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September 23, 2008

I Fell In Love With A Moment In Time by Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences

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I was first alerted to a particular crime against the art of songwriting by Jon Noble. It was in You’re Beautiful by James Blunt (that perverts and stalkers’ hymn). He talks about this girl he sees on the Tube and then he says “I’ve got a plan”. But then the song continues with no more mention of this plan – what was going on? I did later on hear an interview with the woman who was brought in to help finish/tidy up the song and she admitted that it all ended up a bit disjointed. I just wonder at a songwriter who allows other people to finish off their songs

If I’m talking about real songwriters, on the Paul Hawkins debut album We Are Not Other People there’s a track that covers similar territory. “For just one moment I was in love and I never ever knew her name,” he sings. How lovely and romantic – his main worry is that if he did meet her again then his expectations would be too high.

But wait a minute, this is Paul Hawkins! Surely it can’t be so simple and then in the final verse he reveals that it is the “the image of her kneeling over me” that he holds onto. So there he was lying in the gutter pissed or stoned or fitting and she came to help him. Now that is a tableau more fitting to a man of such unique talents as our Paul.

I Fell In Love With A Moment In Time by Paul Hawkins

I Fell In Love With A Moment In Time by Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences (clip)

Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences

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