One Hell Of A Song

Album: At Night, Alone (2016)
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Songfacts®:

  • This track originated with a couplet on another All Night, Alone track, "Buried In Detroit."

    At the wake they'll say "He made a lot of mistakes
    But he could write hell of a song"


    Posner explained to Genius: "This album is dedicated to my late teacher and mentor, Norman Henry. He was in his 60s, before he passed away, and he's a classical arranger, writer and pianist. And this whole time, I was working on this album, every time I write a song, I'd go to my music lesson with him and I would play it for him.

    I played him 'Buried In Detroit' and when I got to this line in the end, he went 'Woooo,' as if he was a 13-year old listening to Jay Z when he stumbled on a hot line. I thought, 'Wow if it made him react like that, maybe that line had some legs and I should have a whole song written around it.'

    And I don't remember exactly where I was when I started writing 'One Hell of a Song' but that was sort of the emphasis to explore that line further."

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