New day rising
New day rising
New day rising
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New Day Rising Lyrics as written by Grant Vernon Hart Bob Mould

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  • +5
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    the thing that's amazing to me about this song is the extreme contrast between the apparent sentiment of its single sung phrase and the increasingly bile-fueled belligerence of its delivery. new days are new beginnings and, conventionally speaking, they tend to be about possibility, hope; the slate is clean, anything can happen. but by the end of the track the vocals are being howled and sputtered and screamed with such ferocity, the guitar is a caustic wall of noise, you have to wonder how much hope is really being expressed. it's like waking up and realizing nothing has changed, everything is just as fucked as it was when you went to sleep. (the cover art is completely of a piece with this i think -- it's a sunrise, but the sky is an ugly brown, and a single searing ray of sun cuts through a black horizon.) to my mind, it's all an amazing achievement from only three words, a double-time drum beat, and a single, simple chord progression.

    scooperon September 29, 2007   Link
  • +2
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    husker du's lyrics are really deep this could be interpreted many ways

    rbfboy212on July 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    it's about astronomy.

    blackalisson March 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
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    Do not underestimate this song. This is the opener to New Day Rising, and it sets the scene nicely. A wall of sound consisting of distorted guitars, breakneck drums, and some from-the-bowels screaming, all building up to a crescendo, then pulling back, then building up again. I love it when the instruments cut out intermittently and the rythm takes over. Sends shiver down my spine and leads magnificently into 'The Girl From Heaven Hill'. No-one but the Huskers could make such a visceral song from shouting and noise. A thing of beauty.

    ianrickardon January 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I've always kind of seen this song as the actual ending to "Zen Arcade", where the character wakes up and there's a new day. The rest of the album has nothing to do with Zen Arcade, but I've just always seen it that way.

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    Jakeberton April 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Well, the live version has an extra line about "on and on it goes, it goes and goes and goes"

    And yes, there are a multitude of ways for this to be interpreted.

    division2roninon March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    its about prostitution

    bleachon April 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    haha Bleach, ur funni man, maybe it is..only Grant know's...and maybe a couple other peeps..lol

    TVMClownon April 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    I just give them credit

    You know when you say something a number of times and then it doesn't seem like you're saying the words right after a while?

    If I were to sing this, it's turn to chicken based crying or something way off like that, so I give them credit just for keeping it on New Day Rising.

    delaon April 21, 2007   Link
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    i think that this song is about the husker's unique style of hardcore music, saying that there is a "new day rising" in the genre. but thats probably wrong

    dastard23on September 30, 2007   Link

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