Radio Song

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There’s been a few times in my life when I’ve been asked to sing at weddings. A few times, I’ve actually tried to write an original song, like when I was twenty for my sister’s wedding—I don’t think that song was very good and I can’t for the life of me remember how it goes. A few years ago, a friend of mine was getting married in San Miguel in Mexico and I was asked to be his best man. He didn’t ask me to write him a wedding song, but since he’s one of my best friends, I took it on as a personal challenge. The song went through countless iterations but none ever felt quite right. As the wedding date approached, I realized I wouldn’t be able to complete the song in time—rushing a song is like trying to coax along a dog whose decided he’s tired of walking—but I kept working on it in the months that followed. I went back and listened to each subsequent draft and I noticed that this idea of a radio song that keeps playing in the world for eternity, signals and sound waves bouncing around the atmosphere was something that kept coming up. Then I wondered—what if someone were to confess their love to someone else by saying “I’ll be your personal radio picking up on all those signals, and I’ll play any song that you want to hear, anytime you want to hear it.” How powerful a love confession would that be? So, this became the chorus, and from there everything else fell into place, starting with a verse describing someone on an airplane flying to Mexico with a song that they can’t get out of their head.

lyrics

The radio song slips into my ears. The same one I heard so long ago. It plays through the flight as they dim those cabin lights and we cross the line of darkness into the morning.

Now the radio song is always coming in strong. It helps me find my way back home to you. I hear it outside my hotel on a street in San Miguel. It goes across the alley, and up through a trumpet bell.

Let me be your radio, let me play your song, while the signal’s strong, whisper in my ear, tell me what you want to hear. I’m your radio.

‘Cause the radio song is leading the way. Some people say it’s Jesus some people say it ain’t. Maybe what they’re hearing’s not the same thing that I hear in this barroom in Oaxaca when I think of you my dear.

I think, let me be your radio, let me play your song, while the signal’s strong, whisper in my ear, tell me what you want to hear. I’m your radio.

credits

from Telegrams, track released March 29, 2019
Composers: Tariq Hussain

Performers: 
Tariq--vocals, guitar
Sam Davidson--keys/synths, woodwinds
Skye Brooks--drums
John Walsh—bass
Leah Abramson—vocals

Studio--Afterlife (Vancouver, BC)

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Tariq Vancouver, British Columbia

Tariq is a Juno nominated singer/songwriter & recording artist. He releases music as himself and w/ the critically acclaimed band, Brasstronaut.

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