Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Music – Song #112

Emerson Drive
“Moments” —

Emerson Drive is a Canadian country music band consisting of Brad Mates (lead vocals), Danick Dupelle (guitars and backing vocals), Mike Melancon (drums), and Dale Wallace (keyboards and backing vocals).

Early on, the band found minor success in Canada, releasing two albums under the name of 12 Gauge. The first album, Open Season, was a product of winning a local “Battle of the Bands” contest. They then charted two singles on the Canadian country charts and a music video on CMT. By 1999, they changed the name to Emerson Drive, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee to find a major label record deal.

Emerson Drive recorded two albums on the DreamWorks Records label, and charted several hits on both the U.S. and Canadian country music charts. After DreamWorks’ collapse in 2005, Emerson Drive signed to Midas Records Nashville, where they resumed their streak of hit singles, including their first Number One single in “Moments”. In summer 2008.

“Moments” is a ballad in which the narrator, a young man, plots to die by suicide by jumping off a bridge. While on the bridge, he notices an older, homeless man, to whom he gives money, figuring that he “wouldn’t need it anyway”. Upon receiving the money, the homeless man tells of his past, saying that he “hasn’t always been this way”, and that he has had his “Moments, days in the sun / Moments [he] was second to none”.

Upon hearing the story, the young man then ponders his own life, wondering if anyone will miss him, should he decide to take his own life. He remembers his own “Moments, days in the sun.”

The young man then walks away from the bridge, imagining the older man telling his friends about his moments, including “that cool night on the East Street bridge / When a young man almost ended it / I was right there, wasn’t scared a bit / And I helped to pull him through”.

The song originated when songwriter Annie Tate and her husband, Sam, were working with their friend and songwriting partner Dave Berg to construct a song about people having their moments. Sam came up with the idea of basing the song around a homeless man. After the song was written, he stated, “I’ve always wanted to write a song about redemption and how everyone has the ability to redeem themselves somehow.”

I was comin’ to the end of a long, long walk
When a man crawled out of a cardboard box
Under the E Street Bridge​
Followed me on to it
I went out halfway across
With that homeless shadow tagging along
So I dug for some change
Wouldn’t need it anyway
He took it lookin’ just a bit ashamed
He said, “You know, I haven’t always been this way”

I’ve had my moments, days in the sun
Moments, I was second to none
Moments, when I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do
Like that plane ride, comin’ home from the war
That summer, my son was born
And memories like a coat so warm
A cold wind can’t get through
Lookin’ at me now you might not know it
But I’ve had my moments

I stood there tryin’ to find my nerve
Wonderin’ if a single soul on Earth
Would care at all
Miss me when I’m gone
That old man just kept hangin’ around
Lookin’ at me, lookin’ down
I think he recognized
That look in my eyes
Standin’ with him there I felt ashamed
I said, you know I haven’t always been this way

I’ve had my moments, days in the sun
Moments, I was second to none
Moments, when I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do
Like the day I walked away from the wine
For a woman who became my wife
And a love that, when it was right
Could always see me through
Lookin’ at me now you might not know it
But I’ve had my moments

I know somewhere ’round a trashcan fire tonight
That old man tells his story one more time
He says

I’ve had my moments, days in the sun
Moments I was second to none
Moments when I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do
Like that cool night on the E Street Bridge
When a young man almost ended it
I was right there, wasn’t scared a bit
And I helped to pull him through
Lookin’ at me now you might not know it
But I’ve had my moments

​I’ve had my moments
​I’ve had my moments
​I’ve had my moments

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