The Music That Makes You Forget The World For A While: ‘Anchor’ by Novo Amor | What Does The Song Say

There are those songs that just melt within your head. Those which are so delicate yet scream something so deep and relatable. It’s hard not to play them on repeat. Novo Amor’s Anchor is doing that magic to me for a while now, makes me wanna close my eyes, and forget about the world for a while. The genre of music here is Indie, and the instrumentation in the song is extremely atmospheric along with the soft vocal, creating the perfect scenario for the listener to take a deep dive into his/her interpretation of the lyrics. The ascending pattern of the accompanying music passes through two verses and choruses to the outro which finally gives away the title of the song, combining the meaning of the lines to a subtle yet strong climax. I don’t intend to talk too much about music since I am not an expert in it. It’s the lyrics that mattered to me, and just like many other songs, they take you to a different planet, almost like a daydream.

I am pretty sure, the lyrics of this track can be interpreted in many ways. To me, it felt like a longing, for someone or something familiar, that you lost, and that you know is not coming back, yet you wish they do.

[Verse 1]
Took the breath from my open mouth
Never known how it broke me down
I went in circles somewhere else
Shook the best when your love was home
Storing up on your summer glow
You went in search of someone else

And I hear your ship is comin’ in
Your tears a sea for me to swim
And I hear a storm is comin’ in
My dear, is it all we’ve ever been?

[Verse 2]
Caught the air in your woven mouth
Leave it all, I’ll be hearing how you went
In search of someone else
They taught the hand that taut the bride
Both our eyes locked to the tide
We went in circles somewhere else

The story is pretty straight forward and the lyricists (Ed Tullett & Novo Amor) present it as a movie where, in this case, the ‘chorus’ reveals the present scenario and the ‘verses’ are little flashbacks to let the listener know what happened in the past. The hero of the story is waiting for someone. He/she hears their arrival or that’s what he/she wants to feel at the moment. It is reminding him/her of the pain they have been through together, asking oneself, whether his/her love mattered at all to the other person because they left him/her for someone else or something else, which is told in the ‘verses’. Their love was not perfect, there were struggles, pain, yet the hero seemed to have taken it all in, embraced it, especially after the other person has left. Now it seems like there is this longing for wanting them to come back, to anchor their ship next to the hero.

The lyrics call out unrequited love for many, which makes a lot of sense. I don’t disagree. But I’d like to see it differently, the scenarios where people had to leave, dreams or goals you had to forget, not because love is not reciprocated or because of the lack of desire but because there was no other choice. That’s exactly the idea that lingered in my head whenever I listened to this song and for the same reason, it was pretty easy to develop an art version of that in my sketchbook.

Based on the song Anchor by Novo Amor. Art by Sanjay Skar. Medium: Watercolor on Paper

It’s also a call for accepting the vulnerable, fragile feelings and emotions we all have, no matter where we are from or to which gender we belong. And those emotions don’t necessarily mean sadness, sometimes they are satisfying and fulfilling. And above all, some feelings are universal and there is no shame in accepting that. It just makes us a little bit more human.

And I hear your ship is comin’ in
Your tears a sea for me to swim
And I hear a storm is comin’ in
My dear, is it all we’ve ever been?

Anchor up to me, love (3x)
Oh, anchor up to me
My love, my love, my love

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