19 Dec 2005, 22:11
About a week ago, I finally decided to 'acquire' some more of Travis
(having only heard the song 'Sing
' before). I acquired the albums 'The Man Who
' and, a few days later, 'The Invisible Band
'. I instantly fell in love with them. I'm going to try to explain why.
Some reviewer once said Fran Healy is a 'poor man's poet'. He couldn't be closer to the truth. Healy's lyrics are pure. He doesn't try to hide his true 'emotions' (for lack of a better word) behind complicated metaphores and incomprehensible symbolism. Yet he manages to express his feelings in a not-too-simple, yet understandable way. In other words: You immediately understand what he's trying to say.
'The Humpty Dumpty Love Song
' is an amazing example of this. The opening verse ('All of the king's horses and all of the king's men/couldn't put my heart back together again/all the physicians and mathematicians too/failed to stop my heart from breaking in two') is simple, understandable and yet, in a certain sense, methaphorical (is that a word?).