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“Anything, Anything (I’ll Give You)”

Posted by purplemary54 on August 3, 2013

This is what could commonly be referred to as a dysfunctional relationship.  The guy in this song is singing to his girl, begging her to marry him, begging her to love him, begging her to shut up.  The girl is, presumably, uncooperative for reasons that remain hidden from the guy.  We only get his perspective, so she might think he’s the one with all the problems.  Maybe he’s abusing her, and she calls her father near the end in a desperate bid to escape.  Maybe she’s mentally ill.  There’s a lot left unanswered by “Anything, Anything (I’ll Give You).”  Which leaves plenty of room for the listener to get involved.

Dramarama’s frenetic performance of this song–from John Easdale’s screaming vocals to the drummer’s stuttering rhythm*–reeks of desperation.  Everyone seems to be hanging on by a thread.  It’s hard to tell why the guy is so desperate to get his girl to marry him.  It clearly doesn’t solve anything.  But the angst that fuels this song is so easy to identify with.  And it’s easy to reinterpret that angst to fit any situation the listener might find themselves in.  Whatever inspired it, this is real emotion, the one thing that drives the best music.

 

*I didn’t name the drummer specifically, because apparently Dramarama consists of John Easdale and whoever is currently backing him up.

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