Music Friday: The Trews Believe There Is No Finer Thing Than ‘The Pearl’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, in honor of June’s official birthstone, we feature Canadian rock band The Trews singing their 2005 tune, “The Pearl (More Than Everything).”

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In the song, lead singer Colin MacDonald refers to his love interest as “the pearl” and likens her beauty to a diamond ring.

He sings, “Though the pearl eludes me while I’m sinkin’ still there’s no finer thing / Diamonds do you justice only ’cause your beauty shines like a ring / I want you more than everything.”

By the end of the song, MacDonald is even more determined to win her heart, singing, “Fighting through the winter tempest I can hear the sea sirens sing / Now I can find the gold and silver that I prayed tomorrow would bring.”

Written by band members Colin MacDonald, John-Angus MacDonald and producer Gordie Johnson, “The Pearl” appeared as the eighth track of The Trews’ Den of Thieves album. It was their second studio album and peaked at #6 on the Canadian Albums Chart.

The Trews were founded in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, in the late 1990s. They got their big break in the summer of 2002 when they won a contest sponsored by Ontario rock station CHTZ-FM. The victory led to a recording contract with Bumstead Productions.

The band was nominated as New Group of the Year at Canada’s 2004 Juno Awards, and their tune “Not Ready to Go” was nominated as the Canadian Single of the Year in 2005. In November 2010, the band performed the Canadian National anthem at the 98th Grey Cup in Edmonton, which is equivalent to the Super Bowl in the US.

The Trews are currently appearing in venues throughout Ontario. Check out the video of their 2009 live performance of “The Pearl” at Glen Gould Studio in Toronto. The lyrics are here if you’d like to sing along…

“The Pearl (More Than Everything)”
Written by Colin MacDonald, John-Angus MacDonald and Gordie Johnson. Performed by The Trews.

The search of one true heart deep within you
The ocean will part the clearness of blue
Though the pearl eludes me while I’m sinkin’ still there’s no finer thing
Diamonds do you justice only cause your beauty shines like a ring

I want you more than everything
I want you more than everything

The four winds on high of virtue they sing
It sharpens my eye determines these things… determination
Though the pearl eludes me while I’m sinkin’ still there’s no finer thing
Diamonds do you justice only ’cause your beauty shines like a ring
Fighting through the winter tempest I can hear the sea sirens sing

I want you more than everything
I want you more than everything
I want you more than everything
I want you more than everything

I feel your heart fades into view
The mist pulls apart and reveals the…
Pearl eludes me while I’m sinkin’ still there’s no finer thing
Diamonds do you justice only ’cause your beauty shines like a ring
Fighting through the winter tempest I can hear the sea sirens sing
Now I can find the gold and silver that I prayed tomorrow would bring

I want you more than everything

More than everything
Ohhhhhhhhhh

More than everything
Ohhhhhhhh

More than everything
Ohhh ohhhhh

Credit: Screen capture via YouTube.com.

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