A Punch In The Stomach.

Holy crap. Just, holy crap.

Songs come in many forms. They can slowly sneak up on you, requiring multiple plays before they become something you can’t do without. They can catch your attention early, demanding immediate repeat listening. They can be shit, like One Direction (seriously, “Best British Single” at the BRIT Awards?).

And some songs punch you – hard, as hard as hard can be – in the stomach. Gut-wrenching, breath-taking, pounding, gasping.

“Come Back Down” is one of those – by Greg Laswell (whom I’ve featured before, over three and a half years ago), and featuring Sara Bareilles: a powerhouse of a song, which, if sung by Coldplay (and as I said those many years ago, Laswell does have a Chris Martin-esque voice), would result in a number 1 hit worldwide, if not farther (shut up).

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A stunning, stunning piece of work, “Come Back Down” is a dichotomy – a song of bitterness towards a friend or lover, frustrated with how they are and what they’re doing, but tempered with the very last vestiges of support for that person.

From the pseudo hand-claps in the first 5 seconds, to the layering of Sara’s voice inside 0:20, to her repeated solo line at 0:34…

All of your wallowing is unbecoming

…to a change at 0:49 that will raise your hackles, punch you, kick you to the ground, and drive itself into you…

If desperation had an anthem…

You’ve gotta take it on your own from here
It’s getting pathetic and I’m almost done here

…this is what it would sound like.

Come on now your good friends are here waiting this one out
You’ve gotta come back down
You’ve gotta come back down
Look around you you’re the only one dragging this out
You’ve gotta come back down
You’ve gotta come back down

All of your wallowing is unbecoming
All of your wallowing is unbecoming

You’ve gotta take it on your own from here
It’s getting pathetic and I’m almost done here
You’ve gotta take it on your own from here
It’s getting pathetic and I’m almost done here

What you set out to kill off has been gone some time now
You’ve gotta come back down
You’ve gotta come back down
Head out any further and you might just forget how
You’ve gotta come back down
You’ve gotta come back down

All of your wallowing is unbecoming
All of your wallowing is unbecoming

You gotta take it on your own from here
It’s getting pathetic and I’m almost done here
You’ve gotta take it on your own from here
It’s getting pathetic and I’m almost done here

All of your wallowing is unbecoming
All of your wallowing is unbecoming

You’ve gotta take it on your won from here
It’s getting pathetic and I’m almost done here
You’ve gotta take it on your own from here
It’s getting pathetic and I’m almost done here

You’ve gotta take it on your own from here
You’ve gotta come back down
You’ve gotta come back down
You’ve gotta come back down
You’ve gotta come back down
You’ve gotta come back down
You’ve gotta come back down
You’ve gotta come back down
You’ve gotta come back down…

Greg Laswell featuring Sara Bareilles – Come Back Down

www: Greg’s official website, Facebook Page, and MySpace.