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Geoff Pevere: The Dark

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , on September 23, 2011 by segarini

Sometimes I know why a certain song has been selected for heavy rotation in my subliminal playlist and sometimes I don’t. When I started running Badfinger’s We’re for the Dark” over and over again in my head, I knew.

I love the song, to put it mildly, and the band is one of my more enduring obsessions. The song is one of the late Pete Ham’s most gorgeous and haunting compositions, a lover’s declaration of safety, commitment and refuge that nevertheless holds teeth in its embrace: I love you, it’s saying, like nobody loves you. I’ll protect you, it says, but only by holding you so tightly no one else can get near us. Our love will be oblivion, it suggests, a place unattainable, impenetrable and final. We’re for the dark.

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