Nightclub with lots of people and bright lights.

Not Like Before

Not Like Before is on my Found My Way album – released in 2019.


Not Like Before is on Spotify.

Not Like Before lyrics

I made my way upstairs, I didn’t know what I’d find
All kinds of crazy dreams were spinning through my mind
Meeting you, in that club, that night
Hoping it would, turn out just right.

We’d never met before, that didn’t seem to worry you
Not sure I felt the same, I didn’t know what to do
So I lost control of my thoughts and my words
I opened my mouth, it all came out so absurd.

You know it’s true, that I miss you, still you never come around
I’m feeling blue, that much is true, still you never come around
It’s not like before, it’s not like before.

Lying there in the afterglow, I thought it must be love
Poor judgement on my part, as a push turned to a shove
Right out that door, and back into the night
No way back in, and you turned off all the lights.

Copyright 2019 Graham Armfield


Currently I don’t have a video of me performing Not Like Before on YouTube yet. Maybe that will change soon.

Song history

The song came together as a combination of some chords played during a rehearsal and some words that followed shortly afterwards.

Once the theme of the song emerged the rest of the lyrics came together quite quickly.

Obviously the person telling the story is perhaps a bit shy and unused to interacting with strangers. But the person they’re meeting with is the complete reverse – very confident and sure of themselves. Ultimately the story teller is used just for the enjoyment of the other person, and is then discarded quite abruptly.

Cover art for Found My Way album.
Front cover of Found My Way album

Initially the guitar style was a bit more aggressive, but during the times I played it at open-mic nights it evolved into being something a bit more gentle and melodic – ironic given the story path.

It was fun overlaying each of the guitar parts in the studio, and the subtle percussion was achieved by slapping the guitar body in different ways with my hand.