Song of the Day #3,739: ‘Rare Bird’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

It’s been five years since the release of Toad the Wet Sprocket’s reunion album New Constellation and I’d say they’re overdue for a follow-up. Sure, fans had to wait 16 years between their pre-breakup album Coil and this one, but we’re not gluttons for punishment.

As I’ve written before, Toad the Wet Sprocket is my favorite 90s band. They released five excellent albums spanning that decade before splitting, including a couple that were the soundtrack to the early years of my relationship with my wife. So I have an emotional tie to their music in addition to really digging their sound.

New Constellation picked up right where they left off a decade and a half earlier. More sweet melodies, soothing vocals and easy beats. These are my mellow rock gods.

[Verse 1]
I talk too much, I always do
Til sense is lost, along with truth
Your silence is the harmony
To every word I truly mean

[Chorus]
Oh, your mind is like a rare bird
Flying high above the cold world
Slow dancing in the thermals
Singing songs no one’s ever heard
So why’d I want to cage you?
Clip wings and try to tame you?
You were meant to be free

[Verse 2]
Through state of fugue and breach of trust
I see you new again, my love
You hold so much so gracefully
From miracle to tragedy

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
Some shine brighter than the sun
Too brilliant to gaze upon
Rarer than rhodium
Hear me wherever you are tonight
You better be flying high
Yeah, you better be flying high

[Chorus]

So why’d I want to cage you?
Clip wings and try to tame you?
You were meant to be free
You were meant to be free

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,739: ‘Rare Bird’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Always enjoy their souls. Hope you get some new music from them soon!

  2. Amy says:

    I’m always amazed to learn that an artist or group I had liked/listened to at some point in the past has released some number of albums I’ve never heard of. I guess as music moved to a digital platform, the days of browsing through racks of albums/CD’s, where one might happen upon such new releases, were left behind. You could browse the iTunes new releases, but it doesn’t have quite the same appeal. I like their sound, but not having a connection to them. I’d likely always reach for Counting Crows if I’m in the mood for mellow rock from the 90’s.

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