Song of the Day, September 22: Seven by Ellis Paul

EllisPaulSevenToday’s song is Seven by Ellis Paul. This powerful song of a relationship at its bitter end is the standout track on Paul’s 1998 masterpiece Translucent Soul. The album has eleven amazing tracks, showcasing his brilliant songwriting and stunning vocal abilities. It is a wonderful mix of stories and characters, personal meditations, and celebrations. All of the songs have something meaningful to offer the listener, and Paul’s writing is at its most sharp and striking.

Seven starts with a verse that will resonate with anyone who has been part of a protracted breakup:

Seven times I traced your number
Just one finger to your voice
Seven times I put the receiver down

The lyrics alternate between such vivid specificity and broadly universal statements that strike a chilling chord.

I’m letting go ‘cause holding on is killing me
My timing can be criminally slow
Too little too late

Celebrate the masterful songcraft of Ellis Paul today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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