May 23, 2008

Clay Aiken’s “Something About Us”

Posted in Music tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:09 pm by myrlinn

One of the pleasures of listening to Clay’s On My Way Here is that it features a variety of sounds, from songs which are more pop to songs that have rock, r&b, or jazz influences, like “Something About Us” (Track 4).

I have to be honest. I first heard “Something About Us” when snippets from the CDs were put up on an online retailer’s site, and was a wee bit disappointed. I thought it sounded old. But once I got hold of the CD, and heard the song in its entirety, it became one of my favourite songs on there.  The jazzy arrangement complements the deeply romantic lyrics perfectly. And the whole effect is rather cool (not dated at all). Plus LOVE Clay’s vocal work on this song.

My favourite line? “It’s old and new / It’s a classic tale of two / in a perfectly perfect love” . It captures perfectly what I like about this song, that it feels so timeless.

Clay mentioned that he found this track himself while wandering around songwriters’ myspace pages. And that he thinks it’s a beautiful song (Which it is). I find it interesting that this song has so much in common with “The Way” from Clay’s Measure of a Man CD. I’m SO tempted to extrapolate here that Clay is extremely idealistic when it comes to romance. I think myself that you stand a higher chance of finding a partner if you’ve a more practical outlook… And I better stop right there before I put my foot further in it. I don’t KNOW Clay, so who am I to comment, eh?

Interesting American Idol connection:
Regie Hamm, one of the co-writers of “Something About Us,  just won the American Idol Songwriter contest with the song “Time of My Life” (and will have his song released by David Cook).

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Lyrics: Something About Us

Stop the music
Play the song
And we’ll dance together
all night long
The spotlight glows
Somehow it knows
That there’s something about us
Something about us

People smile when they walk by
There’s too much magic to deny
A fool can see
We’re meant to be
There’s something about us
Something about us

The words on every poet’s tongue
Every love song ever sung’s
about us
It’s about us
From Romeo and Juliet
to plays they haven’t written yet
It’s old and new
It’s a classic tale of two
in a perfectly perfect love

You can see it in our way
in how we spend our nights
and days
A crazy laugh
A photograph
There’s just something about us
Something about us

The words on every poet’s tongue
Every love song ever sung’s
about us
It’s about us
From Romeo and Juliet,
to plays they haven’t written yet
It’s old and new
It’s a classic tale of two
In a perfectly perfect love

Stop the music
Play the song
And we’ll dance together
all night long
We’ll reminisce of moments
like this
‘Cause there’s something about us
Yes there’s something about us
Oh there something about us

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Lyrics: The Way (from Measure of a Man CD)

There’s something ’bout the way you look tonight
There’s something ’bout the way that
I can’t take my eyes off you
There’s something ’bout the way your lips invite
Maybe it’s the way that
I get nervous when you’re around
And I want you to be mine
And if you need a reason why…

CHORUS
It’s in the way that you move me
And the way that you tease me
The way that I want you tonight
It’s in the way that you hold me
And the way that you know me
And when I can’t find the right words to say
You feel it in the way

Oh, oh
You feel it in the way

There’s something ’bout how you stay on my mind
There’s something ’bout the way that
I whisper your name when I’m asleep, oh girl
Maybe it’s the look you get in your eyes
Oh, baby, it’s the way that
It makes me feel to see you smile
And the reasons, they may change
But what I’m feeling stays the same
CHORUS

Oh, oh
You feel it in the way

I can’t put my fingers on
Just what it is
That makes me love you
You know, baby
So don’t ask me to describe
I get all choked up inside
Just thinking ’bout the way
CHORUS

It’s in the way that you move me
And the way that you tease me
The way
You feel it in the way

There’s something ’bout the way you look tonight
There’s nothing more to say than
I feel it in the way

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RELATED LINKS

My thoughts on a couple of other songs on Clay’s On My Way Here CD:

Clay Aiken’s “Sacrificial Love”
Clay Aiken’s “Weight of the World”

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6 Comments »

  1. Mary said,

    “My favourite line? “It’s old and new / It’s a classic tale of two / in a perfectly perfect love” . It captures perfectly what I like about this song, that it feels so timeless.”

    That’s my favorite line, too. I’m so glad we agree. 🙂 It’s a beautiful, beautiful song.

  2. Pat said,

    “I’m SO tempted to extrapolate here that Clay is extremely idealistic when it comes to romance. I think myself that you stand a higher chance of finding a partner if you’ve a more practical outlook… And I better stop right there before I put my foot further in it. I don’t KNOW Clay, so who am I to comment, eh?”

    Well, I personally don’t have any kind of idealism when it comes to romance, and I think it’s a magnificent song. Do you mean that Clay or any other artist can’t sing a song unless he believes every single word in it? So all the love songs ever written are just foolishness? That’s news to me.

  3. Dolly said,

    It’s a beautiful love song…reminds me of a 1950s Sinatra song In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning…this world could use some new love songs, wouldn’t you say?

  4. FL said,

    “Well, I personally don’t have any kind of idealism when it comes to romance, and I think it’s a magnificent song. Do you mean that Clay or any other artist can’t sing a song unless he believes every single word in it? So all the love songs ever written are just foolishness? That’s news to me.”
    Pat, i think you need to reread that paragraph again. I don’t think it says anything about Clay not supposed to sing a song unless he believes it. It’s just a thought of Clay’s view about love based on the lyric of this particular song. I don’t understand why you get so worked up by that statement.

    anyway, I really enjoy these reviews of the songs in On My Way Here. It’s truly Clay’s best album to date. And I agree with Mary about that particular line.

  5. Forrest said,

    I just have to say that line is my favorite too.

    It is interesting to note that a friend of mine has a husband who hasn’t really been a CA fan. But, he LOVES this CD. In fact, he loves Something About Us so much, that he puts it on repeat all the time. He can’t get enough!

    Although this isn’t my most favorite on the CD, the lyrics are beautiful and I keep envisioning a movie like When Harry Met Sally using this perfectly. It would be a knockout.

  6. myrlinn said,

    How fascinating that so many of us like the exact same line. Maybe it’s something about the way Clay sings “It’s old and new”?

    FL, thanks for getting what I was trying to say 🙂

    Can I just add that it’s amazing to have my blog read by so many people? I hope everyone reads this blog from the perspective that this blog is written from a point of view that’s my own. I’ve spent quite a large part of my life working in areas where I have to write what people want to hear. So, this is my indulgence, if you will.


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