I have long been a Vic Chesnutt fan. He was one of our most brilliant songwriters before he took his own life. The above song, Flirted With You All My Life, is just about as powerful as songwriting gets. It doesn’t flinch from the bleakness of human experience, yet their is something truly beautiful about it as well. Normally I would post the lyrics, but I think it is best if they unravel while listening, as he plays with expectations during the first half of the song. I love the creeping death cartoon music of the intro, followed by the transcendent almost African sounding music in parts of the proper song. This song still gives me the chills when I listen to it, as I realize someone is tapping into the unexplainable and profound. A true masterpiece.
Below is a live performance of this song recorded near the end of Chesnutt’s life. It is almost hard to watch because of the emotions laid bare.