“Elizabeth, You Were Born To Play That Part” Ryan Adams

The song starts out so soft with its simple two-note piano chord, that it’s so easy to miss that the song has even started.  “For you, I’d do anything,” he says with complete unguarded hopelessness.  The melody is simple and spare, and so is the singing, Adams’s most haunted number from his most haunted album, the melancholy 29.  The lyrics could have been written by any heartbroken teenager (“I’m waiting for someone who just won’t show/ and every night it feels like there’s no tomorrow”), but with the spareness of the piano, they take the grandeur of emotional truth, elegant and piercing.  As the song crescendos with the line of “I’m caught in a dream I’m caught in an endless dream,” the piano and vocals fade out to be overtaken by an acoustic guitar melody, and the two play at once for a moment, not quite fitting in with each other.  They’re two melodies, each beautiful, struggling to be noticed as one fades and the other take shape, a mismatched love affair stripped to the glorious individually of its two parties.  Absolutely gorgeous.


One Response to ““Elizabeth, You Were Born To Play That Part” Ryan Adams”

  1. Rolando Says:

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