Dear Tragedy

Songfacts®:

  • A track from Bayside's second album, this one finds lead singer Anthony Raneri taking out his frustrations on a girl he feels has been using him. While Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all," Raneri feels he would have been better off never falling into the clutches of this devil woman.
  • This became a very popular song for the band, which posed a problem because Raneri can't sing it and play his guitar part live at the same time. When they do perform the song, his guitar tech plays the guitar part while Raneri concentrates on the vocal. "I can't play it and sing it at the same time," he said in our 2014 interview. "Parts of it are in 10/8 and then there's time signature changes, it goes to 3. There's 10/8, there's 3/4 and 4/4 all within the song. Time signature changes, tempo changes, it's really high in my range, also. It's not even an option for me to play it and sing it at the same time."

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