Zoo Station

There are basically three types of fans of the popular rock band U2. There are the nostagics. These are folks that loved the band’s early music up until about The Joshua Tree. For them things slipped after that time and they pine for the good ol’ days. The second group like U2s current ‘global conscience’ phase – wrapped up in Bono’s goal of eradicating world poverty and disease. The third group, I assume, have followed the band along and like it all.

As usual, I take a bit of a contrarian view, I liked them most in their funky stage with Achtung Baby and Zooropa. Particularly, Achtung Baby.

Zoo Station (1992)
I’m ready
I’m ready for the laughing gas
I’m ready
I’m ready for what’s next
I’m ready to duck
I’m ready to dive
I’m ready to say I’m glad to be alive
I’m ready
I’m ready for the push

The cool of the night
The wartmth of the breeze
I’ll be crawling ’round
On my hands and knees
Just down the line…Zoo Station
Gotta make it on time…Zoo Station

I’m ready
I’m ready for the gridlock
I’m ready…to take it to the street
I’m ready for the shuffle
Ready for the deal
Ready to let go of the steering wheel
I’m ready
Ready for the crush

(She’s just down the line)…Zoo Station
(Got to make it on time)…Zoo Station

Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, It’s alright Hey baby, hey baby, hey baby, hey baby It’s alright, it’s alright (Alright, you can turn it up)

Time is a train Makes the future the past
Leaves you standing in the station
Your face pressed up against the glass
I’m just down the line from your love…(Zoo Station)
You know I’m under the sign…(Zoo Station)
I’ve gotta make it on time
Make it on time…(Zoo Station)
That’s alright…(Zoo Station)
Just two stops down the line…(Zoo Station)
Just a stop down the line…

I am looking for a theme song for the province – particularly one that captures the ideas of possibility, growth and potential – So a ‘Stompin’ Tom’ variation of the potato song won’t work.

For me, Zoo Station, has a bit of that zany, anything’s possible feel to it.

What do you think? Any other potential theme songs out there for the province?

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

0 Responses to Zoo Station

  1. Anonymous says:

    Slow news day huh?:) I guess they can’t all be front pagers:)

    At least you’re original, although the song doesn’t read that positive, it sounds more like its about a lunatic asylum, which it may very well be.

    Personally, I’ve always thought of writing to Stompin Tom and asking him to write a DECENT song about New Brunswick. Heck he was born here, our most famous son, and he’s got maybe three songs that mention NB. In the confederation bridge song he doens’t even mention our end of it!

    I guess it’s fitting that you bring in a global corporate giant to provide our theme song:) They’ve done a lot for Dublin, maybe we can interest them. How about we go back a couple of centuries and go back to the first suggestion and call the province ‘New Ireland’, perhaps that would bring in some tourists!

  2. David Campbell says:

    Once in a while I have to deviate from the mantra.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Stompin’ Tom already has a theme song for NB.

    There’s a rainbow in Toronto where the maritimers are bold
    They always get a potfull-but they never get a pot of gold
    But they’re to it and at it at it and to it-
    Ya gotta tune your attitude in
    If ya don’t get at it when ya get to it –
    Ya won’t get to it to get at it againx2
    A guy from old New Brunswick
    He couldn’t even pay his rent
    We don’t know how he travelled
    But we all know where he went