The leaves change color. The fog is rising. The days are getting shorter – autumn is moving across the country. With it, the season of melancholy begins again. In keeping with this mood, we have collected our favorite songs for autumn 2020:
1) Paolo Nutini – Autumn
This song is from Paolo Nutini’s debut album and is about Nutini’s grandfather, who died when Paolo was 12 years old.
Nutini’s family has owned a fish and chip shop for generations in his hometown of Paisley, Scotland. When Nutini was a child and his parents worked in the store, they sent him to his grandfather where he first came into contact with music.
At this time his grandfather was going through the different stages of mourning for his grandmother’s death and he channeled these emotions into music. In an interview, Paolo once said: “He often sat at the piano, head raised, eyes closed, and simply played those beautiful arias from Aida and other operas. Now and then he would shed a little tear. It felt to me as if he looked up and said: “I hope you can hear this, darling!
2) Green Day – Wake me up when September ends
This song is also primarily about the mourning of a loved one. Billie Joe Armstrong, singer of the band Green Day, wrote this song about his father who died of cancer on September 1, 1982.
At the funeral, Billie cried, ran home, and locked himself in his room. When his mother came home and knocked on the door to Billie’s room, Billie simply said, “Wake me up when September ends,” hence the title.
3) Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
“Seasons” is the opening title of the fourth studio album and was released as the lead single on February 4, 2014. The song received a lot of critical acclaims and was voted best title of 2014 by publications like NME, Pitchfork, and Spin. In 2019, Pitchfork voted it the 34th best song of the 2010s and Rolling Stone ranked it 94th out of the 100 best songs of the 2010s.
4) Disturbed – The Sound of Silence
Okay, granted: This is the cover that divides the spirits. But this version of Disturbed is much more autumnal than the original by Simon & Garfunkel. The original was written by Paul Simon over a period of 6 months. The song deals primarily with the lack of communication between humans and their fellow men.
And, don’t worry, dear fans of Simon & Garfunkel: The next fall song will again be written by the two Americans – and this time we have actually chosen the original!
5) Simon & Garfunkel – A hazy shade of winter
Although the song was covered by The Bangles in 1987, the title song of the film “Less Than Zero” and international success, no version can compare with the original from 1966. In this song, the singer seems to complain about how he is looking for something (or someone) perfect.
But he never found it and now he is running out of time for his dreams. Paul Simon wrote the song and uses the seasons – hence also appropriate for autumn – as a metaphor for the cycle of life.
6) Coldplay – Yellow
The color yellow can have many negative associations (“yellow journalism”, “yellow fever”, a “yellow card” for a foul in soccer), but for Coldplay, it is a beautiful color. According to lead singer Chris Martin, “it was simply because the word sounded nice, it just seemed to fit, no other reason. None of the other colors would have really sounded right!”
The lyrics are about dedicating oneself to someone, wanting to do everything for someone: writing a song, swimming through the ocean for someone, for example. This doesn’t necessarily have to be out of romantic devotion, but can also be for someone you look up to – a brotherly love, so to speak.
7) Earth, Wind & Fire – September
That autumn music can not always be melancholic, but also exhilarating is proven by the Americans with their probably most famous hit. Allee Willis, who wrote the song together with Maurice White and Al McKay, describes “September” as “Joyful Music”.
Fun fact: There are many theories about the “Night of September 21” sung about in the opening verse. Until 2018, even Allee Willis was in the dark – Maurice White, the mastermind of the band, but finally brought light into the darkness: it had no real meaning and was chosen because it sounded phonetically good and fitted the rhythm.
8) U2 – October
Bono once explained the inspiration behind the title (published in 1981) as follows: “We were born in the 1960s. A time when materialism was in full bloom. We had refrigerators and cars, we sent people to the moon and everyone thought how great humanity was. But the 80s, on the other hand, were a colder time, materialism without idealism. Quasi an autumn without harvest”
The lyrics also reflect the Christian beliefs of U2 when they fought as members of a pious religious group. At that time, they even considered breaking up the band, as they felt that the project could conflict with their beliefs.
Fun fact: “October” was never released as a single, but it still became one of U2’s most popular songs.
9) The White Stripes – Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
This song, from the band “The White Stripes”, which disbanded in 2011, explores the secrets of love. It is about a man who fears that his life will be empty and lonely without his beloved.
Jack White, the lead singer of the band, is a big fan of the blues, so in this song, he recorded some lyrics from a Son House song called “Death Letter”: “I didn’t feel so bad ’til the good old sun went down. I didn’t have a soul to throw my arms around.”
10) The Doors – Indian Summer
This piece was inspired by a car accident in the desert when Jim Morrison was four years old and his family was on their way to New Mexico. A Native American family was injured and possibly killed. Morrison was quoted as saying, “The souls of the spirits of these dead Native Americans just walked around, freaked out and just jumped into my soul. And they’re still in there.” This scene is featured at the beginning of Oliver Stone’s film The Doors.
If you’ve got a real desire to make yourself comfortable in front of the fireplace wrapped in a thick blanket – a hot cup of tea is a must – we recommend listening to our entire Autumn Playlist 2020:
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