Sunday, June 27, 2010

Dissecting the Lyrics



Jars of Clay –Tea and Sympathy


I've been listening to this song a lot lately. I know it's not intended for someone and i blame it on the rainy weather that we have now. :D

I got this Interpretation about the song online

It’s unrequited love. The girl continually goes to another guy or family or friends in order to have that "tea and sympathy" that kindness when she's upset. The guy doesn't intend to leave the castle, "their relationship, their history." Their love still remains inside it as a captive waiting to be had or "rescued" in the tower, where they are supposed to strive to reach since love is perfect and cannot be reached to perfection but merely striven for. The victory songs, the good moments in the relationship are now out of tune because only bad memories pervade her thoughts. He's telling the girl, this relationship does not have to end, we can work it out, work it out with "me" and not anyone else. This is our problem. The words that break are hurtful to both of them and yet the waitress, the personification of their love seeks to clean it up. The guy takes in the pain by slowly drinking in. The bag of leaves, all the words and thoughts in his head that torment him to suppress his sadness, bitterness, grief over trying to get this girl to come back and resolve problems with him has left him bitter "in the taste of the tea" and the waitress, rather Love, tries to sweeten it back up with "a lump of sugar or two." The outro of the song emphasizes the couple can work this out. It's not over, just work it out together as the unified body and "one" that they are, instead of running away to third parties to solve and numb the pain, because the source of the problem is the only way to truly eliminate it.

11 comments:

anteros' dominion said...

formalism approach was used. but i believe it would have been more 'personal' if the reader-response approach was also used..

how about you, what's your personal interpretation/analysis of that song ?

:)

gillboard said...

may natutuhan akong skill sa office (magdownload ng mga mp3), eto una kong hahanapin mamayang gabi. hehehe

my-so-called-Quest said...

@antero - ang lalim naman! haha
interpretation ko, yung guy ayaw nyang magend kung ano meron man sila, kahit nasira ung dream relationship nila sa huli he's pleading na sana maayos pa nila.

tea and sympathy - tea ung time or place ng isang conversation ung sympathy yung affection ng mga taong close sa kanila regarding sa kinahinatnan ng relationship nila

ang haba ng reply ko! lol

my-so-called-Quest said...

@GB - yup download mo ung album nila. fave ko yan! heheh

SOLTERO said...

i love Jars of Clay,
my fave is Flood :P

my-so-called-Quest said...

@soltero - maganda nga rin yun! wait i think kailangan kong iplay ang buong discography nila ulit. ehehe

Jag said...

hays! yang relasyon n yan! minsan nakakasakal na din hehehehe...wag ng ipilit kung hindi na pwede...

Love the song though...

my-so-called-Quest said...

@jag - salamat sa pagdaan :D
what if it's worth fighting for? naks! gumaganun! hehehehe

Nimmy said...

walang flash player dito sa station ko. ahhaha. hindi ko mapakinggan tuloy. :P

wanderingcommuter said...

its really nice to be back...

my-so-called-Quest said...

@nimmy - gawa ka na paraan! you're missing the fun! hehehe

@wandering - it's good to be back nga! kamusta na? wait daan ako sa blog mo. hehe