Sammy the Seal

“Similar alley, different rats”

In vinyl on Saturday, 12 March, 2011 at 18:38


Song: Spider in the Snow
Artist: The Dismemberment Plan
Album: Emergency & I

What a song. The M.O. of this entire album is uncompromising honesty. If you don’t like looking in the mirror regularly, well, this stuff may not be for you. But if you ever get the chance, read the lyric sheet to this album. (Ideally, you’ve bought the album, too.) If I’m not relating directly to a song, I can definitely remember a time  when I was. And this one? The music is quite atmospheric, relaxed, and melancholy, but it’s possibly the harshest song there, at least lyrically. Because it’s too bitter, it doesn’t encourage lots of repeated listens (save for the masochists), but the hope is that we stop fooling ourselves.

Even though they disbanded almost eight years ago, and I haven’t known them too long, they currently have a small reunion tour going, and the show here is their only west coast date, so why the hell not. Here’s to a surprising show!

Lyrics:
The only thing worse than bad memories
is no memories at all
From the ages of 20 to 22 I had five friends
none of whose names I can recall
And as I would walk down K Street to some temping job
as winter froze the life out of fall
Yeah, I must’ve been having a ball

A different scene outside your window now
Same VCR, the same cats
Different people at the very same job
Similar alley, different rats
The trash goes out on a Tuesday now
You got to make a note about that
Yeah, this time you’re where it’s at

You can’t say it but I know that it’s in there
You don’t know it but I know that you’re scared
Obvious and lonely—a spider in the snow

Now you find the very same pit still yawns
deep down within the very same gut
The very same ghosts still seem to haunt you down
down those lines you always tried to cut
You thought you just might need a little change
and now you find you got nothing but
How can a body move the speed of light
and still find itself in such a rut?

You can’t say it but I know that it’s in there
You don’t know it but I know that you’re scared
Obvious and lonely—afraid to not let go
You can’t say it but I know it’s in there
You don’t know it but I know that you’re scared
Obvious and lonely—a spider in the snow

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