I love this album. This particular song reinvigorates my organizing work for Climate Justice. When D’Angelo says that “Tragedy flows unbound, and there’s no place to run. Till its done,” I don’t make light of that. D’Angelo and the Vanguard engage in a deep, critical inquiry into some of the truly horrifying stuff we are up against (global war, climate change, nihilism) with a collective tenderness that takes me back to how vulnerable I felt trying to sing my falsetto when I was in grade school group chorus.
I choose to interpret “Till its Done” not as “until the end of the world,” but instead as “until the end of this world.” But hey, I might be reading into it too much?