The moment a baby is born it depends on others. It can not survive without care and love. As one grows and becomes more self sufficient, does the need to be loved change?
I don’t think the need ever changes.
So I am curious about this incredible song. There is something about the lyrics that tugs at my heart in a way I can’t fully understand.
“a little rock on a big mountain… a little drop from a big fountain…”
Perhaps, there are moments when I feel as she does in this song. You know, sort of lost in the mix. Yeah I know, it is just the highs and lows of life, but still, I connect.
Margaret Glaspy captures something profound with the idea of feeling small and insignificant and not wanting to deal with the mess of others. Is it an odd human condition? I am guessing from time to time, many people feel like camouflage in a room of the bright and sparkly.
But, unlike her, I care a bit more than I probably should about how I fit in. Where do I draw the line? How do I balance my need for love with my ability to be independent?
Perhaps, I am sensitive to Margaret Glaspy’s formidable guitar strumming and her carefully crafted indifference to close personal attachments.
Whatever it is, I am seriously crazy about this tune.
Margaret Glaspy-Somebody To Anybody
“I’m a little rock, on a big mountain
Nobody’s calling my name
Nobody’s payin me mind
I’m a little drop from a big fountain
Oh I blend in and that’s fine, fine
And my sister she is gonna die tryin with her heart ablaze and a fightin song
Not me, I’ll be a dandelion
Ooh, Give a gust of wind and I’m gone, gone
Cuz I don’t wanna be somebody to anybody no
I’m good at no one
Once I was loved and I wouldn’t dare take a compliment or give a kiss
Just thinking of bein a pair
Had me suffering and made me split
Oh because I don’t wanna be somebody to anybody no
I’m good at no one
I keep my head down and both eyes wide
I don’t look up just side to side
And I stay well kept so they can see
There’s nothin wrong with me
Its just that I don’t wanna be somebody to anybody no, no, no
No I don’t wanna be somebody to anybody no
No, I don’t wanna be somebody to anybody no
I’m good at no one”
Margaret Glaspy is a singer/songwriter in Brooklyn, who arrived there by way of California and Boston. With influences from Elliot Smith and Joni Mitchell, just to name a couple, she focuses her talents into fiercely raw, guitar-driven pop songs. She clearly has command of her thoughts, as she weaves the bluesy words into song. Glaspy has a new album out in June of this year, Emotions and Math, and it is at the top of my must hear list. Even the title suggests a play of opposites and has me intrigued. Margaret Glaspy explains,
“In a lot of ways, it’s kind of how I operate,” says Glaspy. “I’ve always considered myself a free spirit, someone who goes with the flow, but actually I’m not exactly like that. This record really taught me that I’m super analytical and process-driven. I think they really do go together, emotions and math. Nobody is just one thing.”
As I listen to the tune “Somebody To Anybody” again and again, I begin to recognize the song isn’t about insignificance or not wanting to connect anymore. I believe it is really making a strong statement about standing firmly on your own two feet and being exactly you.
Nothing more, nothing less.