Posted by: Rob | April 23, 2009

Bitter Sweet Symphony is Song Lyric Thursday

I believe I’ve said it before: I’m a sucker for a haunting melody.  And this tune by The Verve has it in spades.

It was probably the best part of a fluff film from a few years back titled “Cruel Intentions” which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon.

The lyrics are suitably dark.  In a “Fight Club” kind of way.

Enjoy……

Bitter Sweet Symphony

by The Verve.

Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet
You’re a slave to the money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet yeah,

No change, I can change
I can change, I can change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
But I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no

Well I never pray
But tonight I’m on my knees yeah
I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airways are clean and there’s nobody singing to me now

No change, I can change
I can change, I can change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no
I can’t change
I can’t change

‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet
Try to find some money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the things meet yeah

You know I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no

I can’t change my mold
no, no, no, no, no,
I can’t change
Can’t change my body,
no, no, no

I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
Been down
Ever been down
Ever been down
Ever been down
Ever been down
Have you ever been down?
Have you’ve ever been down?

* Interesting bit of story behind this one, it seems.  Supports Max Keiser’s point, don’t you think?

** (h/t to Manuel for reminding me of this tune today.)

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Responses

  1. this song will ride along with me today! love ‘it…

    • 8)

  2. I just heard a great story about that song on the Howard Stern radio show. The Verve were sued by the Rolling Stones for stealing that orchestral lick and the Stones won! It was a huge hit but The Verve rarely performs that song live because they had to give up the publishing. After the discussion, they played an acoustic version with just Richard Ashcroft strumming and singing. It was fantastic!

    • UB: I only stumbled upon that same bit of background browsing the comments on the youtube link I posted. There’s a Wikipedia page on the song (link posted also) that also details the question on “sampling”. Apparently, the Stones figured Ashcroft sampled “too much”. What really kills me is how the initial agreement between Ashcroft and Jagger/Richards was to split proceeds 50/50. When the song took off, the Stones called up Ashcroft and said, “Nah, we want 100% of the proceeds. You’ve got no choice. 100% or take it out of the shops.” Like the Stones need more money. To use a coarse, vulgar English term, this makes Jagger and Richards look like cunts to me.

      Plus, the original tune was written in 1965! This is what Max Keiser talks about in terms of squelching creativity with draconian copyright laws. Granted, original works should be afforded some copyright protection but in perpetuity? Ashcroft sampled a tune that was more than 30 years old! What, is the copyright supposed to live forever? Can you imagine if any symphony playing anything written by Beethoven or Bach or Mendelssohn or any other long dead composer still had to seek permission from or fork over royalties to their heirs?

      Something is seriously fucked up here.

  3. Got to agree, Rob. Copyrights should die after a time, just like patents. And I think 30 years is long enough. Not that I recognize any of the Stones music in that one. I think I would have pulled it from the shops to spite them.


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