It might be a little early for me to be listening to songs like this; I usually reserve these kind of depression-inducing favorites for sometime in the middle of January, when I haven’t seen a morning where I’m not brushing the snow from my car before heading out to work for a good 6 weeks, and won’t again for another 6 weeks at least. But in this case, I’ll make an exception.
If I didn’t know that Rosie Thomas was such a prankster, I would assume that – based on her catalog of songs – she was the most heartbroken woman in history. This particular song – from her album These Friends of Mine – features Sufjan Stevens on banjo and backing vocals. It’s a hauntingly beautiful track about the loneliness that accompanies accepting the end of a relationship – with another person, with a city, with a former way of living.
Don’t listen to it too much. Between the tryptophan and this, you’ll cry yourself into a coma. Happy Thanksgiving.