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You and Me on the Rock [Brandi Carlile In These Silent Days]

19 Jan

The second song on the album is, You and Me on the Rock. I think it’s a double meaning: Physically living on a rock, like rocky land, or a cliff, or some island? And also a relationship on the rock(s).

The first verse beautifully describes ice fishing in vivid detail. The point is transient shelters are built on an unstable, impermanent surface, fun is had during the season, then everything is cleaned up so you can’t tell anything was ever there. The song is also describing a relationship built on a slippery foundation, where both people knew it couldn’t last forever, but they had fun anyway. And now fishing season is over, so to speak.

The chorus is very co-dependent with the main character saying she can’t even stand to be apart from her lover while one is in the garden and the other is on a walk. The narrator says she doesn’t need their (our/the audience/fans) money, just her relationship/marriage.

The 2nd verse explains that the narrator didn’t build a strong, airplane out of her life, so to speak. She says it was paper (vs strong metal) and crooked (so it’s not a sound vessel to start with). Because of this faulty construction of both plane and person, ending up in the water has always been a consequence close at hand.

The narrator tells the other person (and us) that nobody cared about them in the way this wife(?) does. Nobody was asking why’s she so thin (unhealthy, not getting nourishment) and why’s she drinking again (ending up addicted or ‘in the water’). The narrator was close to crashing into the water when this other person caught her and saved her from that terrible fate (sloppiness? alcoholism?).

The bridge[is that what it’s called?] uses a tsunami as a metaphor for their relationship problems. It’s a big wave, but the couple can make it through. They will avoid the water together.

In the bigger picture of the album theme, the 1st song made clear there were relationship problems (caused by the narrator?) but this problematic main person doesn’t want to give up, and thinks things can get sorted out. In this 2nd song, the narrator acknowledges they are a bit faulty as a person, but that’s why they need their lover (as Taylor would say). And together crises can be averted.