Springtime in Vienna

The Tragically Hip

About Springtime in Vienna

"Springtime in Vienna" is a song by Canadian rock group The Tragically Hip. It was released in May 1997 as the fifth and final single from their fifth studio album, Trouble at the Henhouse. The song peaked at number 11 on Canada's RPM Singles Chart. On at least one occasion before his death in 2017, Gord Downie identified "Springtime in Vienna" as his own favourite song from the Tragically Hip repertoire.


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Past territorial piss-posts past whispers in the closets past screamin' from the rooftops we live to survive our paradoxes

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Piss-posts past whispers in the closets past screamin' from the rooftops we live to survive our paradoxes we'll live to survive
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The Tragically Hip

The Tragically Hip, often referred to simply as The Hip, was a Canadian rock band from Kingston, Ontario, that was active between 1983 and 2016. The band was made up of Gordon Downie [1964-2017] (lead vocals and guitar), Paul Langlois (guitar), Rob Baker (guitar, known as Bobby Baker until 1994), Gord Sinclair (bass) and Johnny Fay (drums). The band released 12 studio albums, two live albums, 1 EP, and 54 singles. Nine of their albums reached No. 1 in Canada. They received numerous Canadian Music awards, including 16 Juno Awards. The band's final album and tour were in 2016, following Downie being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December, 2015. more »

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Written by: Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Joseph Paul Langlois, Robert Baker, Robert Gordon Sinclair

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10 facts about this song

Band Related Fact
"Springtime in Vienna" is a song by The Tragically Hip, a rock band from Canada, released in 1996. The band is highly regarded in the Canadian music scene; they have won 14 Juno Awards and been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Album Related Fact
The song is included in their fifth studio album, "Trouble at the Henhouse," which peaked at number one on the RPM Canadian Albums Chart.
Lyric Content Fact
"Springtime in Vienna" is known for its memorable lyrics, mainly "We live to survive our paradoxes." This line is often quoted by fans and widely considered as a part of The Tragically Hip's appeal due to its thought-provoking content.
Performance Fact
During live performances, the band often extended "Springtime in Vienna," with extended instrumental parts, making it quite a memorable experience for fans at their concerts.
Song Meaning Fact
The song's meaning is debated among fans, as it evokes imagery that does not easily lend itself to a straightforward interpretation. Some believe that it reflects upon the band's paradoxical existence of being adored in Canada but less known internationally.
Music Video Fact
While "Springtime in Vienna" is a popular song among The Tragically Hip's fans, it doesn't have an official music video, which is rather unusual given the attention it received.
Chart Performance Fact
Despite its popularity among fans, "Springtime in Vienna" did not chart as high as some of the band's other songs like "Ahead by a Century," which was also part of the "Trouble at the Henhouse" album.
Tribute Fact
Following the death of the band's frontman, Gord Downie, several Canadian radio stations played this song as a tribute to his influential career.
Song Title Fact
Despite the song's title, the lyrics don't mention Vienna or springtime explicitly, adding another layer of mystery to the song's interpretation.
Cultural Impact Fact
This song has had significant cultural impact in Canada, it is frequently played on Canadian radio and it's just one of the many gems that have helped solidify The Tragically Hip's legendary status in their homeland.

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