I’m writing this on a cold, dark and rainy night, an appropriate time to listen to your excellent collection of songs about shadows. If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3, .m4a or a link to [email protected], together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next weeks theme will be windows.
William Fitzsimmons – Gold in Shadow – AliM: I have probably shared this before, a beautiful and tender song.
Jason Isbell – Live Oak – tincanman: Plays (intended or not) on the Arabic proverb “Better a shadow of a man than a wall” that suggests a woman is better with a bad husband than none at all. Jason worries his wife may not love him now that he’s reformed.
Adrian Borland – Past Full of Shadows – severin: Metaphorical ones, of course. Or maybe it was about The Doctor and Donna in the library.
Clan of Xymox – Back Door – vanwolf: I’ve nominated this many times and it’s one of my favourite songs by them. Lyrically as miserable as you’d expect from me, with the protagonist living some half existence, unable to move on with his life, feeling paranoid, seeing shadows and seemingly becoming one himself. despite the misery the song steps up a notch towards the end and finishes on a high, well sort of.
Lee “Scratch” Perry – Your Shadow is Dub – shoegazer: From The Black Album (2018).
Third World – 96 Degrees in the Shade – severin: A bit of a shoe-horn. Shade only mentioned to emphasise that it was “real hot” when the British troops put down the Morant Bay Rebellion led by Paul Bogle . The original title was 1865 (when this happened) and the one given here was a subtitle.
Duster Bennett – Jumping At Shadows – Ravi Raman: Performed here as a one man blues band. This song was later given a big boost by Fleetwood Mac, Gary Moore and others.
Flying Saucer Attack – Crystal Shade – vanwolf: I used to put this stuff on low volume to go to sleep to. Sweet.
David Cross & Robert Fripp – In the Shadow: From their beautiful album “Starless Starlight”.
K.D.Lang – Shadowland – Maggie B: One of K.D’s best I think.