This is a song to break your heart to
Most of Lifeblood was first-listen-hits for me but A Song for Departure was one of the largest hits. I love thick basslines and tight drum beats, and Departure offers both (apparently both Sean and Nicky were instructed by James to play their instruments like in Michael Jackson’s Beat It). It’s one of the punchiest songs on Lifeblood sound-wise despite being a highly melodic, sky-soaring anthem of loss. It’s also one of the few moments on the album with some guitar soloing – two times in fact. Both fabulous solos by the way and I’m not usually one to raise those things so high as to mention them.
As the song was never a single of any sort it doesn’t have an official video, but it was one of the Lifeblood songs that got a Patrick Jones video and it was the only one to actually get an official release on the band’s website. It’s nothing fancy or anything, but does have a few nifty shots of the band playing to the track.
The lyrics, that pretty much nutshell themselves perfectly with the name of the song, are inspired by the similarly titled poem by Elizabeth Jennings, readable from here.
One of the should-have-been singles on an album with massive singles problems.