The 30 Day Song Challenge Day 22 – A Song that you listen to when you’re sad

Screaming in the Trees by Arab Strap from The Red Thread

A lot of the people that I have discussed Arab Strap with haven’t listened to, or don’t like, The Red Thread, where it might sit as one my favourite Arab Strap albums.  It’s something about it that makes it feel more forlorn, worse than others, even more despicable and even more dirty and sad, and this track features some of the greatest lyrics the band have ever put to paper.  The line “your shoes could’ve woken up the whole street” is chilling.  It is a story of repeat woe, and is just the kind of song that needs to be listened to when you’re feeling terrible – the reason, I suggest, is that Aidan Moffat is almost always having a worse time of it, and you empathise with him, nodding along to the annoyance and fear in his voice.  My favourite line, though, is “so we parted on vague terms so you could climb back on your throne” and the way that the song slowly changes after that line.  This is a great example of why I revere Arab Strap so highly, and why so many others do too.  I could listen to that album all day, every day, and never get sad, which might say something about my personality.

If you’ve ever had your heart broken, Arab Strap is a must.