Song of the Day #355: ‘God Protect Your Soul’ – Ed Harcourt

edharcourtOn my bookshelf I have a stack of CDs I don’t want. Most I picked up on a whim or a magazine recommendation, often at a used CD shop, then discovered they weren’t my cup of tea. Others were gifts.

Some are a complete mystery to me — they found their way into my possession and now won’t leave… I can’t get anybody to buy them back and I can’t bring myself to throw a working CD in the garbage. So they sit in a pile, untouched for months or years, cheap plastic reminders that things are never as orderly as I want them to be.

But in that stack this week I found two CDs by Ed Harcourt. I have no idea who Ed Harcourt is or how two of his CDs wound up on my bookshelf. I’m guessing I found them at a two-for-a-dollar sale and had recently read his name in Rolling Stone or Entertainment Weekly. The second album came out in 2003 and it’s probably been that long since I listened to either one of them.

But I remembered really liking one or two songs on the first album, Here Be Monsters, so I dusted it off and gave it another listen. One of those songs is today’s selection, ‘God Protect Your Soul.’ And I still dig it a whole lot. Whether this will inspire me to revisit the entire album and give it a home again in the permanent collection, rather than that island of misfit toys, remains to be seen.

But at least it will find a home here on the blog.

Well I hope God protects your soul
I don’t know if you should leave home alone
Maybe you’ve been drinking from the Devil’s bowl
I can’t express myself ’cause I’m not fully grown

My heartache is my mistake, you see
My heartache is my mistake, you see

Well I am conscious of the way that I act
But I won’t betray you, you can be sure of that
I’m not a pet who does tricks at the drop of a hat
I wish I was fiction, I wish I was fact

My heartache is my mistake, you see
My heartache is my mistake

I need to build a wall around me
I need to build a wall around me
But I want to smile with everybody
Would you say that is possessive of me?

Yes we feel bad in winter
We act a little bit strange
The dark sky threatens me daily
Makes me alter and change, change, change, change

I need to build a wall around me
I need to build a wall around me
But I want to smile with everybody
Would you say that is possessive of me?


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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #355: ‘God Protect Your Soul’ – Ed Harcourt

  1. Amy says:

    I gave you this CD when you were going through such a hard time in your life that I wanted you to know that you would always be protected. I can’t believe you don’t remember :(

  2. Dana says:

    No, Amy, that’s not correct. Remember, I gave it to Clay after our wedding as a way of saying how much I appreciated him becoming my brother in law.:)

    Anyway, what continues to kill me about Clay is not that he has an Ed Hardcourt CD, but that he has TWO Ed Hardcourt CDs! I’m starting to wonder if Clay has found a way for digitial media to spontaneously reproduce:)

    This song doesn’t grab me on first listen…feels a bit detached to me.

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