Maggie’s Pick 10.8.2014: “The Truth About Heaven” by Armor for Sleep

I was kind of hoping for a rainy day to post this Pick, because I’m always looking for good rainy day songs, and this could be one. However, today is the most perfect weather day of all this week, and in a way that’s perfect for this Pick.

This song explores a lot of ideas in an interesting way, and is musically cool. How does it fit with the home theme, you ask? Well, in a lot of spirituals, the lyric “I’m going home” actually means “I’m going to Heaven.” I think a lot of these spirituals had origins with the African American slaves who worked plantations in the 1600-1800s, until the North created and eventually could enforce anti-slavery laws. Singing built community and helped to distract slaves from their mundane and sometimes painful daily work; coded lyrics like these were also a way to secretly rebel, to express but not let your master know that, in some ways, you would prefer death and Heaven to working his plantation.

I generalize, but it intrigues me, the correlation between “home” and “Heaven” in so many hymns and spirituals. This song kind of turns that on its head.

Sorry for the low picture quality of the video. All the versions I found were like this. I think you still get the effect of the ghost band, though.

Lyric version in case you don’t like somewhat creepy, somewhat blurry, emo music videos.

Also, perfect weather and the perfect lyrics:

“Don’t believe that it’s better when you leave everything behind,
Don’t believe that the weather is perfect the day that you die.”


‘Cœurs’ Commendations’ (new poem)

So tomorrow is my birthday. It’s supposed to be a happy occasion. Where I live, my birthday starts in 6.5 hours, but in WordPress-Land, it starts in less than one hour. I wrote a poem today and I’d like to share it, but it’s kind of depressing. Therefore I post it frantically now so it won’t bring down my happy birthday. Enjoy!

Cœurs’ Commendations
By Maggie McGinity

Silly conversations
And self-preservation
Couldn’t save me this time

Paper decorations
And cœurs’ commendations?
I’ll just have to get in line

The smoke is slowly clearing.
Although it’s change I’m fearing,
It’s time to face my fate

The hopes I’ve sheltered here
Have to disappear
Let’s get one thing straight:

They’ll never be together
Like we’ll never be together
For you’re hell-bent on Heaven
And gave me Hell for ‘forever.’
Though the seasons keep on changing,
There’ll be no change in the weather.

I’m lost, but I’m not losing two.
You’re lost, and I am losing you.
Loss proving our only truth.”

Lyrics from song I just alluded to:

“A drop in the ocean
A change in the weather
I was praying that you and me might end up together
It’s like wishing for rain as I stand in the desert
But I’m holding you closer than most ’cause you are my heaven”
– “A Drop In The Ocean,” by Ron Pope

And one more quote:

“Don’t want to let you down
But I am hell bound
Though this is all for you
Don’t want to hide the truth”
– “Demons,” by Imagine Dragons