Crash and Burn is the second song from Australian duo Savage Garden to be featured in this 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