Returning To The Scene
"Returning To The Scene"
Music & Lyrics by Scott Cooley.
Copyright © ℗ 2008 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved.
Returning To The Scene is a song I wrote based on a name of a band, believe it or not. I worked with a guy once who told me he was one of several drummers named Dave (he became known as "Classic Dave") who was in a punk rock band in the Flint, Michigan area called The Guilty Bystanders. I later found live footage of them as reunited old guys online, and realized I had seen them in their heyday back in my foggy misspent youth. I just thought that was one of the coolest names for a band ever, and of course it was also cool they went through a bunch of different drummers, all of whom had the first name Dave. Very Spinal Tap. I wouldn't have been that cool to just write a song called Guilty Bystander because I liked the band name, so I turned it into a story of a guy who just committed the crime, whose involvement went unnoticed, he briefly leaves, then returns to the scene of the crime (as a guilty bystander) - only I turned it into a love song and the crime was a relationship-related crime. He didn't commit it directly against the girl though, even though a witholding of the truth to her might've been wrong. The casual listener will think the song is about guy cheating on girl and then wanting her back, or maybe even cheating on girl, getting back together with girl, then going back for more with the girl he cheated with - all incorrect. He could've done terrible things to her, or he could've just left, but what he did was mental - not mental abuse - but rather his crime was against himself. He contemplated cheating on her, got close, was ready to leave her, then changed his mind. He's not going to tell her, but the crime was lust and not being true to himself.