Song of the Day, November 23: Fascination by Everything But the Girl

Today’s song is Fascination by Everything But the Girl. Included on their first U.K. album, Eden, and its approximate U.S. counterpart, Everything But the Girl, it perfectly captures the spirit of the duo in their early days. Over spare instrumentation writer and vocalist Tracey Thorn delivers a quiet, compelling story. Sung from the perspective of someone in the early days of a relationship, the lyrics keenly demonstrate the insecurities of new romance. Thorn simultaneously wants to know everything about her new lover’s past and understands that this knowledge would not be helpful to the growth of the relationship.

I won’t try to stop you
When you speak of the past
Doubt is over now
And I can join in when you laugh
Fascination makes us ask for more
Than we’d like to know
I needn’t explain
I think you know

With a wistful wisdom, she acknowledges that she “mustn’t wish your life began the day we met.” This simple, poignant song is a perfect message, beautifully delivered. Enjoy it 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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