I’ve had this song in my CD collection for a few years now,and it’s always, always on my mind.I’ve often deleted it off my MP3 player, but within a couple of months, it’s back on there again.
I find it one of the most haunting songs I’ve ever come across – something profoundly moving about the lyrics: something a little sad, a little scary. Something that sends a shiver down my spine every time.
“Allison is crazy, in grace amazing, she’s a dreamer never came to. She’s walking on my street, through the glass in her bare feet. / You come up from a subway just before the new day, wake me to ask if I’m awake. You think I oughta lose first, to find out what love’s worth, don’t you think I know the way the earth can shake.”
That single line is the one that affects me most of all – “wake me to ask if I’m awake”. This is a man who loves a woman who cannot quite deal with the world the way the rest of us can, and so she finds her own way. Crazy might be the right word, or might not.
But no matter where she wanders, no matter where her mind or body takes her, and no matter the damage inflicted on her, by either herself or others, he’s trying to follow….
“I’m just trying to get on back to you, Allison I’m crazy for you.”
Devotion. Dedication. Love.