Monday, December 10, 2007

72.Swing Out Sisters - Windmills Of Your Mind (Single, Japan-only release, 1989)






One of the best bands to emerge from the cocktail jazz / pop movement of the late 80's, Swing Out Sister continue to make appealing records to this day.This somewhat sophisticated and absolutely underrated group; how wonderful and warm is their music, poppy and melancholic at the same time, with influences from jazz, bossa nova, r&b and pop. And oh, what a wonderful charisma Corrine Drewery has with her Louise Brooks coiffure, but most of all her warm, jazzy voice.The Windmills of Your Mind is a song with words and music by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman and Michel Legrand from the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair. Noel Harrison performed the song for the film score.The song illustrates a person's mental state after a romantic break-up, relating the way emotionally charged thoughts and memories can run in tortured circles.Dusty Springfield's version of the song is also well known, although it has been remade by singers such as Alison Moyet and Sting, but the most emotional version performed Swing Out Sisters.Their version of "Windmills" is very intimate in its sound and pensive in its mood, with only Andy's acoustic piano and Corinne's crystalline, yearning voice.




Windmills Of Your Mind


Like a circle in a spiral or
A wheel within a wheel never ending or
Beginning on an ever spinning reel
Like a snowball on ountain or a carnival balloon or a carousel that’s turning running rings around the moon

Like a clock whose hands are
Sweeping past the minutes on it’s face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind

Like a tunnel that you follow to a tunnel on it’s own
Down a hollow to a cavern where the sun has never shone
Like a door that keeps revolving in a half forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble someone tosses in a stream

And the world whose hands are
Sweeping past the minutes on it’s face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind

Keys that jingle in your pocket
Words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly?
Was it somthing that you said?
Lovers walk along the shore line, leave their footprints in the sand
Was the sound of distant drumming just the fingers on your hand?
Pictures hanging in a hallway and the fragments of a song
Half remembered names and faces but to whom do they belong?

When you knew that it was over in the autumn of goodbyes
For a moment you could not recall the color of his eyes!

Like a circle in a spiral or
A wheel within a wheel never ending or
Beginning on an ever spinning reel
As the images unwind like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind



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1 comment:

Guy said...

Great post! I agree with your comments whole-heartedly. Swing Out Sister is one of the most underrated bands in the world. Their music is beautiful and refreshing.