XANAX by Maria Taylor will not put you to sleep

This is an unusual and interesting song. Is it slow or fast?

Methinks this is neither — that it’s a sneaky rocker that manages to be fast while going slow, and to loud while being soft. That’s a neat trick, especially in this Wall of Sound era where every pop song is cranked up to 11.

There isn’t an official music video on the Series of Tubes, far as I know. The home-made version by Kesley or Tiffany or whatever is the best thing around.

There is a live version of it, though. HERE YOU GO:

And, just for kicks, here are the lyrics. I will not dissect them. They are not unusually crazy or brilliant — they simply work.

Afraid of an airplane
Of a car swerving in the lane
Of a dark cloud too low
Or being swept away by the undertow
Of a building tumbling down
Of the train when it’s underground
Of the icy mountain roads
We have to take to get to the show

There’s just a time when we must all let go the breath that we hold
There’s just a time when we must all let go the breath that we hold
You know, the unknown we have to let go

Afraid when the phone rings
Another breath of life has ceased
It seems it’s just lost so easily

Afraid my heart, it beats too slow
Or that I died and just didn’t know
Or of a fate I will have to choose
And I’m afraid of how much I love you

There’s just a time when we must all let go the breath that we hold
There’s just a time when we must all let go the breath that we hold
You know, the unknown we have to let go

It’s just now that I’ve found a place where I can breathe
It’s just now that I’ve found a place where I can sleep
It’s just now that I’ve found a place where I can breathe
It’s just now that I’ve found a place where I can sleep
It’s just now that I’ve found a place where I can breathe
It’s just now that I’ve found a place where I can sleep
It’s just now that I’ve found a place where I can breathe
It’s just now that I’ve found a place where I can sleep

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