Song of the Day #3,168: ‘ Heaven or Las Vegas’ – Cocteau Twins

cocteau_twins_heaven_vegasI’ve heard of the Cocteau Twins but this is the first time I’ve ever consciously listened to their songs. Two Scottish trio released their seventh, and most acclaimed, album — Heaven or Las Vegas — in 1990.

The band’s style is described as dream pop, which apparently means unintelligible lyrics over a bed of ambient sound.

I don’t hear anything on this album I would want to revisit. Maybe some Cocteau Twins fans out there can attempt to set me straight.

[?] Pull him away
[?] Jealous so with me
Go there for new
For new things there

[Chorus]
Singing of a famous street
I want to love, I’ve all the wrong glory
Might just been Heaven or Las Vegas
But you’re much more brighter than the sun is to me

He’s a hustler
It’s a role he’ll never make suit
Hang on to this
Stay and stay and fail and fail

Pull him away
Jealous so with me
Go there for new
For new things there

[Chorus]
Singing of a famous street
I want to love, I’ve all the wrong glory
Might just been Heaven or Las Vegas?
But you’re much more brighter than the sun is to me

Reaching this itch in my soul
Is like any good playing card
Must be why I’m thinking of Las Vegas
Why it’s more brighter round than the sun is to me

Carnivals are bluster loud
I’m dizzy so I go under the ‘Big Dipper’
[?] fantasy for a carnival
How fitting before a wedding day

[Chorus]
Singing of a famous street
I want to love, I’ve all the wrong glory
But is it Heaven or Las Vegas?
But you’re much more brighter than the sun is to me

Reaching this itch in my soul
Is like any good playing card
Must be why I’m thinking of Las Vegas
Why it’s more brighter than the sun is to me

Maybe then you will swear
This is hardly personal
I suspect I’m singing to a tune
[?] And still find that beats singing to your soon

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,168: ‘ Heaven or Las Vegas’ – Cocteau Twins

  1. Dana says:

    Never heard of them. Sounds a bit like Abba.

  2. eiodopet says:

    I grew up with them, but at the point of this records release I had begun to be disappointed with their sound. This is not to say that this was the point when they jumped-the-shark; they never went bad. But had this been their debut, they might never gotten noticed by the people who became their fans. So, I wouldn’t have personally suggested this song as a starting point. It is interesting that when I had mentioned their name to a vinyl finding service (The Edit: Vinyl) this was the album/song immediately suggested. It is odd that people tend to reduce a band’s catalogue, one-hit-wonder style, to one of the blandest songs in their catalogue. Is it some notion of accessibility? Must be. I would suggest any song from Victorialand or earlier. Their first album, Garlands, gives a very different idea of their sound.

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