Even in the Quietest Moments

It’s been many years since I’ve listened to the song “Even in the Quietest Moments” by the English progressive rock band Supertramp. The 1977 album of the same name came up in the suggestions on my YouTube stream today.

In my previous post on the group’s hit “Gone Hollywood,” I describe seeing the band in concert in 1979 when they were promoting their album from that year, Breakfast in America.

Today’s selection is a typical progressive rock track; at six minutes, twenty seconds, it’s longer than most songs that would have made it onto AM or FM radio at that time, or even now on most stations. It has a peaceful vibe, reminiscent of some of the slower sections in a Rush concept album of the 1970s.

“Even in the quietest moments
I wish I knew what I had to do
And even though the sun is shining
Well I feel the rain — here it comes again, dear
And even when you showed me
My heart was out of tune
For there’s a shadow of doubt that’s not letting me find you too soon
The music that you gave me
The language of my soul
Oh Lord, I want to be with you.
Won’t you let me come in from the cold?

Don’t you let the sun fade away
Don’t you let the sun fade away
Don’t you let the sun be leaving
Won’t you come to me soon

And even though the stars are listening
And the ocean’s deep, I just go to sleep
And then I create a silent movie
You become the star, is that what you are, dear?
Your whisper tells a secret
Your laughter brings me joy
And a wonder of feeling I’m Nature’s own little boy
But still the tears keep falling
They’re raining from the sky
Well there’s a lot of me got to go under before I get high

Don’t you let the sun disappear
Don’t you let the sun disappear
Don’t you let the sun be leaving
No, you can’t be leaving my life
Say that you won’t be leaving my life
Say that you won’t be leaving my life
Say won’t you please, stay won’t you please
Say won’t you please, stay won’t you please
Lord, won’t you come and get into my life
Lord, won’t you come and get into my life
Say won’t you please, stay won’t you please
Say won’t you please, stay won’t you please
Lord, don’t go

And even when the song is over
Where have I been — was it just a dream?
And though your door is always open
Where do I begin — may I please come in, dear?”

“Even in the Quietest Moments,” by Richard Davies, Roger Hodgson.
Lyrics retrieved from AZLyrics.com.

The song was a fitting accompaniment to a sleepy feeling I have this afternoon after a busy day. We’re caring for one of our grandkids for a few days this week, and today, Sweety and I took him on an outing (an aventure, as he called it) to The Leaf, a new horticultural conservatory and event centre that opened in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park about a month ago. He wasn’t too interested in the plants but enjoyed running around the tropical biome and feeling the wet wind on his face near the bottom of the indoor waterfall. Now he’s having an afternoon nap, so it’s a quiet moment in a time of fun and togetherness.

Tropical plants fill the foreground as a tall glass and steel column rises in the middle of the image, with a faintly visible waterfall. The metal framing of a translucent plastic-like roof runs in curves in the background.
The tropical biome, with waterfall tower in the background, at The Leaf, Winnipeg, January 2023.

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio from the Supertramp Official YouTube channel:

With my best wishes,

Steve

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