Eliza Gilkyson — Is It Like Today
Album: Paradise Hotel
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Released: 2005
Length: 5:38
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Many years ago he looked out through a glassless window.
All that he could see was Babylon.
Beautiful green fields and dreams,
And learn to measure the stars.
But there was a worry in his heart.

He said,
How could it come to this?
I'm really worried about living.
How could it come to this?
Yeah I really want to know about this.
Is it like today?

Then there came a day.
It moved out 'cross the Mediterranean.
Came to western isles and the Greek young men.
And with their silver beards they laughed
At the unknown universe.
They could sit and guess God's name.

But they said,
How could it come to this?
We're really worried about living.
How could it come to this.
Yeah, we really want to know about this.
Is it like today?

Then there followed days of Kings, Empires and revolution.
Blood just looks the same when you open the veins.
But sometijmes it was faith, power or reason as the cornerstone.
But the furrowed brow has never left his face.

He said,
How could it come to this?
We've been living in a landslide!
How could it come to this?
Yeah, we really want to know about this.
Is it like today?

Then there came a day, man packed up,
Flew off from the planet.
He went to the moon,
Now he's out in space,
Hey, fixing all the problems.
He comes face to face with God.

How could it come to this?
I'm really worried 'bout my creation.
How did it comes to this?
You 're really killing me, you know.
It isn't just today?
Is it like today?
Is it like today?
Bang!
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 denisecerniglia wrote:
Such a great song. great cover

 
Agreed!  Always loved World Party's original but this is one fine cover!
Such a great song. great cover
Great song. World Party still tops it but the cover is very good.
the gods
die
and take the world
with them
how did it come
to this

dr strangelove

{#Bananajam}
Love this! I thought it was Lucinda Williams.
Pretty good.  I VERY much prefer the World Party (Karl Wallinger) version, however.

You might be missing the point of the humor.

Deists haven't believed in a god this paltry since the development of monotheism.

I agree, it is a nice tune. Gave it a 7.

 

 ElCamoteLoco wrote:


Um, atheists don't 'believe' in any kind of god. That's what the 'a-' prefix means. The sentiments in this song are more along the lines of what a deist might believe in. It's a good version of a good song; no need to interject prickly ad hominems.

 

 


Lovely,just plain lovely !
From The Infatuated Connecticut Jury 
:o)~ 
 ncollingridge wrote:
One of the best cover versions of a song IMHV. I love the WP original but she really brings something fresh to it. Very expressive vocal performance. Lovely..

 
I agree 100%.  Well said.
Perfect for today.
 westslope wrote:

LOL!  Good one.  

That is the lovely thing about 'faith' — the ways it can be infinitely tuned.

Yes, atheists are a curious lot.  Even the atheists in British Columbia call the place God's finest creation.  

 

Well, our provincial motto is Supernatural British Columbia. If anyone's in doubt, spend an afternoon deep in the west coast rainforest and let all the ambient sounds and light seep inside you. It's not like other forests. ;-)  We even have our own Spirit Bear (white Kermode bears), found nowhere outside BC. /gush

This song is one of those cases where I like the cover as much as the original.
One of the best cover versions of a song IMHV. I love the WP original but she really brings something fresh to it. Very expressive vocal performance. Lovely..
 Skydog wrote:
Ms Gilkyson has released 22 albums from 1969 to 2014 and this is the first time I have heard of her, 
a pleasure to meet you Ms Gilkyson

 
Hear hear.  Nice post, my friend.
 bitbanger wrote:

Not much of a god.

I imagine this is the kind of god atheists believe in so that they can deny the existence of god.



 
Um, atheists don't 'believe' in any kind of god. That's what the 'a-' prefix means. The sentiments in this song are more along the lines of what a deist might believe in. It's a good version of a good song; no need to interject prickly ad hominems.
REALLY NICE
I am really liking this more the more I hear it {#Hearteyes}
Ms Gilkyson has released 22 albums from 1969 to 2014 and this is the first time I have heard of her, 
a pleasure to meet you Ms Gilkyson
If I were teaching history in junior high or high school, this song would be on the exam.
Yeah, World Party preferable, but nice to know that others appreciate a song enough to do their own version. Wonderful song, my kids have been brain washed with this. Lovely
Reminds you of what a poet Karl Wallinger is. Great song
Prefer the original 
 bitbanger wrote:

Not much of a god.

I imagine this is the kind of god atheists believe in so that they can deny the existence of god.



 
LOL!  Good one.  

That is the lovely thing about 'faith' — the ways it can be infinitely tuned.

Yes, atheists are a curious lot.  Even the atheists in British Columbia call the place God's finest creation.  
 dragon1952 wrote:

Sorry, but you are bonkers. This is a pretty darn good cover of a great song. In fact, I like this version almost as well as the original.

 
I agree. World Party version beautiful - and sits within a really, really good album.
This version is pleasantly beautiful too :)
 
 FatPants wrote:
Sorry to be like this but this is awful.  World Party is a criminally underplayed band and this cover is dreck.

 
Sorry, but you are bonkers. This is a pretty darn good cover of a great song. In fact, I like this version almost as well as the original.
Sorry to be like this but this is awful.  World Party is a criminally underplayed band and this cover is dreck.
Loses a point for the excessive use of the word 'this'. 
My opinion is, if you can't cover a song at least or better than the original then don't. This version nails it.
pretty much perfect
V-nice.... cover....{#Roflol}

Not much of a god.

I imagine this is the kind of god atheists believe in so that they can deny the existence of god.


I prefer original work to covers 99,99%, Common Peopler is better than it's covers for sure. But I tolerate, and sometimes like, their flawed new renditions. 
All I can say it's "thanks Bill for implementing PSD button!" I just PSD-ed overplayed Arcade Fire {#Biggrin}

rdo wrote:

Well, this is a real sore spot for me, one of the big beefs I have with this station.  That Pulp song is very dear to me and to hear the William Shatner parody of it is very depressing.  I wish it were not played here.
 

 ShamanManu wrote:

I wouldn't go that far and say it's superior to original but it's a decent rendition. Just as the other two you mentioned. Shatner made it a close call with his cover, maybe because Pulp's singer has nasal & whiny voice? :P
Annie Lennox did quite a few good covers.

 
Well, this is a real sore spot for me, one of the big beefs I have with this station.  That Pulp song is very dear to me and to hear the William Shatner parody of it is very depressing.  I wish it were not played here.
 DavidS_UK wrote:
I sort of remember the original but think this is superior, in the same way that Gary Jules delivers 'Mad World', and my eternal favourite, William Shatner's 'Common People'

Some covers DO work and sometimes from the most unlikely people.

 
I wouldn't go that far and say it's superior to original but it's a decent rendition. Just as the other two you mentioned. Shatner made it a close call with his cover, maybe because Pulp's singer has nasal & whiny voice? :P
Annie Lennox did quite a few good covers.
I sort of remember the original but think this is superior, in the same way that Gary Jules delivers 'Mad World', and my eternal favourite, William Shatner's 'Common People'

Some covers DO work and sometimes from the most unlikely people.
 CopyrightX wrote:
Doesn't she sing with Andreas Vollenweider sometimes?
 
{#Yes} 
Wasn't quite sure about the 'edge' to both Eliza's voice and the guitar on this one when I first heard it - think it really flows though, really love it.{#Angel}
Doesn't she sing with Andreas Vollenweider sometimes?
Bill, this is one of many evenings I've planned to watch TV, in this case it is a Sharks hockey game. But I cannot turn RP OFF. You are the soundtrack tonight. Thank you.
This is actually one of the few times when I like the cover better than the original. Excellent!
 Agreed

I'd just rather hear the World Party version. Better tempo. But its always nice to get some variety via cover tunes.

 


I'd just rather hear the World Party version. Better tempo. But its always nice to get some variety via cover tunes.
 Hannio wrote:
They were so bummed with what Eliza did to their song that the party just spontaneously ended and everybody went home.
 
Bru. Tal.
Doesn't do justice to World Party.

This is poigniant for this moment in my time.

Right on time.


 Charlie_rijsel wrote:

Trying to remember who did original.

Anyway to me this is wonderful to the ears - but the comments show some who love and some who hate.

Amazing the polarity of human taste for musical art (maybe its the same for spinach though!)

In the end 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'

 

I see beauty.

 
I like spinach and this version of the World Party song. Eliza Gilkyson is a very good live performer. also.

Trying to remember who did original.

Anyway to me this is wonderful to the ears - but the comments show some who love and some who hate.

Amazing the polarity of human taste for musical art (maybe its the same for spinach though!)

In the end 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'

 

I see beauty.


 curufinwe wrote:
Boring cover of an already-boring song. IMHO.
 
Probably the wrong question asked of the wrong person, but why do you find this boring? Teenagers spend a lot of time stating that things are boring, as if the statement alone says it all. 
Second that from another Nottm jury...she's amazing live.
 curufinwe wrote:
Boring cover of an already-boring song. IMHO.
 
The original was ok, though I could see how some folk would see it as boring, but IMO this cover adds layers to the original and refreshes it. Which is what a good cover version should do. 9 from the Nottingham jury.
I was thinking of this song last monday for the anniversary of the battle of Antietam.She gets her own "wall of sound " going.Interesting Lady.