"All At Once" as written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart....
Every now and then I get like this
And it isn't hard to see
But the old man in the kitchen
I think he's part of me
Don't say nothing bout the old house
Cause I burned it to the ground
And when the darkness comes,
I lie awake
Playing lost and found
All at once
I break my silence
All at once
There's no more hiding
And all he wants
Is to show us how he feels
They're all liars in the back room
Watch them all go down
They can tell you what you want to hear
But they will never stick around
So don't say nothing 'bout the old house
Cause I burned it to the ground
And when the darkness comes
I'll lie and wait
Still playing lost and found
All at once
I break my silence
All at once
There's no more hiding
And all he wants
Is to show us how he feels
When he comes around
Do not tell him nothing
Do not make a sound
Cause if he knows we're there
He might tear his heart out
And beat us to death with it
I was too young to understand.


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"All at Once" as written by Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart

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    General CommentI really like this songs, I'm not too sure what it means, though
    halberd25on January 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Pete Yorn songs. I went to one of his concerts this summer and he played it during the encore. It was so great. He said that a lot of people think that this song is about his father but that it is actually about his grandfather. I LOVE this song but I am still not totally sure what it means.
    mel310on October 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfor some reason, this song screams "depression" to me.
    Alli-oh!on December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI used this song in a montage I wrote once. I love this song. I dont find it depressing at all, in fact it relxes me.
    lillerinaon January 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn all honesty, this is the quintessential song about a parent/grandparent who is filled with love and is so ridiculously outcast for it, because their genuine nature is so kind-hearted that it wrestles from us our own true compassion. But, when we're honest, we know it well, and do well to fear it, because the love they feel...could crush us with its immensity.
    netheron August 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere's an article online somewhere that addresses this, and I would presume, what Pete felt like revealing about it. i think it is EXTREMELY personal for him, it is about his grandfather, and it is about looking back with the wisdom of an adult and seeing how "off" you were in your impression of a person as a little kid - he understands now how wrong he was, but with kindness and forgiveness to the little boy- I was too young to understand.

    if you read that interview, you'll see the full story...he has great, incredible admiration for his grandfather. He was the youngest in the family... the youngest is always "protected" and left out of so much in a family dynamic, by folks who mean well. His grandfather is an immigrant to this country who BUSTED his ass to make a better life for his son, put him through dental school, etc. I think it is probably so very much more than we could ever know. i am impressed he was willing to share so much on something so personal. Perhaps it is a tribute too to his grandfather. The music is beautiful.
    ManicMonkeyLaughinon December 17, 2007   Link

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