pasajero by Chanan Mattison
pasajero started out as a loving send-off to one of shane’s previous girlfriends. “she was the first cousin by marriage to joni mitchell. it was meant as a ‘hey no blame to this which we shared.’ but it gradually morphed into something different and more amalgamous. there was an understanding that this was not meant to be, or to go further, which is good if you know before you ever tie the knot. it was joni mitchell herself who coined the phrase, “leave the dream no blame” and that is the aim, the warp and warble of this song’s genesis.
in addition the song has somewhat veiled references to what happened on “9/11” Leaving the crazy world, and the ‘towers in the sand,’ shane was bound for “lotusland, where’s your old man.” Is there a hint of “could this relationship have turned out a better, more familiar or emotionally intimate path?” “I think so.” “there’s some of that. Its kind of saying if this world back at the towers weren’t so f**ked up, then maybe we could have made it, because after the separation i’m still ‘your old man.”
“in any intimate relationship, we leave our sacred imprints on one another’s heart. And that is why the holy apostles, after their very first Council in Jerusalem instructed the gentile believers on the Christian teaching of morality, which is that the expression of sexuality is reserved for marriage. it was expected that the new believers would understand that anything else, st paul said, is a form of fraud. hollywood promotes this fraud in relationships as a given. but it is not a given - its fraud; we are cheating one another all across the continent because we think we can bake our cake and eat it too. (pasajero, copyright 2004, library of congress)