Song of the Day, July 14: Dangerous Roof by the Balancing Act

BalancingActRoofToday’s song is a tragic tale from the Balancing Act’s  wonderful collection of stories, Curtains. Most of the disc deals with the way things end, and this song features a very literal look at that theme. The Dangerous Roof in question is the top of a six-story building that offers a stunning view. A shaky ladder, slippery surface, and regular winds make it a tricky place to go, but the lovers featured in the song decide the benefits are worth the risk. Then one slips and falls to her death.

It’s a simple conceit delivered with quiet sincerity. Practicing their musical magic, the band transform it into a meditation on risk and balance — both literal and figurative. It’s smart and touching, one of the finest moments in a too-brief career.

Enjoy this sad song 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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