Ashe – Moral of the Story | Lyrics Review and Song Meaning
Upcoming American singer and songwriter, Ashe has dropped a brand new music video from her 2019 album. Targeting Valentine’s Day, when everyone is either in love or lamenting about not, this song talks to the latter. What is the “Moral of the Story” when it comes to each relationship that we have been in? Let us find out.
“Moral of the Story” song appears in Ashe’s second EP also titled the same. The album was released in Apri 2019 and was followed by the second chapter in August 2019.
In this song, Ashe talks about learnings from her relationships and it is okay to have your heartbroken. The song bases around the idea that “it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
On the digital pre-save link for the song, Ashe gave her fans the inspiration behind this song; “This time a year ago I was dreading the arrival of Valentine’s Day knowing my marriage was on the verge of collapse. Months later than I should have, I moved out of my house, filed for divorce and left for tour. Faced with a broken relationship and no immediate answers to as to why we failed, writing ‘Moral of the Story’ became my way of making sense of it all.”
Watch the Music Video for “Moral of the Story” by Ashe
In the first verse of the song, Ashe sings about the curse of every relationship. Getting to know each other actually never finishes. But both keep on trying to, before they make a permanent commitment to each other. Sometimes this judgment could get clouded by other factors such as physique, intimacy, craving for attention and so on. This is when they say “I was a fool” when everything is washed down the drains.
“Talking with my lawyer” could be a reference to Ashe’s failed marriage and how she filed for divorce. She lets us know the conversation between her and her lawyer. Ashe is 27-year-old in 2020, which means she would have married pretty young. She admits that young people make mistakes.
In a latter pre-chorus, she talks with her mother, but the same dialogue unfolds between them as well.
Those mistakes you make are part of your life. You thought you were doing the right thing back then. But it does not pan out to be. What to do now! There is nothing else to do than learn your lesson and move on. This is why Ashe sings “In the end, it’s better for me” because she is wiser now.
Sometimes you tend to mistake “love” and “pain.” Although these two terms seem very contrasting, “pain” in your life could easily make you fall victim to the person who gives you a false sense of comfort. Being young and naive, we tend to fall for this trap.
Ashe reflects how they fought all the time even in doing things like painting their house. This is not even a critical decision in their lives. She admits that she should have seen the signs earlier on. But some veil kept her from seeing the reality which prolonged her misery.
In these lyrics, Ashe quotes the age-old wisdom on love; “it’s better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all.” This alludes to the fact that it is a beautiful thing to be in love, however temporary or over-exaggerated it might be at the time. It is a unique experience in life.
Love is a gamble and a necessary evil for everyone. Let us know what you think about love and being in love. Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Check out the complete lyrics and further song meaning breakdown on Genius.