#625: 2012, First Aid Kit, Blue

by Ray_North on February 19, 2013

There are occasions when you are listening to a song and you hear a line within it which is just so powerful, just so honest and pure, that it elevates the song to another level – I’m thinking of Johnny Cash, I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die,’ or Paul Weller proclaiming that we were not match for their untamed wit or the verse in Bob Dylan’s, Tangled Up In Blues, when he admits,

She was married when we first meet
Soon to be divorced
I helped her out of a jam I guess
But I used a little too much force.

Well, First Aid Kit are not quite The Jam or Bob Dylan, they are a couple of young Swedish sisters singing Country Folk Music – but they do so with a rare beauty and gentle femininity that I find much more appealing than traditional country music. Their album, The Lion’s Roar, featured in George’s best album’s of 2012 – and quite right too. I’d discovered them by accident a couple of months earlier when I saw this video, I liked the video, I liked the pleasant guitar riff and I liked the Soderberg sisters, but then I heard this line and I was blown away –

And the only man you ever loved,
You thought was gonna marry you,
Died in a car accident when he was only 22,
Then you just decided, love just wasn’t for you,
And every year since then,
Has proved it to be proved.

Music doesn’t get much more emotive or powerful than this – it turns this song into something pleasant into something much more important, the lyric in just those six simple lines creates images and stories and provokes emotions, which is exactly what good music should do. It is definitely a song to learn and sing.

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George_East February 19, 2013 at 10:52 am

Jackie, I knew they were right up your street from the moment I first encountered them supporting Jack White. Great song from an outstanding album.


Charlie_East_West February 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm

A good shout there Mr North. Father John Misty still tops the 2012 list for me.

I am now revisting Bowie’s Berlin trilogy. What a magnificent set of beasts they are.


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