Do you guys get “Chariot” lyrics? Well I don’t, not all of it. But I love it, nonetheless! It’s similar reaction like with some poems that I read, that I don’t really totally get, but that give me some certain feeling of… meaning, hitting the spot, saying something profound, waking something up inside of me. With those poems the thing is, you need to let go, you can’t be in control with them, just let go and relax. Let them fly you, your thoughts, your feelings.
And this one. This does the same to me. Just listen this, my personal favorite version of Chariot. How does it make you feel? What it is telling about? What are you thinking when the song ends? Breathing?
I just had this conversation about the lyrics and their meaning for the song and the experience. You can find it from HERE. In it we both agreed that Gavin’s older songs have some kind of poetric quality in them, that makes them grow through time, change meanings, get stuck with you and your thoughts. They delicately allure the listener into the soft and deep trap of degrawement.
Works for me, anyways. I can leave the lead to the man and not be the slightest worried about the outcome. Just relax with his talent and his voice.
More amazing lyrics of his, a couple of my favorites:
Writing lyrics isn’t the most easiest thing to do. I’ve tried that sometimes myself with no particular success. They have all ended up crumbled in trash. I scribble poems, though, and the hardest part in them is not saying too much. Leaving the space for the listener/reader’s own thoughts – I guess that’s the thing that makes the song/poem to work and to be something special.
To grab the moment, the feeling, the story with so few words possible.
And do it with a rhyme, too. Gavin has said that making the lyric rhyme is important. And I would add that doing that in a way it doesn’t sound like too obvious rhyming. There is this one Finnish band called ‘Eppu Normaali’, whose lyrics do rhyme and they have made it so through and through that it’s becoming funny – but that’s what they’re after, and because it’s soo overly obvious, I actually love their style. They’re using funny words just to make the lyrics rhyme.
But when you listen to Gavin’s songs… I don’t even realize they’re rhyming, and they are. That’s the delicacy I was talking about earlier. He can make it sound like he just let the words flow and they ended up like that without any forcing. So beautiful, so magical, to me at least.
I once wrote that the thing I love most about Gavin’s lyrics is the thing that even though he is singing about the same things everybody else is singing about, too, he is doing it with some cleverness and newness, bringing a whole new perspective to it all. Just think about these two mentioned above.
‘Mountains to move’ leaves me breathless. It’s so beautiful, so sad, so full of every kinds of emotions, I can’t even describe it even without any rhyme. Ha!
And because I so much love words, I love this man’s work so completely, I respect the huge talent of his.
The newest songs haven’t been lyrically so overwhelming and amazing to me, but I know he has it in him. Keep it up, Gavin, we love you!
He said it himself: