Friday, May 29, 2009

"Aching Wires, Midnight Fires; Things I Could Not Know . . ."


For this evening’s Wild Reed Friday “Music Night” treat I share (courtesy of YouTube and “stevekilby2”) the music video for the song “Columbus” by Australian rock band, The Church.

Wikipedia notes that The Church “formed in Canberra in 1980 [and though] initially associated with New Wave and the neo-psychedelic sound of the mid 1980s, their music later became more reminiscent of ‘progressive rock,’ featuring long instrumental jams and complex guitar interplay.”

I’ve always thought of and described the music of The Church as “jangly guitar pop” – especially when it comes to the band’s ‘80s output, which includes such memorable songs as “Too Fast For You,” “Already Yesterday,” “Electric Lash,” and their massive 1988 international hit, “Under the Milky Way.”

“Columbus” is from the band’s successful 1986 album, Heyday. Enjoy!



The king had something changed within him
I should have told him no
Oh Columbus, I never should have let you go
Now aching wires, midnight fires
Things I could not know
Oh Columbus, I never should have let you go

You don’t suppose there’d
Be room in here somewhere for me
I think I just need
Someone’s words to reassure me
I don’t blame any of you, and I don’t blame myself

Waiting for my small reward
It’s going to come somehow
Oh Columbus, I wish that you could see us now
We don’t posses a single empty tear
Or furrowed brow
Oh Columbus, I wish that you could see us now

You don’t suppose there’d
Be room in here somewhere for me
I think I just need
Someone’s words to reassure me
I can’t change any of you, I can’t change myself

The man had something strange about him
He should have let me know
Oh Columbus, I wish I’d never let you go

You don’t suppose there’d
Be room in here somewhere for me
I think I just need
Someone’s words to reassure me
I don’t blame any of you, and I don’t blame myself
Columbus


For more of The Church at The Wild Reed, see:
Amsterdam, 2:47 a.m.


Recommended Off-site Link:
The Official Website of The Church


Previous artists featured for “Music Night at the Wild Reed” include:
Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield, Wall of Voodoo, Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy, Pink Floyd, Kate Ceberano, Judith Durham, Wendy Matthews, Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1927, Mavis Staples, Maxwell, Joan Baez, Tee Set, Darren Hayes, Wet, Wet, Wet, Engelbert Humperdinck, The Cruel Sea, Shirley Bassey, Loretta Lynn & Jack White, Foo Fighters, Jenny Morris, Kate Bush, Rufus Wainwright, and Dusty Springfield.


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