Here's pt. 6 in our ongoing new feature, 'Weds. In Words', spotlighting songs and lyrics that have gotten stuck in our heads. This week we take a look at the upbeat Welsh septet, Los Campesinos and the song, "The Sea Is a Good Place To Think of the Future." The band leaked the track a few months back, as they were in the middle of recording their upcoming sophomore LP, which they've been working on in Stamford, Conn. with producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney). The upcoming CD is said to be slated for a release sometime next year, but no word as of yet if this track will make the final cut.
Los Campesinos-"The Sea Is a Good Place To Think of the Future"
"I grabbed hold of her wrist and my hand
Closed from tip to tip
I said “you’ve taken the diet too far
You have got to let it slip”
But she’s not eating again, she’s not eating again
She’s not eating again, she’s not eating again
I ask her to speak French
And then I need her to translate
I get the feeling she makes the meaning more significant
She was always far too pretty for me to believe
In a single word she said, believe a word she said
At fourteen her mother died in a routine operation
from allergic reaction to a general anesthetic.
She spent the rest of her teens
Experimenting with prescriptions
in a futile attempt to know more than the doctors
She said one day to leave her
sand up to her shoulders
Waiting for the tide
To drag her to the ocean, to another sea’s shore
This thing hurts like hell
But what did you expect?
(chorus) And all you can hear is the sound of your own heart
And all you can feel is your lungs flood
And the blood course
But oh I can see five hundred years
Dead set ahead of me
Five hundred behind
A thousand years in perfect symmetry
Best known left wrist right finger
through all the Southern States
on every video games machine
They call her triple A.
There were racists on the radio
trying to give up smoking
the chat show host he joked
“you have to wait for the government program”.
You talk about your politics
and I wonder if you could be one of them
but you could never kiss a Tory boy
without wanting to cut off your tongue again.
A good place to look to the future
is when you are sat at the sea
with the salt up to your ankles
and a view of the end of the pier
you may look down at your model’s feet
and wish that you’d just float away
and the weather here is overcast
and the sea is the same shade of grey
so the landscape before you
looks just like the edge of the world
but to the left side and the right side
either way is a crazy golf course
The sea is a good place to think of the future.