“Freedom from love, freedom
from the heartache. Ooohhhhh….
Freedom from love, freedom
from the heartache. Ooohhhhh….”
Remember the flower test? As you say, “He loves me,” you pluck a petal of a daisy. Then you say, “He loves me not,” and you pluck another petal. You say and do this interchangeably. When you are out of petals to pull off the flower, the truth of whether he loves you or not is revealed by the last petal and whichever phrase you utter last. A simple game of total chance, which really doesn’t help to make the complexity of love all that clear, or take the uncertainty out of love. Uncertainty and love just go hand in hand. There is no way to ever really know anyone’s true heart. Authors write, artists paint, and musicians sing about love endlessly. Does anyone ever really know? I guess you just have to pay attention, trust, and believe.
This song reminds me of that frightening vulnerability of a broken heart. It is a raw, painful feeling that can slap you silly. Don’t we all fear that very heartache? The lyrics in “Broken Heart” suggest one strong guy who never loves and can never be hurt. He has his “heart on a shelf.” It seems so cold and almost inhuman. We all know, the words are just a protective shield for his own heart, a solid strong stance that won’t last forever. Freedom from love isn’t really freedom at all.
This Philly alt-indie band, Dr. Dog, is smart that way. Their lyrics seem to intelligently twist those lifetime moments that seem to connect us all. Remember, “That Old Black Hole” or “Lonesome”? Their newest song, “Broken Heart”, displays an interesting contradiction of sad wails and croons mixed with peppy but emphatic lyrics describing a heart of stone and indifference. I think the title of the track reveals the truth of the matter. Dr Dog delivers again with a catchy tune that stays with me and ultimately reminds me of some of the tough times in my life where, even through the pain, I miraculously learned something important about myself.
The album, B-Room, is out in October so be sure to check out their Facebook. Oh, and by the way, if you want to make the mystery of love more clear, just change the words in the flower test to, “He loves me, He loves me LOTS.” Uncertainty becomes certain and problem solved!