Song of the Day #3,613: ‘The Changing Lights’ – Broken Bells

Broken Bells is a band formed in 2010 by James Mercer of The Shins and producer/songwriter Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse). The two share songwriting credits and play all of the instruments on their songs, with Mercer as lead vocalist and Burton handling production duties.

They released a self-titled album in 2010 and sophomore effort After the Disco in 2014. No word on whether they will collaborate again.

After the Disco is a solid album, blending Mercer’s melancholy pop sensibility with the danceable grooves of Danger Mouse. I prefer this album to The Shins’ last effort, which to be fair was a deliberately experimental album (Mercer inverted his previous record, Heartworms, reversing the track listing and playing the slow songs fast and the fast songs slow, with mixed results).

[Verse]
What did the storm wash away
Are you bailing out
Out of the plans we’ve already made
It won’t bother me now
And you know I’ll be okay
You gotta lead your life
But you’re not sure you know the way
Well you want to walk in white
You want to sin but you’re too shy
So the candle just keeps burning down on you

[Chorus]
My cards are on the table
I’m here tonight
And I don’t need anything from you
Down on the bowery
The changing lights
And I’ll still be waiting here for you

[Verse]
I saw that look on your face
You don’t need me now
And sometimes you wonder if it’s all
Just another mistake
And why can’t you just walk away
You gotta measure the cost
What have you gained what have you lost
Well I often wonder why
You want to win but you won’t fight
So the candle just keeps burning down on you

My cards are on the table
I’m here tonight
But I don’t need anything from you
Down on the bowery
The changing lights
And I’ll still be waiting here for you

My cards are on the table
I’m here tonight
But I don’t need anything from you
Down on the bowery
The changing lights
And I’ll still be waiting here for you

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,613: ‘The Changing Lights’ – Broken Bells

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Good song, though a bit derivative of Level 42’s “Something About You.”

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