Song of the Day, May 4: Emmylou by First Aid Kit

First_Aid_Kit_EmmylouToday’s song is a charming tribute to the unifying power of music. After the success of their first album, Swedish duo First Aid Kit returned to the studio with new confidence and vision. The result, The Lion’s Roar, was a powerful statement of modern folk pop, with the Söderberg sisters weaving great new songs. The standout is Emmylou.

The song is a first-person narrative, with the singer pondering dark weather and romantic tension. Looking to reconcile with her lover, she summons up two great musical pairs: Johnny and June Carter Cash and Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons.

I’ll be your Emmylou and I’ll be your June
If you’ll be my Gram and my Johnny too
No, I’m not asking much of you
Just sing little darling, sing with me

It’s a delightful conceit, carried off with sincerity. The beautiful music hints at the collaborations of the other couples underscoring the message of unity and healing.

Enjoy this beautiful 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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