Sloan – The Lines You Amend —-Powerpop Friday

This song is by the Candian band Sloan who I’m liking more with every song I listen to. Sloan has been together since 1986 and has been successful in Canada but never broke through in America…which is America’s loss.

The song has a great keyboard hook to open the song… and the music is very melodic. There is even a Ringo Starr mention in the lyrics about Ringo’s song Photograph.

Although set to power pop music the lyrics are about remembering someone after a suicide.

The song was released in 1996 and it was on their One Chord to Another album. The song peaked at #39 in the Canada RPM Top Singles chart and #12 in the Canada Alternative 30 Charts.


The Lines You Amend

Said you’d found a way to end it peacefully
I remember finding shoes near the lake under a tree
And I’m sittin’ on the shore
I thought I saw your charm float by
It doesn’t matter now
‘Cause all you wanted to do was die

If only you’d stuck around
I never would have made a sound
But now you’re on the ocean floor
And I’ve opened a brand new door
Brand new door

Swimming out to sea
Trying to find something else
While I’m skipping stones
And I’m listening to the shells
And I won’t forget you
If someone else comes along

I found the words you wrote
But I would not dare to quote
My friends, the lines you amend
Like “What’s so bad about dying anyway”

Swimming out to sea
Trying to find something else
While I’m skipping stones
And I’m listening to the shells
And I won’t forget you
If someone else comes along
You’ll always come to mind
Whenever I hear that song

The one about photographs
Sung by Ringo Starr
Especially in the chorus part
You always said, “Now don’t you start”

Don’t you start, yeah yeah
Don’t you start
Don’t you start

Author: Badfinger (Max)

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

18 thoughts on “Sloan – The Lines You Amend —-Powerpop Friday”

  1. Excellent write up Max! This is one those tracks that Sloan still plays in concert today. Such a great band. Awesome your taking some time to discover there stuff

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  2. One of my favorites from them, a band we heard a lot back “home” in Canada but hardly ever here in the US. That whole album is excellent, by the way. I saw them as a surprise opener for the Foo Fighters once… solid live act too.

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      1. I’ll be doing something for that too, Jim. I love that kd song… that and the naughty “Sexuality” by her are my two favorites from her catalog.

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      2. There is another band from Thunder Bay called
        The Honest Heart Collective that another blogger had…from what I heard its pretty good.


    1. All of them sing…really popular in Canada. They started out as a grunge type band and changed to power pop on their second album. They have some nice songs. That piano intro hooked me also.

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  3. The opening piano piece reminds of Schroeder on Peanuts. Once you get past that, the opening guitar riff reminds me of CCR, blended with Petty.

    I’m with John, above. I’m not fond of his voice.

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    1. I sure will…thanks for the comment Lisa. You liked the last one by them. I’m glad some people like you like to see or hear someone not as popular…like Sloan…or….Big Star!

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