Magnificat
Harrison Lemke Lyrics


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You set the radio to scan
But even the classical music station is stuck on the Magnificat
You start to look around for a turnabout
But the sky is dark as judgment day
And your nerve gives out

La la la la la la
La la la la la la la

Your grandfather will fuss about the car
Your grandmother will fuss about the fuss
You put everyone through
Your aunt will make too much of a show in your defense
Your uncle won't even look up
From the football game to greet you

La la la la la la
La la la la la la la

Your grandfather will fuss about the car
Your grandmother will fuss about the fuss
You put everyone through
Your aunt will make too much of a show in your defense
Your uncle won't even look up
From the football game to greet you

La la la la la la
La la la la la la la




La la la la la la
La la la la la la la

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Harrison Lemke's "Magnificat" paint a vivid picture of a moment filled with tension, frustration, and a sense of being trapped. The imagery of setting the radio to scan, only to find even the classical music station stuck on the Magnificat, creates a feeling of being unable to escape from a situation that feels stagnant and suffocating. The repeated mention of the Magnificat, a song of praise and exaltation, juxtaposed with the dark sky and the singer's dwindling nerve, hints at a sense of despair and hopelessness.


As the scene unfolds, we see the singer being surrounded by family members who are seemingly preoccupied with trivial matters. The mention of the grandfather fussing about the car, the grandmother fussing about the fuss, and the aunt making a show in the singer's defense, all suggest a sense of being overwhelmed and misunderstood. The uncle's indifference, as he remains focused on the football game and fails to acknowledge the singer, adds to the feeling of isolation and disconnection within the family dynamic.


The repetition of the la la la refrain throughout the song serves as a haunting and melancholic backdrop to the unfolding narrative. It hints at a sense of resignation and acceptance of the situation at hand, as well as a longing for something more, something beyond the mundane family drama and the unchanging radio station.


Overall, "Magnificat" captures a moment of emotional turmoil and stagnation, where the singer grapples with feelings of being stuck, misunderstood, and unappreciated within the familiar yet stifling environment of family dynamics. The juxtaposition of the sacred and the mundane, the tension between duty and personal desire, and the underlying sense of longing for connection and understanding, all contribute to the richness and depth of the song's lyrical storytelling.


Line by Line Meaning

You set the radio to scan
You try to distract yourself or find something different, but you can't escape from the heaviness of the situation


But even the classical music station is stuck on the Magnificat
Even in a peaceful setting, you are reminded of the weight and gravity of the situation


You start to look around for a turnabout
You begin searching for a way out or a change in circumstances


But the sky is dark as judgment day
The situation feels heavy and ominous, like a day of reckoning


And your nerve gives out
Your courage fails and you start to feel overwhelmed


Your grandfather will fuss about the car
Your older relatives will nitpick and criticize small details


Your grandmother will fuss about the fuss
Your grandmother will focus on the drama and commotion surrounding the situation


You put everyone through
Your actions or choices have impacted those around you


Your aunt will make too much of a show in your defense
Your aunt will go overboard in trying to defend you or make excuses for you


Your uncle won't even look up from the football game to greet you
Your uncle is too absorbed in his own interests to pay attention to the situation or acknowledge you




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Written by: Harrison Lemke

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