Song of the Day: Ben Shive


Brian Wilson’s fingerprints are all over Ben Shive’s The Cymbal Crashing Clouds and perhaps nowhere are they more apparent than in “Sorry But I’m Yours.” Here’s an excerpt from the Cymbal Crashing Clouds companion book (which is amazingly awesome) in which Ben talks a little about the song:

My poor, timid voice wants only to live a quiet life, tending little gardens of conversation. But instead he is made something of a sideshow, rudely shoved in front of microphones and made to sing my songs.

But imagine my frustration. I work hard writing these things. Often they take years. Then I open my mouth and I’m something like the inverse of the singing frog in the cartoon. You see a man, but all you hear is “croak, craok.”

I thought it was time we got some counseling. And I decided he should go first. So I wrote him a song of apology to sing to me from stage, and it has been surprisingly therapeutic for both of us.

The phrase “I’m sorry, but I’m yours” could be taken to mean “I know I’m a hopless case, but at least I’m loyal,” or it could mean “I hate to break it to you, but the fact is that you are stuck with me.” Whichever you prefer.

“Sorry But I’m Yours”
Ben Shive
The Cymbal Crashing Clouds


  1. Peter B

    The whole album is utterly fantastic (in the literal as well as the somewhat-figurative complimentary sense). I love, love, love this song. The title is reminiscent of the devious doubletry (or more) evident in such other great historical works as The Ill-Tempered Klavier.

  2. Kari Richmond

    My kids (6 and 2 yrs old) and I are addicted to this album right now. We all light up when that first track whistle blows, and they often request to hear that first song several times before we can go to the second track. Ben, I empathize your vocal frustration and misgivings (I haven’t been able to talk my voice into going into counseling yet), but what you do with what you have is just wonderful to listen to (and I don’t mean that as an underhanded insult… or overhanded compliment…) and it gives me hope for my own “issue.” Don’t have the book yet, so thanks for the coupon!

  3. Jeanine

    My husband bought this album after the concert at the Ryman last year. It is such good, quirky fun! I can definitely hear the Brian Wilson vibe in this song…makes me want to go to the beach. Didn’t know there was a book…will need to check that out, too!

  4. James Witmer

    Ben, love this song. Without the passage from your book, I would have taken it as a wry version of the prayers I often pray.

    Knowing the story is even funnier, however, since I confess I have envied your vocal range. I would totally sing this song… if my voice would accept counseling… and if I wasn’t in an office right now.

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