Hairshirt Frame of Mind |
I've always looked at the hairshirt as a symbol of sort, of the weight of all the expectations that are piled upon us by our genetic mapping and our family. School and career expectations, etc...and the burden of making the decision to stay within those boundaries, or else reaching outisde into the wider, unknown rhelms of possibility.
Whatever the meaning it is one of my all time favorite songs, and still thrills me each time I hear it.
I think this song is about addiction. A hairshirt is actually a form of penence and made out of a rough animal fur with the hair side against the skin...very uncomfortable. "Woven from your brown hair" tells me someone else brought him to this point of addiction.
This song makes me cry when I hear it. It reminds me of our plight as teenagers. the pressures of school, the loneliness, and the need for something just beyond our reach.....I did'nt know then it never goes away.
I love the way BNL use the word "hairshirt" in this song. A hairshirt was used a long time ago to ensure the wrongdoer wouldn't forget his crimes. It's woven out of itchy material, so it's very uncomfortable. I think this song is about someone who made a decision, passed up something amazing and is now stuck in another situation he can't get out of. He is reminded of what he passed up... and even though it's not right, he still wants what he passed up. Very sad song.