Breaking all the lines.

This weekend, I listened to this show to get a feel for how the new Trey stuff is shaping up. ‘Come As Melody’ is a really great song, and it’s kind of neat to hear them doing some classic rock covers — in this case Led Zeppelin’s ‘In the Light’ and the Beatles’ ‘I Am the Walrus.’ (The jury’s still out on the cover of Radiohead’s ‘Knives Out.’)

What really got to me in this show, though, was the encore: two new songs, ‘Host Across the Potomac’ and ‘Love That Breaks All Lines.’ The first is a really good omen — it’s interesting and exciting and really really solid; the second is probably one of the best things I’ve heard in a while (apart from this of course), and a positively transcendant omen. By way of introduction, Trey offers a little (understated) insight: this song was written ‘shortly after August and everything — you know that was a big change.’

It’s an absolutely lovely song, a voice, guitar, and piano tune at once tender and courageous, beginning almost tentatively and building to successive choruses in which the title, repeated and contextualized, becomes more and more beautiful, and which themselves are repeated with increasing conviction. The lyrics are as pretty as the melody, the way they interweave and repeat and circle back around on themselves, underscoring the movement of the music. I’ve included my transcription of them here — there may be errors, since, as this was the first performance, there are no official ones floating around the web.

Now you left the solid wall behind
To lead the balance of below.

Now you left the solid wall behind
To lead the balance of below.


Love that breaks all lines,

To see the love that breaks all lines,

To see the love that breaks all lines.

Unseen, a time to break your mind,
To see the shadow of the signs
And watch the water fall alone,
To see the center of the road


Unlined, unwavered and unfree,
Undone to love the same as we.
Unturned, untaken, and all alone.
Unseen, another chance to understand
The movements in the corners of your mind,
To see the balance of behind,
And walk the center line alone.


Love that breaks all lines,
To see the love that breaks all lines,
To see the love that breaks all lines.

Love that breaks all lines,
To see the love that breaks all lines,
To see the love that breaks all lines.

And understand the movements in the corners of your mind,
To see the balance of behind,

And walk the center line alone.


Love that breaks all lines,
To see the love that breaks all lines,
To see the love that breaks all lines.

Love that breaks all lines,
To see the love that breaks all lines,
To see the love that breaks all lines.

Love that breaks all lines,
To see the love that breaks all lines,
To see the love that breaks all lines.

Knowing when it was written makes it all the more meaningful, I think, though there’s a central truth here, even apart from the whole ‘August’ thing (as Trey puts it): the departure from the comfortable and the familiar in order to push the boundaries and thereby discover even greater truths, both about the new things you discover and the things which you’ve already long known; and the necessity for this to be a solo journey. Yet, while the song is awash in solitude, while it is essentially a song of introspection, there’s a constant presence woven into the background that doesn’t make it seem entirely lonely.

‘It’s just a little song, but I like it,’ Trey says in his modest introduction. Unadorned, simple, honest — I do too.

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