Beach Bar Playlist – Tuesday Tunes: Andrew McMahon, “Synesthesia”

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I’m a sucker for midtempo songs of any genre so when I heard “Synesthesia” by Andrew McMahon spilling from the speakers in a Gap store, I reached for my phone, pulled up the Shazam app and tagged the song. The chill wave/electronic/trance sounds of the song may not be for many beach bar goers but it would be the perfect soundtrack to a night under the stars for me.

“I saw pictures from the space shuttle;
North America at night.
I could almost see my house,
I could almost see the rest of my life.
Now my mothers in the hospital and my friends are in the news,
Collecting trophies for the songs they wrote,
When we lived in the shadow of the moon.

Guess I never made a gold record and Ive never been to Mars,
But Ive traveled round this world shooting fireworks at falling stars (and prison bars)
And my fathers got a decent job, I hear hes finally pulling through,
Theres more to life than singing songs we write when we are in the shadow of the moon

And I see colors when I hear your voice,
Grab your wings, theyre putting gravity on trial
I see colors, I dont hear the noise, because were only flying for awhile, because were only flying for awhile

I saw this picture of my niece twisting high above the narrow beam.
And my brother looked so proud, like he woke up in this perfect dream.
And Ive known you all my life, but I knew you long before that too.
Lets go dancing to the songs we wrote when we lived in the shadow of the moon

And I see colors when I hear your voice
Grab your wings, theyre putting gravity on trial
I see colors, I dont hear the noise, sometimes were only flying for awhile
I could love you in the falling rain,
Grab your things, this is a storm were meant to ride
Like synesthesia, aboard a stalling plane, its like were only flying for awhile, flying for awhile

And I see colors when I hear your voice
Grab your wings, theyre putting gravity on trial
I see colors, I dont fear the choice, sometimes were only flying for awhile
And I could love you in the falling rain,
Grab your things, this is a storm were meant to ride
Like synesthesia, aboard a stalling plane, its like were only flying for awhile, flying for awhile.”

Author: Tom W.

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  1. This song is awesome. Perfect combination of a great beat and great lyrics.

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    • Thanks! Heard it in a store and had to Shazam it. 🙂 People forget about the lyrics a lot of times but these definitely stand out.

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