Almost Dropped My iPhone

© 2013 James Dempsey

Almost Dropped My iPhone 5
On the gray stone floor
Of the Apple store

Almost Dropped My iPhone 5
The geniuses could see
My near calamity

Almost Dropped My iPhone
Almost Dropped My iPhone
Almost Dropped My iPhone 5

Almost Dropped My iPhone
Almost Dropped My iPhone
Almost Dropped My iPhone 5

A look of shock was on my face
Thought of the money spent
As I watched its descent

It wasn’t even in a case
To save me from despair
I caught it in midair

Caught it in midair
Without a moment left to spare
Caught it in midair
My fumbling fingers found it there
Found it there

Does it piss off Jonny Ive
As dents and scratches malign
His pristine design?

Almost Dropped My iPhone
Almost Dropped My iPhone
Almost Dropped My iPhone 5

Almost Dropped My iPhone
Almost Dropped My iPhone
Almost Dropped My iPhone 5

Almost Dropped My iPhone
Almost Dropped My iPhone 5


Album Art for James Dempsey and the Breakpoints Album 'Backtrace'

Inspired by actual events, Almost Dropped My iPhone captures the full emotional range of this modern tale of momentary loss and redemption.

Past songs by James Dempsey and the Breakpoints have been humorous explanations of technical topics. Almost Dropped My iPhone breaks from that tradition, giving voice to an experience shared by millions of people around the world.

Almost Dropped My iPhone is available on Backtrace, the debut album by James Dempsey and the Breakpoints.


Cover art for 'Almost Dropped My iPhone' by James Dempsey and the Breakpoints. A black and white photo showing an iPhone in midair.

Almost Dropped My iPhone is the second single released by James Dempsey and the Breakpoints on April 17, 2013.

The photo for the single’s album art was taken by Stan Jirman in the cafeteria of light field photography company Lytro.

The iPhone in midair in the photo is James’s own iPhone 5, dropped repeatedly onto a pillow out of frame.


James Dempsey singing at a microphone with Darren Minifie sitting playing acoustic guitar.

James Dempsey and the Breakpoints premiered Almost Dropped My iPhone live at the inaugural Renaissance conference on January 23, 2013.

The song debuted to an enthusiastic crowd, with Darren Minifie on guitar and Victor Alexander on slide-advance keyboard.

Recording took place at Russell Bond’s HowlingPoint Studios in the Los Gatos hills on January 6 & January 9th, 2013.  For the recording, original Breakpoint guitarist Gordie Freedman was on guitar, with the multi-talented Darren Minifie on bass.

No iPhones were harmed in the making of this recording.


Vocals: James Dempsey
Guitar: Gordie Freedman
Bass: Darren Minifie
Drums: Russell Bond

Music and Lyrics: James Dempsey
Recorded and Produced by Russell Bond at HowlingPoint Studios