Sunday, July 22, 2007

Where's the Shoorah?

The exact definition of "Shoorah", according to Dan Phillips' blog Home of the Groove, is a bit of a mystery; he concludes that it's most likely a nonsense word that is linked with certain types of music identified with New Orleans-style Mardi Gras music.

Taupin is merely using the word for flavor, to give us another ode to an object of desire a la "Island Girl" or "Amoreena" but this time a bit more domesticated-

She's all girl, woman and mother
She's had my children
And she's been my lover

The writer's mama likes her, and asks the titular question in regards to her- or perhaps if she has a certain quality that she considers "shoorah".

Not exactly a shining beacon of complexity or clarity this time. But fortunately, Elton delivers a reflective, gospel-tinged musical accompaniment, complete with gospel-choir style backing vocals, that recast the say-nothing lyrics in a very favorable light. It's a strong melody, and often that covers a multitude of sins. Vocally, he wisely stays out of the way for the most part, except for some falsetto crooning at the end which interacts with the choir nicely.

While I wasn't especially impressed with this one upon my initial listens to Blue Moves, it really grew on me and stands as a highlight of this often downbeat LP.


האבּיטוּס - בלוג לביקורת התרבות said...

A shoorah in hebrew is a sentence or a biblic verse. I dont know if that helps

David Jones said...

Interesting; thank you!

Legs 711 said...

a 'shura' is a council or debate among many on a topic. (pronounced the same). So, theoretically, if "He" were talking of o lover from a different culture that he was presenting. Others may feel obliged to debate their union. So expecting an inquisition . . "Where's the shura she sang".
I have no definite insight, merely a musing. It's a nice song