Posts Tagged ‘lyrics’

This song is one of my favorites. And it’s done well by both Feist (the original writer) and the later re-imagination sung by James Blake.

Feist’s has more involved lyrics and a more natural and carefree sound. I’m imagining her thinking ‘There’s a limit to your love, but everything is going to be A-okay!’ After all she loves (3x) “the trouble that you give me,” and fighting her way “upstream” even though there is a “limit to your care.” At the end we see that despite there being a “limit to your love” …”there is no limit to my love.” I can relate. Especially because of the first line “clouds part just to give us a little sun.” If there were no sun perhaps there would be a limit to her love.

James Blake’s lyrics are so simple (in contrast to the wordy, but thoughtful Feist). Typically male?  The structure, piano interspersed with heavy pedal use, rhythmic percussions, a little vocal layering and nuances of breath that stretch it into a sometimes meter-less song really makes it special, though. Blake never says there is ‘no limit to his love’ or that “only I can save me”. He’s just expressing thoughts about someone else. He knows it, he’s retelling it, and there is a mournful emotion in the way he is performing it, but he’s not outright telling you anything about himself as Feist does.  (again…typical male?) In fact Feist sings “I love I love I love” while Blake sings “Your love Your love Your love.”

PLUS I love how James Blake says “waterfall.” I’m sure you do, too. Could this be why Blake’s “Limit to Your Love” surpassed sales of Feist’s? I don’t mean just that he says “waterfall” like he does. He also has a cool video. And his version comes up first in searches.

Listen to both.

               James_Blake_-09473  JAMES BLAKE VS FEIST Feist-feist-1566158-2213-2560

“Staircase,” Radiohead’s newest euphoria inducing single, has been officially released into the world in a recorded “From the Basement” session. It’s something new yet so familiar; fitting nicely among the Flying-Lotus inspired tracks from KoL such as “Lotus Flower” and “Bloom,” it makes the public even more confused if rumors of a sequel to KoL will ever arrive.
Two drum sets are included, which appear to be “doppelganger drummers.” The mystery is solved when Philip Selway attests that it is himself and fellow smooth headed Clive Deamer from Bristol jazz-rock band, Get The Blessing.

In the past year or so, Radiohead’s sound has evolved. See below for current released version and the version that was captured live a year ago in NYC.
NOW

THEN

I walk down the staircase
Magnetic pull
Back to the other place
That I cannot go
I’m sending a chopper
To steal you away
The pot is full
Let me take control
Let me take control
The pot is full
Of secrets to be told

Secrets to be told
Out of orbit
And I always will
The pot is full
Let me take control
Let me take control
The pot is full
Of secrets to be told
Secrets to be told