Note: I have struggled for inspiration following the NaBloPoMo writing prompts this month, so I went back to my backup plan to the blog post I wrote at the end of September entitled “Prompted” for ideas. This particular thought has been on my mind for some time and I have struggled to make sense of it. I’m not sure I did it justice with this post, but at least there’s a little less rattling in my brain.
People aren’t the only ones who wear masks. Seemingly simple songs with lyrics that repeat with a slight twist of perspective often can reveal the emotional truth behind life’s experiences. There is one song that comes to mind called 9 Crimes by Damien Rice that has been rattling around in my head with its haunting starkness. The song itself is about an inherently painful and masked relationship and the symbol of that reality is portrayed in the giving away of a loaded gun. The gun is a symbol of the emotional power of the relationship held just a trigger pull away from disaster. The lyric “Give my gun away when it’s loaded” is tossed back and forth between the male and female singer as well as the next line of the song asking, “Is that alright with you? “ This song is about both betrayal and permission and how blurry the lines are between the two. Both lines are symbolic of a damaged relationship.
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