Holding Up The Drugstore: A song about friendships and kindred spirits - Amoeba Teen

Holding Up The Drugstore: A song about friendships and kindred spirits

Here Mike describes one of the fan’s favourites from the album, The Appleyard Sessions.

There is always time for a walk amongst nature, which is kind of where this song grew from. If I’m planning a trip out I’ll choose some songs to get me in the mood. If Neil Young asked “are you ready for the country”, then indeed I am, and was.  I hooked up some Gram Parsons and Ryan Adams and away I went.

I had written many of the words, and as Is usually the case I started to re-write and refine. Then more and more of the lyrics were changed.  I pulled out an envelope of cut up words from magazines and newspapers to take me away from my usual vocabulary, which is how the song took on another character.  My favourite is probably “caterwauling on the grand tour” or kicking and screaming though life!  Never give up, never be beaten.

And who is Daniel Finkelstein?  At the time he was a reporter on BBC Radio 4 and sometime World Service.  I liked the name and his reporting style.  The song blurs imagery of space and time, so why not add in a bit of world wide reporting to the mix?

It’s a firm favourite at the moment, when the band hit their stride with Holding Up The Drugstore it can swagger and sway a little, with just enough Neil, Gram and Ryan to keep me on the right side of the line.

Song lyrics

If this house of cards
Tumbles like a falling star
There will still be you and I
Faces pointing to the sky

We landed out of place
Outstanding half life trace
The stolen words resigned
What is it that you bought you’d find?

I’ll bring it all back home to you
Amongst the tangled line that we’ve been through
I’ve been running a fool
Running back to you
I’ve been running a fool too many times

I was holding up the drugstore
Caterwauling on the grand tour
The critics choice wonders of youth
Wasting time lamenting the awkward truth

Chorus: (as above)

Now I can give you heart and soul
To try to fill the me sized hole
And Daniel Finkelstein told me you would be mine
Slow watches hold you back in time
I can’t see you but I don’t know why

Chorus (as above)

If the cosmonauts
Stumble like a broken heart
There will still be you and I
Faces pointing to the sky.

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