Lisa Hannigan: Knots

A dark November thriller : Lisa Hannigan presents her song “Knots” in a video that picks up on the paramilitary game of Paintball to present the everyday wars fought out in a relationship gone bad. It seems also to evoke the archaic and horrorific stoning of a woman who has lost her man. The video even calls to mind Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, specifically “Painting the Roses Red“, not to mention, of course, that the song uses haunting string arrangements similar to Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe“.

This song is full of vitality although Lisa Hannigan alludes to violent death by choking, to spluttering and to chalk lines drawn around a murder victim. “Knots” is on her album “Passenger”, which contains ten such existentially emotional “journeys”. Recommended!

KNOTS
It was early in the morning,
we were sitting on the stoop,
there wheeled away a starling
and I thought that I would too.
Oh for all I knew,
I was lost through and through,
in my high heels and my old dress
with my new keys in the wrong city.

I tie the knots to remember in my heart,
so I choke and I sputter to a stop,
I am a borrower and lender of the lot.

I walk away asleep
and chalk an outline round the scene.
This shadow play of whiskey talk,
a heavy denier dream.
Oh let it be, I was lost in him and me.
In my high heels and my old dress
with my new keys in the wrong city.

I tie the knots to remember in my heart,
so I choke and I sputter to a stop,
I am a borrower and lender of the lot.

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Anne

Teaching English for business communication skills, writing online for learners, translating, sailing whenever I can, from Washington, D.C.

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