1/18/12

Sunday Downloads - A Joy Formidable

I know....Sunday Downloads on Wednesyday?  What's the world coming too? It's the best I can do.

"A Heavy Abacus" by A Joy Formidable

There is so much passion and soul into the music and vocals of this song.  It's one of those songs that reaches and touches you in a way you can vocalize, but after you hear it, you want to live, really live.  It screams wake up, before it's too late.  The lyrics are ridiculously poetic. (Which I love.) It took several listens to grasp the looming regret but it took someone else's interpretation before the song hit me like a ton of bricks.

In short, I believe she is trying to say that we can spend our days in our "plastic lives," being something we are not and our nights partying for that brief high.  But in the end, the abacus of life keeps ticking off the wasted days.  And the chances we could have taken, will be just memories.

Here's the video:




(Below is a line by line well done interpretation of the lyrics.  Pretty cool.)

Lyrics for "A Heavy Abacus"

Here we are bending feet
In the dark before dreamless sleep
Cloaks that spot, that shiver, that breeze
Throws you in the dark

Happiness, it won't last long
And this child behind stores it all
The failed man's curse
And the cost of nonchalance

I thank you sly, watchful gene
A plastic life up my sleeve
If you've followed this far
You've realized nothing

Now your world is here
Watch it disappear

Abacus haunting me
Abacus watching me
Abacus haunting me
Abacus watching me

And it all plays out
And it always comes around
The message fades but the mess prevails
You reckless thing leaving you in our hands

Abacus haunting me
Abacus watching me
Abacus haunting me
Abacus watching me

All we have is this chance called memory
(Haunting me)
All we have is this chance called memory
(Watching me)
All we have is this chance called memory
(Haunting me)
All we have is this chance called memory

Here are the lyrics interpreted by two people.  Both seem pretty accurate.





1 comment :

  1. I really like her voice. Sweet and kinda rough at the same time.

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