Do you ever get obsessed with a song? And no, I don’t mean those earworms, where you hear a catchy tune and can’t get it out of your head for a while. I’m talking about a song that you like so much that you listen to it all the time. That you hear it in your sleep and try to read up on it and get as many different versions of it as you can find.
I have one of those right now, but it’s a really strange one, which is what’s perplexing me. The song comes from a 17th century Irish poem that was translated in the 60′s and subsequently performed by lots of people: “I Am Stretched on Your Grave.” It’s about a guy who can’t stop mourning his love, so he spends his nights sleeping on her grave. Yeah, I’m stumped about why I like it, too. Is it the haunting lyrics? The minor key tune? The idea of a guy loving a woman so much that he can’t let her go even in death? Or for that matter, is it some morbid fascination I have with death?
I don’t know. But apparently I’m not the only one captivated by it, since there are twenty-plus renditions of it by groups as disparate as Dead Can Dance and Sinead O’Connor. I fell in love with the a cappella version performed by The Voice Squad, but I also now have the one by Kate Rusby and the one by Vintage Wildflowers. And I listen to all three. I told you, it’s an obsession!
What song is your obsession? Do you have any other inexplicable obsessions with songs or books or movies (or subjects)? Are you captivated by the idea of a guy loving a woman so much that he can’t leave her grave alone, or does that just creep you out?
Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of a whole bunch of historical romance novels for Pocket Books and Avon Books, as well as a caffeine addict, Third Culture Kid, chocoholic, and jigsaw puzzle aficionado. Before writing as SJ, she wrote 8 historicals as Deborah Martin (now being revised and re-released) and 3 contemporary paranormal romantic suspense novels as Deborah Nicholas. Her 24th SJ book, WHAT THE DUKE DESIRES, will be out in June, and her first revised Deborah Martin re-release, BY LOVE UNVEILED, is out now!
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