Archive for October, 2008

31st October
2008
written by Craig

Cowboy Junkies cover this song, “Dreaming My Dreams With You”, and the lead singer’s ghostly, whispering vocals almost gives me goosebumps.

“I hope that I find what I’m reaching for
The way that it is in my mind
I hope that I won’t be that wrong anymore
and maybe to have learned this time

Someday I’ll get over you
I’ll live to see it all through
But I’ll always miss
Dreaming my dreams with you

But I won’t let it change me, not if I can
I’d rather believe in love
and give it away as much as I can
To those that I am fondest of

Someday I’ll get over you
I’ll live to see it all through
But I’ll always miss
Dreaming my dreams with you”

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30th October
2008
written by Craig

It’s odd how you can randomly come across songs that instantly click with you. “Orange Sky” by Alexi Murdoch is one of them. After hearing it a few years ago as background music on a TV show and some Googling later, I’d bought the CD “Four Songs”. As per the title, it’s a CD of four of Murdoch’s songs which are melodic, acoustic and melancholy. On his first full CD “Time Without Consequence” Orange Sky appeared again, albeit a slightly faster version (to my ears), that seems to have the acoustic guitar more upfront than the earlier version. I’m still unsure which I like best.
The lyrics remain the same and delicately wash over me every time I listen to it.

“When I am alone
When I’ve thrown off the weight of this crazy stone
When I’ve lost all care for the things I own
That’s when I miss you, that’s when I miss you, that’s when I miss you
You who are my home
You who are my home
And here is what I know now
Here is what I know now
Goes like this..
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies”

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29th October
2008
written by Craig

These lyrics, from Jeff Buckley’s “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over”, hit hard. An incredible, emotional song that sounds even better in the live versions. The last 4 lines here are especially touching.

“So I’ll wait for you… and I’ll burn
Will I ever see your sweet return
Oh will I ever learn

Oh lover, you should’ve come over
‘Cause it’s not too late

Lonely is the room, the bed is made, the open window lets the rain in
Burning in the corner is the only one who dreams he had you with him
My body turns and yearns for a sleep that will never come

It’s never over, my kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder
It’s never over, all my riches for her smiles when I slept so soft against her
It’s never over, all my blood for the sweetness of her laughter
It’s never over, she’s the tear that hangs inside my soul forever”

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28th October
2008
written by Craig

This excerpt from Neil Young’s song “Pardon My Heart”, is something that has stayed in my memory for many years. Apologising for love…

“Pardon my heart if I showed that I cared.
But I love you more than moments we have or have not shared”

I first heard a live version of this around 14 years ago on a cassette (remember those?!), but had no song-listing on it. So for quite some time I never knew what I was listening to. In a way, it made it more special to me.


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26th October
2008
written by Craig

I remember when I first heard this Pearl Jam “Untitled” track, (from the Japanese version of Lost Dogs), the simplicity of the music coupled with Eddie Vedder’s stark, stripped-down bare-to-the-soul lyrics. I must have played it 4 or 5 times in succession and let it wash all over me. No idea why it hit me like it did, but it sure touched something in me. Have just played it again this evening, and I had to catch my breath.

“She said to me over the phone
She wanted to see other people
I thought, well, then
Look around
They’re everywhere

She said that she was confused
I thought darlin,’ join the club

24 years old mid life crisis
nowadays hits you when you’re young

I hung up
She called back
I hung up again
The process had already started
Least it happened quick

I swear I died inside that night

My friend, he called
I didn’t mention a thing
The last thing he said was, “be sound”
Sound

I contemplated an awful thing, I hate to admit
I just thought those would be such appropriate last words
But I’m still here

Small
so small
How could this trouble seem so big?
So big

Well the palms in the breeze still blow green
And the waves in the sea still absolute blue
but the horror
every single thing I see is a reminder of her

Never thought I’d curse the day I met her
and since she’s gone and wouldn’t hear, who would care?
What good would that do?
But I’m still here

So I imagine in a month or twelve
I’ll be somewhere having a drink
Laughing at a stupid joke
Or just another stupid thing
And I can see myself stopping short
Drifting out of the present
Sucked by the undertow and pulled out deep

And there I am standing
Wet grass and white headstones all in rows
And in the distance there’s one off on its own
So I stop
Kneel
My new home.

And I picture a sober awakening
A re-entry into this little bar scene
Sip my drink til the ice hits my lip
Order another round

And that’s it for now
Sorry
never been good at happy endings”

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25th October
2008
written by Craig

I was listening to some Pearl Jam at work yesterday, and “Come Back” (from their 2006 Pearl Jam CD) started. It pretty much made me stop what I was doing, and I sank back in the chair and concentrated on the lyrics. I was only going to post a few lines, but felt the space deserved the whole song…

“If I keep holding out,… will the light shine through?
Under this broken roof,… it’s only rain that I feel
I’ve been waiting out the days,… Come Back.

I have been planning out,… All that I’d say to you
Since you slipped away,… Know that I still remain true
I’ve been wishing out the days,..

Please say, that if you hadn’t of gone now
I wouldn’t have lost you another way
From wherever you are,…. Come Back.

And these days, they linger on
And I’m the night, as I’m waiting on
The real possibility I may meet you in my dream
I go to sleep

If I don’t fall apart,…. will the memories stay clear
So you had to go,……… and I had to remain here

But the strangest thing to date
So far away
And yet you feel so close
And I’m not gonna question it any other way

There must be an open door
For you to
Come Back

And the days, they linger on
And every night, what I’m waiting for
Is the real possibility I may meet you in my dream

And sometimes you’re there
And you’re talking back to me
Come the morning I could swear you’re next to me

And it’s okay.

It’s okay.
It’s okay.

I’ll be here
Come Back
Come Back

I’ll be here
Come Back
Come Back

I’ll be here
Come Back
Come Back”

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24th October
2008
written by Craig

Here’s something to christen this blog. Big thanks to Nick Cave for such beautiful lyrics.

“I don’t believe in an interventionist God
But I know, darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
Not to intervene when it came to you
Not to touch a hair on your head
To leave you as you are
And if He felt He had to direct you
Then direct you into my arms”

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