Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Don't You Forget About Me #4 - Lighthouse

The Hush Sound - Lighthouse

Where would you go if the world was seemingly ending around you? Would you choose to head to a lighthouse haunted by the ghost of a girl locked inside waiting for the return of her sailor lover? Probably not, but for the two protagonists in 'Lighthouse' it appears to be their only option. Wait, two protagonists? Yeah... maybe there's only one, but I'm sticking to the theory that it's not just the one characters that gets the narrative here. Confused? I hope so. I know I am.

There's so much to like about this song; the sweet and simple piano arrangement, Greta Salpeter's haunting vocals that draw you in completely and there's the amazing writing that makes up one of the coolest stories to be put into a song. I love a good ghost story (except for Paranormal Activity - that was awful) and that's pretty much what we get given in 'Lighthouse.' Check out the lyrics....

Take what you need while there's time
The city will be earth in a short while
If I'm not mistaken it's been in flames
You and I will escape to the seaside

There is a storm in the distance
The wind breathing warning of its imminence
There is a lighthouse five hundred yards down
You and I will be safe there

There is a girl who haunts that lighthouse
She saved me, I was swimming
So young I almost drowned
Under the water she sang a story
Of losing her lover
She calls a warning

Love, you are foolish, you're tired
Your sleeplessness makes you a liar
The city is burning
The ocean is turning
You and I will be safe in the lighthouse

Her lover was a sailor
She went and she waited there
The door locked from the outside
Lover never arrived so she sings there
Soft as a siren luring the ships off their course, how alarming

We went in, we climbed up and looked out
The door locked from the outside
Three ghosts in a lighthouse

Best ending ever! It's like The Sixth Sense in song form!!

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