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Songwriters: Lyrics: Phillip Gardner | Music: Michael Gardner and Rob Kearns
Story Behind The Song: If there was a method or pattern to how we worked in the beginning, this is it. Michael and Robert and Kenny and Audley, or some part or variation of the group, would jam. When they got something, they’d make a rough recording on the old and faithful jam box. Sometimes they would have melody and lyrics, too. But they would send only the music to me. I’d listen in my car, make up my own melody and words. Then when we got together, we’d compare and take what we thought was the best of what we’d all contributed. The whole was always far greater than the sum of its parts.
I Don’t Want To Go Back was written like this.
A few years ago, I saw Elvis Costello’s cable TV show, and he was talking about a song he’d recorded during his “angry young man” phase. I knew the song, and so when he said it was a kind of George Jones song, I thought, What? Then he played it on acoustic guitar and it DID sound like George Jones. So when I describe my approach to many of these songs, you too might think, What?
I’d very much liked the vibe of Tom Petty’s Wildflower record, and the track to I Don’t Want To Go Back reminded me of that vibe. I believe that Michael and Rob wrote the music and probably their own lyric and melody, but they sent me only the track. I attempted to put some Petty in it. I’d love to hear him sing it. As always, Michael’s slide guitar work at the end takes the song to a higher level, a kind of meditative one. Rob plays bass and sings the backing vocal, and Kenny joins in on the vamp.
At the time we did this one, Rob was playing with The Bottle Rockets, and the song appears on their Blue Sky record. – – Phillip Gardner