So, as I walked my mile on Wednesday the 15th, I listened to six songs by j_on_lj, and I want to talk just a bit about one, "Blood in the Sand."
Click Here to Hear "Blood in the Sand"
No, goddammit, I mean it! Click! Listen! Pay attention!
Here are the lyrics:
Blood in the Sand Music and Lyrics by j_on_lj Twelve steps beyond the border A shot fired through my leg (It's) Just my luck, (I've) been shot three times today With one horse, a mule and water And her daddy's fat nest egg My only need was to blaze a trail away Blood in the sand Let it represent all for which I stand Let the red rocks rise up from this curs-ed land She should never forgive me But I hope someday She will understand (She wanted) Me and I had to have her Even though she wasn't mine A new son-in-law had her hand but not her heart As I snuck out of the manor With all the diamonds from the mine, A memory, and other works of art Blood in the sand Reminds me of the moment that we spanned Of the stolen ring not on her tender hand She should never have released me But I hope someday She will understand (And) I dragged my carcass through the desert Escaping my own fate Hallucinations filled with pleasure While buzzards congregate Just one things kept me from going A hope we all await... Now I stumble through a pasture On a Mexican plateau My wounds have healed but it's been a painful time Seems like yesterday, not last year I was running from my foes It's so nice of them to pay for (all) my crimes Blood in the sand It's what I left behind to become a better man And there she sits, at the place that we had planned She has come to be beside me And I'm glad Today She did understand
And here's the one little bit I want to call attention to:
(She wanted) Me and I had to have her
Even though she wasn't mine
A new son-in-law had her hand but not her heart
Now that last line seems strangely constructed, doesn't it? Parsed literally, it seems to suggest that she's married to her Son-in-Law! But we don't parse it literally. Instead, we know it refers to the grizzled old Master of the Manor, her wealthy, opportunistic father, owner of the ranch, owner of the mine, "owner" of his daughter, who he has sold, married off in some political union to tie another family, a useful family, into his dynasty.
The whole song revolves around this character, he is the axis around whom it moves, he dominates it -- But he is never once refered to directly. We only know him through the malign influence he exerts over others.
I think that's an amazing bit of writing.