LONG WAY

I remember playing this song when we first wrote it as 17-year olds in my parent’s garage in Bangalore 40 years ago. I would play my brother’s old acoustic guitar and sing while Krishna would play the drums on an old suitcase and simulate the sound of lead guitar and keys with his voice. Later, I bought an electric guitar and amp while Krishna convinced his parents to get him a drum kit. We didn’t have money for a mic or a PA system for vocals. Sometimes we plugged in the recording mic of our home 3-in-1 stereo system — and by hitting record and pause together we could get some amplification through the 5 watt speakers. Occasionally, we had a few friends for an audience. Most times it was just us. We didn’t receive much encouragement from anyone in our songwriting endeavor. Writing rock songs wasn’t something that earned the respect of family or peers in India those days. Nobody wanted to hear our songs... they thought it was presumptuous of us to think we could write songs like the Beatles or Cat Stevens... or some other rock star from England or America.  People listened only if you played covers. We didn’t… never wanted to — except for our own entertainment. There were no open mics or small clubs that encouraged young singer/songwriters in Bangalore at that time — at least ones we knew of.

Undaunted, we continued writing dozens of songs in a span of about 2-3  years. All we had was a beat up old guitar and a suitcase... but we wrote songs that meant something to us and sang it with passion…. It also made us realize we had the unique ability of writing songs. Krishna and I especially loved playing the intro and outro of this song, “Long Way.” We imagined ourselves on stage in a large stadium with adoring fans cheering madly while we were playing it.  In fact, Krishna, also sometimes simulated the cheers with his voice when we recorded our songs sometimes on a tape recorder to give it a live ambiance. While it may have sounded like a couple of mad, unskilled young teenage musicians playing on an out-of-tune-guitar and drumming energetically on a suitcase and singing loudly... in our heads the song sounded something like this… Hope you enjoy it!

— Thomas Itty (December 2020) —

(Words & Music by Thomas Itty & Krishna Kumar)

 

Got my bag and my coat

Another day on the road

I don’t think of the past

Nothing good can last

Memories and dreams

Nothing’s what it seems

But once in a while

There’s a reason to smile

 

Such a long way

Such a long way

Such a long way

To go

I’ve such a long way

I’ve such a long way

I’ve such a long way

To go

 

Mountains of green

And valleys unseen

Birds flying high

Touching the sky

I stop and I think

It started with a wink

What I’ve left behind

Is time out of mind

 

Such a long way

Such a long way

Such a long way

To go

I’ve such a long way

I’ve such a long way

I’ve such a long way

To go

 

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