Turning the clock back to 1998, to take a look at my Top 5 favorite songs from Natalie Merchant’s second solo studio album, Ophelia. I love a themed album, and Natalie does a fantastic job with this one.
Do you have any special memories tied to this album? What is your favorite song from Ophelia?
Natalie Merchant – Ophelia (1998)
My Top 5 Favorite Songs – October 4, 2011
Natalie Merchant is one of my forever favorite singer-songwriters. Her songs and albums, both solo and with 10,000 Maniacs have been part of my life-soundtrack since I first heard 10,000 Maniacs’ album, In My Tribe.
So many of the songs on Ophelia hold special moments and memories to me. Some painful to recall, some beautiful and precious to hold. I’ve put so many of that tracks on this album on mixtapes, mix CD’s, playlists. I’ve fallen in love to some of these songs. I’ve cried over a broken-heart to some of them. I’ve played the album on road trips, during dinner get-togethers, and on many “just because” moments of record-listening.
Ophelia is definitely one of those no-skip, perfect to me, albums.
My Top 5 Songs from Natalie Merchant – Ophelia (1998)
Song 1: “Life Is Sweet” (live)
“They told you life is hard.
It’s misery from the start.
It’s dull ,
and slow ,
I tell you life is sweet.
In spite of the misery,
there’s so much more –
Song 2: “My Skin”
“I’ve been treated so wrong.
I’ve been treated so long.
As if I’m becoming untouchable.
I’m the slow dying flower,
in the frost killing hour.
Sweet turning sour,
Song 3: “Kind and Generous”
“For everything you’ve done,
you know I’m bound,
I’m bound to thank you for it.”
Song 4: “Ophelia”
“Ophelia was a tempest cyclone,
a goddamn hurricane.
Your common sense,
your best defense,
they wasted and in vain.”
Song 5: “Break Your Heart”
The damage that some people do.
Full of hatred,
full of pride.
It’s enough to make you lose your mind.”