All your acting / Your thin disguise / All your perfectly delivered lines / They don’t fool me / You’ve been lonely / Too long
Our image of romantic love evolves. I used to want the all encompassing, drama-filled, crazy can’t-live-without-you love. As I got older this ideal gave way to a preference for a slower, gentler, more comfortable kind of love. I no longer invite the fights and the tears. Communication and tacit understanding trumps all drama. Love is most eminent through mundane yet caring actions. Maybe I’m getting old. But it feels right. I feel at home.
This song caught my ears because the two voices go beautifully together. The singing is a murmur, barely audible, but it blends seamlessly with the steady guitar. The lyrics focus on isolation and loneliness, but also exemplify acceptance and vulnerability. While you shouldn’t dive into a relationship simply because you’re lonely, there’s also a certain miracle when you meet someone and they understand your solitude. They don’t want to fix you, rescue you, demean your state. They just acknowledge the hurt you’ve been through, see through the walls you’ve built, and offer quiet companionship.
Cheers to The Civil Wars. Pity they’ve disbanded.
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