Sunday, May 15, 2016

“Fire” by Barns Courtney – A Song Review

     Is it an advantage or disadvantage when your name is nearly a reversal of one belonging to a performer who recently experienced a popularity explosion? Barns Courtney shares more than the arrangement of letters in his name – both he and Courtney Barnett meaningfully transfer their life experiences into their music.
     “Fire” is receiving attention, but not as much as the song deserves. The song is part Folk and part Spaghetti Western. The Spaghetti Western element is most strongly felt at the two-minute mark, when the background whistling and shouts almost create an illusion that a Clint Eastwood character is moving toward an impending dramatic scene.
     “Fire” is a song that fits well within the soundtrack of “Burnt.” But the song is about its author. Barns Courtney explained, “[T]he song is about my struggle to hold onto the nativity and passion I had for music as a child, after years of setbacks and (specifically when I was writing this song) losing my record deal with Island and having to work in a computer store.” He continued, “Jaded and disillusioned after having spent 3 months pouring my heart and soul into recording the first major record, and 4 years touring and promoting the band only to never receive the tracks from the producer, I was finding it difficult to maintain the will to carry on.”

     “Fire” by Barns Courtney

Website: http://www.barnscourtney.com

Lyrics of “Fire” by Barns Courtney
Lonely shadows following me
Lonely ghosts come a crawlin’
Lonely voices talking to me
Now I'm gone, now I'm gone, now I'm gone

And my mother told me “Son let it be”
Sold my soul to the calling
Sold my soul to a sweet melody
Now I'm gone, now I'm gone, now I'm gone

Now give me that fire
Now give me that fire
Now give me that fire
Burn, burn, burn

Oh, a thousand faces staring at me
Thousand times I've fallen
Thousand voices dead at my feet
Now I'm gone, now I'm gone, now I'm gone

And my mother told me “Son let it be”
Sold my soul to the calling
Sold my soul to a sweet melody
Now I'm gone, now I'm gone, now I'm gone

Now give me that fire
Now give me that fire
Now give me that fire
Burn, burn, burn

Ghosts and devils come a calling
Calling my name out, lost in the fire
Sweet Virginia blood is calling
Calling my name out, lost in the fire

Now give me that fire
Now give me that fire
Now give me that fire
Burn, burn, burn

Now give me that fire
Now give me that fire
Now give me that fire
Burn, burn, burn

3 comments:

  1. I have hunted this song ever since I first heard the snippit on TV . I love it , and I will look for more . Thank You !

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  2. I watched the movie, "Burnt;" heard this song by Barnes Courtney; it just 'blew my mind.' Reminds me of the mid-seventies with Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, etc. As an Entertainment Editor, I need to learn more about this artist. Thank you, Çj.

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