Wings of Desire: You Found Me – The Fray

You can read the song’s lyrics here.
The Fray – You Found Me (official video) von thefray

You wouldn’t believe it, but here’s another one looking for God – and finding him where you wouldn’t expect it either: ” I found God on the corner of First and Amistad… all alone smoking His last cigarette.” Isaac Slade, lead singer and pianist of the The Fray explains: “I just imagined running into God standing on a street corner like Bruce Springsteen, smoking a cigarette.” This wouldn’t lead to a friendly chat but rather to a row of accusations: „Where were you when everything was falling apart? All my days were spent by the telephone that never rang and all I needed was a call that never came”.

It is no secret that The Fray have a background in the Christian Church. They decided to go onto into the secular music business because they expected more listeners, more chances for their musical career and certainly more financial reimbursement, which is understandable. In many of their lyrics their connection to Christian faith is still visible, as it is in this song “You Found Me” from the year 2007. Slade explains in an interview:  “You Found Me is a tough song for me. It’s about the disappointment, the heart ache, the let down that comes with life. Sometimes you’re let down, sometimes you’re the one who lets someone else down. It gets hard to know who you can trust, who you can count on. This song came out of a tough time, and I’m still right in the thick of it. There’s some difficult circumstances my family and friends have been going through over the past year or so and can be overwhelming. It wears on me. It demands so much of my faith to keep believing, keep hoping in the unseen. Sometimes the tunnel has a light at the end, but usually they just look black as night. This song is about that feeling, and the hope that I still have, buried deep in my chest .”

In the song he obviously mourns the loss of a beloved person: “In the end everyone ends up alone. Losing her, the only one who’s ever known who I am, who I’m not, and who I want to be. You got some kind of nerve taking all I want.”
Yes, God was there, finally, but it was too late: „Lying on the floor surrounded, surrounded, why’d you have to wait? Where were you, where were you? Just a little late…
The question about the evil in the world, about suffering and the meaning behind all these experiences is as old as mankind. There are no answers, only some very careful attempts to approach the possible solution.

In this song I see one of these attempts: At the beginning the singer is in search of God. “I found you”, but still asking “Where were you?”. In the end it says: “YOU found ME” – the parts are turned around. God finds us.
The official video for the song is very impressive, too. It is supposed to be a tribute to the Wim Wenders film “Wings of Desire” from the year 1987. The band members are singing standing on bridges and high buildings, like the angels in the film who want to get to know the humans. The angel Damiel is even ready to sacrifice his immortality just to become a human. He learns that living as a human means not only love and colors, but also death and blood and suffering.

At the end of the video the night gives way to the dawn – maybe there IS light at the end of the tunnel? The victim of the car accident opens her eyes. Objects and people are being elevated from the ground. The viewing direction changes towards the sky, towards heaven?
This week we celebrate Good Friday and Easter. Christian faith tells us about someone who wanted to come down to Earth to be human, to be involved in our lives. He experienced live, love and death and at the end asked: My God, why have you forsaken me? There is no human life without the experience of death and loneliness.
Where were you? Well, maybe He was right there – when you were lying on the floor, waiting for His answer, facing death.
After all – after Good Friday comes Easter!


Who am I? Ando por la vida – Gian Marco

Yo soy un criminal” – I am a criminal – I can’t really believe what Gian Marco confesses at the beginning of this song “Ando por la vida” (lyrics can be found here)– he doesn’t look like one, so charming and relaxed. He kills with words, „traficando versos con palabras asesinas” , but only to ease his pain and lick his wounds („para aniquilar mi pena… lamiendo mis heridas“), that’s ok, isn’t it? He is obviously talking about himself, Gian Marco Zignago , Peruvian singer / songwriter who has already won several prizes in Latin America.

He comes across very convincing; he isn’t a youngster anymore, born in 1970. But first, he describes what he is NOT: not crazy, not frightened, not handsome, not ugly, nor bad-nor good-humored. He isn’t a judge, but a spectator neither, not a bandit or prisoner, neither a bad friend nor a seducer. Also, he is not angry, but not happy neither,  not dump, not civilized but not an animal.

So – what ARE you, one wants to ask him. Are you just average or mediocre, invisible – you can’t be everything neither. No, he doesn’t comply with religious and moral standards – but then again, he is not a lost case.

He is really hard to seize – but I guess that is exactly what he wants and what he means. He doesn’t feel like doing a couple of things – “ya no tengo ganas“- and this list of things says a lot about him as a person.

He doesn’t feel like changing direction all the time just to please others and to conform to the rules. He doesn’t want to pay the bill for things he hasn’t done. He doesn’t feel like attracting attention all the time. He doesn’t feel like being questioned. The impatience of the youth is no longer his („ con los años la impaciencia se acabó“) and has made way for a relaxed and happy serenity. That’s why he can wander through life (”ando por la vida”) well knowing that things might seems strange to others, for him they are normal („lo que para tí es muy raro para mí es normal“).

Even the stories he tells in his songs are recycled (“reciclando historias”) – everything has already been said, there’s nothing new under the sun, but that doesn’t bother him – in the contrary, it discharges him from having to be original all the time.

There are many NO’s in this song, but there are two certainties, too: „…sólo sé que Dios existe y que la vida es un misterio universal“– I only know that God does exist and that life is a universal mystery.

What do you think? Can you live your life with just two certainties? Gian Marco looks like he can do it and he seems very happy and relaxed and confident.

I like this attitude very much. Viva la vida! 🙂

The woman of his dreams: You And Me / In My Pocket – Milow

Milow – You And Me (In My Pocket) from Daily Dolores on Vimeo.

Finally it has arrived in Germany:  Milow’s new album „North and South“. And finally, thanks to the song “In My Pocket” (you can read the lyrics here), we know what the woman of his dreams looks (and smells) like: “I wish you smelled a little funny … I wish you were a little bigger, not just big but really fat.” She doesn’t even have to have those long legs that are supposed to be so sexy nor be fast or very sportive: “I wish you were a little slower, not just slow but paralyzed… I really wish that you were smaller, not just small but really, really short.

Well that’s good news, isn’t it? So there is hope for all of us who don’t have the chance to compete in TV series like “Germany’s or America’s Next Top Model”… We still have a chance to win Milow’s heart!

He really comes up with some strange images to describe the woman of his dreams: a mermaid, a cat on the street, a bird, a lamp or the little rag doll that gave the song its name: “…so I could put you in my pocket and carry you around all day”.

What all these images have in common is the wish to keep his dream woman safe and prevent her from running away from him. Maybe Milow has made this experience? Today’s women tend to run away once they are not happy any more. Times are changing… 😉

I guess it’s just meant to be fun. A nice and catchy song and a funny and creative video that comes along with the song. I’m sure Milow knows that you cannot confine a woman, be it in a cage or a tub or your bed. The last scene in the video reveals the only place that is capable of keeping the one you love safe and secure: your heart. If you can’t keep someone in there, you won’t be able to keep him or her close to you at all. On the other hand: you may be able to release a bird from a cage easily – it is much harder to release a person you love. There is always a lot of pain involved. Also, it is no comfort to be reminded that “…there are plenty of fish in the sea” if you are in love with the one and only.

At the beginning the only thing that counts is being with the loved one: “Oh you and me, it would be only you and me”. Once a relationship endures it is important to widen the circle again. Everybody who has been there knows this. But this is a song about the beginning, I suppose….

Actually, I would really love to catch a glimpse of the woman at Milow’s side (if there is one): I bet she has the longest legs, she is slim and clever, she can run and swim very fast and maybe even fly like a bird. Has anyone ever seen her? Maybe he DOES keep her in a bathtub or birdcage?  😉