The Low Anthem track Boeing 737

Over the past few weeks, in between listening to appropriate Christmas music*, I have been working my way through various Best of 2011 lists.  One album that has popped up on a few lists has been the most recent work from The Low Anthem entitled  Smart Flesh (amazon) (itunes).  For various reasons I can’t really recommend the entire album.  It’s too, well, slow for my taste.  And it veers unnervingly close to pure country at times.

Even though I couldn’t bring myself to love the entire album there is one track that I cannot get out of my head.  The track Boeing 737 talks abstractly about the fall of the World Trade Center.  I’ve included the lyrics below.  The tragic subject matter reminds me a lot of The Commander Thinks Aloud by The Long Winters (which dealt with the space shuttle Columbia breaking up on reentry).

mp3 : The Low Anthem – Boeing 737

I was in the air when the towers came down
In a bar on the 84th floor
I bought Philippe Petit a round
And asked what his high wire was for
He says, “I put one foot out on the wire,
One foot straight into heaven”
As the prophets entered boldly into the bar
On the Boeing 737, Lord, on the Boeing 737
Hey little bird, would you be the one
To nest beneath my Gatling gun?
There’s nothing left I call my own
Come down and build me a home.

I was in a bar when they rigged the towers
Trying to leave all my sins
The barmaid asked my order
And where my mind had been
I tried to recall the high wire
Philippe and his foot there in heaven
As the prophets entered boldly into the bar
On the Boeing 737, Lord, on the Boeing 737
Hey little bird, would you be the one
To nest beneath my Gatling gun?
There’s nothing left I call my own
So come down and build me a home.

Hey little bird, would you be the one
To nest beneath my Gatling gun?
There’s nothing left I call my own
Come down and build me a home.

*The phrase “appropriate Christmas music” refers to either Andy Williams or Sufjan Stevens.  That is all.

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