Song of the Day #1,688: ‘Silent House’ – Dixie Chicks

dixieThe other day I was thinking about R.E.M. — that one could argue they called it quits about five albums too late. Certainly they released some worthy music in the post-Bill Berry years, but nothing that stands up to their best work.

I was reminded of that thought when this Dixie Chicks song popped up as today’s random selection. I don’t know if the Chicks have officially called it quits (Wikipedia suggests they haven’t) but their last album, Taking the Long Way, was released seven years ago and counting.

And if this record does turn out the be their final one as a band, what better way to go out? While it didn’t sell quite as much as the trio of records that preceded it, this album still went multi-platinum and it earned the band some of its best reviews yet.

And the combination of criticism and praise heaped on the Dixie Chicks for speaking out against then-president George W. Bush during an overseas concert made this record not just an artistic statement but a political one.

As an aside, how quaint is it that a Dixie Chick saying she’s not proud the president comes from Texas resulted in CD-burning parties and death threats? These days Ted Nugent threatens to show President Obama the business end of his hunting rifle and nobody bats an eye.

These walls have eyes
Rows of photographs
And faces like mine
Who do we become
Without knowing where
We started from

It’s true I’m missing you
As I stand alone in your room

Everyday that will pass you by
Every name that you won’t recall
Everything that you made by hand
Everything that you know by heart

And I will try to connect
All the pieces you left
I will carry it on
And let you forget
And I’ll remember the years
When your mind was clear
How the laughter and life
Filled up this silent house

One room
Two single beds
In the closet hangs
Your favorite dress
The books that you read
Are in scattered piles
Of paper shreds

Everything that you made by hand
Everything that you know by heart

And I will try to connect
All the pieces you left
I will carry it on
And let you forget
And I’ll remember the years
When your mind was clear
How the laughter and life
Filled up this silent house
Silent house

In the garden off the living room
A chill fills the air
And the lilies bloom

And I will try to connect
All the pieces you left
I will carry it on
And let you forget
And I’ll remember the years
When your mind was clear
How the laughter and life
Filled up this

And I will try to connect
All the pieces you left
I will carry it on
And let you forget
And I’ll remember the years
When your mind was clear
How the laughter and life
Filled up this silent house

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,688: ‘Silent House’ – Dixie Chicks

  1. Amy says:

    I disagree. Lots of people bat their eyes; they just don’t own any Ted Nugent albums to burn or crush – and burning and crushing albums, in general, is not their sort of thing.

    The Dixie Chicks, meanwhile, actually won some of those eye batting but not album burning fans, when they lost legions of their originally diehard fans in red states like Texas. I, for one, became a fan after watching the great documentary shut Up and Sing. And I like today’s song very much. A great group of talented women unafraid to alienate their fan base to stand up and speak. Love them.

  2. Dana says:

    Picking up on Amy’s point, the thought of a bunch of granola crunching liberals hell bent on demonstrating against Nugent searching ever diminishing record stores to find albums from Nugent to burn, but not finding enough copies to create a meaningful fire, seems like the plot of a great daily show skit. I see the few remaining diehard protesters ultimately resorting to downloading a Nugent song on iTunes, playing it on a second generation iPod simultaneously, then throwing the iPods into a firepit while one of the demonstrators laments the wasteful emission of carbon generated from the burning iPods.

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