Song of the Day, July 3: Cathedral by Robyn Hitchcock

RobynCathedralToday’s song is Cathedral by Robyn Hitchcock. It appears on his stunning album I Often Dream of Trains. His third solo disc after breaking up the Soft Boys, it finds Hitchcock taking a more stripped-down, almost folky approach. It still features his distinctive lyrics and unique perspective on life, but with a quiet guitar-and-piano backing.

Cathedral finds the singer reflecting on a dysfunctional relationship, with a partner whose grand self-image is not matched by any internal qualities. He is being asked for reinforcement that he cannot provide. It’s a dark meditation on image, interaction, and introspection. His quiet, creepy vocals fit the theme nicely, sounding as though they are whispered in the cathedral halls as he looks for the way out.

Do you wonder like I do
What goes on inside of you
In the cathedral of the mind
All the worshippers are blind

Enjoy this dark song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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