I try not to make this page all personal, but I guess at the moment I can’t help it. For the last 3 weeks or so, my world has been deteriorating around me, and it’s getting harder every morning to tell myself, “it’s gonna be okay, you just have to keep going”, and believe it. I have also realized I don’t have many songs that deal with “my life is a collapsing house of cards, and I have no idea how to fix it” subject matter. Except for this one.
It should be safe to say that very, very few people know what the hell most Broken Social Scene songs are really about, and this one is no exception. However, for me, it’s one of the greatest songs ever, and to date, the only song that has literally brought me to tears when I saw it performed live for the first time. (Yes, I know, lame). My favourite point of the song is exactly at 5:53. Before this point, the song is continually building, and building, and building and before you know it, it’s climaxing with the horn section coming in, and Drew doing his signature yelps. Together, it’s a beautiful symphony of grandiose chaos, but finally at 5:53, begins the most wondrous and enchanting collapse I have ever heard in my life. I have always found this transition akin to marathoners whose legs physically cannot go anymore and they give out, but the runner tries to run through it anyway. Again, while few know exactly what message Kevin wanted to get across, I firmly believe this is a song of finding hope/happiness/peace amidst the growing disarray we call life, and for that, I’ve never been more grateful.