I wrote "Carless" mainly because I was going through this phase where anything ending in "-less" fascinated me. Billy Joel did "Shameless," the Neville Brothers did "Helpless." That was when I wrote a song called "Timeless," too. "Careless" was originally intended for just paino, vocal and clarinet, but I ended up using strings because, admittedly, the clarinet setting on the little keyboard I was using sounded like crap.
I was careless And I had to let you go I couldn't see it But I just had to let you know that I Didn't mean a word I said And if I hurt you Then I'll take it back instead I was wrong, and I was careless
You should know that we tried so hard to be We cared so much and yet we never knew But we played our fate, and we learned too late What a little mindlessness can do I was wrong, and I was careless
I was careless And I didn't play the part And now I'm helpless All I've got is a broken heart tonight And I'm feeling all alone But I was careless So the blame is all my own I was wrong, and I was careless