Just wondering what everyones speculation would be as to why they chose the title "Funeral for a Door Nail" for this episode?
My thoughts are that Maddie and David "hammer" away the idea that they once again disagree on a case, but it is also a reflection of their relationship at this point. They had a choice to go to a wedding together in Chicago, but instead, against David's wishes, of course, stay and deal with the fake death of a client's wife.
The title comes from two references that are combined.
Elton John did a song entitled "Funeral for a Friend". The other reference is the saying "Dead as a doornail."
I did some reading about the source of the expression, and a doornail is one of the heavily studded nails on the outside of a medieval door, most probably the one that the knocker rests on. (Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere near "big knockers")
Most of ML's episode titles have their inspirations in either literary or song titles, although I do like your analysis of the theme.
Post by beesnbears on Mar 25, 2008 19:43:21 GMT -5
Thanks Diane!! This has spurred me on to research a little more and this is what I found.
The song "Funeral for a Friend" is an instrumental only tune that Elton John wrote when thinking about what he would like to have played at his own funeral. This eventually evolved into the song "Love Lies Bleeding", .....(hmmmm!)....... which is a song about a broken relationship. The lyrics were written by Bernie Taupin.
This is where it gets good. Here are the lyrics:
The roses in the window box Have tilted to one side Everything about this house Was born to grow and die
Oh it doesn't seem a year ago To this very day You said I'm sorry honey If I don't change the pace I can't face another day
And love lies bleeding in my hand Oh it kills me to think of you with another man I was playing rock and roll and you were just a fan But my guitar couldn't hold you So I split the band Love lies bleeding in my hands
I wonder if those changes Have left a scar on you Like all the burning hoops of fire That you and I passed through
You're a bluebird on a telegraph line I hope you're happy now Well if the wind of change comes down your way girl You'll make it back somehow