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Don't Run From a Scotchwoman

Nat Allister
A review of "Scottish Man" by Jess C
Written April 1st, 2017, 9:46 am by

Nat Allister FROM Fox & Beggar Theater Inc.

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Lovely as Jess C's voice may be, the unique value of "Scottish Man" lies in its singsong, poetically complex lyrics. Folk music seems to play heavily into the imagery, sung possibly to a lover that may be running, as it were, away from her. The singer seems to be smirking at his machismo antics, telling him that, when the time is right, he'll come back to her...and she'll be waiting. If I understood the lyrics correctly, she tells him variably that she'll either make the sun shine, or make it rain. I'm delighted by the subtly strong power of the song's narrator, who seems to be a wonderfully empowered female (possibly even possessing magical powers) who is content to reign over her domestic queendom until her foolish lover has run his course. The song makes me think of Scottish folk songs, women's wisdom, and a beautiful kind of love, the kind with longevity and understanding. There are some weird moments in the recording that bloop or warble out her voice...I'm honestly not quite sure if this is intentional or not. If it is, I would suggest that it doesn't need them, it only confuses the simple poetry of the song. Scottish man, Scottish man Run as far as your old knees can And if you find me, on your way I'll make the sun shine, most every day Souls are long, but life is short Pay your dues at every port I know you'll find your way back home I'll keep my hand upon your empty throne. I can be your woman, if you can be an open man I need a special devotion, it's just the way I am. I see your colors, brown and black Don't think that's how a heart should act If you feel alive, if you feel free The way you came shining back on me. Scottish man, Scottish man Run as far as your old knees can I'll make it rain, I'll make it pour I'll wait beside this open door. I can be your woman, if you can be an open man I need a special devotion, it's just the way I am.

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