My Sunday Song – “Them Blues” by Collective Soul

For My Sunday Song #177, we are discussing a new song from Collective Soul called “Them Blues” from the 2019 album ‘Blood’.  The album finds the band still hitting on all cylinders even after over 25 years together.  “Them Blues” is a mature band with serious topics still showing they can pull brilliance out when most bands are passed their prime.

Musically, the song was inspired by Prince’s album “Purple Rain” as Ed Roland loved the chord progression and when he was tinkering around with it on the piano while listening to that song,  “Them Blues” developed from there. Lyrically, the theme is about life and what was going on in his families life as his wife was going through some hard times.  The song was for her and to let her know that this too shall pass and though it is hard now, it will get better.  A rather touching song.

The song turned into a piano-based song that is very blues influenced and takes a more serious tone.  I love the slow opening piano notes and then a really cool and short guitar riff.  Ed’s (or E as he likes to be called…WTF??) vocals are great, the style switch is a nice change of pace and it seems to take the band into a more serious realm as they captured the emotions nicely.  The best part is the super long guitar solo by Jesse Triplett to end the album…it is killer.  It lifts the song when it needing lifting and it made you feel all was going to be right with the world.  It is a time where lyrically and musically, everything that they wanted you to take away from the song comes across loud and clear.

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Give the song a try and let me know what you think. It is one of my favorites of the new album and obviously one of my favorites overall if it made this post.  Let me know what you think and have a Happy Sunday!

“Them Blues”

Girlfriend’s been trippin’, I heard her say
She changes hair colors just to match the day
What in the world, what in the world
What in the world’s going on in your world

Run away, play a tune
Dance it off baby like you used to do
Drive away, find a view
Shake it off baby it’s just…
Them blues

Girlfriend’s been seein’ some therapist
It really hasn’t made any difference
What in the world, what in the world
What in the world’s going on in your world

Run away, play a tune
Dance it off baby like you used to do
Drive away, find a view
Shake it off baby it’s just…
Them blues

Run away, play a tune
Dance it off baby like you used to do
Drive away, find a view
Shake it off baby it’s just them blues
Run away, play a tune
Dance it off baby like you used to do
Drive away, find a view
Shake it off baby it’s just…
Them blues

Written by Ed Roland

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