And while it has a pop sensibility, my inspiration probably came from classical and ambient traditions.

End is one of my favourite songs on Love in 6 Stages. I feel it has the strongest and most creative lyrics of the bunch. My wife, Lisa, wrote the words in an old notebook of poetry she had when she was a teenager. Having discovered it years later, I’m happy I finally found the right project where I can set them to music.

While the End of romantic relationship can be painful, Lisa’s words inspired me to make the song contemplative and melancholic at most, not necessarily full of agony. I admire our protagonist’s will to end this relationship on her own terms.

– Frank Horvat

Lyrics

Don’t write a letter
When you want to leave
Don’t call me at three a.m.
From a friend’s apartment
I’d like to choose
How I hear the news
Take me to a park
That’s covered with trees
Tell me on a Sunday
Tell me on a Sunday

Let me down easy
No big song or dance
No long faces, no long looks
No deep conversations
I know the way
We should spend the day
Take me to a zoo
That’s got chimpanzees
Tell me on a Sunday
Tell me on a Sunday
Tell me on a Sunday

Don’t want to know
Who’s to really blame
It won’t help knowing
I don’t want to fight
Day and night
Bad enough you’re going
Don’t leave in silence
With no words at all
Don’t drink and slam the door
Tell me on a Sunday
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

That’s no way to end this
I know how I
Want you to say goodbye
Don’t go off in the pouring rain
Don’t call me as they call your plane
Take me to a park
That’s covered with trees
Tell me on a Sunday, please
Tell me on a Sunday, please
Please, please, please

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