The Naked Urgency…


I have of course heard Adele’s song “Set Fire to the Rain” any number of times by now, but today was the first time that I was able to really listen without distractions. I must say that she blew my mind!

I am very partial to artists, who use what I term “raw emotion”. Janis joplin was a master at this, Edith Piaff used it to great effect and Jacques Brel was a genius, who used it in an understated fashion. I have included three songs, at the bottom of this post for you to listen to and hear what I mean. These are musicians, who had lived to the fullest and you notice the naked urgency of their desperation in their songs.

I thoroughly enjoyed Adele’s music, which I think is utterly amazing and completely brilliant. This song reveals a laidbackness that to me is hard to imagine, but on three occasions an echo of a memory, containing that primal urgency that shakes me to the core, shone through. It moved me to the deepest, darkest chambers of my subconscience.

I have marked these outbursts in her song in bold in the lyrics, which are under the video. Does it not reach out to you and grab you by the throat? It comes from the gut. If she could use this quality to full effect in a whole phrase of a future song, then that would turn out to be a truly majestic piece indeed.

Where I put the asterisk, i fully expected here to soar even higher, throw all caution to the wind and let rip with something that I haven’t as yet found a term for. The word “exuberance” comes close, but that implies merriment. If you could find a similar term, but one that implies need, then you would be spot on!

Anyway, a marvellous performace by an artist, who needs no lessons at all. She uses her voice in the manner of a virtuoso!

Lyrics to: Set Fire to the Rain:

“I let it fall, my heart
And as it fell you rose to claim it
It was dark and I was over
Until you kissed me lips and you saved me

My hands, they were strong
But my knees were far too weak
To stand in your arms
Without falling to your feet

But there’s a side to you
That I never knew, never knew
All the things you’d say
They were never true, never true
And the games you’d play
You would always win, always win

But I set fire to the rain
Watched it pour as I touched your face
Let it burn while I cry
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name

When laying with you
I could stay there, close my eyes
Feel you here forever
You and me, together, nothing gets better

‘Cause there’s a side to you
That I never knew, never knew
All the things you’d say
They were never true, never true
And the games you’d play
You would always win, always win

But I set fire to the rain
Watched it pour as I touched your face
Let it burn while I cry
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name

I set fire to the rain
And I threw us into the flames
I felt something die
‘Cause I knew that that was the last time
The last time(*)

Sometimes, I wake up by the door
And heard you calling, must be waiting for you
Even now when we’re already over
I can’t help myself from looking for you

I set fire to the rain
Watched it pour as I touched your face
Let it burn while I cry
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name

I set fire to the rain
And I threw us into the flames
I felt something die
‘Cause I knew that that was the last time
The last time

Let it burn
Let it burn”

These are three examples of artists that use, what I call “raw emotion” to full effect:



Published by Revlang

I am a copywriter and I am committed to making our new technologies understandable to the not-so-very-young generations.

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