Vocals: Trey (lead), Jen, Natalie (backing)
Original Artist: Trey Anastasio
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