Week 102 // Hurricane Music

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Fine, look me in the eye
And say it’s nothing to you
What a wind like this could do
And something’s raising doubts
The storm will wash them out

My God, I said turning around
And it was in the way
Rehearsed and overplayed
Ignore the rising wall out front
No way the storm will wash this out

No, you can’t look me in the eye
And say you’re feeling removed
With a wind like this
Don’t you even try
To say it’s nothing to you

In the barn, or hiding underground
You got something to say?
I recognize the loss in your eyes
And then you put it away
Think of the storm that broke your heart
Giving in to this one tears you apart

No, you can’t look me in the eye
And say you’re feeling removed
With a wind like this
Don’t you even try
To say it’s nothing to you

Notes
I wrote another song about a storm once, a very long time ago with some friends of mine. It was called “Big Big Wind” and it was about how a huge and violent storm interrupted our year and functioned as a thematic epilogue to the premature death of a friend in an unrelated incident. I wanted to write about this new storm, but my thoughts kept drifting back to that old one. But that’s sort of the thing about storms isn’t it? We batten down the hatches and talk smack about how it is all a bunch of hype. But in the back of our minds, we remember in perfect detail the storm that knocked out the power for days, the storm that put the tree over the hood of a friends car, the storm that flooded the basement, the storm that left you out in the cold, the storms that weren’t storms at all but equally jarring traumas that left the world strewn with debris, both real and metaphorical. We puff our chests out and bluster about the weatherman hunting for ratings, but we know that any one of these storms could be the storm. So that’s what I wrote about. I wrote about how storms remind us of loss, and that with all our courage and false bravado, we can do little but wait it out and be impressed. Stay safe everybody!

~M.E.

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