I have no idea what Jeff was writing about in this song. Maybe it’s an allegory for something in his life. Maybe it’s saying the “devil” is actually the church? Or the “American dream”? Or something that makes us feel part of something, or that we belong? All of these could make sense to me.
I should Google the meaning of this song. One sec….
OK – I found it. From a lyric page, where people commented on the meaning. This makes complete sense! Read below…
“I think the meaning is pretty clear here, Jeff Tweedy loves Firefox and thinks it is a much better browser than Chrome even though Chrome is really stable and secure and fast. He just likes Firefox better.”
In all sincerity though, someone commented on finding meaning, or purpose, where we least expect it. Which does really make sense.
For me, I think of how satan (Yes, I do believe the devil is real) would do all he can to try and befriend me. Anything from knowing my likes, desires, dreams, to making me feel “welcome”.
This would be temporary, of course. But lasting enough to suck me in. Until it’s too late…
Or until something else comes along that is equally or more welcoming. Which then might be the thing that kills me.
And it’s all alluring. Chrome. Shiny. New. Lovely. Mesmerizing.
So I sort of “squatted” on Jeff’s song. Sorry Jeff. I hope I don’t take it completely out of context – or better, that it doesn’t offend you to the core. But in context of the theme of MY record – hell is that very thing that would suck you in, and then suck the very life out of you. And then it’s too late..
Thankfully, while we are here, it’s never too late.
I do like how this song turned out. I LOVE the Wilco original. Give it a listen here!
But I knew I could not recreate their sound – nor do I really want to try. I mean – why cover a song if you’re just gonna sound exactly like them – or worse, a pale comparison? Why not just listen to theirs, and save a lot of time and energy?
So I went the direction I did. Less instrumentation (cause I can’t play like Wilco does…). Harmonies. Slower. More “haunting”? I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s good – but I kinda like how it turned out.
I had my friend Toby Wilson play pedal steel. He’s a gem. You should use him, if you write and record songs and need pedal steel. Check him out here!
So – to summarize – I too prefer Chrome over Firefox, or Edge, or IE (though I like a good Netscape Navigator every now and then). I don’t like hell. I don’t think anyone does. But I do think we often choose hell, while looking for heaven.
And I hope you like my rendition of someone else’s song.