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Please Leave Me Alone

from All Fruits Ripe by Tom Willner

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This is a song I'd been working on for quite some time. It's about addictions. Through the years I've struggled with my own, and started to write about that struggle, but couldn't quite finish. So I contacted my friend and songwriting partner-in-crime Ed Scheiblin, who took the lyrics I had written so far, and completed the song. I think the collaboration hit the mark I was hoping for.

Scene Two: I connected via Facebook with a friend I grew up with named Jeff Siebel. One day I discovered a note he had written called "One sip to insanity." I discovered he was an alcoholic, who hadn't touched a drink since June of 2008. His writing was powerful, vivid. I was always floored by every new note he wrote. His stories and prose were simultaneously devastating and inspiring.

Scene Three: December 6, 2009. Jeff posts "Day One Again." In his own words, "530 days of sobriety vanished... I start over." I didn't know what to say. I've battled and continue to battle my own demons, but Jeff's struggles are in a different league than mine. I reached out to him, song in hand. He loved it. He and I decide that when he writes his book, and goes on speaking engagements, this song will play.

Thank you Jeff. Thanks for sharing your struggles, and for inspiring us all.


I was doing fine
Not thinking about you all the time
Then I saw you
Now you're all that I can see

Made it through the day
With other things to do and say
Then I said your name
And it felt so good to taste you on my lips

Please Come Back
Please Leave Me Alone

I reach out for you
The clock lies half past two
And I wonder
Is there a cure for this

Is there a doctor in another town
Someone who has run aground
Who could cut me up
So I wouldn't bleed my useless life away

Please Come Back
Please Leave Me Alone

We'll meet some stray day
Pretty speeches to say
And I'll pretend
That now I understand

But the only lesson to learn
The one that will always burn
Is this sad small truth
We hate most those who give us hope

Please Come Back
Please Leave Me Alone


from All Fruits Ripe, released May 28, 2011
Lyrics: Tom Willner and Ed Scheiblin


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