Monday, April 23, 2007

Amy Winehouse

I've recently (finally) discovered the UK singer Amy Winehouse, who I have to say is brilliant! Musically at least. I picked up her most recent cd, Back to Black, & her music is a revelation! It sounds very old, very "torch-y", a throwback to the likes of Peggy Lee, Shirley Bassey & the like. The difference is though, is that she's singing with all modern types of lyrics! She's refreshing, when you first hear her sing, if you've never seen what she looks like, you'd swear that she was black, in fact --She's a white woman, with a big, brassy, ballsy voice! Immediate standouts on her album include Me & Mr Jones, Back to Black & Rehab. But the one song in particular that's stood out with me & had repeated listenings (20 & counting so far) is the song Love is a Losing Game. I really don't know why this one has struck a particular chord with me,but it's such an incredibly sad song, regretful & yet, it's so beautifully sung by Amy. The problem is, such as it is tho, is that she's a big, self proclaimed drunk/druggie, which is a real shame, because she's so hugely talented. I'll certainly be enjoying her music while it lasts.

The following are the lyrics to the exquisite song, Love is a Losing Game:

For you I was a flame,
Love is a losing game
Five story fire as you came,
Love is losing game

One I wish I never played,
Oh, what a mess we made
And now the final frame,
Love is a losing game

Played out by the band,
Love is a losing hand
More than I could stand,
Love is a losing hand

Self professed profound
Til' the chips were down
Know you’re a gambling man
Love is a losing hand

Tho' I battled blind,
Love is a fate resigned
Memories mar my mind,
Love it is a fate resigned

Over futile odds,
And laughed at by the Gods
And now the final frame,
Love is a losing game

1 comment:

Palm Springs Savant said...

I just posted my list of favorite female singers today, (Peggy Lee was my #1) And last saturday was my post on top male crooners. Interested in your perspective. Stop by and say hi sometime.