Song of the Day #590: ‘London Bridges’ – Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse kept up his ‘one album per year’ pace and released Country Mouse City House in 2007. The album picked up where Subtitulo left off, both thematically and musically, and for my money it’s the first Rouse release that suggests he’s treading water.

That perception won’t last, however, as I’ve just read about Rouse’s next album, due out in March of this year. It’s called Turista and based on the clips I’ve heard, he has now had enough time to immerse himself in his Spanish surroundings that it’s showing up in big ways in his music.

Several Turista tracks are in Spanish, which he now speaks fluently, and the music is heavily influenced by Latin sounds. Early reviews mention Paul Simon’s Graceland, as reviews of this sort of album always do, in describing Rouse’s marriage of American pop music with world music. I can’t wait to pick that one up.

Country Mouse City House isn’t a disappointment, even though it doesn’t break much new ground. Every song is memorable, and one (‘Pilgrim’) boasts a bouncy jazz sound that’s new for Rouse. My favorite track on the album, though, hews closer to his earlier work. ‘London Bridges’ is another sweetly melodic song, this one about a man who feels he’s being used by a woman who takes him for granted.

This is the kind of song that Rouse appears capable of writing in his sleep, and simultaneously the kind of song of which I can never get enough. And that’s why he’s one of my very favorite performers… it’s as if he was scientifically designed to write the sort of music I love best.

It was a really cold day in London
A rainy, rainy afternoon
She told me she was coming over
She had some news

Always looking over her shoulder
For promises that never come
I could be the one to console her
A ray of sun

But listen honey
I am not the kid, to tell you how to love or how to live
And if you think that I am just a bridge, then I’ll be leaving now
This bridge is falling down

You really should stay off that corner
Someday someone will get killed
They should put a sign to warn you
It’s dangerous

Don’t look up to the sky
Cuz you’re feeling it’s just not right
And all those plans that you made last summer
They all died

So when are you coming over?
When you gonna make it pay?
London is growing colder
I’m leaving on the train today

But listen honey
I am not the kid, to tell you how to love or how to live
And if you think that I am just a bridge, then I’ll be leaving now
This bridge is falling down


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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #590: ‘London Bridges’ – Josh Rouse

  1. daniel says:

    I thought it was very nicely done. but on the last note he fell flat a little bit.but I think he’s a good singer and I thought he had a Blake Lewis tune.

  2. Dana says:

    Okay, will somebody remind me to take a nibble on Daniel’s cheek tonight.:)

    I’m not sure I would agree that he sounds like Blake Lewis, but i do agree that this is a very nice song. Nothing groundbreaking, generally or for Rouse in particular, but it does go down easy.

  3. Clay says:

    I’m confused. I figured this “Daniel” was Amy pretending to be Daniel, which would mean we have three Daniels: the real Daniel, Amy posting as herself but accidentally using Daniel’s name and now Amy posing as Daniel as a joke.

  4. Dana says:

    nope, this “Daniel” was the real Daniel:)

  5. peg says:

    I’m waiting in line to take a bite of his cheek.

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