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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss — Killing The Blues
Album: Raising Sand
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Released: 2007
Length: 4:07
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Leaves were falling, just like embers,
In colors red and gold, they set us on fire
Burning just like a moonbeam in our eyes.

Somebody said they saw me,
Swinging the world by the tail
Bouncing over a white cloud,
Killing the blues.

Now I'm guilty of something...
I hope you never do
Because there is nothing
Sadder than losing yourself in love.

Somebody said they saw me,
Swinging the world by the tail
Bouncing over a white cloud,
Killing the blues.

Now you ask me... just to leave you
To go out on my own
And get what I need to.
You want me to find what I've already had.

Somebody said they saw me,
Swinging the world by the tail
Bouncing over a white cloud,
Killing the blues.

Somebody said they saw me,
Swinging the world by the tail
Bouncing over a white cloud,
Killing the blues.
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Swing that torld by a wail, Mr. Plant. 
NICE!!!
Robert Plant is a 'Rock and Roll God!'  His Music is a Blessing to Past and Future Generations.   
a 9 straight from the mine
 jonahboo wrote:

let's cut to the chase here....Plant bang her or not?



Eww.  Glad I don't live in your head.
T-Bone Burnett is the artist here.

Alison and Robert are amazing talents, but this album is all T-Bone!
 marciajsilsbee wrote:
T Bone Burnett can do no wrong.
Yeah - Robert also
that guy can't do anything bad :)
T Bone Burnett can do no wrong.
 helgigermany wrote:
Robert Plant, one of the best 100 voices in Business!
 
Making the Top 100 is not exactly high praise.
Congratulations, you just edged out Leo Sayer and Rupert Holmes.
(Just a joke, folks; I love this CD!)
so many people have covered this song. I don't think I've heard a bad cover, some better some not, this one is very beautiful. thanks BillG
I hate most Robert Plant stuff but I find myself unwillingly liking this one. 
Sad day to be hearing this . . .R.I.P John Prine 
Try the Shawn Colvin version
He's hinted at a new one for 2020.

 
jimmy99s wrote:
Huge Zep fan, but this is so so good! Would love to hear more Plant and Krauss! I love how Robert Plant constantly evolves, a true artist!
 

 below72 wrote:


 
+1...…… no way to word it better.
"Swinging the world by the tail"  'Nuff said!
Huge Zep fan, but this is so so good! Would love to hear more Plant and Krauss! I love how Robert Plant constantly evolves, a true artist!
 below72 wrote:
One of the best, if not the best comment, ever posted on Radio Paradise.
Written 11 years ago, it is as fresh today as it was then.
thx, g.

 

 j-mccull wrote:
I love Radio Paradise. Bill has provided us with an incredible option to commercial programming. But it always surprises me that there are so many music snobs here! I may not like everything, but I at least give it a listen and try to find things to appreciate in whatever is played. Robert Plant was helping to redefine rock-n-roll and the connection between rnr and folk music before AK was even born! I k now that there is a certain disrespect now for Zeppelin and how they handled covers, but there is NO debating the significance of the music. This CD is a very interesting recording, full of great music. Why can't we just listen to the great mix that Bill has provided us without complaining about the artists and acting like elite music critic snobs? Jeez...
 

robert plant en balade avec alison pas mal belle chanson
Not typically a fan of Robert Plant, but this is quite nice.
 jonahboo wrote:
let's cut to the chase here....Plant bang her or not?
 
Thank God I was born with a fully functioning brain.
 kingart wrote:
Hmm. First time here at RP for me. I'm having trouble with the fact that this is the Communications Breakdown Dazed and Confused dude. Help me, I fell down and can't get up. 
OK, he met Brian Eno in a bar somewhere and they concocted this lovely tune. I'll take it. 
 
 
I'm pretty sure it was MR. T-Bone Burnett he ran into.  Plant never stays stuck in the past.  He is constantly evolving.  This is a great album, so give it a listen if you can.  The combo was unexpected but incredible.
let's cut to the chase here....Plant bang her or not?
I usually PSD whenever anything by Plant, especially LedZep, comes on, but Alison makes this a bit enjoyable.
This is a phenomenal album.  Almost every song is as golden as Ms. Krauss's voice.
 richlister wrote:

I'd rather listen to the barking dog.
 
Some people really like dogs.
Hmm. First time here at RP for me. I'm having trouble with the fact that this is the Communications Breakdown Dazed and Confused dude. Help me, I fell down and can't get up. 
OK, he met Brian Eno in a bar somewhere and they concocted this lovely tune. I'll take it. 
 

 

{#Arrowu}


 DeeCee1109 wrote:
Alison could sing with a barking dog and I'd listen. 
 
....... and me :))
 DeeCee1109 wrote:
Alison could sing with a barking dog and I'd listen. 
 
I'd rather listen to the barking dog.
Alison could sing with a barking dog and I'd listen. 
 helgigermany wrote:
Robert Plant, one of the best 100 voices in Business!

 
Lol. I'd say one of the best 99 voices. ;)
Robert Plant, one of the best 100 voices in Business!
This is really beautiful. Thank you...
This is actually quite beautiful.  Their voices blend well.
For those who haven't heard this CD - there is a reason it won so many awards.  And, not nice about the picture below! {#Sad}
 fredriley wrote:

I'd prefer a Marcel Marceau version...


 
Good one, Fred!

Still, this is probably the tune that would compel me to buy the CD. So much of this product seemed like a manufactured mismatch, but this is lovely.
This is not actually a Greg Brown song. It's been covered by many folks over the years, but was written by Rowland Salley. Video of him performing it with Chris Issak's band: https://youtu.be/VMZJqsj_hAU
A lovely piece, but incongruous. Kind of hard to hear the same guy who sang that he wanted to be your backdoor man. 
 fredriley wrote:

I'd prefer a Marcel Marceau version...

 
{#Roflol} Although I dare to differ, your line puts a big smile on my face (always weird to smile to a screen, isn't it?) - Glad I am back online
If i could kill the blues i would.....
 vit wrote:
This version pales so much in comparison to Smithers' and Prine's that it actually offends me. This is like something you'd hear in the motel bar in Vegas at 2am.
 
You say that like it's a bad thing.
 fredriley wrote:

I'd prefer a Marcel Marceau version...

 
One of the funniest posts I've read in a long, long time. I personally love the song, but that is some funny $#!t.
God...what a beautiful duo...
 nalle wrote:
I love this, I don´t care what people say it´s a beauty.
 
Yes!
:)
The blues isn't all you're killing Robert.{#No}
 thenicholas wrote:
My head says this is music for my parents' generation but my heart keeps smiling when I hear it.
 
If a song is "good", it will cross generations.
My head says this is music for my parents' generation but my heart keeps smiling when I hear it.
 vit wrote:
This version pales so much in comparison to Smithers' and Prine's that it actually offends me. This is like something you'd hear in the motel bar in Vegas at 2am.
 
Let's go I could use a drink and some drinking tunes
This version pales so much in comparison to Smithers' and Prine's that it actually offends me. This is like something you'd hear in the motel bar in Vegas at 2am.
I like this version and Shawn Colvin's but my favorite version is by Chris Smither - deep sigh....
 fredriley wrote:

I'd prefer a Marcel Marceau version...

 
ROFL.
I disagree, but it still gave me a good laugh. Thanks!

 keller1 wrote:


If this was been performed by someone obscure instead of these two, I don't think we ever would have heard it.

Really bland.

 
Thank you for articulating my feelings about this whole project.  I just don't get.  And I barely care enough to not care about them.

{#Rolleyes}{#No}

Love it, a beauty!
 EarlOfTadwick wrote:
I prefer Shawn Colvin's version...
 
I saw her last night, she sang this song. Lovely.

edit: song was written  and performed by Roly Salley, covered by Shawn Colvin, John Prine, others.

 EarlOfTadwick wrote:
I prefer Shawn Colvin's version...
 
I'd prefer a Marcel Marceau version...

I prefer Shawn Colvin's version...
Great, great, great!!! Once more!
While I like the new album, I can't help but think it will be hard to ever duplicate whatever magic they had going on here.

Robert and Alison... you're doing it right. 
 nalle wrote:
I love this, I don´t care what people say it´s a beauty.
 
Yes. very nice!

 calypsus_1 wrote:

Robert Plant n Alison Krauss2 by ~Apocalypticaa
 
It took me a minute to realize that isn't actually a midget trying to give Robert Plant a reach-around... its just a bass player and some weird long lens perspective trick.
 nalle wrote:
I love this, I don´t care what people say it´s a beauty.
  I'm with you{#Angel}


I love this, I don´t care what people say it´s a beauty.

Robert Plant n Alison Krauss2 by ~Apocalypticaa
Jasmin  ©2008-2010 ~Apocalypticaa

Robert Plant <3 and Alison Krauss in Sweden Stockholm!! <3
Photo:Me


 bobringer wrote:
In case anybody is interested...

Robert Plant is recording and touring with his new "Band of Joy" featuring Patty Griffin on vocals.

I... for one... am excited. 
 
I'll be at the Mobile, AL show. {#Sunny}
In case anybody is interested...

Robert Plant is recording and touring with his new "Band of Joy" featuring Patty Griffin on vocals.

I... for one... am excited. 
 keller1 wrote:
Really bland.

 
One man's bland is another man's beautiful.


 ambrebalte wrote:

My mother is 75 years old. She used to live in the US some 50 years ago, in Kansas mostly,  and she brought back some blues albums. We lost all of them in one or the other moving. Each time I hear this song, particularly this one, I think about her. It makes her presence more real, more tangible (she lives in France and I live in China) -  I don't know why.

One thing for sure, I would love to go to a Robert Plant & Alison Krauss performance with her.


 
Does she listen to RP in France?....you could listen at the same time on either side of the world.

I wish this album would finally pound sand!

My mother is 75 years old. She used to live in the US some 50 years ago, in Kansas mostly,  and she brought back some blues albums. We lost all of them in one or the other moving. Each time I hear this song, particularly this one, I think about her. It makes her presence more real, more tangible (she lives in France and I live in China) -  I don't know why.

One thing for sure, I would love to go to a Robert Plant & Alison Krauss performance with her.


 dBdwg wrote:
nope, just don't get it.....don't dislike it too much, just did not meet my expectations....I can only shake my head and wonder what happened?
 

If this was been performed by someone obscure instead of these two, I don't think we ever would have heard it.

Really bland.

annersjen wrote:

Song actually written by Roley Salley, although Prine did also record it


You can find a snippet of it on his web site. It kicks this version's ass, rolls it up in an old carpet, and tosses it in a river. www.rowlandsalley.com/

 flatpicker wrote:
I really like this song.
I'm a big fan of the album.
Nothing earth shattering about it.
But it's just so easy on the ears.

 

i'm with you!
I really like this song.
I'm a big fan of the album.
Nothing earth shattering about it.
But it's just so easy on the ears.

 AlienRelic wrote:
Somebody notify John Prine. His song has been found dead. Murdered, it seems.
 
Song actually written by Roley Salley, although Prine did also record it

 On_The_Beach wrote:
Love this tune. My fave from the CD.
 

Me too.  I used to have this song on vinyl but I'll be darned if I can remeber whose version I had.  It wasn't Prine though.  I'm surprised how many listeners hated this record.  T-Bone knows what he's doing and Allison and robert's voices are magic together IMHO.

Still bummed at missed them at Ravinia last summer.
nope, just don't get it.....don't dislike it too much, just did not meet my expectations....I can only shake my head and wonder what happened?
Love Alison.  Love Zep. Like a lot of Robert Plant's solo stuff....

But this album just doesn't work for me.  {#No}   So I'll change stations for a while.  Headin' over to Blue Ears Blues Radio.


 AlienRelic wrote:
Somebody notify John Prine. His song has been found dead. Murdered, it seems.
 
Oh God....he'll be devastated! Break it to him gently. {#Cry}
Somebody notify John Prine. His song has been found dead. Murdered, it seems.
Love this tune. My fave from the CD.
 vit wrote:


This is an old comment now but thanks for pointing out that Chris Smither did this. I always thought it was John Prine. This Chris Smither stuff is really damn good.

 

Check out the Rory Salley version on Woodstock Mountain Revue, an amazing album!  I thought HE wrote it!
I've said it before: The entire CD blows.  Imagine my surprise at the music awards.  {#Puke}
 Tim_in_N_FL wrote:
Great Chris Smither tune interpreted nicely by Plant & Krauss.  I've never heard the original.  For some reason, I really like Shawn Colvin's cover of it from her "Cover Girl" cd from the mid-90s  https://www.folkalley.com/music/amazon/asin/B0000029JI

 

No wonder it sounds familiar!!!! Used to listen to Chris Smither more than I have in recent years.  Knew this was hanging around the back of my brain somewhere, but couldn't make the connection.  THANK YOU!
Tim_in_N_FL wrote:
Great Chris Smither tune interpreted nicely by Plant & Krauss. I've never heard the original. For some reason, I really like Shawn Colvin's cover of it from her "Cover Girl" cd from the mid-90s https://www.folkalley.com/music/amazon/asin/B0000029JI



This is an old comment now but thanks for pointing out that Chris Smither did this. I always thought it was John Prine. This Chris Smither stuff is really damn good.

Amazingly boring

(and I know the Letter song...)

This is better than that "letter writing" song.  You know the one....
 smehan55 wrote:
I don't care what anybody says. I think this song, the CD (and the concert) are quite moving and brilliant, even intense. But at a mellow pace. I know that doesn't work for everybody, but whatdafug. To each his / her own, live and let live.  
 
I agree. Their show at Red Rocks was a bit subdued, but there was an unusual energy in the air that night that made for a memorable experience. Quite unlike any other show I've ever seen. 

 mica_moon wrote:
I just had a horrible thought. Being married to Carol Channing and being FORCED to drive 500 miles, to a Krauss/Plant performance with her.

"deeeeiamonds aaaaree a geeeirls best freeeeind" and other numbers from "Hello Dolly", all the way there,then of course, it would only get worse when I arrived. With Krauss standing there like a fencepost singing "When The Levee Breaks" and Black Dog (Hey Hey Momma like the way you moove Gonna make you sweat gonna make you groove!) And then at intermission i have to stand in line for a commemorative concert tote bag.
 
{#Lol}  While at the gift stand, don't forget the enameled Plant/Krause cowbell.

Tim_in_N_FL wrote:
Great Chris Smither tune interpreted nicely by Plant & Krauss. I've never heard the original. For some reason, I really like Shawn Colvin's cover of it from her "Cover Girl" cd from the mid-90s https://www.folkalley.com/music/amazon/asin/B0000029JI


absolute ditto. blotto. mimeograph. carbon copy. you said it.

but i love the Chris Smither version best.

Thanks for this today Bill.
Plant and Krauss have already impressed sooo many people with their album they can now chose whom to impress...
Sorry, too slow fo rme, without a solid tune to make up for it. We have been here quite a few times and surely you can do more with a slide guitar than this :-(
 liser wrote:


Try to imagine Alison Krauss pissed off and raising hell..."oooooooooh, I'm so mad, gosh darnit"  (stomps foot)

can't do it, can you...
 
Would that really be such a bad thing if she behaved as you imagine when she's angry?  I like to think showing a little control is preferable to wild ranting and throwing ashtrays! The thing is, you have absolutely no idea what she says or does when she's angry, do you? But perhaps we've gained some insight into your temperament{#Wink}  By the way, the song is great!
 mica_moon wrote:
I just had a horrible thought. Being married to Caroll Channing and being FORCED to drive 500 miles, to a Krauss/Plant performance with her.

"deeeeiamonds aaaaree a geeeirls best freeeeind" and other numbers from "Hello Dolly", all the way there,then of course, it would only get worse when I arrived. With Krauss standing there like a fencepost singing "When The Levee Breaks" and Black Dog (Hey Hey Momma like the way you moove Gonna make you sweat gonna make you groove!) And then at intermission i have to stand in line for a commemorative concert Tote Bag.
 

Try to imagine Alison Krauss pissed off and raising hell..."oooooooooh, I'm so mad, gosh darnit"  (stomps foot)

can't do it, can you...

meh

Great Chris Smither tune interpreted nicely by Plant & Krauss.  I've never heard the original.  For some reason, I really like Shawn Colvin's cover of it from her "Cover Girl" cd from the mid-90s  https://www.folkalley.com/music/amazon/asin/B0000029JI

had to come by and give Chris Smither some credit for writing this - RP and AK are doing a nice job with it
I don't care what anybody says. I think this song, the CD (and the concert) are quite moving and brilliant, even intense. But at a mellow pace. I know that doesn't work for everybody, but whatdafug. To each his / her own, live and let live.  
 copymonkey wrote:


Carol Channing?
 
My wife is pissed at you Mr.Monkey.....
BTW...the concert was tremendous.Worth the drive.Always good to leave Kansas every once and awhile.


Open up a dictionary, look for the word bland and next to it you will find this crap
This is very pleasant. {#Meditate}
{#Sleep}
 copymonkey wrote:


Carol Channing?
  I just had a horrible thought. Being married to Caroll Channing and being FORCED to drive 500 miles, to a Krauss/Plant performance with her.

"deeeeiamonds aaaaree a geeeirls best freeeeind" and other numbers from "Hello Dolly", all the way there,then of course, it would only get worse when I arrived. With Krauss standing there like a fencepost singing "When The Levee Breaks" and Black Dog (Hey Hey Momma like the way you moove Gonna make you sweat gonna make you groove!) And then at intermission i have to stand in line for a commemorative concert Tote Bag.
Oh dear god honey is it Dead yet? It sounds nearly dead, for the love of mercy, run over it again
this duet functions, had been made one for the other   -   8.
Can't say that I'm a big fan of this album, but I love Plant and Krauss and the harmonies are good here... just a little dirge-ish.
Alexandra wrote:
Wow, their voices blend so naturally....I like this side of Robert Plant, too.
Yeah, different isn't it!
Their initials are an anagram of 'krap'. Fate?
gods what's wrong with playing the original version instead? Depressing.
Wow, their voices blend so naturally....I like this side of Robert Plant, too.
Algee wrote:
Only the right-thinking people in this world will enjoy this collaboration. If you didn't, then you need to do some serious reappraisals of where you come down on other topics, along with your musical tastes, of course.
There's got to be some heavy irony there. Try shoving a smiley in next time. If you were serious, then you need your head examined for rampant egotism.
mach-hog wrote:
Likeable enough - but there's more complexity and better writing in the work done by Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez - two CDs of note by them are: 1. The Trouble With Humans 2. Red Dog Tracks This one lacks complexity for all the pleasure of hearing those two voices in harmony.
Chip and Carrie are a different sort. Wonderfully, incredibly talented, and different from Bob and Ali. I think this song (and CD) are wonderful too, but in an entirely different sort of way. The contrast between their voices (and ages, and backgrounds, and...) makes it all the more compelling. Bob doesn't need the money. Neither does Ms. Krauss: she was performing in the Opry at 12 years old! It's an unusual pairing, not unlike Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler. Who don't need the money either: they're just doing it for kicks, trying something new, whatever. c. edit: I just found out Chip Taylor is the brother of Jon Voight. Looks very much like him.
Algee wrote:
Only the right-thinking people in this world will enjoy this collaboration. If you didn't, then you need to do some serious reappraisals of where you come down on other topics, along with your musical tastes, of course.
I like this.......but somehow I still feel insulted...........
boober wrote:
I will drive 500 miles to see them perform at the "Red Rocks" this summer...roadtrip with the old lady.
Carol Channing?
This cover doesn't come close to the original by John Prine, or the Shawn Colvin cover. Alison and Robert are two of the best singers of all time... but this song isn't their best work.
bobringer wrote:
Saw the show last night... Black Country Woman was some of the best 5-6 minutes I have EVER seen. Any show... and I'm talking about hundreds and hundreds of shows. The whole night was flat out amazing, but nothing as much as Black Country Woman was.
I am going to see them tomorrow night. YIPPEEEEE!!!!