Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - UPCLOSE - DAVID FRIEND

WITH cians which song they’d most like to hear and why it res­onates with them. sur­round­ing this con­tro­ver­sial en­tity. This blew my mind, and I im­me­di­ately be­gan re-eval­u­at­ing the song, try­ing to de­ci­pher the lyrics and ap­ply my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence — I’d wit­nessed the UN ego and power first-hand.

“His lyric about ‘When the ap­pear­ance of con­flict meets the ap­pear­ance of force’ was now the per­fect metaphor for the in­cred­i­ble cir­cum­stance and au­thor­ity that came to­gether there. I’ve not al­ways been forth­right with jour­nal­ists as far as the true mean­ing be­hind songs I’ve writ­ten, and I wouldn’t be sur­prised if Gord was try­ing to throw the jour­nal­ist off his lyri­cal scent. Re­gard­less, Grace, Too, has a strength and weight that feels be­yond this world.”

“Lyri­cally ( 38 Years Old) is quite a dark song... but it was (Downie’s) voice that re­ally I found haunt­ing. That song sort of opened the doors for me to start lis­ten­ing to more of the Hip. For ( When the Weight Comes Down) it’s hard to go down that route and say, ‘What a great song!’ but I love the melody. It’s so rare. I don’t think I’ve ever ac­tu­ally heard him do it live. The way they do it you’re still bop­ping away, but you’d like, ‘What’s he say­ing there?’”

“It seems to me he’s singing about a mother and her son long­ing for some­thing — a hus­band and fa­ther. In some strange way, I could re­late to what he’s singing about. (I used) to cover the tune many moons ago.”


Gor­don Downie and the Trag­i­cally Hip will hit Win­nipeg for the last time Aug. 5.

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