I could write a story for just about every one of DG's songs! That's why I like them so much, because they resonate with me. Anyhow, this one hit me hard, so I might as well gab about it:
Snow in Vegas
This is probably one of the most joyous songs I've ever heard. In many ways, it's the happy ending to The Rice and Jackdaw that I'd always wanted! (She met him on the Other Side!!) The theme, for me, is the celebration of finding new life in a love that you thought had plateaued... and as a result, experiencing the sense of gratitude invincibilty that comes with it.
You see, for me, snow in the desert represents two things:
1) An event of grace that defies logic and the laws of nature
2) Relief from drought and the heat... another juxtaposed image.... heat/cold, dry/preciptation, nature/fabricated
Anyone who's been in a long term relationship knows that after a certain time, you kind of get to thinking that maybe the best times are behind you. "Just when I was thinkin’ we’d come about as far as this old road could take us..." And you just want that sense of connection again with the one you love "Hey now baby, where you been so long? I miss you like a river that's deep and strong."
There's this whole image of marriage and love that we somehow buy into, but we're not happy with... the settling, the complacency, the routine... we're told that's "just how it is" after a while. "That huckster of life says, hey, here ya’ are..."
So, for some reason it happens, and you can't really explain it... where it came from or why (Like snow in Vegas) and you're graced with this resurgance of emotion and connection with the one you love. It's just what was needed (relief from heat/drought), and you can't help but just stop in your tracks and be in awe of it all. "Time to pull it on over, baby, yeah, just stop the car, and let it fall like snow in Vegas."
Overcoming this obstacle, you feel invincible "Now pigs can fly and I'll command these breakers" and you just want to revel in the feeling... "and we’ll hang that sign up on the door so the hotel maid don’t wake us."
There are certainly bigger problems in the world, and it seems selfish to focus on losing that "spark" when you have to much to be thankful for... "We’re vain and we’re greedy, We’re selfish and we’re needy..." But we are built/broken down by love; that's all we really have in this life... "that’s just the way God made us."
So... let's celebrate this... "If I won a million dollars I'd blow it on champagne...." Even if we don't understand it, and even if it's not a miracle to the rest of the world... it is an answer to our prayers. With this, anything is possible...
"Now pigs can fly and I’ll command these breakers."