From the recording Chris Kemp White

Originally titled “5-26-04,” after the date of its first recording, (I’m not sure when it was originally written,) “The Same Man (Who Broke Your Heart)” touches on themes of homelessness, alcoholism, and romance. Ultimately it is about regret.
 
It seems to me that regret comes in two forms: “I’m sorry I did that,” and “I’m sorry I didn’t do that.” This song covers both. The stronger theme here is romance and I think at the time I was simultaneously sorry about the path I had chosen–i.e., the relationship I was in–and any opportunities I had missed because of it. In hindsight, all mistakes are lessons and I learned a lot from my choices. Still, it’s hard not to think how life might have been different.

Lyrics

A little ill
It’s not so bad
I can’t believe I’m the same man
Who worked so hard
To be so mean
 
It’s not my fault
I’m not as clean 
This cup collects your pity
And drunken eyes
Will turn the grays to color
 
Just a kiss
That’s all it was
That’s all there is
The way you feel 
Is way too strange
 
A little ill
It’s not so bad
I can’t believe I’m the same man 
Who broke your heart
That wasn’t me