FLASHBACK – Videotape

FLASHBACK – Originally posted on October 21, 2007

In Rainbows has occupied most of my weekend as I’ve finally had a chance to make time to sit down with it and listen intimately without interruption. I’ve listened to it dozens of times now, even through the night.

It’s had me simultaneously dancing around, in tears, open, giddy and grateful the way I like to feel whenever I experience great art. Great art should make us move inside or out.

Reviews among my pals are mixed. Perhaps, the mechanism by which it was released has overshadowed the work itself? That would be a shame.

The last song on the album is Videotape, is one of the most beautiful, sad and still triumphant songs I’ve ever heard:

(Video link updated 2011)

When I’m at the pearly gates
This will be on my videotape, my videotape
Mephistopheles is just beneath
and he’s reaching up to grab me

This is one for the good old days
and I have it all here
In red, blue, green
In red, blue, green

You are my center
When I spin away
Out of control on videotape
On videotape
On videotape
On videotape

This is my way of saying goodbye
Cuz I can’t do it face to face
So I’m talking to you after it’s too late
From my videotape

No matter what happens now
You shouldn’t be afraid
Because I know today has been the most perfect day I’ve ever seen

Thank you Thom, Jonny, Ed, Colin and Phil for this most remarkable music.