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Riff: Beck – “Dear Life”

Oct 17, 2017

You drove your Rolls into the swamp/You stole away like a thief, reeling from the sticker shock/Of the price they put upon your soul/You buy it back from the burning ashes of the devil you know

from Dear Life lyrics by Beck

When it rains it pours and when it pours you can either sulk and cry or splash around like Beck and enjoy the ride. It’s a comedy of errors and he’s using humor as a remedy. The playful piano riffs create a cheeky atmosphere and with a light heart he’s musing over life like a man entering retirement. There’s contentment in his voice, and the air of a good life is having him breathe easy.

 

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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