Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Shakespeare's Sister

Got into a debate on another site about the most incredible lyrics. "Allegra" quoted from one of Shakespeare's sonnets, so without thinking, I posted a reply:

Ah the marvels of Shakespeare. Funny, Shakespeare's Sister wrote good lyrics too...

if this world is wearing thin
and you're thinking of escape
i'll go anywhere with you
i'll do anything it takes [just wrap me up in chains]
but if you try to go alone
don't think i'll understand

stay with me, stay with me.

in the silence of your room
in the darkness of your schemes [ ... dreams]
there among the souvenirs [you must only think of me]
and the useless memories [there can be no in between]
when your pride is on the floor
i'll make you beg for more

stay with me, stay with me.

you'd better hope and pray
that you'll be safe [ that you make it safe]
in your own world [back to your own world]
you'd better hope and pray
that you're gonna awake [that you wake one day]
back in your own world [in your own world]
[cause when you sleep at night they don't hear your cries]
[in your own world]
[only time will tell if you can break the spell]
[back in your own world]

stay with me, stay with me

Having posted thus, as well as REM's The One I Love, I started wondering what these two rather flippant choices said about my psyche and feelings towards love and relationships. Funny, the first one is a little reminiscent of the Police song "Every Breath You Take", which seems to be about a stalker. Shakespeare's Sister take it one step further; the unwitting victim is trapped in the relationship. The second song I mentioned, by REM, suggests that love is fleeting, convenient and dispensable.

I am sure the psycho-analysts among you will agree therefore that my selection of song lyrics may relate to a subconscious fear of commitment and scorn for the need to depend on others. On the other hand, I was just trying to get a cheap laugh out of the connection between some well-written sonnets from the mid-16th century and some shrilly-delivered lyrics from the mid-80s of the last century.

Which segues me neatly to a conclusion, from my second song choice:

This one goes out to the one I love
This one goes out to the one I’ve left behind
A simple prop to occupy my time
This one goes out to the one I love


Anonymous said...

How about....

A winter’s day
In a deep and dark december;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I’ve built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don’t talk of love,
But I’ve heard the words before;
It’s sleeping in my memory.
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

Gabriel said...

Hi, I was searching for the lyrics of 'Stay' by Shakespeare's Sister, and chanced upon your blog/site. Yes, it is a beautiful song. I love the second part, rather cryptic but just lovely.