There are few artists that I don’t question before purchasing their newest album in full – David Gray is one of them. His newest album, Draw the Line, has met my expectations as he moved from some of his softer piano songs in Life in Slow Motion (which I absolutely LOVE) to a little bit more rock.
Completely out of selfish conceit, I bought Tim tickets to the David Gray show at the Paramount Theater in Seattle this past week for his birthday (We bet on opening and closing songs and Tim won with his guess of “Fugitive” as his opener).
A signature of this tour for David is his grey suit and his band sports black suits as they rock out on his new album (there is something so European and AWESOME about this). While I know that a critique of David Gray is not all of his words, I found myself really enjoying the lyrics during the show.
I came home the next day and flipped through the albums lyrics and realized there is a lot on this album about life and death. I have always thought of his lyrics along the lines of kicking up autumn leaves in London, but he has a little bit more on his mind than love and leaves these days.
“When will you realize my friend. Lord in the end you can’t take it with. Gotta live.” (Fugitive)
“All our lives we’ve dreamed about it just to find that it was never real.” (Full Steam Ahead)
“I am your one true love who sleeps with someone else. I am your nemesis. Baby, I’m life, sweet life itself.” (Nemesis)
Overall, just reading through the lyrics, they are powerful, cynical, and somewhat depressing. Is it bad that my love of David Gray continues and somewhat grows because of this?
A few things regarding the show:
Favorite new song: “Nemesis” (Ashley), “Draw the Line” (Tim)
Wish he had played: “Now and Always”, “Ain’t No Love”
Unexpected addition: “Last Boat to America”
“Here we are buck naked baby but where should we begin, when it’s not the flesh we’re after but the howlin’ ghost within” (Draw the Line)