Song of the Day #2,718: ‘Unknown Brother’ – The Black Keys

black_keys_brothersI’ve heard plenty of praise for The Black Keys but I haven’t really responded to their music. I appreciate the artistry on the two albums I’ve heard (Brothers and El Camino) but, to quote Woody Allen, nothing hit me on a gut level.

Today’s random SOTD, however, is a pleasant surprise. It’s the first Black Keys song to appeal to me both emotionally and musically.

Lead singer Dan Auerbach wrote ‘Unknown Brother’ about his brother-in-law, who died in high school and whom Auerbach never met. It’s a sweet tribute to the way a person can live on through the memories of those he leaves behind.

[Verse 1]
Though I never met you
And we spoke not a word
I will never forget you
Through stories that I have heard
For you unknown brother
My baby’s mother is pained
Because your soul is in heaven
But your memory remains

Unknown, unknown brother
I will meet you someday
Unknown, unknown brother
We will walk through fields where children play

[Verse 2]
Your eyes shined bright
When you were a kid
Your sisters loved you
And all that you did
Big brother, big brother
Do not worry a bit
Your flame has not faded
Since the day it was lit

Your life
Was joy
Your mama’s
Only boy
And when the skies
Are blue
Big brother
They are blue for you

We will smile like pictures
Of you as a boy
Long before you retired
To heavenly joy


One thought on “Song of the Day #2,718: ‘Unknown Brother’ – The Black Keys

  1. Dana says:

    I am really not familiar with the Black Keys’ music, but this is a sweet tribute.

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