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Pop 101: The Lumineers

For the past while, I’ve been taking in what radio has to offer (insert comment about radio being a wasteland here).  Hey Ho by The Lumineers has been playing on multiple stations in the GTA.  When I first heard it, I wasn’t all that impressed.  But, like most radio tunes, it grew on me.  But something didn’t feel right about it.  It was too catchy, given its Roots leanings.  Then you give the lyrics some attention:

(Ho!) I’ve been trying to do it right
(Hey!) I’ve been living a lonely life
(Ho!) I’ve been sleeping here instead
(Hey!)I’ve been sleeping in my bed,
(Ho!) I’ve been sleeping in my bed (Hey!)

(Ho!)

(Ho!) So show me family
(Hey!) All the blood that I would bleed
(Ho!) I don’t know where I belong
(Hey!) I don’t know where I went wrong
(Ho!) But I can write a song (Hey!)

1,2,3 I belong with you, you belong with me you’re my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me you’re my sweet (Ho!)

(hey!)
(ho!)
(hey!)

(ho!) I don’t think you’re right for him
(hey!) Look at what it might have been if you
(ho!) Took the bus to china town
(hey!) I’ve been standing on Canal
(ho!) And Bowery (hey!)
(ho!) And she’d be standing next to me (hey!)

1,2,3 I belong with you you belong with me you’re my sweet heart
I belong with you, you belong with me you’re my sweet heart

And love we need is now
Let’s hope for some
Cause oh, we’re bleeding out

I belong with you you belong with me you’re my sweet heart
I belong with you you belong with me you’re my sweet (Ho!)

(Hey!)
(Ho!)
(Hey!)

I am reminded of all those memes I’ve been getting on facebook.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  The comparative ones that has a legendary song’s lyrics of the past (eg. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen) versus any current song lyrics by a superstar of today (eg. Baby – Justin).  Now pit Hey Ho’s lyrics against I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons.  Day and night.

Understand me, I’m not knocking The Lumineers.  In fact, Hey Ho is the only song I’ve heard off their album.  I’m sure there are gems on it, but if you want pop, this song doesn’t get any better.  Repetition, ease of singability, repetition, simple lyrics, did I mention repetition?  Good start-off single.  They should write for Katy Perry or something.

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