Almanac Music: When Will You Fall For Me?

 

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When Will You Fall For Me?

 

Sometimes a song gets into your head and goes round and round in there for days. It can simply be annoying, and maybe even just a jingle, but on other occasions it can be one from the past that you absolutely love. Whatever the case, the song goes into repeat mode in the brain, often for a reason – or reasons – unknown.

 

The song for me at the moment, in this context, is ‘When Will You Fall For Me?’, a minor Australian hit for sisters Vika and Linda Bull in 1994, as many will know. This is popular music at its best, I reckon, and from its opening lines Who’s gonna save you darlin’? / Whose gonna save you when you fall? is wonderfully melodic and uplifting. The basic sentiment is one person saying to another, in a spirited but good-humoured, tender way, when are you going to wake up to yourself and be with me – admit that you love me. There is everything right about such a sentiment in a pop song.

 

‘When Will You Fall For Me?’ builds to a fine climax, featuring the Bull sisters’ singing at its best, with Vika singing the high part and Linda the low bit: My love, you can’t deny it / You won’t know until you try it / Give it air, let it breathe / Let it burn like a fire / I can’t contain my desire / Give it air, let it breathe.

 

The song was written by Mark Seymour, well-known for his work with Hunters and Collectors, as well as his solo material. The man can certainly write a brilliant love song – ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’ is another top class example.

 

Fittingly, in ‘When Will You Fall For Me?’ there is also a sense of coming home, home to one’s true self, a not uncommon theme in many works of art – and this lovely song is a work of art. The following lines occur numerous times: Let me know if you’re alone / Before I come to take you home. Home is not only meant in a straightforward, literal way here, of course.

 

The film clip for the song, featuring the Bull sisters near the beginning of their long solo career, is a quirky, colourful joy, too.

 

 

 

 

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About

Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, was published in late 2020 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

Comments

  1. Yes, it is a great tune, KD.
    Mark Seymour is a fine songwriter.

    And the Bull sisters sure can belt out a tune.
    I am looking forward to seeing them live when we “open up” again

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Smokie.

    Thanks for your comments – I agree with them wholeheartedly, of course.

  3. Kevin Densley says

    Another note: earlier today, I got an email from Vika and Linda’s representative saying that they loved this piece. I was chuffed, and have just discovered that it is now shared on their Facebook page.

  4. Luke Reynolds says

    It’s a great song Kevin, what a wonderful part of the Australian music scene Vika and Linda have been for a very long time.

    Jeff Jenkins played their new song on his segment on ABC Melbourne on Wednesday night, if the rest of their upcoming new album is half as good as the song he played it will be a cracker!

  5. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Luke. Thanks for your response.

    And yes, I’m looking forward to hearing their new album – even more now, because of what you’ve just written.

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