05/09/2010

Interesting note about song lyrics

I’ve been listening to the CD “Live at Eddie’s Attic” by The Civil Wars lately. The haunting melodies and harmonies have been playing in my head since I first heard the band’s duet version of Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love” at our favorite local coffee shop a couple of weeks ago. Oddly, however, I haven’t felt like any of the lyrics apply to my life directly. That is, until I just discovered that Joy Williams, the female vocalist in the group, was nominated for several Dove awards in the past. For those who don’t know, that means she was singing Christian music. That puts all of the songs in a completely different light for me, and I can’t help thinking that the “you” in this song is not a human lover, but Jesus. Of course, I have no idea who wrote the lyrics and what they were thinking at the time. What do you think?

Falling

Haven’t you seen me sleep walking
Cause I’ve been holding your hand
Haven’t you noticed me drifting
Oh, let me tell you I am

Tell me it’s nothing
Try to convince me
That I’m not drowning
Oh, let me tell you I am

Please, please tell me you know
I’ve got to let you go
I can’t help falling
Out of love with you

Why I am feeling so guilty
Why I am holding my breath
Worry about everyone but me
I just keep losing myself

Tell me it’s nothing
Try to convince me
That I’m not drowning
Oh let me tell you I am

Please, please tell me you know
I’ve got to let you go
I can’t help falling
Out of love with you

Oh, won’t you read my mind
Don’t you make me like you
I hear
Please, Please tell me you know
I’ve got to let you go
I can’t help falling
Out of love with you

(Dom, incidentally, hates the album.)

Knitting

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