Break My Fall - Single

by The Nautical Theme

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The first single from The Nautical Theme's second album, Lows and Highs.

Break My Fall was one of the first songs written for Lows and Highs. When we were thinking about how to present the song on the album we wanted it to fall into the “highs” side of the “Lows and Highs”, which meant filling out the arrangement. Fortunately our friend and great supporter of the band, Justin Crim was willing to work with us on providing the drums for the track. The meaning behind the lyrics took a turn for me while we were still working to finalize the song. Originally, the idea behind the first line “well, you came in like a child without the burdens of the world upon your mind” was quite literal, thinking of my children and their innocence of perspective on the world around them. It was about me trying to learn how to see the circumstances of my life with a fresh perspective - to be more like them. Unfortunately, around the time we were writing this song, my grandmother passed away. My memories tend to be very visual in nature. One of the first times I sang those lyrics after she passed, I saw clearly in my mind’s eye one of her visits to a childhood home of mine when I was still very young. She was playing with me just as if she was a child of my own age - so fun, playful, and carefree. So, during the crescendo of the song, when we’re singing “wide, you break my fall with your arms open wide”, I’m thinking about the supportive and loving nature of my grandmother and in general the self-sacrifice of those that come before us who gladly catch us when we stumble and hold us up through our journeys.

lyrics

Well you came in like a child
Without the burdens of the world upon your mind
So I stayed for a while
To try and learn the stories held within your eyes
But I never understood enough
Even though they said so much
Phrases I just could not recognize
In a language that I’m sure so sweet
But strangely quite foreign to me
I never had a chance to ask you why
You said goodbye

Now I sit in this pile of the worries and the cares built over time
And I think back to your arrival with all the tethers of the world passing you by
But I never understood enough
Even though you said so much
Phrases I just could not recognize
In a language that I’m sure so sweet
But strangely quite foreign to me
I never had a chance to ask you why
You said goodbye

Wide, you break my fall with your arms open wide

credits

released February 14, 2020
Tesia Mallory, vocals & keys
Matt Shetler, vocals, guitar, & bass
Justin Crim, drums

Tracked at Ready Shet Go Studio
Drums tracked at Popside Recording

Mixed by Micah Carli, Popside Recording
Mastered by John Naclerio, Nada Studio

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The Nautical Theme Dayton, Ohio

FOR FANS OF

The Civil Wars, The Lumineers, Jimmy Eat World,
The Smashing Pumpkins,
The Head and the Heart

BAND BIOGRAPHY:

Based in landlocked Dayton, OH, this duo is focused on featuring vocal melodies & harmonies, piano & acoustic guitar in songs based on the wide world around us.
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