Thursday, October 28, 2010

oh nanci how i love you

Funny how you can know a song practically your whole life and then be listening to it one morning on your iPod on your way to work and a particular line you never noticed before will leap out at you, leaving you momentarily aching and breathless.

I had one of those moments this morning while listening to a song so comfortable, so worn and loved and old and known, that I didn't think it had anything new to offer.  And yet caught up in the cliches and silliness and catchiness is this line, sung by this feisty fragile woman with her big old guitar, and something in that moment left me reeling.

"These broken wings are gonna leave me here to stand my ground..."

(Nanci Griffith, Outbound Plane)


Bungi said...

This is the first time i am listening to this song. Wow. Thanks for sharing.

And yes, it is amazing how certain things we've often overlooked jump at us and surprise us.

Emma said...

I'm so glad you like it! It's a song I grew up with, as my mother has been a big Nanci Griffith fan for decades, so it was particularly nice to get something new out of it.