CND Song 8

Jane Siberry - The Walking (and Constantly), 1987 (Toronto, Ontario)

'The walking and constantly, and the stream of endless dreams that wheel and roll just past my shoulder...' I loved Jane Siberry so much back in the day. She was weird. She was spacey. She was artsy. But she wasn't goofy or cute about it. Jane was serious, and even if I didn't always understand her songs - I still remember being at a loss to explain to my dad why I liked an epic called 'Lena is a White Table' - I did my best to absorb them, and there were times when for a second it all seemed to fall into place. Jane never did anything at random. You might watch this video and wonder, 'Wha? Why the apples? What's up with the miniature chair? Shoes? Huh?' But I remember Jane being interviewed about this clip and carefully explaining, in her vague, otherworldly voice, the reason for every shot. The subject of 'The Walking' is not exactly obscure. Jane has clearly just emerged from a devastating breakup, and the sense of loss and confusion is palpable. I listened to this as a dumb kid who'd never experienced anything remotely similiar and thought it was all very sad. Years later, when I went through my own first breakup, I got it. And I had a song ready for the occasion.

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