Song Lyric Sunday – 14 February 2021 – Wishing Well

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the title or lyrics of the song must contain the word Brain, Mind, or Think.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

The song I’ve chosen this week does, indeed, contain the word THINK, although you’d be hard pushed to find it.  In fact, the word appears twice. 

The song is by The Airborne Toxic Event, an American rock band from LA.  They formed in 2006 and have been active ever since, performing rock music and orchestral arrangements with great panache and very obvious enjoyment.  They love what they do, and it shows!

Their critically acclaimed debut album of 2008 propelled the group onto a world-wide stage. They sold hundreds of thousands of albums.  Their hit ‘Sometime Around Midnight’ was named iTunes #1 Alternative Song of the Year.  After two years of selling out concerts around the world, the band finished by coming home and playing the most important show of their career.  The LA Philharmonic asked the band to curate/perform their own show at the most prestigious musical building in the world, the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. They filmed the performance.  It was 2010.

“All I Ever Wanted” is not a concert film, it’s a documentary about the struggles, pain and persistence of being in a family.  This family happens to be a rock band, and you can see the trailer here.

Here they are playing Wishing Well live from that concert. Enjoy!

Wishing Well

The Airborne Toxic Event

Standing on a bus stop
Feeling your head pop
Out in the night
On the kind of night
Where you want to be out
On the street, on the street
Crawling up the walls
Like a cat in heat

And the air is thin
And it blows through your skin
And you feel like something
Is about to begin
But you don’t know what
And you don’t know when
So you tear at your hair
And you scratch at your skin

You wanna run away, run away
Just get on the fucking train and leave today
And it doesn’t matter where you spend the night
You just might end up somewhere in a fight, in a fight
Or caught in your room on a concrete shelf
Fighting all alone, with yourself, with yourself
And you just wanna feel like a coin that’s been tossed
In a wishing well, a wishing well
A wishing well, a wishing well
Well, you’re tossed in the air
And you fell and you fell
Through the dark blue waters
Where you cast your spell
Like you were just a wish that could turn out well

So you stand on the corner
Where the angels sit
And you think to yourself,
“This is it, this is it,
This is all that I have
All I can stand
Is this air in my lungs
And this coin in my hand
That you tossed in the air
And I fell, and I fell
All the way to the bottom
Of the well, of the well
Like those soft little secrets
That you tell, that you tell
To yourself, when you think
No one’s listening to, well”

And the walls spin
And you’re paper-thin
From the haze of the smoke
And the mescaline
The threat of your brow
Under unmade sheets
In your ear with the noise
From the darkest streets
We ran far and wide
You screamed, you cried
You thought suicide was an alibi
But you were always a mess
You were always aloof
Yeah, it’s awful, I guess
But it’s the awful truth
It was truth from the first
To the last words that she read

And she emerged from the dark
Like a ghost in my head
She said, “I haven’t forgot
Any words that you said
I just stare at the clocks
And I cry in my sleep
And I tear up your letters
And I burn them in heaps
And I gather the ashes
In that hole in the ground
Where we fell”

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Mikel Frans JollettWishing Well lyrics © BMG Rights Management US, LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

I had planned to use another song by The Airborne Toxic Event for next week but, since you’ve been so good, I think you deserve an extra song this week. Here is Missy:

33 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 14 February 2021 – Wishing Well

  1. Well done Peter, I’m an ardent fan of Airborne Toxic Event, and the two songs are excellent choices… that show off their talent for performing entertaining live shows… Since It’s St Valentines Day, I’ll Send you this one…

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  2. Nice find Peter and I really love The Airborne Toxic Event even though this id the first song that I ever heard by them. They are all good musicians and I love the lyrics to Wishing Well. Missy was also very enjoyable.

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  3. Nice twofer. Both new to me and I like them. Audience really got into these song. That’s how ya know they’re good ones. I don’t even know the words but I wanted to join in with them 🙂

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