Possibly the finest (practically) breakup song ever written. Jagger sings of his lamentably lady really like who “don’t attempt very challenging to please me.” In response to what we are lead to believe are numerous injustices, he warns, “this could be the final time.” The genius of the song lies in the word “could.” Since of that we see the singer, who could other wise be a accurate cad, for what he really is: hopeful. He sees his connection as doomed, he knows that he has been repeatedly wronged, but he nevertheless gives this song as an emotional revelation, albeit a bitter a single, that he is prepared to leave even though it is the final issue that he desires. This narrative element of the song is underpinned additional with the line “I’m sorry girl but I cannot stay/feeling like I do today.” This line functions overtime. Very first, there is the explicit apology at the start and, second, there is the delineation of timing. Jagger isn’t saying that the partnership is all bad or that there is no hope for it to be repaired, nonetheless, he is explicit: proper now, these days,issues are NOT working out. The restriction of the time frame and the area that is left for the listener to think about the dull partnership that surrounds the moment we are presented with, tends to make the song come alive.
The conclusion of every single chorus, and the song itself, is that Jagger himself does not know if this will be the last time — that he is wronged, that he feels this way, that he has the realization that the connection that he is in is not what he wants — but he wants to make it clear: some thing has changed and he is ready to leave. The conversation between the characters that takes place right after this song is one we do not get to hear spelled out, the months or years that lead up to it are not explicitly described, but the feeling we are left with is a single that includes the weight of all of that context. A brilliant piece of pop that, much like Bruce Springsteen’s “Promised Land” explodes the concept of what the form can include.
The very first time I listened To Great Morning, Magpie, I was a tiny underwhelmed. There weren’t the rough, cinematic songs about whiskey and the devil that I had come to count on and love from MBD (as time has gone on, even though, this has effortlessly become my favorite of their albums), but then I got to the last two tracks.
“White Noise” and “The Day” are effective songs about diametrically opposed forces, or probably the same force from drastically various perspectives. They are both thundering, ominous (perhaps their most ominous) songs about the devil and god. “White Noise” is reminiscent of “The Desert Is On Fire,” the devil’s song from Who Will Survive. Except, it is not cocky in the exact same way. It is particular and destructive, set on a day of apocalypse. This devil is considerably far more purposeful and significantly less petty than the one particular from Who Will Survive. It is orchestrating the finish.
But straight following that, as the last song of the album is“The Day.” Considerably like “White Noise,” it is a brooding, dark, effective song, but this one from the point of view of a follower of a god. It isn’t created clear what god, if it’s the a single of Abrahamic religions (even though it definitely has a robust Old Testament vibe), or some thing else completely, but like the devil in “White Noise” it is also here to take the earth and punish these who did not follow it. Considering that this is the last song on Excellent Morning Magpie, it serves as the last word, as if this force is higher than the a single of the previous song. This is the initial song in MBD’s catalogue exactly where the devil definitively loses, and it serves as a excellent closing of the door on the very first portion of their career.
We’re getting a short summer break this week & will be back subsequent Monday!
As requested by some, the “All Weeks” chronological list of all our characteristics so far is now back up. Access it at http://oneweekoneband.tumblr.com/past.
Certainly the standard/alphabetical “Bands A – Z” list is still there as nicely under http://oneweekoneband.tumblr.com/bands.
Apologies for inconveniently splitting each lists into numerous parts, but that was the only way to keep away from Tumblr’s link limit in pages bugging up the code. Let me know if something’s not operating & see you subsequent week. Enjoy your summer season!