Weekly Soundtrip: Good Life

5 Dec

This weekend’s “Weekly Soundtrip” comes from the band One Republic and the song is called Good Life.  One Republic has only produced a small handful of albums, but their popularity has spread like wildfire in the U.S., especially in the movie industry. I’ve heard at least four One Republic songs in movie trailers and TV shows this year… interesting, no?

Piece of Flea: I first heard One Republic and their song Apologize over the radio, and I was instantly hooked. I eventually learned that the version that I heard on the radio was not the original version. It was a slightly remixed version that was released on Timbaland’s album, Shock Value. Still, I wanted to hear more from them, so I asked my husband to buy their CD for my birthday. He surprised me and bought the album that included Apologize and he also bought their newest album (Waking Up). This is the CD were the song Good Life can be found.

This is the point in the story in which my quirkiness is going to come to the surface… my birthday was in June, and I just opened Waking Up last week. Every time my husband saw that I hadn’t opened the CD he’d ask me why, and I had a very logical answer. Bands don’t come out with two CD’s in one day, one week, or one month, and I didn’t want to listen to them in a hasty manner. I wanted to experience One Republic and their band evolution as organically as possible. I wanted to get to know their first album, which by the way is called, Dreaming Out Loud, and form a relationship with it. And I did. I didn’t think it was possible that I would enjoy Waking Up as much as Dreaming Out Loud, but I do. There are 10 or 11 tracks on it and I love them all. One in particular has been working overtime in my CD player… Good Life.

This song has been lifting my spirits with its positive vibe all week. I’d prefer to not be too specific, but lately I haven’t felt myself, and I’ve been struggling with keeping my chin up and being positive about life. This song is helpful because it’s not overly positive, in fact it carries a few melancholy undertones with it. I find that balance very comforting. If something is annoyingly positive I get the urge to punch a clown. And that’s just mean. So, thank you One Republic for helping me keep my hands to myself, and I’m sorry I didn’t open you sooner- but you were worth the wait.

Enjoy.

Lyrics:

Woke up in London yesterday

Found myself in the city near Piccadilly

Don’t really know how I got here

I got some pictures on my phone

 

New names and numbers that I don’t know

Address to places like Abbey Road

Day turns to night, night turns to whatever we want

We’re young enough to say

[Chorus]

Oh this has gotta be the good life

This has gotta be the good life

This could really be a good life, good life

Say oh, got this feeling that you can’t fight

Like this city is on fire tonight

This could really be a good life

A good, good life

[Verse 2]

To my friends in New York, I say hello

My friends in L.A. they don’t know

Where I’ve been for the past few years or so

Paris to China to Colorado

Sometimes there’s airplanes I can’ t jump out

Sometimes there’s bullshit that don’t work now

We are God of stories but please tell me-e-e-e

What there is to complain about

[Bridge 1]

When you’re happy like a fool

Let it take you over

When everything is out

You gotta take it in

[Bridge 2]

Hopelessly

I feel like there might be something that I’ll miss

Hopelessly

I feel like the window closes oh so quick

Hopelessly

I’m taking a mental picture of you now

‘Cuz hopelessly

The hope is we have so much to feel good about

 

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