Letters of Life

D flat

I leaned on you today
I regularly hurt but never say
I nearly wore the window through . . .

Where was air-sea rescue?
The cavalry with tea and sympathy?

You were there, —
Puncture repair.

I leaned on you today
I regularly hurt but never say
You patched me up and sent me on my way . . .
I leaned on you today . . .   — Elbow, Puncture Repair (2006)

Only one minute and 48 seconds long, this song says much more than the time it takes to say it.

It reminds me of Chopin’s haunting Prelude in E Minor (Op 28. No.4) of which the score fits neatly onto one page, is played in an approachable key, and lasts one minute longer than the alternate rock group’s Puncture Repair.

Deep things, expressed elegantly and succinctly, are some of the most beautiful things in this world and in other worlds which are filled with other songs.

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