Liz Phair – “Spanish Doors” – Soberish

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Liz Phair – “Spanish Doors” – Soberish

Liz Phair has done it again.  In her new song, “Spanish Doors”, Phair is again facing that impossible choice of leaving behind a love that was more toxic than helpful and recognizing that no matter where you go, that past is still there.  Phair’s deep alto always drips with emotion and heartbreak, and she always seems to play herself for anything past. It’s a beautifully heart wrenching song with lyrics like ” I’m slowly disappearing behind our Spanish Doors/The ghost I see in the mirror doesn’t smile anymore”.  The song is the answer to Carly Simon’s “That’s The Way I Always Heard Should Be”.  In “Spanish Doors”, Phair is telling Simon, IMHO, what will happen if you do give in when you are not ready.  Phair’s voice is amazing.  I believe if she sang the NYC phone book, it would be hypnotizing.  Lucky for all of us, her lyricism is improving with age, and I never thought that could be possible.

Lyrics:

Is something wrong?

You take my hand,

I play along

But I can tell it’s bad

I don’t want to talk about it

Cause talking about it makes me sad

Why would I agree to something like that? Pushing past the table, spilling my drink Locked up in the bathroom,

staring at the sink

I don’t want to see anybody I know

I don’t want to be anywhere that you and I used to go

I’m slowly disappearing behind our Spanish Doors

The ghost I see in the mirror doesn’t smile anymore

What about the kids? What about the house? What about our friends? What do I do now? Pushing past the table, spilling my drink Locked up in the bathroom staring at the sink

I don’t want to see anybody I know

I don’t want to be anywhere you and I used to go

I’m slowly disappearing behind our Spanish Doors

The ghost I see in the mirror doesn’t smile anymore

Where do I go? What do I do?

Who can I tell about it?

There’s no way out of this place I can’t hide my lying face.

There’s no life here without you, just the echo of our love

I’m slowly disappearing behind our Spanish Doors

The ghost I see in the mirror doesn’t smile anymore

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