The Verve: Bitter Sweet Symphony

An indie anthem from another era, written and sung by by the Verve‘s Richard Ashcroft, with a strings loop sample from an orchestral version of the Stone’s “The Last Time”.  Ashcroft sings “I’m here in my mold / I can’t change my mold”.  His wife Kate Radley has a walk-on part in the video: As he barrels down Hoxton Street in London’s Shoreditch, bumping into people, he stomps over her car, so she gets out and gives him a piece of her mind. At the end his anger seems to have swept the street clear of people and he’s got a team of people walking down the street with him.

‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet
You’re a slave to money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet yeah,

No change, I can’t change
I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
But I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no

Well I never pray
But tonight I’m on my knees yeah
I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airwaves are clean and there’s nobody singing to me now

englischlernen mit liedern 🙂 learning english with songs

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