Rapture

More good news, even better than the last, if you can believe that; I think sufficient time has now passed to move on from the momentary Wall reunion, but I’d like to thank you once again for taking the time to share the excitement of the occasion by sharing such enjoyable comments. The feedback was incredible and much appreciated.

Anyway, evidently, the world didn’t end on Saturday. Really, we’re still here and nobody, at least as far as I’m aware, has been ‘raptured’. I know that several of you (godless heathens possibly, or perhaps just supremely confident that you were one of the fortunate 200 million not to be left behind) gave the implicit suggestion in your aforementioned comments that you wouldn’t have minded all that much if it had ended. But it didn’t, so I think that’s cause for celebration. We’ll start with this jolly, upbeat number – from R.E.M.:

Here are some other cheery songs for you to identify from their opening lines. Please add some of your own to help kick off what I hope will be a thoroughly positive and uplifting (get it?) week for everybody reading with, presumably, nothing better to do than play along.

01. It’s a nice day to start again
02. Woke up this morning feeling fine
03. We are young, we run green
04. What a beautiful day
05. Tonight I’m gonna have myself a real good time
06. There’s a calm surrender to the rush of day
07. First I was afraid, I was petrified
08. Baby, I feel good from the moment I rise
09. Birds flying high, you know how I feel
10. Sun is shining in the sky

The chatroom will be open tomorrow from 1pm (UK) and you’re most welcome to visit. Will our moods still be so high, I wonder. The world could end at any time, after all. I greatly doubt that it will be advertised…

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

60 thoughts on “Rapture”

  1. The very idea of the End of the World – I only noticed the latest “Rapture” version the morning after – is as much proof as you could care for of the lame-brained, superstitious, unscientific, unquestioning nonsense that the susceptible cling to in the hope for some greater meaning.

    Well, that’s religion dealt with 😮 , how about a chirpy song or two …

    That first one brings to mind Billy Idol’s White Wedding but that’s not the first line (except the chorus).

    I think I spot Herman’s Hermits there, Nina Simone, the clean-toothed Supergrass, the ever-surviving Gloria Gaynor, Dairy Milk chomping Queen and a blue sky thinking ELO amongst others.

    The ever chirpy Radiohead offer us Lucky – “I’m on a roll, I’m on a roll this time” – although anyone looking for positivity might note that the opening lines to “Optimistic” are “Flies are buzzing around my head, vultures circling the dead”.

    Better I think are:

    “Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right”
    “Such a feeling’s coming over me”
    “Drinking in the Morning sun, blinking in the morning sun”

    Well, as we seem to have endless sun in Norfolk these days I shall go and drink some of today’s vintage …

    1. That first one brings to mind Billy Idol’s White Wedding but that’s not the first line (except the chorus).

      Isn’t it? My apologies (especially to Ulli).

    2. I think it begins

      “Hey little sister what have you done” …

      Of course I wouldn’t want to stop Ullllllllllllllli’s fun in any way so let’s leave it be.

  2. I knew the second one instantly. Something tells me that’s not a good thing. That’s really old Fed!

    The next one I knew was the Gloria Gaynor one. Also one about a wedding.

    Gonna look up the rest now.

    ash

  3. Of course there’s radio silence from the “rapture” preacher and he’s nowhere to be found (now why am I not surprised?) — after offing with untold $$ (I think he was fundraising as late as Saturday morning :/ ).

    Speaking for myself, I wasn’t quite ready to go and meet the “Spirit in the Sky” (what a fun song that was) and would likely have been such a demented and mean-spirited (pun intended) ghost (assuming these things exist) that the netherworld would’ve sent me back in short order!

    1. White Wedding – does Billy Idol still have that little snarl?
    2. Herman’s Hermits?? Not sure about this one …
    3. Alright – Supergrass
    4. ?
    5. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
    6. Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
    7. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
    8. Till The End of The Day – The Kinks
    9. Feeling Good – Nina Simone (AWESOME song)
    10. Mr. Blue Sky – ELO (adore this little ditty)

    Off-the-cuff:

    Elton John – Rocket Man
    Judas Priest – Dreamer Deceiver (love the lyrics)
    David Bowie – Starman
    Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
    We The Kings – Heaven Can Wait
    Cat Stevens – Morning Has Broken

    For those who were eagerly awaiting the rapture … “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and for those who were indeed “raptured”, alas, they are now “Dust in the Wind”. 😉

    1. Yeah, “Heaven Can Wait” is a good title, the one Maiden wrote, of course. 😉

      Taki

    1. Think I may have misread the introductory paragraph to the thread. Thought you wanted songs to welcome in no rapture. :v

  4. The 1st one has me stumped FEd, but I believe 2 to 10 are…

    I’m into Something Good – Herman’s Hermits
    Alright – Supergrass
    What a Beautiful Day – Levellers
    Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
    Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
    I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
    Till the End of the Day – The Kinks
    Feeling Good – Micky Bubble, Nina Simone & Muse, etc.
    Mr. Blue Sky – ELO

    Here’s half a dozen others to ponder… (The first of which is a nice segue between this and the previous post) 😉

    1. Toe to toe, dancing very close, barely breathing, almost comatose, wall to wall
    2. High, higher than the sun
    3. I work on the front line, I work to survive
    4. I used to think maybe you love, now baby I’m sure
    5. Now I’ve found that the world is round
    6. Come on down the road, before the sun

    1. I see Blondie’s “Rapture”; “Walking on Sunshine” (have no clue who sang it though); AND Medicine Head 🙂 – haven’t heard that in eons! Thanks for the memory …

  5. I only recognized these ones:

    05. Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
    07. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive

    Some songs. 🙂

    01. Meet me in the crowd (is it actually the first line?)
    02. Some people seem so obsessed with the morning
    03. Nine planets round the sun
    04. ___ ___ are here again

    1. “Some people seem so obsessed with the morning
      Get up early just to watch the sunrise
      Some people like it more when there’s fire in the sky
      Worship the sun when it’s high
      Some people go for those sultry evenings
      Sipping cocktails in the blue, red and grey
      But I like every minute of the day”

      Lovely words there by Mr Townshend. Lovely ukulele, too.

    2. Is it possible that “Happy Days Are Here Again”? 🙂

      I think I don’t know that one, Pavlov. :v

      The song I was thinking about was “Dancing Days” by Led Zeppelin.

  6. The title of this song is what every mother says to her children every school day morning. Wives and husbands and partners of course never have to say this. :))

    However, the lyrics are very apt and very rousing. Wasn’t Bob Marley always a happy looking and sounding performer?

    ash

    1. Speaking about Bob Marley, “Three Little Birds” is another cheery song.

  7. Some first lines to have a go at:

    1. Well, I was born too late to be a Rolling Stone

    2. Did you ever see a man with no heart, baby, that was me

    3. You turn me on, you lift me up

    ash 🙂

    1. Well, I was born too late to be a Rolling Stone

      Isn’t that a great line?

      I almost included your second one in my own list, by the way. Great minds think alike and all that.

  8. “I dreamed I saw St. Augustine, alive as you or me;
    Tearing through these quarters in the utmost misery …”

    No thought given to the topic, just what happened to come out of my speakers as I scrolled through posts. Now Blind Willie McTell ~ I don’t think “jolly, upbeat” is on my playlist. I tend to lean towards dark, brooding music, as you well know. :))

    Peace ‘n’ love to you all!

    Gabrielle The Unraptured 😛

  9. Songs on my post-Rapture playlist:

    Beatles – “Good Day Sunshine”
    Cheryl Crow -“I’m Gonna Soak Up the Sun”
    REM – “Bad Day”
    John Sebastian – “If You Believe in Magic”
    John Lennon – “Starting Over”
    Pink Floyd – “A Great Day for Freedom”
    Pink Floyd – “Coming Back to Life”

  10. Gosh, seems like I missed the boat somewhere – I’m inclined to think that I have never heard of the Levellers :v and, as such, was unable to identify Beautiful Day. Took a little “audio sprint” through YouTube and found they appear to have a lot of common musical elements with Green Day … just not as angry!

  11. Good selection there FEd, I managed to get quite a few of them… My favourite being Mr. Blue Sky! (Which, spookily enough, started playing on TV on an advert for BMW the second I finished writing that!! 😮 )

    How about this for an upbeat opening line of an even more upbeat song:

    Calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?

    You have to love this version REALLY too, don’t you? 😀

    And, in celebration of Mr Robert Zimmerman’s 70th (wow!) birthday tomorrow, how about this one, or indeed any song from this group, for an upbeat number?:

    Well it’s all right, even if they say you’re wrong
    Well it’s all right, sometimes you gotta be strong
    Well it’s all right, as long as you got somewhere to lay
    Well it’s all right, everyday is judgement day

    (Even if it wasn’t quite the end of the line…!!)

  12. I recognised:

    07. ‘I Will Survive’ – Gloria Gaynor. I know it because our national football team made this their World Cup anthem in 1998. They even named Gloria Gaynor “the team godmother” after they won the World Cup.

    09. ‘Feeling Good’ – I always thought it was a song written by Muse. But Pavlov wrote it was a Nina Simone song. So they just did a cover? So disappointed… :!

    An easy one to identify:

    Here’s a little song I wrote
    You might want to sing it note for note

    Rapture…

    – ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ – Bob Dylan
    – ‘Ticket To Heaven’, Dire Straits
    – ‘The Final Countdown’ – Europe
    – ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ – Rolling Stones 😉

    1. 09. ‘Feeling Good’ – I always thought it was a song written by Muse.

      It’s played on Planet Rock daily, it seems.

  13. 1. You could never know what it’s like

    2. Son, she said, have I got a little story for you (not exactly a cheery song, but the title looked suitable)

    3. Oh, happy I am

    1. Oh, happy I am

      Really? Good to hear, Alessandra. 😉

      Joking apart, #2 is ‘Alive’ by Pearl Jam?

    2. The world didn’t end, shouldn’t I be happy? 😉

      As Pearl Jam says, “I’m still alive”.

  14. I didn’t get picked up as well, anyway I made a ton of money betting that it wouldn’t happen for 50 dollars a shot. I’m a millionaire now. NOT!!!!! LOL.

    1) Bohemian Rapturdey.
    2) Good Day Sunshine!
    3) Yesterday!!!!!!!!
    4) Sunday Morning Sidewalk.
    5) Sunday Never Comes. CCR. Actually, it did. :))

  15. KenF, thanks for Blondie! “Rapture!” :))

    Johnny Cash predicted his own frying for some time before he passed, and I really think he’s more deserving of attention than this twice-wrong loon Campers.
    “When the Man Comes Around”, and of course “Ring of Fire!”

    ABBA’s “SOS” comes to mind! :)) “When you’re gone, how can I even try to go on!”

    Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”: from the above list, there are apparently a colossal number of discos in hell!

    Missionary Man by The Eurythmics!

    1. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”: from the above list, there are apparently a colossal number of discos in hell!

      I’ll bet. And Bee Gees clones.

  16. Anyone disappointed that the World didn’t end can stand easy …. it looks like there was a little miscalculation inside the mind of this Visionary (or possibly that mischievous old God of his is just mucking about again) and it’s all back on in October.

    Tell you what, perhaps he’d write me a massive cheque dated November 1 knowing that I won’t be around to cash it … NO? Thought not.

  17. Speaking of doom and gloom, I hear the earth’s magnetic core is melting so I think we should set the controls for the heart of the sun and get it over with.

    A more cheery note: Kat and I have a Jack Russell from the local rescue centre. We don’t have a name for him, I thought Floyd but if anyone has any other names we would dearly love to ponder over them.

    Damian

    1. Top man. Everyone should have a dog from their local rescue centre. They are an absolute joy.

      Floyd is a great name, if I do say so myself.

    2. Deefer is a great name for a dog. Fed, you may remember the rest. 😀

    3. I have a rescue, a black lab from 9 lovely years living in Nunavut. The folks who got her could not train her through abuse and decided to end her life. So I took her and named her Baba (ghanoush). She now holds a place with Gert the German shepherd, Usil the golden cat (of an unlimited number of lives it appears) and ain’it, a grey cat of considerable power as far as cats go. Constantine said cats were half in-half out anyway.

  18. More songs.

    1. If you wake up and don’t want to smile

    2. Can’t you hear that rooster crowin’?

    And these ones for those who were sure not to be left behind. :))

    3. When you were young and your heart was an open book

    4. “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish” – see this

    1. “You used to say, live and let live
      You know you did
      You know you did
      You know you did”

      Thank you for reminding me of one of the best concerts I’ve seen: Paul McCartney, Cardiff, June 2010. This song was particularly impressive.

  19. Apparently the Rapture been postponed until the 21st October, which I’m not happy about as it buggers up Hallowe’en, Guy Fawkes and Christmas. Could we maybe start an online petition to get it put back until mid January, round about the time the Christmas credit card bills come in?

  20. How about some wonderful songs?

    What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

    Wonderful World by Sam Cooke.

    Wonderful World, Beautiful People by Jimmy Cliff.

    ash

  21. One song I absolutely love is:

    “Don’t worry……Bout a thing,
    ‘Cause every little thing’s gonna be alright”

    Maybe that Rapture bloke needs a bit of Happy Days in him.

    Simon J

    1. I bet this non event is hell for him, but it seems he has hope for the future. :))

      ash

  22. Took a peek at the PF/Bee Gees mashup – quite clever and funny although scary that it’s not the only one and FEd, the horror … there’s an ABBA/Madonna/PF one 😮 :)) (hopefully that won’t get me expelled from the blog) so I figured I’d add some songs about being alive:

    Born to Be Alive – Patrick Hernandez
    Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
    I’m Alive – The Hollies
    I’m About to Come Alive – Train
    Alive – Meatloaf
    Keep Yourself Alive – Queen
    I’m Alive – Electric Light Orchestra
    Wanted Dread or Alive – Peter Tosh
    Alive – Pearl Jam
    Pretend You’re Alive – Lovedrug
    Come Alive – Foo Fighters
    Awake and Alive – Skillet
    The Phoenix Alive – Monarchy

    And finally, a little tongue-in-cheek – Goldfrapp

  23. I only wish Floyd back together for a world tour one more time!!!

    I love the Band since I was 14 years old.

  24. I watched Mr. Camping over the last few weeks and have nothing but love for him. He has worked so hard and spread his views for all to either accept or not. I was sad to see him attacked on so very many media outlets (for their own reasons I assume). The common thread, it seemed to me, was the laments of “followers” who had apparently given everything up to take part. Now, it seems they are unsatisfied with the results and want their investment returned. Should the rapture really take place, what will they say then? Humans are a very fickle breed I think.

    I have been a fan of Mr. David Gilmour for decades (I am 45). I grew up thinking how does Pink Floyd know exactly how I feel at this very moment?? I totally bought into the experience and still do. There have been times (rare let me remind you) when I have skipped over a song. If I were to apply the Camping “followers” logic from above, I should have hired a lawyer and sued the Floyd for such a shock to my system. Instead I simply remember the big picture…yes, these guys are truly in the know when it comes to my musical or perhaps in some cases my spiritual needs. So, like that wonderful plant that stops, looks at its past, looks at its present, then steps into its future; I can reasonably predict I will remain a dedicated fan of all the beautiful vibration that occurs during barn jams, Albert Hall performances, surprise wall sightings. I hope Mr. Camping has friends who feel the same way about him.

    Andrew

  25. Mr. Camping has effectively proven himself to be a false prophet. Concerning the end of this earth, even Jesus himself said, “No one knows the day or the hour, not even the Son, only the Father”, so on what authority does Mr. Camping make his predictions? The worst part of this failed prediction is that it puts Christians in a bad light, when in reality only a small percentage jumped on his bandwagon.

    As for those who don’t believe the world will ever end, don’t other heavenly bodies cease to exist? Stars burn out, meteors fly through space … who’s to say Earth is safe from destruction?

  26. The difficulty with this Camping thing is the fact that whatever “bad light” one perceives to be cast is just that, one’s own perception. Jesus was clear on many ideas, the most important for me appears to be the idea that one remains with one’s own counsel with regards to this stuff. The average human can enjoy the religious musings of Camping, the odd lama or even the spacepope if pomp and pageantry are the order of the day. In the end, the father decides the timeline and Our older brother will see to the details, or perhaps as Mr. Hawking suggested, it’s turtles all the way down. It’s very easy to allow one’s own perceived intellect, regarding Our father, to be projected on to others; perhaps this is a side effect of our journey to singularity. It is a difficult thing for us humans to allow others to: live and let live. Camping, the spacepope and many lamas may be a pack of idiots but they are stuck with us and we with them.

    As a person who has spent a career working with youth at risk, this whole rapture thing is far closer to daycare management than many folks are willing to risk their self perception on. We really are his CHILDREN. The less we fight and growl amongst ourselves, the easier it will get.

  27. In 1492 Christopher Columbus proved that there is no end to the world but that it is round.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. In the early part of this century he managed to show us the first 3 (and in my opinion, the best) of the Harry Potter movies. He’s certainly a busy fellow.

      andrew

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