Song of the Day, June 21: Open For You by the Triffids

TriffidsOpenToday’s song is deceptively peppy. The Triffids’ fourth album, the brilliant Calenture, is a mostly dark affair, with even the brightest songs bearing themes of death and loss. Keyboard player and sometime vocalist Jill Birt wrote Open For You, an upbeat number with a mostly positive theme — that finds darkness around its edges.

Birt and band leader David McComb share vocals on the song, her chirpy harmonies brightening his dark tones. The chorus assures a wandering lover that “the door is always open for you.” Musically, the song is bright pop, an almost danceable track. The verses, however, are more brooding, with images of burial and exhumation and lines like “so tired and full of pain.” The open door is a wonderful thing, but the listener is left wondering if the lost love will have the strength to find it.

Enjoy this complicated 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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