The Canon #4
In "It's Over," the lyrics paint an especially affecting portrait of a man being disposed of by the woman he cherishes. It's not the words alone that cause your emotions to stir - it's the way Roy delivers those words. You'd have to be dead to not be moved by the phrase "You won't be seeing rainbows anymore" when it trembles from his lips. Thankfully, this story is bolstered by a Spectoresque wall-of-sound: a gently strummed guitar, waltzy drumbeat, and sky-scraping string arrangement that swells like tear-filled eyes. Each chorus feels like the last with Roy's fluttering vocal melody gliding seamlessly with the strings into the crashing refrain of "It's over! It's over! It's over!" To me, Roy Orbison is the epitome of "timeless." This 42 year old song barely sounds dated and has lost absolutely none of it's emotional heft.