There’s nothing like hearing a song, or several, that immediately take you to a specific point in time from your youth. Sure, there are songs that remind you of being a kid, but there are some that really stick out. You remember being in a certain place, doing a certain thing and it sticks (sitting on the floor watching MTV doesn’t count here). Our hope is that your childhood wasn’t a shorter, less coordinated version of hell where all remembered songs make you miserable. We were shooting for those happy moments. We’ve said to much . . .
For me Paul Simon‘s Graceland, the title track from the incredibly influential album of the same name, is one of those happy moments . . . one of those moments that stick out. At the time, it was just a collection of sounds I liked. I kept coming back to it. At some point I realized it’s not just a memory, but it’s a great song. An amazing song.
She comes back to tell me she’s gone
As if I didn’t know that
As if I didn’t know my own bed
As if I’d never noticed
The way she brushed her hair from her forehead
And she said losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you’re blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow
I know a ton of people have covered it. I believe this to be the most recent attempt. Upon first listen, I didn’t like it (you can’t just give up, kids). I listened again. Then a third time. The stripped down thing finally won me over. Kristian Matsson is The Tallest Man on Earth (not actually, but that’s what he calls himself). The vocal style is a good distance from Paul Simon. It’s potentially off-putting if you love the original . . . HOW-EVAH the musical arrangement (or lack thereof) really puts the song square in front of you and makes you listen to the words. To boot, Kristian Matsson seems to legitmately put his heart into the performance.
The focus is certainly on Matsson’s cover here . . . but we’re going to offer the original, too. Poorboys and Pilgrims with families . . . and we are going to Graceland.
Whoaa-oh-oooooaaaa . . . Graceland.