I shared a song with my wife earlier this week that I have been listening to a lot lately. The original was written by Townes Van Zandt in 1972, but the version linked below is from the soundtrack to the movie “Broken Circle Breakdown.”
I already liked the song for the song’s sake, but juxtaposed against the movie, it reminds me of one life’s most wretched tragedies, and a fear that saddens me to my core—not knowing how to, or not being able able to protect the people that I love deeply or ease their pain. I have written before about how some songs have an uncanny ability to express emotions that words alone often cannot, and I think that this is one of them.
My wife shared a moment of sadness with me today. It was about not having children. We have been together for so long and I still don’t know how to ease her pain. I don’t know how to protect her. I am sad with her.
When I wrote this, I was listening to this:
From the movie “The Broken Circle Breakdown” which is magnificent. There is a swedish version of this song (Om jag behövde dig) that I also like.