I really like the writing in this one. I think they use the robot metaphor in a simple but clever way, and it is noticeable that many of the words have three or four syllables, which is uncommon in most charting pop songs.
Ruth Pointer’s voice is perfect for the lead vocal.
This is from the days when they had the right balance of sexy and classy.
Now that a little time has passed, it’s hitting home a little more that Scott’s no longer with us. The pouring out of his soul made you feel connected to his journey in some weird way.
I used to always look forward to hearing his lyrics, because I thought that he was a very unique song writer:
…You know I’d beg for you
Pick a song
a yellow nectarine
Take a bath
the water that you leave
If you should die before me
ask if you could bring a friend
Take a bow and hold your breath
and drift away…
One thing I love about Suzanne Vega is how she is able to stick to the same genre of songwriting, but remain fresh. She has a charming way of writing about the most obscure little things from her life, which pique our curiosity more on each listening.
Did you know that this song is based on a school history project where she had to interview someone elderly about what they recalled of life in 1925? She chose to interview an old lady who would sit at the window across from the apartment where Suzanne lived, smoke cigarettes gazing down at the “filthy concrete between the buildings”.
The old lady remembered that 1925 was when the women began to cut their hair shorter, among other things. You can read the interview in “The Passionate Eye”, a volume of her poetry, lyrics, and the odd interview (one of which is by her friend Leonard Cohen).