I fell in love with this version IMMEDIATELY on first play when I got the New Gold Dream box set in the summer of 2016.
I find it wonderful when we are allowed to hear demos and early versions of songs. I love being exposed to that “work-in-progress’ – even if it takes many years to do so.
It always feels just ever so slightly darker and maudlin the early version. I guess because it is a slower pace. It’s more sparse as well. The synth is just beautiful though. So melodic. And even if Jim is just searching for lyrics and a tune with his vocal, it’s haunting and beautiful.
In its early life, In Every Heaven feels much more akin to Seeing Out The Angel in its structure, but it eventually gets its guitar parts, becomes more up tempo and says such beautiful sentiment to its lyrics.
I’ll never QUITE understand what “kissing yourself goodbye” is meant to imply but I guess it doesn’t really matter. Not everything in life makes sense.
My favourite lines?
Static of love
Stand over by my side
Heaven it bumps
Heaven it grinds
Get over by my side”
He writes such romantic words.
Anyway, they are not on this version. And despite its more…deeper feel, it’s still heavenly.
The photo was taken from my bedroom window a few days ago. It just looked splendid.