Singled Out: Lyal Strickland's You'll See
'You'll See' came as a response to jokes and doubts. My buddies have joked about me being afraid of commitment for years - I have trouble choosing from an expansive fast food menu. However, they seem to think that's indicative of my love life as well. I've always taken things a little too personally, but I'm usually able to bottle it up until I can get to a guitar. At the time I wrote 'You'll See' I was in a long term relationship and I think everyone was wondering if it would transition into marriage or not. As things go, it didn't, but the song is my way of saying that when things are right, I won't hesitate.
It's also one of my songs that directly mentions what I do with myself when I'm not strumming for strangers; raising grass fed organic beef on my Great Grandfather's farm. Cattle seems to be a bit of a clumsy metaphor for a love song, but I've always seen parallels. For 'You'll See' I couldn't get the thought out of my head of a cow's life on the range versus the farm. Sure the range is a great wide expanse with endless opportunities, but there's got to be something comforting about always knowing where the good creek is and never worrying about not having a safe, grassy field to bed down in. There's a good possibility I just read too much into it, but regardless, it birthed a song.
The unknown tidbit about this song is that it inspired the album title. On the way home from the studio one day, I was playing the day's mix for my mother. When it was over she was saying how much she liked the line "...just like a bluebird on barbed wire", only she bungled it and said "Balanced On Barbed Wire". It was a perfect representation of where I am in my life, and where many of my friends and neighbors are as well. Walking a tight rope that twists and turns and makes you jump every so often just to avoid being nicked.