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Jun 8, 2022 2:27 AM
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Photograph (9) — there is the sense in this song of a person looking through a box of old photographs, cozy sepia tones and fond memories, and the warmth of remembering young love. The nostalgia of the 9 for times of yore is clear here. The person singing feels a strange distance from his past self, as though “another person lived that life a great many years ago” — yes, this “huh wow yeah life has passed and that was then and how interesting” has the 9 flavor of pleasant dissociative rumination. And the chorus refrain, “When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life / I see so much magic though I missed it at the time.” One gets the sense that it was a lovely time back when he kissed that girl, and yet it is almost as though back then, he was watching himself live his life in much the same way as he is reviewing it now, as opposed to really being in it, living it with vivid, engaged presence; which is why he missed the magic.