What I Bought

By Tim Butler | Posted at 1:43 PM

More on Dad later, I've already put out the gist of it below, but I learned a little more since then from the cardiologist.

To alternate back to what I was talking about yesterday, Kevin got pretty close to guessing what I had purchased. He was right to guess music, and given his guess of Metallica (which he also correctly figured out is not my type of band), I suspect he was also going off a good hunch based on the phrase “sad, but true,” that I included.

So, what was it? It was the original “Kiss Me” single. The “single” contains four tracks, three renditions of “Kiss Me,” which is a fine song, albeit not one that I need three additional copies of (I already have the self-titled Sixpence CD that includes it). It is the fourth track that had me looking for this single: “Sad But True.” Googling last night — which is how I found the eBay auction that had it — I noticed that Metallica has a song of the same name, but I checked the lyrics and they are entirely different songs, if you are wondering.

Here's a bit of history about why I was aware of this almost unknown Sixpence None the Richer song. I first heard the band in early 1999, when the radio started playing the aforementioned song, “Kiss Me.” Leigh Nash has the type of voice that catches your attention and I was curious to see who this band was. I diligently went on the computer, located the album on Amazon and listened to some of the clips. I didn't like what I heard. But their music stuck in my head. Not yet convinced that buying the CD was a good idea, I decided to fire up “Imagine Radio,” which was a neat service where you could select artists and the site stream fairly good quality audio, even over a dial-up connection, to you. Imagine Radio had Sixpence None the Richer, and after listening a few times, I quickly grew quite fond of their self-titled album. But Imagine Radio had also purchased the “Kiss Me” single, which, as I noted, included “Sad But True;” the only other place that track appears is on a limited vinyl edition of the self-titled album.

Imagine Radio, as I knew it, closed in the Fall of 1999, and since then, I have not heard the song “Sad But True.” Unlike many songs which I've heard more recently, and more often, however, I still can recall the entirety of the music that goes with the lyrics. Eventually, I purchased the self-titled CD, the older “Beautiful Mess” CD and — as soon as it came out — their last CD of original music, “Divine Discontent.” All of these are excellent, and I may do a further treatment on those in the next few days, as long as I am on the subject. But, every once-in-a-while, I'd remember “Sad But True.” Amazon had long since switched to the newer post-hit version of the “Kiss Me” single that took off the said track, and I had all but given up finding a copy. Until last night, when I found it on eBay.

So, I bought it. And now I wait for it. The lyrics are below if your interested.

Music and Words by Matt Slocum; Sung by Leigh Nash (the two founding members of Sixpence).

if I could have the words to change 
to speak into the world would they fly 
I wonder if they'd put them in a jeweled box for sale 

Chorus 1 
but I need to strengthen the things that remain 
it's sad but true 
beauty never sells
in everything the same, it's true 
it's sad but true 

I won't give in to what they want 
or has the window closed any way 
between the world they want to hear 
and what they love me to say 

Chorus 2 
but I need to strengthen the things that remain 
it's sad but true 
beauty never sells
money makes the rules, it's true 
it's sad but true 

one of these days something will break through 
I want to 
but I wait a whole world, 
but I wait a whole world 

it's sad but true 
it's sad but true 

Chorus 2
Chorus 1

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