Song of the Day, May 29: Take Me Down by Ellis Paul

EllisTakeMeToday’s song is Take Me Down by Ellis Paul, one of the standout tracks from his masterpiece, Translucent Soul. Like most of the disc, it’s a deeply personal reflection, this time on isolation. Framed in a familiar musician-on-the-road conceit, Paul notes the similarities of small towns everywhere and the eerie disconnection that can cause. His quiet, sweet delivery raises the song above the potential cliché, and his observations are keenly crafted.

As he hits the chorus, he hands the listener an unexpected curve. Where most road songs are sung to a faithful lover left at home, Paul uses the distance to analyze the disintegration of his relationship. While yearning for home, he wonders just how well he truly understands it. The result is powerful, creating one of his finest moments. He won his ninth Boston music award for this song, garnering the Best Singer/Songwriter of 1999.

Take me down
to where I’m whole
Where everybody knows me
deep as a soul can go
If you take me down
I gotta know
Did you really know me,
as a soul can go?

Enjoy this potent meditation today.


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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