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For a While
1970 Bob Gaudio, Jack Holmes
This is a track from the 1970 Frank Sinatra's album Watertown, considered his most unconventional one. Composed by Bob Gaudio (music) and Jack Holmes (lyrics) Watertown (subtitle "A love story") is a concept album about "the disintegration of the traditional nuclear family".

"In a series of soliloquies, the nameless narrator tells us his heartbreaking story of personal loss and unrealized redempion. His wife has left him and their two boys for the lure of the big city, and her absence hangs palpably in the air." (from the liner notes of the CD issue).

As far as "For a While" concerned, the 3rd of the 10 tracks of the album (11 on the CD), says Jack Holmes: "I've always felt that there is that moment in your life, when you forget about someting that is really terrible. For five minutes the sun is shining and everything is beautiful. Then all of a sudden you realize that the person you cared about is gone, and it all comes back. It is one of those horrible things about grief -- one of those little holes in grief when it becomes even more painful."

Watertown was originally published in 1970 as LP Reprise. Reissued in 1995 as CD Reprise 9362-45689-2.

Recording sessions
1984 November 17: London (UK) Ronnie Scott's
Lost from day to day
So I turn another way
With a laugh a kind hello
1985: Hollywood (US-CA) Rock Steady Studio
Lost from day to day
Turned another way
With a laugh a kind hello
1985: USA Theatre tour
From our new album it's called "For a While"

Lost from day to day