#SLS ~ Not A Wedding

Thanks to Jim Adams, for hosting Song Lyric Sunday. Check out all the rules, upcoming themes, and plenty of other great stuff at Jim’s site.

The theme this week is: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.

I’ve been listening to a lot of music from the 90s recently, and the band Live was one of the great bands from the 90s. They are an American rock band formed in York, Pennsylvania in 1984, consisting of Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass), and Chad Gracey (drums).

I’ve chosen their song Lightning Crashes from the 1994 album Throwing Copper, which sold eight million copies in the U.S.

The band had a grip of hits in the 90s including “Lightning Crashes”, which stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for ten consecutive weeks and the Modern Rock Tracks (now Alternative Songs) chart from February 25 to April 22, 1995.

There have been misinterpretations of this song, and especially the video’s meaning.

While the clip is shot in a home environment, I envisioned it taking place in a hospital, where all these simultaneous deaths and births are going on, one family mourning the loss of a woman while a screaming baby emerges from a young mother in another room. Nobody’s dying in the act of childbirth, as some viewers think. What you’re seeing is actually a happy ending based on a kind of transference of life.”

Ed Kowalczyk

New York magazine described the band as “deeply mystical” and claimed that the song was, “The story of a…connection between an old lady dying and a new mother at the moment of giving birth”

This song always pumps me up. I have to move or dance when I listen to it. It also frequently brings tears to my eyes. The video definitely makes me cry… not from sadness, but from overwhelming emotion.

Lightning crashes, a new mother cries
Her placenta falls to the floor
The angel opens her eyes
The confusion sets in
Before the doctor can even close the door

Lightning crashes, an old mother dies
Her intentions fall to the floor
The angel closes her eyes
The confusion that was hers
Belongs now, to the baby down the hall

Oh now feel it comin’ back again
Like a rollin’ thunder chasing the wind
Forces pullin’ from the center of the earth again
I can feel it

Lightning crashes, a new mother cries
This moment she’s been waiting for
The angel opens her eyes
Pale blue colored iris, presents the circle
And puts the glory out to hide, hide

Oh now feel it comin’ back again
Like a rollin’ thunder chasing the wind
Forces pullin’ from the center of the earth again
I can feel it
I can feel it

I can feel it comin’ back again
Like a rollin’ thunder chasing the wind
Forces pullin’ from the center of the earth again
I can feel it

I can feel it comin’ back again
Like a rollin’ thunder chasing the wind
Forces pullin’ from the center of the earth again
I can feel it

I can feel it comin’ back again
Like a rollin’ thunder chasing the wind
Forces pullin’ from the center of the earth again
I can feel it
I can feel it
I can feel it

Written by Patrick Dahlheimer / Ed Kowalczyk / Chad Gracey / Chad Taylor

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Thanks for stopping by. Are you a fan of Live? What song would you have chosen for this theme?

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HUGS!!

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