Song of the Day #3,972: ‘The Humpty Dumpty Love Song’ – Travis

Initially I had Travis’ The Invisible Band lower on this list, possibly as low as #10. But the more I listened to it in preparation for this blog entry, the higher it crept.

This was the Scottish band’s third album and the follow-up to 1999’s smash hit The Man Who. That record is also excellent, and ushered in an era of emotional rock music alongside Coldplay’s Parachutes. But for my money, The Invisible Band is an even grander achievement.

As expected with this band, the ballads are beautifully mournful. However, many of the album’s 12 tracks are upbeat pop songs — they even make splendid use of a banjo on a couple of them — and even those have a strong trace of melancholy. Lead singer and songwriter Fran Healy sings with such vulnerability and earnestness; he makes it impossible to turn away.

Unfortunately, none of the band’s follow-up albums wound up hitting the highs that this one did, but for a little while in 2001 it looked like Travis were legends in the making.

[Verse 1]
All of the king’s horses
And all of the king’s men
Couldn’t put my heart back together again
All of the physicians and mathematicians too
Failed to stop my heart from breaking in two

[Chorus]
’cause all I need is you
I just need you
Yeah, you got the glue
So I’m going to give my heart to you

[Verse 2]
I had a premonition
A movie in my mind
Confirming my suspicions about what I would fine
You followed me to L.A., down to Mexico
Came in through the back door
At the start of the show

[Chorus]
’cause all I need is you
I just need you
Yeah, you got the glue
So I’m going to give my heart to you

[Bridge]
Oh what a perfect day
Oh in a perfect way
You know, something had to go
You left me high, you left me low

[Verse 3]
Now as I lie in pieces, await for your return
The sun upon my forehead
It burns, baby, burns, baby, burns
An eye on all my horses
You slept with all my men
I’m never going to get it together again

[Chorus]

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,972: ‘The Humpty Dumpty Love Song’ – Travis

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    It’s good, but it’s not Coldplay. It’s not “Fix You.”🤪

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