Saw You Today

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Track 10 from Plaid On Flannel's 2013 album Vol. II: Mission Of Mercy

Performed and produced by Nolan Randall

Mixed and mastered by Hector Viola

Words and music by Nolan Randall

Three and a half years since I saw you
At the time, didn't know it would fall through
Nothing's really changed
Just more places that I'd be willing to crawl to
I remember six years back
You had already had your gear packed
It was not in vain
I was hoping you might consider a steer back

So many questions that I would like to ask
Don't think I'm destined to just dwell on the past
Have no affection when the curse it is cast
Maybe connection it will come up at last

Oh, how I wonder if I saw you today
I hear the thunder and I'm feelin' that way
Pressure I'm under, would not know what to say
Is this a blunder if I saw you today?

All of the times that I approached you
Didn't know what you wanted to go through
Never knew for sure If I was what you really wanted to flow to
I thought about the day I'd see you again
Now that I know more than i knew way back then

You seem fictitious, you're too good to be true
Feeling suspicious that you found someone new
Not too ambitious, I just wanted your view
I'm more judicious ever since I found you

Oh, how I wonder if I saw you today
I hear the thunder and I'm feelin' that way
Pressure I'm under, would not know what to say
Is this a blunder if I saw you today?

So many questions that I would like to ask
Don't think I'm destined to just dwell on the past
Have no affection when the curse it is cast
Maybe connection it will come up at last

Oh, how I wonder if I saw you today
I hear the thunder and I'm feelin' that way
Pressure I'm under, would not know what to say
Is this a blunder if I saw you today?

© Copyright 2013 Plaid On Flannel

*Song Description By Noles*

In July of 2012, I got invited to attend the Interfusion Music Summit in Cathedral City, California for October of that year. The invite came through ReverbNation after I released Plaid On Flannel's debut album Fairbairn Meadows. With a surge of motivation, I began writing new material I could perform at the 4 day symposium. I knew I had to step up my song game. The 1st album allowed me to finally unleash the material I had piled up over the previous number of years. The next album had to be next level material. Especially when I was going to be performing acoustically in front of music industry people in California.

I wrote the music for "Saw You Today" late at night on July 18, 2012. I had just watched the Lindsay Barr Band perform at Del Crary Park for Peterborough Musicfest. Lindsay and her band have a rootsy rock and roll sound reminiscent of other Canadian raspy-voiced songstresses like Alannah Myles and Sass Jordan. I was so inspired by the show, that I started songwriting as soon as I got home. The music for "Saw You Today", "Luck", and "Sore Thumb" were written that night on acoustic guitar though a tape recorder.

The lyrics for "Saw You Today" were written on July 23, 2012. Earlier that day, I was working at my brother's pizza joint in the Lansdowne Place food court in Peterborough. I could see a woman in the distance that looked familiar. I'd say she was about 50 metres away with the sunlight from the ceiling windows on her face. It was hard to see exactly who she was, and I was also busy working. I thought it might be my high school sweetheart who had moved to British Columbia in 2006. We really liked each other in high school, but I could never build up the courage to ask her out. She was an introvert like me. By the time she moved, we kept in touch. But it was still too late. I never did find out if it was actually her in the mall food court that day. When I got home from work, I wrote the lyrics for "Saw You Today". So it's an auto-biographical song about the girl I loved in high school.

Starting with "Saw You Today", I began recording the Mission Of Mercy album on September 4, 2012. During this time, I was also getting my songs ready to perform at IMS in the US. My trip to California was from October 3-7, 2012. I had an amazing time and met a bunch of awesome people I've stayed in touch with over the years. After I got back from the music trip, I finished recording "Saw You Today" on October 15, 2012. 19 songs later, the Mission Of Mercy album was released on May 20, 2013. "Saw You Today" is a tune I've performed many times as a solo acoustic act. In recent years, I've transposed the key of "Saw You Today" from Bm to Abm. Here's a version of me performing the song in the new key... https://youtu.be/t-7Q8YurO1M I've never played "Saw You Today" with a band. But I know it's a tune that needs to be played with a band in the future.