Song of the Day #3,837: ‘The Meeting Place’ – XTC

At their best, Random Weekends brings songs to my attention that I have long forgotten. Such is the case with today’s selection.

I’ve loved XTC’s 1986 album Skylarking since I was first introduced to it during my freshman year of college (by none other than frequent commenter Dana). Produced by Todd Rundgren, this album is as fine an example of British experimental pop as you’ll ever hear.

But boy, I probably haven’t cranked this baby up for a decade. When you have so many songs, albums and artists to follow, the old one-off favorites sometimes slip into the background.

I’ll have to take today’s random pick as a sign that I should give Skylarking another listen someday soon.

[Verse 1]
Meet you in the secret place
Scuffling in the dirt, I wait
Whistle will blow
Whistle will blow

Share a joke, the laugh’s on me
When I get you on your own, we’ll see
Someone might hear
Someone might hear

[Pre-Chorus 1]
You’re a working girl, now
You’ve got money of your own

[Chorus]
Hmmm, the meeting place
Hmmm, the meeting place

[Verse 2]
Strolling under grimy skies
Machines that make you kiss in time
Smoke on your breath
Smoke on your breath

Chimney never looked so good
(never looked the way it should)
From lying in the bracken wood
Coat on the ground
Coat on the ground

[Pre-Chorus 2]
Take a walk down the lane
We’ll be late back again

[Chorus]
Hmmm, the meeting place
Hmmm, the meeting place
Hmmm, the meeting place
Hmmm, the meeting place

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,837: ‘The Meeting Place’ – XTC

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    You’re welcome (30 years later :))!

    This really is such a great album. I too haven’t heard it in many years all the way through, though certain songs have randomly popped up on long drives.

    Of course, today’s song contains the famous line we have misquoted for decades “Smoke on your brain.” 🙂

    Well, I’m now caught up on my comments, so time to turn to the 800 emails in my inbox 😉

  2. willedare says:

    Thank you for reminding me of XTC. I remember listening to their music over and over again on a train trip using my new Walkman… Exquisite sonic craft!

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