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The Song: The Opener

The Band: The Courteeners

Boy oh boy was this week’s choice a toughie! I decided to go with “The Opener” which is the first song from The Courteeners‘ second studio album, Falcon.

I first heard of the Courteeners after the release of their début album St. Jude which was released in 2008. I have to admit I wasn’t entirely convinced. Their second album, though, was a totally different story. The lead single from Falcon was “You Overdid It, Doll” and I first heard it in late February. The video (see link above) is very, very well done and the song is fantastic. The rest of the album contains songs which are guaranteed to get your feet tapping and yearning for a packed dance floor. Falcon (in its entirety) provided the soundtrack to our European road trip in March; I swear we listened to this, and not much else, for seven days straight; never once did we get bored.

“The Opener” is my favourite track. It builds slowly and then keeps hitting you with wave after wave of pure, unfiltered awesome. I love it. I could recite some industry terms like “hook” and “dynamic”, but I am not going to; it’s the raw energy I like about this song. I just love it. Listen to it above (You Tube non-video video link) and then listen to it again (for good measure) and then go straight to the online retailer of your choice and buy the album, it’s lovely.

The Opener by The Courteeners

I’ve been away, I’ve been working
But now I’m back I need to know if you’re still there
And I need to know if you still care
Of course you do, of course you do
You were made for me, and I was made for you

Some things change, but the majority stands still
And I need to know if you want to
And I need to know if you will
Of course you do, of course you do
But I was made for this place, and I was made for you

I don’t know if you would welcome me back with
open arms through the door
I don’t expect anything but please know that I love you for sure
Please be sure

I miss your eyelashes and the streets where I grew tall
I miss getting piss wet through
Getting to yours and getting warm
I miss stopping over and borrowing someone else’s clothes
It’s so nice to be home, you’d never have known that
I’d even been away

I miss the city I love but I’ve been having an affair
With L.A and New York, Dundee
And Doncaster if I may dare
Of course I do, of course I do
But I was meant for this place, and I was meant for you

I miss the city I love but I’ve been having an affair
With L.A and New York, Dundee and Doncaster if you
should care. Of course you do, of course you do

But I was made for this place and I was made for you
My heart is here, here to stay

See you here next week!
xo
A

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