And the winner of the 2nd round of LSS is:
It’s a sin
+Everything I’ve ever done, everything I ever do, every place I’ve ever been, everywhere I’m going to: it’s a sin+
I've said earlier that this song is too "grandiose" for me. And that’s coming from someone who once listened to Integral fifty times in a row…I also should add that I haven’t listened to Integral for over a year now…Anyway.
It’s a sin and Go west are the two most played PSB song on Czech radios, I think – and that’s probably why I "love" both songs dearly and became a PSB fan just a few years ago. :o)
But I don’t deny the good quality of It’s a sin, of course not. It is a good song and a great single. And it has some cool lyrics.
Just like Neil I went to a catholic school but something tells me that a catholic school in Czech Republic (the most atheistic country in Europe) at the turn of the 21st century is something different than a boys' catholic school of the 60’s. We didn’t have to pray every morning or anything like that.
But one thing that sort of stuck in my mind from our RE lessons was that thinking about something (e.g. having sex with somene you’re not supposed to have sex with…Neil?) was a sin too. (Neil: "…and having been brought up as a Catholic you thought that everything was a sin. You’re told that thinking about it is as bad as doing it.")
It should be OK if you think about killing someone and you don’t go and do it, right? God knows that you actually have some brain and you use it…well, the church needs people to feel bad because if they don’t, then what’s the point in going to masses and going to confession…
I’m a lucky person. I’ve never been christiened and I don’t feel the need to do so in the future. But I do believe in God, just not in the proper Christian way. :o) Because once you read a bit more about other religions you’ll discover how unoriginal "your" religion is, how patched up it is – which really makes you wonder: why should I believe in this particular system?
On the other hand being not brough up as a Catholic, you don’t have to suffer for anything, doubt anything or feel the need to mock your own beliefs - and you probably won’t ever write something like It’s a sin in your whole life…
What I like about this song is the contrast of the deep lyrics and the camp music that accompanies them. Neil said: "The song was meant to be kind of big and funny and camp … When we recorded it for Actually, we decided to make the whole record gargantuanally Catholic and over-the-top."
Reading the lyrics alone, you’d probably could mistake it for a poem of some tortured post-romantic poet but the music transforms it into a Catholic-mocking piece which in the end is a lot of fun indeed. I always have to think about Neil and Chris writing it and recording it for the first time and dancing around the studio pretending they were nuns… :-D
One last note – as I was reading through the lyrics before writing this I noticed – for the very first time – the "for everything I long to do, no matter … who" part. I had to laugh. Not Noel Coward but Neil Tennant is the English Cole Porter! :-D