Shuffle Song Of The Day (4/9/18): “Winter” By Bayside

“Winter” is a song by the Queens, NY rock band Bayside from their 2006 Acoustic EP. The song talks about how hard it is to deal with the death of a friend, and is in reference to the death of the bands drummer John “Beatz” Hallohan on Halloween morning in 2005. While on tour, the band’s van flipped over after hitting a patch of black ice in Wyoming. Several of the band members and crew were injured in the crash, but Beatz suffered the only fatal injury. Despite being a pretty emo band in general, this is the only Bayside song where I can really hear the emotion in Anthony Raneri’s voice. Every strum and every word is so powerful, and I can only imagine having to deal with losing a friend in a car crash that you were also involved and injured in. I think Raneri’s survivors guilt explains a lot of the lyrics in Bayside songs following the crash, and as long as they keep making good music, they can keep Beatz’s memory alive.

Favorite Lyric(s)

When winter falls,
Next year, I’ll be holding on,
To anything nailed down
As for being patient, with fate and all, it’s getting old,
And my mind is slowly changing

I’m calling all my oldest friends,
Saying “Sorry for this mess we’re in”,
And I’m waiting, waiting,
For the sun to come and melt this snow,
Wash away the pain, and give me back control

An angel got his wings,
And we’ll hold our heads up knowing that he’s fine,
We’d all be lucky to have a love like that in a lifetime

Should we still set his plate?,
Should we still save his chair?,
Should we still buy him gifts?,
And if we don’t, did we not care?

It makes you think about the life you’ve led,
Shit you’ve done, things you’ve said,
And it’s grounding, grounding

I’ve been feeling three feet tall this month,
Hardly indestructible,
But the snow melts, and the rhythm still goes on

Friends stay side by side,
In life and death you’ve always stole my heart,
You’ll always mean so much to me, it’s hard to believe this

These nights in vans,
These nights in bars,
Don’t mean a thing with empty hearts

Shuffle Songs Of The Day Spotify playlist https://open.spotify.com/user/uktsrm7377738r178iaacxnjz/playlist/5zEvXmKpS7QJmK1jDsf45c?si=yGjAxIA-QXC57oIekt1lSg

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