no cover -  
  • Lyrics
  • Information
  • Top Tracks
  • Related Tracks
  • Related Artist

The Shins - Simple Song

[Verse 1]
Well this is just a simple song
To say what you done
I told you about all those fears
And away they did run
You sure must be strong
And you feel like an ocean
Made warm by the sun

When I was just nine-years-old
I swear that I dreamt
Your face on a football field
And a kiss that I kept
Under my vest;
Apart from everything
But the heart in my chest

[Chorus]
I know that things can really get rough when you go it alone
Don't go thinking you gotta be tough, and bleed like a stone
Could be there’s nothing else in our lives, so critical
As this little home

[Verse 2]
My life in an upturned boat
Marooned on a cliff
You brought me a great big flood
And you gave me a lift
Girl, what a gift!
You tell me with your tongue
And your breath was in my lungs
And we float up through the rift

Mercer explained the song's meaning to Q magazine: "I wrote it on the living room floor of my apartment when my wife and I were newlyweds. This was when we were just starting our little domestic life together, about to have our first daughter. So it was kind of this song about my wife, our relationship and this whole new life we have ahead of us." This is the first single from the Shins Port Of Morrow album, the band's debut release on frontman James Mercer's Aural Apothecary record label. It was also the first offering to be heard from the band following the departure of drummer Jesse Sandoval and keyboardist Marty Crandall. The song is also about the journey that The Shins have taken since they started out in the mid-'90s in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mercer told Q: "I'm in a band with guys who are really good people to hang out with. We're all the best of friends and work really well together onstage. I'll admit, 'Simple Song' is in part about Jesse Sandoval and Marty Crandall leaving the band. But I still haven't really dealt with those issues. It's more about coming out of a town like Albuquerque and being in a band with the trajectory like The Shins has had. You go back home and see people have changed." Janet Weiss from Wild Flag plays drums on this track and Mercer told Q the hard-hitting percussionist, "actually broke a stick in the studio recording it." The song dates back several years. Mercer penned it during the production of The Shins' 2007 album, Wincing The Night Away.

Advertisement
Bands you might like
Comments
avatar