Song of the Day #3,156: ‘Eastern Light’ – Tift Merritt

tift_stitch_worldAs I mentioned in my first post about Tift Merritt’s Stitch of the World, the album was written in the wake of her divorce. In general, the record is more about the recovery than the break-up, with the exception of today’s SOTD, ‘Eastern Light.’

Again accompanied by Sam ‘Iron & Wine’ Beam, Merritt delivers a gorgeous and haunting elegy to a failed relationship, assigning blame to neither party but longing for a feeling she can never reclaim.

‘Eastern Lights’ is another entry in my ‘Dead or Dumped?’ category. Setting aside Merritt’s real-life inspiration for this song, it could easily be written from the perspective of a widow.

Light on the water makes it look easy to be free
I dream ways back to you and you a way back to me
Out in the eastern light on the open wind
Those days come rushing back on the tide changing

And still my shadow is waiting for you like it always used to
Hanging around and looking behind me so that you can find me
In the eastern light

How did we lose each other like something at sea
Was I so hard to love and so love let go of me
Out in the eastern light on the open wind
Is broken love ever forgiven

And still my shadow is waiting for you like it always used to
Hanging around and looking behind me so that you can find me
In the eastern light

Eastern light, fill my eyes so no one knows I’m crying
Eastern light, my love is gone despite all of my trying
Eastern light, can you see the way I’ve come apart
When I think of how we did each others hearts

Light on the water makes it look easy to be free
I see it on your face and your arm around me
Out in the eastern light I am holding you
Up close in the eastern light, will you hold me too?

And there’s my shadow waiting for you as it always will do
Hanging around and looking behind me so that you can find me
In the eastern light

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,156: ‘Eastern Light’ – Tift Merritt

  1. Peter says:

    Another favorite song. When I first listened to it, it felt as if I would know it for a long time. I am neither divorced nor a widower, but it makes me think about my own shadows of the past. It is wonderfully beautiful, very nearly a classic.

  2. Dana says:

    I think the lyrics here point more clearly to dumped over dead. Beautiful song.

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