The release of Camino Palmero by The Calling in 2001 gave way to one of the best written songs of the 2000's. From the highly recognizable acoustic guitar intro, to the unique amazing voice of Alex Band "Wherever You Will Go" became an instant hit topping number 5 on the Billboard charts. 10 years later a lovely, talented singer from the UK, Charlene Soraia re-released this track with her own twist and took it to the top 5 in the UK charts.
In Soraia's version, the song is stripped of all instruments but her voice and piano and gives us the "raw" version. The piano basically serves as just the chords as the vocals are of the best caliber in uncovering the true meaning of this track. Let's break down "Wherever You Will Go".
The first verse speaks of a recently departed couple in what seems to be due to someone being taken for granted. Lyrically suggesting, "So lately, been wondering who will be there to take my place. When I'm gone, you'll need love, to light the shadows on your face". In a way, the song further implies that no other can possibly give more. "Could you make it on your own".
The second verse feels like regret for taking your loved one for granted. Pleading, "...Well I hope there's someone out there who can bring me back to you". Remembering what once was present and ever so regretting not being a better companion. The song continues and it states to once again, "Run away with my heart, run away with my hope, run away with my love". Already knowing the outcome, it leads us to the dreadful following.
The third verse is what we all go through in a break up, acceptance. Something we don't wish to seek, but often times finds us. Soraia's voice presents a tired, raspy, softer tone when singing the words,
"I know now, just quite how
My life and love might still go on
In your heart and your mind
I'll stay with you for all of time". Although now gone, and accepted, like many, we know a part of us all stays within a loved one, as it does in ourselves.
Every so often a new artist will try to emulate an already released song and rarely is it done so, successfully. Off the top of my head, I can only think of Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You". Houston made it her song, she respectfully owned it.
I chose to break down Charlene Soraia's version over The Calling because she, like Houston, uncovered the raw essence of the track. It was dark, vocally melodic and everything a sad song should be, heartbreaking when one needs to feel it. In order to truly feel the meaning of a sad song, you must put yourself there and allow it to take over as I strongly believe Soraia did. It is therapy, it is a cleansing. It is the power of music !
Be sure to check out the incredible music video of the gorgeous, Charlene Soraia covering this track as it too visually accentuates the meaning of the song. I am more than sure The Calling is pleased at this result !
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