“Stones,” from Western Stars, is a lovely music. It’s a tragic music. It’s a robust music.
It’s additionally a music that took me some time to determine.
The interpretation that makes essentially the most sense to me — the one one which each suits the lyrics, and the way in which Springsteen sings them — is that the stones in his mouth characterize the issues in his relationship, that are making his life agony.
His important different sees via his bullshit. “These are solely the lies you’ve instructed me,” she says, which means, “you’re dwelling a lie. That’s on the root of all of your issues.” (“These” are the stones).
He will get offended (“I pulled my collar to the wind and spit them on the bottom”). It doesn’t assist. She sticks to to her weapons. He feels the stones “collect on my tongue.”
Outdoors, there are every kind of ominous symbols (“the dirt-brown winter subject,” “a thousand black crows,” “the autumn wind,” “the darkish leaves”). These all stem from his mendacity: he retains on repeating the “These are solely the lies you’ve instructed me” line, again and again. It’s coloring the world round him. He can solely see doom and gloom.
Even when confronted with an optimistic signal, “I stroll a freeway washed in solar” (bear in mind the road from “Born to Run”: “Sometime, lady, I don’t know when, we’re gonna get to that place the place we actually need to go, and we’ll stroll within the solar”), he feels that weight collect on his tongue. It’s inescapable. He retains repeating the “solely the lies” line and, after the ultimate instrumental interlude, finally ends up proper again the place he began (“I awoke this morning with stones in my mouth”).
Sometimes, for Western Stars, “Stones” has a lush, cinematic sound, evoking huge open areas. However this man is trapped, and he is aware of it.
Background details: Springsteen launched “Stones” on his 2019 album, Western Stars.
On every of the 70 days main as much as Bruce Springsteen’s 70th birthday (on Sept. 23, 2019), NJArts.internet will do a put up on one in every of The Boss’ finest songs of the final 30 years. We’re beginning with No. 70 and dealing our manner up. For extra on the mission, click on right here.
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