• And She Was

    by Groujo on December 20, 2009 Groujo 8 hr 57 min ago Rated 0 rate down rate up Sheez. Just because the song arose from a recollection about a girl's acid trip does not mean the song is "about" an acid trip. Or maybe I should say it doesn't mean the song is ONLY about that acid trip. There must have been something about what the girl experienced or how she described that experience that caught Byrne's imagination, don't you think? Those of you who say "it's about an acid trip" are suggesting Byrne could not have added any meaning to it beyond the original event. Small minded at best. Why did he choose to write about her? What was interesting about her to Byrne? What meaning did he draw from it? Maybe it's just me, but I don't think you write such an interesting and evocative song if you're just saying "drugs are funny". In fact, based on the girl's comments, Byrne's song seems to have radically departed from the original event in service to his ideas. Clearly Byrne remembered how this person described an out of body experience, and it got Byrne thinking... My own interpretation about it is that it describes the separation of a consciousness from a body that comes after a life (that is, a death). (I don't see any reason to suspect a suicide, however. Let's just say she had an accident. She doesn't seem to care anymore, herself.) This to me makes the title absolutely wonderful "And she was". Past tense. It's literally saying she no longer IS. In this context, I love this song. There's no fear or pain or regret: it's wondrous and happy. There's "rising" and "floating", there's seeing her own body lying in the grass, there's elevated perception, there's casual distracted awareness of everything around her, there's separation from the mundane reality (taking off her dress, which I like to think of as shedding her corporeal body) and there's her ultimate joyful expansion and re-absorbtion to the universe itself. It's a playful, even ironic take on such a usually "serious" topic, to my ears. No Comments
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