Static

21 01 2007

When it comes to music, lyrics are quite important.  I also like it when a vocalist is singing their own words.  Two reasons I don’t listen to much pop music.

One of the people floating in the upper echelon of lyricists is J Robbins.  He started off as a bassists in Government Issue, then Singer/Guitarist in Jawbox, Burning Airlines and now Channels.  Throughout these bands Robbins has been delivering well-written, thoughtful and relevant lyrics.  The following lyrics are from the song “Static” of off the Jawbox album “Novelty”.

i sunk my eyes in static
you taught me how to see it
now there’s no sign of you at hand
so i stop looking at it
my head is splitting trying
to read the name that you abandoned

congratulations sister
you put yourself right over
though you don’t think i understand
this sudden awkward rupture
this stuck-unhealing fissure
no love could possibly withstand

and i’d never say
it doesn’t mean that much to me
glad anyway
to see you struggle free

pinned down but unexamined
though you kept right on looking
at static there behind my eyes
keep pushing one-way vision
i guess at least it’s something
since everything is so compromised

I think that there is something particularly heartbreaking about the line:

though you don’t think i understand
this sudden awkward rupture
this stuck-unhealing fissure
no love could possibly withstand

That lyric always stood and out stayed with me.  I get to meet J after a Channels show in Brooklyn.  He was friendly and genuine.  I was also hoping to find out what “J” stood for, but he introduced himself as “J”, so no luck there.

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