"Moving the River" by Prefab Sprout – This is another band with a great sound, but virtually unheard of by most people I speak with. But then, I could be speaking with the wrong people so I am hoping that my fellow Blogcritics and travelers here will know of Prefab. Another story song – and this one has a great story. “But it’s uphill all the way… you should be used to it and say, my back is broad enough, sir, to take the strain…”
Isn’t that the truth. There are a lot of truisms in this song. It doesn’t beat around the bush much at all, telling us “You’re only as good as the last great thing you did,” and “Have you got a new girlfriend? How’s the wife takin’ it?” I like this song because it’s so damn direct, and like life, we sometimes try to move rivers, which is almost (though not quite) impossible, but damn hard for one normal person anyway.
It’s a great title for a song because that is often what life is – moving the river. Prefab Sprout also sings "Cars 'n' Girls," supposedly written to/for Bruce Springsteen, which is a very funny, yet serious, song that tells us, “some things hurt more, much more than cars and girls….” There is a sampling of "Cars 'n' Girls," because that’s also a great song, on Tant Mieux and you can listen to them both, but here is a taste of the song for Bruce Springsteen:
- Brucie dreams life's a highway too many roads bypass my way
Or they never begin. innocence coming to grief
At the hands of life - stinkin' car thief, thats my concept of sin
Does heaven wait all heavenly over the next horizon?
But look at us now, quit driving, some things hurt more much more than cars and girls.
Just look at us now, start counting, what adds up the way it did when we were young ?
Look at us now, quit driving, some things hurt much more than cars and girls.
"Allelujah" by Fairground Attraction - Another Scottish band (like Nutini, although I’m not sure exactly where they are from), Fair ground Attraction, with lead-singer Eddi Reader, got their start by playing pubs until they were signed by RCA in the late 1980s. They are known mostly for their song “Perfect” (1988) from their album The First of a Million Kisses, from which this song is taken as well as the line, “We’ll kiss the first of a million kisses.”