Happy Monday, everyone! Over at The Countdown, we’re celebrating tracks from My Morning Jacket each day that brings us closer to the release of Circuital, MMJ’s sixth studio album. You can check out The Countdown on Twitter for hourly updates.
This week at The Countdown, we’re starting with the closing track from 2001’s At Dawn, “Strangulation!” Then we’ll roll on to the first third (tracks 1-4) of 2003's It Still Moves, MMJ’s major label debut (BMI/ATO). ISM saw the first of the band’s lineup changes, with Patrick Hallahan joining in 2002.
Today though, let’s take a closer look at ISM’s first track, "Mahgeetah."
Now, there are a few schools of thought on what “Mahgeetah” actually refers to. Some believe it is another pronunciation of “my guitar,” others say that it simply recounts a love affair. I’ve even heard that the song refers to a monkey (this rumor(?) was also cited in “My Morning Straightjacket”). Is it a loving tribute to the Flying V, a woman, or a monkey? All three? Or none of the above?
Regardless, for me, a song’s meaning emerges not from lyrics, but the from feelings I get while listening. Lyrics don’t contribute too much to the song’s overall substance. I think Jim’s lyrics are cryptic in this way so that we’ll focus in on the music itself, not the literal meaning. "Mahgeetah" invokes feelings of romance and uncertainty, that kind of passion and insecurity we at some point feel about a person, place, or thing.Sittin’ here with me and mine, all wrapped up in a bottle of wineLittle we can do, we gonna see it through somehowSo, now are you ready to go, my lady?
I hope this post finds you pleased and confident going into the promising week ahead. Leave a comment, I'd love to hear your thoughts!Can he see me? Does he feel me? Does he know me at all?Does it shiver? Always deliver? Does it know me at all?