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Thursday, March 07, 2013

"blowing all the other kids away": song interp

Bono once told me he would take me to church.

He made good on that offer he made to me...and 40,000 other fans gathered in Sacramento.
(if you groaned at that cheap shot, you should know that I really did go shopping with Paul Newman, and Keltic Ken really did go bowling with the Captain and Tenille.  See this)

Like many good friends do, Bono also tipped me off to some good music.
He once told me (and anyone else reading the interview in a book) about The Secret Machines.

One website called them something like "Sounding better than The Killers before The Killers; Pink Floyd meets Duran Duran at the cross by way of The Who".
Even though I knew they couldn't live up to that, Bono's recommendations have a  proven track record
(The sticker on the Silverchair "Diorama"  album quoting Bono as saying "Swim to Australia to hear these guys if you have to"  along with  the Narnia-themed band sold me).

So when I saw a  $1.95 CD by them the next day, I didn't hesitate.

One of the songs that captured me is "The Road Leads Where Its Led ".
If it's a new song for you, try listening to it first (video below) before reading lyrics and possible interpretations (further below)
Cultivating sounds for all the mothersWho come near to find outCalling post bombs of responseWith cotton in their earsAnd goodbye kisses for the ones in the ground
Collecting fallout from the blastThe road leads where it's ledAnd all the darlingsCover earth with bare handsThey're blowing all the other kids away
Oh angels, stole the showThe roaring seraphs singingThunder called the mothers children home
Blowing all the other kids awayBlowing all the other kids awayBlowing all the other kids awayWith all your charmBlowing all the other kids awayBlowing all the other kids away
We communicate by semaphoreNo language, we've got flags of our ownThe road leads where it's ledAnd all the darlings cover earth with bare hands
They're blowing all the other kids awayThey're blowing all the other kids away
Oh angels, stole the showThe roaring seraphs singingThunder called the mothers children home
Blowing all the other kids awayBlowing all the other kids awayBlowing all the other kids awayWe won't be fooled
Blowing all the other kids awayLike all of your charmsBlowing all the other kids awayUncertainty failsAs heaven surrounds you
Blowing all the other kids away(Blowing all the other kids away)Blowing all the other kids away

Read more: THE SECRET MACHINES - ROAD LEADS WHERE IT'S LED LYRICS 

On what it's about, you can decide..or check out the Song Meanings website here.
(as usual, some of the suggestions will remind you of what Linus saw in the clouds).

It works on several levels for me.   I sometimes hear  it as a spiritual  army of prophetic children/spiritual warfare, for example.


One of the answers given on Song Meanings
has to do with the band's  war with a  record label who offered them lots of mammon to compromise.

Bet you didn't read it that way as you read the lyrics a minute ago.

But it is a word for pastors, eh?

It connects me to two songs from my day

  • "Welcome to the Machine" by Pink Floyd  (see posts here)
  • ""Down and Out" by Genesis (ironic in that it spoofs  a manager tempting a band to sell out commercially, and it's the lead track on what some see as the first Genesis album to sell out.


Other song examples?

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