Monday, August 9, 2010

Musical Monday - I Need You Now

Being transplanted into Deutschland has changed me musically. I'm a rocker by nature who is saddened by no "classic" rock station. Alongside rock I enjoy both pop and country... of the two only pop is available to me in Germany. No longer can I simply dabble in a little bit of country by spinning my radio dial. Nope, here in Berlin there is only one "country music" radio show, and that plays on Thursday night. If I want country, I have to go to Internet Radio or to my own CD collection.

No more. In the past weeks I've been hearing a lovely country power ballad on Berlin's pop stations!! Imagine my surprise when I hear these lyrics coming out of my radio, "It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk and I need you now. Said I wouldn't call but I lost all control and I need you now". OH YEAH! The Drunken Booty Call! ONLY country music would pay tribute to drunk dialing your ex.



Today I did a lyrics search and found out that it is performed by Lady Antebellum, a trio of two men and one lady with what I'm guessing is an as of yet untapped voice. As far as soft-pop-leaning country ballads go, this one is right up there. It has all of the elements. No, this isn't your mommy's crossover country hit. Shania Twain never stepped into this territory. It feels like late Dixie Chicks, trying to walk the fine line between country and pop... keeping both markets open for the selling.

As for the group, I like it. The sound is a mite bit overproduced, but I think they need that to get the feel of the country and the pop in there. In fact I bet there are several different versions laid down to track, one is VERY country, the other is VERY pop. This one is a hybrid of the two.

The singing... yeah, I like her voice. When Hillary Scott sings "and I NEEEEED you now" you believe it, you FEEL that NEED. Not like you would feel it from Billie Holiday or K.D. Lang, but her voice makes you feel it in a way which has been lost for some time in country. Reba McEntire has it, maybe this little lady can make a career for herself along those lines.

Locks of Love over the river SeineI find the song writing stellar. The point of writing a song is to get people to relate to it. Who hasn't been there? Maybe not all of us have gone so far as to do the drunk dialing, but after a few drinks, feeling all alone... um, yeah. All I can say is that I've been there. I've been on the receiving end of some horrific drunk dialing sessions.

Come on... I'm not alone here am I?
Drunken booty calls? Getting that drunk ex on the phone in the middle of the night? Is that only me?



Lady Antebellum lyrics "Need You Now"

Picture perfect memories scattered all around the floor
Reachin' for the phone 'cause I can't fight it anymore
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind
For me it happens all the time

It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now
Said I wouldn't call but I lost all control and I need you now
And I don't know how I can do without
I just need you now

Another shot of whiskey can't stop looking at the door
Wishing you'd come sweeping in the way you did before
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind
For me it happens all the time

It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk and I need you now
Said I wouldn't call but I lost all control and I need you now
And I don't know how I can do without
I just need you now

Guess I'd rather hurt than feel nothin' at all
It's a quarter after one I'm all alone and I need you now
And I said I wouldn't call but I'm a little drunk and I need you now
And I don't know how I can do without
I just need you now
I just need you now (wait)
Ooo, baby, I need you now

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4 comments:

Goofball said...

sorry you couldn't convert me into listening to country. hey, I'm European ;)

click clack gorilla said...

have you discovered truckstop yet? the name pretty much says it all...schmaltzy trucker country made by Germans with mostly German lyrics and all. i prefer the old timey stuff, hank and old blind dudes with banjos, but truckstop are certainly amusing.

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Goofball said...

whaaa, I think I heard this on a frenchspeaking belgian radio station. Not sure, but I wondered immediately whether it was the same song or not.