Anatomy of a song – 1:
Wild Child – “The Tale Of You & Me”

I would like to preface this anatomy with the concept that I believe that this song is a metaphoric blanket encompassing an “apparently failing” relationship, with traces of infidelity. However, this tare is naive and childish and as the song progresses the realisation of the simplistic notions of their common concerns is brought together. Let’s see:

[Beggins] Ever wonder why white clouds take flight
In the middle of the night
Just chasing thunder’s tale

This is a dissuasion tactic that many couples use in an argument to either diffuse or redirect the conversation.

[Wilson] Ever wonder about you and me
At the bottom of the sea
While both our souls set sail

The dissuasion has failed and these lines suggest deeper context. They suggest “opening sails at the bottom of the sea”. Knowing that renewing now would embark against already prevailing forces.

[Beggins] Ever think about me at night
How I’m never too kind
Follow me ’cause you know I’ll fail

Commonly placed arguments on the regular and especially against one who has little to support their cause or their place. They’re admitting failure and poetically sliding their tail between their legs.

[Wilson] Make you think about heading home
Where your lovers can’t roam
Stab your back, throw you down the well

This leads towards the infidelity and it’s brought to light. Tempers are rising. The concept of being blindsided and cuckolded is a stab to the back.

[Beggins] You ever think about both our mouths ’round the barrel of a gun
Make it fast won’t feel a thing

This is a clear suicide reference…

[Wilson] Ever think about hanging out from the limbs of a tree
Swinging above our buried rings

… and another…

[Beggins] You ever think about giving up
Take the pills drink the cup
Sleep forever if you knew you could

… and another…

[Wilson] Make me think about cutting close
To the veins that hold love
Let it bleed out on the wood

… and just one more. This one is another as well but my favourite. It’s painted so well and so poetically.

[Bridge: Wilson] Always said we’d die together
And now you die alone

I love this line because it’s an agreement that was made, however, the reference made does not point to one person or another. To me it is a reference to an attempt at letting go. Be it over dramatic or not.

[Chorus: Wilson] And you wonder why I burned you down
And you wonder why I burned you down
And you wonder why I burned you down
And you wonder why I burned you down
And you wonder why I burned you down
And you wonder why I burned you down

Long story short, “Why do you make light of my pain?”

[Bridge: Wilson] Always said we’d die together
And now you die alone

[Beggins] You’re always talking about this and that
Singing rattle a tat
Taking walks down by the moon

This is the result of one person negating the facts and the present actions and happenings and continuing their daydream like structure.

[Wilson] Can you think about getting old
No, I’ve never been sold
On eternity with you

OUCH! And there it is. Perhaps words “unmeant”, however said. Those are nails in coffins.

[Beggins] Mama keep your thoughts of love and things
Burn your house and your dreams
You know I love that devil’s sin

Fights are fights. We give in to our demons during such events. Words get said.

[Wilson] Darling next time I grab your hand
While we’re walking by the sea
Know I just might throw you in

Sometimes we want to give up.

[Chorus] And you wonder why I burned you down
And you wonder why I burned you down
And you wonder why I burned you down
And you wonder why I burned you down
And you wonder why I burned you down
And you wonder why I burned you down

Now… things change a lot here. You here the crowd just before the chorus. It’s really beautiful. The words, “Sleep good and hold tight, Just know that I’ll make it right.” No one wants to go to sleep fighting. Wish the best and know that it will be made right. 

[Outro: Wilson and Beggins] Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right
Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right
Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right
Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right
Just know that I’ll make it right
Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right
Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right
Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right
Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right
Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right
Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right
Just know that I’ll make it right
Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right
Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right
Just know that I’ll make it right
Sleep good and hold tight
Just know that I’ll make it right

While I, personally, think the song reflects on the naivety of arguments, disagreements and/or discouraging issues in many relationships and how they can seemingly be felt as such a dagger in the moment. Relationships are work in every shape and form. I believe this songs composes the ideas of a rift in a relationship and the discussion, argument, fight, understanding and compromise that follows.

It makes me love, hurt and feel hopeful all the same. I love it.

EDIT: Upon second thought. This song, very well could be, about addiction as well. To something very, very powerful and the desire to want to stop.

THOUGHTS? Listen to the song in the link below and chime in with the comments below the YouTube link.

Here is the song:

Label: Major Nation
ASIN: B007A4MAYI

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