“Well I don’t know why I'm worried, what’s meant to be always will/Eventually everything will come together and I can see the reason for what is real.”
Sometimes a song instantly grabs you with its melody, sometimes with its lyrics and sometimes there is that rare song that hits you with both. Melissa Ratley’s latest “The Outside” is one of those songs.
Vocally Ratley recalls Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Ethridge while her writing style is emotional and real--filled with lyrics that connect and hit a nerve, like contemporaries Courtney Patton and Jamie Lin Wilson. The scaled back production and instrumentation (the always emotive fiddle) only compliment and never detract from the story.
Co-written by Ratley and Caroline Schmitz, “The Outside” touches on multiple levels. What begins with melancholy overtones about life choices and concerns over one's future ultimately concludes on a positive, hopeful note encouraging one to let go of whatever holds you back, allowing yourself to take chances and simply try.
“In the darkness I can see it
The hope shining through the doubt
I don’t know if I’ll ever feel this but I can see it now
The glass won't shatter as I walk by
The clouds will part and I will feel the sunshine and I’ll take a few steps and make my way
And I will breathe again
Running in circles won’t mean a thing
I know I’ll make it ‘cause I’m not afraid to climb that wall the one I’ve been behind
So I can finally see the outside.”