Song of the Day #4,500: ‘Rise’ – Josh Rouse

I discovered Josh Rouse after the release of his 2005 album Nashville, a record I count among one of my all-time top ten. I quickly gobbled up his previous four albums, all great, and especially loved 1972.

Titled after Rouse’s birth year (and mine), 1972 blends sounds and styles of the 70s with Rouse’s alt-pop sensibility, dabbling in a little Carole King here, a little Marvin Gaye there. Though it’s a concept album in the strictest sense, it doesn’t feel fussed over. He’s too good a songwriter for it to feel anything but authentic.

This album features one of my very favorite Rouse tunes, ‘Comeback (Light Therapy),’ which was his encore performance when my family and I saw him live last year.

‘Rise,’ the album’s sublime closing track and today’s SOTD, is another favorite.

By some cosmic coincidence, today is my 4,500th Song of the Day, and the video I shared of last year’s Josh Rouse concert was my 4,000th. Special occasions deserve a special artist.

Think I’m gonna pass out
Think I’ll just lay down right here
Someone turn the light out
I’ll cover myself with a jacket
And I’ll still

Catch the last ride on a Brooklyn train
Thirty years old and nothing’s changed

Spent hours on the land line
Hoping you would find time
For me
Showed up at your door
It was a scene I was so sure
You would be free

I should’ve caught a ride on a Brooklyn train
Thirty years old and nothing’s changin’

And I’ll rise
To greet you
In the morning
Light

And I’ll rise
To greet you
In the morning

Tried so hard to ignore
All the feelings I have for you
They won’t leave

I’m so crazy
How I wish that you could come around
And we could meet

So catch the last ride on a Brooklyn train
Meet me on the corner and I’ll entertain

And I’ll rise
To greet you
In the morning
Time

And I’ll rise
To greet you
In the morning

It’s an honest thing
And honest things they last

Think they’re gonna come and carry me away
Think they’re gonna come and carry me away
Think they’re gonna come and carry me away
From you

Think they’re gonna come and carry me away
Think they’re gonna come and carry me away
Think they’re gonna come and carry me away
From you
From you
From you

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,500: ‘Rise’ – Josh Rouse

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Congrats on 4500 posts! Really an incredible testament to dedication.

  2. Peg says:

    Wow I’ll say! Congratulations ❤️

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