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The Microphones - I Want Wind to Blow

[Verse 1]
The Thunderclouds
Broke up
And the rain dried up, the lightning let up
The clacking shutters just shut up

[Verse 2]
There's no black or white, no change in the light
No night, no golden sun
The sound of cars, the smell of bars
The awful feeling of electric heat
Under fluorescent lights, there's sacrifice
There's hard feelings, there's pointless waste

I want wind to blow

[Verse 3]
My clothes off me, sweep me off my feet
Take me up, don't bring me back
Oh, where I can see days pass by me
I have no head to hold in grief

[Verse 4]
But there's no hope for me, I've been set free
There's no breeze, there's no ship on my sea

The first song on The Microphones' third and most well-known album, “The Glow Pt. 2“. In the aftermath of a catastrophic event (most probably a breakup), all the commotion and turmoil have died down. Now that he’s all alone, all he wants is change – for the wind to blow and take him anywhere else. This song sets up the tone of the aftermath of loss for the whole album, as well as the themes of using nature as a way to cope with emotion and the overwhelming feeling that something big has been lost. This track was featured on the Song Exploder podcast, in which Phil dissects the musical and lyrical development of the song. “I don’t remember what got me thinking about storms as a metaphor for emotional turmoil, but there were a bunch of songs on this theme. This one I remember writing, discovering the guitar line, sitting on the guest bed in my friend Mirah’s parents’ house outside Philadelphia in the fall of 2000 in the middle of a long tour. Life at home was confusing and stagnant and so ‘I want wind to blow.…’ means ‘I want crazy events to happen to me. I’m tired of gray. Give me black or white.’ Also, my hometown, Anacortes, is more exposed and more windy on its island than the basin holding Olympia, where I lived at the time. I missed home.” The Believer – PHIL ELVERUM ON SIX OF HIS SONGS

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