Harmonium

White Houses
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White Houses
Vanessa Carlton
Harmonium

The melody and lyrics of this song are just pure brilliance. I wish I could write something like this.

And did you know that MTV and VH1 banned this song and its music video because the lines

My first time, hard to explain
Rush of blood and a little bit of pain
On a cloudy day, it’s more common than you’d think
He’s my first mistake

are about a girl (the song’s protagonist) losing her virginity. Talk about hypocrisy.

I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.
—  Wallace Stevens, section V of “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” from Harmonium (Alfred A. Knopf, 1923)
White Houses
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  • Vanessa Carlton
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Vanessa Carlton - White Houses.

“These silly little wounds will never mend.
I feel so far from where I’ve been.
So I go, and I will not be back here again,
I’m gone as the day is fading on white houses.
I lie, put my injuries all in the dust.
In my heart is the five of us,
In white houses.”

After spending the day with the best friend, I was reminded.