I know this song is easy to ignore and even forget it's there, but I've always been struck by its sensitivity. I can see the dining room for the last time, the smell of the attic for one more whiff, a memory of a dance in the hallway, that winding staircase that you've fallen down a couple times, the nick in the kitchen floor from your ice skates, the basement pole you used to spin around with your cousins, now all rusted out, the wainscotting. What makes this song so unique to me is that it ends on a note that you do not expect it to end on, it's a note that leaves us with no closure, a reminder that these memories will never go away. There is no closure in such a situation. Yet ironically the titile suggests that closure is being sought after, a suggestion that it may even be achieved, yet the music rings of quite the opposite
I heard this again today, for only the 2nd time. Its on the CD single of Love and Anger, which I only ever listened to once. Abuse me if you will, but when The Sensual World came out, I stopped listening to Kate for about 4 months..
Anyway, that's in the past. I agree with every comment Sheila makes, and can share the imagery too. It's easily the most simple little thing she ever released professionally, and I'd forgotten how lovely it is. You just know that when she wrote it, the title was accurate. I wonder if it relates to her leaving her parent's home at East Wickham Farm?
Hearing this (and Ken!) again today was a real and rare treat..
Sheila, for what it's worth, I think this is one of your best posts.
Nothing wrong with this piece; it's a fine one. But it shows better than any other track (with the exception of the repeat of "Walk Straight Down the Middle" of everything that's missing from the bonus discs - where is the instrumentals for The Dreaming and The Sensual World? The Confrontation? Brazil? Maybe copyright snafu was why Brazil couldn't be on there, but there's no reason Dreamtime et al couldn't be!
"Luckily, before I was even allowed to move my collection of new wave music and ColecoVision games into the house, my insurance company made me get it retrofitted." - Lore Sjöberg