Shimmer by Fuel.

If I made a list of my all-time favorite songs Shimmer would definitely be on there. It was released on the band’s first full-length album, Sunburn, in 1998. It’s hard to believe that it’s now 13 years old.

I always think about middle school when I hear this song. It’s difficult to hold onto things in life and I had trouble letting the past go for a very long time. The girl described in the song reminds me of myself in a way, especially in the line: And all that she intends and all she keeps inside, isn’t on the label.  I have my problems and when I meet people, I try to hide everything and act like I’m perfectly happy even though it’s not always true.

I did some research and discovered that this song was written by Fuel’s guitarist, Carl Bell, about an ex-girlfriend who was trapped in a bad marriage. I was surprised to find that out but maybe I’ve been looking at it in the wrong point of view. It immediately made me think of a guy I know who had feelings for girl that was in a bad marriage but couldn’t bring herself to walk away from her husband. Recently, she finally came to her senses and left.

There’s a lot of imagery in this song that’s interesting to me because it’s so different from the beginning verses. She dreams a champagne dream strawberry surprise, pink linen and white paper. Lavender and cream, fields of butterflies, reality escapes her. I’ve never been sure how this fits into the song but if related to a bad marriage, it could represent the illusion the girl has of the marriage getting better but in reality, her outlook is blinded.

My favorite line is, We’re here and now, but will we ever be again ‘Cause I have found, all that shimmers in this world is sure to fade…

What are your thoughts on this song?


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