Floating Down the Forth – Frightened Rabbit

Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGsYK3xSkio

These guys were a recent find for me. Great song from a very interesting band from Scotland. They seem to have a penchant for recording pretty much anywhere! I like the indie feel of their music but a special sound that you can really feel.

Lyrics here, more below:
So you just stepped out
of the front of my house
and I’ll never see you again.
I closed my eyes for a second
and when they opened
you weren’t there.
And the door shut
I was vacuum packed,
shrink-wrapped out of air
And the spine collapsed
and the eyes rolled back
to stare at my starving brain,

And fully clothed, I float away
(I’ll float away)
Down the Forth, into the sea
I think I’ll save suicide for another day.

And I picture this corpse
on the M8 hearse
and I half run away to sleep
On a rolled up coat
against the window
with the strobe of the sun
and the life I’ve led
am I ready to leap
is there peace beneath
the roar of the Forth road bridge?
On the Northern side
there’s a Fife of mine
and a boat in the port for me,

And fully clothed, I float away
(I’ll float away)
Down the Forth, into the sea
I’ll steer myself
through drunken waves
these manic gulls
scream it’s okay
take your life
give it a shake
gather up
all your loose change
I think I’ll save suicide for another year.

Can you feel the man completely destroyed by end of a relationship? There’s so much in the lyrics of this song that I love. Because it so completely describes the area in Scotland. The M8 highway (runs between Edinburgh and Glasgow (where the band lives). The Forth Road Bridge which connects Edinburgh to Fife (I like that he called it ‘a Fife of mine’). I thought he meant he had his own fiefdom at first. I love that I can picture the venue for his potential suicide as I listen.

In the end of course he relents to the gulls cries to get it together and move on. The beauty is that it isn’t obvious that his love likely died. He almost makes you think the hearse is for him. But I think it’s vague enough to give the impression that it’s her hearse, not his. I may be wrong. I just love that you can interpret this in different way.

An absolutely beautiful song. Check it out!

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