Tracks of the Decade: “Poison Cup” by M. Ward


M. Ward
“Poison Cup”
from Post-War
I don’t really expect this one to make any other “best of the decade” lists, but when it comes to greatness in pop music, focus and simplicity go a long way in my book. A short and (bitter)sweet meditation on love that finds a few millenia worth of religious imagery in tow, “Poison Cup” harkens back to the innocent rural magic of “Stand By Me” but adds the haunting twist that loyalty in the name of love might just consume you. This recalls the central theme of P.T. Anderson’s film Punchdrunk Love – love as a force of nature. By opening Ward’s classic album POST-WAR, a further dimension is added to the song. When Ward sings “I’m gonna give you everything”, we’re subtly reminded of those we all know who have indeed given everything this decade. It’s this mysterious cup that beckons each of us. Drink it up.

mward1M. Ward
“Poison Cup”
from Post-War

I don’t really expect this one to make any other “best of the decade” lists, but when it comes to greatness in pop music, focus and simplicity go a long way in my book. A short and (bitter)sweet meditation on love that finds a few millenia worth of religious imagery in tow, “Poison Cup” harkens back to the innocent rural magic of “Stand By Me” but adds the haunting twist that loyalty in the name of love might just consume you. This recalls the central theme of P.T. Anderson’s film Punchdrunk Love – love as a force of nature. By opening Ward’s classic album POST-WAR, a further dimension is added to the song. When Ward sings “I’m gonna give you everything”, we’re subtly reminded of those we all know who have indeed given everything this decade. It’s this mysterious cup that beckons each of us. Drink it up.

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