Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell gives Adam Reader some heartfelt insight into Jane’s Addiction's hard rock manifesto "Mountain Song", which was the second single from their revolutionary album Nothing's Shocking. Mountain song was first recorded in 1986 and appeared on the soundtrack to the film Dudes starring Jon Cryer. The version on Nothing's Shocking was re-recorded in 1988. "'Mountain Song' was actually about... I hate to say it but... drugs. Climbing this mountain and getting as high as you can, and then coming down that mountain," reveals Farrell. "What it feels to descend from the mountain top... not easy at all. The ascension is tough but exhilarating. Getting down is... it's a real bummer. Drugs is not for everybody obviously. For me, I wanted to experience the heights, and the lows come along with it." "There's a part - 'Cash in now honey, cash in Miss Smith.' Miss Smith is my Mother; our last name was Smith. Cashing in when she cashed in her life. So... she decided that, to her... at that time, she was desperate. Life wasn't worth it for her, that was her opinion. Some people think, never take your life, and some people find that their life isn't worth living. She was in love with my Dad, and my Dad was not faithful to her, and it broke her heart. She was very desperate and she did something that I know she regrets."
Stop, my head is playing tricks again, won't it ever stopBaby, help me listen to my heart and then, take me to the topI'm afraid of love, so afraid of love, and I'm scared to make it rightBut I know tonight that it's my last chance, my last shotAt real love, and I wanna take itLast chance, with a slow dance in the big time, and I wanna make itTonight you're gonna show me what love is and whyBetween the sweatin' 'n' lovin' and the whisper and the cryI'm so tired of all this shit that I feel, show me something realChorus:Carry me away, baby carry me awayI'm in love with you tonight, feels so rightCarry me away, come on carry me away, I wanna be with you, what can I do?You've got the power, you got the loveTo take me to heaven or to leave me to heartbreakI spent my life waitin' for the future and livin' in the pastBaby, show me love that I can hold on to, give me something that'll lastI'm a total wreck, but I'm up to my neckIn this love I'm in, and I can't do a thingIt's a long shot, a far cry from a real world, me and you babyLast chance at the slow dance, in the bright lights, and I think that maybeTonight it's gonna happen, no need of tryin'Between the sweatin' 'n' lovin' and the whisper and the cryI'm so scared of all this feeling I feel, show me something realchorus(Solo)You got the power, you got the loveTo take me to heaven or to leave me to heartbreakchorus
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This song was originally written by a guy called Peter Gutteridge. He was one of the founders of the "Dunedin Sound" a musical scene in the south of New Zealand in the early 80s. From there it was covered by "The Clean" one of the early bands of that scene (he had originally been a member of in it's early days, writing a couple of their best early songs). The Dunedin sound, and the Clean became popular on american college radio in the mid to late 80s. I guess Yo La Tengo heard that version. Great version of a great song,
Ed Sheeran tells a story of unsuccessfully trying to feel “Amazing.” This track is about the being weighed down by emotional stress despite valiant attempts to find some positivity in the situation. This track was written by Ed Sheeran from the perspective of his friend. From the track, we see this person fall deeper into the negative thoughts and slide further down the path of mental torment with every lyric.
I think the meaning is pretty clear. This person got really burned in a previous relationship, and because of this is unable to love and show care in his present one, even though he so badly wants to. It's lovely song, and very sad. You can really feel how defeated and frustrated he is with himself.
Sunglasses at Night
In the 1980s, sunglasses were a common fashion for people who wanted to adopt a "tough guy" persona (note all the cop shows from that era -- Simon & Simon, Miami Vice, etc. -- where the lead characters wore shades). So I think this song is about a guy who wears shades as a way of hiding his insecurity after learning that his girlfriend is cheating on him. He's trying to pretend that he's a "tough guy" to hide the fact that his girlfriend's affair is disturbing him.