Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Maybe” — The Ink Spots (1940)

blgmaybeMaybe you’ll think of me when you are all alone
Maybe the one who is waiting for you will prove untrue
Then what will you do?

Maybe you might think that The Ink Spots classic 1940 tune Maybe, strictly speaking, isn’t a “Halloween” song.

Maybe you’re right, but play the video below, listen to the music, close your eyes, and let the imagery wash over you.

Maybe you’re in the dusty yet ornate lobby of an abandoned grand hotel, and you have always been the caretaker, and the scratchy music is heard over an old-time radio that couldn’t possibly work…

Maybe you’re a private investigator in 1950s New Orleans, and your Mephistophelian client has come to collect his end of the bargain by showing you your true nature, and as you rush out the door in horror (to no avail) this song is playing over the gramophone…

Maybe you’re a young child living through the absolute horror of the apocalypse, and in your madness you’ve taken to playing deadly games with the undead in your front yard…

Maybe you’ve been a huge Fallout fan since 1997 and the song is part of your DNA at this point…

Maybe you’re trapped in a demonic hotel room and the song keeps playing over and over and over again…

Maybe there’s a haunting, sinister undertone to an otherwise simple tune, that of a singer vowing regret to the one who left him…

Maybe it’s reaffirming the primal horror that we all are born, and left to die, all alone…

Maybe you’ll sit and sigh, wishing that I were near
Then maybe you’ll ask me to come back again
And maybe I’ll say “maybe”

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