Monday, August 23, 2010

Musical Interlude - Hum Along

This is week two of my Ludo-lovefest, leading up to the release of their new album.  As I mentioned in my previous post, Ludo crafts songs with serious/touching lyrics as much as they do humorous lyrics and at times they even combine the two into one song.  The problem that stems from writing the humerous songs, though, is that people often overlook the musical talent and craft involved. The song "Hum Along" is one of my favorites, and showcases all these things.  I love how the song/lyrics capture the feeling of what it's like to have a crush on someone that you know is completely unattainable, knowing you will never have the opportunity (or perhaps courage) to even talk to them and yet you still wish and hope and dream (or perhaps obsess) about him/her.  Then the bridge just gets silly and shows their humor.  The music itself is a solid, sing-a-long (or in this case, hum-a-long), catchy pop tune.  I hope you like it as much as I do...

"Hum Along"

by Ludo

You'll never hear this song
You'll never see the movie in my head
But you infest my sleep, and your figure creeps
Through my walls and hums above my bed

I know your name, and that you're photogenic and tall
But I've never heard you talk
And there's something about you
That stabs me right through

It isn't right for me to paint your picture
Every night, but I do (I can'­t find sleep)
And it feels so wrong (I breathe too deep), to sing this song (into the sky)
But maybe (as I walk and sing), somehow, you'll hear me (you'll hear a song)
And hum along
You'll hum along, you'll hum along, you'll hum along

And I've only seen you once, at your graduation
No cinematic glow or soft rock soundtrack
And I watched you move and breathe and cry
And it felt so wrong


Maybe you'd be kidnapped by pirates
And they would take you to their hideout
As pirates often do
But I'd find the secret map
And I would vigilante-bushwhack
Through the jungles of Peru
Just to save you and I'd take you north to Mexico
Where you would tell me your life story on the steps of a Mayan temple
Where we'd camp, singing nonsense songs in 12 bars to the jaguars, until you'd sense me
Your eyes convincing, and I would kiss you like a hero in the half-light
Dryer sheets and peach shampoo, the smell of palm leaves, I'd sleep against you
Until the natives found us, but they would crown us king and queen
And we could stay there, spend our days there, eating guava by the sea
And I could understand your views and you could fall in love with me


And while the silly human race talks to droids in outer-space
We grow old and laugh about this song
And between the jungle and the stars, you sing nonsense songs in 12 bars to me
And in my sleep I hum along

You'll never hear this song
You'll never see the movie in my head


chandy said...

I love this! I like how it turns funny in the actually have to be paying attention to the lyrics (which, I admit, I don't always do!)

D.L. White said...

I love it that you love it! :)
I know what you mean - I'm terrible about paying attention to lyrics. I'll be digging a tune and then go... "wait a minute... did he just mention pirates?!?"

hyacinthinemoon said...

I think this song is so romantic/funny/sweet.

The Most romantic line: "And between the jungle and the stars, you sing nonsense songs in 12 bars to me and in my sleep I hum along" ah, it not only brings the story back around, but also the music echos this idea and it's just so darn romantic. Love that!

The Most Humorous line:
"Maybe you'd be kidnapped by pirates and they would take you to their hideout as pirates often do"...haha, "as pirats often do". That line always makes me giggle.

D.L. White said...

That is a great line! And I love it that it's in the middle of this crazy silly rant about pirates, and then there's that sweet line about falling in love AND it's reflected in the actual music. :) I love it that they rhyme with or use unusual words too, like "I would vigilante bushwhack". lol