Crash and Burn (1999) – Savage Garden

Crash and Burn is the second song from Australian duo Savage Garden to be featured in this Music Library Project. What entails the ‘Music Library Project’?
It comes from their very successful 1999 album Affirmation, from which the title track featured here not too long ago. More information about the album and background of the duo can be found in that article.

As we discussed, what made Savage Garden stand out was the transparency in their lyrics and who they chose to represent. You could brand their scope here – new liberal pop inspiration music. In similar vain to the single Affirmation, Crash and Burn has this moral bastion theme coursing through it.

When you feel all alone
And the world has turned it’s back on you
Give me a moment please to tame your wild wild heart
I know you feel like the walls are closing in on you…
Let me be the one you call
If you jump I’ll break your fall
Lift you up and fly away with you into the night.

I have always enjoyed listening to this track. I find the verses and general build up of the song inspiring and passionate. The only part I do not care for is the chorus as they seem to be a momentum killer and impinge on the soulful escalation in the verses. I would have preferred they dropped a chorus and added another verse, but perhaps I’m being too nit-picky since it was wildly popular. This third single from the album reached the top 20 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, as well as number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it their last US hit to date.

Darren Hayes described Crash and Burn as one of his favourite Savage Garden songs: “Musically it’s a dear song to me, because it’s all the words I wished someone would have said to me during the period after the first Savage Garden album.

1. Wikipedia – Crash and Burn

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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18 comments on “Crash and Burn (1999) – Savage Garden
  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Sounds really good Matt…good structured pop song. Hope you are doing well.

    • I’m glad you liked it Max. All is as good as it can be here. Thank you. And how is life treating you?

      • badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Pretty good…too busy at work but other than that eveyone is healthy.

      • That’s the most important thing. Same here all healthy. Have you done the vaccine thing or holding off?

      • badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Holding off at this time…but thinking about it.

      • Okies. Our medical security hasn’t offered people my age the Vaccine yet. I’m 47. I would prefer to wait until the end of the year until more information is attained about the effect of the Vaccines. I’m taking Ivermectin in weekly doses as a prophylaxis because COVID is rife here.

      • badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Wow…here you can get it anywhere at any age.

      • I’ve known people here in Colombia travelling to the US specifically to get the Vaccine. I believe anyone here over 50 has been offered it. The thing is the deaths from the virus skyrocketed in the 3rd peak (which we are still in) after the most vulnerable were vaccinated ie all those over 50. Thankfully everything is open now except sporting events and large concerts etc, but masks are still mandatory and my kids continue studying virtual (since March last year), which is f(/king ridiculous. Thankfully we had a great vacation recently.

        How are the Dodgers doing this year? It looks like they have rebounded again?

      • badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I just can’t believe they are not handing them out.
        The Dodgers are doing ok… a mountain full of injuries

      • The poorer nations don’t have the same access or supply as the developed countries.
        I read Kershaw was injured.

      • badfinger20 (Max) says:

        It looks like it would be shared more with countries. Yea Kershaw is and look up… Trevor Bauer… what a mess

      • That’s what the WHO were harping about the other day – that some developed countries are already talking about Booster shots are being spouted while most in undeveloped countries haven’t even received their first shot.

  2. Sheree says:

    I see you’ve had the same problem as me with YouTube which for some reason won’t now allow us to embed videos!

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