My Sunday Song – “Gel” by Collective Soul

For My Sunday Song #173, we are going to discuss the song “Gel” off the bands 1994 self titled album by Collective Soul. It was the first single off the band’s second album and after Shine, I was now hooked on the band and haven’t looked back since.  The song didn’t make the Top 40, but it did make it to #2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and back in the 90’s, I didn’t care about Top 40 anyway.

The song is a quirky, rock track that can have many meanings, it is all left up to your interpretation of the lyrics.  It could be about a man and woman who have a lot of differences and it doesn’t matter, he wants to “Gel” per se.  Me, I like to view it as that people from different backgrounds, different cultures, different beliefs can still come together and meet and have open discussions and just gel.  In a world that is so separated and polarizing today, this song is almost a dream of some sort of utopia as I don’t think people have the capacity to gel nowadays.  That is why I think this song is needed.

Now, there is another theory I have read that it is about the band’s search for a record label as after their debut, record companies were clamoring to grab them up and they all wanted to make changes to the band.  However, the band wanted to do their own thing so could the label and the band come together and gel.  It turns out the label left them alone pretty much and let them do their thing as they were doing it so well on their own.  Like I said, you listen to the song and you interpret it however you would like.

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Musically, it is an uptempo track with some dirty guitar riffs and a rocking good time.  At only 3 minutes, it gets in and gets out and leaves you feeling great.  The highlight for me is Ross Childress guitar work with the riffs and the solo, it all just shines through as the bright spot of the song and what keeps drawing me in.  Okay, the uh-huh, uh-huh’s in the chorus were also pretty cool and a very under appreciated part of the song.

Give the song a listen and let me know what you think.  I hope you enjoy as much as I do.  Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Sunday!!

“Gel”

Color me any color.
Speak to me in tongues and share.
Tell me how you’d love to hate me.
Tell me how you’d love to care.
Well I just want to shake us up.Let’s mingle
And make it well.
Come together now.
Yeah let’s gel.Clothe me in any fashion.
Glitter to so mundane.
Tell me how you’d love to change me.
Tell me I can stay the same.
I just want to shake us up.Let’s mingle
And make it well.
Come together now.
Yeah let’s gel.
Well let’s bungle
And live to tell
How we came together.
Yeah how we gelled.
Written by Ed Roland

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