Song of the Day #4,313: ‘Jeremiah Blues (Part 1)’ – Sting

I haven’t listened to Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages in many, many years. But back at the time of its release, I remember thinking it was the shit.

In ‘Mad About You’ and ‘Why Should I Cry For You?,’ the album features two of Sting’s best, most emotionally resonant, songs. Lead single ‘All This Time’ is a catchy, cerebral blast. Even the three mournful 6-plus minute tracks that bookend the album held my interest.

The album is a tribute to Sting’s late father, a man who regretted not becoming a sailor. The loose narrative follows a boy named Billy on a mythic quest to release the soul of his father from a magical fisherman. Other songs flesh out the fishing village where Billy lives.

Today’s song doesn’t really fit the concept very well. It seems like more of an indictment of modern institutions than part of a fairy tale. Either way, it’s a great track.

[Verse 1]
It was midnight, midnight at noon
Everyone talked in rhyme
Everyone saw the big clock ticking
Nobody knew, nobody knew the time
Elegant debutantes smiled
Everyone fought for dimes
Newspapers screamed for blood
It was the best of times

[Chorus]
Every place around the world it seemed the same
Can’t hear the rhythm for the drums
Everybody wants to look the other way
When something wicked this way comes
Sometimes they tie a thief to the tree
Sometimes I stare
Sometimes it’s me

[Verse 2]
Everyone told the truth
All that we heard were lies
A pope claimed that he’d been wrong in the past
This was a big surprise
Everyone fell in love
A cardinal’s wife was jailed
The government saved a dying planet
When popular icons failed

[Chorus]
Every place around the world it seemed the same
Can’t hear the rhythm for the drums
Everybody wants to look the other way
When something wicked this way comes

[Outro]
Sometimes they tie a thief to the tree
Sometimes I stare, sometimes it’s me [x2]

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,313: ‘Jeremiah Blues (Part 1)’ – Sting

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I haven’t heard this album in years either, but it’s a great one, and this song jams!

  2. Peg says:

    This song “jams” this album “was the shit” I am definitely out of the loop jargon. What happened to “lit” 😊

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