Song #46: “Cathedrals” — Jump, Little Children (1998)
I knew there would be at least one local band in this countdown — however, “Cathedrals” by Winston-Salem band Jump, Little Children was on this list long before I moved to North Carolina. A powerful and moving ode to the search for meaning in life, its lyrics took on unexpected (and unanticipated) meaning after 9/11 and the early years of the misguided “war on terror.”
I know this was never the band’s intention, but it is hard not imagine it with lyrics like “Someone is watching all of the outsiders/
The line moves slowly through the numbered gate/ Past the mosaic of the head of state”
None of which changes the fact that this is one of the most beautiful and haunting songs of the last few decades.