Behind the Glass #11

Between the Lover and the Realist

The last part of what was never intended to be a “Monty Trilogy”. It just occurred to me while writing this text. So, officially there will never be a trilogy but only the third song about Monty.
Being given the title My Heart/Your Heart the song was intended to be a dialogue between two lovers. I’ll never know what kind of a dialogue – an argument, discussion etc. – it would have been because the lyrics went in a completely different direction. Therefore, the working title wasn’t fitting at all.
As it turned out the lyrics are indeed a dialogue but not between lovers but two different people; i.e. Person A who is deeply in love and Person B who can see what this love is doing to A. Person A (Monty) sees a different world through a lovers eyes while B (Bino) tries to be realistic about all the lovey-dovey stuff. I guess that explains the title Between the Lover and the Realist although it seems they’re talking at cross purposes.

The verses are split into two parts, the lover’s and the realist’s (written in italics). The lover’s part is sung while the realist’s part is supposed to be rapped. At first the realist’s part was supposed to be the chorus but, well, it turned out quite differently. Between the lover and the realist is the only song that has no chorus – at least not in a classical way. Let us, therefore, speak of verses and counter-verses.

The lover’s verses are a declaration of love expressed in an overly romantic way. Monty sees his beloved as a savior. She’s someone he must cherish and, it seems, worship. He adores that perfect human being before his eyes, completely giving himself to her. His adoration goes from meeting the girl to marrying her or at least thinking about it.

In the counter-verses Bino expresses his view that the most beautiful romances make for the most brutal wars. That was his point of view at the time of writing. Actually, love can be a beautiful thing. Anyways, the realist wants to show the lover what to expect once the romance is over, the feelings gone: total emotional destruction. But the lover dreams on.

The last verse is a mixture, maybe a direct confrontation, between the lover and the realist. But I leave that open to your interpretation.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.  


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