The 19-year-old Australian singer Lisa Helen Mitchell may not have chart-topping hits, yet. But she sure does have the ability to enchant a listener with her vocals. “Neopolitan Dreams” by Lisa Mitchell has that enchanting effect.
“Neopolitan Dreams” comes out as the second single on her 2008 EP ‘Welcome to the Afternoon.’ Recognizing its popularity, Lisa opted to release the same as the first track on her debut studio album ‘Wonder’ in 2009. The song was also featured on the soundtrack for Australian TV series ‘Packed to the Rafters.’
It is difficult to pinpoint what makes this song unique, but it certainly has the ability to induce bliss in your head, assisted by a handful of simplistic instruments.
“Neopolitan Dreams” written by Lisa Mitchell herself, speaks about the struggles of being an introvert in the society and about a love lost.
Lisa penned down her thoughts about this song on her website once; “I guess it stems from a parting of two people, obviously me and someone else. That’s where the spirit of the song came from, but then it moves into a place of like, not having such a clear idea of where you’re headed. But then when the refrain comes in, the ‘ba-da ba-das’, it’s like saying ‘there’s so much going on, but hey, f*ck it, we’re just gonna have fun’.”
Watch “Neopolitan Dreams” Music Video by Lisa Mitchell
The music video shows Lisa Mitchell treading through a forest, which itself looks enchanting. This may be symbolic of her trying to avoid the society.
The lyrics to “Neopolitan Dreams” is a thought process of the singer. The song starts off with a remark on how she will be ‘okay’ after a breakup. She had wanted to have a future with this person, but he is walking away now. So she thinks to herself that she will dream the future she had hoped to become a reality. She calls their meeting a ‘little touch of fate,’ it wasn’t meant to last long.
Lisa Mitchell might have so many thoughts bubbling up inside her. But she focuses on one at a time. Else, it might be too difficult for her to handle. Being an introvert, getting into another relationship would be a daunting task. She wishes not to procrastinate about it all at once.
Lisa liked this guy–the way he talked, the way he walked. She imagines it would be difficult to find someone like him again. But his problem was that he was never present. A person can be physically present in a place and be at another in his mind, thus he is not 100% in either place. This is not a legible sign for a healthy relationship.
The word ‘neopolitan’ does not have a specific defined meaning. However, if the word is split to ‘neo’ and ‘politan’ it might make little sense. ‘Neo’ stands for ‘new’ and ‘politan’ stands for ‘attachments’ or ‘boundaries.’ In such sense, the title of the song could mean that Lisa is dreaming new emotions of attachments that she does not wish to.
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