I enjoy my fair share on pop music, but I also enjoy a great singer-songwriter. And one of my favorites is the young and talented Scottish Paolo Nutini. He has released two albums, the amazing “The Streets” and “Sunny Side Up“. “Sunny Side Up” is a great album, but “These Streets” is a pure genius, a definite masterpiece.
Paolo Nutini‘s voice is so captivating. Listening to his music is haunting and moving. He emotes every single word he sings. His voice is very distinct, which makes him sound wise and much older. “These Streets” has many great songs including the hits, “Last Request“, “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty“, “These Streets” and “New Shoes“.
“These Streets” is an album I can listen to from beginning to end, as all the tracks are great. But the standout song for me is called “Autumn“. It is full of raw emotion, and it gives me chills every time I hear it. I literally stop what I’m doing and get lost in the song every time I hear it. The song was written by Paolo for his grandfather, who was his musical inspiration. Unfortunately his grandfather passed away before Paolo gained success as a musician, and the song is one way in which Paolo honors and remembers his grandfather. It is truly a special song, very touching and sentimental.
“Autumn leaves under frozen soles,
Hungry hands turning soft and old,
My hero cried as we stood out their in the cold,
Like these autumn leaves I don’t have nothing to hold.
Handsome smiles wearing handsome shoes,
Too young to say, though I swear he knew,
And i hear him singing while he sits there in his chair,
Now these autumn leaves float around everywhere.
And I look at you, and I see me,
Making noise so restlessly,
But now it’s quiet and I can hear you saying,
‘My little fish don’t cry, my little fish don’t cry.’
Autumn leaves how faded now,
that smile that I’ve lost, well I’ve found some how,
Because you still live on in my fathers eyes,
These autumn leaves, oh these autumn leaves, oh these autumn leaves are yours tonight.”
Paolo Nutini – “Autumn” (Album Version)
And two live performances:
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