It’s Valentine’s Day.
I had a freezer friendly post I was going to write and put up today. And then it took me and the two kids no fewer than 85 minutes to leave the house just to get to the grocery store. I’m not kidding.
So, rather than spend my Valentine’s night writing that post while Eric edits pictures next to me on the couch (oh, Photoshop, you aphrodisiac), I am posting this video instead and looking forward to our original Valentine’s sexy date plan of putting two kids to bed and ordering in Indian food to inhale over some Downton Abbey.
Plus, this is one of my favorite love songs. Only Josh Ritter could write a love song set within the context of a post-apocalyptic war bunker. Its lyrics have long haunted me in only the best of ways, which is why I’m posting them here.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
The Temptation of Adam
By: Josh Ritter
“If this was the Cold War we could keep each other warm.”
I said on the first occasion that I met Marie
We were crawling through the hatch that was the missile silo door
And I don’t think that she really thought that much of me
I never had to learn to love her like I learned to love the Bomb
She just came along and started to ignore me
But as we waited for the Big One I started singing her my songs
And I think she started feeling something for me
We passed the time with crosswords that she thought to bring inside
What five letters spell “apocalypse” she asked me
I won her over singing “W.W.I.I.I.”
Oh, we smiled and we both knew that she’d misjudged me
Oh Marie, it was so easy to fall in love with you
It felt almost like a home of sorts or something
And you would keep the warhead missile silo good as new
And I’d watch you with my thumb above the button
Then one night you found me in my army issue cot
And you told me of your flash of inspiration
You said fusion was the broken heart that’s lonely’s only thought
And all night long you drove me wild with your equations
Oh Marie, do you remember all the time we used to take
Makin’ love and then ransack the rations
I think about you leaving now and the avalanche cascades
And my eyes get washed away in chain reactions
Oh Marie if you would stay then we could stick pins in the map
Of all the places where you thought that love would be found
But I would only need one pin to show where my love’s at
In a top-secret location three hundred feet under the ground
Oh, we could hold each other close and stay up every night
Looking up into the dark like it’s the night sky
Pretend this giant missile is an old oak tree instead
And carve our name in hearts into the warhead
Oh, Marie there’s something tells me things just won’t work out above
That our love would live a half-life on the surface
So at night while you are sleeping I hold you closer just because
As our time grows short I get a little nervous
Oh, I think about the Big One, W.W.I.I.I.
Would we ever really care the world had ended
You could hold me here forever like you’re holding me tonight
I think about that great big button and I’m tempted
(lyrics from A-Z lyrics)