Petrichor

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After four rainless weeks, Sydney finally received a bit of rain this morning.

“What would be the best song for today?” I asked myself as I stepped out of my apartment building.

A pleasant smell of rain wafted towards my face…

Hmmm…petrichor…

That’s the song for today.

It isn’t one of his classics, but Petrichor from Paul Kelly’s Life Is Fine album (2017) is a really beautiful song to listen to, especially on a day like today. 💿

Combining the sweet melody with Paul Kelly’s expressive lyrics, it is not just a song which poetically depicts the feeling of petrichor, a term which was coined by two Australian scienctists more than 50 years ago to describe the smell of rain on dry earth, Petrichor is also a song about letting go. Letting go of the one who taught him ‘petrichor’… 🌱

 

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paulkelly

🎵🎶It hasn’t rained six months or more
Until today, a sudden pour
Now I can smell the petrichor outside
The sighing ground gives up its love
Unto the breeze and the trees above
And suddenly your phantom shoves my side

I don’t need you
I don’t need you
I don’t need you
But I sure want you

I never loved you more than when
I turned and walked into the wind
And left you leaning on no friend of mine
I walked straight, didn’t turn my head
The hardest thing I ever did
Seabirds wheeling overhead and crying

I don’t need you
I don’t need you
I don’t need you
But I sure want you

I wish I knew the names of things
Trees and flowers, birds that sing
You’re much better at that kind of thing than I
And I don’t know these stars up here
You’d fill me in if you were near
You taught me ‘petrichor’, our secret sigh

I don’t need you
I don’t need you
I don’t need you
But I sure want you

I sure want you
I want you
Yes, I want you🎶🎵

 

 

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