Music Monday #2

Happy Monday, bloggers. Did you have a nice weekend? I’m finally getting over my whole “post-Easter-Triduum exhaustion” and am motivated to getting back into doing more and most importantly, reading more.

For today’s Music Monday, I am featuring Elvis Costello’s “Alison” which I first encountered in Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park.

Here are the lyrics for this mellow and minimalist number:

[Verse 1]
Oh, it’s so funny to be seeing you after so long, girl
And with the way you look, I understand that you are not impressed
But I heard you let that little friend of mine
Take off your party dress
I’m not going to get too sentimental
Like those other sticky valentines
‘Cause I don’t know if you were loving somebody
I only know it isn’t mine

Alison, I know this world is killing you
Oh, Alison, my aim is true

[Verse 2]
Well, I see you’ve got a husband now
Did he leave your pretty fingers lying in the wedding cake?
You used to hold him right in your hand
I’ll bet he took all he could take
Sometimes, I wish that I could stop you from talking
When I hear the silly things that you say
I think somebody better put out the big light
‘Cause I can’t stand to see you this way


Eleanor and Park is a simultaneously heart-breaking and heart-warming love story that takes place in the 80s, focusing on two very unlikely misfits who end up bonding over comic books and mix tapes. The entire book is chock-full of old songs which they listen to and share with one another.

“Alison” is just one of those little songs that I listened to and found myself putting on repeat. Apparently the meaning and story behind the song has been speculated on quite a bit.

The interpretation that others came to which seemed to make the most sense to me is that it is about a guy who runs into an old flame and while she may not be “impressed” with how he looks now, he’s torn up inside about how things have turned out for her.

To apply it to the story, it could be implied that Eleanor and Park would hate for this to happen to either one of them. The both of them have their personal struggles with which they have to live with and are learning to overcome. In one another they have found a solace, a real friend, and eventually, healing love. They remind each other that they deserve so much better than they are dealt with and I think this song really relates to that.

Each wants the other to escape the challenges that are trapping them one day and I think it would truly pain them, if they were ever separated, to run into the other  in the future to find them still stuck and hurting.

Check out Barnes & Noble’s blog post “Eleanor & Park’s Lovely Mix-Tape” for other songs included throughout the book.

Have you read Eleanor & Park? If you’re looking for a romance with a strong 80s aesthetic, I highly recommend this beauty of a story. I cried.


Twitter: @jasminesreading
*2018 Reading Challenge Update: 55/200



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