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In the early 90’s my girlfriend Tina, Chuck the dog and I packed up the car and moved to San Diego, California. The idea was to relocate my company, Fishlips Skateboards, from Toronto to the heart of the action sports industry.

We settled into to the beach community of Pacific Beach, two blocks from the ocean. I couldn’t have been happier.

Tina and Chuck however were less satisfied. Without family, friends or work, Tina missed home and Chuck managed to develop the worst case of fleas the local vet had ever seen. Home was a regular topic of conversation and I always insisted on staying. We did leave of course, about a year after the fall of Gator, which more or less took my company down as well. (That story is what the song ‘There’s A Reason is all about).

The verses of the song are vignettes of our time there. The adventure of driving across the country; my stubborn refusal to leave; the surreal reality of living in a world built for automobiles, and finally, succumbing to the ultimate realization that it’s over.

The chorus is straight to the point. In spite of Tina’s requests and concerns I pushed harder until things finally fell apart.

I take responsibility for that.


San Diego (Girio/Gladstone)

They drove across the desert
The sky so wide, they felt so free
It rained the day they got there
And every day that week

A couple miles from the old town
He saw the sign but wouldn’t slow down
It seemed to her they were old now
But life is never quite done

If you walk fast enough to fly
You’ll never need to ask her why
Full of fear, full of pride
Brush away the tears one more time

He sad the car was a cherry
He told the story with a ruby ring
A thousand cars in a minute
The tires hum and the highway sings


The van stood in the driveway
A bill was coming that they couldn’t pay
It hadn’t rained all summer
It was time to go home

If you walk fast enough to fly
You’ll never need to ask her why
Forget your fear, Forget your pride
Keep away those tears one more time

(Copyright 2013, Perry Gladstone. All rights reserved)


from Here Tomorrow Gone Today, released December 8, 2013
Prince Perry - vocals
Adam Warner - drums
Brendan Bauer - bass
Ryan Chopik - Korg and Hammond organ
Mitch Girio - guitars, mandolin, tambourine, backing vocals


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