Friday, August 5, 2016

“Where's My Love” by SYML – A Song Review

     The outstanding emotive song of 2016 has surfaced. It’s entitled “Where’s My Love.” The piano isn’t complex. Nor is the support by the strings (cello, right?). The vocals aren’t demanding. But the elements are combined in a manner that positively distinguishes the song from others in our playlist.
      “Where’s My Love” is a track by SYML, which is the performance name of Brian Fennell. He was a founding member of the Seattle band Barcelona. 

According to the website of SYML (www.symlmusic.com/):
SYML IS ONE PERSON
Translated as “simple” in Welsh, SYML is the creation of Brian Fennell... With a keen grasp on textural and emotive songwriting, Fennell combines bare piano, minimalist synth and string-scapes, and etherial vocals to create the sounds of SYML. Accumulating many previous placements in TV and film with Barcelona, Fennell is no stranger to crafting songs that evoke movement and image when you close your eyes. Ranging from dark to light and sad to hopeful, SYML’s songs are sure to take the listener on a journey through the senses.

     “Where's My Love” by SYML


Lyrics of “Where's My Love” by SYML
Cold bones,
Yeah that’s my love
She hides away
Like a ghost.

Does she know
That we bleed the same?
Don’t wanna cry
But I break that way.

Cold sheets,
But where’s my love?
I am searching high,
I’m searching low in the night.

Does she know that we bleed the same?
Don’t wanna cry but I break that way.

Did she run away, did she run away, I don’t know
If she ran away, if she ran away, come back home
Just come home.

I got a fear,
Oh in my blood
She was carried up
Into the clouds, high above

If you bled,
I bleed the same
If you’re scared,
I’m on my way.

Did you run away, did you run away, I don’t need to know
If you ran away, if you ran away, come back home
Just come home.


Starring: Tanya Bevan
Directed & Edited by: Gavin Michael Booth
Produced by: Gavin Michael Booth & Sierra Parr
Director of Photography: Karl Janisee


2 comments:

  1. The version with strings and piano is subtitled "Alternate." The acoustic version is a guitar based song. Which version is considered the original? Thanks.

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  2. I think the first verse ;
    “Cold bones
    Yeah that my love
    She hides away
    Like a ghost”

    This verse is is explaining how the author perceived his significant others depression.

    The chorus ;
    “Does she know
    That we bleed the same?
    Don’t wanna cry but I break that way.”

    In the chorus the author is trying to convey how he feels like he has to internalize everything so that she can feel like everything is ok; don’t trigger her: don’t be sad. He is begging her (screaming in song form) for her to notice his suffering. But she is to focused on her own pain, because her pain is emense as well.

    The second verse ;
    “Cold sheets
    But where’s my love?
    I am searching high
    Searching low, in the night.”

    This verse is simply to advance the story we already know. She is depressed, suicidal, and now missing. He has walked into/ woken up to his S.O. missing. He immediately searches for her in the night because he knows she’s in no state to be alone. She’s not mentally stable.

    Again the chorus: same thing as before only now they say;
    “ Did she run away, did she run away, I don’t know.
    If she ran away, if she ran away come back home.
    Just come home.”

    This seems to imply in the last line that he is begging her to come home, which means this is it: he’s at the end of his rope ( he is praying she will just come home).

    This is proven by the next verse ;
    “ I got a fear
    Oh in my blood
    She was carried up
    Into clouds, high above.”

    This verse clearly states that the author fears his S.O. has taken her life and moved on to the after life.

    The really awfully sad part ( if it wasn’t already dark enough) come in verse 4 ;
    “ If you bled
    I bleed the same
    If you’re scared
    I’m on my way.”

    I’m verse 4 the writer seems to imply that he will kill himself if he finds out that she took her own life. He feels inadequate, like he did a bad job keeping her safe while alive and he want to follow her in death and keep her from ever having to fear anything again. The author seems to decides not to because he has hope his love is not dead, this is evident by the final bit of lyrics ;
    “ Did you run away, did you run way, I don’t need to know.
    If you ran away, if you ran away, come back home.
    Just come home.”

    The author seems to reach a decently healthy place where he can understand that he isn’t reaponsible for her actions, he is responsible for his own. He is still begging her to come home, however, he is giving her the power and the control that even her mind has taken from her through the form of depression.

    -morganlemprants

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