We are slightly past the mid-point of winter, and some reason that made me wonder if there are any songs that have February in the title.
Fortunately, I came across a blog post where somebody had already done the work for me: 14 Songs About February.
As I scrolled through the songs (none of which I recognized), I stopped to listen to some of the ones that were at least performed by artists I recognized.
As the blogger notes, the songs seem to be moody, reflective, and I thought perhaps even a bit depressing.
But there was one song that I stood out above the rest for me: February Seven by the Avett Brothers. The lyrics are quite moving, although it is hard to tell exactly what they might mean.
Scott Avett, who wrote the song, was vague about the meaning and allegedly said it referred to a lesson he learned on February 7th. As a result, there has been much speculation about the meaning of the song and many believe it refers to addiction or infidelity.
I did find that Scott did offer a bit more insight into the meaning of the song in an interview:
The chorus is kind of the core or nucleus of the song and it’s to me self-explanatory, but… If there’s something that can be potentially abstract or something that people need liberty to define themselves, I’m so careful of that because I don’t wanna lock it in. But it’s kind of one of my multiple takes on the age-old material chase that we all have, or just the material chase that I have. I would have to say ‘Down With the Shine,’ as well as this song have that theme within them, about being conscious and aware and cautious of the material chase that the more that I travel, the more that I see, the more I start seeing this infinite circle.
There is an official video of the song, as well as a wonderful live version, but I prefer this simple version since it is just the lyrics, and perhaps you can form your own thoughts as to what the words mean to you.
Personally, I think the song is about someone realizing that he was not living his true life, that perhaps he got caught up in the quest for fame and/or fortune. After some reflection, he then realized that such a quest was not worth it, and now he is ready to begin living a more authentic and meaningful life and is lucky enough to have someone to go on that journey with him.
But what do I know; I teach accounting… 🙂