Same Old Story (Remastered) - Single

by First the Winter

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Laden with contrast and anchored by acoustic guitar and piano, rich cello and hauntingly beautiful vocal harmonies shine in this personal and intimate story of lost love and broken relationships.


When I met you I was sure

That my pathway ahead was clear

That I was finally done

Writing songs of broken love

But now I’m sad to say

That just the other day

I realized that I still have one more song

One more sad song to write

It’s the story of us

It’s the story of wasted love

Of lies you never heard

Half truths and broken words

It’s the story of me

Taking you for a ride

Of love that should have lasted

Of love that withered and died

It’s the same old story

So lift your head but I won’t say don’t cry

There’s time for sorrow and more tonight

I’ll lift the knife and do what must be done

To save what’s left of our broken love

And now as I turn to walk away

I’ll admit a part of me always knew we’d end this way

That my tired pen would have one more song

One more sad song to write

Because the man you love, he would change

The man you think you know, he wouldn’t stay the same

I’d murder every last little bit

Of the spark you hold inside and your fire that just won’t quit

Would finally, finally go out

And we both know that it would be my fault

So now the story’s gotta change

You’ve got to run from me while you can still be saved

Or it’s the same old story


released January 31, 2020
Lyrics and music by Jimmy Stewart

Guitar, piano, and male vocals by Jimmy Stewart

Female vocals by Aili Emilia

Cello by Dan Lawonn,

Bass by Owen Sartori

Drums and percussion by Alexander Young,

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Owen Sartori and Davide Raso at F5 Soundhouse in Minneapolis, MN,

Photo by Crystal Craig,


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First the Winter Chimacum, Washington

First the Winter is an acoustic folk rock duo hailing from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Heavily influenced by singer-songwriters like Damien Rice and Glen Hansard, much of their music presents a raw, somewhat dark view of love and relationships.

The duo is comprised of Jimmy Stewart and Aili Emilia, who began writing and playing music together in Minneapolis in the summer of 2015.
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