Midwestern Mrs “Me And You” – invisible sadness

A new song from Georgia Evans who records as Midwestern Mrs – ‘Me And You‘ is a love song of reluctant acceptance and is more than tinged by melancholia.  The love is there, that’s for certain, but something really wanted isn’t there.  Not many songs address the issue of being involuntary childless – the couples who do want a child but have problems along the path to having a child – whether that is conception and seemingly endless cycles of IVF or the devastation of pregnancies lost.  Which, when you think about it, is odd – these things are not exactly uncommon.  Songs about most painful topics, up to and including the death of a loved one, are rightly seen as suitable song themes to be able to explore the human condition – so why not this one?

Me and You‘ is a fragile and emotional listen – Georgia told Americana UK what led her to write the song: “I wrote it when I found out I was pregnant with our third baby. I was trying to navigate a flood of emotions about how unfair life can be when it comes to this topic. So many people I love dearly have had to deal with the grief that comes with these situations. Fertility struggles, miscarriages, pregnancy complications. Writing this was a way that I could swim through some overwhelming emotions. 

I felt a little phony at first because I wrote it in a first-person narrative, but I was trying to process some things and to attempt to understand those that experience these things, their pain. Which I know I don’t know what it is like, so there is no way I could really, truly understand. But when I get to the end of the chorus and sing “I love you” I feel as though those are my words to those loved ones of mine experiencing these things. I wish I could make their situation different.  I know I am ignorant of their lived experience and pain. But I love them fiercely.

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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?
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