Friday, 7 February 2014

Songs That I Love #34 Elbow - Newborn

The first song I ever heard by Elbow and still my favourite track. Guy Garvey has talked about how influential the band Talk Talk have been on his music and you can hear it in this track.

I was once reprimanded by Lauren Laverne on Twitter for killing the vibe of her show as I suggested this wasn't the most appropriate song to dedicate to all the new Mums listening. I still stand by my comments as the song is about an old married couple in the later stages of life...

This track has sadly been left out of Elbow's live set recently, but here it is live in all it's glory.

I'll be the corpse in your bathtub
I'll be as deaf as a post
If you hold me like a newborn
Whisper what you feel
My badly strung declaration
To You
You'll spend the end of your days
Gently smiling like a newborn
Love not by degrees

Press your lips
To my eyes
Taste my tears
On your tongue,
Pull the blinds
Play our song
Nothings changed
Nothing could be wrong.

Scream in the night
Kick and striked
Like a newborn
Holding me shaking
Awake in the dark
All of these promises
Kept and unbroken
Tracing the scars
Tracing the scars
Even and cold
As we both become older.
Your arms bound about me
The hush in your voice.
The warmth of your fingers
Entwined around mine
In the eve of our lives
Never a choice.

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