Sunday, February 8, 2009

Late Night Request or Times When You're Proud To Be A Singaporean

It takes a great local band to tell you about another great local band. Was at Wala on Thursday to catch Shirlyn and the UnXpected and it was a strong night for them. Usually their first set would be crowd pleasers, but that night, you had Led Zep's Black Dog and Janis Joplin's Piece of My Heart to drown your sorrows. You know what they said: "A big legged woman ain't got no soul."

They did their originals and covers of Hendrix, Guns 'n' Roses, Nirvana, Muse, Journey, The Killers (CCB!). But what really blew me away was the closing song for the night. A cover of The Great Spy Experiment's Late Night Request. I have the album and in fact, gave my copy to musician friends when I visited San Diego last year. But I must said I haven't listened to the album that closely and it simply escaped me what a great song Late Night Request is.

Until that night.

Oh, sorrow, won't you flow out?
These tired veins have dried. This tired soul has burnt out.
Collect her. Bring her back here next to me.
Cause I need her now. I need her touch so desperately.
So go now, don't come till the night is done.
And I will wait for you. Yeah, I will wait for you.

Oh, distance, oh why won't you disappear?
This electric love is so tiring and dear.
Collect her, bring her back here next to me.
Cause I need her now.
Oh yeah, I need her now.
So go now, don't come till the job is done.
And I will wait for you.
Yeah, I will wait for you.

Oh, won't you come? Like before..Oh, won't you go on down?
Yeah you know..Oh, won't you come? Like before..Oh, won't you stay awhile?

Oh, sorrow, won't you flow out?These tired veins have dried.
This tired soul has burnt out.
Collect her. Bring her back here next to me.I need her now.
Oh yeah, I need her now.So go now, don't come till the job is done.
And I will wait for you.
Yeah, I will wait for you.
Wait for you.
Wait for you, love.
Oh, won't you stay awhile?


What a great song about longing! It's times like these that you're proud to be a Singaporean. Because if there's one thing we are good at, it's longing.

Good nite and thanks for the song.

1 comment:

Roger said...

An article for your consideration:
The relationship between cinema and comics

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/e27d8426-f3db-11dd-9c4b-0000779fd2ac.html