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*12.14-I'D SWEAR THERE WAS SOMEBODY HERE (David Crosby)

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Following Orleans and closing out the album If I Could Only Remember My Name is another church sounding track called I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here, which is entirely constructed of a cappella tracks layered in harmony within an echo chamber. The song sounds very much like a complex Gregorian chant sung in an unrecognizable language. According to Matthew Greenwald of allmusic, Crosby stated somewhere that I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here was recorded as a requiem for his lover, recently deceased in a car accident. Stephen Barncard, the engineer for the album, states in his Track by Track commentary that the entire song was improvised on the spot and took less than fifteen minutes to complete. It was an attempt to wordlessly reach the woman he’d lost forever, to give voice to the grief and longing he felt and was trying to escape by working on the album. I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here, by providing the last track on If I Could Only Remember My Name, adds another dimension to the title of the album beyond being stoned out of one’s gourd. The song suggests that Crosby could no longer remember himself because his love was gone. The harmonies he made in his grief carry on to the early 21st century in the wordless overdubbed choirs created at times by the neo-psychedelic Panda Bear.

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