Sunday night mirror song

July 25, 2010

This week my wife and I watched an excellent film from 2009 called Crazy Heart.  It tells the story of an aging country music singer whose life is about to hit bottom, and about the way in which love can rescue us from destruction.  The film is full of country music, much of it really good (having been written by, among other people, T Bone Burnett and Greg Brown), but there was one song in particular that caught my ear.  It was used in the background of one of the scenes, and it is not itself country music, but it is an awfully good song.  It is called “Reflecting Light”, and it is by Sam Phillips.  I’ve known the song for several years (it was on her 2004 album A Boot and a Shoe), but I had never really appreciated before how beguiling the melody is.   It goes like this:

Now that I’ve worn out, I’ve worn out the world
I’m on my knees in fascination
Looking through the night
And the moon’s never seen me before
But I’m reflecting light

I wrote the pain down
Got off and looked up
Looked into your eyes
The lost open windows
All around
My dark heart lit up the skies

And now that I’ve worn out, I’ve worn out the world
I’m on my knees in fascination
Looking through the night
And the moon’s never seen me before
But I’m reflecting light

Give up the ground
Under your feet
Hold on to nothing for good
Turn and run at the mean times
Chasing you
Stand alone and misunderstood

And now that I’ve worn, I’ve worn out the world
I’m on my knees in fascination
Looking through the night
And the moon’s never seen me before
But I’m reflecting light

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