Song of the Day #1,973: ‘Golden Age’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

toad-new-constellationBest Songs of 2013 – #17

I doubt Toad the Wet Sprocket’s lead singer Glen Phillips’ name ever comes up in discussions of great pop vocalists. The band is too much a relic of the 90s to command that much respect.

But I’d rank him right up there. His soothing but edgy tone perfectly serves the band’s rocking material and especially its ballads.

‘Golden Age’ is a fine example of the latter. The moodiest track from the band’s first new album in decades, this is a song that feels familiar in the most comfortable way.

A decade in the wilderness
How’d we ever come to this
Took all we had to just survive
No time left for asking why

Saint Virginia saved your life
An angel and a kitchen knife
When the devil tests your will
You kill who you have to kill

God loves a madman
But I wore his patience through
It’s too much to ask of anyone
I could never be as strong as you
I could never be as strong as you

All we are is vanity
Comics playing tragedy
I traded in my sanity
For a dream that soon abandoned me

God loves a madman
But I wore his patience through
It’s too much to ask of anyone
I could never be as strong as you

Walls and barricades surround our golden age
We will return again
Some day

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,973: ‘Golden Age’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

  1. Dana says:

    “,..this is a song that feels familiar in the most comfortable way.” Completely agree. Good stuff.

  2. Amy says:

    Familiar, perhaps, but it is also quite provocative. The lyrics are challenging and unexpected. I like it, but I’m a bit disturbed by it at the same time. 🙂

  3. Andrea Katz says:

    To me this is evocative and lovely in every way.

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