Eddie hits bottom.  Caught up in the attraction of the greatly loosened morality of the period, he uses problems he is having with Sara’s ascendant individuality, and ever-more-confident personality, to justify his cheating.  But in this song, at the end of a physical encounter with a co-worker, he sees what he has been doing for what it is: “That’s the attraction, the pungent scent of base desire.”  He confronts the reality of seeing himself as colliding “with the me life built.  A me I’d bought and thought I’d known and a me life built against my will.”

Words & Music by Tony Tedeschi
Mark Newman, lead vocal; Seth Farber, piano, accordion; Mark Newman, electric guitar, rhythm guitar, bass; Shawn Murray, drums.

The Apartments of Close Friends