Music and Coffee

A song and a coffee I have enjoyed this week.

Song: Fantine by Penny & Sparrow

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I would normally attach a youtube video, but the studio version of this song has no musical accompaniment, which is a main reason why I like the song. So here is a link to listen to the version of the song that is actually on the album ‘Struggle Pretty.’

Lyrics:

You’ve never been weighed and then measured found wanting,
You’ve been seen, found tough, and let be.
So before I go saying you make a bad lover,
I think that I’ll let you kiss me.

I cannot in good conscience wear white if I’m honest,
My wedding dress needs to be black.
I’ve seen too much skin and the souls that live in it,
I fear I’m the bride you’ll give back.

You take and you give,
You give and you take,
It’s a simple give and take.
The cash on the dresser is money I’ve made.

I love how you told me I was pretty,
They all do.
And it makes this smile easy to fake.

I act like you walked out the day that you found out,
I only had six months to live.
But the truth of my sickness is honest, you caused it,
So I’d know you take and you give.

You take and you give,
You give and you take,
It’s a simple give and take.
I’ll grow back good if I break.

Until the day that I know I’m no better alone,
I guess this is just what it takes.

(From Penny & Sparrow’s website)

This song is a song based on a character from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, Fantine. I have not read the novel, but from the song, it seems clear that Fantine is some sort of promiscuous woman/prostitute. One line catches my ear:

I’ll grow back good if I break

It reminds me of this passage from Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations:

“But you said to me,” returned Estella, very earnestly, “‘God bless you, God forgive you!’ And if you could say that to me then, you will not hesitate to say that to me now,—now, when suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but—I hope—into a better shape. Be as considerate and good to me as you were, and tell me we are friends.” (The final chapter of the novel)


Coffee: Columbia Las Magaritas Pacamara (Pour Over)

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This is a coffee from Onyx that is naturally processed. It’s flavor notes: Raspberry Jam, Malted Chocolate, Lime Zest, Syrupy.

 

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