Peggy Sue, Act 2
Words & Music by Tony Tedeschi
Mark Newman, lead vocal; Mark Newman, electric guitar, slide guitar, rhythm guitar, bass; Shawn Murray, drums.
This song is the metaphor for “Leaving Pleasantville,” represented in the symbolic transformation of Buddy Holly’s teen queen, “Peggy Sue,” to the broken, older version of herself at a reunion. Nick is the singer because the difficulties of his life are exposed via the song’s central character. He sees himself in this Peggy Sue at this stage in his life, beaten up by what the world has done to him. Once symbolic of the beauty, the joy of youth, now . . . “Was that you who came here today, Peggy Sue? . . . I couldn’t mouth a single word to you, just stood there anchored to the ground.” Light bulbs go off for Nick. It’s as if he is seeing the ghost of Jacob Marley in the woman at the reunion that his song has turned into the broken Peggy Sue’s second act. He needs to free himself of his battle with the past. Nick’s redemption begins in the final verse and he begins to take hold once again of the life he has always wanted and now starts to accept. “I raise my beer in a toast to you, Peggy Sue . . . I would have wanted a different song for you . . .” Now, he will begin his path to redemption.