Best Line / Best Line

Recently I was struck by the similarities between lyrics of two songs:

Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark (1984)
I get up in the evening
And I ain’t got nothing to say
I come home in the morning
I go to bed feeling the same way

and

John Prine’s Angel From Montgomery (1971)
There’s flies in the kitchen I can hear ’em there buzzing
And I ain’t done nothing since I woke up today.
How the hell can a person go to work in the morning
And come home in the evening and have nothing to say.

This is fun because….


the narrator of Angel from Montgomery is a housewife, wondering how her partner can be so dull…

and the narrator of Dancing in the Dark IS that partner! He helpfully provides an explanation for his mental state in the full lyrics of the song.

Are these two sad people talking about the same marriage? I’d like to think so.

I got to see Nadia Reid perform Angel from Montgmomery a few nights ago. She sang it acapella as her opening number, and changed a few of the notes so it was fully minor-key and spooky. She apparently learned it at age 15… and was taught by fellow singer/songwriter Aldous Harding.

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