ToC Critic’s Pick: Old Dominion, ‘Song for Another Time’ [Listen]
During “Song for Another Time,” Old Dominion rely on nearly two dozen classic songs to tell a love story. Each title snaps together with the satisfaction of the final puzzle piece.
The concept isn’t totally unique — Eric Church does something similar with “Record Year.” However, Old Dominion’s story is easier to understand. Not a single country, rock or soul title feels inserted with a wedge and a hammer. The lyrics come pouring from singer Matthew Ramsey’s lips like water from a pitcher. The song is beautifully simple.
Old D’s Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi picked up Matt Jenkins to help write “Song for Another Time,” the third single from Meat and Candy. Individually these are four of the hottest songwriters in Nashville, and nothing is lost in collaboration. “Snapback” and “Break Up With Him” were more instantly addictive than this song, but the mid-tempo lover leaves a lasting yearn that should make this a hit now and in years to come.
Did You Know?: ToC counts 19 different song titles within the lyrics to Old Dominion's "Song for Another Time."
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Old Dominion, "Song For Another Time" Lyrics:
“Right now we both know we’re Marina Del Rey / Plane’s gonna fly away and you’ll be on it / And by this time tomorrow I’ll be singing Yesterday / The sunshine’s gonna fade and we can’t stop it / So before we turn into I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
“Let's be Brown Eyed Girl, Sweet Caroline / Free Falling, Small Town Saturday Night / Before you Lose That Loving Feeling, let's go Dancing On the Ceiling / Keep on living that Teenage Dream, Paradise City where the grass is green / Pretty soon I'll be So Lonesome I Could Cry / But that's a song for another time.”
“Well just for One More Day, what do you say / Baby be my Pretty Woman ‘Cause we know Sunday Morning's Comin' Down / And let's take a drive, You and I, down some old Country Road / Talk about growing old in one of those Pink Houses / Yeah, we might be a Candle in the Wind.”
“So before we're singing I Will Always Love You...”