My first post

This is my very first blog post, so for those of you who read blogs (I don’t), thank you for reading and please bear with me as I figure this out.

I have always been a big fan of music (who isn’t really?) and I find myself in awe of songwriters.  I mean, they write these beautiful and poignant lyrics with perfect rhyme and meter AND there is music involved!  When I hear a great song where all of these things are in line, I’m just blown away.

I love a song that tells a story.  I can remember listening to my parents’ Kenny Rogers or Elton John growing up–they listened to a wide range of music.  Sometimes the writer paints a very specific story for us to follow in our mind’s eye.  But I am also a huge fan of songs that leave a little to the imagination or even songs that are wide open for interpretation.  It’s fun to assign a meaning to these songs and apply them to our own situations.

In Pearl Jam’s song “Better Man,” I always imagined that the main character was a woman in an abusive relationship.

“Waitin’, watchin’ the clock, it’s four o’clock, it’s got to stop
Tell him, take no more, she practices her speech
As he opens the door, she rolls over…
Pretends to sleep as he looks her over

She lies and says she’s in love with him, can’t find a better man…
She dreams in color, she dreams in red, can’t find a better man…”

Sounds right?  I finally consulted the internet and it seems Eddie Vedder dedicated his song “to the bastard that married my Momma” at a show in Atlanta in 1994 so my theory makes some sense.  She’s telling a lie when she says, “I love you,” to him.  She can’t find a better man, or she doesn’t believe that she can find a better man?  Her self-esteem has been beat down.  She’s been called stupid, lazy, worthless, and he’s even said the ultimate made-for-TV line “You know you’ll never find anyone to treat you better than I do.”

The last round of chorus has a notably more upbeat tone to it.  This is the part that had my imagination going.

 “She lies and says she’s in love with him, can’t find a better man…
She dreams in color, she dreams in red, can’t find a better man…”

This time, I imagine the same woman in a happy and loving relationship.  She’s with a man who appreciates her, cherishes her, stands by her and simply loves her as she is.  This time she’s lying in bed, not being untruthful (maybe it’s not grammatically correct) and telling him that she loves him.  She can’t find a better man…because, in her eyes, there really is no man better.

Going to see Pearl Jam with my Better Man in six days!

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