One Night – the story behind the song… or using Google Maps for inspiration

A short-narrative about writing my song, One Night. The song is available as an individual download or as part of “Where I Belong” – a collection of songs you can get here.

I explain writing the song here or you can read about it. The song itself and the lyrics can be found below.

What if? And how do you think I live?

In his book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King breaks down the idea of creating a story to a simple question… “What if?” That is how this song came about. I’m often asked if the song is autobiographical in nature…

“Is this based on a true story Matt?”

My reply is to ask how they think I live? 😉 First, I explain that I’m terrified of women – so one-night-stands aren’t likely. Second, the song revolves around meeting someone at a truck stop in the middle of the night. Having slept in my car at a few truck stops, I can tell you, there is NO ONE there at 2am that I’m interested in meeting.

I mostly want to get to the next location – hopefully a shower and decent sleep.

Google Maps as inspiration

2015-06-15-map-one-nightI plan my house concert tours using Google Maps. On this day, I was planning a trip to Portland & Seattle – then looking at heading East and down through Vegas. I saw that it put me through Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Looking at the map, I realized that Los Angeles is directly South of Coeur d’Alene. In LA, we tend to believe we are West of everything. Obviously, Geography is not my strong suit.

This got me thinking about the 19-hour drive from Coeur d’Alene to Los Angeles. It would involve a stop somewhere. And this line was born….

“Heading South towards Los Angeles from Coeur d’Alene.”

From that, the rest of the song came fast and easy. I love when they write like that.

I didn’t want my couple to be too easy – so the one night stand does NOT happen when they meet. There is an obvious chemistry, but a degree of control. I like that too – it makes things a bit sweeter.

I hope you enjoy! (lyrics below player)

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One Night

Copyright © 2012 – Matthew Moran

Heading South towards Los Angeles from Coeur d’Alene
Driving all night through the memories and freezing rain
Met at that truck stop, girl, but you never would give me your name
We stayed up talking and like the rain you washed away my pain

In the morning we shook hands, you headed East into the sun
It took me 2 full days to figure out just what you’d done
I found your number and your note tucked inside that grocery sack
It took me two more days to get the courage up to call you back

Two travelers, one night
A shared moment that feels right
Both letting go, both holding tight
Let’s own the darkness until we see the light

Back in Vegas girl we met and threw our hearts into the night
The passion and the laughter and the sweetness of two souls taking flight
I tried to talk you into following me out West
A kiss, a smile, and you assured me this was for the best

Do your memories ever take you to that place and time?
And do you realize that you’re forever caught in mine
I’ve tried your number once or twice, it’s been changed, baby that’s your choice
I swear every time that I’m driving through that town I hear your voice

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