I Sing – The March Violets – “Turn To The Sky”

Its 9:42 pm
chilly

    Back in 1987 I went to the theater and watched a film acclaimed director John Hughes called “Some Kind Of Wonderful” which starred a hot young cast led by Eric Stoltz,Lea Thompson and Mary Stuart Masterson. The story has a middle class kid named Keith (Stoltz) who in love with the very popular Amanda Jones (Thompson) and his best friend,the punkish pixie Watts (Masterson) doing her best to help him while having deep feelings for Keith herself.
After “Planes,Trains and Automobiles”,”Some Kind Of Wonderful”is my favorite Hughes movies and the ending of the movie still makes me tear up. I could relate to Watts so much back then…
    What made the movie so cool was it had a great soundtrack which included a band I had never heard of until I watched the film and that was the English post-punk/gothic rock band The March Violets. For a long time I looked for The March Violets at every record I went into but I always struck out,I saw the soundtrack but I was more into the The March Violets then anyone else listed on the soundtrack.


It wasn’t until 1990 that I stumbled across The March Violet cassette maxi-single of two songs featured on the soundtrack,”Turn To The Sky” and a cover of The Rolling Stones “Miss Amanda Jones”. I gladly paid my 2.99 for the single and then proceeded to wear that cassette out but not before I had made a pair of backups.
   “Turn To The Sky” marked the turn of the band to become more pop oriented especially after they had signed to a major studio. But before the band could record their major label debut,they broke up.But when I went looking into the band’s background,I was surprised to see the vocalist for The March Violets wasn’t the original one,Cleo Murray had joined the band in 1983 as a second vocalist joining Rosie Garland.

They released a single called “Snake Dance” in 1983 which was a club hit but Garland left the band afterwards,it is Cleo Murray who sang the most well known songs The March Violets have done here in the States. I have to say that I do wonder what would have happened if The March Violets hadn’t changed thier sound,while I don’t know how the band sounded as a goth band,I can say that Cleo Murray did have a voice made for goth,its a sign of her talent that she slid seamlessly into pop. But if you watch The March Violets in live clips,she felt more home singing darker songs.
The history of The March Violets is very interesting and I’m providing a link to the best story I found right here.

 

“Turn To The Sky”

 

Ooooooo-oooooh
Tonight is fading fast the sun is rising
I’ve been down so many times now I’m realising
Real love is hard to find take it while you can get it
I don’t know if he’s still here you keep telling me to forget
Still I wake at night and I call your name

Dreaming of you
I wake at night always the same
I call your name but you sleep right through
And love is the light in your face
Turn to the sky

I know now
I know now love won’t pass you by
Love is the light in your face
Turn to the sky

I know now
I know your eyes don’t lie
All the vicious games we play they mean nothing to me
All I know is your touch and the way love should be

Deep down within your eyes a war is raging
What you fought before you can fight no more
‘Cause inside your heart is breaking
Still I wake at night and I call your name

Dreaming of you
I wake at night always the same
I call your name but you sleep right through
And love is the light in your face
Turn to the sky

I know now
I know now love won’t pass you by
Love is the light in your face
Turn to the sky

I know now
I know your eyes, your eyes don’t lie
Still I wake at night and I call your name
Dreaming of you

I wake at night always the same
I call your name but you sleep right through
And love is the light in your face
Turn to the sky

I know now
I know now love won’t pass you by
Love is the light in your face
Turn to the sky
I know now
I know your eyes don’t lie
Love is the light in your face
Turn to the sky
I know now
I know now love won’t pass you by
Love is the light in your face
Turn to the sky
I know now
I know your eyes don’t lie

Songwriters: L. Elliot, C. Murray, T. Ashton

 

 

 

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