Audio kind of sucks in the video. Listen on Rolling Stone’s website for better quality:
Phenomenal performance by Dave and the boys. And all the strings choir too. I guess they’re pretty good. I honestly hope they bring the strings section along when I get to see Foos at Fenway in July.
For those of you who don’t know, this is the last song on Sonic Highways. It’s certainly much better to listen to the previous track (‘Subterranean’) as well, since they overlap. Makes more sense that way. Hopefully that’s how they’ll perform it at the live shows.
I can honestly say I didn’t know what this song meant until I watched the episode of Sonic Highways dealing with it. The album was released four weeks before the episode aired, so I had to wait. That drove me crazy. I over-analyze every song I listen to, always looking for meaning and/or references. So here’s a quick run down:
“I found a secret/Behind a SoHo door” – David Bowie secretly recorded his 2013 album The Next Day at the Magic Shop Studio in NYC, which is where this song was recorded.
“Beneath the subway floor/I found the water, the devil’s water” – A river was running under Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studio, which eventually leaked into the studio causing some damage.
“I Am A River” – This simile took me for a ride. It’s actually quite simple. American music is all about. And no, I’m not referring to the stereotype that African-Americans rap and play blues guitar. The river in this sense symbolizes the connection between the different ways of musical expression, especially in America. It’s like a bunch of rivers running alongside one another. You don’t see that in any country except the United States.
That may have sounded somewhat intelligent/insightful, but I’m actually just paraphrasing what Obama said in the final Sonic Highways interview. See, he’s not that bad of a guy.