Song of the Day: Peter Godwin “Images of Heaven”

Peter Godwin

Song of the Day: Peter Godwin “Images of Heaven”

Last week I wrote about singer/ keyboardist Peter Godwin‘s early band Metro. While Godwin remains largely a cult figure and footnote in the history of popular music, he was also one of the pioneers of synth pop. His 1982 single, “Images of Heaven” (which appeared on an EP of the same name) is an absolutely gorgeous synth anthem.

The song features some great minor key synthesizer runs and some absolutely stunning lyrics about love in a time of mass advertising. If anything, the songs lyrics may be even more relevant now than when they were first written. While hardly a household name (and probably still best known for the David Bowie‘s cover of his song, “Criminal World” on the Let’s Dance LP), Peter Godwin remains an impressive (and still active) cult figure in pop music.

Nothing is sacred – so give me your soul my love
Nothing is wasted on someone like you
Somebody killed me – they tore out my heart my love
Somebody filled me with photos of you
And there’s nothing I can do – the media made you
There’s nothing I can do – cause you don’t exist – you don’t exist
Just images of heaven that take me to hell
Images of heaven – or something for sale
Oh images of heaven – images of heaven

Something possessed me – an image of you my love
Video visions that play on my mind
Nobody blessed me with power to reach my love
One cheap illusion can still be divine
And nobody believes in this new religion
Yes nobody believes – cause nobody sees-nobody sees
These images of heaven that take me to hell
Images of heaven – or something for sale
Oh images of heaven – images of heaven

And there’s nothing I can do – the camera made you
There’s nothing I can do – cause you don’t exist – you don’t exist
Just images of heaven that take me to hell
Images of heaven – or something for sale
Oh images of heaven – images of heaven

 
Peter Godwin