top of page
  • Gary @ BootsofUK

Where I Used To Be - James White and The Wild Fire - review

James White & The Wild Fire, a part Country, Bluegrass and Rock band hailing from Saffron Waldon, Essex, in East Anglia


Written by James White and recorded in the first half of 2022 with Tim Bond at Bookmatch (outskirts of Cambridge) 'Where I Used To Be' is about the love you have for someone and how that will never change, no matter time, distance or change in circumstances and no longer being together, you'll always be there for them.


'Where I Used To Be' will be out and available on all platforms 28 October 2022. The band also have one more single due to be released ahead of a return to live shows, both to come in early 2023.



The artwork made by Chris Shaw for the single includes a ripped up and burned ticket from a concert, a Viking bracelet and a petal from the last bouquet James' bought for his now ex-girlfriend. A reminder that although the hurt felt, the message of the song remains the same.


"These winds of change, they are a howling,

Down by the river where I spend my time.

These nights are long, and filled with darkness.

But the sound of the river makes it fine."


The starting lyric reflects the intention of loving someone come what may. The wind, whilst it may change velocity, will always be present. The reference to nights, may be dark and long, but will always return to the light of day (coming back to the one); and much like the river regardless of the bends, the current shall remain.


The song continues in its love letter form detailing "So keep this by your side when you’re alone and I am distant,

You’ll find me right by where I used to be."


Some things are a constant, and will always happen such as "The wolf he sings, right at the moon, And the trees they whisper right back at him, This fire she burns, within my soul, And I swear that she'll never get too dim." That fire inside of us may dwindle, and blow in the wind, but it never truly extinguishes itself, meaning that a resurgence of feeling is always likely.




"So keep this by your side when you’re alone and I am distant,

You’ll find me right by where I used to be.

Just remember what we said by that dusty old hillside,

You’ll find me right by where I used to be."


Reference to keeping with you when you're alone is reminiscent of the old form of a love letter and in many ways, it is what this song is symbolising. The lyric "You'll find me where I used to be" is a romantic sentiment suggesting that it's almost a private in joke, possibly a favourite location, or perhaps just a metaphorical sense of once being in their heart. Whilst the reference to a discussion on the hillside could be a pact, or promise of never being too far away, be it physically, spiritually or emotionally.


'Where I Used To Be' will be out and available on all platforms 28 October 2022.



9 visninger0 kommentarer

Siste innlegg

Se alle
bottom of page