This is a quiet and beautiful song and Reader has a beautiful clarity to her voice. Unfortunately, Fairground Attraction was not so big in America, though they reached the top of charts in Europe almost instantly with their album and with the song “Perfect.” Even though "Allelujah" is less popular because it is a quiet song, it was obviously important to the band because, as I said, they named the whole album after a line from it.
They read to me like a prayers, hence the title is perfect in my view. This is a beautiful quiet song. If you like the Cowboy Junkies, I think you’d like some of Fairground Attraction. It’s more pop than country/folk and has some almost cajun-type influence mixed in, but it is Reader’s voice that brings to mind Timmins and some of the songs on this album as well. To give you a taste, here are some of the lyrics:
- I see you everyday / I watch you as you walk down this way
We pass on the stairs on this council block / Too shy to find words to say
But your smile is a prayer that prays for love / and your heart is a kite that longs to fly
Allelujah, here I am / Let's cut the strings tonight…
"Tomorrow is a Long Time" by Bob Dylan - Talk about missing, yearning, and loving someone – this simple song by Dylan captures it all with just a simple acoustic guitar. He’s unable to sleep, speak, even “hear the echo of my footsteps or remember the sounds of my own name,” but all of this would be different if his “own true love was waiting.” What we don’t know is whether or not this love is finished or continuing. They could be lovers apart like Montague and Capulet, but it would seem these are lovers are parted – that’s my sense of the song (could be dead wrong).
It’s one of Dylan’s quieter songs and not as well-known as some others, but this one is popular enough you can find it to download easily (even from a cell-phone company)! Go figure, I was able to get it through Sprint. I had the albums, yes, but wanted it on my cell/MP3 player. They had it, but they had a lot of the more obscure Dylan songs, so qui sais. "Tomorrow is a Long Time" (which I’ve seen listed as”Tomorrow is a Long Place” also) is another quiet song and perfect follow-up to many of the songs on this list.