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Mudcrutch — Crystal River
Album: Mudcrutch
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Released: 2008
Length: 9:26
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Crystal river
Got a woman on the other side
Crystal river
Got a woman on the other side
And nothin' can touch me here
Nothin' can touch me here
Nothin' can touch me here
On crystal river

I love her
I swear by the diamond sky
I love her
I swear by the diamond sky
And nothin' can touch me here
And nothin' can touch me here
And nothin' can touch me here
On crystal river

I'm dreamin'
Dreamin' where
The water's wide
Crystal river
Got a woman on the other side
And nothin' can touch me here
Nothin' can touch me here
No nothin' can touch me here
On crystal river

---

She's sleeping
Sleeping by the water side
She's sleeping
Out there on that bank
She lies
And nothin' can touch me here
Nothin' can touch me here
No nothin' can touch me here
On crystal river
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Saved me. 
This is Tom Petty!  Mudcrutch was the name he & his band had before they became the Heartbreakers.

 
 sirdroseph wrote:
No Tom Petty fan, that is why I am so surprised at how good this is!{#Clap}

 
Exactly my thoughts
Vocal sounds like Tom Petty

 
 gertl1970 wrote:
It's exactly the sound and music from rock'n'roll animal... nice...
 
Was listening to Crystal River while walking my dog, and during the jam I couldn't help thinking I had heard this before.  Couldn't place it until I got back home and listened to it again, and, yep, it's so much like the intro to Sweet Jane off of Lou Reeds rock'n'roll animal!  I knew if I came to RP I would find someone who thought the same thing!

 westslope wrote:

Yes.  Reminds me of the ballad stage of Neil Young in the mid to late 1970s.  George Harrison.  Cowboy Junkies.  Kathleen Edwards.  

 
Exactly like those Neil Young epics-that was the vibe I was getting.{#Doh}
It's exactly the sound and music from rock'n'roll animal... nice...
So there is something else to Mudcrutch other than their rubbish version of Matty Groves (oops, sorry, "Shady Grove" I meant). I rather like this and its gentle bumbley melodic style. A pleasant way of passing some time and great to work to.
 RedGuitar wrote:

Kinda like the Intro to Sweet Jane on the Rock n Roll Animal live album.

 
Yes.  Reminds me of the ballad stage of Neil Young in the mid to late 1970s.  George Harrison.  Cowboy Junkies.  Kathleen Edwards.  

Evidentaly, crystal river never stops flowing.


yuck

"Nothing can touch me here, on Crystal River..." I guess he's not getting a 3G signal.
No Tom Petty fan, that is why I am so surprised at how good this is!{#Clap}
 Cynaera wrote:

This IS Tom Petty. It's a band he had earlier, and he's regrouped with them (yeah, and also with the Heartbreakers) to put out Mudcrutch. Don't freak, please. You're dead on. {#Sunny}
 

IS too.  love Tom Petty..great show in Grand Rapids, Mi, a couple years back.
 Peace_tode wrote:
Kind of a Lou Reed feel in parts. I enjoyed that stroll.
 
Kinda like the Intro to Sweet Jane on the Rock n Roll Animal live album.

 Stingray wrote:


But others of you still and will forever remain in the
70'tee-ish 30+ minute sleeping pill bore!
 
Now now, play nicely children.......{#Chillpill}
 LowPhreak wrote:


Well, some of us have evolved beyond the standard 3:00 pop ditty.
 

But others of you still and will forever remain in the
70'tee-ish 30+ minute sleeping pill bore!
sounds like Warren's voice a bit there.
I'll take a contrarian view on this one:  it's a definite snoozer. As in, puts you in a coma - if you're not already herbally induced. Just way too long, waaay too meandering and, yeah, there's Tom Petty's whiny voice.  Never liked it.  Still don't.  He's just one of the folks I never could appreciate.  He's got longevity, though, so that speaks to his talent, I guess.
I love when music can transport me somewhere else. This song chills me out and does that perfectly. While I love when Petty is rockin, this song is too pretty to ignore.
Kind of a Lou Reed feel in parts. I enjoyed that stroll.
 Stingray wrote:

Strummer is dead - inn'he?
 
Well, I can feel myself passing into a catatonic state the longer this goes on. Tom Petty does some super-rocking numbers which really get the feet tapping, but he also comes out with narcoleptic turkeys like this one. IMO naturally

Really very - very nice
I am not a big fan of Tom Petty, but I really like this tune.  I gave it a 10.  It figures.  This only gets a lukewarm 6.6 which is for him a low rating on RP. 

This is just amazing.  I love the lengthy instrumental interlude - reminiscent of "Layla."  In my opinion, this song could go on for twenty minutes and I'd just drift along with it, a huge grin on my face and about five cats snuggled around me, purring and drooling. Mmmmm....{#Sunny}
Fine, fine music.
 h8rhater wrote:

Tiny attention spans (and minds) need tiny songs. 

 
Gotta laugh - I was listening to this song and thinking it was far too short... I guess I am a dork. Let's form a club. We'll call it the "Dork Side of the Moon Club." {#Lol}
Tom Petty. I likey him.{#Whistle}
 nicolewe wrote:

is this tom pettyish or is it my imagination?


 
This IS Tom Petty. It's a band he had earlier, and he's regrouped with them (yeah, and also with the Heartbreakers) to put out Mudcrutch. Don't freak, please. You're dead on. {#Sunny}
 LowPhreak wrote:


Well, some of us have evolved beyond the standard 3:00 pop ditty.
 
How is life beyond the border?

 fredriley wrote:
As Joe Strummer said, "fuckin' long, innit?" ;(
 

Well, some of us have evolved beyond the standard 3:00 pop ditty.


 Jazbo wrote:
Trippy!
 

whaaaaat...?
 fredriley wrote:
As Joe Strummer said, "fuckin' long, innit?" ;(
 

Strummer is dead - inn'he?
Terrible cover, terrible name,
Great "band"!

Nobody can touch you, Tom!
Cool! I am pleased to hear a post 1979 Petty production that doesn't make me want to hurl.{#Puke} This song is actually fairly decent and non offensive to the ears!{#Cheers}

...this one's grown on me...
Trippy!
 philbertr wrote:
I've always liked Tom Petty, even before I had a Gainesville connection.  But this song just fits so well with the image I remember of Crystal River, and the springs and the Ichnetucknee River just north of town, that I have to love the song. 

Florida is not the kind of place where the landscape hits you across the face with its drama, but when you get to know its subtlety, it has a beauty that is unique and incredible.  It is too bad that development has ruined so much of it, but then we are over-running the planet.  The places that haven't been spoiled by human encroachment are few and far, far away.
 
phil, you hit it on the head.  I'm a long-time Gainesvillian, and have seen magical natural areas become ruined.  The completely spring-fed Ichetucknee River used to be crystal clear throughout its run...now there's algae and cloudiness from various underground sources that have been polluted by runoff from nearby cattle operations.  It's still beautiful, but not the pristine paradise it once was.

Mudcrutch's music is some of my favorite.  Petty was/is a magician.


 shutter wrote:
Damn, I fell asleep an hour-and-a-half ago and this song was on then.  And it's still on!

 
Tiny attention spans (and minds) need tiny songs. 

 lophrequa wrote:

you might want to check out Mofro's Lochloosa 

Homesick but it's alright
Lochloosa is on my mind, she's on my mind
I swear it's ten thousand degrees in the shade
Lord have mercy knows - how much I love it
Every mosquito, every rattlesnake, every cane break - everything
Every alligator, every blackwater swamp, every freshwater spring - everything
All we need is one more damn developer tearing her heart out
All we need is one more Mickey Mouse
Another golf course, another country club, another gated community
Lord I need her, Lord I need her, and she's slipping away
If my grandfather could see her now, he'd lay down and die
Cause every minute every second every hour, every day, Lord she's slipping away
Homesick but it's alright
Lochloosa is on my mind, she's on my mind


 
YEAH!!! LET'S GET SOME MOFRO ON RP

I enjoy reading the stories other listeners write down here. Like the one by philbertr, few lines below. I was doing something else, reading in the next room when I felt attracted to this long Crystal River tune. Had to sit down and see who was singing and playing : I am glad I did, this is another CD to add to the to-buy list. Having a part of such a different world in a big city opposite side of the world and yet sharing the feeling. Nice... Music is magic

 philbertr wrote:
I've always liked Tom Petty, even before I had a Gainesville connection.  But this song just fits so well with the image I remember of Crystal River, and the springs and the Ichnetucknee River just north of town, that I have to love the song. 

Florida is not the kind of place where the landscape hits you across the face with its drama, but when you get to know its subtlety, it has a beauty that is unique and incredible.  It is too bad that development has ruined so much of it, but then we are over-running the planet.  The places that haven't been spoiled by human encroachment are few and far, far away.
 
you might want to check out Mofro's Lochloosa 

Homesick but it's alright
Lochloosa is on my mind, she's on my mind
I swear it's ten thousand degrees in the shade
Lord have mercy knows - how much I love it
Every mosquito, every rattlesnake, every cane break - everything
Every alligator, every blackwater swamp, every freshwater spring - everything
All we need is one more damn developer tearing her heart out
All we need is one more Mickey Mouse
Another golf course, another country club, another gated community
Lord I need her, Lord I need her, and she's slipping away
If my grandfather could see her now, he'd lay down and die
Cause every minute every second every hour, every day, Lord she's slipping away
Homesick but it's alright
Lochloosa is on my mind, she's on my mind


This is a great song to listen to while floating around a pool on a warm summer night.
 fredriley wrote:
As Joe Strummer said, "fuckin' long, innit?" ;(
  Damn, I fell asleep an hour-and-a-half ago and this song was on then.  And it's still on!

As Joe Strummer said, "fuckin' long, innit?" ;(
Nice music!
 parrothead wrote:


I've lived most of my adult life in central Florida. I have canoed down the Ichnetucknee, Crystal,Wikiwatchee,Rainbow and many other rivers. I agree that Florida has a fragile environment. My point is this, there are places where humans have done some damage but I don't agree with the thought that the planet would be better place if we where not here. I believe this planet was created by a higher power for mankind which incomperhensible for us to fully understand. It's not all doom and gloom, most damage is reverible. The planet is well capable of healing it's self in most cases, so unlatch those arms from that tree!!!!
 

Off topic from this great song but:

Damage is reversable? Extinction is not reversable - and many, many animals that roamed this planet are now extinct thanks to the damage mankind has wrought on the face of this planet.

philbertr, you hang right onto that tree.

 philbertr wrote:
I've always liked Tom Petty, even before I had a Gainesville connection.  But this song just fits so well with the image I remember of Crystal River, and the springs and the Ichnetucknee River just north of town, that I have to love the song. 

Florida is not the kind of place where the landscape hits you across the face with its drama, but when you get to know its subtlety, it has a beauty that is unique and incredible.  It is too bad that development has ruined so much of it, but then we are over-running the planet.  The places that haven't been spoiled by human encroachment are few and far, far away.
 

I've lived most of my adult life in central Florida. I have canoed down the Ichnetucknee, Crystal,Wikiwatchee,Rainbow and many other rivers. I agree that Florida has a fragile environment. My point is this, there are places where humans have done some damage but I don't agree with the thought that the planet would be better place if we where not here. I believe this planet was created by a higher power for mankind which incomperhensible for us to fully understand. It's not all doom and gloom, most damage is reverible. The planet is well capable of healing it's self in most cases, so unlatch those arms from that tree!!!!
I've always liked Tom Petty, even before I had a Gainesville connection.  But this song just fits so well with the image I remember of Crystal River, and the springs and the Ichnetucknee River just north of town, that I have to love the song. 

Florida is not the kind of place where the landscape hits you across the face with its drama, but when you get to know its subtlety, it has a beauty that is unique and incredible.  It is too bad that development has ruined so much of it, but then we are over-running the planet.  The places that haven't been spoiled by human encroachment are few and far, far away.
Jelani
(Home of the freak, land of the vague)
Posted: Sep 02, 2008 - 17:07 < Reply >

ryuujin23 wrote: This is probably much better under the influence of shrooms.



Isn't everything?


{#Lol}

it's alright but I wouldn't play it for a festival crowd.
I quite enjoyed this strung out piece...sort of a grand malaise...like the US situation sort of (thanks BO you Ahole) sort of...a big drag off of an esmerelda smoke....
hum... psychedelic tom petty. Intreging.
 
zzzzzzzz
 RedGuitar wrote:

d.  None of the above.   It's Mike Campbell and a guy Petty used to play with in the first incarnation of Mudcrutch.  His name escapes me at the moment.

 
Neat
I suppose I could wiki dat
Thanks

 dogpound wrote:
we have entered mediocre hour.
 
Apparently so - is that how long this song lasts?

 coding_to_music wrote:
Guitar: Is that Jerry Garcia or Ryan Adams or Derek Trucks ?
 
d.  None of the above.   It's Mike Campbell and a guy Petty used to play with in the first incarnation of Mudcrutch.  His name escapes me at the moment.

Guitar: Is that Jerry Garcia or Ryan Adams or Derek Trucks ?
Is it just me? Does anyone else think this sounds a bit odd today — maybe slower than usual?
This is really weird for me.  I've never liked Tom Petty much, but I really like this song.
we have entered mediocre hour.
Yes, Yes.

 
shayde wrote:
So is anyone else hearing the intro to Sweet Jane in this riff?
 


 sunybuny wrote:
....  Sadly, there is a lot of retirement migration so former grazing lands and scrubs are becoming stucco wastelands for the 55+ set.
......

Good to know, sad to hear.


dead it may be... but I love it
The instrumental section is very reminiscent of the Grateful Dead's live stuff...
you go, Mudcrutch! You deserve it! checkout this album, if you're a Petty fan, you'll be glad you did. Plus its just a GREAT road trip album!

{#Motor}
Cinnamon girl, Sugar mountain
Crystal river, Diamond sky

Neil Young should sue.
sunybuny wrote:
Crystal River is a beautiful and somewhat rural part of the west coast of Florida. It's about an hour drive north of Tampa and about an hour southwest of Gainesville.

Sadly, there is a lot of retirement migration so former grazing lands and scrubs are becoming stucco wastelands for the 55+ set.

Crystal River is also the area in which you can find our manatees - Homassassa State Park being the easiest to access.

A lot of west coast Floridians used to own small weekend cabins on the rivers up there.


Did not know that, thanks for the info! Beautiful song....even more amazing live.

Crystal River is a beautiful and somewhat rural part of the west coast of Florida. It's about an hour drive north of Tampa and about an hour southwest of Gainesville.

Sadly, there is a lot of retirement migration so former grazing lands and scrubs are becoming stucco wastelands for the 55+ set.

Crystal River is also the area in which you can find our manatees - Homassassa State Park being the easiest to access.

A lot of west coast Floridians used to own small weekend cabins on the rivers up there.

Is this over yet?
So is anyone else hearing the intro to Sweet Jane in this riff?
{#Devil_pimp}
 Jelani wrote:

what the hell is a "diamond sky"?

 
I'm pretty sure the diamonds are a metaphor for twinkling stars; "diamond sky" produces a more glistening, subtly flashing, multihued image than, say, "night sky" or "starry sky."
Nice long, stoney jam in the middle of the song there. Flashbacks to college.....
 ryuujin23 wrote:
This is probably much better under the influence of shrooms.
 
Thank you for the reminder. 50 miles west of here, and 500 meters up, is a field that is calling to me.

 Jelani wrote:

what the hell is a "diamond sky"?

 
I dunno. But that Dylan fellow mentioned in a song you may have heard too...

"Oh, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free/
Sillhouetted by the sea
Circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.
Hey Mr. Tambourine Man...."
What are circus sands?
I think it's called metaphor. Or poetry, if you prefer.

 Jelani wrote:
Looks like Petty saved all of his junk songs for his old flunkies.
 

Hey, that's a tad harsh.

 

This sounds much better if you put yourself in a living room or a garage and a bunch of friends are playing for each other.



ryuujin23 wrote:
This is probably much better under the influence of shrooms.

Isn't everything?
BUT, not this.
Ingredient for a bad trip.

nigelr wrote:
Back to his best on this one. Gorgeous!
Successive listenings have only re-enforced this opinion. Destined to be a classic, I feel.
"I love her, I swear by the diamond sky............."


what the hell is a "diamond sky"?

Looks like Petty saved all of his junk songs for his old flunkies.
Sublime
I can't believe that I am even commenting on something so mediocre and repetitive.

Love the instrumental passage in this song.


Very mellow. I can't wait until MegaDeath does a cover of it!


If Tomy Petty's first band really gave itself a terrible moniker like "Mudcrutch" and was really putting out endless, meandering music like this, I have to say that there is little mystery why it never captured the public's attention the first time around. Say what you will about the Grateful Dead; at least they had a cool name.


Alpine wrote:
Is this still on?


Hell YES

Is this still on?
omg, it's NOT OVER yet...
This is the song that never ends....
This gets a little too much air play.  A little slow and pointless for me.
And this is different from TP & The Heartbreakers how?  Oh, TP gets more money you say?  Whatever.  Nice tune.
Tom Petty??
A good one!{#Bananajam}

I love this song it rambles endlessly and gets nowhere. I can relate to that. 


Back to his best on this one. Gorgeous!
Successive listenings have only re-enforced this opinion. Destined to be a classic, I feel.
"I love her, I swear by the diamond sky............."

Ok, good. But now stop, please
I like it.
I will download it on my lock radio as a snooze tone.
I typically feel this deep-seated fondness for Tom Petty -- Petty looks and acts like friends of mine back in the day. But I'm not sure about this one.
White Bird In A Golden Cage All Alone
I would add my comments to the pigpiling here, but everything I could say negatively about this song has already been said...
Reminds me of a Lou Reed guitar solo..from that live album...? blah nothing in there
ryuujin23 wrote:
This is probably much better under the influence of shrooms.
Just think you are under the influence and you will be. . . But then again you would be fluencen'.
parrothead wrote:
Just read in Guitar World that the late Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd was once a member of Mudcrutch.
Not according to AMG: Biography by Steve Leggett Formed in Gainesville, FL, in 1970, Mudcrutch were essentially a precursor to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, with a then 17-year-old Tom Petty on bass, Mike Campbell and Tom Leadon (the brother of ex-Eagle Bernie Leadon) on guitars, Benmont Tench on keyboards, and Randall Marsh on drums. Popular on the Florida bar circuit, Mudcrutch relocated to L.A. in 1974 and was offered a recording contract from Leon Russell and Denny Cordell's Shelter Records, but the band splintered before any significant recording was completed, although Petty remained under contract to Shelter as a solo artist. In time, the band drifted back together, this time with Petty and Campbell on guitars, Tench on keyboards, and a rhythm section of Ron Blair on bass and Stan Lynch on drums. Calling themselves Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, they assumed Petty's solo contract with Shelter Records and released the self-titled Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers LP on the label in 1976. The rest, as they say, is history. In the summer of 2007, Petty, Campbell, Tench, Leadon, and Marsh reunited as Mudcrutch and recorded an album, the self-titled Mudcrutch, which was released a year later in 2008 on Reprise Records. The band followed the album with a limited tour.
This is probably much better under the influence of shrooms.
*Sigh* well, the good news is that songs by the boring-ass National aren't being played 5-6 times a day now. The bad news, is that they've been replaced by boring-ass songs by Mudcrutch 5-6 times a day.
Geez what's with all the diatribe...I always thought real Rock N' Roll was a rally against the 2 minute pop crap, but the 2 minute ditty seems like what half the folks around here want. This is good stuff...an effort to craft music instead of a saleable item.
Aahhh, I needed Tom Petty's happy sounds. Me feel better now! :) Thanks Bill!
gosh, this isn't very interesting, is it?
Just read in Guitar World that the late Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd was once a member of Mudcrutch.
My exit cue. Ciao, everyone!
Patnet wrote:
Remove from library.
The middle jam (would that be a bridge jam?) sounds like a combination of White Bird and Sweet Jane. Semi cool, way too long.
me likee. tpetty good. wait i feel something, its, its, sleepy time bedee bi.........(snore) what happened to this song? it just faded off into nothing, no direction, it just dies. wow, i am totally unimpressed now. tpetty good but this song is like a lunesta with three shots of patron silver. sleep now rp fans. we have lost tpetty. will someone return him to the greatness he once was?
Sound wallpaper for in a mall or lift, does nothing except bore. Remove from library.
thewiseking wrote:
Petty effortlessly does what so many others strive to do and he's been doin it for 30 plus years.
What's that--bore people to tears with unimaginative music?
zzzzzzzzzzz
Kinda bland.
Petty effortlessly does what so many others strive to do and he's been doin it for 30 plus years.