Firstly, let me state that I have never dated, kissed or even gotten a number from any woman named Kerri Ann. I chose the name because I like the alliterative nature of 'How are you keeping, Kerri Ann?'. That's not to say that the women I know named Kerri Ann are not lovely people, they are. It's just that this song is...ah forget it, let's move on, shall we?
This song is based on the time-tested ideas of 'What if' and 'The one who got away'. The poor clueless bastard who is narrating this tale is both deluded and stuck in time. He transfers a brief drunken moment into a relationship that is destined to be. Of course he tries to pick it up twenty years later, after a lifetime of bad decisions and shady dealings. But he always has been a charming rogue and figures his quick wit and crooked smile will get him the girl, like it always has in the past. Little does he realize that time moves on, people grow up and unmoored ships have a funny habit of drifting away.
Big props to my son Everett who was just off camera, happily sitting in his Bumbo and singing backup.
(click through for lyrics)