Song of the Day #3,356: ‘Green Grow the Rushes (Athens Demo)’ – R.E.M.

Note: I write these posts in advance, so as I’m scheduling this one, I have no idea if looming Hurricane Irma has laid waste to South Florida or spared us the worst of her wrath. I’m going to optimistically assume the latter and proceed as if it’s business as usual.

I roll my eyes at the Facebook equivalent of chain letters, where users are expected to post a certain thing in their status each day and encourage all of their friends to do the same. However, one I saw recently struck me as pretty good fodder for my blog, if not my Facebook page.

Those accepting the ’30 Day Music Challenge’ must post a song a day according to a list of criteria. Day One, for example, is ‘A Song You Like With a Color in the Title.’

For obvious reasons, this challenge is a perfect fit for a Song of the Day blog like mine. My challenge to you, dear readers, is to post your own choices in the comments each day.

The song I like with a color in the title is R.E.M.’s ‘Green Grow the Rushes,’ a beautiful number from their Fables of the Reconstruction album. I have featured the song on the blog before, so I’m going with an alternate take today.

How about you?

[Verse 1]
The wheelbarrow’s fallen, look at my hands
They’ve found some surplus cheaper hands
Rubbing palms and pick and choose
Who will they choose, here is the news
Look at that building, look at this man
Haloed and whitewashed
Gone to find a cheaper hand
He’ll offer a pound, offer a pound

Green grow the rushes go, green grow the rushes go
Green grow the rushes go, the compass points the workers home

[Verse 2]
Pay for your freedom
Or find another gate
Guilt by associate, the rushes wilted a long time ago
Guilty as you go
Stay off that highway, word is it’s not so safe
The grasses that hide the greenback
The amber waves of gain again
The amber waves of grain


5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,356: ‘Green Grow the Rushes (Athens Demo)’ – R.E.M.

  1. Maddie says:

    Ooh this sounds like fun! I’ll go with the first song to pop into my head: “Blue Aint Your Color” by Keith Urban. But also, shout out to Carly Rae for “Favourite Colour.”

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    Well, thankfully, Irma spared us the worst of her wrath. We never lost power where we sheltered, though power remains out at our home and we will shortly return to see how the house fared.

    In the meantime, your blog remains a vital distraction and I like this theme. Given the state of our collective mood and my love of Costello, it seems appropriate for me to select “Almost Blue.”

  3. Amy says:

    Love this idea and this distraction. I wanted to choose something hopeful, post Irma, but also reverent given today is the anniversary of 9/11. I had a few possibilities floating around in my mind, but when I thought of this one, my choice was obvious…

  4. Rob says:

    Great idea!!! A lot of songs come to mind, but I’ll go with Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue”

  5. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    Initially when I read the prompt for this SOTD, I thought I would choose “Perfect Blue Buildings” by Counting Crows. After seeing the plethora of people that chose blue though I sought out to break the norm and go with another artist that uses color so expertly to express the meaning of her emotions. “Red” by Taylor Swift is one of the best songs illustrating the connections that we have between color and emotions. Each line of the chorus beginning with the way a certain feeling connected to a certain color creating a visceral experience for the listeners. Having backed Taylor Swift pretty heavily in the last big theme on this blog . It only makes sense that I start this new theme (which I’m a big fan of) with a song by her as well.

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