Sometimes

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"Sometimes"
Album-Wake Me.jpg
Song by Grey Daze from the album Wake Me
Recorded 1994
Released 1994
Length 3:34
Writer Chester Bennington
Producer David Knauer

Wake Me track listing
  1. What's In The Eye?
  2. Spin
  3. Morei Sky
  4. Wake Me
  5. Starting To Fly
  6. Sometimes
  7. Holding You
  8. Hole
  9. Believe Me
  10. Here, Nearby
  11. She Shines
  12. Shouting Out

"Sometimes" is the sixth track on the album Wake Me and seventh track on the album ...No Sun Today. It is one of Sean Dowdell's favorite Grey Daze songs[1] and received local radio airplay.

Background

Jason Barnes came up with the musical idea for "Sometimes" and Chester Bennington wrote all the lyrics. Regarding its meaning, Chester said, "Basically it's just about, I don't know. It's kind of self explanatory. It's just basically about just somebody realizing that, you know, sometimes things just don't happen to work out the way you always plan them to work out. And it's kind of hard to think straight when that happens."[2] In a statement about the song, Sean said, "Chester was already a masterful lyricist at the age of 18, when he wrote this song (which was initially recorded when he was 21). I've said this in prior interviews but this is one of those songs that when I hear it now, I recognize the pain Chester was living with even more acutely now that I'm an adult. As so many of Chester’s lyrics do, this message in this song, that bad things happen and that things will get better, resonates in an entirely different way with the current crisis we are all living through, and brings a message of hope."[3][4]

On October 6, 1994, the very first day of working on Wake Me, the album's producer David Knauer recorded Grey Daze playing live in his studio to see what they had in store for their debut album. He recorded their performance straight to DAT tape and had Chester say the name of every song so it was documented on tape as well.[5] "Sometimes" was among the songs that made the album.

Under a new lineup consisting of Chester Bennington, Bobby Benish, Mace Beyers and Sean Dowdell, the band had their first pre-production sessions for their second studio album in February 1996 with David Knauer. There, they recorded a new version of "Sometimes". The album version, however, was recorded by Michael Jones during their pre-production session for ...No Sun Today in December.[2]

In the Amends track-by-track with Apple Music, Sean said, "Chris Traynor from Bush is playing guitar on this song with Cristin. Lyrically, Chester wrote this song all about himself. I think he had just broken up with a girlfriend because he had found out that she was cheating on him with one of his best friends at the time. He was just really disappointed in the way it turned out, because he felt like he lost a really good friend *and* his girlfriend. I remember he just walked into the studio, grabbed the microphone and started screaming the chorus of what would become Sometimes. It came together so quickly."[6]

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Sometimes Wake Me 3:34 1994 1994
Sometimes ...No Sun Today 3:42 1996-1997 May 23, 1997
Sometimes ...No Sun Today 3:47 2002
  • Re-mixed by Sean Dowdell.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download in M4A format on July 2, 2007.
Sometimes "Wake Me" Pre-Production Live Session 3:43 October 06, 1994
  • Recorded live at David Knauer's studio.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on October 31, 2015.
Sometimes Album Pre-Production Live Session February 18, 1996
  • Unreleased.
  • Recorded live at David Knauer's studio.
Sometimes "No Sun Today" Pre-Production Live Session December 03, 1996
  • Unreleased.
  • Recorded live at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Live

"Sometimes" was performed by both Wake Me-era and ...No Sun Today-era incarnations of Grey Daze. According to Jonathan Krause, the song was a crowd favorite.[2]

Personnel

Grey Daze

  • Jason Barnes - Guitar
  • Chester Bennington - Vocals
  • Sean Dowdell - Drums
  • Jonathan Krause - Bass

Production

  • Recorded and Mixed by: David Knauer
  • Produced by: David Knauer and Grey Daze
  • Mixed at Anthem Recording
  • Assisted by: Billy Spoon and Dan Manriquez
  • Mastered at - SAE by Roger Siedel

Lyrics

Gallery

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Stream

Live

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