Hello Everyone, I've noticed that no one is really chomping at the bit to be the first to post something on this blog, so I decided that I would give it a shot. Yesterday, October 8th, musician Dave Hause released his second album, Devour, a Springsteen-esque album both musically and lyrically. One of the songs on this album, and its first single, struck me as making quite an interesting argument. The song, titled "We Could Be Kings" could best be characterized by its chorus which also makes it's argument
"Oh no, did it rip you apart? To be told we could be kings, when we were damned from the start?"
Hause is saying that growing up in America, we are told that we could be anything that we want to be but when in reality the hardness of this world slowly grinds those dreams away. Hause confirms this about this song in an article which appeared on the website for Rolling Stone. "Growing up in a working-class neighborhood in America in the 1980s involved all kinds of promises," Hause tells Rolling Stone. "If you believe in this God, if you go to this school, if you work hard, if you are a good person. . . you could seemingly have it all. Seeing what those promises and expectations really shook out to be for so many people is a very different scenario than what was hoped for. This song is for those people" (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dave-hause-confronts-broken-promises-in-we-could-be-kings-song-premiere-20130712) Hause, when not singing the chorus begins to describe one situation in which someone fits that situation. The woman, presumably, who Hause sings about begins with huge potential but when push comes to shove in the second verse things decline as her man becomes entwined in the military when the money runs out (Seargent promised a cake-walk, but then he got deployed) and lastly in the bridge of the song when he dies in a firefight and all the potential that was there in the first verse was gone. Showing the dreams that were so bright and vibrant in youth but were now destroyed, being "damned from the start". Tying the whole song together is the anthem of we were promised the best, but in reality these dreams were unrealistic because we didn't have full control.
The rest of the album represents (found here, http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/10/01/dave-hause-sings-downhearted-anthems-on-devour-album-premiere/) represents similar views of the false confidence of American youth and in the end, We Could Be Kings, but there are many things pushing against us.
I'll embed a Youtube link below, as I'm curious to hear your thoughts. Is Dave Hause right? Are we damned from the start? Or is the "American Dream" that we were told as children still alive for everyone? Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing your thoughts!