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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Thoughts On Straight Line Stitch's "Cold Front"

This is one of a few ideas I've been playing with behind the scenes. And with how bad I've been feeling recently, I decided to start off with a song I like.

Artist:Straight Line Stitch

Album:The Fight Of Our Lives

Genres:metal, hard rock

What it's about:An ending relationship (whether platonic or not is unclear) and frustration at one's own coldness

Content notes/warnings:In the song itself, not much beyond angst over a relationship. Though with the album art, you should be careful if you're bothered by seeing dead animals.

One of Straight Line Stitch's only songs that contains no screaming.

Let's get started.

Don't turn away
You might miss as my soul starts to fade

Things ain't good.

Don't get too close
'Cause I stand alone
I've got no way out

Sounds like a case of "I want to be close to you, but I don't know how to make that happen".

Then the chorus starts, and you can't get it from just reading the lyrics, but the speaker's tone sounds almost angry. But it's not directed at the person she's addressing; it's more like she's frustrated and sad for being unable to keep the relationship from ending.

The next few lines reinforce this.

Don't be afraid of the emptiness that stands in your way

They're pleas for the person not to leave.

Stay with me, stay
But my frozen lips just won't let me say
Please stay

Not being able to speak up when you want or need to is never a good feeling.

Soon after, the chorus plays one more time, and there's no indictation of a happy ending.

Overall, the combination of angst and anger in this song works to its advantage. If you're into metal or hard rock, give it a listen.

© 2017 by M.R.R.


Sheena-kay Graham said...

Songs have a way of conveying various emotions in a strong way.

M.R. R. said...

@ Sheena-kay Graham
That's one reason I love them so much.

Lexa Cain said...

I'm not a fan of metal, but I really like the lyrics you posted. They made me think.

M.R. R. said...

@ Lexa Cain
Glad you got something out of it.