Daily Song Study

Dido – Mary’s In India

In songs on August 31, 2011 at 8:49 am

Often good songs can be snapshots of a life, catching a moment in time before it’s whisked away into the past. Here’s a good example of that, a tale of three people at a turning point in each of their lives. In under four minutes, we are introduced to each of these characters, given a glimpse of their history, told of the situation in which they find themselves, and offered a possible future for them. But it’s left just untidy enough to keep an element of mystery about where they might all end up. Much like life itself. The song succeeds precisely because of its ambiguity, even while telling us quite a bit about the people involved.

I am often wary of songs which attempt to present definitive answers to problems. I used to write those when I was young and omniscient, and have had their premises blown to smithereens over the years. Life is open-ended, and often the best songs are as well.
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