Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Songs of the 1990s # 1. 

The Cranberries
from Everybody Else is Doing It Why Can't We, 1993.

Some of my top ten of the nineties have been a little obscure, but this appears on a number of top ten lists.

Could almost be my all time favourite song.

From the intro that sounds like the excited heartbeat of a new born baby, changing chords deliciously; to the glorious harmony of Dolores O'Riordan's overdubbed voice; to the primeval wail at the end that echoes  countless happy/sad wails that rung from Irish stone cottages and over emerald green fields, marking a million personal triumphs and tragedies, this simple song brings home both the strength and the fragility of the human spirit - a strength and fragility that are both, puzzlingly, amplified by a dream coming true.

And if that's overanalysing it, let me sum it up like this: it rocks.

Oh my life is changing everyday
in every possible way
And oh my dreams
it's never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems
I know I felt like this before
But now I'm feeling it even more
Because it came from you
Then I open up and see
The person falling here is me
A different way to be
I want more, impossible to ignore
Impossible to ignore
And they'll come true
impossible not to do
Impossible not to do
And now I tell you openly
You have my heart so don't hurt me
You are what I couldn't find
A totally amazing mind
So understanding and so kind
You're everything to me
Oh my life is changing everyday
In every possible way
And oh my dreams
it's never quite as it seems
'cause you're a dream to me
Dream to me



is it time for a nap yet? i think so

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