Wednesday, June 10, 2015
30 Day Song Challenge, Day 10: A Song That Helps You Fall Asleep
My pick for today is Paul Simon's "Train In The Distance," which is a low-humming and cooing sort of lullaby that always helps me fall asleep. Here it is:
That line-- negotiations and love songs are often mistaken for one and the same-- registers on my top-10 list of greatest lyrics of all time. In fact, there are a dozen or so lines like that one in this song: lines that serve as building blocks for this particular story, but at the same time serve as universal (or universalizable) observations about the things we love and the things we think are true. "Train in the Distance" is also a perfect example of Simon's attention to the more minute details of human drama ("from time to time, he makes her laugh, she cooks a meal or two"), details that are not themselves "dramatic" at all but rather which serve as the mise-en-scène for the countless other dramas that make our lives human lives and that everybody thinks is true.
The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains.
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