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« on: March 03, 2009, 08:11PM »

I was just listening to "Send me a Song," today and began wondering about the imagery. She's obviously singing about a permanent separation. The only line that even hints at a reunion makes it seem more of a vain hope:
"So far from me and maybe one day, I will follow you, And all you do,"
When I first head the song I thought of a young man seeking his fortune either at sea, or in a new land. (America in the 1500 or 1600s.) But the more I listened, the more I realized that the singer has no real hope of his return.
So knowing that water is often a metaphor for death in Western literature, my assumption is that the separation is death and any reunion will be in the next world.
Does anybody have and documentation about the origins, or meaning of the song?
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2009, 10:41PM »

I don't have any concrete evidence about this, but being an English/Literature major, I LOVE your thoughts and interpretations of the song! I thought the same thing about it (the death part, morbid as that sounds)  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2009, 05:50PM »

I don't have any concrete evidence about this, but being an English/Literature major, I LOVE your thoughts and interpretations of the song! I thought the same thing about it (the death part, morbid as that sounds)  Cheesy
You mean theres other crazies on here too? I'm an english major also! Though my emphasis is on creative writing (focusing on fiction).
But right, back on topic... this song could have any number of meanings.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2009, 07:15PM »

yes i have wondered several times throughout my three years in the English dept why in the world i chose a major that requires so much writing! Research papers are ridiculous here! lol
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2009, 10:17PM »

It's a beautiful song..that does give a lot of imagery.
I've often wondered myself...

I think it is about a "rover" of sorts..who is possibly many miles away from his true love and home.
but then again..who's to say...it's one of my favorites.

Wickie xx
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2009, 10:15AM »

There is an extra verse on the solo album "Lisa"

When you're lying alone
Under Spanish skies
Softly sing me the song
And waves will bring the love you sing
To me, send me a song


seems to suggest he could be a soldier?
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2009, 11:25AM »

I always thought it was about death. It seems to me it's about the hopelessness of having your love go off to war when you know there's no chance of him coming back.
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2009, 12:19PM »

It's about Irish men leaving the country to find work during the famine years.  They left loved ones behind, sometimes never seeing them again.
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2009, 10:05PM »

Thanks for the insight, Rich.  I love knowing the background behind songs. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2009, 10:37AM »

Good info Rich.

I always thought it was about a soldier also. I sent that song back home on a burnt CD so family members could here it.

Awesome song. Top 2
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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2009, 10:23PM »

It's about Irish men leaving the country to find work during the famine years.  They left loved ones behind, sometimes never seeing them again.
Wow. That's cool.
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2009, 12:47PM »

it's such a beautifully somber song. the first time i heard it, i cried because i was reminded of my deceased grandfather (weird  but some songs just do that to me)
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2009, 09:39PM »

Nothing weird about it celticheart18.  That kind of thing often happens to those of us who have lost loved ones.  I know certain songs do that sort of thing to me too. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2013, 10:17PM »

Whether the song is happy or not, I still like it. It might be my favorite Lisa Kelly song.
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