Saturday, May 12, 2012

Women of the 90's: Jann Arden

From her 1994 album, Living Under June, "Unloved" was by far my favorite song on the album. Bonus points if you know exactly what I am talking about. Her biggest hit from this album was "Insensitive," which was released as a single from the movie "Bed of Roses." If you happened to be a Christian Slater fan, you may have caught this one.

"Unloved" is a gritty, poetic song about love and loss, addiction and despair, and the desire to have your voice heard. It's a beautiful song highlighting Arden's mellow voice and ability to lull the listener into a deep, deep coma. As a woman artist of the 90's, she has set herself apart from other artists, especially Canadian artists. Living Under June will remain as part of my collection, and I recommend that if you don't know her, look her up.
There will be no consolation prize, this time the bone is broken clean
No baptism, no reprise and no sweet talk of victory
All the stars have fallen from the sky and everything else in between
Satellites have closed their eyes, the moon has gone to sleep
Unloved, unloved
Unloved, unloved
Here I am inside a hotel choking on a million words I said
Cigarettes have burned a hole and dreams are drunk and penniless
Here I am inside my fathers arms, all jagged bone and whisky dry
Whisper to me sweetly now and tell me I will never die
Unloved, unloved
Unloved, unloved
Here I am, an empty hallway, broken window, rainy night
I am 1962 and I am ready for a fight
People crying hallelujah while the bullet leaves the gun
People falling, falling, falling and I don't know where they're falling from
Are they unloved, unloved
Unloved, unloved
Hoping that the kindness will lead us past the blindness
And not another living soul will ever have to feel
Unloved, unloved
Unloved, unloved
Unloved, unloved

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