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Promises In The Dark

August 25, 2013

I saw Pat Benatar tonight, and, for clarification, I saw her in concert, not on the street.  I would love to run into her on the street, but that’s for another post.

I began to really appreciate Pat late in 2012.  My favorite song is “Hell Is For Children,” but I think her best chorus is in “Promises In The Dark.”  Let’s take a look at it.  Actually, let’s do the whole song:

Never again, isn’t that what you said?
You’ve been through this before
An’ you swore this time you’d think with your head
No one, would ever have you again
And if takin’ was gonna get done
You’d decide where and when

Ahh, yes.  A broken heart.  We’ve all been there.  Control is all we seek following a broken heart.  Control of emotions, choices, reactions, decisions.  I know there’s nothing I hate more than letting a broken heart get the best of me.  And then…

Just when you think you got it down
Your heart securely tied and bound
They whisper promises in the dark

Ahh yes.  We get there.  Well, almost.  We’re human, and we’re suckers.

Armed and ready, you fought love battles in the night
But too many opponents made you weary of the fight
Blinded by passion, you foolishly let someone in
All the warnings went off in your head
Still you had to give in

At some point, we all get burnt out on relationships.  Then we meet someone who, despite knowing what’s probably bound to happen,we invite someone into our own private little worlds.

Just when you think you got it down
Resistance nowhere to be found
They whisper promises in the dark

This.  This is the chorus.  We’re helpless when it comes to love.  Despite  our past, despite what signals our brain sends to us, we can’t help ourselves.

But promises, you know what they’re for
It sounds so convincing, but you heard it before
Cause talk is cheap and you gotta be sure
And so you put up your guard
And you try to be hard
But your heart says try again

I believe in trying again.  I believe that we’re meant to keep going.  And sometimes, we just have to let down our guard (I have a song called “Let Down Your Guard” about this very notion).

You desperately search for a way to conquer the fear
No line of attack has been planned to fight back the tears
Where brave and restless dreams are both won and lost
On the edge is where it seems it’s well worth the cost

Looking at that, it could have been written by Bruce Springsteen circa 1974.  Or even during 1978.  Or any other time in his career.  Way to go, Pat.  Channeling Bruce this well is no small feat.  And this verse is so on point.  ”On the edge is where it seems it’s well worth the cost.”  What’s that quote?  If you’re not living on the edge then you’re taking up too much space.  The edge, unknowingly, is our happy place.  Happy isn’t the right word.  It’s our most progressive place.

Just when you think you got it down 
Resistance nowhere to be found 
They whisper promises in the dark

And that chorus.  I think it’s great.

And with that, I leave you.