Cahill Kelly - Maybe I
  • RELEASE DATE /21 July 2021
  • LABEL /Cheersquad Records & Tapes
  • FORMAT /Digital single



Maybe I’ is the soaring fourth single of Cahill Kelly’s sublime debut album, ‘Classical and Cool Jazz’.

This song was written after I had a bad falling out with some close friends that never really got resolved. This led to a depression that stayed with me for years and in the early stages of this unravelling I felt extremely isolated and alone. I don’t remember writing the initial melody or chords for the song, but the lyrics came from a place of pure sadness and for some reason hilarious quotes from my friend Cal during a game of Pictionary. The chorus was originally written as “Maybe I shouldn’t worry about, friends who’ve got no love to give” until my friend Kev Walsh suggested I change to line to ‘Those’ instead of ‘Friends’ which made the chorus way more accessible and gave it a deeper meaning, thanks Kev!

We recorded this live as a three-piece and then enlisted help from Oskar Herbig who tracked both the guitar solos and Grace Cummings who sung all the harmonies. Grace and I sort of jokingly ad-libbed the last two chorus’s together in the same mic, and it turned out to be one of the better takes, so we kept it in.” – Cahill Kelly

Melbourne singer-songwriter Cahill Kelly‘s debut album, ‘Classical and Cool Jazz‘. An album that features a slew of local performers including Grace Cummings, Harmony Byrne and long-term collaborator Lain Pocock, Classical and Cool Jazz sees the self-taught, multi-instrumentalist lean into a sea of ‘70s inspired influences, spanning Lennon’s renowned Plastic Ono Band through to various Bob Dylan cuts. These reference points see Kelly take psychedelic detours before landing back to a place where a simple folk song possesses remarkable depth, warmth and sonic abundance.

Originally from far North Queensland, a young Kelly grew up on a diet of Crowded House and Tom Petty. Later, he channelled his heroes in his first musical projects, The Broken Needles and Willow Darling. With the latter seeing him assume the role of a natural frontman, Kelly developed a knack for writing songs about everyday life with sparkling detail and depth, delivered with casual grace.

Classical and Cool Jazz‘ is available through Cheersquad Records & Tapes as a limited edition translucent aqua vinyl, black vinyl, and digitally on all the usual platforms.

Written by Cahill Kelly
Cahill Kelly: vocals, guitar, keys, percussion
Grace Cummings: vocals
Oskar Herbig: guitar
Lain Pocock: bass
Andrew Braidner: drums