At first glance, what appears to be a song about a child kidnapping rapidly morphs otherwise. In fact, what the song really seems to be about is rather mysterious and cryptic, also perhaps unsurprisingly describing the song’s architects, New York’s “duo-inscrutable”, R. Missing, their song “Unsummering” previously featured here.
“She’s not on the playground, Been missing for days
She’s going away now, It’s obvious
This is her serious phase”
In a radio broadcast in October of 1939, Sir Winston Churchill declared, “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key...” Not dissimilar to Matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls), the song’s indecipherability might be a function of the layering and merging of various concepts. Each seemingly simple explanation leads to another, wrapping back on themselves at times, envisioning a torus, a constrictor knot, perchance a noose.
“I found her face down, Looking up at space
She’s going away now, Her eyes are closed
Today won’t be the day“
One explanation appears to be a duality with the singer and “Kelly” being one and the same, reflecting the former viewing the latter as dying by suicide, or perhaps by internal evolution, with name “Kelly” of Irish/Gaelic origin appropriately meaning “strife, war”. Though the distance between the two personalities might not be singular or even death-defying. Maybe instead a purely surface relationship between a simpleton and an intellectual. Whatever the true meaning, it is clear from the viewpoint of the narrator, “Kelly” appears to be on an upward, if unhappy, trajectory.
With bleakly monotone-delivered lyrics, and a shimmery droning resonance humming throughout, the most surprising thing about the song may be its arcane addictiveness seemingly stemming from the more vocally varied haunting chorus, once implanted, being deeply entombed.
“Our acquaintance was pleasant, Right ’til the end
But she’s going away now, Is she ready?
She nodded her head“
Causeway’s recent release “Wear The Night Out” features R. Missing
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