November 26, 2016 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC | 2 Comments |

One of Giotto's angels laments

Songs in Our Heart # 54

Lament (Ultravox) (written by Warren Cann, Chris Cross, Billy Currie and Midge Ure; released June 1984) [This ululation to lost love is wonderfully evocative and atmospheric: it recalls the line from Pierre-Jean de Béranger: “His heart is a hanging lute; As soon as touched, it reverberates.”]

“And just as my eyes start seeing
After all the pain
The twist in my life starts healing
Just to twist again
In stillness, in sorrow
Returns that softly sighing lament…”


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    January 2, 2017

    I can't believe that I almost missed this post! As a long time Ultravox fan I concur with the author’s views on this song. In fact, this inspired me to dust off my old Ultravox collection thanks to Google Play Music and reminisce by listening to the Ultravox back catalogue (Post John Foxx). I found a live album released in 2009 (Return to Eden) which is also on YouTube. While listening to the dulcet tones of Midge Ure I recalled a conversation some years ago, with the author and his lovely wife where she ‘accused’, for want of a better word, that the song “Fade to Grey” by Visage was an Ultravox song. To my surprise, I recently learned that both Messrs Ure and Cann were in Visage! Touché Lesley touché

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      January 2, 2017

      Correection it was Mr Currie, not Cann

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