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The progression and the hook were written in 1992 by Tom Ingersoll and Greg Harrison in Los Angeles. 25 years later, Robby Baier and Tom Ingersoll took "Why" apart and when it came back together, it was in the voice of a clueless, unsympathetic and self-centered anti-hero.
Why? Why…did you go away?
Tell me why, why, did you go away?
Sorry I’m not mister perfect
Sure, I mighta strayed a couple times
Listen, it’s not like I did not love you
I just don’t think you could read between the lines
So don’t tell me why, why did you go away?
Why, don’t tell me why you went away
I tried so hard to make you happy
I even gave back most of the money that I stole
A man’s a man, ain’t that worth something?
So honey please, come back, why you bein’ so cold
And tell me why….then again don’t
Tell me why…ever…I’m not too interested
I just realized you’re still talking
That’s why my head is nodding up and down
Frankly, right now I’m…. just ordered a pizza
And tonight I’m busy paintin’ up the town
So don’t bother tellin’ me why
Why did you go away?
Tell me why did you go away?
released April 21, 2018
Tom Ingersol: Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar, Vocals
Robby Baier: Backing Vocals, Engineer
The Robbettes: Backing Vocals
Jim Reynolds: Bass
Steve Ide: Trombone
Matt Fleury: Banjo
Dave Lincoln: Drums