"Away" as written by and Kathleen Margaret Edwards....
I remember the way,
Driving home late,
Speeding all the way.
Alone in the rain.
I was rehearsing a part
From down at the bar.
My mouth smelled like a drink
We were laughing, I think,
I've been away.
I've been away.
I've been away.

Do you pick up the phone,
Do you check your mail,
Do you answer your door even if it's late?
I don't know who to call,
I don't know who to write,
And I think I forgot
What your face looks like.
I've been away.
I've been away.
I've been away.

Do you think that I've changed?
I swear I never tried.
Memory is a terrible thing.
When you use it right.
I was rehearsing a part
From down at the bar.
My mouth smelled like a drink.
We were laughing, I think,
I've been away.
I've been away.
I've been away.


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"Away" as written by Kathleen Margaret Edwards

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    General CommentHow can no one have commented on this song? This (in my most humble opinion) is the best track on the album. Call me simple but give me a girl a guitar and a good heartbreaker and I'm sold. This song to me at least, seems to be about someone who perhaps left their hometown a while back but has returned. fFirst verse is about driving past old places that they used to meet, reminiscing over the drinks and smiles shared. THe second verse, imo, is about how he wants to visit her, like he wanted to call and write letters all the time before but never really got the courage. The break is really powerful, about how he thinks he's changed while he never meant to. Meh, I'm only positing a possible thought here. fantastic song, whatever it's truly about!
    dark_maiden101on August 21, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningTo me, it sounds like someone who is recovering from a traumatic brain injury after an awful automobile collision "Driving home late, Speeding all the way. Alone in the rain."
    My own cousin survived a such a collision. He recovered physical mobility but due to the brain injury continues to experience something akin to amnesia. Even to the extent that he maintains that his name is Joe rather than his actual name Mike. In some other ways he's as sharp or sharper than he was prior to his injury thirty some years ago but other ways quite obviously not.
    RonLeeon September 27, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"I remember the way, driving home late,"...she is on her way home late one night and she is remembering the way to someone's house, possibly thinking of how it would play out if she drove there right at that moment.

    "I was rehearsing a part
    From down at the bar" probably means that the last time she saw this person she was trying to get up the nerve to say something.

    "my mouth smelled like a drink, we were laughing i think" she was drunk so she either didnt get to say it or it came out sounding more like a joke so the person didnt take her seriously.

    when she says "Do you pick up the phone Do you check your mail,
    Do you answer your door even if it's late?" she is wondering if he would've answered if she had called or wrote him. As she already stated, its late and she wonders if he would still come to the door at that hour and be okay with it.

    When she says "I don't know who to call,
    I don't know who to write,
    And I think I forgot
    What your face looks like" it sounds like she doesn't feel close to anyone to call or write but she thinks of him so she mustve felt close to this person. And since she cant remember his face so well, she must've went away for a long time after they last saw each other.

    Then she says "do you think i changed? i swear i never tried" She wonders if he would think she is different now. She sounds apologetic for if she did change. cuz if she changed, theres a chance he wouldnt see her the same anymore, perhaps not feel the same way about her as before.
    "memory is a terrible thing when you use it right" is my favourite line. what she means is that when someone meets up with you after a long time, they only know how you used to be so even if you changed just a lil, it might seem like a big change to them. this can work against someone, which kathleen seems to think is the case in her situation.
    she keeps repeating "ive been away" bringing this to be the focus of the song. this lyric helps divide the song in parts ; her memory of this place, wondering how it would play out if she contacted this person after so long, and lastly - that she has been gone a long time and is now back, so this returns us to the present which is her driving back from whatever took her away in the first place.i assume this would be her music career.just a guess though:P
    orangetr3on September 15, 2012   Link

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