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Radio: Protest, Passion, Pleasure & Pain – Music & Lyrics of Adam Lambert

April 4, 2012

Broadcast Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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 By Xena

* The Songbook to go with the show – warm-up to sing along!

From the interview with Finnish TV

 In addition to the making of Trespassing, Adam described how this album is different from For Your Entertainment, stating, “It’s me more as more of an artist in this one.” He clarified, “The last album was strong and I think it was me showing what I could do with my voice. But this one is really exploring concepts and emotions and experiences with my audience. It’s very autobiographical.”

Adam has revealed a few songs from his upcoming album Trespassing: Cuckoo, Chokehold, Trespassing, Naked Love, Never Close Our Eyes, Better Than I Know Myself and Outlaws of Love.  We will explore some of the meaning behind the lyrics and the music itself. What feelings and emotions do they evoke? Do they go well with the music? Dancing?

There seems to be some controversy over Never Close Our Eyes – why?

Which song do think should be the next single? Why? Is it your favourite?

Please share your ideas in our “Comments” section below, call-in to the Radio Show or join the chat room!

Lyrics are very important to Adam, whether he wrote, co-wrote them or not, the words matter.   We now have a bouquet of songs from his upcoming (D-41) album Trespassing, enough to have a good discussion.

Last night I was stopped dead in my tracks when the 104.3MYfm videos came out with stunning acoustic renditions of BTIKM, Never Close Our Eyes, Trespassing & Whataya Want From Me.  Impeccable vocals, backed up by Tommy on guitar and Isaac on drums at just the right level.  The quality of the sound and visual recording is very high quality and if there was an audience, we didn’t hear a peep.

As Juneau and I were reviewing the playlist for the radio show, we realized that like the GNT collection we were compiling many great versions of some of them.  I’ve taken to wearing my Bose noise-cancelling, “Quiet Comfort” headphones full time while at my desk so I hear each day’s new recordings at their best.

Adam promised that he’s invited us to Trespass into his life through this music.  He has laid it bare for us and as he said, it is painfully personal yet the themes are universal.  Whether we are a generation + older or a generation younger than he, we identify with some parts, if not all of what we’ve heard so far.

Until Juneau and I have one of our fantasies fulfilled by sharing cocktails with Adam (he can have juice with Sauli later) while he reveals his soul and we probe his mind, I’m afraid we’ll just have to go with self-service.

PASSION

 Never Close Our Eyes

Love at first listen! First image to come to mind – I’m in the middle of a club dance floor full of Adam fans with my closest Glambertina friends close by and we’re singing at the top of our lungs to this beat-driven song:

 I wish that this night would never be over
There’s plenty of time to sleep when we die
So let’s just stay awake until we grow older
If I had my way we’d never close our eyes, our eyes, never!

I don’t wanna let a minute get away
Cause we got no time to lose
None of us are promised to see tomorrow
And what we do is ours to choose


I listen a second time and recall sitting in a car in the driveway of my parents’ home.  The date’s over but neither the boy nor I want leave, I’ve slid over on the bench seat to be closer, his arm around me, body heat keeps us warm but it’s cold outside, our fragrances mingle.  Our passion overcoming our reasoning:

Forget about the sunrise
Fight the sleep in your eyes
I don’t wanna miss a second with you
Let’s stay this way forever
It’s only getting better if we want it to

But you know I wish that this night would never be over
There’s plenty of time to sleep when we die
So let’s just stay awake until we grow older
If I had my way we’d never close our eyes, our eyes, never!


There are references to remind of us of where we are today, three years after The Awakening and of our own mortality:

It’s so hard to think this would fade away
But what goes up must come down
Why can’t we just live life with no consequence
And always live in the now

Wouldn’t you love to have some express their fascination by singing these words to you?

You know that I wish that this night would never be over
There’s plenty of time to sleep when we die
So let’s just stay awake until we grow older
If I had my way we’d never close our eyes, our eyes, never

 As someone who resents the need for sleep, I have used that expression “I’ll sleep when I’m dead- life’s too short”

PLEASURE

Naked Love

I wasn’t naked, but I was in love with this song the first time I heard it.  A ‘70s disco “Hustle”, I was on my feet right away! Finally some melodic dance music with a beat that works on a club floor and holding  hands with a partner – remember those days?  Boomers – this is custom made for the deep recesses of our minds where that pleasure centre lives and pushes that button.  See, are you swirling on the shiny mirrored dance floor in your A-line cross-over jersey dress, strappy heels for dancing, shoulder –length flirty Farrah hair?

This was the dawn of sexual freedoms and the lyrics here suit the time and place I find myself.  They are frankly sexy with barely concealed innuendo – just enough to make this one hotttt song!  Tonight, he’s looking for stripped-down, no barriers, no pretense love/sex.  The whole song is one long double entendre.

Do I need to explain these lyrics? Sing them to your lover while you sashay around the room in a Hustle and see how long you’re standing. Hmm, right now, that partner kind of looks like uh, well, you know…..  makes you feel desired, doesn’t it? Dare you be the one singing to your partner?

Come on
I want your naked love
So don’t you dress it up
Tonight
Come on
You know your naked love
Is what I’m dreaming of
Tonight ah ah ah

Take it off
And try me on
The hottest threads
You ever worn
So ro-o-ol the dice
Get up & feel the night
Yeah
I know you’re holding back
Yeah
No more hesitation

Come on
I want your naked love
So don’t you dress it up
Tonight
Come on
You know your naked love
Is what I’m dreaming of

tonight

This song I’d love to hear at a dance club with people singing along while they dance – oooo.  People continue to walk around singing “Whataya Want From Me” imagine “Come on, I want your naked love…” as you walk down the aisle at Wal-Mart.

 PROTEST

 Trespassing

 Juneau wrote a very convincing piece and made the case to recommend Trespassing as the next single.  Next Single-Let it be Trespassing

My mind leapt to 1970’s “Signs” by the Five Man Electrical Band, a Canadian group readers  may not be familiar with it.  It expresses the sentiments of the time about oppressive governments, restrictive businesses and institutions  and all the ‘signs’ that say “don’t do this, don’t do that”.  Like, Trespassing, there is a narrative to the song and it has a somewhat uplifting conclusion.

Well I was walking for some time,
When I came across this sign
Saying:
Who are you and where are you from?
We don’t like when visitors come.
No Trespassing that’s what it said,
At least that’s what I could read.

 Trespassing has a swaggery, defiant tone which Adam plays up with his facial expressions and the choreography could be fun.  Loaded with attitude, it’s a classic sing and response beat driven song with the clapping and stomping – audience participation!  Perfect for an arena filled with Adam fans or the dance club. 

 No Trespassing?
Yeah, my ass!
Wait ‘till ya get a load of me!

 Adam shows his strength in this powerful anthem for overcoming barriers and in this case, the vision emerges from a mind-altered experience.  I’d say a reference to the now legendary episode at Burning Man which was his epiphany and the direct connection to the Adam we know:

 One day I was tripping and that’s when I could see,
That the ether that I tapped into could be reality.
It was great,
That’s when I climbed that optimistic vine
Once I hit that mountain peak,
I began to lose my mind.
I don’t need no sympathy.
I won’t cry and whine.
Life’s my light and liberty and I’ll shine,
When I want to shine.

What a perfect song for this moment in his life and an obvious choice for a single – whenever.

 PAIN

Cuckoo

Walk that walk like you don’t give a fuck
You’ve got a right to turn it up and get down
Electric shock no I can’t get enough
Cause tonight we’re taking over the town, hey
I wanna lose my mind like a maniac
And cross the line
Never looking back
We’re on the loose
Getting crazy and we’ve gone cuckoo
Gonna party til they take us away

I’m swinging off of my hinges
I’m cocked and I’m ready to go
Just go on and pack up your things and
The crazy train is ready to roll, oh

Walk that walk like you don’t give a fuck
You’ve got a right to turn it up and get down
Electric shock no I can’t get enough
Cause tonight we’re taking over the town, hey
I wanna lose my mind like a maniac
And cross the line
Never looking back
We’re on the loose
Getting crazy and we’ve gone cuckoo
Gonna party til they take us away

Gotta get out of this straight jacket, whoa
Gotta get out of this straight jacket, whoa yeah

Cross the line
We’re on the loose
Getting crazy and we’ve gone cuckoo
Gonna party til they take us away
Party til they take us away
Gonna party til they take us away

Chokehold

Staring at the ceiling in the dark
Sheets are in a knot
My heart is like rock
Hey

Baby I can smell you on my clothes
I try to stay composed
But I feel the fever grow
Oh
I keep running away
Running away
Running away from you
But I can’t stand breaking the chains
Breaking the chains
Breaking the chains
Oh
‘Cause I know
The second you go
Want you to bring it on back
Bring it on back
Bring it on back to me
And I know
I want your chokehold
Want you to bring it on back
Bring it on back
Bring it on back to me
Bring it on back to me
Bring it on back
 
All these hard confessions I forgaveI could asphyxiate,But I kinda like the pain
Yeah
Baby I can smell you on my clothes
I try to stay composed
But I feel the fever grow
Oh

I keep running away
Running away
Running away from you
But I can’t stand breaking the chains
Breaking the chains
Breaking the chains

Oh
‘Cause I know
The second you go
Want you to bring it on back
Bring it on back
Bring it on back to me

And you know
I want your chokehold
Want you to bring it on back
Bring it on back
Bring it on back to me

Bring it on back to me
Bring it on back to me

Oh oh oh
Want your chokehold
Oh oh hey hey
Time to bring it on back
Baby back to me

‘Cause I know
The second you go

And you know
I want your chokehold
Gotta bring it on back
Bring it on back
Bring it on back to me

Bring it on back to me
Bring it on back to me
Bring it on back to me

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Eric permalink
    April 4, 2012 10:09 am

    Trespassing. No doubt in my mind. Micheal Jackson meets Freddie Mercury. Gay men are not welcome many places in the world, especially the music industry. This song documents Adams’ attack on the whole scene. Who cares what u say, I’ma do what I wanna do. I love it and cannot wait to blast it out loud.

    • April 4, 2012 1:27 pm

      Hi Eric, What I love about this song is that while gay men continue to break down barriers, many people can identify with overcoming such challenges in their lives so we can all stand together and proclaim
      “I don’t need no sympathy.
      I won’t cry and whine.
      Life’s my light and liberty and I’ll shine,
      When I want to shine.
      Make their faces crack,
      There’s no turning back.”

      Love it!
      Xena
      xoxoxo

    • el Kat permalink
      April 4, 2012 2:33 pm

      Yes, Yes Yes !

  2. Illena Welter permalink
    April 4, 2012 10:23 am

    This was the best article you have sent me so far. I am keeping it to read again. Love having lyrics right in front of me while I read what you wrote. I could just see me in Wal-Mart singing Naked Love or Choke Hold…I am a young 63 but It still would shock alot of people!!! It brought a chuckle to me just thinking about it. Really enjoyed reading this..chineseglitter on twitter

    • April 4, 2012 1:32 pm

      Our pleasure Illena,
      You know it’s a tough job to listen to Adam sing for hours and hours….
      but someone’s got to do it and we volunteered!

      I love shocking people – it’s one of the benefits of living so many years.

      Xena

  3. Angel permalink
    April 4, 2012 11:14 am

    I love Naked Love because it goes for sexy moves. Love Cuckoo and Trespassing as well.
    This was the best so far of ADAM’s rendition of Never Close Our Eyes but I still don’t really go for it. I love most of Bruno Mars melodic songs but this one is not. It is not singable as his own songs which you just cannot help but sing along. Even those he wrote for others are so beautiful. This just doesn’t do it for me.

    • April 4, 2012 1:37 pm

      Hi Angel,
      I think Never Close Our Eyes will grow on those who aren’t crazy about it now. The acoustic and studio versions each deliver a different reading of the lyrics, producing a different mood for each. I recall hearing all the snippets and unfinished bits from Adam’s FYE album and presuming certain songs would be my favourites and when the final album was released – it all changed for me and many other people.
      If you join us for tonight’s show, keep the songsheet handy to sing along!

      Xena

  4. April 4, 2012 12:55 pm

    What a complete and excellent review, Xena!!! Oh, and how I felt myself going back to my carefree days of first falling in love with NCOE. That is so perfect!

    I gotta say, NCOE definitely grown on me and become my new favorite. It shows off Adam’s gift of nuance and change-up. And i wake up singing the lyrics!! It’s that catchy!

    But Trespassing, oh God!! Wow!! I adore it so much! And I’ve found my new anthem–“Life’s my light and liberty, and I’ll shine when I wanna shine”. Freakin love it!

    Gotta say, I adore having all the lyrics in one place and having you interpret them so beautifully. Gets me pumped again!!

  5. dorihb permalink
    April 4, 2012 12:58 pm

    Hi Ladies, will try to listen tonight (have an early morning again so if I don’t feel so tired, I will.)
    On the lyrics, Adam said in an interview: complicaciate = cold asphyxiate
    how he even knew what lyric that was referring to I don’t know! haha!
    Some of the dancier songs that I didn’t care for at first are growing on me. I think the production is throwing me off, but we haven’t heard the final versions, so I’m sure I’ll learn to love them. Someone on twitter did note that the live versions rock out a bit more, which I thought was true (specifically NCOE in this case). I usually like Adam’s live versions better, with only a few exceptions. It will be interesting to see how all these songs get translated to the stage with a full band.

  6. April 4, 2012 1:22 pm

    Thanks for the help with “cold ashpyxiate”! I heard that interview too but forgot. I’m not 100% sure with the lyrics I have so I’m trying to correct them as I get better info and clearer sound.

    If you can’t join us tonight, there’s always the podcast – just no chat room.

    Xena
    xoxoxo

    • dorihb permalink
      April 4, 2012 5:33 pm

      OK – I just happened upon an older blog on ALFC about Chokehold (by Junie Moon, always a good read) and she had “I could asphyxiate, but I kind of like the pain” as the lyric. That seems even more likely; makes more sense with the 2nd half of the line and I couldn’t figure out exactly what cold asphyxiate was supposed to mean!

  7. el Kat permalink
    April 4, 2012 2:50 pm

    Love being able to read the lyrics, thanks.
    Bonnie & I are going to see a Queen tribute band tonight so we won’t be here ( we’ll be busy picturing Adam singing all those songs 😉

    I think Trespassing should be the next single, we need a dance, open the window and sing song. I love the production quality I’ve heard on the snippets and feel this album is going to frickin’ ROCK.

    While the singing is amazing on NCOE in the acoustic version, and the production is great in the album version, and Bruno Mars’ connection is undeniable, the lyrics leave me flat. But what do I know … Mars has a magic touch these days.

    Question for tonight : Do you thing the lyrics on Cuckoo ( “Give a f*#@” “Cocked and ready to go” … my personal favorite, oh the image) will affect the radio play in certain markets .. like the whole puritain USA except for the coasts. Will he do a radio friendly version like Ce Lo did on “F#@* You” ? Hope he doesn’t, lay it all out there , but OMG, he is a GAY MAN ! Can’t let the children hear it, who does he think he is, a black heterosexual ? That would be expected and OK.
    Discuss.

    • April 4, 2012 3:09 pm

      Is Cee Lo gay?

    • April 4, 2012 3:10 pm

      Hi EK!
      We’ll miss both of you tonight so thanks for putting your thoughts in here. I had you in mind when I wrote about NCOE – you are mighty influential Lady Ellen.

      Re: Cuckoo
      I think that if they promo this on radio, they will release a “family friendly” version. Only rap recorded by someone of any race is allowed to promote murder, violence, rough sex and misogyny with their lyrics. e.g. Emminem On the pop side, female singers a la Rihanna.

      Love,
      Xena

  8. becca112971 permalink
    April 4, 2012 2:53 pm

    The best part of this new album and all it’s songs is that each one can speak to each of us in different ways. like the lyrics you quotesd in the first response
    “I don’t need no sympathy.
    I won’t cry and whine.
    Life’s my light and liberty and I’ll shine,
    When I want to shine.
    Make their faces crack,
    There’s no turning back.”
    these words took me back 12yrs to when I came out of my coma and all the docotrs told me i’d never walk again. they kept telling me between the MS and the real failure I should just give up and All i could think was stop pitying me because i’m not that easily defeated and i wasn’t because i’m still here and i’m still fighting. so yay this album is going to be amazing and i know personally i’m going to love it. I am so adopting Cuckoo as my new theme song.

  9. April 4, 2012 3:17 pm

    What a wonderful and uplifting story – thank you! Adam does have a way with touching each of us individually.

    Xena
    xoxoxo

    • April 4, 2012 3:31 pm

      Yes. I love this story and the way Adam’s songs speak to so many of us. Not only his songs but his very being. I told Adam he made me brave when I met him. He just doesn’t know how brave, though I was practically in tears, and he was so very sweet and seemed genuinely touched.

      I fuckin’ owe him!!!

  10. Jeanine Politte permalink
    April 7, 2012 4:00 am

    Listening to the podcast tonight (Friday), sorry I missed it – great topic!!!

    Now I will …bleep…. to get a radio friendly version of this question… How the “bleep” do we get a friendly version of Adam’s new songs with all those fans singing over Adam and his beautiful voice at these promos – just like the screamers “bleeping” over Adam’s beautiful Outlaws of Law premiere at Sainte Agathe Festival in Canada – “bleep”, don’t they get it?
    All I’m going to say here is “Bleepity Bleep Bleep!!!!!!” LIP SYNC, PLEASE!!! “Bleeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!!!!!!!!!”

    Sarcasm aside, I won’t cry and whine… I want to thank everyone who videotaped and took pictures at Adam’s performances… you were our eyes and ears along the way. Loved hearing or reading about other’s experiences 🙂

    I was in the audience at the NewNowNext Awards and the videos that came out don’t do justice to Adam’s performance. They saved the best for last to close out the show and based on the audience’s response to Trespassing – it WILL BE the summer hit many of thought “If I Had You” would become in 2010.

    Can’t wait for May 15th to arrive – got my Fan Club t-shirt & dogtags in the mail today, woohoo!!!! TRESPASSING!

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