Thursday, May 16, 2013
“We Are Where We Are” track-by-track guide-- 8. We Are Where We Are
“We are where we are” has become one of the most nauseating political cliches of the Irish economic collapse; it was meant to discourage any questioning about the systemic failures that had brought it about. Blame, paying back your debts, all of that sort of thing was only for the small fry, those who didn't matter because they were not rich. You know who must be saved, indeed. It was awful to watch from afar and see that line work to the surprising degree it has done. I decided this would be the album title as well; it's kind of a striking phrase and of course it also has these other suggestions too, about really “being where you are” in the sense of trying to make the most of where you find yourself, which is personally quite resonant for me these days and a kind of theme running through the album in some ways.