The song of the week for this week is M. Ward’s “Never Had Nobody Like You,” which is from his new album, Hold Time, which came out yesterday:

When I saw the album on iTunes, I didn’t know that M. Ward sings with  Zooey Deschanel on one of PJ’s favorite albums from last year (She & Him’s Volume 1–Deschanel is “She” and Ward is “Him”), but I saw that she and Lucinda Williams sing on the album and that Conor Oberst helped bring him to popular attention. So, knowing that these are some of PJ’s favorite artists, I figured there was a good chance that he would like Hold Time — or at the very least would like to have it. So, I bought it for him.

Once I started listening to the album myself, I quickly fell in love with “Never Had Nobody Like You.” Some of the lyrics, especially those of the third verse, perfectly sum up what I’ve felt over the past week or so.

Here are the lyrics:

Well, since time I had a mind, I been lazy
And times before that I was cruel
And times before that I was lean, I was mad
Honey, I ain’t never had nobody like you

And the times before that, well, I was crazy
I saw the dark side of the moon
And the stars in the sky, they never caught my eye
‘Cause I ain’t never had nobody like you
I ain’t never had nobody like you

Now it’s just like ABC
Life’s just like 123
Yeah yeah
Yeah yeah
Ah oh

I watched my own habits die and its painful
sometimes its painful in the light of the truth
but you can be faster than light
I’d like to thank you tonight
Honey, I ain’t never had nobody like you
I ain’t never had nobody like you

And it’s just like ABC
Life’s just like 123
Yeah yeah
Yeah yeah
Ah oh

I trusted liars and thieves in my madness
Honey I was wasting away in the room
But now that I been through that hell I got a story to tell
Honey, I ain’t never had nobody like you
Mmm, i ain’t I never had nobody like you
I ain’t never had nobody like you

I look forward to becoming familiar with the rest of the album too!  His “duet” with Lucinda Williams on “Lonesome Me” is really good (though Ward allows Williams to dominate a song that should be a more balanced effort).

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