"Goodbye, Bedford Falls" was born largely out of an evaluation
(by brilliant songwriting professor Pat Pattison) of another song I wrote called "Coming Home".
"Coming Home" is about the lingering effect a war has on a soldier who returns home. Pat really liked the song,
but suggested the song deserved a one-of-a-kind "Hotel California" kind of title rather than the image-poor title I gave it.
In the process of considering a new title for the song, I ended up writing a new one instead.
"Goodbye, Bedford Falls" is another story based on the trials of war, this time from the point of view of a soldier leaving home
to join the fight. This soldier does not believe in war as a solution, but accepts that if he and others don't fight,
towns like his might not survive the war. The song introduces a few of the people living in Bedford Falls,
and the grief caused to each of them by a long fought war. I had the whole song written quickly, but laboured for
a while over the appropriate name for the town. Bedford Falls, incidentally, is also the name of the town
in the movie "It's A Wonderful Life", a fact I hadn't realized until I had already recorded the work track. After watching
the movie, I figured there must have been something karmic going on, since the song could have just as easily been written
for the town in the movie...
...note the change in lyrics between the work track and the finished track. Last-minute re-writes are not uncommon,
as a singer/songwriter gets a last chance to improve the song...
Lyrics for "Goodbye, Bedford Falls"
Listen to the original work track for "Goodbye, Bedford Falls": MP3