What Sarah said

It’s yet another Sunday, and I have more work to cover than I would like. Naturally, of course, I’m doing much else here and there, and part of that has involved the perusal of others’ playlists on iTunes via the local area network. And now that I’ve come across a new song I quite like, its inclusion of my name in its title has given me enough of an excuse to post and procrastinate just a little while longer. Though not by a band I’ve really gotten into in recent years (but I do sometimes listen to Postal Service — Ben Gibbard’s electronic side project), the song off of the latest album by Death Cab for Cutie titled ‘What Sarah Said’ is definitely worth mentioning. And whether it be the pensive lyrics, the piano melody in the opening measures, or the music video depicting the dismal reality of self-mutilation juxtaposed by a flutter of painted French dialogue, this is definitely my song of the day. The clip directed by Laurent Briet as featured on the band’s Plans/Directions DVD comes together with the song to portray the ephemeral nature of human relationships, the impact of one person’s pain on another, and the fact that only those who really love us stay by our side till the very end…

‘What Sarah Said’, Plans (2005)

And it came to me then that every plan
is a tiny prayer of Father Time
As I stared at my shoes in the ICU
that reeked of piss and 409

And I rationed my breathes as I said to myself
that I’d already taken too much today
As each descending peak of the LCD
took you a little farther away from me

Amongst the vending machines and year old magazines
In a place where we only say goodbye

It’s done like a violent limp that our memories depend
on a faulty camera in our minds
And I knew that you were truth I would rather lose
than to have never lain in the sun at all

Then I looked around at all the eyes on the ground
as the TV entertained itself
Cause there’s no comfort in the waiting room
just nervous paces bracing for bad news

Then the nurse comes round and everyone lifts their head
And I’m thinking of what Sarah said…

But love is watching someone die.

So who’s going to watch you die…?

Death Cab for Cutie: Official Site

Sarah Badr © MMVI


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