I'll Actually Love You Forever
by Memphis Evans

Command-click here to play the song in a separate window while you read about it.

"I'll Acutally Love You Forever" has its musical origins in the Cody Weathers song "The Sound My Heart Makes" from UFO Catcher's Fortnight album. The chorus begins with scale degrees 5, 6, and 8, slightly syncopated, then tumbles back down to scale degree 1. I found this extremely catchy as an intro for a chorus but heard it going somewhere else after that first phrase and also having different words.

The title is about how people can write incredibly wonderful songs that illustrate so beautifully a profound, undying love then get divorced. In my pantheon of music gods it's Billy Joel and Ben Folds and their songs "Just the Way You Are" and "The Luckiest".

The verse one, bridge, and verse three lyrics are just permanent placeholders for the words I would write if I ever finished the song. As in "If I were to actually write lyrics for this part, I would write something about how..." They're also about actual incidents in Iasi, Romania and San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

I love the R.E.M. song "You Are The Everything" which says "Here's the scene, you're in the backseat..." and I love how R.E.M. songs generally feel like movies. I went for that in verse two.

This song was requested at some point and feels super easy and fun to play after playing it dozens of times with the Mississippi Seven over the years so it felt like a natural to kick off Livestream Episode 2.

Last thing: At about 2:10 in The Beatles' version of "Please Mister Postman" John Lennon interrupts himself to start the next chorus. He sings "Deliver the letter, the sooner the betYa gotta wait a minute, wait a minute..." I always wanted to imitate that and I kind of do on this song, always starting the final chorus early. I also love how John goes flying off while his backup singers keep singing the main chorus melody, a thing I got to do a little bit on the studio version of "Behind the Curtain" and more fully and regularly with MS7 live versions of "Hey Where Mah Shed Done Gone".

Lyrics:

something about two train tracks
gradually splitting apart
pulling the axle and breaking the engine
and how tragic that would be for a heart
something about a twist or a switchback
in the Romanian countryside
the rapid and the accelerat
and how we almost missed our sign

But I'll actually love you forever and then
I'll love you the same when it happens again
Yes I'll actually love you forever and then
I'll love you the same when it happens again

now there's a scene where you
jump on my stomach and punch the very face of me
if it wasn't for how much I knew that you love me
how much worse would this treatment be?

'Cuz I'll actually love you forever and then
I'll love you the same when it happens again
Yes I'll actually love you forever and then
I'll love you the same when it happens

Something about how the undetectable power I have over time
is to make it run incrementally forward at the exactly the
same speed that it would have otherwise

I thought of some things to say right here
when I was on a boat near Russian Hill
But I don't remember them right now
And I don't remember them still

But I'll actually love you forever and then
I'll love you the same when it happens again
Yes I'll actually love you forever and then
I'll love you the same when it happens
Yes I will actually love you forever and then
I'll love you just the same when it all happens again
Yes I'll actually love you forever and then
I'll love you the same when it happens again
again
again

Next song: Make Still Your Wings

Episode 2 Index

Livestreams index

Memphis Evans Home