June 17, 2007
Alison Krauss & Union Station, “Simple Love”
All of the new tracks from the recent Alison Krauss compilation A Hundred Miles or More are worth hearing, but this is one of the best. It’s usually assumed that we envy other people for their material possessions, but Krauss here is envying a man who has recently passed away. He’d lived a simple life, “always giving, never asking back.” She prays that when it’s her time to go, she can look back and say she had a simple love like that. I’m not quite sure if she’s wanting a man who will love her selflessly, or if she’s wishing she can find a man that she can love selflessly. Either way, it’s a beautiful message, with Krauss’ vocal capturing the bittersweet longing the lyric demands.
Listen: Simple Love
Buy: Simple Love