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The Be Good Tanyas — Human Thing
Album: Hello Love
Avg rating:
6.4

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Total ratings: 838









Released: 2006
Length: 4:06
Plays (last 30 days): 3
You're a human thing
Who do you think that you're foolin'?
You're not foolin', not foolin' me

You're a human thing
You're so busy frontin'
Confusin' courage and acting

Move me
Move me

Could it really be so wrong
To let somebody, somebody see

Move me
Move me

A girl can keep it together
A girl can keep it together

Come on now, you know you we'll take the weather
Come on now, you know we love your weather

You got roots cannot be torn from under
Won't you shake it like you've never done before
You've got roots cannot be torn from under
Won't you shake it like you've never done before

You're a human thing
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I  love it so much. I love her shaky voice, I love the harmonica, the slow pace.

It's November 7, 2022 and I'm writing from Winnipeg, Manitoba where I find myself making a pretense of working from home while listening to Radio Paradise, enjoying a second Americano, and perusing the motley comment section of songs I'm not particularly fond of - this one included - to satisfy a neurotic want to have my opinions corroborated by other listeners. I see that I rated this one as “Ho Hum,” and I don’t think I was being very fair whenever I originally rated the song. Could I have been in a bad mood?

Let’s stick with the present day. I woke up groggily (daylight savings time - ugh) but the feeling quickly passed as I was lit up by my children's giddy excitement in realizing that it had snowed overnight. There isn’t much snow, just enough to cover the lawn and afford the trees with the fanciful quality of a snow globe. And yes, it’s nice not having to drive to the office the day of the first snowfall, so I’m sharing in the quiet, well-insulated comforts of home. And remember that Halloween was just last week – there’s still a good haul of candy to pair well with my second Americano. So, although the day began begrudgingly as a completely ordinary Monday, the stage has been set just so, and now the day has the makings of a very memorable one.

Under this spell with a rosy disposition, I’m wondering what kind of day buddyweiser was having when they commented, “absolute crap.” Or when Excelsior posted something negative not once, not twice, not thrice, but SEVEN times (I was going to say EIGHT, but in Excelsior’s defence, one of their comments is blank. Perhaps the intent was to cleverly use the blank space as a metaphor indicative of a hollowness they feel this song possesses, but with comments like “utter shit,” I don’t think Excelsior is clever enough for that).

If I could, I’d invite buddyweiser and Excelsior over for a coffee. Remarking on the brilliant amber colour and of the crema, buddyweiser might have a change of heart and reconsider their appraisal of this song (and perhaps their brew of choice, too).  And Excelsior, well, this might take a bit more work, but the fresh snow, fresh coffee, and fresh chocolate chip cookies (thanks wifey!) might put them in a kind enough mood to show some generosity toward artists who do their best to produce something of value that other people will enjoy. And even if it’s not enjoyed, which is fine, hopefully we could agree that The Be Good Tanyas deserve a little more credit for their work. It's not easy to write and produce a song. Anyway, it’s high time I got back to work - and yes, I upped my rating to a diplomatic "Acceptable."

 FlatCat wrote:
Please, please, find the pitch. She's all over the place, and it's not art.
 

I have perfect pitch, and you clearly do not.
 AbileneTexas wrote:
Wow, so much hate for this song.  And some pretty funny hater comments.  I, however, really like the Be Good Tanyas and this song in particular.
 
Hating is what so many love to do these days. There's an art to it.
Wow, so much hate for this song.  And some pretty funny hater comments.  I, however, really like the Be Good Tanyas and this song in particular.
It sounds like someone's forcing her to sing, and she's using all her will not to.
 pannaramma wrote:

yes, and the singing sounds like the rocking chair going over the cat's tail over and over again.

 
I'm with you there.

 bobcat1963 wrote:
sounds like a lazy session a a porch in the afternoon.
{#Sunny}

 
yes, and the singing sounds like the rocking chair going over the cat's tail over and over again.

sounds like a lazy session a a porch in the afternoon.
{#Sunny}

I loved their first album. I liked their second album enough to buy it. This one, I don't know. I don't hate it like some of you, though. I'm reserving all my hate for Cloud Cult.
I find this to be a pleasant song.
absolute crap {#Puke}{#Crashcomp} {#Stop} {#Wall} 
{#Puke}
Hello, love....I love this thang.
I like the Tanyas... sorta puts me in a laid back Dead frame of mind....  THE "Dead" that is.
Once again....{#Puke}Exit stage left pleeeeezzeeee.
 WonderLizard wrote:
Elegantly put. BTW, how can you not admire an album simply titled "Hello Love," two of the more powerful words in the language?
 
Because the singing on every track is pure and utter shit?  {#Puke}
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 nuttycombe wrote:
I have to disagree with many posters on this one....it is simple but beautiful. Keep it. Ah, the diversity of human listening experiences!

Elegantly put. BTW, how can you not admire an album simply titled "Hello Love," two of the more powerful words in the language?

 Excelsior wrote:
I want to know who they sold their souls to in order to get a recording contract.
 

How did I know there would be a fifth comment from you informing us how much you hate this band? As if we didn't GET it the prior 4 postings. Thanks for reminding us again, and again, and again...
 Excelsior wrote:
I want to know who they sold their souls to in order to get a recording contract.
 
ALRIGHT already!  We get it!  Excelsior is not pleased!

boardbabe666 wrote:
I love this song!!!!

Me too. The BGT haters can go pound sand.

c.

I want to know who they sold their souls to in order to get a recording contract.
I love this song!!!!
I think I'll mute RP for a few minutes, open my window, and listen to the jackhammers on the street outside. MUCH more soothing and pleasant than her voice.
Misterfixit wrote:
BGT's are presently blasting, I mean blasting from my 7.1 sound system. Neighbors are having a mite bit noisy pool party. So, I figure if I crank up the volume and really use some of the 1,000 watts RMS that my Tube Amps put out ..well it's enjoyable to say the least and I don't have to listen to a bunch of Nuveau RIche folks in speedos and thongs. I jut put in a new set of Svetlana Company tubes in the final amp and they are sweet! OK, back to Radio Paradise and a Corona with Lime. Yes, life is very sweet.
If you have a 1000 watt tube amp, just point the thing at the obnoxious neighbors and chuckle while they fry.
Had "more than two" glasses of wine tonight and this still sux. Aside from from "The Littlest Bird," Be Good Tanyas must not be my fav group.
Please, please, find the pitch. She's all over the place, and it's not art.
Ten people think this song is "godlike".
We're good with this. Be good made the day.
Shesdifferent wrote:
It's not Jive talking...It's Sleep Talking''''and TO THINK...I gave up a singing career for THIS....
why wait for a ticket to leave? why does everything have to be handed to you? build your own craft and fly to where they spawned your bellyachin'kind?
Misterfixit wrote:
BGT's are presently blasting, I mean blasting from my 7.1 sound system. Neighbors are having a mite bit noisy pool party. So, I figure if I crank up the volume and really use some of the 1,000 watts RMS that my Tube Amps put out ..well it's enjoyable to say the least and I don't have to listen to a bunch of Nuveau RIche folks in speedos and thongs. I jut put in a new set of Svetlana Company tubes in the final amp and they are sweet! OK, back to Radio Paradise and a Corona with Lime. Yes, life is very sweet.
You know, I hate HOA's, but if someone in my neighborhood ever blasted the Be Good Tanyas loud enough for me to hear, I would do everything possible to get their outdoor music privileges completely revoked!
This singer is truly painful to listen to.
Shesdifferent wrote:
It's not Jive talking...It's Sleep Talking''''and TO THINK...I gave up a singing career for THIS....
Personally, with your lousy attitude, I'm glad you did! Note: sometimes, even 1 emoticon is too much...
It's not Jive talking...It's Sleep Talking''''and TO THINK...I gave up a singing career for THIS....
joshfm wrote:
It's not "Tan yahs" It's "Tawn yahs".
no, it's the "Yawn yahs"
jmassoglia wrote:
"It's not Leviooohhhsa, it's Leviosaahhh!" with apologies to Harry and the crew.
hehe.. i've been known to go around quoting that same harry potter quote... poor Hermione
joshfm wrote:
It's not "Tan yahs" It's "Tawn yahs".
"It's not Leviooohhhsa, it's Leviosaahhh!" with apologies to Harry and the crew.
Misterfixit wrote:
BGT's are presently blasting, I mean blasting from my 7.1 sound system. Neighbors are having a mite bit noisy pool party. So, I figure if I crank up the volume and really use some of the 1,000 watts RMS that my Tube Amps put out ..well it's enjoyable to say the least and I don't have to listen to a bunch of Nuveau RIche folks in speedos and thongs. I jut put in a new set of Svetlana Company tubes in the final amp and they are sweet! OK, back to Radio Paradise and a Corona with Lime. Yes, life is very sweet.
Sounds just like my neighborhood. Don't ya hate that? I know what you're saying about those damn noveau riche. I prefer old money. ;-) good song even at low volume
Amen, Mari--I'm right alongside ya, defending yer girls on this Be very Good groove Mari wrote:
ya just had to go an' improve my day now didn't ya?
It's not "Tan yahs" It's "Tawn yahs".
ya just had to go an' improve my day now didn't ya?
Ya just had to go and ruin my evening now didn't ya?
Perfect to follow Neil, harmonica an' all.
eastcoast wrote:
Yeah why even write lyrics if you sing like this...
BGT's are presently blasting, I mean blasting from my 7.1 sound system. Neighbors are having a mite bit noisy pool party. So, I figure if I crank up the volume and really use some of the 1,000 watts RMS that my Tube Amps put out ..well it's enjoyable to say the least and I don't have to listen to a bunch of Nuveau RIche folks in speedos and thongs. I jut put in a new set of Svetlana Company tubes in the final amp and they are sweet! OK, back to Radio Paradise and a Corona with Lime. Yes, life is very sweet.
I luv this 'n' I way prefer listening to any Tanya, Frazey marbles 'n' all, Sam or Trish, than say Tori Amos' strangled screech
? STGBrocks wrote:
Perfect lead in from Zach Richard but I still can't stand these guys.
Hannio wrote:
I have to disagree with many posters on this one....it is simple but beautiful. Keep it. Ah, the diversity of human listening experiences!
I like a lot of Tanyas,but some just drag.This is a dragger.Roll it to the curb,gently.
Kick this to the curb
buddyweiser wrote:
garbage
't's not. You mean you don't like it!
garbage
dunno wrote:
that's why I like it. because it's different. and interesting.
... zaktly! different and interesting!
pannaramma wrote:
Yeah. It sounds like she has a mouth full of marbles.And she's trying to keep them from rolling down her throat.
that's why I like it. because it's different.
... an' grow! an' grow!
seagreentay wrote:
likening this more and more!
... they certainy do grow on ya!
Yeah why even write lyrics if you sing like this... pannaramma wrote:
Yeah. It sounds like she has a mouth full of marbles.And she's trying to keep them from rolling down her throat.
Normally I like them, but not today. 4 at best.
pannaramma wrote:
Yeah. It sounds like she has a mouth full of marbles.And she's trying to keep them from rolling down her throat.
While being strangled.
pompinizzle wrote:
Seems this is on almost every time I tune in lately.
... aren't we lucky lucky lil beavers? more! more!
Seems this is on almost every time I tune in lately.
accordionista wrote:
Yeah, but Trish lets another girl do the Po' Girl vocals, luckily.
Don't go forgettin', I have all the Po'Girls an' all the Be Good Tanyas an' all of Jolie Holland's albums They're all fantastic, all fill a niché an' all are in it t'gether, for the music, for the love, for the fun! Allison Russel can't sing when she's playin' the clarinet an' Awna can't sing whilst she playin' the harmonica etc, even special guest Jolie Holland is in the mix, afta all she co-founded the sound way back when, so I say to you, come on board, join the fun without the glum Diona Davies plays a mean violin, got a great voice too, plays the wurlizer an' the guitar, they all are multi skilled an' share the wealth of talent without leadership or comparisons, they'll grow on ya ifn ya let ém
Mari wrote:
Lead vocalist is Trish,( ok, an' Sam an' Frazey, it's called t'gether! ;) traitor!
Yeah, but Trish lets another girl do the Po' Girl vocals, luckily.
accordionista wrote:
Ok, I'm a Vancouver chick and I don't see their appeal. I'm glad they've done well for themselves, but I think other groups have done it better. Trish's group Po' Girl is much more interesting, and yes, I hate the lead vocalist's style.
Lead vocalist is Trish, traitor!
Ok, I'm a Vancouver chick and I don't see their appeal. I'm glad they've done well for themselves, but I think other groups have done it better. Trish's group Po' Girl is much more interesting, and yes, I hate the lead vocalist's style.
LizDeines wrote:
Mari - let's you and me start a Tanya's fan club.
... I think we have already! Human Thang ya!
pannaramma wrote:
Yeah. It sounds like she has a mouth full of marbles.And she's trying to keep them from rolling down her throat.
Sounds a bit like Kim Carnes/Rod Stewart. Dull music... :(. (don't like female voices in general, but the music is dull aswell)
Mari wrote:
... just you wait it'll grow on ya just like the other two discs!
Mari - let's you and me start a Tanya's fan club.
lord, it's stultifying.
sexy...
dawnejazz wrote:
I bought this cd out of intrigue....the only song that grabs me so far is Scattered Leaves. The rest is just nice background music so far.
... just you wait it'll grow on ya just like the other two discs!
I bought this cd out of intrigue....the only song that grabs me so far is Scattered Leaves. The rest is just nice background music so far.
Me too !
enidualc wrote:
me & you, Mari, shake it like never before!
Hello Love Shake Shake Shake!!!
littleguy wrote:
Can't stand her voice. Sounds like she's got something stuck in the back of her throat.
Yeah. It sounds like she has a mouth full of marbles.And she's trying to keep them from rolling down her throat.
edelweiss wrote:
Because of RP I learned about this group and I liked them very much, when I searched I reached ' Jolie Holland '.I strongly recommend you to listen to a song named 'Old Fashion Morphine ' by her...
... glad you like them edelweiss, me too, an' yea, that's how i arrived at Jolie also, via BGT's, she was a foundin' member afta all, but since I've got all of the BGT's an' Jolie's albums, wonderful stuff, real raw an' tangy
Mari wrote:
... would ya shake it like you've never done before thanx Bill!
me & you, Mari, shake it like never before!
Because of RP I learned about this group and I liked them very much, when I searched I reached ' Jolie Holland '.I strongly recommend you to listen to a song named 'Old Fashion Morphine ' by her...
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laozilover wrote:
Dagnabit, if Bill keeps playing tracks from this CD, I'm just going to have to BUY IT!
By all means, do. A sound investment, if I might say. You'll be in for a treat.
littleguy wrote:
Can't stand her voice. Sounds like she's got something stuck in the back of her throat.
I also find the lyrics very hard to pick up on.
Dagnabit, if Bill keeps playing tracks from this CD, I'm just going to have to BUY IT!
Absolutely wonderous set of songs Bill, how dÃœa do that?
Can't stand her voice. Sounds like she's got something stuck in the back of her throat.
... would ya shake it like you've never done before thanx Bill!
bokey wrote:
These folks kick some butt.Everything is daring and cool.
dundidit wrote:
YEEEEEEAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! SWEET RELIEF.........
YEEEEEEAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! SWEET RELIEF.........
Yum!
ekeyte wrote:
I'm going to Lesvos soon. :D Greece is great. I have to take back what I said about this song before... this song is really starting to grow on me!
Hi Love! ya human thang ya!
Mari wrote:
I'm going to Lesvos soon. :D Greece is great. I have to take back what I said about this song before... this song is really starting to grow on me!
Ahh yes! Good morning/afternoon/evening/night/day. Hope I haven't offended anyone who doesn't believe in mornings, evenings, greetings or time. Gosh, global living is complicated. Made my morning.
bokey wrote:
I'm holding back at 8 for now.
I'm holdin' back on 10 'cause I got no oppertunity to exceed it human thang
I'm holding back at 8 for now.
Human thing ya thanx Bill!
These folks kick some butt. Everything is daring and cool.
davin wrote:
Ahem, yes, girlfriends tend to help their boyfriends, er, grow. Young men are especially susceptible to such wily maneuvers.
HA
The Tanyas could start being bad and I'd still tune in...
horstman wrote:
My first girlfriend was named Tanya. She helped me grow a lot as a young man.
Ahem, yes, girlfriends tend to help their boyfriends, er, grow. Young men are especially susceptible to such wily maneuvers.
Cruithne3753 wrote:
...As opposed to say, a dog's "thing"?
haha
Excellent ensemble!
Less is more
This is not a very sexy experience. I do not like this band. :-(
...As opposed to say, a dog's "thing"?
Now I get it. The Tanya's are trying to be good, but they just don't have it in them....musically.
My first girlfriend was named Tanya. She helped me grow a lot as a young man. She be good Tanya. Miss ya.
Dammit, I love their music, and I appreciate the uniqueness of ole girl's voice, but I just want her to SWALLOW WHATEVER THE F*CK IS STUCK IN HER THROAT!!!!! I'm just sayin...
Bluesy, Great song, love that harp!
These hotties can play and wail and I'm glad to hear them on RP. Can teach the Dixie Chicks a thing or two--damn straight.
I love these gals, am spreading their music as far as I can....like a beautifully deep and positive rash.
Hello Bill, ya Human Thing ya, thanx for this an' all the Tanyas!
Jacksonstat wrote:
I have really been enjoying the tunes RP has been playing from this CD. I may have to make my first TBGT purchase!
Been thinking the same. Every time I hear a different song from them I instantly know it is them. I then come to the website and am always correct. They are original and stick out.