The title of this traveling song comes from the English metaphor for optimism, "every cloud has a silver lining." The tune finds the Swedish Söderberg sisters contemplating life on the road as a mixed blessing, as they wake up one morning in a hotel room with no idea, "who or what or where I am." However, they add that there's always something good to balance out the bad.
The origin of the phrase "every cloud has a silver lining" is thought to lie in John Milton's 1634 masque Comus with the lines, "Was I deceiv'd, or did a sable cloud. Turn forth her silver lining on the night?"
The phrase "silver lining" has recently been re-popularised by the movie Silver Linings Playbook, which emphasizes the way love can be found even in hopelessness.
Following First Aid Kit's performance of the song on The Late Show, the host David Letterman who'd recently announced his impending retirement, quipped to Johanna and Klara Söderberg, "I don't know if you know this but I'm moving to Stockholm and I'd be happy to run errands."
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