Many of us at some stage will have had that hypothetical question about if you were stuck on a desert island what would you take with you. In a similar vein I will be sharing all the songs that I would put in my own personal jukebox, not necessarily to take to a desert island, you understand, but just the many songs that would make me sad should I never hear them again. In order to make things a little interesting I’m going to permit myself just one song from each group or singer, which will be something of a test but one I’ll embrace. I hope you enjoy some of my choices and would be intrigued to hear selections from your own personal jukebox, these days MP3s or Ipods, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me on this occasion.
Deacon Blue – Your Swaying Arms (1991)
Released in the UK in May 1991 Deacon Blue’s beautiful song Your Swaying Arms didn’t grace the top 10, settling for #23 in the charts. This one really takes me back. My brother owned the Fellow Hoodlums album and, still being at primary school, I was initially drawn to The Day that Jackie Jumped the Jail but nothing changes one’s view better than time and Your Swaying Arms soon took precedence.
This is a wonderful and at times romantic song but I think it’s one of a love that is struggling to come together. Vivid images of a couple are depicted but what of the line, “I’ve been picking up all the love we squandered.” Even the “Swaying Arms” of the title suggests uncertainty as if falling into the embrace of this woman is difficult. Sung superbly by Ricky Ross with backing vocals from his wife and fellow band member Lorraine McIntosh, Your Swaying Arms isn’t just a nostalgic return to primary school days for me it’s a great song as well.