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11 February 2009 @ 12:27 am
Song of the Week #37: Editors "Racing Rats"  


I dug their first album from 2006 and was really excited by the first single, "Smoker's Outside the Hospital Doors," from their second album, An End Has a Start. In looking for more information I found this live performance from the UK TV show, Later with Jools Holland (a musical genius in his own right).

2:32 totally blew me away – what is this break doing in a popular song being performed on TV. Oh, it’s an English band, that’s right, they can still be original and diverse and get away with it. Brilliant! Great vocals – what a voice – a strong and powerful rhythm section with a great bass groove and that circular guitar melody that is haunting and pulsing. The classic Rickenbacker guitar sound of the guitar and bass are key to Editors' sound. What a great performance overall!

Racing Rats

When the time comes
You're no longer there
Fall down to my knees
Begin my nightmare
Words spill from my drunken mouth
I just can't keep them all in
I keep up with the racing rats
And do my best to win

Slow down little one
You can't keep running away
You mustn't go outside yet
It's not your time to play

Standing at the edge of your town
With the skylight in your eyes
Reaching out to gods
The sun says it’s goodbyes

If a plane were to fall from the sky
How big a hole would it leave
In the surface of the earth

Let's pretend we never met
Let's pretend we're on our own
We live different lives
Until our covers blown

I push my hand up to the sky
Shade my eyes from the sun
As the dust settles around me
Suddenly night time has begun

If a plane were to fall from the sky
How big a hole would it leave
In the surface of the earth
The surface of the earth

Come on now
You knew you were lost
But you carried on anyway
Oh come on now
You knew you had no time
But you let the day drift away

If a plane were to fall from the sky
How big a hole would it leave
If a plane were to fall from the sky
How big a hole would it make
In the surface of the earth
The surface of the earth


More Editors:
"Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors" Live on Jools
"Well Worn Hand"
"Racing Rats" live acoustic
"Blood" live
editorsofficial.com - media player with cuts from the entire album