Monday, August 16, 2010

Josh Ritter - The Temptation Of Adam

"If this was the cold war we could keep each other warm," I said
On the first occasion that I met Marie
We were crawling through the hatch that was
The missle silo door
And I don't think that she really thought that much of me
I never had to learn to love her
Like I learned to love the bomb
She just came along and started to ignore me
But as we waited for the big one
I started singing her my songs
And I think she started feeling something for me

We passed the time with crosswords
That she thought to bring inside
"What five letters spell apacolypse?" she asked me
I wandered over saying WWIII
We smiled and we both knew that she misjudged me
Oh Marie it was so easy to fall in love with you
It felt almost like a home of sorts or something
And you would keep the warhead missle silo good as new
And I'd watch you with my thumb above the button

Then one night you found me in my army issue cott
You told me of your flash of inspiration
You said "Fusion was the broken heart that's lonely's only thought"
And all night long you drove me wild with your equations
Oh Marie do you remember all the time we used to take
Making love and then ramsack the rations
When I think of you leaving now the avalanche cascades
My eyes get washed away in chain reactions

Oh Marie if you would stay we could stick pins in the map
Of all the places where you thought that love would be found
But I would only need one pin to show where my love is at
In a top secret location 300 feet under the ground

We could hold each other close
We'd stay up every night
Look up into the dark and like it's the night sky
Pretend this giant missle is a old oak tree instead
Carve our name in hearts into the warhead
Oh Marie something tells me things just won't
Work out above
That our love would live a half-life on the surface
So at night while you are sleeping
I hold you closer just because
As our time grows short I get a little nervous

So I think about the big one
Would we ever really care the world had ended?
You could hold me here forever
Like you're holding me tonight
I think about that big button and I'm tempted


Is this song a big metaphor for Adam & Eve cursing mankind? It could be a hint that "Adam" is spelled with an "a" and not an "o." Is the metaphor the silo being a bedroom and that they don't have a real relationship, just sex? I'm not sure. It could be.

At the very least on the surface this is a great song about a guy that wins over his love Marie in a silo. He wants to be with her so bad that he is tempted to bring on WWIII to be with her because he knows that their love couldn't work outside.

Because of the great descriptions and visuals (such as carving names in a heart onto a warhead or only one pin to show where his love is at) you root for him until you realize it would take him pushing the button to a bomb to be with his love.

This song touched me a lot more now then it did when I first listened to it because what's different is I can now imagine what crazy things I would do for the woman I love. Though I wouldn't do anything to hurt her or bring the end of the world there isn't much I wouldn't do for her. Even living in a silo wouldn't be all that bad as long as she was with me.

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