I decided to start a new little feature to point out the story behind the song for various artists. Dan Fogelberg, who is legendary for the ballads recounting the stories of love, love lost and the wholesome adventures of life has a song, that has always been my favorite that I suspect many of you have never heard. Sitting all the way down at track #9 on the 1972 release Home Free is the tune Wysteria. The tune sounds like an sorrowful love song….but is it?
If you want to see first before I reveal the story behind the song, here is a link where you can hear it. It is actually a very beautiful tune… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmbx4Y1UmbA
OK..now that you’ve listened to this beautiful love tune, let me tell you that the tune is actually a song about a vampire. Yes. a vampire.
Here’s what Dan had to say about it in an interview on www.performingsongwriter.com
“I don’t know where that came from. I think that was just a college drug haze, because it doesn’t make much sense. It’s this really weird thing about a vampire; a dead woman. I used to ask the audience what they thought this song was about and nobody knew. (Laughs) Wysteria is dead, it’s a ghost. And this guy’s still hung up on this ghost. Listen to it in that context (laughs). It’s a weird song. I think I remember lying in a hallway of some dumpy house I lived in in college and this thing came out. And I didn’t even know what the name “Wysteria” meant. I was at a head shop and I saw a candle or some incense called Wysteria, and I thought it was a great word (laughs).
Who knew the guy who sing “Same Old Lang Syne” and “Run For The Roses” had this dark side to him? Any way you slice it though, this is still a great tune. So there you have it. What it was all about.