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Performances Song History Lyrics


Music/Lyrics: Anastasio

Vocals: Trey (lead), Jen, Natalie (backing)

Original Artist: Trey Anastasio

Albums: TAB at the TAB, Traveler

Historian: Eric Wyman (PYITE)

Last Update: 2013-11-25

Debuted in 2008 (and played at nearly every show since), “Valentine” fits in a group of songs that seemingly speak to a post-addiction viewpoint on the events of the past, and the promise of the future of sobriety. Paired with “Light” and “Gone”, “Valentine” utilizes metaphors of elements – light and dark – to paint a picture of the tribulations of facing addiction, and the moment of clarity that collides with someone’s life that makes them realize a change is so obviously calling to them. Using the thematic transition from darkness through the storm into a being capable of controlling the energy to find freedom.

A lyrically powerful song, Trey’s creates a rich and layered story from which the listener can draw their own conclusions. Borrowing a “Piper”-esque build sequence, “Valentine” shares the company with many of the hidden gems in the post-breakup song book.

Trey Anastasio – “Valentine” – Official Video

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