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Almost Doesn't Count

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An early song, based (loosely) on a true story. This is a live recording, using one mic and done in one take. Videographer: Susan Schwartz.

Almost Doesn't Count
Words and music © 1978 J. Ochshorn

1. You'ld think a fire would have to cool
If you put it out and you went away
I haven't seen her since I was in school
But she's in my mind day after day

I would walk her home in the afternoon
She would never hide what she had to say
Even though i knew I'd be leaving soon
I never knew the price i'd pay

To see her now is just a fantasy
I'd give any amount
I almost asked her if she'd come with me
But almost doesn't count

2. Sometimes we'd kiss but I never dared
To have her teach me about romance
I was pretty young and a little scared
She never gave me a second chance

To have her now I never really can
I'll always be without
I almost loved her — loved her like a man
But almost doesn't count

[Bridge] What did I do to make her go away
If I just knew what I know today
I almost had what I needed
But I let it slip away

3. Other memories fade but I still can see
The moon outside made her fair skin glow
And how she looked lying next to me
I can't believe that I let her go

To hold her now when all the cards are dealt
And I lost without a doubt
I almost told her how I really felt
But almost doesn't count

Production notes:
Song was arranged, produced, and recorded on Garageband software by J. Ochshorn. All instruments (acoustic guitar) and vocals by J. Ochshorn
Recorded at home in Ithaca, NY, February 2008; re-mixed in 2018 with added instrumentation (drums, bass, piano, organ).