Song of the Day #2,361: ‘Scarlover’ – Maria McKee

maria_mckee_life_is_sweetOne of the nice things about Random iTunes Weekends is that I’m sometimes introduced to a brand-new song from my own collection.

I have no idea who Maria McKee is or how her album, Life is Sweet, ended up in my music library. I assume I got it at a dollar sale in a cut-out bin back in the days of CDs.

Having not heard this song, I’m assuming McKee is a country artist in the vein of Mary Chapin Carpenter. I’m not even sure what I’m basing that guess on, to be honest.

So now let me do a little research.

OK, I wasn’t too far off. McKee’s biggest claim to fame is founding the country rock band Lone Justice, so I got the genre pretty much right. She has also released around a dozen solo albums, including this one in 1996.

Time to give the song a listen.

Well, that is definitely not what I was expecting. I’m not hearing the country part of that “country rock” — I guess her solo work was a departure.

This is pretty great, though, in an anarchic way. Chaotic, loud and at times beautiful.

Been over this a hundred times we’ve talked it to its black end
It begins again and again there’s nothing we can say
My brain has derailed my hands are benailed
You fall across my body like a death shroud
Your wound was plain like mine no ragged edges well defined
We grew to war like a bloom reaching toward the light
It felt so brutal so transdermal so alive it felt so alive felt so alive

Hear the sound the sick sound of us clicking
Feel the skin between us thicker, thickening
As the first cut relieves believe me
I’m a scarlover too and I’m full of scars like you

Scarlover my scarlover my scarlover my scarlover
Ugly inside of me taught me of beauty I wouldn’t trade that work of art
For all the silk of perfect skin perfect skin perfect skin

I wear it well like the colors of a tribe of survivors
You dressed me up so fine my painful, truthful boy
With bold strokes and rape of soul you were dazzling matchless a legend in your field
And you thought you could love me just a little
And I used you to test my aim and precision
I was good, so good I was close to perfection but you turned the blade on me
And I loved it I loved it

Scarlover my scarlover my scarlover my scarlover
Ugly inside of me taught me of beauty
I wouldn’t trade that work of art
For all the silk of perfect skin perfect skin perfect skin

Let me in
I wonder where you are
Scarlover

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,361: ‘Scarlover’ – Maria McKee

  1. Dana says:

    This is the great thing about the random weekend as well as just hitting shuffle on iTunes, the ability to discover, or rediscover, a song or artist who you may have overlooked or forgotten about. here, she sounds like Alanis Morrisette roughing up an Aimee Mann song. Kinda interesting.

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