I recently looked into the lyrics of one soft rock song that I like for its arrangement, and this is how I interpreted it:
The singer/narrator begins by describing to a woman how a bauble is displayed to advantage against her skin; and that he would like to engage in outdoors, nocturnal coitus with her while under starlight in a desert setting. Sounds sexy, yet slightly salacious if they're not married or even long acquainted.
The singer feels that he might come to know her in the Biblical sense, whether as his lover or as his friend with benefits. But something makes him uneasy about it all: this might be simply a one night stand, and no more easy sex afterwards. But that's alright: he doesn't have unrealistic expectations about it all. He's already standing on the ground, and will take what he can get. At least she's likely to be an acceptable sexual partner.
Well, it's hardly a love song, but maybe it's a musical reflection of that era of confusion in the American psyche. The 70's were a musical era with its dark side in lyrics: American women were scorned, people were crossing deserts with nameless horses, a woman plaintively declared that "It's too late, baby," a singer waxed maudlin over one of the Carolinas, men moaning about cakes left out in the rain, a guy dying, a woman inviting another to reside with her in a graveyard (I think), all of the Windy City dying, a weird one about American Pies (kind of pie unnamed) and so on.
Is this only in this song; or does this reflect a more general malaise of that time? This song was released over 40 years ago, during the latter days of Viet Nam war. Maybe that has something to do with it. Or maybe it is symptomatic of the Nixonian era.
But the joy of love, the romantic ideal, the constancy of true hearts is not found in the lyrics. Was this the course of love in the 1970's? It must have been a sad time. On the other hand, maybe the infectious beat provided a complex sense of optimism despite the lyrics. Well, at least I can deconstruct the song and sound very profound while doing so.
|A peaceful, easy feeling without complications.|