Pretty obsessed with this one off “Handwritten.” Nice contrast in the early guitar parts, then some really resounding but subtle delay, just the way it should be used. There’s something circular, almost merry-go-round about it, maybe it’s in the way he manipulates the vocal line on the chorus.  There’s only so much build until the end, it is steady.

Don’t call it a sleeper track — I think it’s one of the most mature perspectives we’ve heard from Gaslight yet. It’s completely and utterly patient, but none the less heartfelt for it. This is a song that recognizes the sweeter side to the gravity, if not the tragedy, of waiting for someone to come around, waiting for life’s tides to turn. At such times, usually, there is nothing to do but wait.
I listened to this song at least two dozen times this week, spurred by a flood of memories and kisses that made me beg for a rewind button to appear, because so much can change so fast. Some moments, some people, can rewrite the soul in an instant without any sound intention. Just like that, the world is different, even though everything around you is the same.
It’s kind of like taking a walk down the streets you drive by all the time. The vantage point is different, off-kilter, and you wonder how you’ve missed so much all this time. Like ornate window trimmings on an otherwise ordinary house, or a flowering tree littering petals along the sidewalk, or a brass nameplate on a mailbox, or a sad, yellowed front yard that must’ve been abandoned for years. You know you’ve seen these things before, in passing, but from this point of view, you use a whole other set of eyes. And then, in a way, it  makes you appreciate the whole scene that much more. 

“Stay the same, don’t ever change,
Cause I’d miss your ways.

With your Bette Davis eyes,
And your mama’s party dress.

While this city pumps its aching heart
For one more drop of blood,
We work our fingers down to dust
And we wait for kingdom come
With the radio on.

I wanna see you tonight
Would you come for a drive?
You can lean into me
If you ain’t been in love for a while.

I was born beside a river
That flows to a raging sea
That will one day serve to quell,
Or one day be the death of me.

In my faded jeans and far away eyes,
And salty carnival kiss,
That all my former lovers say
Was once magnificent.

I wanna see you tonight,
Would you come for a drive?
You can lean into me
And if you ain’t, oh if you ain’t…
I wanna see you tonight,
Would you come for a drive?
You can lean into me
If you ain’t been in love for a while

And still this city pumps its aching heart
For one more drop of blood.
We work our fingers down to dust
While we wait for kingdom come
With the radio on…

It’s been so long Mae, so long
It’s been so long Mae, so long
But since the radio’s on…”

~Mae 
The Gaslight Anthem, Handwritten