Standing Here



I'm standing on a hilltop
A hundred miles from home
I can see the light surrounds me
I want you to show me 'round

I'm standing here
I really don't think you could know that
I'm in heaven when you smile*

I'm drifting through the city
I'm swinging from a tree
I can touch, but you can't feel me
You hear me as you speak

I'm standing here
I really don't think you could know that
I'm in heaven when you smile
And I'm everywhere
I really don't think you could know that
I'm in heaven when you smile

But I don't think you think like I do
No matter how, how hard I try
Always thought I'd have the answer
Let me tell you what I've got

I'm looking through your window
I might just have the key
Oh reap my fruit, for life is {beautiful}**
You hear me as you speak

I'm standing here
I really don't think you could know that
I'm in heaven when you smile
I'm standing here
I really don't think you could know that
I'm in heaven when you smile

But I'm everywhere
I really don't think you could know that
I'm in heaven when you smile

But I don't think you think like I do
No matter how, how hard I try
I always thought I'd have the answer
Let me tell you what I've got
Oh let it rot I made them stop

I could park a juggernaut in your mouth
And I can feel a hurricane when you shout
I should be safe forever in your arms***
I should be safe forever in your arms

I could park a juggernaut in your mouth
And I can feel a hurricane when you shout
I should be safe forever in your arms
I should be safe forever in your arms


Lyrics by:
Squire / Brown

Music by:
Squire / Brown

Written:
1989

Personnel:
John Squire (guitar)
Ian Brown (vocals)
Gary Mounfield (bass)
Alan Wren (drums, backing vocals)

Produced by:
John Leckie

Format:
Released 1992:
Standing Here (Silvertone, JDJ-4201-2, US promo CD)
Judging by this advertisement for the Roses' Blackpool gig, Standing Here was originally scheduled to be released as a single in July 1989.

Also available on:
She Bangs The Drums single (b-side)
The Complete Stone Roses (5.05)
Turns Into Stone (5.05)

First live performance:
In 1989.

Details:
The Stone Roses begin to embrace rhythm as key, a philosophy which would flow right through to One Love. Standing Here is a slowed-down 'Foxy Lady', with an ending reminiscent of the organ fadeout of Simon & Garfunkel's 'America'.

'Cloudburst', the b-side of Oasis's 'Live Forever' (1994) single, works from a Standing Here template. "John Squire's always been a guitarist I've admired - I think he's a brilliant guitarist. I used to try and rip off a lot of things he was doing." (Noel Gallagher speaking to Uncut magazine, February 1998).

Mountains reflect the stability and permanence of God's promise to His people. From Moses and the Decalogue to the Transfiguration, we find the image of the mountain top as that place where God meets man in a profound way throughout Sacred Scripture. In Acts 1, Jesus and His disciples were standing on a hilltop (the Mount of Olives), when Jesus was taken up into heaven before their very eyes. They were told to go back to Jerusalem and wait: "...you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you." (Acts 1: 8). Pentecost follows their return:

Top: The strong element of Abstract Expressionism in the Standing Here video (for example, the exploration of the subconscious using fridge magnets) suggests perhaps that Squire had some hand in its creation. A 'Blue Monday'-esque video production (1988), the Standing Here video bears the influence of Harry Smith (1923 - 1991), an artist whose activities and interests put him at the centre of the mid twentieth-century American avant-garde. A video entitled 'Early Abstractions (1941 - 1957)', from which a still is shown, has the following seven short films, played to the music of The Beatles. Numbers 1 and 2 especially appear to have influenced the Standing Here video:
No. 1: Hand-drawn animation of dirty shapes - the history of the geologic period reduced to orgasm length.
No. 2: Batiked animation. The action takes place either inside the sun or in Zurich, Switzerland.
No. 3: Batiked animation made of dead squares, the most complex hand-drawn film imaginable.
No. 4: Black and white abstractions of dots and grillwork made in a single night.
No. 5: Colour abstraction. Homage to Oscar Fischinger - a sequel to No. 4.
No. 7: Optically printed Pythagoreanism in four movements supported on squares, circles, grillwork and triangles with an interlude concerning an experiment.
No. 10: An exposition of Buddhism and the Kaballa in the form of collage. The final scene shows Agaric mushrooms growing on the moon while the Hero and Heroine row by on a cerebrum.
Bottom: Harry Smith.

Standing Here video stills (The final still below could be interpreted as a sun cross, a symbol of contemporary Gnosticism):

                                                                                                                                                             

 

Left: Standing Here CD front cover.
Right: Standing Here CD back cover.


* The lyric "I really don't think you could know that I'm in heaven when you smile" is a take on 'Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)' by Van Morrison (made famous by Dexy's Midnight Runners' cover on Top Of The Pops in 1982, with a backdrop of Jocky Wilson, the darts player !)
** If my interpretation of this lyric is correct, I would suggest that its source may be found in John 4: 36.
*** Or "I should be safer ever in your arms".


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