Released on Places I’ve Been, 2008, backed by Johnny Harper (electric guitar), Marty Holland (electric bass), and John Hall (drums) plus John R. Burr on both piano and Hammond B3 organ.

I forget where the specific inspiration for this song came from, unless you count years of loneliness and disappointment in love. It came to me shortly after hooking up with Gail and it helped win her love. I wish I could have heard it performed by Freddy Fender.


To each his own, that’s the way it should be
One more lover for you don’t mean you can’t love me
But this knot in my head and this hurt in my heart
Make me feel like my life’s falling softly apart
Once again I’ll be left all alone
To each his own

To each his own -- is there no way to share?
I want nothing of you but to know that you care
But if you’re turning back from this love we have made
You’re not taking from me, but I’ve lost anyway
There’s no debt I can claim when you’re gone
To each his own

To each his own, but what really is mine?
Will I own anything when I’ve used up my time
Will the places I’ve been and the lessons I’ve learned
And the roads I have ridden and bridges I’ve burned
Lead to someone who loves in return?
To each his own
To each his own

    By Mayne Smith, 1981 © Hillgreen Music <>