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Released: 2024

“Save You a Seat” by Alex Warren is a heartrending pop ballad that grapples with the themes of death, loss, and cherishing memories of a loved one who’s no longer around. Its lyrics, vivid yet melancholic, manifest Warren’s struggle with grief and his longing to keep the memory of the departed alive.

Beginning with, “I can hear the words you speak when the west wind whispers,” Alex Warren sets an eerie scene, using the west wind as a metaphor for a hauntingly empty silence indicative of a loss. The phrase “Am I who you thought I’d be?” represents the usual doubts and self-valuations we encounter when someone close is not around to witness our progress or tribulations.

When Warren croons, “You never left me, You just left too soon, I’ll save you a seat next to me,” the sentiment is an eloquent nod to the idea that even when someone has physically left this world, their presence is still palpable through the memories and impacts they’ve left behind.

Moving on to the line, “I feel you in the rain that falls, oh, I still get shivers,” we’re seeing another instance of nature as a metaphor to represent sensations associated with loss. The term “Corvidae” refers to a family of birds including crows, traditionally seen as symbols of mystery and the unknown; possibly associated with the enigma of death and what comes after.

Warren dives into the heartache of missing common day-to-day life with the departed one, hinted at with, “Did you find Mom up there? Tell me, are you with her?” The pang of grief and longing reaches a crescendo in the inspection of whether the departed miss the ones left behind as much as they’re missed.

True to form, the chorus repeats itself, a poetic reflection of the cyclical nature of grief. Moving to the line, “Keep your room like nothing’s changed,” it represents an attempt to preserve the past, the memories. Warren’s confession, “I damn near broke when I heard your name,” echoes the profound impact names can have, how they can serve as a trigger for a hurricane of memories and emotions, especially after a loss.

With “Save You a Seat,” Alex Warren documents a journey through grief with the right balance of poignant metaphors and raw emotions. It’s a powerful tribute celebrating the endurance of love, even beyond life itself.

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