Sorry about my mistake there!!!
Stray Italian Greyhound struck me as a metaphor from the beginning, but I didn't feel like it was what most might consider the "obvious" metaphor - a relationship song, where one is too stubborn to be in a relationship and just when they are ready to consider life to be a steady gray, this burst of color arrives and the walls come down. (not meaning to reference other songs lol)
I liked the dog interpretation, the stray that changes your life, but I also had a hard time believing it was actually ABOUT that as opposed to alluding to it in terms of another metaphor, a deeper, truer layer. I just couldn't figure it out.
I have to say, the day before I arrived home (the day the album arrived in the mail!), I found a small stray west highland white terrier, no collar, no tags, no microchip... huge scratches on his precious little head, large scab on his belly, healing, and favoring his back left leg, where the lesion on his belly was. Sweet as heck, potty trained, and the best little passenger, I drove home with him in my lap, wondering what the hell I was doing. I knew if one of my beloved dogs were to escape without a collar and tags somehow, I would search night and day... I would be heart broken. But I also know that I would rather someone take them in and give them or find them a good home, off the street, where they are safe rather than hungry, cold, lost, in danger of being hit by a car, getting in fights with other animals, getting diseases, ... anything. This perspective terrified me and I resolved to getting my beautiful girls microchipped this summer when I'm home, (though it turns out that scanners are not universal? What is up with that raging intelligence?) Anyhow, I found a home for the little one, now known as Rudy, and was surprised by how hard it was to give him up. I couldn't have another dog - I have 2 coonhounds, both shelter rescues, one 3 year old angel and one 1 year old hellion, adopted this past summer. I adore their sweet faces, their loving personalities, their enthusiasm, intelligence, and grace... but I'm still at college. My mother recently had her leg amputated... it just doesn't make sense to have a 3rd dog right now. *laughs* I also have a cat I rescued that lives in another city because my dad is deathly allergic to cats! Basically, between them and the chinchilla, (Menagerie!) yeah, keeping Rudy wasn't an option. That's why I didn't pick that name, my neighbor did. We called him everything from Winston to Simon to McGiver, (ahem, I even heard Fluffy? lol). Now that he has a home, a woman who needed him, it seems, I think everything has worked out for the best... but man, did I identify with this song in a literal sense this weekend... Rudy was the perfect little low maintenance, sweetheart dog to bring into any small dog person's life. Mr. Right.
Then I found the promotion video for Inland Territory - turns out this song is actually about Obama! Hope for the future of our country, even our world, through politics, no matter how set you are on being glum or pessimistic... suddenly there is this hopefulness... that cannot be denied. Vienna certainly captures that... and it was a relief to have the metaphor make a little more sense.... with something that really FITS. I love the layers and integrity to her sense of musicality. What do you all think?
~*Music is the vernacular of the human soul*~