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

Sloan – Coax Me —-Powerpop Friday

Sloan got its start in Halifax during the early ‘90s. The band played around the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before moving to Toronto.

The band made their recording debut on the Halifax, Canada CD compilation “Hear & Now” with the song  “Underwhelmed” before releasing their debut EP “Peppermint” in 1991 on their own label Murderecords. In 1992 Sloan signed with Geffen Records and released their full-length debut “Smeared”. The album had somewhat of a grunge style.

Coax Me was on their second album Twice Removed. They changed their style with the second album with a more power pop feel. Geffen didn’t like the change and pulled a lot of support but it did peak at #25 in the Canadian Album Charts.  Coax Me peaked at #6 in the Canadian RPM Charts in 1994.

DeKe mentioned this band and their style is right up my alley. I’ve listened to a few of their songs and I really liked what I’ve heard so far.

Coax Me

It all seemed to happen so fast
Will you ever believe the way he passed away
I saw his widow speak on her fortune
She was feelin’ pretty apathetic

Coax me, cajole me
Coax me, cajole me

If I drink concentrated OJ
Can I think Consolidated’s okay?
It’s not the band I hate, it’s their fans
Three cans of water perverts me

Coax me, cajole me
Coax me, cajole me
Coax me, cajole me

And after he died
By rights she’d have cried
I gave mine away
I gave mine away

I saw a widow’s peak on her forehead
It was full of lines and sinkers

Coax me, cajole me
Coax me, cajole me
Coax me, cajole me