Song of the Day #3,149: ‘Love Soldiers On’ – Tift Merritt

tift_stitch_worldThought the title song of Tift Merritt’s Stich of the World follows today’s SOTD, ‘Love Soldiers On,’ this one more fully embodies the theme of the album.

This is an album about perseverance and healing, a battle cry for those knocked down but not knocked out. It was born from Merritt’s personal issues but seems to have arrived just in time for about half of the country.

It’s funny how albums or movies written and produced months before significant world events can wind up feeling just right. Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, recorded long before 9/11 but containing many eerie echoes of the event, comes to mind.

Though Merritt probably believed (as most did) that she was recording this album in a world that would see Hillary Clinton elected president, Stitch of the World nonetheless feels like the post-Trump album we all need.

Bruised Up and skinny as a stray
No one I know so underpaid
Been around the block about a hundred times today
Won’t leave you alone, no matter what you say

Love soldiers on, love soldiers on
There’s nothing you can do, love soldiers on

Lock it out and don’t return its call
Swear you don’t know its face at all
Throw it in the river, lose it in the storm
It will show up in its bandages tomorrow at your door

Love soldiers on, love soldiers on
There’s nothing you can do, love soldiers on

I know you’ve been hurt before, but it’s been beat up even more
Scars you’ve never seen before, from every country and every war

You think that love is lost
You swear you’ve run it off
But it don’t ask for nothing, it’s got courage like the wind
Out there in the streetlights waiting to come in

Love soldiers on, love soldiers on
There’s nothing you can do, love soldiers on

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,149: ‘Love Soldiers On’ – Tift Merritt

  1. Dana says:

    Ah, if only it was head scratchingly irrelevant with a different occupant in the “famous” White House.

  2. Peter says:

    Maybe we shouldn’t read too much into it and just enjoy. DT will be history soon in my opinion, Blaze Foley’s “Oval Room” will stay, this “beauty of a record” (Caitlin Canty) too.

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