Monday Melody: Shine (Collective Soul)

“Shine” is one of those ’90s songs that sounds positively dated by today’s standards, but this is not a bad thing, not at all.    The feel of the song, technically classified as post-grunge (even though it came out in 1994 during the height of grunge),  owes a lot more to classic rock than it does to popular music today–or even other music of its time.

Unlike many post-grunge/grunge songs that tend toward dark, ironic, and nihilistic lyrics, “Shine” has a positive, inspiring, unironic message.    If you didn’t know better, you might even think it was a Christian song, even though the band insists that it was not intended as one.   But the overall mood of “Shine,” with its distorted guitar and heavy bass line, is as dark as anything else from that time, which creates an interesting juxtaposition with its upbeat lyrics.

“Shine” sounds so much like classic rock that it gets airplay on my local classic rock radio station, which plays very little music that came out after the early 1980s.   They also play a lot of Pearl Jam, another ’90s rock band that could easily be mistaken for classic rock.

Give me a word,
Give me a sign.
Show me where to look,
Tell me what will I find?
What will I find?

Lay me on the ground,
Or fly me in the sky.
Show me where to look,
Tell me what will I find?
What will I find?

(Yeah)
(Yeah)
(Yeah)
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down

Love is in the water,
Love is in the air.
Show me where to look,
Tell me will love be there?
Will love be there?

Teach me how to speak,
Teach me how to share.
Teach me where to go,
Tell me will love be there?
Love be there?

(Yeah)
(Yeah)
(Yeah)
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down

Give me a word,
Give me a sign.
Show me where to look,
Tell me what will I find?
What will I find?

Lay me on the ground,
Or fly me in the sky.
Show me where to look,
Tell me what will I find?
What will I find?

(Yeah)
(Yeah)
(Yeah)
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down
Whoa, heaven let your light shine down

I’m gonna let it shine
I’m gonna let it shine
Heaven, let your light
Shine on me

Oh, yeah,
Yeah
Heaven, let your light
Shine on me

(Shine) Shine on me, yeah
(Shine) C’mon and shine

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One Response to Monday Melody: Shine (Collective Soul)

  1. Susan says:

    love this! do you ever find hidden meanings in lyrics? maybe mean to be noticed? I do ..I love doing that!
    I had forgotten all about this song thank you
    I didn’t know some thought it could be Christian.. I see .. Christian radio stations have a lot of grunge type songs.. you would hardly know they were Christian either
    I LOVE Amy Grant..both her Christian and crossover mainstream songs
    and Michael W Smith
    there is a song called Shine by newsboys.. I thought that’s what you were referring to at first
    but its rather childlike… I used to listen to it a lot in my early 20’s
    dc talk..jesus freak..i listened to a lot..but.. its like heavy metal and rap!so I was torn about it. f I should listen to it or not… as Christian..
    oh how I extremely beyond description miss these days of my youth
    “return to the God of your youth”
    OK!
    how I love concept videos too
    a grunge song (is it grunge?) that used to make me cry was “runaway train”soul asylum
    I cant even listen to it now
    that song cuts deep.
    you are right this song here is grunge yet positive and uplifting..
    tears for fears “break it down again” is grunge and uplifting too: )

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