01 marzo 2011

Noel Gourdin: The River

Con reminiscencia de sonidos de los años 60, Noel Gourdin es un joven que se atreve a hacer frente a cantantes consagrados como Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding o Sam Cook. Su voz -poseedora de registros de los clásicos- es maleable y irradia frescura en su disco de debut -editado el año 2008 a traves de Sony/Bmg- mostrándonos una colección de canciones que van desde el sonido jazzy hasta el soul. Contaba con condimentos en la producción de la altura de Kay Gee, Raphael Saadiq, Mike City o Dref Vidal.

Muy pronto retornará con su segundo álbum titulado Fresh: Definition y su sencillo Beautiful, pero mientras recordamos su "The River". Una canción atemporal que te sumerge de lleno en el plácton de un soul lejano y añorado, a la vez que una muestra de sus cualidades como compositor y vocalista.


Letra
Growin' up, it was tough
We were glad for what little we had
I saw my share of old fair, Mississippi
Dirt roads and Confederate flags
Everyday my father would tell me
“Son, run and don't never come back”
That's where I left my girl
That's where my heart is at, and ohh...

[chorus]
I held my breath when they dipped my head
Then I came up shiny and new
Found out about love in the back of my Impala
Where they laid my grandfather too
Down by the river
Where black folks gather
After Sunday service is through
How the river runs to the ocean
I'll be runnin' right back to you

I got along, I'm movin' on
I bandaged the scars of, well
I think of her, then I seem to wait
For a card or a letter in the mail
I walk the beach with the sand in my feet
Place my ear to a shell
I wonder if you miss me too
Cuz I been longin' to get to you
I'm sick of starin' out my window sill
I'm tired of hopin' she remembers me still
I'm packin' my bags, I said I'm goin' back home
To the place where I belong
The river
And if she's there when I get there
I'm never gonna leave her again
You see, she stole my heart
Down by the river

[chorus]

So I'm packin' up my suitcase
Bought me a one-way fare
I'm leavin' everything behind me
But in my heart I always care
And I'll still be right there
Thank you baby
Cuz nothin' can replace that part in my life, and...


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