Friday, January 25, 2008

let your tears rain down on me

"the finger of blame has turned upon itself,
and i'm more than willing to offer myself.
do you want my presence, or need my help?
who knows where that might lead.
i fall."

history lesson:
fall at your feet is a 1991 song by crowded house, from their 1991 album woodface. it is the only song written solely by the band's lead singer, neil finn (all other songs on the album he wrote together with his bandmate, and brother, tim finn), and was released as a single. it became the least successful of all the singles from woodface, peaking at #17 in the u.k.

the song was later released on the group's greatest hits collection, recurring dream, and was performed at the group's farewell performance in 1996, farewell to the world.

personal reflection:
kate had the first crowded house album, on vinyl, which i immediately borrowed to make a taped copy; a routine the two of us shared when we ever bought music, as we could afford a much greater collection of music if we did not repeat selections between us. we loved them, and sang along to many of their songs, and crushed on those boys from australia. their later music, from the early 90's, took on a deeper meaning to me. the album woodface was part of the musical long distance love letters that i shared with david in those early days of us falling in love; he had moved to the florida keys and i was still here in california. years later, when we reunited after a long time apart, fall at your feet played while we spent a first night back together. i remember david had this playlist on his computer of over two days worth of songs, and we left it going all night as we slept and woke up to each other; this one stood out and seemed to echo our first love moments in a way that still represented who we were then. i still think there are pieces of us, as an us, in the song; the meanings forever weaved into the 3:18 minutes of song.

the 90's


Weaver said...

Corky o'rorky, there's a really good single, with a cracking video.

"Woodface" was an unusual album for an eighteen-year-old to be listening to with his first serious girlfriend, though this song was a perfect smooch-out track.

The album's opening lines "Not everyone in new York would pay to see Andrew Lloyd Webber / May his trousers fall down as he bows to the king and crown" hit the mark, for fairly obvious reasons.

Good call.

lucy said...

thank you. and, thank you for sharing a bit of your memories of the song.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful story :) However they are New Zealanders not Australians (Although the were living in Australia when album recorded)