MUSIC TRACK REVIEW – Songs I love, and why. 9 Crimes by Damien Rice


ARTIST:   Damien Rice

Song:  9 Crime, from the album ‘9’

I can greatly relate to this song.  I wonder how many people think he’s talking about literal guns.  Sad really.

“The heart is a loaded gun, and if such a metaphor can hold meaning for you, as it does myself, then this song’s power can truly be appreciated.  A gun can be a tool of destruction, a pent up force awaiting the moment to strike out, a snake coiled about to strike, but it can also be a protection, a guardian, and in context to the human heart, it’s a power that can liberate from petty desire, spite, greed, envy, hatred, etc, and even still, loaded as it is; with tensions born perhaps from the frustration in not being able to accomplish an important (no, essential) goal in one’s life (with someone), of not being able to say or do the “right” things, certainly pointing to regret, but also of hope.  Hope that someday that moment might arrive where the heart can be free of any tension, when it can be”used” properly by the right person***, and can truly relax in the presence of that special someone.

For me, this is how I interpret this masterpiece of a song: it is about a relationship ending or one that has been dead for some time; the obvious potential for a new love arises, so immediate and clearly available, but under the shadow of a lingering and likely irrational guilt that it’s not quite right to be “cheating on you”*, despite the fact that such days of old are over, and can never be reclaimed.

…yet the heart that once loved so strongly the object of it’s obsession, the target of it’s aim, that heart still asks permission to let go, to give away that gun, and it does so without literally speaking a word…so hesitant now this heart is to “be pulled through”**, past everything it knew and embraced before…this song is so damn powerful.”

LYRICS:

Leave me out with the waste
This is not what I’d do
It’s the wrong kind of place
To be thinking of you
It’s the wrong time
For somebody new
It’s a small crime
And I’ve got no excuse

Is that alright?
Give my gun away when it’s loaded
Is that alright?
If you don’t shoot it how am I supposed to hold it***
Is that alright?
Give my gun away when it’s loaded
Is that alright
With you?

Leave me out with the waste
This is not what I’d do
It’s the wrong kind of place
To be cheating on you*
It’s the wrong time
She’s pulling me through**
It’s a small crime
And I’ve got no excuse

Is that alright?
Give my gun away when it’s loaded
Is that alright?
If you dont shoot it, how am I supposed to hold it
Is that alright?
If I give my gun away when it’s loaded
Is that alright
Is that alright with you?

Is that alright?
If I give my gun away when it’s loaded
Is that alright?
If you don’t shoot it, how am I supposed to hold it
Is that alright?
If I give my gun away when it’s loaded
Is that alright
Is that alright with you?

Is that alright?
Is that alright?
Is that alright?
Is that alright?
Is that alright?
Is that alright with you?

No…

————

It’s a hard lesson in life that so many of us have to learn; but how many of us truly keep that gun, our heart, loaded, full of our energy and emotions, for the next person to use, as it should be, uncensored, raw, sincere and uninhibited by all past failures, and how many of us empty the chamber before we hand it over, and then simply pretend?

I refuse to pretend, for anyone.

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