Get Home

Yesterday, I featured a magnificent and beloved Canadian musician, Gordon Lightfoot. Today, it’s another one from my country, Sarah Slean.

I found the official music video for Slean’s song “Get Home,” which appears on her album The Baroness (2008). It’s produced in a visually pleasing film noir kind of way, like some of her other videos. I previously posted another piece from that album, “The Rose.” That post shares memories of listening to The Baroness in the car on weekend getaways with friends, plus includes a bit of a rant about people bashing public servants.

Both yesterday’s and today’s posts feature songs built around melancholy. I believe that love is the strongest feeling we can have as humans, and when it ends, it is a powerful thing to depict artfully. In the case of both “If You Could Read My Mind” and “Get Home,” the artists both do that with such authenticity and beauty, with strong emotional effect. “Sad songs” needn’t, in my view, be just about bringing you down… they are about exploring the full range of human emotion. At least, I think so, anyway.

In my post on Jann Arden’s “Good Mother,” I quoted from the Francis Weller book, The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief. One of my main learnings from the book is that we may not fully treasure the joys in our lives until grief breaks us open. I truly believe that, and I think that’s part of the reason I appreciate these types of songs so much.

Plus, they’re both so remarkably written, played and sung.

You can stay the night
You can look me in the eye
You can fake your way to the finish line
But don’t you dare profess to love me
When you’re lying to another
That’s not love that’s just wishing
Wish and love are not the same thing

Get home get home
Take a look at her
You know you know
That you love her

Mr. Masquerade
You’re getting good at this charade
Go on fool yourself with talk of poetry
But don’t you dare pretend you’re sorry
To me you’re just a tourist
You’ve got to stand next to the real ones
Because you know you’ll never be one

Get home get home
Nothing more to say
You know you know
That you’ll never change

You’ll never change
And I don’t play the game
With liars and cowards
Liars and cowards
Liars and cowards
Like you

(“Get Home,” by Sarah Slean. Unofficial lyrics courtesy of Genius.com)

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the video from Sarah Slean’s official YouTube channel:

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