A beautifully intimate, breathtakingly raw indie folk ballad of connection, longing, and love everlasting, Jordan Lindley’s “Me & the Spiders” sends shivers down the spine as the Nashville singer/songwriter spills the contents of his heart.
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Buckle in for some sweet, seductive heartache.
The magical, wondrous thing about love is that, while we all (to an extent) know what it is, each of us experiences it differently. That’s why there are so many love songs already in existence, and why more are being written and recorded every day: It’s at once universal and deeply personal. Only you know what your love means to you – that is, until you put it in a song.
For Nashville’s Jordan Lindley, love is fragile, tender, and aching – and the song he wrote captures those qualities with organic ease and effortless grace. A beautifully intimate, breathtakingly raw indie folk ballad of connection, longing, and love everlasting, “Me & the Spiders” sends shivers down the spine. Lindley spills the contents of his heart, creating for listeners (and for himself) an aural testament to that innermost experience that moves us in ways unlike anything else in this world.
If I ever lose you, I’d surely lose my mind
In the same way, I’d run out of candles
And let the flowers die
I’d live in a cabinet
Me and the spiders
Those spiders, they’d have
no one there to kill ‘em
It was you who did the dirty work,
the most alluring villain
Still walking barefoot,
you and your scissors
Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Me & the Spiders,” Jordan Lindley’s fourth song of the year and the latest single taken off “Part One” of his upcoming album, Maybe It’ll All Work Out – produced by himself, Jake Finch, and Collin Pastore (Lucy Dacus, Illuminati Hotties, etc).
Following recent tracks like “I Didn’t Even Miss You,” “Dust,” and “Lydia,” “Me & the Spiders” sees Lindley tactfully blending soft acoustic guitar patterns with gentle, nuanced piano lines to form a warm, seductive sonic bed, upon which his innermost emotions glow. Love is pain and passion in this song: For to love someone is to inherently know what they bring to your life, and likewise to know what your life would be without them: In Lindley’s case, an empty shell.
And thus, Lindley starts off singing, “If I ever lose you, I’d surely lose my mind,” going on from there to explore how all the dominos might fall around him, should his love ever leave. Spoiler alert: It ain’t looking good! In a very real way, Lindley expresses how sacred and special his love is to him, by explicitly exploring its loss. Often times someone’s absence can be felt just as powerfully as their presence.
I’d probably use those scissors and cut my hair
That thing you do when you feel blue
or confident or scared
But still wind up pretty
I’d look like dog shit
Our dog would probably never leave the door
Sure he’d kiss my legs and bark and beg
But he’d never again be bored
Always a mission
“Where did my mom go?”
“The song was written in probably 45 minutes, on a day that I was feeling embarrassingly enamored with the person I get to spend my life with,” Lindley tells Atwood Magazine.
“I liked speaking in the If-You-Give-A-Mouse-A-Cookie-style because it gives the song a sort of storybook flow – chronicling the mushy and ridiculous and heartbreaking and true thoughts that go through my mind when I think of losing my partner. Call it The Notebook meets Arrested Development.”
If I ever lose you, I’d surely lose my mind
I’d go back to school for quantum tools
Travel space and time
I’d shake your hand again
A little tighter
My hand would have no back to trace new shapes
I’d lay there cold, blankets folded, and shake myself awake
Sure, I’d be breathing
But god I’d hate it
It’s no surprise that Jordan Lindley’s love song would feel so vulnerable and raw, but what’s perhaps more striking about this special song is just how much it aches.
In theory, this is a celebration of love – and at its conclusion, we’re certainly left with a sense of appreciation – but “Me & the Spiders” is also painful – and unapologetically so. For Lindley, love is heavy – there’s an unavoidable weight attached to it that he can’t possibly shake. And while there will surely be future moments of celebration, exaltation, and cheer that more closely resemble the “happier” love songs we’re more accustomed to, “Me & the Spiders” is the nuanced, heart-on-sleeve, soul-stirring eruption that more accurately reflects the fragility, the tenderness, and the pure aching within the artist’s heart.
Stream “Me & The Spiders” exclusively on Atwood Magazine and buckle in for some sweet, seductive heartache.
If I ever lose you, we’ll share a wrinkled smirk
It’ll be time to leave
But at least it’ll be the both of us in dirt
Together as ashes
You and me and the Spiders
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