"I've been watching your world from afar,
I've been trying to be where you are,
And I've been secretly falling apart, unseen.
To me, you're strange and you're beautiful,
You'd be so perfect with me but you just can't see,
You turn every head but you don't see me.
I'll put a spell on you,
You'll fall asleep and I'll put a spell on you.
And when I wake you,
I'll be the first thing you see, lyric's top
And you'll realise that you love me."
To me, there could easily be something sinister going on.Audio Overflow
puts it like this:"What I love about this song is the magical feel is possesses. Not only with some of the music/sounds but the lyrics in this song take on the same tone. In the verses of the song, he gently describes this girl…how he’s watching her, how she’s way out of his league, and how she doesn’t even notice him, so what does he do? He decides he’s going to figuratively take matters into his own hands. “I’ll put a spell on you. You’ll fall asleep and I’ll put a spell on you, and when I wake you I’ll be the first thing you see, and you’ll realize that you love me”, he lightly voices. Indeed, the lyrics sound a bit hokie, but the song in its entirety says otherwise. It is not your typical, “please, please fall for me” type of song. It has appropriate maturity to it."
Okay, the song doesn't go for the whiny "please, please fall for me" method of persuasion, but the alternative is slightly less honest, surely? Casting a spell on somebody so they'll fall in love? It all sounds a bit Midsummer Night's Dream
, but it also made me think of The Collector
by John Fowles, which is about a socially awkward young man who kidnaps an art student who he has become infatuated with. He keeps her locked in a makeshift apartment in the cellar of the country cottage he owns, hoping that she will in time come to accept him and fall in love with him.
I still enjoy the song though. And I know
I'm reading too much into it. ^_^
Today has been a good day in the sunshine. Shopping with Jess, eating ice cream, sitting by the river listening to Devendra Banhart, and tonight I'm hosting my very first dinner party (of sorts)! I'm cooking chicken and mushrooms in a white wine sauce, and making a curry pasta and rocket salad. Hopefully it will all be a roaring success. Stay tuned ...
I listened to 'Strange and Beautiful (I'll Put a Spell on You)' by Aqualung for the first time in ages this morning. I've never thought about it in this way before, but as I was listening I began to find the implication behind the words slightly disturbing!