Friday, November 22, 2013

Jukebox Friday: Gorki - Mia



Belgian melancholy:
Nostalgic and scrutinizing,
pained but carefree,
beautiful and ugly,
important and useless -
Gimme some.


Lyrics (original Dutch):

Toen ik honger had kwam ik naar je toe
Je zei: Eten kan als je de afwas doet
Mensen als jij moeten niet moeilijk doen
Geef ze een kans voor ze stom gaan doen

De middenstand regeert het land
Beter dan ooit tevoren
Mia heeft het licht gezien
Ze zegt: Niemand gaat verloren

Voorlopig gaan we nog even door
Op het lichtend pad, het verkeerde spoor
Mensen als ik vind je overal
Op de arbeidsmarkt in dit tranendal

Sterren komen, sterren gaan
Alleen Elvis blijft bestaan
Mia heeft nooit afgezien
Ze vraagt: Kun jij nog dromen?

De middenstand regeert het land
Beter dan ooit tevoren
Mia heeft het licht gezien
Ze zegt: Niemand gaat verloren

Sterren komen, sterren gaan
Alleen Elvis blijft bestaan
Mia heeft nooit afgezien
Ze vraagt: Kun jij nog dromen?

Sterren komen, sterren gaan
Alleen Elvis blijft bestaan
Mia heeft nooit afgezien
Ze vraagt: Kun jij nog dromen?


Lyrics (English translation):

When I was hungry, I came to you
you said you can eat, if you wash the dishes
people like you shouldn’t behave difficult
give them a chance before they do stupid things

the middle class rules the country,
better than ever before
Mia has seen the light
she says: nobody gets lost.

For now we'll go on
on the lighted path, the wrong track
people like me can be found anywhere,
on the job market in this valley of tears

stars come, stars go,
only Elvis stays around
Mia never suffered
She asks: can you still dream?

the middle class rules the country,
better than ever before
Mia has seen the light
she says: nobody gets lost.

stars come, stars go,
only Elvis stays around
Mia never suffered
She asks: can you still dream?

stars come, stars go,
only Elvis stays around
Mia never suffered
She asks: can you still dream?

1 comment:

  1. This is a classic as in: in every list the radios make of "top-... all time" the song is somewhere amongst the top-10. On Studio Brussel I believe it has even hit nr 1 in one of those "all time top-..." lists. The irony is that this became a classic despite being just a B side to "Soms vraagt een mens zich af". I still have the CD single from that one :) "Mia" was a B side that in terms of legacy surpassed the A side of the single, in that way it suits well with The Kids (the Belgian punk legends fronted by Ludo Mariman) who had "There will be no next time" as a B side but it was that B side that made them instantly the most succesful punk band in Belgian history.

    I love the line "Voorlopig gaan we nog even door, op het lichtend pad, het verkeerde spoor. Mensen als ik vind je overal, op de arbeidsmarkt in dit tranendal"

    Gorki have never been as good as other Belgian popular acts such as Noordkaap (Stijn Meuris), The Van Jets, Zornik, Hooverphonic, Admiral Freebee, K's Choice, ... in my opinion. For that, Gorki's music is too much prone to instability (= each good record is followed by a mediocre one) and I do think Luc De Vos' lyrics too often make little sense. But this one song "Mia" will make sure they will be remembered longer than most other Belgian acts ever can dream of. They wrote a classic and that may be worth more than those few mediocre albums.

    And their latest single, "Ninja", again sounded very fresh and catchy, so it's not as if they never release decent songs again. I also love, from Gorki, "Ooit was ik een soldaat", "Wacht niet te lang", "Soms vraagt een mens zich af", ... Mainly their earliest 2 or 3 albums were really good. They still release a good song now and then even now though.

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