Comic Relief Challenge day 8 – When All’s Well
March 12, 2013
Ok, my rant is out of the way and all is well again. Which brings us to:
Today’s choice. And it is from @AndreaMann. It’s When All’s Well from Love Not Money.
Here’s what I do. I listen to it. I write about it. It’s for Comic Relief. I’m part of Team @tracey_thorn and our aim is to raise a million pounds for Comic Relief through Twitter. If you enjoy this post, or even if you don’t but are just feeling kind-hearted, please sponsor me here.
When All’s Well is, on the surface, an uplifting song of love.
When all’s well/ my love is like cathedral bells
But most of the video takes place underground. Tracey is trapped in an upturned cathedral bell. Ben tries to rescue her. The video cuts of early. I like to think, in his failure to elicit an escape, that right at the end, when the youtube stops, he jumps into the bell to be with Tracey.
It’s a jolly sounding song, like lots on Love Not Money. It makes me think of The Smiths again. In a good way. But listen to those opening words:
We are not true/ We are not pure/ We are not right
O but still I’ll steal to you at night/ Too selfish by half/ Too ugly by far/ But when your songs have been sung, come to me
It is a love song. but…
Rumours are rife/ And the winter blows cold/ Reminds me of such wretched times
And we’re back. In hard times. Today it makes me think of the lying former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who saved the planet by speeding. Would many sing this of him?
And yet all the same? I will never deign/ To think ill of you, when all’s well/ My love is like cathedral bells
We’re back in a song of love and forgiveness. And the beauty, and the love, are found, not just in the joyous melody (that you should dance around the lounge to), but also in the downbeat and upbeat last verse:
Amongst all the dross/ And the lies and the grief/ There are so many things you just wouldn’t believe/ But amongst all the dross/ And the lies and the grief/ When all’s well, my love is like cathedral bells
Cathedral bells. I can’t help but think of Batman and The Joker.Or Judy and Scottie.
But let’s focus on the positives; this film has Ben and Tracey messing with bells. Here’s a line from someone else, but it wouldn’t be out of place in this song:
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars
Have a dance, and if you can please give some money to Comic Relief here.