Endless Loop: To the End

blurHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“To The End” by Blur

My wife and I got married over 10 years ago in an outdoor service cheekily dubbed the “Lakeside Inferno” by one of my groomsmen, a party held on a 90+ degree day in September by a lakeside vista to cap off about 9 years of dating, which is a kind of surreal thing for me to think about.  So much has happened since then.  But you should have seen us.  Younger.  Skinnier.  Me with a stupid haircut.  We had it all.  And now we’re fast approaching two whole decades of being together, and if there’s been any kind of constant in all of that time, it’s been my attempt to get her to listen to and enjoy all of the music I love.

Before the wedding, we spent weeks trying to agree on a song for our first dance.  And I enjoyed every second of that long and winding discussion, as we spent many a warm evening drinking beer, wine, or cocktails while I played track after track on the stereo at home.  I forget how many tunes we considered as serious contenders, but there were certainly a few.  Stevie Wonder’s “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)” was a frontrunner for a while, but eventually fell to The Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes for You,” the song we both agreed felt right.  That being said, I pushed hard for one of my favorite Blur songs, the wonderfully slinky “To the End” from 1994’s Parklife.

Recorded with additional vocals from Francoise Hardy (another favorite), the song plays like a melancholy slow dance between two longtime lovers (here played by Hardy and Blur front man Damon Albarn) who have been through it all together, seen everything, and have maybe grown a little distant from each other as the years have passed them by.  But they’re still together.  And they’re still in love.  It’s almost like a last dance.

Ultimately, we went another direction as we were in the market for a first dance, but you can bet I’ll be playing “To the End” when it’s comes time for our last.

“You and I collapsed in love.  And it looks like we might have made it.  Yes, it looks like we’ve made it to the end.”


Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

One Response to Endless Loop: To the End
  1. Shawn C. Baker Reply

    LOVE this song. Great post.

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