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As "The Late Show" on television served insomniacs for years with a helpful diversion from their troubles, so too for music lovers the late song helped calm a troubled heart. Music played over and over late into the night helped many ease a pain that would not otherwise go away. But though they can both comfort, The Late Song is not a diversion like the Late Show. The movie takes your mind off your troubles but music's role here is just the opposite. It invites you to focus on your troubles, to share the lyrics with the writer as they flow--expressions of pain, loss, all of it. The listener gets in the middle of it, wallows in, and ultimately comes to feel his burden has been shared, if only a little bit.
It may be hard for some to understand the premise and the point of this song. This is not a song for people who listen to music only casually and pay little attention to lyrics. Nor is it a song for those who think of music only as a diversion. This is a song for people who immerse in music. People who give music their full attention. People who have sat in a dim room and followed along with the words printed on an album cover. In The Late Song, that is exactly what the singer is talking about. He says to himself: "read me the words so true I could cry" -- and the fool he is shown is, of course, himself.
“Play, late song
Into the night so long
Keep me awake till the heartache is gone
Oh, play Late Song”
About Eric Wrobbel
This songwriter, artist, musician and humorist has written and produced hundreds of interesting tracks for himself and others in his long, eclectic career. Rarely performing live, he has almost exclusively focused his musical efforts as a studio artist, working in a wide range of styles that have variously been described as rock, folk, country, psych, humor, and pop.
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