Parvin & Patterson
End to the End
Parvin & Patterson © 2011

I heard the fabled fat lady sing
Hung on tight and did the right thing
Waited for word that no one would send
I held up my end
I got the news before it came down
Written on faces all across town
Wasn't much left for me to defend
But I held up my the end

I couldn't let the dream just flicker and die
With everything gone in the blink of an eye
Maybe it's been better to break than to bend
But I held up my end to the end
To the end, to the end

I heard the fabled fat lady sing
Wrung my hands and played with that ring
With plenty of time to make our amends
I held up my end
I was the last to give up the ghost
Did like Dad and stuck to my post
Say what you want about me my friend
I held up my end to the end


Lyrics Credits: Mark Patterson
Music Credits: Lee Parvin & Mark Patterson
Producer Credits: Lee Parvin & Mark Patterson
Performance Credits: Lee Parvin: Electric piano, organ, vocals. Mike Tyler: Guitars. Gary Davidson: Bass. Danny Montgomery: Drums. Mark Patterson: Congas. Nancy Hall: Vocals
Short Song Description:
End to the End is an uptempo hip-hop song about the determination of one man to honor his commitments.
Long Song Description:
End to the End is a hip-hop/rock song about a man that has upheld his end of the bargain. The song features outstanding performances by Lee Parvin on vocals and keyboards, as well as three separate guitar tracks by Mike Tyler. The piano section following the last chorus was written by Lee Parvin and reflects the transition of the song's protagonist from the pride of having fulfilled his promise to the emptiness of being alone at the finish line.
Story Behind the Song:
End to the End tells the story of a man who saw the writing on the wall but refused to give in to failure. Long after there was nothing left to defend, he continued to honor his commitment, drawing on the strength of past generations, who were less quick to cut and run.
Song Length: 5:16
Primary Genre: Rap-Hip Hop
Secondary Genre: Rock-General
Tempo: Fast (151 - 170)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Determination
Subject Matter 2: Loneliness
Mood 1: Cool
Mood 2: Serene
Similar Artist 1: Peter Gabriel
Similar Artist 2: Los Lobos
Language: English
Era: 2000 and later