03 The Last Time

All we ever feared / Was killing time / Several hundred years / Amount to / Castles that we’ll never own / And songs I write / But cannot sing myself / Our dreams of spaceships / And their secret plans / To take us somewhere else...

What a thrill it was to create this impromptu sci-fi art film with The Collective NHV. That chilly November 2021 evening, we had only intended to shoot photos for the Fracture album cover. But when I arrived at West Haven's South Street Beach and saw the thing that they had built - a fiery crash landing set against the evening tide - the story began to write itself. I sang live to an instrumental of the song while a group of passersby gathered on the hill overlooking us. The Collective NHV recorded the primary vocal footage in a single take then grabbed additional non-singing footage and wardrobe changes to flesh out the storyline. The result is a haunting study in perspective and perception that will no doubt leave art critics with plenty to unpack, and the rest of us with something interesting to enjoy.

''The Last Time'' is a personal favorite song with an interesting backstory. I wrote and recorded an early version in the early 2000s (still available if you know where to look). At the time, the themes of loss and redemption came from personal relationships and the struggle not to lose myself in them. On the Fracture album, “The Last Time” reveals new dimensions, challenges our shared attraction to illusions and predilection for the unsustainable. “The Last Time” is not just about loss and redemption. It’s also about power… Power with a killer bassline.

Into what unsustainable patterns have you fallen? How can, or will, you break those patterns?

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The Last Time

 

All we ever feared

Was killing time

Several hundred years

Amount to

Castles that we’ll never own

And songs I write

But cannot sing myself

Our dreams of spaceships

And their secret plans

To take us somewhere else

 

The mirror’s cold

The glass is too

Tonight I feel so old

So used to

Pain from this malfunction

Filling up my mind

And spilling on our bed

This little robot

Should be sleeping

Should be sleeping

Should be

 

Locked away in

Solitude

Like the last time

(Just like the last time)

Like the last time

(It’s always like the time)

Full of empty 

Platitudes

Like the last time

Like the last time

 

Fall apart

Like the last time

Like the last time

 

What else can I drink

To ease my mind

When every thought I think

Returns to

Cards and pictures

Countless roses

Precious moments

Moments laid to waste

Don’t turn your back

Don’t walk away

Don’t be that way

Don’t be your

Self

 

Locked away in

Solitude

Like the last time

(Just like the last time)

Like the last time

(It’s always like the time)

Full of empty 

Platitudes

Like the last time

(Just like the last time)

Like the last time

 

Fall apart

Look at what it’s done to you

Like the last time

Break my heart

Smile if I’m still hurting you

Like the last time

Like the last time

Like the last time

 

Written and performed by Ionne

Published by Brand Label Music (ASCAP)

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