Discuss: The Common Linnets’ Calm after the storm is a bit too calm

In the aftermath of most storms there is still a bit of life, even if it’s just people rebuilding their houses and cleaning up debris. Unfortunately for the Common Linnets, the acoustic version of their song “Calm After the Storm” is totally devoid of any form of life. There’s no energy, no vigor, and, after listening to the debut on March 12, we seriously wanted to check if the artists still had a pulse.

Thankfully Ilse DeLange and Waylon have now revealed the final version of their Eurovision entry. It has calmed us down and undone much of the horror of the acoustic version. Today’s release shows the song to be more subtle than boring, and the backing makes the singers’ imagined heartache more believable.

It continues the trend of country music at Eurovision 2014—hello Malta, haaaay Switzerland. But this number seems slightly more sophisticated than those two. It takes cues from Crosby, Stills & Nash, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, and feels more organic to Nashville, where it was recorded. Anouk did well with understated last year, so perhaps Ilse and Waylon can have similar success?

Calm after the storm lyrics — Common Linnets

Driving in a fast lane
Counting boundary marker signs

The empty seat beside me
Keeps you on my mind

Living in a heartache
There is something I pursue

I can keep on chasing
What I can be for you

Oooo skies are black and blue
Thinking about you
Here in the calm after the storm

Tears on a highway
Water in my eyes
This rain ain’t gonna change us
So I used to cry

I can say I’m sorry
But I don’t wanna lie
I just wanna know if staying
Is better than goodbye

Oooo skies are black and blue
Thinking about you
Here in the calm after the story

Oooo after all that we’ve been through
There ain’t nothin’ new
Here in the calm after the storm

Baby I can find you
Down this broken line
Maybe you can find me
I guess we’ll know in time

Oooo skies are black and blue
Thinking about you
Here in the calm after the storm

There ain’t nothing new
Here in the calm after the storm

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Photo: Common Linnets