Xmas songs no. 29: Cursive – “Break In the New Year”

The Storms of Early Summer-Semantics of SongThis song is from Cursive’s 1998 album The Storms of Early Summer: Semantic of Song. As you might expect if you know Cursive, especially their early stuff, it’s very indie-rock oriented, angular and meandering without an easily accessible structure. You can read my review of last year’s I Am Gemini here.

New Year’s ago
We drank and danced and left our sour hearts behind
We sweetened for a kiss
The kiss of a new year to come
But those days are gone
We never got resolution, it never comes
All the best wishes were blown
So blow out your candles, the year won
So long to longing for the resurrection of an unbridled wantonness

Break in the new year
Break in the new year
Break in the new year
Break in the new year

Fear whipped us in shape
We must stay afraid
Our new god is discipline
New, but hardly improved
It’s just new cliches
“They might nail your hands, but your neck has been saved”
So break in the new year with a vintage wine
Here’s to aging, when some things just get bitter with age
And other are made to be broken
Broken, broken in
We’re disciples of discipline
Sweetened for the kiss off


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