“Salt in the Wound”
My Delta Spirit obsession has gotten out of hand this summer. I actually forced myself to take the CDs out of my car and listen to something else yesterday…yet today I still find myself thinking about their songs…and the beautiful words to this particular tune:
“now with my heart wide open
I listen to the wind just for a word
sure I know it’s futile
but that’s all I have in this world
down from the hill
at the moon
all the tears I cried never salted any wound
well the earth
is so tender and cruel
if you’re not there it’s still so beautiful”
Seems like Delta Spirit will provide the soundtrack to my summer this year…seeing as I cannot stop switching back and forth between their new self-titled album and 2010’s History From Below. This song is from the latter, and it’s one that snuck up on me. The constant drone in the background might’ve had me tuning out at first, but now I’m held captive. The delicate finger-picked melody, echoing background vocals and final build fit together to create something special within this tune:
Delta Spirit – “Bushwick Blues”
I gave away my copy of the Fleet Foxes album Helplessness Blues so I suddenly had to listen to something else in my car (seriously…I just listen to it OVER and OVER…). I popped in History From Below from Delta Spirit and my love for this album came rushing back. This song especially moves me… the words are just so emotional. When I listen, I feel like I’m really feeling the pain and confusion that are embedded in the words and in the writer’s heart. This whole album flippin’ rocks. Check it out.
“So maybe I’m the fool
For feeling used
But the way we kissed that night I thought you knew
Because my love is strong
and my heart is weak
Delta Spirit – “White Table”
REALLY getting into the new Delta Spirit album, History From Below, lately (if you couldn’t tell). LOVING this tune… it was when I saw them perform this one on Jimmy Kimmel that I thought, “Hey, I really should listen to that whole album.”. Love the video for the tune as well. Cool to see them in the studio recording… sometimes that can be even more effective than a narrative.
Delta Spirit – “Salt in the Wound”
I’m pretty sure most everyone can relate to feeling depressed. It seems like most people I know have reached a very low place at one point in their lives – I know I have. I think it’s normal to question what our purpose is… sometimes it can seem so unclear. And once you start questioning that, things in the mind can turn pretty grim. Lately I’ve been really into the latest Delta Spirit album, History From Below, and there’s a tune on there that really nails those feelings:
“I want to disappear
Far from the folks I know
I want to get an answer
To why I was even born
No one here can tell me
What’s been haunting me all my life
Well this rat race has left me limping
Cause I balanced on the edge of the edge of the knife
Why am I here?
Oh what should I do?
Well is this the point I’m trying to prove?
If there’s a god in my head
Then there’s a devil too
How can I tell the difference
When they both claim to be true
Maybe God is God
Maybe the Devil is me
Well I just throw my chains on
And tell myself that I’m free
Chains – are they really there?
Is this just in my head?
Well I’ll just stay in bed”
Delta Spirit – “Golden State”
Love love love this tune from the latest Delta Spirit album, History From Below…it’s so catchy in a non pop way; the energy and the driving beat really get me going. I’ve really got to sit down with the whole album because I sense that I may just love it through and through.