Ritual Union – Little Dragon

Listen here:

Apologies. Didn’t realize the video had stopped working. All fixed now!

Little Dragon is one of those most interesting of bands. Hard to file them into a particular category. Jazz elements with an indie feel and a lot of world notes. Add in that incredibly clear, almost tangy voice and, wow! I was lucky enough to catch them on the Glastonbury 2011 broadcast and they did an amazing set!

Lyrics here, more below:
Ritual union has got me
In trouble again
I was wonderin’ of a white dress
And a mistress
And her spirit holding my hand

Love sinking in the sand
Petals falling on demand
My feet are running like the wind
I’m sorry boy that we sinned
Love is not like they say
I lied it’s hard to make it stay
I drown my feelings in the sea
Then dried out over on the beach

Ritual union has got me
In trouble again
I was wonderin’ of a white dress
And the mistress
And a spirit – holding my hand!

Mother tell me how it is
I know
You’ve been through all of this
You ran away so many times
Your kids, your heart a couple of dimes
Love is not like they say
I lied it’s hard to make it stay
It drowns my feelings in the sea
I dried up over on the beach

Ritual union has got me
In trouble again
I was wonderin’ of a white dress
And the mistress
And a spirit holding my hand!
repeat

What I love about these lyrics is how it seems to mix two stories into one. The woman’s current history and pain with love and the seeming repetition of the mistakes that she saw her mother make before her. The music here as well is perfect. Speed beats with those interspersed jarring notes really add to the storytelling. For me the ritual union is simply sex. That wonderous and confusing pleasure that really is not love but is so enhanced by it. You can look all around you and see the mating ritual and how many people do not know how to separate the act from the emotion. What a song!! I hope you love it! Let me know either way!

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