Open the Sky

For you today:  A great acoustic version of what is possibly my favorite Cult song!  That’s a tough spot to hold since much of their work is pretty amazing.  I heard somewhere this is Ian Astbury’s least favorite song.  If that’s true I’m glad he performs it anyway.  Can you guess the radio station that hosted this performance? lol

I wrote a story for you as well.  I hope you’ll enjoy!

Credits below.

Hot sticky scenes you know what I mean
Like a desert sun that burns my skin
I’ve been waiting for her for so long
Open the sky and let her come down


Black-clad women fully covered, except their feet
Bare-chested men, painted torsos dried in the heat

Together start singing, softly at first
Asking to quench nature’s hot thirst

Facing each other from separate lines
Stamping in rhythm, moving in time

The men’s white feathers swaying, calling the wind
Turquoise jewels shining light as it’s dimmed

Singing, beckoning back the clouds
Banished by the sun’s scorching shroud

Their voices building a crescendo
Rolling thunder, echoing tempo

A wild stallion leads a band
Kicking up thick froths of sand

Galloping in reply from the west
Mirage-like shimmer on the hill’s crest

The mustangs’ power, racing command
Their fate intertwined with this parched land

Ripples across these arid dunes
Echoing ancient timeless tunes

The mares encircle the dancers
Slowing to a dulcet canter

Their hooves in unison keep the beat
Measured by bare and moccasined feet

Stallions at full gallop; whirl a blur
Reaching with waves of sand up to her

Dust and cloud expand and rise
Filling the bright empty skies

The lead stallion rears with a loud neigh
His band vanishes, hidden gateway

A heavy drop swirls on chief’s headdress
He raises his hands; they have been blessed


Here comes the rain
Here comes the rain




[Lyrics in italics, from “Rain,” by The Cult.  Written by:  Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy.  Acoustic version, performed live.  Original release:  Love.]
Video posted to youtube by user angelo Niko

Note: The poem in between the italicized lyrics is my original poem.


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30 thoughts on “Open the Sky

  1. Rain …bottom line electric or acoustic is a classic track! Surprises me that Wolfchild would classify this as not one of his fav’s as its been a Cult live staple for decades! Great band…every album always pushing forward and never really making the same record twice!
    Great Post!

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      1. J.

        I think that’s a great way to write. Kinda makes it easy, huh? The words are there, cause the image is there… you know what’s happening… but yeah, I really liked this.

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        1. I’m glad! Let me know how the demonstrations go… or update with a post (or a few)!
          I changed themes, it’s similar but different enough… I’m also streamlining: fewer categories and post tags. It’s an experiment to see if this makes site navigation easier, and maybe encourage readers to click some older posts.

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    1. That’s an excellent choice! I love that one too. What an amazing show that must have been. I didn’t know of Southern Death Cult, so thank you for that.
      I’ve seen them a few times and they’re amazing every time.

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    1. Absolutely! Choosing a favorite isn’t easy when everything they’ve put out is indeed impressive. They still sound fantastic — even unplugged. After coming across this one I was thinking an acoustic album would be a welcome addition to their catalogue.

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