Can't Go Back Again

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Don "Orfeo" Rechtman


Don "Orfeo" Rechtman


Voice, piano

Can't Go Back Again by Don "Orfeo" Rechtman (1990)
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Practice Tracks

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Lyrics Printout

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This was written as incidental music for a 1990 Decatur Theater (Decatur, Georgia) production of Lanford Wilson's play "Fifth of July." Notables who starred in its off-Broadway and Broadway productions include Christopher Reeve, John Hurt, Amy Wright, Jonathan Hogan, Swoosie Kurtz, and Timothy Bottoms. Amy played an aspiring country composer and singer, and Hogan had composed a partial very mediocre tune for her to use. I felt the Decatur Theater could use a more relevant and completed piece. The story centers around a gay paraplegic Vietnam vet recently returned home.

   It is my first and only folk song, and is more folk than country, but still fit the play well. At first I was a bit confused after writing the music, as a Calypso style did not seem a likely fit for an anti-war folk song. But it did not take long for me to realize that the musical style strongly supports the irony of the text.

   There was no dedication on the music at the time, but in light of my own war resistance history and the ongoing events, I found myself compelled to dedicate the music "For All Who Serve." My dedication does not specify tense (living or dead) or nationality, as violence is not just a national tragedy, it is a Human tragedy.


Last modified: 02/23/22