I enjoy solving puzzling problems and decode hidden meanings. I love reconstructing the fragments of a broken glass house and gaining understanding from the pieces. Maybe, a little too much at times.
This is why I’m writing you, because I want to know the true inspiration behind your best know song “Hide & Seek.” It’s a powerful track that I often put on repeat. It’s been the soundtrack to a few television shows and films. It’s even been parodied by SNL.
It’s one of my favorite songs because of what’s hidden within the song, and the different ways people interpret it. There’s the idea of a broken relationship. There are people who think it’s about 9/11. And there are people who think you’re looking at divorce from a child’s perspective among others. But you’ve never really said what it means. Trust, I’ve scoured these here Internets for a definitive answer, with no success.
And it’s tough to figure it out on your own. You can picture so much woven into your fragmented string of words. It’s sorta like you’re splotching a canvass with paint and then coloring over that with Crayola. Yet, somehow, you come back with a masterpiece, one many find profound because it spells out so much of what’s wrong in the world.
I see the divorce angle best. It hits home. My parents split before I could collect any real memories of who they were. I never saw them together. But I, like many children of divorced parents, have vivid memories of their post-marriage arguments. I can only imagine what’d be like to actually live through the moments of moving day for divorcing parents.
The thoughts and fragility of children, they’re things that aren’t weighed as often as they should be. Too many parents let “ransom notes” fall from their mouths while their children are young. So much so that it becomes harder to believe their words concerning each other as time passes.
And it’s there, at the bridge, where the song hit me. I can hear you pleading with your parents to consider your feelings as well, then deciding indifference, the worst option in most cases, might be the best path.
Still, considering how fragmented the lyrics are, there’s so much to ponder. Why would “busy streets a mess with people stop to hold their heads heavy?” I see 9/11. What about the “trains and sewing machines?” I see a wedding falling apart before that day. So much randomness packed into five frail minutes. Yet, the song keeps returning to it’s title: “Hide & Seek,” a child’s game. So it’s coming from a child’s perspective, right?
I don’t know. It’s your song. It’s beautiful, but you tell me. I enjoy gazing at impeccable art and pondering the meaning. Sometimes, though, you want the artist to lob it at you so that the game can end.
Then again, there’s something about seeking things out for yourself, something about opening all the wrong doors until finally, you find the right one… or even knowing that you’re never gonna find that one. To some, that chase is much more profound than the conclusion.
Maybe I should continue seeking the answers in my life and stop asking so many questions. That is, unless you want to answer.
At peace with not knowing, I guess,
P.S. The release date (Aug. 18th) for the new album, Ellipse, is a great choice and a great day: My birthday.