Song of the Day, March 16: Grand Canyon by the Magnetic Fields

MagFieldGrandCToday’s song is Grand Canyon from 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt’s cycle of songs about love songs. Recorded with his band the Magnetic Fields, it’s his finest outing and this wistful track is a standout. Merritt sings about a lost love, trying to reassure the object of his affections that they are enduring. He crafts a strangely whimsical proposition and sings it so earnestly that it works.

If I was the Grand Canyon, I’d echo everything you say
But I’m just me, I’m only me and you used to love me that way
So you know how to love me that way

Clocking in at under two-and-a-half minutes, the song sticks around just long enough to make its sad point, working like the perfect love songs Merritt celebrates throughout the album.

Enjoy this wonderful song 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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