Cold As A Stone And Rich As The Fool

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: MONEY/GOLD/SILVER/RICH

Something odd happened in my search for a song this week. I kept on reading lyrics to songs I formerly liked, but suddenly realized I profoundly disagreed with. The awareness of just how much anything extolling materialism is repelling me steered me towards a song by an artist I find a joy to listen to. I do not know how people have the conscience to enjoy their diamonds and rubies, flashy cars and super yachts, private jets and multiple palatial houses when there are so many people, so many people who are working for long hours but just scraping by on the breadline.

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Birdy is such a talent, and although I have already enjoyed her music, I am hoping there is a lot more to come from her. My song choice this week is Birdy’s cover of a song originally sung by Cherry Ghost (whose recording I have tagged at the bottom of the post).

I read that the writer of this song “People Help The People” Simon Aldred (lead singer of Cherry Ghost) was backpacking for three months in India when the melody for this song came to him, and he hummed it to himself daily to keep it in his head until he could reunite with a guitar.

God knows what is hiding in those weak and drunken hearts
Guess he kissed the girls and made them cry
Those hard-faced queens of misadventure
God knows what is hiding in those weak and sunken lives
Fiery throngs of muted angels
Giving love but getting nothing back, oh

People help the people
And if you're homesick
Give me your hand and I'll hold it
People help the people
And nothing will drag you down
Oh and if I had a brain
Oh and if I had a brain
I'd be cold as a stone and rich as the fool
That turned all those good hearts away

God knows what is hiding in this world of little consequence
Behind the tears, inside the lies
A thousand slowly dying sunsets
God knows what is hiding in those weak and drunken hearts
Guess the loneliness came knocking
No one needs to be alone, oh singin'

People help the people
And if you're homesick
Give me your hand and I'll hold it
People help the people
And nothing will drag you down
Oh and if I had a brain
Oh and if I had a brain
I'd be cold as a stone and rich as the fool
That turned all those good hearts away

Nah naaah nah nah naaaaahhhhhh oooouuuu
Nah naaah nah nah naaaaahhhhhh oooouuuu

People help the people
And if you're homesick
Give me your hand and I'll hold it
People help the people
Nothing will drag you down
Oh and if I had a brain
Oh and if I had a brain
I'd be cold as a stone and rich as the fool
That turned all those good hearts away

Written by Simon John Aldred

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