Song of the Day #2,121: ‘Washington Square’ – Counting Crows

crows_saturday_nightsIt’s been more than six years since Counting Crows’ last album, Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings, the double-disc disappointment on which today’s SOTD appears.

I’m not counting the 2012 release Underwater Sunshine, a collection of covers, because, well, it’s a collection of covers.

Five albums in 21 years? That doesn’t seem right. I do see, on Wikipedia, that the band has been in the studio recording their next release so maybe we’ll see something from them in 2014.

In the meantime, my wife and I will see them in concert next month. Their concert lined up coincidentally with a mid-week getaway we’d planned at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood.

The opening act is Toad the Wet Sprocket, which works out beautifully as Toad the Wet Sprocket and Counting Crows were the first two concerts we saw together when we first met in the early 90s.

‘Washington Square’ is one of the better songs on Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings. Adam Duritz described it this way (also courtesy of Wikipedia):

This is about my neighborhood and it’s about leaving it behind.

This is a song I started right after I moved here. I’d come back from tour, and I’d lost something, someone, and I was kinda faced with the prospect of going back out again, and it seemed like a hard thing to leave New York behind.

It’s a song about making a choice, to change, to go back to doing your life, to go on the road. But it’s also a song about how much you give up or risk giving up when you do that.

[Verse 1]
I sold my piano
It couldn’t come with me
I locked up my bedroom
And I walked out into the air
When nothing I needed
Is left there behind me
I walk out through the shadows
Of Washington Square

[Verse 2]
I wandered the highways from Dublin to Berkeley
And I heard the songbirds of Ballyporeen
I love like a fountain
And it left me with nothing
Just the memories of walking through Washington Square

[Verse 3]
Now I live in the shadows
Where light is electric
And time is a number
That rests on a wall

[Verse 4]
And nobody knows me
My friends and my family
Are as far from this city
As Washington Square

[Verse 5]
So cover this warm night
In a blanket of starlight
Then I’ll follow this freeway
Out into the air

[Outro]
In case you should wonder
And wanted to find me
I’m traveling homeward to Washington Square
I’m traveling homeward to Washington Square
Washington Square
Washington Square

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,121: ‘Washington Square’ – Counting Crows

  1. Dana says:

    I haven’t heard this whole album for awhile, but, as I recall, there were some good songs on the Sunday morning part of this album, with this song as one of the highlights. Still, I agree the album was disappointing overall, and I’m looking forward to a new and hopefully better release.

  2. pegclifton says:

    Nice coincidence that those bands happen to be there when you are 🙂

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