HANG THEM HIGH VERONICA
I think the thing that makes those songs stand apart from each other is that Pigsty seems to generally be more about getting older and reflecting and being generally more jaded. Whereas Asleep is almost adolescent...it is nearly too melodramatic but for how beautifully he sings it and how shocking it is to hear such a blunt, almost unpoetic evocation of wanting to die. I think that the power of Asleep is that it pulls no punches and it just comes right out as what it is: a suicide note.
Yes, mostly I agree, but I wasn’t comparing Asleep and Pigsty.
Just thought Pigsty and Seasick would sound good together.
The reason I think Seasick is the best of his songs that cover the theme of never finding love is because it's this sublime blend of self-pity, anger, self-loathing, despondency...but the narrator just kind of drifts. Doesn't threaten to off himself, isn't yet re-catalyzed by age to try again (like he is in Pigsty 13 years later.) And I just love the cyclical shape of the words; how he sings them...what do they call that in music? A round? How he just sings couplet after couplet and there is no chorus and no ending or resolution narratively. In that sense it's similar to Last Night I Dreamt...
Whereas Asleep is so seemingly final and Pigsty is kind of...open to interpretation as to where he is in life and whether or not he's actually resigned himself to being alone.