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Rickie Lee Jones — Up from the Skies
Album: Pop Pop
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6.3

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Total ratings: 1415









Released: 1991
Length: 4:27
Plays (last 30 days): 5
Tell me everything

I just want to talk to you
I won't do you no harm
I just want to know about your different lives
On this is here people farm
I heard some of you got your families
Living in cages tall and cold
And some just sit there and dust away
Past the age of old
Is this true ?
Please let me talk to you

I just wanna know
The rooms behind your minds
Uh do I see a vacuum there
Or am I going blind ?
Or is it just remains of vibrations
And they happen long ago ?
Things like "Love the world" and
"Let your fancy flow"
Is this true ?
Please let me talk to you
Is this true ?
I just wanna talk to you
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Very cool. More of Ms. Jones please!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I  Agree!!  Excellent  up-rite bass.  Played very well!!  And, very well recorded!!
i am afraid this is a no and I think Jimi would concur, frankly
Bellybutton Window?
She's kind of  a crazy cat. 

We need more of them. 

But...they need to be careful with them explosives. 
Rickie Lee does the best covers, she takes others songs and makes them uniquely hers.
 hayduke2 wrote:

love her super skat  : )



Yes and I love the bass in this. 
This should work.  But for me, it just doesn't.
Really love this, it's got something neat and foot-tappin' about it...
great memories of a better time. Snapping fingers, no regrets. Thanks for the play
 RabbitEars wrote:
Wish Bill played more RLJ.
 
Anen to that love when i hear stuff that never gets played on the radio 
Wish Bill played more RLJ.
Not her best track by far. But cute and jazzy. Xx
Good rendition, but makes me want to hear Tom Waites..
 RazzCat wrote:

Ahh, Cynaera, we miss your wit...
 
I first ran into Cynaera on LFM site and thence to here.  Re your comment....indeed we do.
"I come back to see, the stars misplaced.." This dude is out of the ordinary. Blessings to you, Jimi H.
Aw, yeah. A lovely jazzy groove, with just the right dash of 'tude. I think Jimi would be boppin' along.
I'd like all the lyrics please... 😊
She should have cleaned her nose before the recording.
 memoryboxer wrote:
I'd like to think that out thete somewhere is a delicious and bent collaboative lovechild born of RLJ and Tom Waits. And speaking of delicious and bent, scrolling down I see another delightfully snarky comment from Cynaera, accompanied (as they often are) by a lamentation of her absence. I don't know the history here but whatever the reasons I too am sorry for her absence as her comments are(were?) always a treat.
 
Ann Lucas aka Cynaera was (is!) a favorite of many, and a few of us still find bumping her great posts to be fulfilling.  She died about 4 or 5 years ago.  Ultimately, while sometimes snarky, she was a kind person, so much so that I feel I knew her, and this from me who was away from RP while she was on RP, and gone by the time I came back.....life's short....enjoy it!!  Long Live RP and Ann/Cynaera's memorable posts!!

I love the line she wrote "I'm a bitch on wheels with two glasses of Chardonnay in her.  Not exactly the same as a gun, but who knows what I'll do with my empty glass? 
I'd like to think that out thete somewhere is a delicious and bent collaboative lovechild born of RLJ and Tom Waits. And speaking of delicious and bent, scrolling down I see another delightfully snarky comment from Cynaera, accompanied (as they often are) by a lamentation of her absence. I don't know the history here but whatever the reasons I too am sorry for her absence as her comments are(were?) always a treat.
Out of several covers of this tune (see also Ellen MacIlwain), I like this best. Swingin'! Nice album too.
 Cynaera wrote:

Since your comment was in May, the playlist has changed. As of today, it was:

Elephant Revival - "Cosmic Pulse"
Pearl Jam - "Yellow Ledbetter"
Rickie Lee Jones - "Up From the Skies"
Jimi Hendrix - Belly Button Window"

So what if RP was taken over by female balladeers?  Today's playlist proves that it's not an ongoing concern (and I bet that Eddie Vedder would resent being referred to as a "Female Balladeer.") {#Roflol} Please feel free to take up knitting or basket-weaving (oh, wait - that's "feeeeemale stuff") whenever RP gets "taken over by female balladeers." Geez - sometimes I'm ashamed that humans are still allowed to breed.

Okay, I had a bad day today, and I hurt in places I didn't know I had (make of that what you will.)  I'm sure the music here will calm me down, but in the meantime, I'm a bitch on wheels with two glasses of Chardonnay in her. Not exactly the same as a gun, but who knows what I'll do with my empty glass?


 
Ahh, Cynaera, we miss your wit...
love her super skat  : )
hahaha, Just when I was completely convinced that I really don't like Rickie Lee Jones...
Everyone on my allotment is digging this.....°º©©º° 
 Cynaera wrote:

Since your comment was in May, the playlist has changed. As of today, it was:

Elephant Revival - "Cosmic Pulse"
Pearl Jam - "Yellow Ledbetter"
Rickie Lee Jones - "Up From the Skies"
Jimi Hendrix - Belly Button Window"

So what if RP was taken over by female balladeers?  Today's playlist proves that it's not an ongoing concern (and I bet that Eddie Vedder would resent being referred to as a "Female Balladeer.") {#Roflol} Please feel free to take up knitting or basket-weaving (oh, wait - that's "feeeeemale stuff") whenever RP gets "taken over by female balladeers." Geez - sometimes I'm ashamed that humans are still allowed to breed.

Okay, I had a bad day today, and I hurt in places I didn't know I had (make of that what you will.)  I'm sure the music here will calm me down, but in the meantime, I'm a bitch on wheels with two glasses of Chardonnay in her. Not exactly the same as a gun, but who knows what I'll do with my empty glass?

 
Go with it.....no point in trying to suppress. .. just go with it. I'll duck and weave...don't worry...we're all in this together.
 
 jagdriver wrote:
Hmmmmmm... I want to like this, but am biased by Ellen MacIlwaine's definitive cover. My ears are open, though....
 

Me two ... I think Ellen's version is much better, more voice.
 johnjconn wrote:
Anyone got any No-doz? 
They're needed,,,, boring!

 
So much potential - started out with a great album and then went way down.  She's embarrassing herself trying to become a political activist.

 michaelc wrote:
Like her style. that funk - hip thing
 
I prefer the original, although it's only a so-so Hendrix song (he recorded a fair amount of throwaway stuff along with the diamonds). 

Rickie's song needs some old bluesman like John Lee Hooker rasping away in the background as the leering hep cat chorus...


 oceansurf wrote:
Has RP been taken over by female balladeers?  Enough already!
 
Since your comment was in May, the playlist has changed. As of today, it was:

Elephant Revival - "Cosmic Pulse"
Pearl Jam - "Yellow Ledbetter"
Rickie Lee Jones - "Up From the Skies"
Jimi Hendrix - Belly Button Window"

So what if RP was taken over by female balladeers?  Today's playlist proves that it's not an ongoing concern (and I bet that Eddie Vedder would resent being referred to as a "Female Balladeer.") {#Roflol} Please feel free to take up knitting or basket-weaving (oh, wait - that's "feeeeemale stuff") whenever RP gets "taken over by female balladeers." Geez - sometimes I'm ashamed that humans are still allowed to breed.

Okay, I had a bad day today, and I hurt in places I didn't know I had (make of that what you will.)  I'm sure the music here will calm me down, but in the meantime, I'm a bitch on wheels with two glasses of Chardonnay in her. Not exactly the same as a gun, but who knows what I'll do with my empty glass?

 johnjconn wrote:
Anyone got any No-doz? 
They're needed,,,, boring!

 
U kidding?   open the ears!!! .8.

Oh no, much more!  I love the cover, and then something from the original artist.  how about "Castles Made of Sand"
Has RP been taken over by female balladeers?  Enough already!
Very nice, unexpected. Thanks!
Like her style. that funk - hip thing
 Alpine wrote:
no mi gusto
 
Pas le mien non plus...

 Misterfixit wrote:

Ricky Lee at age 7.  Grandfather Peg Leg took the pic with an old Argus camera.
 
Peg Leg Jones, who once had Milton Berle as a supporting act :-)

In 79 I had the biggest crush on this woman, and I'm sure I've never really gotten over it.

no mi gusto
just never liked her.....
 jagdriver wrote:
Hmmmmmm... I want to like this, but am biased by Ellen MacIlwaine's definitive cover. My ears are open, though....
 
definitive? both of these  covers have an interesting effect. they actually make you like the song less.
dunno wrote:
 Misterfixit wrote:

Ricky Lee at age 7.  Grandfather Peg Leg took the pic with an old Argus camera.
 
and then the album was called "pop pop" ? very suspicious.
 

 
laozilover wrote:
Wrong cover art!

 


 Misterfixit wrote:

Ricky Lee at age 7.  Grandfather Peg Leg took the pic with an old Argus camera.
 
and then the album was called "pop pop" ? very suspicious.


I like!
Nice song, very nice!
 Misterfixit wrote:
Phlegmaticman wrote: Fun cover!
 

Ricky Lee at age 7.  Grandfather Peg Leg took the pic with an old Argus camera.
 

Sheesh.   {#Doh}
Sounds like Martin Mull
Hmmmmmm... I want to like this, but am biased by Ellen MacIlwaine's definitive cover. My ears are open, though....
vit wrote:
This from somebody who has an Aimee Mann song rated an 8?

I do?  You take more interest in my voting record than I do mate!
lawman wrote:
It's OK,but I wish she'd haveput off the recording session until after she'd shaken that cold. Ids geddin od by nerbs.


This from somebody who has an Aimee Mann song rated an 8?

It's OK,but I wish she'd haveput off the recording session until after she'd shaken that cold. Ids geddin od by nerbs.
mmmmmmm I love talking and talk to me some more, I love planet earth too and everyone that walks on it,
 stkman wrote:

and you are the opposite of smart

 
And this song is the opposite of good.

 Excelsior wrote:
It's like an anti-song... the exact opposite of music.
 
and you are the opposite of smart

 Phlegmaticman wrote:
Fun cover!
 
Ricky Lee at age 7.  Grandfather Peg Leg took the pic with an old Argus camera.


Rickie sang a "cool" song great tune and the musicians do a great job bass is great
I'm liking the shuffle, the swing...
I LOVE Jimi, and have for several decades.  I find this version to be playful, whimsical, and fun.  Kinda like it.  But then, I am not in the altered state that I was so often during my formative years of listening to Jimi.
Fun cover!
How anyone could sincerely like this garbage is beyond me.
iam_overlord wrote:
It probably makes perfect sense if you're high.
Nope. But I don't mind it just the same.
It probably makes perfect sense if you're high.
thewiseking wrote:
a_genuine_find wrote:
..ahem ... a Rickie Lee Jones CD cover demonstrates Hendrix lack of poetic skills ..... how? makes no sense thanks for the patient, articulate and well thought out response.
LOVE Rickie Lee
rKokon wrote:
Would rate minus zero if that rating existed. This is neither singing nor tuneful; no rhythm. Just sort of an irritating whining.
It's like an anti-song... the exact opposite of music.
a_genuine_find wrote:
..ahem ... a Rickie Lee Jones CD cover demonstrates Hendrix lack of poetic skills ..... how? makes no sensePosted 16 years ago by thewiseking    [ Reply ]
thewiseking wrote:
Jimi was an innovative musician but not much of a poet. This silly cover makes that clear.
..ahem ... a Rickie Lee Jones CD cover demonstrates Hendrix lack of poetic skills ..... how? makes no sense
brown1971 wrote:
You listen to the lyrics of this song or "Third Stone From the Sun" and you really wonder...was Jimi Hendrix an alien, or just posessed by the soul of an alien? I read this great little book a while back called Jimi Hendrix: Starchild. Here's a link to the book on Amazon which should give the credit to RP if you buy it...(click here) Nice cover by RLJ at any rate...
We are all star children my son. Except for some primeval hydrogen and helium, every atom in our bodies was manufactured in some star that went supernova and spread itself across the galaxy. If you take enough LSD, like Jimmie did, you become somewhat aware of that..
Jimi was an innovative musician but not much of a poet. This silly cover makes that clear.
Would rate minus zero if that rating existed. This is neither singing nor tuneful; no rhythm. Just sort of an irritating whining.
meower215 wrote:
RLJ uses her voice like an instrument. I love her, would LOVE to hear something from the Magazine. thanx for playing her
Yes, Magazine and Pirates are my favorites, would love to hear some of those cuts of sublime harmonic folky jazz pop.
You listen to the lyrics of this song or "Third Stone From the Sun" and you really wonder...was Jimi Hendrix an alien, or just posessed by the soul of an alien? I read this great little book a while back called Jimi Hendrix: Starchild. Here's a link to the book on Amazon which should give the credit to RP if you buy it...(click here) Nice cover by RLJ at any rate...
madaxeman wrote:
I can't think why I like this,but I do.
Just Becausew.ase.ewas.was.was.was....
I can't think why I like this,but I do.
the little girl on the cover reminds me of a sweet little one in Louisiana I once knew (and at one time was interested in becoming her step dad)
I actually liked Jimis' voice. But I have to say this is damn fine!
Wrong cover art!
steeler wrote:
She is so cool.
Definitely held up her corner on this set (IMO)
She is so cool.
She whispers like a poet, would love to hear her own words.
algrif wrote:
Yeah. Kool Kat music (Looking for a beatnik smiley, but I can't find one)
Hendrix one is leisurely and well cool. Well worth a listen even for those who find Hendrix a tad wildy Bohemian.
She's one of the rare artists whose covers I like. She did an album called "It's Like This"which was all covers(mostly standards) and it's great.
RLJ uses her voice like an instrument. I love her, would LOVE to hear something from the Magazine. thanx for playing her
bobringer wrote:
But groove... it does.
Yodaspeak...it we love.
Robben Ford on guitar
Mmmm...what a woman...mmm
very nice for this afternoon
jagdriver wrote:
As far as covers go, I like Ellen McIlwaine's version better.
ellen rocks let's here more of her
Vogelfrei wrote:
Not being familiar with the Hendrix version (I didn't even know it was a cover before seeing the comments here), I think this is a delightful little tune. Reminds me of the days when I went to nightclubs & coffeehouses.
Yeah. Kool Kat music (Looking for a beatnik smiley, but I can't find one)
jadewahoo wrote:
It takes a courageous soul to cover a Hendrix tune. It takes a confident master to pull it off. Ricki Lee Jones fits the bill. Good on ya' Ricki.. go!
Not to mention the fact that she seems to be channeling Mose Allison as well...quite the achievement.
... Yea! Rickie! Wooo!!! ... ... Can't get enough of this Lady, so cool ... ...
Never mind the cowbell -- more (acoustic) bass!
Not being familiar with the Hendrix version (I didn't even know it was a cover before seeing the comments here), I think this is a delightful little tune. Reminds me of the days when I went to nightclubs & coffeehouses.
jone_ston wrote:
I really like Rickie Lee Jones all except the fact that she sounds like she has a stuffed up nose. It really agravates me, because otherwise she might be one of my favorite musicians. Unfortunately that one quality of her voice ends up being a deal-breaker for me :(
My sentiments exactly. I've really really tried to like her. I don't think I've ever gotted through one of her LPs/CDs in one sitting. Just gotta get up and change it...
No, I think Jimi is smiling now...
Jimi must be spinning. Ugh.
good lil toe tappin' music. :) Hugs, Zissy
Never liked her and here she is butchering a song by a giant!
I really like Rickie Lee Jones all except the fact that she sounds like she has a stuffed up nose. It really agravates me, because otherwise she might be one of my favorite musicians. Unfortunately that one quality of her voice ends up being a deal-breaker for me :(
daedalus wrote:
She does it for me - 'The Duchess of Cool' I love the arrangement - double bass and superb accoustic guitar. A 9 in my book.
Totally agree - dutchess of cool does Hendrix, how cool is that? Upping from 8 to a 9!
She does it for me - 'The Duchess of Cool' I love the arrangement - double bass and superb accoustic guitar. A 9 in my book.
This is interesting, but I prefer the version by Sting and Gil Evans live at the Perugia Jazz Festival on a CD called Last Session, a *great* CD!
Ricky Lee Jones covering a Jimi Hendrix song?? Interesting ... not awful, but a little twisted for so early in the morning ...! The Quite Likeable rating is leaning on Jimi's songwriting, not necessarily her voice!
trekhead wrote:
Nope! I throw her in the same boat as Steely Whatsisname.... a 2! ( And I wish that boat would SINK! )
Hmmm, sounds like high quality jazz/folk/rock/cool ain't your thang. Oh well, there's sumpin for everyone, and not, I guess. Still, this is tres cool.
It takes a courageous soul to cover a Hendrix tune. It takes a confident master to pull it off. Ricki Lee Jones fits the bill. Good on ya' Ricki.. go!
Brilliant cover, brilliant album. Brilliant!
As far as covers go, I like Ellen McIlwaine's version better.
ANNE_MARIE wrote:
Pop Pop is one funky album. I like this tune/cover...and think Jimi would approve too.
I think so too.
bobringer wrote:
I don't get the lack of appreciation for this version... :-k Nothing too outstanding as far as the musicianship... :nodhead: But groove... it does.
You said it! Rickie can't help but groove!
I don't get the lack of appreciation for this version... :-k Nothing too outstanding as far as the musicianship... :nodhead: But groove... it does.
Rickie is the epitome of cool. Great cover.
<-( two awful cover versions of this song in the RP library, but not the original... wtf?
She prolly could sing better if she blew her nose. It sure sounds like a wad is stuck in there.
Nope! I throw her in the same boat as Steely Whatsisname.... a 2! ( And I wish that boat would SINK! )
Diggin' it. Keep this in the rotation.
I like Rickie, and love this song. It's a cool groove, missing only that sweet wah-wah.