You know those songs, don’t you?

You do.

The ones that you leave on repeat and let flow over you. The ones that match perfectly to your staring out your window on a grey, overcast and wet day. The ones that are so very simple, yet cut through the very soul of you like a knife.

Aj Lark over at Music is my First Language (who, it has to be said, beats me into submission when it comes to great music knowledge. Both knowledge of great music, and great knowledge of music. You know what I mean.), pointed me in the direction of Castle Lights a couple of weeks ago, and specifically to http://castlelightsmusic.com/keep-waiting-eleftheria/, where they made the song “Keep Waiting” free for download.

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A plucked guitar, a cello, Tyler Susuras’ lead vocals – starting off, the song sounds nice, but like a hundred, a thousand other songs I’ve come across. Albeit an insistent guitar loop.

And then, at 0:47, the guitar pluck turns to a strum, the cello rises, and a very faint drum tattoo is heard, and the song itself rises above the hundred, thousand others.

Alternating between the plucked and the strummed, the cello falling back and rising, the song itself is an ode to futility. How many of us have fought for something that will never be? And yet, we keep fighting; we keep struggling, in the belief it’ll all come good?

Nearly four and a half years ago, I posted the National’s “About Today”, a song about that moment when you know a relationship is over. “Keep Waiting” is the few seconds before that realisation, looping over and over.

I don’t know – maybe sometimes the fight is worth it. “Keep Waiting” makes me think someone thinks it.

And I know, at some time in the future, I’ll fight again.

Time will tell if it’s “About Today” or “Keep Waiting” that wins out.

Lying as the day is long
Fighting ’til it’s said and done
Crying as you hard your heart
Hiding ’til it’s torn apart
You’re waiting for that special sign
Waiting for it to fall in line

And we’ll keep waiting
And we’ll keep waiting for a sign
We’ll keep waiting

Running ’til the day is gone
We hit a few bumps along the way
Love had made me a bitter soul
I’ve learned to let it go
I’ll keep waiting for perfect time
When two hearts fall in line

And we’ll keep waiting
And we’ll keep waiting for perfect time
We’ll keep waiting
And we’ll keep waiting
And we’ll keep waiting for perfect time
Keep waiting

And your heart in mine will be forever home, home
And your heart in mine will be forever love, love
And your heart in mine will be forever home, home
And your heart in mine will be forever love

And we’ll keep waiting
And we’ll keep waiting for a sign
We’ll keep waiting
We’ll keep waiting for perfect time…

Castle Lights – Keep Waiting

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