Week #30: Mother Earth

Greetings again readers, this week’s song is “Mother Earth” by the artist Banks from her sophomore album The Altar. This song is about healing and helping others heal. I believe this to be one of Banks’ best works as it is powerful and can really aid the listener in a time of need. It is a very nurturing and beautiful song set with a charming guitar strumming in the background. Written in the perspective of “Mother Earth”, Banks sings, “Underwater, consuming all my kind. Destined for alterations and my mind ain’t aligned for her daughter. I know I’m Mother Earth, I see the weather.” These lyrics are saying that Banks isn’t in sync with the world and feels as she doesn’t belong. She is “consumed” with her thoughts and constantly thinks about how her life doesn’t make sense. Then, Banks goes to say that she is Mother Earth who sees all weather. The “weather” is all the negative moods and emotions that are yet to come. As Mother Earth, she is destined to take care of humanity, and with these hardships to come, she knows that it won’t be easy to do so. These lines lead to the pre-chorus which reads, “So I’m not gonna cover up the freckles on my faces, I covered all the bases.” I find this line hard hitting as Banks is talking about self love. She won’t “cover her freckles” because that’s who she is. In this, she is also teaching others to not hate themselves for their bodies because they are born like that. The “bases” she is covering are the people she’s trying to help with their self image. The chorus then goes to say, “Follow me to my bed, ‘cause every time you fall, I’ll be holdin’ your head up. And when will you get tired of feeling bad? And every time you fall, follow me.” Banks says to her “children” to follow her lead and to keep their heads up. Even with their downfalls, she knows they will arise again. With her as a support, Banks is confident that she will help her friends feel like they’re on top of the world. That concludes this week’s song, “Mother Earth.” Enjoy this gorgeous piece or art!

Week #29: Nosebleed

Warning: This song is explicit.

Hello readers, this weeks song will be “Nosebleed” by Phoebe Green off of her album 02:00 AM. This artist is pretty unknown, I couldn’t even find this song or album on Youtube. So, instead of having a link to Youtube in this post, it will be a link to a website with the song. But anyway, this song is about a relationship that sparks after another has ended. It is relatively short and only has two verses and one chorus at the end. The song starts, “You’re gone, and I pretend to care. But I’m already on to another and he’s sweet and kind and nothing like you.” Phoebe is talking to her past lover, telling him that she didn’t care about him and their relationship meant nothing. Continuing the first verse, Phoebe goes on to sing, “I’ll make myself into whoever he wants, whoever he wants me to be. He looks at me like I’m lovely and I’m petrified.” Phoebe has already moved on with another man and they are both in love. Whenever he looks at her, she is afraid to talk to him due to the butterflies in her stomach. But, this love seems more like infatuation. This is demonstrated in the next verse in, “I’m not lost, I’m not found, I am floating. I’d rather be able to be yours than be obsessed. I pretend like this is nothing, like he is never on my mind. But I can’t stop thinking of him before I sleep at night.” When a person is infatuated, they usually always have the person they are infatuated with on their mind. Phoebe shows these signs as she says she is obsessed and she think of the man in bed. She even ends the verse with, “Does he feel the same?” implying that the two are not in a relationship. All in all, when Phoebe is telling her past love about this “new relationship,” she is lying. This may be a sign that she is still in love with the other man. Finally, in the chorus, Phoebe sings, “I’ve never had a nosebleed so I’ve never tasted rubies.” The nosebleed may be symbolizing heartbreak and rubies represent love. Rubies are gems that are shiny and elegant, but they are also rough and hard. This shows the listeners that love is hard, and heartbreak is even harder. She is in the denial stage of heartbreak, which is what the song appears to be mainly about. Now that is all I have for this song, so I hope you enjoy the listen to “Nosebleed.”

Week #23: Supermarket Flowers

Hello and welcome to Week #23 of song suggestions. This week song is “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran off of his latest album ÷, pronounced Divide. This was the first song I heard off of his album aside from his singles Castle on the Hill and Shape of You. I believe this is one of the most beautiful songs Ed has written and recorded in his studio. The song is about Ed’s grandmother who had passed away during the making of ÷. According to Ed, the song  is written in the perspective of Ed’s mother. The first line of the song references the title and goes, “I took the supermarket flowers from the windowsill, I threw the day old tea from the cup. Packed up the photo album Matthew had made, memories of a life that’s been loved.” In these few lyrics, Ed comments on how common everyday items can outlast anyone’s lifetime, including his grandmother’s.  In the second verse of the song, Ed sings, “I fluffed the pillows, made the beds, stacked the chairs up. Folded your nightgowns neatly in a case. John says he’d drive then put his hand on my cheek and wiped a tear from the side of my face.” Ed continues his sorrow nature through these lyrics. He paints a picture of his mother cleaning up what is assumed to be Ed’s grandmother’s house. She is doing this because Ed’s grandmother will have no use for it anymore while she is in Heaven. John, Ed’s father, offers to drive Ed’s mother to the funeral as she is still in tears. Revisiting the Heaven statement, Ed talks about religion in the chorus of the song. The chorus contains some of the most delicate lyrics in the whole of the song. It goes, “So I’ll sing Hallelujah. You were an angel in the shape of my mum. When I fell down you’d be there holding me up, spread your wings as you go. When God takes you back he’ll say, ‘Hallelujah, you’re home.'” Ed is calling his grandmother an angel as he believes she was a very kind and graceful woman, one that was rid of impurities and sin. She had helped his family when they needed it as can be seen in the lyrics. He goes to say that even God is thankful for her being and welcomes her to Heaven where she belongs. And that is what concludes this weeks song, I hope you enjoy this masterpiece“Supermarket Flowers.” (Don’t cry like I almost did on the first listen)

 

Week #19: Shadow Preachers

Hello there and welcome to Week #19 of song recommendations. This weeks song is “Shadow Preachers” by Zella Day off of her album Kicker. This song is about a one sided relationship that is being dragged on. In the first verse of the song, Zella says, “You got those scissors from the drawer. You  never dug so deep before. If I stop trying, and we start dying, you’re cutting me out.” In these lines, Zella is using scissors as a metaphor for the reasons her and her boyfriend are falling apart. She feels as if she is being cut out of the relationship with her boyfriend. The drawer contains all the reasons that she feels unwanted and useless. Zella shows her listeners that she is the only one supporting this relationship when she says that if she stopped trying then the duo will die. But even though Zella seems to want to break up, she also loves the man. This is expanded in the chorus when she sings, “You make we wanna love, hate, cry, take, every part of you. You make me wanna scream, burn, touch, learn, every part of you.” She uses negative and positive words when singing, to show how she is in between their love. She longs for commitment, but at the same time wants to find another lover. To continue the chorus, Zella hauntingly choirs “Ooh” several times. With each note sung, she sounds more frustrated as to what to do in her situation. Her heartbreaks carries on into the second verse when she sings, “You want a minute, I’ll give you more. Maybe I don’t want you either, we’re both unsettled, nighttime creatures. Shadow preachers, nighttime creatures.” She continues to say that she is the one to carry the love since her boyfriend does not care. In addition, she reflects on what they used to do when they were in love. The two “unsettled, nighttime creatures” refer to the kids who stay up late and remain untamed and wild. This is mentioned to show how in love Zella and her man used to be until they fell out of it. “Shadow Preachers” relates to religion. The two used to worship each other and they were both drawn to each others’ shadows or flaws. That basically sums up this song, I hope you enjoy listening to this weeks recommendation, “Shadow Preachers”.