Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Come Saturday

“I could stand to be a fixture in a faded family picture, but I can't see into the sunset. All I know is that you're perfect right now.” That’s much more of a commitment than you get from many young poets. He doesn’t mind being in a family picture, but he’s not going to promise his entire future, yet. I love another line from the narrator that says “maybe there's no harm in a wasted summer with no drummer.” Very unusual remarks from a rock band, but the narrator wants to “stay in” with his lover, especially on Saturdays. This is the songwriter taking on the persona of a non-rocker. The rocker wants to be on stage every Saturday night strutting his wares =:-). The music is pumping loud, and the dance beat is infectious. No way to “stay in” out of the line of the party with this energy. Good juxtaposition, or irony, whichever way you choose to see it. “Who cares if there’s a party somewhere? We’re going to stay in.” And work on enjoying their own party! The shoutout is a taste of the early upbeat 80’s with A Teenager In Love (With Christ and Heroin). The Pains of Being Pure at Heart