Morgan Wade’s “Northern Air” Reminds Me Of New Generation’s “Whoever’s In New England”

Morgan Wades reckless This album is one of my absolute favorites at this point.

But as with any album, there are songs that took me longer to truly appreciate and my current obsession is “Northern Air”.

“Northern Air” is that sad song about someone who wants to move away and the singer is asking them to come back home.

These two people were definitely not a good match at the time as this other person was apparently afraid of committing to the singer:

“I sang you songs, I wrote about you, I didn’t even know
Or maybe you did it and were too afraid to show it…”

Despite this rejection (or the simple lack of feelings), the singer still cares about this person and asks if they are thinking of them and if they would come to their house.

When I heard this song, I was reminded of that Whoever’s in New England by Reba McEntire.

Reba’s song is a similar heartbreak song about someone who keeps going on trips up north leaving the singer behind.

Now, the singer of this song seems to be in a more committed relationship than the “Northern Air” signee.

The person in Reba’s song works so long they’re just never home (I could also argue that this other person might be cheating, but the work argument is more apt):

“You spend an awful lot of time in Massachusetts
Apparently there’s a meeting waiting for you there every other week
Business must be booming or could be something else
Move in the air up there…”

While Wade’s song is about that other person’s fear of commitment, both songs are about a relationship that doesn’t work because one of the people is in a different place, somewhere up north to be precise.

Both women in these songs talk about the loneliness they must feel now that that other person is gone.

Wade doesn’t want to sleep alone and Reba freezes the most.

What I love about Northern Air is that it creates a different kind of relationship than what we see in Whoever’s in New England.

The couple on “Northern Air” are definitely broken up (if they ever were together). The singer confessed her feelings through songs and simple words, but they were rebuffed:

“That night when I confessed my truth
Didn’t know it would upset you…”

That other person wasn’t ready for more or didn’t feel like it, and they ended up leaving them.

But the singer still has a home to return to.

The other person in “New England” is gone to mend the relationship. They are working to give the singer a brighter future:

“They say it’s important for our future
A leader on the way up has to play the role…”

Yet despite that persona’s absence (as in the other song), she always has a home to return to.

Both songs work with the loneliness and heartbreak of a partner living elsewhere while you are the one left behind.

But Wade’s song takes it a step further in that, apart from the lingering feelings, that other person is no longer in the singer’s life.

It’s really fucking sad man.

Morgan Wade – “Northern Air”

Reba McEntire – “Whoever’s in New England”

And just for fun…

Cody Johnson – “Whoever’s in New England” Morgan Wade’s “Northern Air” Reminds Me Of New Generation’s “Whoever’s In New England”

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