Song of the Day #3,291: ‘High Life’ – Counting Crows

Counting Crows is enjoying a well-deserved strong showing in Montauk Madness, nice to see for a band that has been wrongly dismissed for years by critics and music fans alike.

I feel like it’s time Counting Crows were considered cool again. Recently Adam Duritz (a Golder Warriors fan) joined the team at a San Francisco nightclub to celebrate their victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Maybe a little NBA mojo is what he needs.

I’ll never apologize for loving this band. What’s not to like about terrific music and lyrics and a run of great albums each a little different than the last?

[Verse 1]
All my friends got flowers in their eyes
But I got none this season
All of last year’s blooms have gone and died
Time doesn’t give a reason
Well hey maybe you ask yourself
Sometimes what you need to be forgiven
Everything that you ever done wrong
Is the reason that I’m driven
Straight to tears

[Chorus]
Waiting here for you
Wanting to tell you
How I get my ends and my beginnings mixed up, too
Just the way you do
I thought if I told you
You might want to stay for just another day or two

It’s just like answers that come in small packages that go in the mail

[Verse 2]
Waiting for the trains that just never come
Beginning to believe in
The disappearing nature of the people we have been
We have begun to change
Into the worst kind of people
So unkind Oh apologies
No apologies
This apology doesn’t describe
The way it feels to feel for you

[Chorus]
Waiting here for you
Wanting to tell you
How I find myself slowly disappearing, too
Just the way you do
I thought if I told you
You might want to help me to remain with you

[Verse 3]
I just want to stay for a little while
I want to stay a little while
Oh, come on [4 times]
Cause there’s a night life just falling down on me
I just feel like a change
Beneath the sun in the summer a sea of flowers
Won’t bloom without the rain
But oh this desert life
This high life
Here at the dying end of the day
I wasn’t made for the scene, baby
But I was made in this scene, baby
It’s just my way
I don’t want to go home alone
I want to come on home to you

[Chorus]
Waiting here for you
Wanting to tell you
How I line my sky with all the silver I can use
Just the way you do
I thought if I told you
You might want to stay for just another day or two

Isn’t that just like disappearing into the sum of yourself
And the person you are disappearing into
It’s like one plus one equals nothing at all
One plus two equals nothing at all
One plus me equals nothing at all
One plus you equals one plus you equals you equals
You and you and you and
Nothing at all [repeated 10 times]

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,291: ‘High Life’ – Counting Crows

  1. Dana says:

    I don’t really uunderstand why the Counting Crows became uncool. My best guess is that most who feel that way base their opinion on the hits heard on the radio (not that any of those are bad anyway) and have never heard the deeper cuts like Anna Begins, or maybe it’s Duritz’s early celebrity dating that turned people off.

    I once played Anna Begins for a friend who was dissing the Crows but was only familiar with Mr. Jones, and he readily conceded that Anna Begins was very good. I suspect I could have played a dozen other songs that would have turned him into a Crows fan, or at least not a Crows basher.

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