Song of the Day #3,879: ‘On a Tuesday in Amsterdam Long Ago’ – Counting Crows

When today’s random song popped up, I was reminded of how disappointed I was in Counting Crows’ 2008 album, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings.

The concept was half an album of upbeat songs and half an album of slow ballads. What they ended up with was a Goldilocks selection without anything that was “just right.” The first half was annoying and off-putting while the second half put me to sleep.

I was all set to write that following that disappointment, it has now been more than ten years since the Crows released an album of original material. Turns out I completely forgot about 2014’s Somewhere Under Wonderland, a much better album but one I haven’t listened to since it first came out. Funny how something like that can slip your mind entirely.

[Verse 1]
A picture of Amsterdam
Bare trees under glass
Framed in the gray and white afternoon light
Of a winter long past

When I was a riser
To Dublin, I’d roam
She was a bareback rider
Some miles from home

Come back to me
Come back to me
Come back to me
Come back to me

[Verse 2]
She’s a carnival diver
Hung in the sky
Cutting through time like a memory
Strung on a wire

The color of anything
Fades in the air
She is the film of a book of the story
Of the smell of her hair


[Verse 3]
When everything’s over
Everything’s clear
Everyone’s older
And no one is here

I try to remember
A girl on a wire
Tumbling and diving above Stephen’s Green
Like a kite on the air


Come back to me
Come back to me

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,879: ‘On a Tuesday in Amsterdam Long Ago’ – Counting Crows

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I like the softer side of the album, but, candidly, I haven’t really returned to listen to even that half since it came out. Kinda diggin’ This video though.

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