“Looking For You” is the third track off of Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White’s album and much like the original version by Nino Ferrer and Radiah Frye, Morrissey and White’s cover version places the listener into a psychedelic trance and a depressing one at that.
The lyrics tell the story of an obsessive lover who’s been on an endless journey to find their beloved. Regardless of what millions of onlookers might think of them, the speaker is determined to find their love; someone who has likely moved on, or perhaps even passed on. All we know is that the speaker has nothing left but the sweet love they were given long ago; the very love that drives the speaker to continue their search despite its futility. Frantic, irrational, and obsessed; this person, be them a man or a woman, is a romantic figure that almost everyone can relate to. If you’ve ever dared to love someone, you’ve likely known heartbreak; a feeling captured in this song not only lyrically, but also instrumentally; which is precisely where this song shines.
The song begins with slow, purposeful guitar and bass strums, then quickly begins adding more instruments: a drum that sounds like a slowly beating heart and a keyboard that feels like an unrelenting anxiousness. Ghostly vocals chime in, singing the words “I’m looking for you, I’m looking for you. Don’t know where to go, don’t know what to do.” The chorus comes around and that’s when things really begin to pick up. An erratic guitar solo jumps in like a sudden panic attack. Afterward, the music starts to calm back down and ends on one sad, lonely note.
The lyrics are refreshingly simple while the instruments are more complex and require a thorough listening to understand what Morrissey and White were trying to capture: a depressed lover’s emotional journey from brooding melancholy to fearful anxiety, and back to melancholy again. This song perfectly captures the vicious cycle of heartbreak.