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Song of the Week: 05-29-10
Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Ignored Obscured Restored
It seems like every year one song jumps out as the soundtrack to the summer. You know what I mean – the Young Rascal’s “Groovin” took over the airwaves in 1967, OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” had everyone “shakin like a Polaroid picture” in 2003 and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” was heard everywhere the summer of 2006.
Well my pick for what should be the 2010 song of the summer is “Home” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, even though it’s nowhere near the Billboard Top 100. The band is a travelling collective of merry pranksters fronted by Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos who share the singing duties on “Home”.
This song is simply irresistible. It starts off with whistling (love it) and quickly romps off into a galloping rhythm that conjures up images of the rural west, complete with saloon tinkling piano. The lyrics are simple, homespun, corny, memorable and downright fun.
I follow you into the park,
Thru the jungle thru the dark
Girl ain’t never loved one like you
Moats and boats and waterfalls,
Alleyways and payphone calls
I been everywhere with you
Laugh until we think we'll die,
Barefoot on a summer night
Never could be sweeter than with you
The spoken word exchange about two-thirds through is absolutely charming in a June Carter/Johnny Cash duet kind of way:
A: Do you remember that day you fell outta my window?
J: I sure do, you came jumpin' out after me.
A: Well, you fell on the concrete and nearly broke your ass and you were bleedin' all over the place and I rushed you off to the hospital, do you remember that?
J: Yes I do.
A: Well there's somethin' I never told you 'bout that night.
J: What didn’t you tell me?
A: Well, while you were sittin' in the back seat smokin' a cigarette you thought was gonna be your last, I was fallin' deep, deeply in love with you, and I never told you till just now!
J: Aaawww . . .
They sing it so joyfully and playfully – like they really meant it! So learn all the words. You won’t want to miss out on the sing along this summer.