This is part of a daily uke notation series released in advance of Valentine’s Day 2020. I have plans to do this in advance of other holidays and sabats, so if you have recommendations please let me know.
As far as ’90s pop is concerned, Savage Garden did a lot of things right. Yes, there were some really bad aspects to ’90s pop music, but for the most part, I found the music that came from the Australian duo genuine and palatable.
Although this moody number off of 1999’s Affirmation is not my typical jam, it’s stuck with me for several reasons.
Lyrically, the song marries an aching sense of longing with an underlying feeling of existential dread — it’s skillful, deliberate, and effective. Love is science and we are needlessly complicated monkeys AND GODDAMN IT I WANT IT ANYWAY.
With a few minor adjustments, it’s a very comfortable song to sing for mezzo (second soprano) and alto voices.
The notation I based my version on had a few problems and I ended up cutting quite a bit out because it wasn’t working elegantly with the pared down uke/voice set-up I was envisioning. But I had a lot of fun messing around with it.
As usual, we’re working with a concert ukulele tuned to GCEA.
So, let’s get into the chords.
Dm F Bb Gm Dm Love and other moments are just chemical reactions in your brain F Bm In your brain Dm F Bb Gm Dm And feelings of aggression are the absence of the love drug in your veins F Bm In your veins
Dm F Bm Gm Dm Love and other socially acceptable emotions are morphine F Bm They're morphine Dm F Bb Gm Dm Cleverly concealing primal urges often felt but rarely seen F Bm Rarely seen
Dm F Love come quickly Bb Gm Dm F Because I feel my self esteem is caving in Bb It's on the brink Dm F Love come quickly Bb Gm Dm F Because I don't think I can keep this monster in Bb Gm It's in my skin
Dm F Love I beg you Bb Gm Dm F Lift me up into that privileged point of view Bb The world of two Dm F Love don't leave me Bb Gm Dm F Because I console myself that Hallmark cards are true Bb Gm I really do
Bridge to end
N.C Dm F I'm gunning down romance Bb Gm It never did a thing for me N.C. Dm F But heartache and misery Bb Gm Ain't nothing but a tragedy Gm Dm F Bb Gm Love don't leave me Dm F Bb I'm gonna take these broken wings Dm F Bb I'm gonna take these broken wings Dm F And learn to fly Bm Gm And learn to fly away Dm And learn to fly