Monday, November 19, 2007

Turn on Me :: The Shins

I've been a fan of the Shins for a few years now, but even I was surprised at how amazingly good their newest album ("Wincing the Night Away") is. The previous Shins albums were random bits of story-poems, while "Wincing the Night Away" is a brutal blow-by-blow of the singer's breakup with his ex-girlfriend. My favorite song on the album is "Turn on Me," which I connected with on a deeply emotional level. It's all about the pushing and pulling and heart-ripping-outing that we do as we try to redefine and redeclare our boundaries.
Be sure to read the lyrics, too! They are like balms rubbed on a raw wound.

"If you could just see yourself hating me, hating me... / When I've been so much more than fair..."

The last two lines of the song remind me of something I read in Everything is Illuminated: "Sometimes you are on the horse's back. And sometimes the horse is on your back." That line makes me smile even in the darkest times...

"Turn On Me"

You can fake it for a while,
Bite your tongue and smile,
Like every mother does an ugly child.
But the stars are leaking out,
Like spittle from a cloud,
Amassed resentment counting ounce and pound.

You're entertaining any doubt,
Because you had to know that I was fond of you,
Fond of Y-O-U,
Though I knew you masked your disdain.
I can see that change was just too hard for us,
Hard for us.
You always had to hold the reigns,
But where I'm headed, you just don't know the way.

So affections fade away,
And do adults just learn to play
The most ridiculous, repulsive games?
On the faith of ruddy sons,
And the double-barreled guns,
You better hurry,
Rabbit, run, run, run.
'Cause meeting you was fun,
And there's a lot of hungry howlers in this one cell.
We're taking it over,
Their brittle, thorny stems,
They break before they bend,
And neither one of us is one of them.

And the tails will never mend,
'Cause you had it in for me so long ago.
Boy, I still don't know,
I don't know why and I don't care,
Well, hardly anymore,
If you'd only seen yourself hating me.
Hating me,
When I've been so much more than fair.
But then you had to lay those feelings bare,
One thing I know still got you scared,
You're all that cold iron,
And never once aired of our dead.

You had to know that I was fond of you,
Fond of Y-O-U.
So I took your licks at the time,
And to change like that is just so hard to do,
Hard to do.
Don't let it whip-crack your life,
And bow out from the fight,
'Cause oh, how your sisters will write.
The worst part is over,
Now, get back on that horse and ride.


meggo said...

i can't stop listening to this song...i bought the whole album and i've listened to it about 20 times since tuesday :)

thank you for the recommendation!

Quaking Aspen said...

I know! It's great!