Nick Lowe – So It Goes —-Powerpop Friday

This was Lowe’s first solo single following the split of the pub rock band, Brinsley Schwarz. It was also the first single to be released on Stiff Records, a label formed by the music managers, Dave Robinson and Andrew Jakeman.

Although “So It Goes” failed to chart, it still earned a profit for the young Stiff Records. It was on the album “Pure Pop For Now People”…it’s American name. The album in the UK was called Jesus of Cool. The album peaked at #127 in the Billboard 100 in 1978.

Nick Lowe: “It’s not my favorite, it’s a bit too much like Steely Dan. I think I must have got it from something they’d done.”

From Songfacts

In this song, Nick Lowe is acknowledging the unpredictability (and, sometimes, futility) of life and the inevitability of death. “So it goes” is a recurring line in Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 novel, The Slaughterhouse Five. It is used every time a death occurs.

This features in the 1979 musical comedy, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, starring The Ramones.

Jesus of Cool was Lowe’s debut solo album. So to not cause offense, the American release was re-titled Pure Pop for Now People. The iconic album cover features six images of Lowe dressed in a variety of exaggerated rock star costumes.

So It Goes

Remember on night the kid cut off his right arm
In a fit to save a bit of power
He got fifty thousand watts
In a big acoustic tower
Security’s so tight tonight
Oh they’re ready for a tussle
Gotta keep your backstage passes
‘Cause your promoter had the muscle

And so it goes and so it goes
And so it goes and so it goes
But where it’s goin’ no one knows
And so it goes and so it goes
And so it goes and so it goes
But where it’s goin’ no one knows

In the tall buildings
Sit the head of our nations
Worthy men from Spain and Siam
All day discussions with the Russians
But they still went ahead
And vetoed the plan
Now up jumped the U.S. representative
He’s the one with the tired eyes
747 for the midnight condition
Flyin’ back from a peace keepin’ mission

And so it goes and so it goes
And so it goes and so it goes
But where it’s goin’ no one knows
And so it goes and so it goes
And so it goes and so it goes
But where it’s goin’ no one knows

In the air there’s absolution
In the wake of a snaky Persian
On his arm there’s a skin tight vision
Wonder why she admires she is hissin’

And so it goes and so it goes
And so it goes and so it goes
But where it’s goin’ no one knows
And so it goes and so it goes
And so it goes and so it goes
But where it’s goin’ no one knows

But where it’s goin’ no one knows
But where it’s goin’ no one knows
But where it’s goin’ no one knows

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

14 thoughts on “Nick Lowe – So It Goes —-Powerpop Friday”

  1. Good tune! I’ve not heard it before. As with Raspberries you also posted today, “Rockpile”= Lowe and Dave Edmunds in their various cofigurations , should’ve done better . Of course the record labels of the pair caused problems with the contracts and Stiff was pretty marginal when it came to distribution I think. I remember seeing the buttons in the indie record shop in the 80s though “If it ain’t Stiff, it ain’t worth a F***”.

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    1. Nick did have that sound from time to time…like Cruel to be Kind… He only charted two songs over here…that is hard to believe…a lot of his songs are catchy

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