Sunday, December 6, 2015

Castle Street

"castle street" is a song by singer-songwriter Lewis Watson on his album the morning. All of his songs' titles are in lowercase lettering which may pertain to the quiet and acoustic, yet powerful, nature of the album. I tweeted Lewis that I was writing an essay on this song when he released the video below, and his response was, and I quote, "i'm honoured, thank you so much x."

The song captures the feeling of a struggling relationship fraught with arguments, yet the couple has not stopped loving each other. Lewis Watson seizes the conflict of "no in-between": you are either incredibly in love with your significant other, or constantly fighting with them. Lewis, as the speaker, is exhausted by the discord in the relationship and knows he must make a decision: to stay with the person, or finally let them go and move on.

The first line in the song, "We said some things we didn't mean," immediately conveys that an argument took place. "From where we're standing I think we both know/ maybe we're better off alone," in the same stanza, leads the audience to the conclusion that the relationship is on the verge of ending.

One of the most multidimensional words, however, occurs in the lines, "Under the bridge on castle street/ We wrote our names in the concrete." In these lines, you have a visual of names literally written in wet cement. Nonetheless, concrete, as an adjective, can also mean "constituting an actual thing or instance; real." By saying that their names written together are in concrete is implying that the embodiment of their relationship is hard, enduring and real.

The chorus begins with, "We got fire on our tongues." The fire on their tongues signifies the hurtful words the couple have exchanged. "Fire" in this line is another example of a multidimensional word: fire symbolizes the burning arguments and the pain inflicted by their impact on the aggressors. The next line, "We got no air left in our lungs," gives the listener the feeling of breathless exhaustion, similar to situation of ceaseless and cyclical disputes.

The most powerful line in the entire song reads, "And all that's left is skin and bone." When the listener is immersed in this line, they imagine a moribund body of decaying skin and bone. The body, lacking its heart and life, symbolizes the wearisome relationship.

Even the end to this masterful song is notable. Lewis finishes "castle street" with the same lines it started with, "We said some things we didn't mean/ With us there is no in-between." The structure of the song foreshadows the outcome of the relationship: the couple is stuck in the repetitive cycle of conflict just like circular lyrics of the song.


  1. That is so cool that he replied to your tweet! I think the most interesting line is the "under the bridge on castle street/we wrote our names in the cement." It provides a visual but it also has deeper meaning, which is really cool. I agree that this song is very poetic.

  2. This song is really interesting because of all the words and verses that have a multidimensional meaning. The lines about cement also prove how relation how relationships can change shape over time and harden, which is something you talked about on your post.

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  4. The way that you mentioned not only the visual aspect of the lyric concrete, but also the definition of the word as an adjective really struck me as powerful. You masterfully pointed out all the double meanings in words, but that one was the one that really stood out to me. Good job!

  5. You did a great job at identifying cool multi-dimensional words and finding the true meaning of several metaphors. It is sad although interesting to read about Lewis Watson's experience with relationships and how detrimental they were to him. Great job!