Song of the Day #3,154: ‘Proclamation Bones’ – Tift Merritt

tift_stitch_worldJust when I was talking about the preponderance of ballads on Stitch of the World, Tift Merritt lets loose with an up-tempo rocker.

‘Proclamation Bones’ is rushed and what passes for grungy in Merritt’s acoustic vocabulary. It’s a sexy stomp through a modern Garden of Eden, continuing the nature theme found on much of the album but giving it a more carnal edge.

Merritt is one of the few artists in my music collection who has never recorded a bad song. I can put her entire catalog on random and hear one delight after another.

Wind pulls a silent chain
To shake the hillside grass awake
A falcon presses up against
A birch tree in a thin white dress

Every road gonna disappear
The fate of man is still unclear
So why don’t you come meet me here
Tonight tonight tonight

Moon, cast your finery
Lily, stretch your throat to see
All these flowers like a mess of bones
Blouses open to the soul

Every road gonna disappear
The fate of my heart is unclear
So why don’t you come meet me here
Tonight tonight tonight

Proclamation bones: day left me all alone
Night has a secret place
Where it’s always ripe for a few more days

Move and dishevel me
Wet field, muddy stream
Raise my glass like an insect wing
Come on night spell pass through me

Every road gonna disappear
The fate of man is still unclear
I think you should stay right
Tonight tonight tonight

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,154: ‘Proclamation Bones’ – Tift Merritt

  1. Dana says:

    Clearly you haven’t heard her polka metal album.😄

  2. Peter says:

    Her polka metal album is the killer 😂👍🏼!!! Well, you never know, who would have expected a yodeling Cyndi Lauper (“I want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” on last year’s “Detour”)?
    To be honest: Even with the help of a dictionary I don’t understand the meaning of the title… But it sounds good, as the song does, and why not associate ideas here and there instead of desperately trying to understand every single phrase?

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