Easily one of the most incredible pieces of music I have ever heard, and likely will ever hear. The lyrics are of course effortlessly gorgeous, and at the same time humble and deeply earnest. The melodies sound ancient, familiar, and haunting. The Dorian mode melody in the middle alone brings me to tears, but the lyrics about Pompeii sung through it bring me to my knees every single time I hear it. The almost religious tones of the failing relationship in the first half seem to be an echo of past lives ended instantly in a volcanic eruption. Can there be a more effective analogy for broken love?
"To whose authority do you consign your soul?"
New words need to be invented to describe the greatness of the whole Have One On Me album, every song is just so incredibly beautiful, but if I had to choose one, I'd say this is my favorite song on it.
5:42-on leaves me convinced that Disney (might) be able to claw its way out of its grave and into a glorious reincarnation IF they turned Joanna loose, no restrictions/deadlines/artistic constraints, to create a kind of epic, new global mythology -- to rank second to none before. Hers would be the narrative and the soundtrack. Of course, they'd have to find someone of the caliber of James Jean or Yoshitaka Amano for the art direction to live up to the aesthetic quality standards Joanna would set. Charm without kitsch; pathos without ham-fisted oversentimentality :}