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As an apology for making you wait an extra day for Tunesday (I know you’re all on the edge of your seats!), I am going to feature two songs again this week. They’re by the same band, but not sung by the same people.

The Song(s): Get On The Road and The Good Book

The Band: Tired Pony

My adoration for Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody is no secret, so you should not be surprised that I am featuring his latest side-project, Tired Pony. They are a music group consisting of Gary, Peter Buck, Iain Archer and a bunch of others. Their debut album The Place We Ran From was released on July 12th and has received very mixed reviews. I don’t care – I LOVE it. This is another album which has taken over my life in the past few weeks and just recently I’ve listened to little else. 

As goes with most collaborations, each track on the album is different from the next, with an overall “country-tinge”. To add a delicious icing to an already yummy cake, the album also features vocals from Zooey Deschanel (musically of She & Him) and Tom Smith (from the Editors). In case you don’t know me very well at all, I am quite fond of Zooey and of Mr Tom Editor. Which is why I have chosen the following tracks off the album.

As usual, the lyrics are an approximation.


(another non-video video link)

Get On The Road by Tired Pony

The fire, the wine, the bed and you
In this crimson light I find the truth
And truth is like a punch or two
It hits you hard and knocks you through

So I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you

A kiss like a fight that neither wins
One tender payment for our sins
You are the drug that I can’t quit
Your perfect chaos is the perfect fit

So I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you

From broken farm to broken farm
The engine noise like an alarm
It breathes a thunder in my soul
It starts this race through the dust bowl

So I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you

The wheel it settles in my hands
This is the measure of a man
I point the car at north, at you
My route has scarred the country through

So I get on the road and ride to you
I get on the road and ride to you

Oh, the melodies! His voice! Her voice! I love everything about this song. That’s all I can say.


(an excerpt from studio recording?)

The Good Book by Tired Pony

You were saved by the good book,
I was saved by the half full glass,
So come on take a good look,
Cause this party will be your last.

And they’ve closed down the old bar,
This town’s like an empty box,
And they can’t have gone that far,
Cause I can still see some swinging locks.

When falling feels like flying,
There’s a dangerous hope,
Cause the ground comes at you faster than you’d think,
Lurking in the shadows,
With the bears and wolves,
That’s where you feel the most upon these days.

When you called I was screening,
It confused me that hear your voice,
It was like I was dreaming,
And the ten years became a noise,
I could barely remember,
Just enough to open the wounds,
In the darkest December,
I can howl at the early moon.

When falling feels like flying,
There’s a dangerous hope,
Cause the ground comes at you faster than you’d think.
Lurking in the shadows,
With the bears and wolves,
That’s were you feel the most upon these days.

Please listen to this song. If you only ever listen to one song that I feature, make it this one. The following video is of Mr Lightbody and Mr Editor playing this song live in London. It blows my mind. Be warned, though, if you are prone to ridiculous, girlish crushes on musicians do NOT click on the following link because it will be the end of you. Trust me.

I really like this album, despite the lukewarm reception in the media and press. “Northwestern Skies” is gorgeous and catchy with thunderous percussion. “Point Me At Lost Islands” is lovely. “Dead American Writers” is exactly what you would expect from an Americana, country-tinged album by a Lightbody-led supergroup. “Held In the Arms of Your Words” is luscious and complex and dripping with melancholy. “I Am A Landslide” is one of my favourites on the album, sung by Iain Archer. “The Deepest Ocean There Is” could be an early Snow Patrol song and therefore I like it very much.

Listen to the album if you can, watch the videos I have linked. You can download the album for £5 and I, personally, would pay twice that. If you are in LA or NYC you can go and see them live.  As always, let me know what you think!

xo
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