- 13 Oct 17
That's that settled.
This other truth I give unto thee: that the Waterboys are the best rock and roll band in the world. It’s a long while since I mentioned that, which is sound enough reason to say it again. That, and the fact that I chanced on a YouTube compilation while searching for a Shakespeare quote to make me seen more learned and reminisced as my heart swirled that bouncing full-throated to ‘The Whole Of The Moon’ is a consummation devoutly to be wished, and tried to picture whether it was at the RDS that herself was tripping on tears and I told her I’d sing it again for her later if she took me home.
“You were there in the turnstiles, with the wind at your heels/ Stretched for the stars and you know how it feels to reach too high/ Too far/ Too soon.”
I found ‘Red Army Blues’, maybe the most powerful epic ever put to popular music, with its shuddering, apt summation: “Now only one thing remains/ The brute will to survive.” It’s eight minutes long so you can listen three times in under 25 minutes.