DIFFERENT BLUNT, SAME HIGH By Istiaque Ahmed Nahian

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What do people normally do when they see a pretty face? Some people stare for a while, some exchange smiles and some totally forget that they are outside their kitchen and do not need to act as a makeshift pressure cooker. But there are some faces who exist beyond the moment. Sometimes we have to admire someone just as we admire our mother nature, ignoring all the trivialities. The song YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL by James Blunt pulls a similar kind of a string.

The song has a bold start after a melodious acoustic intro. Blunt bluntly admires the girl he saw in a crowded place. He personifies her as an angel. The girl smiled at him and he was dumbfounded, because he did not know what to do. He felt a certain tension between them even in a crowded place.  But he felt a little depressed because he knew nothing about the girl and also she was with another man. There was nothing left for him to do except admiring her. Later on he moves to the heavens as he states his belief that the angels above are partial towards their reunion. Sounds similar, eh?  I am not totally ruining the song for you but let’s just say the subject is similar to one of our own pop Singer’s song, who has the same name as Mughal emperor Shahjahan’s wife.

The song was featured in Blunt’s debut album BACK TO BEDLAM (2004). It was co-written by Sacha Karbek and Amanda Ghost. In the United Kingdom and Australia, the song reached number one and number two respectively. When released as the debut single from Back to Bedlam in Canada and the United States, it reached number one on both charts and received widespread airplay. In 2006, the song won an Ivor Novello Award for airplay. The song has sold 625,000 copies in the United Kingdom as stated by the Official Charts Company, and by October 2012 over three million in the United States. It remains Blunt’s biggest hit single in the United States to date, and his only one to reach the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. In 2012, a new version of the single was issued in Japan.  The song received three nominations at the 2007 Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

In various interviews, Blunt said that the song was about one of his ex- girlfriends. He also said that it was one of his least meaningful songs. His feelings were expressed explicitly through the lyrics. The music video of the song was quite symbolic. It featured Blunt removing all his clothes in a chilly place and eventually taking a leap of faith into the cold water. It probably depicted his hidden desire of getting back again with his ex despite the fact that she was with another man. Genius!

It is the fallacies which make humans the most sophisticated  beings on the planet. So, if you are longing for the person you love, do not miss that bus, because only a few buses take you home. Consider the other buses as preparation for your homecoming. FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

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