When a friend in Melbourne introduced me to the music of David Gray, I was puzzled why I’d never heard of him before. It was music that struck an immediate chord and drew me in. Babylon is a good appetizer of his music in general. “Let go of your heart, let go of your head, and feel it now,” he sings in the chorus. He’s simply just a guy trying hard to say what’s going on in his heart and the world around him. There’s real passion in his voice; the sense that David is compelled to open up his soul and shout, to declare something.
David Gray is a British singer songwriter who came to world-wide prominence after the release of his White Ladder album in 2000. Babylon – his second single from White Ladder would be his highest selling single to date. It peaked at number 5 in British charts and became a minor hit in Australia and Germany. The album White Ladder is the biggest selling album to date in Ireland having sold over 100,000 copies there alone. It spent a whopping 2 years and 5 months in the UK albums chart.
His 3 three albums before White Ladder comprised of mainly folk-rock music. Starting with the release of White Ladder, Gray began to make significant use of computer-generated music (folktronic) to accompany his voice and acoustic instrumentation. He has been dismissed by some as making middle-of-the-road soft rock, but that’s ultimately a matter of taste. I can understand that criticism but there’s no denying he is a talented singer-songwriter. This music library project will feature other songs from David Gray.
The version of Babylon below is a softer acoustic (classical) version on KFOG Radio, San Francisco.
Sunday all the lights of London shining
Sky is fading red to blue
Kicking through the autumn leaves
And wondering where it is you might be going toTurning back for home
You know I’m feeling so alone
I can’t believe
Climbing on the stair
I turn around to see you smiling there
In front of me