Song of the Day #2,304: ‘Heart is a Drum’ – Beck


Best Albums of the 10s So Far
#13 – Beck – Morning Phase

Earlier this year, Beck released a sequel (in spirit, if not title) to 2002’s gorgeous break-up album, Sea Change. Morning Phase has the same sad acoustic ambiance of its predecessor, but it is concerned more with mortality and self-fulfillment than heartbreak.

I’m tempted to call it the better album, in part because of its more universal nature, even though I count Sea Change among my favorite records. If Morning Phase loses points in that competition, its because it’s less of a surprise for coming second.

The record does have a few songs that feel like walking in place — short instrumentals and tracks that hit the same note a few too many times — but those tracks serve to flesh out the overall message of the album.

And the highs, such as today’s SOTD and several others, are simply sublime. Blending a little Pink Floyd, a little Simon & Garfunkel and a whole lot of Beck Hansen, they’re masterpieces of melancholy.

[Verse I]

As a driving wheel
Circling around your iron will;

Only what you feel
Keeps you turning when you’re standing still


You tried to run from trouble; when it comes
You follow the drum
Keeping time with everyone

[Verse II]

As the light of day
Falling down across your lost highway;

Does it hurt this way?
To come so far to find they’ve closed the gates?

[Hook II]

You’ve lost your tongue; when you fall from the pendulum
Your heart is a drum
Keeping time with everyone


If they drown from the undertow
Need to find someone
To show me how to play it slow

And just let it go

[Hook III]

Your eyes get stung by the rays of the sinking sun
You follow the drum
Keeping time with everyone


Going, “beat, beat, beat”
It’s beating me down
“Beat, beat, beat, beat”
It’s beating me down

Day after day
It’s turning me round
Till all my days are drowning out

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,304: ‘Heart is a Drum’ – Beck

  1. Dana says:

    While I appreciate the many styles of the talented Beck, I like the mellow style on this album and Sea Change best of all.

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