Counting Crows: A Long December Meaning
Song Released: 1997
A Long December Lyrics
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I cant remember the last thing that you said as you were leaven
Now the days go by so fast
And its one more day up in the canyons
And its one more...
anonymous Mar 7th, 2008 3:22pm report
During the taping of a VH1 Storytellers performance, lead singer Adam Duritz talked about the song:
"In the middle of December of '95 my friend Jennifer got run over by a car, just creamed; and I spent that whole month, while we were just beginning the record and most of January and February in the hospital. Each morning and early afternoon then I'd go to the studio, the house where we were recording, and we'd play all afternoon and all night . It was a very weird time because there is a lot of stress, not that it's a big deal being a second album, but any album. They're just not that easy to make. It's a very stressful process, especially when you're first starting out. I spent a lot of time in the hospital which is pretty weird. But one day I just left the studio about 2 in the morning, and I went to my friend Samantha and Tracy's house which is Hillside Manor, that's what we call it anyway, it's just a little house and I sat there talking with them. I woke them up, got them out of bed and made them talk to me for a couple hours, then I went home to my house. I wrote this song between about 4 and 6 and then went to the hospital the next day, and came to the house and I played it for the guys before dinner and taught it to them after dinner. We played it about 6 or 7 times. It was take number 6. We just stopped, that was it. We recorded the song, it was done. We all went into the kitchen and had a cold beer, I grabbed Brad our engineer and ran back out about 5 minutes later, had him play the tape three times, just recorded all the harmonies, and we've never touched it since, that was it. It's a completely live song except for the harmonies. It's a song about looking back on your life and seeing changes happening, and for once for me, looking forward and thinking, ya know, things are gonna change for the better - 'maybe this year will be better than the last' - and so, like a lot of songs on the end of an album it's not about everything turning out great, but it at least it is about hope... and the possibilities..."
anonymous Feb 13th, 2:53pm report
I'm 64 and looking towards the end of life. had good times and bad, but looking towards better towards the end...……….
anonymous Oct 22nd, 2019 10:58pm report
It’s so Adam, in a great way. The angst he sings with and the softness of his voice in the chorus is vintage Crows and Adam at his best.
Even a song about hope in his words has this pain to it that makes anyone who listens to that song think back on someone something some part of there life that they would want back. Or even if things are going well there’s always room for hope improvement. I think he paints a great picture of enjoy life now cuz we never know so instead of enjoying the moments you rid yourself in the pain that tomorrow will be better but today I’m gonna hope that tomorrow eases my pain.
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