Lose My Head, Come To My Senses

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Story

This is an escapist theme about going off to Mexico with my girlfriend to hear hot Latin music and drink authentic Mexican tequila in the middle of the winter, set to a Mariachi beat. As a child I loved Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’ Whipped Cream and Other Delights. It didn’t hurt that the album cover was risqué for a boy about to spend eight years in a Parochial grade school and four years in a Jesuit high school! The album was part of my Mom’s record collection and I wore out the needle of our RCA stereo playing it ad nauseam.

The genesis of this song occurred as I revisited this classic, Tex-Mex inflected record and sipped a Margarita on my back deck, watching the sun sink into the hills just beyond the Pittsburgh skyline. The actual title comes from an expression coined by Fritz Perls, a pioneer of Gestalt therapy who implored his patients to “Lose your mind and come to your senses.” Interestingly, the line has been updated with the newer, contemporary spin "Get out of your mind and into your life."

In a similar vein, the philosopher of funk and front man of Parliament Funkadelic, George Clinton, once phrased this sentiment even more prosaically, singing "Free your mind and your ass will follow."

Every now and then I’ll read a captivating line or story in a newspaper, magazine or book that fascinates me, triggering my writing process. I also write songs based on interesting turns-of-phrase spouted by people within earshot so be careful what you say around songwriters!

Lyrics

Sometimes i’ve got to lose my head

To come to my senses

You’re beautiful

Your laughter makes me see

Sometimes i’ve got to lose my head

To come to my senses

Liberate the wild side of me

Set love free

 

At manzanillo’s hot cantina

We’ll eat spicy jalapenos feel the heat

I’ll tip the mariachi singer

He’ll serenade us as we salsa cheek to cheek

We’ll get high from that sangria

Meringue plays all night

When your heart beats next to mine i lose my mind

 

Sometimes i’ve got to lose my head

To come to my senses

You’re beautiful

The music makes me see

Sometimes i’ve got to lose my head

To come to my senses

Liberate the wild side of me

Set love free

 

What are they doing back in boston?

Snow is blowing and their ground is packed with ice

I’ll cut up limes you pour the mezcal

Curl our toes up in the sand while sun burns bright

Split the worm inside that bottle

End up in the drink

You’re lookin’ so dam hot i can’t even think

 

Sometimes i’ve got to lose my head

To come to my senses

You’re beautiful

Your body makes me see

Sometimes i’ve got to lose my head

To come to my senses

Liberate the wild side of me

Set love free

 

Instrumental

 

Sometimes i've got to lose my head

To come to my senses

You're beautiful

The moonlight makes me see

Sometimes i've got to lose my head

To come to my senses

Liberate the wild side of me

Set love free