I think I can just sneak one in under the Sunday wire! I’ve been in a great mood lately, lots of fun things happening, and adding to this has been the recent snowfall. I don’t know about car people, but when I walk out the door in the morning, I try to match the song I start with on my iPod to my mood. Or failing that, the weather. I often listen to Disintegration when it’s raining and not because it makes me sad – it doesn’t. It just feels like rain.
But so the other day, there was snow on the ground, snow falling from the sky, and I was happy in general. As you may have noticed, there aren’t a lot of happy songs in my Depeche Mode/Cure/Smiths/New Order heavy world. So I had to think for a moment. And then I had to scroll for a few more moments. But finally I found it. A happy, fun tune, and it even mentions “there’s a world to explore” which is handy when the landscape is covered with white fluffy stuff.
Unlike most songs where I say “I think it’s about….” or “I interpret it as…” this song is indisputably about one thing: explorers making their way to the “new world” of New Zealand. Or Aotearoa as the Maori call it. And besides, I give Neil Finn a lot of love here. It’s time for some attention to Tim.
I think this song is so peppy because it’s supposed to reflect the optimism of the sailors. Also, because Split Enz excelled at this kind of zany tune. Either way, dare you not to be happy during this song! That’s because you’re not spending….
Streaming audio available on the iPod Song of the Week page.