Love's ephemeral nature is conjured up in "Wishing That", with its nakedly emotional refrain "Wishing that you love me too" and "And you could see through/everything I said I was falling/and you said not to fall on you/I've bitten every finger 'till it bled" The summoning of images through language is perhaps nowhere more evident that on the extraordinary "Weeds", which was inspired, Arden says, by Billy Cowsill (The Cowsills, Blue Shadows). The startling declaration that "I am like a weed at the side of the road/Nothing but filthy air/gotta get out of here/ I'm like a weed and you know how hard they can be to kill/and you can't kill me" is Arden at her allegorical best, but also suggests a more sophisticated reckoning with life's vagaries. "It's about making big mistakes, Arden says."It's about facing adversity and carrying on." "I will get by" repeats stolidly, and emerges as the songs central, unifying theme.
This tenacity and spirit have informed Arden's career every step of the way. Future success appears certain to eclipse past accomplishments, but Arden has her feet firmly planted. She sums herself up. "I'm down to earth, not at all starstruck. I'm a good friend to my friends. At heart, I'm just a small-town girl singing about simple sentiment".
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