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Roxy Music - If There Is Something



The first time I heard this song it blew me away. “Something” guides the listener through a strange, beautiful musical journey, starting with a twangy country music intro followed by a rocking Manzanera guitar solo, all before suddenly plunging into melancholy, with desperate vocals by Ferry as the music explore fascinating sonic territories, culminating with an abrasive saxophone solo. From here “Something” gives its final act, with Ferry delivering his reflective “when you were young” lyrics accompanied by a lush orchestration of music which concludes with a feeling that's both glamorous and satisfying. Incredible.

“If there is something that I might find
Look around corners
Try to find peace of mind I say
Where would you go if you were me
Try to keep a straight course not easy
Somebody special looking at me
A certain reaction we find
What should it try to be I mean
If there are many
Meaning the same
Be specific just a game
I would do anything for you
I would climb mountains
I would swim all the oceans blue
I would walk a thousand miles
Reveal my secrets
More than enough for me to share
I would put roses round our door
Sit in the garden
Growing potatoes by the score
Shake your hair girl with your ponytail
Takes me right back (when you were young)
Throw your precious gifts into the air
Watch them fall down (when you were young)
Lift up your feet and put them on the ground
You used to walk upon (when you were young)
Lift up your feet and put them on the ground
The hills were higher (when we were young)
Lift up your feet and put them on the ground
The trees were taller (when you were young)
Lift up your feet and put them on the ground
The grass was greener (when you were young)
Lift up your feet and put them on the ground
You used to walk upon (when you were young)”

The 2008 movie ‘Flashbacks of a Fool’, unseen by me, featured “Something” in a key scene. Based on the clip below, the filmmakers did a great job utilizing the song, capturing the spirit packed behind the “when you were young” climax.

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