Cat Power: ‘Ruin’

Cat PowerI’m not very good at interpreting lyrics, but I’m pretty sure that the Pitchfork post doesn’t give a good explanation of what this new Cat Power song ‘Ruin’ is about. I think there must be more to it. I don’t know what exactly, but there are two hints that it’s something more profound.

First, all the lines, except the intro, are repeated at least once with very little (if any) variation. For me, it emphasizes the notion that I should look for a hidden meaning.

Second, Chan Marshall has been performing this song live for at least 8 years, but didn’t publish it till now, when it suddenly becomes the first single from her upcoming album. These facts suggest that this is an especially important one.

So, what is this really about? I wish I had the answer but I don’t. If you do, please, let me know.

(via The Mad Mackerel)

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  • Kiah Dana
    January 14, 2013 - 6:58 pm | Permalink

    This is just my own interpretation, but it seems to me that she is criticizing American society (and possibly many others at the same time). People are lost in their bubbles mostly, other than vague impressions mostly unaware of the rest of the world. Perhaps in particular her she is criticizing her hometown, whether that be Atlanta or whatever.. I think her point is that people waste their time complaining and always wanting, when things are so much worse elsewhere. Rather than being proactive they are content in sitting around while things decay and go to ruin. I do think it is mostly a criticism of American urban decay but also could be interpreted to include other nations.

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