Welcome to ‘For The Sake Of The Song’, our latest new series. It aims to celebrate individual songs and each week our writers will choose one of their own particular favourites to share with you.
Dave Alvin is renowned as both a celebrated guitarist and also an excellent songwriter. From his work with the Blasters, through his solo work and within numerous collaborations, he has established and maintained a remarkably consistent level of performance. The song chosen here comes from his 2004 album ‘Ashgrove’ and is a very personal reflection on the death of his father. However, the song can also be interpreted as a wider observation of the process of ageing, loss of health and society’s dismissive attitude toward the elderly and the infirm. Many people will relate to the words here in terms of them resonating and reflecting the situation of their own loved ones. The poignancy is palpable and the emotion in Alvin’s voice adds another layer to a simple but deep song.
“The man in the bed isn’t me‘Cause I slipped out the door and I’m runnin’ free Young and wild like I’ll always be The man in the bed isn’t me”