“And when you wake up
everything is going to be fine
I guarantee that you wake up in a better place
in a better time
so you’re tired of living
and you feel like you might give in
it’s not your time”-Thomas Kalnoky. “A Better Place A Better Time”
This song has been one of my absolute favorite songs for a while, not only because of Toh Kay’s soft folksy solo project and his album art choice but his smart use of lyrics. I noticed that each phrase in this stanza is simple and loving but not ‘sappy’. I like that it does not use any excessively romantic words to convey a sense of hope. Instead, Thomas uses the words “better” to suggest a possibility of improving from where the audience is at the current moment, and nicely shows compassion through “so you’re tired of living…well don’t”. Standing alone, this could be brotherly, to a friend instead of necessarily being romantic. Honestly only in relation to “Annie” and the pronouns “her” and “she”, is there any suggestion of a romance. I were to replace the words with a reference to friend, as in “he once said”, the meaning would change. A hopeful phrase like “so you’re tired of living you feel like you might give in” is as romantic or platonic as the listener wants it to be.