Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Songs that Capture a Mood: "We Could Be Kings"

The first song off of Dave Hause's upcoming album Devour, "We Could Be Kings" is an emotional powerhouse.  The song is about disappointment and it's lyrics speaks straight to the heart in a way that is soul wrenching and touching.


So this is rejection
And it’s bringing you down
He told you that he’d find work soon
Then he stopped coming around
That was the summer of sweet nights
He used to take you for rides
But it all changed in the backseat
He came inside
Well he’s seen enough to know
He’s old enough to know what’s right from wrong
I know how hard it is to see things through
Oh no did it rip you apart?
To be told we could be kings
When we were damned from the start
Oh no did it rip you apart?
They told us we could be kings
When we were damned, damned from the start
You told him you loved him
But pushing come to show
There were no easy answers
Mixing money and blood
He was too young to know better
And you were unemployed
The sergeant promised a cake walk
But then he got deployed
I’ve seen enough, enough to know
It’s not about which side you’re on
I know how hard it is to keep it in
Oh no did it rip you apart?
To be told we could be kings
When we were damned from the start
I know that it rips you apart
They told us we could be kings
When we were damned, damned from the start
We’ve been living to the left of the dial
Hoping drinks and denial will keep us here
I’m not promising you some bright side
We’re trying to break your stride
But you asked me, you asked me
He was gone in an instant
They say nobody was spared
Not gonna tell you he loved you
Not gonna tell you he cared
Well I’ve seen enough, enough to know
Sometimes with the truth you gotta let it go
I know how hard it is to keep it in
I won’t going rip you apart
And tell you, you could be king
I don’t wanna break your heart
I won’t going rip you apart
So open wide and you’ll sing
‘Cause we’re all damned
Open wide and you’ll see
‘Cause we’re all damned, damned from the start
We’re damned from the start
Disappointment is something that everyone can identify with.  While I'm a firm believer in the potential of humanity and the greatness of the American Dream, I also know the harsh realities of the world that we live in.  The world that rejects individuality and non-conformity; the world that suppresses free thought and discourages open minds; the world that pushes the different and disenfranchised to the marginalized edges.  To me, this song hits that chord of ultimate frustration and the harsh realities of unrealized achievement so poignantly that I can't imagine the sentiment ever being expressed in such a perfect and complete way.  In a lot of ways, this song feels like the soundtrack of my adult life.

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