Us – Regine Spektor
Heard this on 6 Music (a BBC radio station seemingly built especially for me) and absolutely loved it – Tori Amos meets Ani DiFranco with a smile. Great music to cheesy lyrics on this track.
They made a statue of us
Our noses have begun to rust
Life On Mars – David Bowie
I’d never heard this song until we watched Life On Mars – please, oh please, download that show and watch it if you haven’t already and then you’ll know why this song hasn’t left my head in months.
Take a look at the law man
Beating up the wrong guy
There She Goes, My Beautiful World – Nick Cave
Nick Cave kicks arse. This and Nature Boy, both from the same album, are two of his best tracks. It amazes me how he just keeps on getting better when most performers drop off the longer their career lasts.
I look at you and you look at me and deep in our hearts know it
That you weren’t much of a muse, but then I weren’t much of a poet
The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel
I heard a documentary series on 6 Music about Simon and Garfunkel. They told the story of how they recorded the percussion on this track in a lift well of an abonded building to get the great effect. At one stage a police man came to investigate the banging, he opened the door to the well, saw a drummer sitting there thumping his kit and slowly backed away never to be seen again.
In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down or cut him
Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
Another band I heard on 6 Music and fell in love with.
I tried my best to leave this all on your
Machine but the persistent beat it sounded
Thin upon listening
And that frankly will not fly. You will hear
The shrillest highs and lowest lows with
The windows down when this is guiding you home
Sit Down – James
An incredibly catchy song from a fantastic band. Try and track down the 9 minute version recorded live at Glastonbury – it’s a ripper. The lyrics I’ve chosen are some of my all time favourite lyrics.
If I hadn’t seen such riches
I could live with being poor
Just Like The Rain – Richard Hawley
6 Music strikes again. I liked the song so much I downloaded the album.
But you’re still in my mind
You’re still in my mind
And here’s where the sound
Of my tears hits the ground
Just like the rain