Sunday, January 30, 2011

Music Meme (Day 11) - A Song From My Favorite Band

The thing about favorites is they can change along with our mood, tastes, and exposure to new things.  I'd say that for the last two years my favorite band has been OneRepublic.  There is something about their sound that always grabs me.  Every time I hear a hint of a OneRepublic song I say something like, "Ooh, it's OneRepublic" and I turn up the volume. The lead singer, Ryan Tedder, is writer or co-writer of just about all of their material.  In fact he's written some amazing songs for other artists.  For example:  Beyonce's "Halo" and Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love."  He's written a number of songs for Kelly Clarkson, a favorite female vocalist of mine.  He plays numerous instruments:  guitar, bass guitar, piano, tambourine, glockenspiel, and drums.  One of the things I love about their sound is the use of cello.  It makes their sound even more singular.  I could go on about the band.  Can you tell I really like them? 

I chose a song from their first album, Dreaming Out Loud, released in November 2007.  They recorded this song and later remastered it featuring Sara Bareilles.  It was written as a tribute to American soldiers by Ryan Tedder, who had a friend serving overseas.  This beautiful song is called Come Home <-------listen to it on MySpace Music. 




Lyrics to Come Home written by Ryan Tedder
[Verse 1]
Hello world
Hope you're listenin'
Forgive me if I'm young
For speaking out of turn
There's someone I've been missing
And I think that they could be
The better half of me
They're in the wrong place trying to make it right
But I'm tired of justifying
So I say to you

[Chorus]
Come home
Come home
Cause I've been waiting for you
For so long
For so long
And right now there's a war between the vanities
But all I see is you and me
The fight for you is all I've ever known
So come home
Oooh

[Verse 2]
I get lost in the beauty
Of everything I see
The world ain't half as bad
As they paint it to be
For all the sons
All the daughters
Stopped to take it in
Well then hopefully the hate subsides and the love can begin
It might start now... Yeah
Well maybe I'm just dreaming out loud
Until then

[Chorus]
Come home
Come home
Cause I've been waiting for you
For so long
For so long
And right now there's a war between the vanities
But all I see is you and me
The fight for you is all I've ever known
Ever known
So come home
Oooh

[Interlude]
Everything I can't be
Is everything you should be
And that's why I need you here
Everything I can't be
Is everything you should be
And that's why I need you here
So hear this now

[Chorus]
Come home
Come home
Cause I've been waiting for you
For so long
For so long
And right now there's a war between the vanities
But all I see is you and me
The fight for you is all I've ever known
Ever known
So come home
Come home




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