Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Maladaptation of Cath...

I was prepared to say there's nothing I don't like about this song -- "Cath..." by Death Cab for Cutie -- until I saw the video, which threatens to defeat all the evocative beauty and wistfulness of the song by being too representational. I don't need to see actual hipsters in love! I want to see them in my mind's eye! Just show some Stan Brakhage or miscellaneous visual doodling if you need to put it on MTV and youtube.

Speaking of which, does MTV still exist? I certainly hope not.

Actually a very select few snatches from this video wouldn't be so bad, but it's better heard than seen. The characters and scenes that form in your mind are far better than this stuff.



Lyrics:

Cath, she stands
With a well-intentioned man
But she can't relax
With his hand on the small of her back
And as the flashbulbs burst
She holds a smile
Like someone would hold
A crying child

And soon everybody will ask
What became of you
'Cause your heart was dying fast
And you didn't know what to do

Cath, it seems
That you lived in someone else's dream
In a hand-me-down wedding dress
With the things that could've been all repressed
But you said your vows
And you closed the door
On so many men
Who would have loved you more

And soon everybody will ask
What became of you
'Cause your heart was dying fast
And you didn't know what to do

The whispers that it won't last
Roll up and down the pews
But if their hearts were dying that fast
They'd have done the same as you
And I'd have done the same as you

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