The Stories Behind Tom's Songs

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"Shediac, New Brunswick, summer 79. We had a dirty old step van and a rental car, an Omni I think. The band house was a fly-infested shit hole with plastic bags for windows. After the show on a Thursday night, a bunch of us took the Omni down to the ocean and drove out on the beach to watch the sunrise. We left the car for a while and when we came back, all you could see of the Omni was the antenna sticking up above the water. The tide had come in! I wrote the song about a girl down there who had a plan to go to New York and study at Julliard, the music school." - Tom Cochrane

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