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Melancholy Singer-Songwriters, Searching for Gold.

Nat Allister
A review of "The Greenest Grass" by The Last Alex
Written January 22nd, 2017, 6:43 am by

Nat Allister FROM Fox & Beggar Theater Inc.

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Beautiful, simple guitar lines, ambient background chords, and a soft choir backup the enigmatic storyline of "The Greenest Grass." The song seems to be about chasing dreams that may or may not actually bring you happiness (the grass is always greener...). Two characters seem to be moving through the story; the narrator and his alter-ego. I cannot entirely tell if the other man is poor, like him, and also chasing wealth...or if the other man is rich, unlike the narrator, and yearning for simplicity, while the narrator yearns for riches. Both readings are available. I love songs that don't spell their message out for you, but instead leave you asking some of your own questions. "The Greenest Grass" accomplishes this nicely. "He yearned for a simple life, I for gold and pearls, Jewel-encrusted gifts for his wife, Mine wore golden curls. We passed one day in the market place A glimpse was all we shared Behold the life that fills my dreams Someone take me there. Take me there, to the field of dreams The most beautiful place you've ever seen. Have you ever glimpsed a star so bright Just out of reach but never, never out of sight. Day by day, our obsessions grew We slowly became consumed Numb at the thought of our dreams come true But lift us from our gloom. And yet we never glimpsed the thought That if our lives were rearranged Would anything be any sweeter? Would anything have even changed? And here we lie, in the dead of night For this dream to set us free And still we cry, jilted by the sight Of what will never be, never be, never be.

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