No Matter Where You Are by Us The Duo

"The Alvarados are the actual cutest couple ever, and their love and joy shine through their music like sunshine breaking through cloud banks."Track: No Matter Where You Are
Artist: Us The Duo
Album: No Matter Where You Are
Genre: folk, indie, pop
Music Rating: 8/10
Lyrics Rating: 8/10
Overall:
8/10
Sounds Like: Alex & Sierra, The Lumineers, Oh Honey
Interesting Fact: They gained a huge following by posting 6 second covers online and are widely regarded as the first musicians to have signed to a major record label due to their presence on Vine.
Bonus Fact: This song was the result of Carissa Rae & Michael Alvarado (AKA – Us The Duo) writing their wedding vows. They performed it for the first time at their wedding. Cutest thing ever!
Best thing About this Track: Harmonies! Also, I love how cute this song is as a wedding song, but I really appreciate that it can be a great love song without automatically defaulting to the wedding category. I love that it is adorable and makes its point without smacking you over the head with pigeonholing specificity. The writing was really well thought out on many levels.
One thing I wish was different: I wish there was an internal rhyme on the first line of the bridge. It would be a beautifully fulfilling callback to the setup in the verses. That was weirdly specific, but I’m just trying to think of something that would make this song even better.
Website: Us The Duo

The Alvarados are the actual cutest couple ever, and their love and joy shine through their music like sunshine breaking through cloud banks. If you’re looking for a band that makes happy, optimistic, adorable, but also really well-written music, Us The Duo is for you. Welcome to #UsTheFamily!

I really relate to this song from a writing perspective. This song is a picture-perfect textbook example of writing from a guitar’s frame-of-mind. I can almost guarantee you this song was written on a guitar. Everything from the key, to the progression screams, “GUITAR!” and I love it. That being said, this song has some great uses of other instrumentation as well. I do believe that there is a fairly predominant banjo part, the little flashes of piano are brilliant, and this song is rhythmically on fire! The song doesn’t musically sound like “GUITAR!”, because how boring would that be? No. It sounds like a fully implemented and diversified song, but the artistic, creative, musical and structural thumbprint is “GUITAR!” which I will never not love.

Speaking of things that I love: lyrical structure. Very love it. This song does something quite interesting and atypical with the contrast between verses and the chorus. The verses are fairly rigid and consistent in composition. The rhyme scheme remains faithfully: A B CC B, and the meter has a consistent marching cadence, making brilliant use of triple triplets in the middle of each stanza. Then we hit the chorus, and it feels like structure takes a swan dive out the window. Your brain might start to freak out at the free fall, but then you realize: it’s totally fine. Swans can fly. We’re used to just looking at them be pretty on a pond surface, but that’s totally not the height of their abilities. The chorus is a beautiful, majestic swan. And really, that’s just a giant metaphor for the whole purpose of the song.

This song is a promise that when the hard things in life come, I will stay by you. I won’t let life get in the way of “us”. So, when life hits the chorus and we start to do a swan dive, I won’t freak out and leave. I will appreciate the beauty of the swan. Swans can fly. It’s fine. We’re a swan. We can make it.

We are here and now, in the verses. We’re making plans, being purposeful. Life is structured. But when plans go out the window, and your everyday rhythm is interrupted by the craziness of whatever unexpected thing life throws at you, those promises that made up the plans still remain. “Nothing can stop us”.

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Lyrics:
I will stand by you
Even when we fall
I will be the rock that holds you up
and lifts you high so you stand tall

I won’t let you go
No one can take your place
A couple fights and lonely nights
Don’t make it right to let it go to waste

I won’t let you fall
I won’t let you go
No matter where you are
No matter where you are, I’ll be there

I will hold on to
Everything we’ve got
A quitter, a regretter, and forgetter is
Everything I’m not

I’ll take care of you
and love you just because
You and I are better than forever
Nothing can stop us

I won’t let you fall
I won’t let you go
No matter where you are
No matter where you are, I’ll be there

We can be the generation
Who learns how to love
Mistakes and empty promises
Will never be enough

To tear apart these giant hearts
that beat inside us now
Let’s conquer the percentages
and rise above the crowd

I won’t let you fall
I won’t let you go
No matter where you are
No matter where you are, I’ll be there

No matter where you are
No matter where you are I’ll be there

No matter where you are
No matter where you are I’ll be there

I’ll be there
I’ll be there

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2 thoughts on “No Matter Where You Are by Us The Duo

  • March 19, 2016 at 8:49 am
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    Thanks Anie! I am loving this song by the Duo! We can always use another great love song that ISN”T sappy and reminds us of the core of what loving is really about. Wow!

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  • March 23, 2016 at 5:46 pm
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    LOVE, LOVE this song!!!! Thanks for introducing them to me.

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