MUSICIANS PICK DREAM TRAGICALLY HIP SET LIST
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.