Monday, June 26, 2017

"Brother" by Kodaline – A Video and Song Review

     The lyrics and the video tell different stories, but both are compelling. The video is particularly emotion. A death separates the surviving brother from his big brother. They are rejoined during the night of the burial. The returning brother has powers that mortals don’t possess, but the focus is upon typical sibling activities, including sword fighting and pitching a tent from blankets and living room furniture.
     In the morning, the little brother wakes up alone. While being consoled by his parents, he sees the reflection of his brother within a picture of the two boys. As the reflection moves out of the picture, the song finishing “I've got you brother.” The effect is emotional and reassuring.

     The moving story shown by the video involves young brothers from a single family. In comparison, the lyrics are built around adults who are not blood “brothers,” but who have a brother-like relationship. In fact, they may have matching tattoos:
Oh brother, we go deeper than the ink
beneath the skin of our tattoos
Though we don't share the same blood
You're my brother and I love you, that's the truth

     Kodaline are singer Steve Garrigan, guitarist Mark Prendergast, bassist Jason Boland and drummer Vinny May. The SubmitHub description for “Brother” states:
  "For the video, Kodaline have teamed up their long-time collaborator, director Stevie Russell (All I Want, High Hopes, Honest), who has created an incredibly moving and soon to be, classic Kodaline video. Be warned, you might need some tissues at the ready after you watch it.
  Speaking about the video the band say, 'It was such a pleasure to work with Stevie again, every time we read one of his scripts they jump right off the page. We can't wait for everyone to see what he's done for Brother, he really captured the perfect vibe again.'
  Singer Steve Garrigan’s vocals have never sounded so passionate. Nor has the band ever sounded so fresh. Produced by Steve Harris and Two Inch Punch, with long-time collaborator Johnny McDaid (Snow Patrol) executive producer, ‘Brother’ is mixed by Spike Stent. It’s the first addictive taste from their forthcoming new album and has anthem written all over it."

    We were fortunate in our ability to see Kodaline when they performed in San Francisco (with LP). It easily ranked in the top five live performances of the year. If you have an opportunity to see Kodaline, take advantage!



Lyrics of "Brother" by Kodaline
When we were young
We were the ones
The kings and queens
Oh yeah, we ruled the world

We smoked cigarettes
Man, no regrets
Wish I could relive
Every single word

We've taken different paths and traveled different roads
I know we'll always end up on the same one when we're old
And when you're in the trenches and you're under fire I will cover you

If I was dying on my knees
You would be the one to rescue me
And if you were drowned at sea
I'd give you my lungs, so you could breathe

I've got you brother
[Repeat 3x]

Oh brother, we go deeper than the ink
Beneath the skin of our tattoos
Though we don't share the same blood
You're my brother and I love you, that's the truth

We're living different lives, heaven only knows
If we'll make it back with all our fingers and our toes
Five years, twenty years, come back, we'll always be the same

If I was dying on my knees
You would be the one to rescue me
And if you were drowned at sea
I'd give you my lungs so you could breathe

I've got you brother
I've got you brother

And if we hit on troubled water
I'll be the one to keep you warm and safe
And we'll be carrying each other
Until we say goodbye on our dying day

Because I've got you brother
I've got you brother
I've got you brother
I've got you brother

If I was dying on my knees
You would be the one to rescue me
And if you were drowned at sea
I'd give you my lungs so you could breathe

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh,
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh

I've got you brother
I've got you brother




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