Wine Lips - Lydia Loveless

from the album Somewhere Else (2014)

I am not sure if I have ever written about the importance of a song's theme.  There are two key elements, simplicity and universality.  A simple theme allows the listener to understand what you are singing about.  Universality allows the listener to relate.  Over the years, this formula has produced many hit records.

Desire is perhaps the most successful universal theme in a song.  Everybody wants something. If that something is simple - and creates a lasting visual image - people will relate.  The Beatles rose to fame singing I Want To Hold Your Hand.  The Ramones sang Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue.  Simple themes of desire that create lasting visual images.

The song Wine Lips by Lydia Loveless fits this formula splendidly.  Consider the chorus:

Wine Lips
Wine Lips
I want to kiss your wine lips

Anyone who has ever loved a wino can relate to this one.  The chorus actually creates more than an image, it evokes a taste.

Making this Americana / Country / Rock tune even more appealing are its simple chord progression, fantastic vocals and harmonies, rhythm section, and guitar work.  I can't stop listening to this song.  Judging by my reaction, this age old formula has worked again.  And I'm probably not the only one thinking about the wine lips they want to kiss.

This is a wonderful example of great songwriting meeting great performance.

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