wish i knew you…

…by the revivalists…that song makes my heart smile. i can’t stop listening to it. last night before i finally fell asleep, i scoured youtube for all the different versions that i could find.

…of course i had already seen the “official” video, which i love…but, i was able to find about 5-6 more live versions that sounded just as good, if not better than the studio version.

…the revivalists are a 7 piece, “roots driven,” rock band hailing from new orleans, louisiana. they formed in 2007 and are: david shaw (vocals), zack feinberg (guitar), ed williams (pedal steel guitar), rob ingraham (saxophone), george gekas (bass), andrew campanelli (drums), and michael girardot (keys, trumpets).

…there are many reasons why i am currently hooked on this song and band. some things that i have loved ever since i was a little girl and used to enjoy going to the symphony with my grandpa, bud…are horns and woodwind instruments. they have always held my attention.

…that is why i have always loved bands that have incorporated those instruments. bands like: cake, inxs, peter gabriel, u2, bronski beat, and even fleetwood mac ( tusk with the usc marching band). i absolutely love herb alpert and the tijuana brass.

…to me, horns and woodwinds capture a very special feeling…almost like falling in love. it begins as “butterflies” in the tummy, then becomes radiant warmth, which transforms into burning passion, and eventually that just explodes into exuberance and jubilation.

…the first time i heard this song, i was sucked in and entranced. it made me feel like the wind was whipping through my hair…like i was young, free, happy, and unencumbered, without a care in the world. it literally made me think and feel like dancing (even before i ever saw the video) in circles, being close to someone else. it took me back to a time of wonderment and curiosity. 

…okay, as far as lyrics go…me being as odd as i am about words and phrases…i love the lyrics, they are just so fun and simple. also, who on earth is going to dislike a song that contains the phrase, “god damned” and the compound word, “holy-ghost.”

…the official video for the song is very similar to what i saw in my mind and felt in my heart, when i heard the song. it was sweet, endearing, and romantic. we all know that i am a sucker for that. i love that it features the reunion of a couple from years before, that come back, remembering what it was like for them previously, and being able to pick right back up where they left off…still dancing, like when they were young. 

wish i knew you 

You shine like a star
You know who you are

You’re everything beautiful
She’s hot, hot like the sun
The loneliest one
Still everything beautiful
Well I’ll be god damned
You’re standing at my door
We stayed up in the city
Until the stars lost the war
So Friday night, holy ghost
Take me to your level
Show me the one I need the most
I need the most

I wish I knew you when I was young

We could’ve got so high
Now we’re here it’s been so long
Two strangers in the bright lights
Oh I hope you don’t mind
We can share my mood
Two strangers in the bright lights
I wish I knew you
I wish I knew you
Oh I wish I knew you when I was young

Truth, it’s all that you need
You bury that seed
It’s everything beautiful
That sound comes from the underground
It’s all inside you now
It’s everything beautiful
But what are you running from?
They got you on the run?
So Friday night, holy ghost

\n Take me to your level
Show me the one I need the most
I need the most

I wish I knew you when I was young
We could’ve got so high
Now we’re here it’s been so long
Two strangers in the bright lights
Oh and I hope you don’t mind
We can share my mood, yeah
Two strangers in the bright lights
I wish I knew you
I wish I knew you

Oh I wish I knew you when I was young

Maybe we can share my mood
Whoa, whoa, whoa
Maybe we can share my mood
Whoa, whoa, whoa

Maybe we can share my mood
Whoa, whoa, whoa

I wish I knew you when I was young
We could’ve got so high
Now we’re here it’s been so long
Two strangers in the bright lights
Oh and I hope you don’t mind
We can share my mood, yeah
Two strangers in the bright lights
I wish I knew you
I wish I knew you
Oh I wish I knew you when I was young

https://youtu.be/o0Pt7M0weUI

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