Morning Song – HandClap
Fitz and the Tantrums’ new single, “HandClap”, could just be a song about a band boasting about its ability to get its audience going for the night (“‘Cause you don’t even know, I can’t make your hands clap“).
But any time (really, any time, it’s probably in the Songwriters Code) a singer invokes James Brown (“Get on my knees and say a prayer to James Brown“), you know we’re deep into a world (or at least, a night) where the physical and the spiritual, the sacred and the secular, sex and love and inspiration and ecstasy are all wonderfully and hopelessly entangled.
Somebody save your soul ’cause you’ve been sinning in this city, I know
Too many troubles, all these lovers got you losing control
You’re like a drug to me, a luxury, my sugar and gold
I want the good life, every good night you’re a hard one to hold
And if nothing else makes sense, you can always dance to it.