Wishful Thinking (backstory)


So, it’s the holidays, and there’s this post bopping around FaceSpace. I don’t normally share these kinds of things, but this is pretty close to my heart:

It is a difficult time of year for many people struggling with life.
Would three of my Facebook friends please copy and repost?
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
Veterans Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

I’ve made it a year (maybe a few?) that we’ve made it through without a suicide of a person that I know. Truth be told, most of these folks that have gone weren’t ever that close, but that doesn’t change the feelings.

What does change is that once these folks are gone, that’s it.

I’ve written (and rewritten) a song about it. It’s fast and peppy, but at the heart of it so sad that when I perform with Anthony I tear up if I’m not in the right headspace. It’s one of my favorite songs to sing as The Echo & Sway, but even better when it hits a chord with someone.

Last weekend at Broken Axe was one of those times. Heard from a friend that they’d been there, shotgun in lap. Hit me, hard because I couldn’t imagine life without this person, or the persons that I’ve met through association with them.

Here are the original lyrics from a few years ago, but these are the important parts (which often get repeated in a chorus) that I’ve changed a bit to reflect how I really feel about the suicide epidemic:

’cause the road is long

and it’s twisty back and forth

I’m by your side

your life’s much more than you think it’s worth

can’t wish you back, can’t wish you back

can’t wish you back, can’t wish you back

all those things that you think you lack

can’t wish you back, can’t wish you back

Wishful Thinking appears at about 22 minutes on our appearance on Live @ 5 at 98.7 The FREQ.  There’s a lot of talk about my whistle, but it unfortunately doesn’t make its way into this song.


If you need anyone at all, find them. There are numbers up there, but I’m here, too.


2 thoughts on “Wishful Thinking (backstory)

  1. Appreciate you sharing that, Jared. This time of year can be a struggle for a lot of folks for a lot of reasons, not the least of which are the shorter, darker days. Hopefully if someone is on the edge, he or she calls one of those suicide prevention numbers and stays alive.

    Also: Domestic violence sucks. Period.


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