A Wayward Word's Worth

March 25, 2012

Dallas Green’s Death Wish

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 12:30 pm

Singer-songwriter City and Colour never minces words, even for swan songs. By Kyle Mullin for Newfoundland’s The Telegram, Feb. 24 2012

When Dallas Green dies, the last thing he’ll want is some stranger like you trying to help lay him to rest.

“Everybody comes out of the woodwork all of the sudden, when someone’s dead, to remember them. Most funerals are filled with people you haven’t seen for 15, 20 years,” the songwriter known as City and Colour, who is slated for two performances this weekend at The Mile One Centre, tells The Telegram of the literally morbid fascination, or perhaps morbid aversion, that inspired one of his most underrated tunes.

“Body In a Box,” was by no means the biggest hit from Green’s sophomore album, 2008’s “Bring Me Your Love.” But the tune has become a fan favourite, and not only for featuring the typically tender melodies he’s become adored for. The real draw has always been his lyrical frankness, groping to weigh down his gentle strumming. And this particular tune was no exception, especially with lines like “We celebrate the lives of the dead, it’s like a man’s best party, only happens when he dies.”




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