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The War on Drugs — Thinking Of A Place
Album: A Deeper Understanding
Avg rating:
7.8

Your rating:
Total ratings: 4540









Released: 2017
Length: 11:06
Plays (last 30 days): 5
It was back in Little Bend that I saw you
Light was changing on the water
Where birds above it flown
There was pain in your eyes
So you vanished in the night
Missouri River in the distance
So I lied upon the lawn

I remember walking against the darkness of the beach
Love is like a ghost in the distance, ever-reached
Travel through the night because there is no fear
Alone but right behind until I watched you disappear

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night
Just moving with the moon
And the light it shines
And I'm thinking of a place
And it feels so very real
Just moving through the dark

Once I had a dream I was falling from the sky
Coming down like running water
Passing by myself alight
In the morning, I would wake to the sound of summer falls
Like little whispers through the signs

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night
And I'm looking at the moon
And the light it shines
But I'm thinking of a place
And it feels so very real
Oh, it was so full of love!

Come and take my hand, babe
There's a turn in the road that we've been taking
But it'll set you free
Because there's a rhythm in the way that we've been moving
Yeah, there's a darkness over there, but we ain't going

See it through through my eyes
Walk me to the water
Hold my hand and something turns to me
Love me every night
Drown me in the water
Hold my hand and there's something turning me
See it through my eyes
Love me like no other
And hold my hand and something turns to me
And turns me into you

Lead me through the light
Pull me from the water
Hold my hand and something turns to me
Turns me into you
Just see it through my eyes
Love me like no there
Hold my hand and something turns to me
Turns me into you
Turn to me
Into you
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I love this song and this band!
It's a nice song and all, but 6 times in a month? That's a little much for an established song. 
Is there an 11 rating?
 Stetsonman wrote:

gee I'm glad this band hasn't tried to bring their dross over to England.
they'd be laughed out of town



You'll get your opportunity to laugh in early-mid 2022 when they tour Europe and the UK. Personally, I'm jealous as they're not scheduled to play near where I live. 
 coloradojohn wrote:

This is truly a very lovely song. I've had years to digest it, and even if I go months without hearing it, it still astounds me. He takes his voice through such plaintive emotion, all the while played out against a range of incredible guitar, and sometimes Dylan-esque stylings emerge that really strike me deeply. There is also such a mastery of sound engineering and sonic atmospheres at work here that I am  continually amazed. It's as if it takes my mind out to a moonlit meadow, trips me out to some of my own memories and imaginings, then weaves me back into the present spell of the music again. Bravo!



The sole true classic song in recent years which will stand the test of time like few other songs did (wish you were here for example) - a perfect dramaturgy form its start, through its middle break and fading end, a perfect mood and produced and performed outrageously good
This is truly a very lovely song. I've had years to digest it, and even if I go months without hearing it, it still astounds me. He takes his voice through such plaintive emotion, all the while played out against a range of incredible guitar, and sometimes Dylan-esque stylings emerge that really strike me deeply. There is also such a mastery of sound engineering and sonic atmospheres at work here that I am  continually amazed. It's as if it takes my mind out to a moonlit meadow, trips me out to some of my own memories and imaginings, then weaves me back into the present spell of the music again. Bravo!
I must'a 'upvoted' this to a '7' years ago.. now it's 7.8? Upvoted to an '8'
 Stetsonman wrote:

gee I'm glad this band hasn't tried to bring their dross over to England.
they'd be laughed out of town



And, I take it you are the self-designated music critic for all of England.  Did Queen Elizabeth die and make you King?  I must have missed that news flash. 

This band's sound reminds me of Dire Straits and Talk Talk. But still instantly recognizable. 
a 9 from the first listen with a chance of a 10 in the future
Just…. What a band!
 Stetsonman wrote:

gee I'm glad this band hasn't tried to bring their dross over to England.
they'd be laughed out of town



Maybe they're not wanted in Doucheland. That's cool. 
Invariably, my head lifts up whenever a TWOD tune plays. In a good way.
Few artists can create an entire landscape like this.  Never get tired of this but it sure relaxes me.  Perfection.
 nathanieldavis89 wrote:

I'm not sure that I've ever heard a song that quite so perfectly captures the essence of how nostalgia - the bittersweet, melancholic longing that sits somewhere between your stomach and your heart.


Good catch.   The song tugs.  In a good way.   

For me, this kind of nostalgia always speaks to lives well lived.  Why regret or miss a place and time in your life if it was not spiritually, psychically rewarding?

Lives well lived.
 AhhtheMusic wrote:

Thank you RP for introducing this amazing group back in 2014 or thereabouts.  I feel so lucky to know of their fine music, and wouldn't have without RP.  The best station, streaming or otherwise, ever.  You have blessed my days and nights since I first discovered you and helped me through so many tough times.  Thank you for being such a beautiful gift!


Very well said!
 Stetsonman wrote:
gee I'm glad this band hasn't tried to bring their dross over to England.
they'd be laughed out of town
 

Ssshhhhhh!!!
 Stetsonman wrote:
gee I'm glad this band hasn't tried to bring their dross over to England.
they'd be laughed out of town
 
Yeah, thank god we've still got Little Mix and Olly Murs, eh?
Poetry, a beautiful dream a beautiful love song. Thanks RP
Yes, there still is amazing music being created and thanks to outlets such as RP,we can still find it, thanks Adam, thanks Radio Paradise.
Thinkings and Feelings bubble up as this track evolves gorgeously onward, inward and upward to a meandering light of sensitive observation and softened tranquility. 9-10
gee I'm glad this band hasn't tried to bring their dross over to England.
they'd be laughed out of town
It's the Philly band section of today's listening.  

What's next...The Hooters?  Robert Hazard?  Todd Rundgren?  I'll just have to wait and see...
2nd time hearing this!! rated it a 9 before and it's still there! No worries about my mind changing on this one!!!
It's hard to believe that this song didn't exist when Radio Paradise was created. It is so radio paradise. Perfect song.
Hoping Santa will be adding this to my vinyl collection :)
Love the 'tinkly' piano/ keyboard melody at the end of this one. The War on Drugs have some gorgeous songs.
 Mannick wrote:
They have "only" 10 songs on RP (still, that's more than Sam Cooke!) but somehow, I hear them at least once a day. 
It's not bad, it's just... too often for my taste!
 
I'll agree in the 'not-enough-Sam-Cooke' sentiment...though damn this one still gets me.

LLRP!!
 good juan

nicknt
 wrote:


You don't deserve this masterpiece, a 11 minute journey through love, memory, distance, space and sensibility.
 

Perfect window

 
Grammarcop wrote:
I was on a lonely, dark road in central Michigan last night when this came on the RP app. 

Snow swirling hypnotically around the car. Farmhouse lights in the distance. A blinking amber light above an intersection. And this playing loud.

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night

It was transcendent.
 

 cinzia1026 wrote:
Snore on drugs.... z-z-z-z-z  PSD time~
 

You don't deserve this masterpiece, a 11 minute journey through love, memory, distance, space and sensibility.
They have "only" 10 songs on RP (still, that's more than Sam Cooke!) but somehow, I hear them at least once a day. 
It's not bad, it's just... too often for my taste!
Snore on drugs.... z-z-z-z-z  PSD time~
This has been one of my favorite bands for awhile now.
 Orphan wrote:
Does anyone else hear Al Stewart?
 
Are you listening to the same radio station?
stress free music-love it.Perfect Tuesday
 Grammarcop wrote:
I was on a lonely, dark road in central Michigan last night when this came on the RP app. 

Snow swirling hypnotically around the car. Farmhouse lights in the distance. A blinking amber light above an intersection. And this playing loud.

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night

It was transcendent.
 Uh, had a similar experience with this song, I was driving home late at night on  august 2017, it was a full moon on a beautiful summer night , i was driving  back home from my girl, all car was full of her beautiful  scent i was high on love feelings. And this song  pops up on RP . Everything was just perfect,  road was bright from the moonlight, warm summer breeze  through my car windows. This song makes everything perfect, beautiful soundtrack of a scene and feelings i had that night. Later when i came home, i send this song to my girlfriend, she said its beautiful  beyond words. As we were together, we always listen to RP, not long after this, this song was on  program, we  were just lying on our bed, and listen   to this beautiful  song. My girl said, this is our song. Thank you RP, for beautiful moments .

I'm fed up with war on drugs ... It's good but soooo overplayed on RP
this is sweet and lonely sounding and puts me in a place both comfortable and sad
 mkinnan wrote:
Hearing this song once a week is a little much. 
 
Then don’t listen simple as that
Superb song, atmospheric
Hearing this song once a week is a little much. 
bit crap this innit
This album will be my next vinyl purchase.
My Colombiana thinks this deserves to be a 9, so make it so (she has good taste, Charlie)
 oklahope wrote:
pretty decent
 
Decent. That's the word.
I must be stuck on replay this and other songs are always played how about some good new music
 Grammarcop wrote:
I was on a lonely, dark road in central Michigan last night when this came on the RP app. 

Snow swirling hypnotically around the car. Farmhouse lights in the distance. A blinking amber light above an intersection. And this playing loud.

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night

It was transcendent.
 

I had to listen twice, not because I didn't know the choon, but because your memory evoked something ... add judging by the votes, not only me ;D
I always think of "Goodnight, California - Kathleen Edwards" when I hear this track. I like them both.
I've had Lost in the Dream on vinyl for about a year and still love it. Need to pick this one up too.
My first time hearing this song. Lovely!
Shoe Gazing in my backyard when I was young....remembering good times..I love this guys style & song writing...simple yet sophisticated!
 rate 10 
 Poopsey wrote:
while listening i changed from 5 to 6 to 7 since the song progresses unexpected - it s actually really taking you somewhere
 

Where? Sleeping? 
while listening i changed from 5 to 6 to 7 since the song progresses unexpected - it s actually really taking you somewhere
 Grammarcop wrote:
I was on a lonely, dark road in central Michigan last night when this came on the RP app. 

Snow swirling hypnotically around the car. Farmhouse lights in the distance. A blinking amber light above an intersection. And this playing loud.

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night

It was transcendent.
 
It's a good thing you didn't fall asleep.
it's not a bad song but I think the Quaaludes are winning this skirmish
I don't know what it is about this guy. A lot of musicians are able to take you somewhere with their music, but Adam Granduciel seems  to do it in a unique way. Maybe I've not listened to enough music, but this stuff doesn't remind me an any other artist. It's his own style. I don't know how people do that.
 ppopp wrote:
The flow of this tune is nicely done. They did everything right here. Even the drum sound and guitar tones.
 
The rhythm section sounds like it's high school kids.
The flow of this tune is nicely done. They did everything right here. Even the drum sound and guitar tones.
pretty decent
 keller1 wrote:

Yeah.  It would be a real snoozefest to be this band's drummer.  I love their melodies and their guitar hooks though.  This tune gets an 8 from moi.
 
Try  listening to some of the other songs on the album (A Deeper Understanding), like In Chains or Up All Night.  If you were the drummer, you wouldn't be asleep.
I took the opening chords (at 1:30 or so) and made them my iPhone ringtone a couple of years ago.  When my phone rings in a restaurant or an elevator, I invariably get a "wow! The War on Drugs!  Cool!" or at least a nod of recognition.  Everyone loves this song, and rightfully so.  (By the way, I don't know who transcribed the lyrics in the column to the left, but they're quite inaccurate.)
 123heyaho! wrote:
Can someone please give them a new drum pattern...?
 
Yeah.  It would be a real snoozefest to be this band's drummer.  I love their melodies and their guitar hooks though.  This tune gets an 8 from moi.
...and I bought their two recent albums because of this song and Under the Pressure. Great stuff. Solid 9. Ok...10.
Oh, wow! I keep my 10.
 Karhu wrote:
This one gives me goosebumps everytime I here it. 10... what else :)
 
11/10
Indulgently long.
Easy listening. Nice, dreamy, happy, good music to take a nap by...........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
 Proclivities wrote:

In general, when people refer to "harmonies" in a song, they are referring to the harmonized vocals.   I believe Laptopdog was referring to "vocal harmony" or "harmonies", which would require more than one voice singing - and this song does not have.   I don't believe he was referring to the broader definition of "harmony", though perhaps the post he was responding to was referring to the "harmonious" arrangement of the song.
 And I find it odd that 'in general' ends up meaning "more specifically."  All OP said was "beautiful harmony" which is rather generic sounding, and seems to fit the broader harmony than vocal harmony.  At least we're not talking about it being cacophonic.  LLRP!!
 jimtyrrell wrote:
I have the album but RP is playing it way to often for those of us not on Prozac. Move on. 7
 
I'm not on Prozac and it's not played enough.
Still love it.
 jimtyrrell wrote:
I have the album but RP is playing it way to often for those of us not on Prozac. Move on. 7
 

Totally resent that. Not on so much as some orange juice & apple butter on toast, but can ALWAYS go... here. Bugger off. 
I have the album but RP is playing it way to often for those of us not on Prozac. Move on. 7
Haunting dreamlike song with a jarring nightmare (in a good way) guitar solo. I love it
 lizardking wrote:

In music, harmony considers the process by which the composition of individual sounds, or superpositions of sounds, is analysed by hearing. Usually, this means simultaneously occurring frequencies, pitches (tones, notes), or chords.[1]

The study of harmony involves chords and their construction and chord progressions and the principles of connection that govern them.[2]

Harmony is often said to refer to the "vertical" aspect of music, as distinguished from melodic line, or the "horizontal" aspect.[3]
 
In general, when people refer to "harmonies" in a song, they are referring to the harmonized vocals.   I believe Laptopdog was referring to "vocal harmony" or "harmonies", which would require more than one voice singing - which this song does not have - and he pointed out in his post.   I don't believe he was referring to the broader definition of "harmony", though perhaps the post he was responding to was referring to the "harmonious" arrangement of the song.
Yes, the music mix is absolutely superb. 


 Laptopdog wrote:

Really?! There's only guy singing. Unless maybe you can hear something they recorded in the dog-hearing range?
 

In music, harmony considers the process by which the composition of individual sounds, or superpositions of sounds, is analysed by hearing. Usually, this means simultaneously occurring frequencies, pitches (tones, notes), or chords.[1]

The study of harmony involves chords and their construction and chord progressions and the principles of connection that govern them.[2]

Harmony is often said to refer to the "vertical" aspect of music, as distinguished from melodic line, or the "horizontal" aspect.[3]


 MrStatenIsle wrote:

Fair enough, lizardking, I concur. 11 would be a stretch, but indeed, long live RP!
 
Well if we all like everything exactly as everyone else does....this world would be boring has hell, right?  Still, I ADAMantly rate this one beyond the charts; it's a transformative piece of music for me, for when it found me and how it's entered my consciousness....I guess that's what I like about it....stay cool MrStatenIsle...and LLRP!!
Another awesome segue from Moody Blues to War on Drugs. Thanks Bill and Rebecca
Is a great album 
 lizardking wrote:

probably cuz they're in the moment, in the groove, in the place they're thinking of...a wonderful place based on how awesome the tune about it is....where's the 11 rating at?
Long Live RP!!
 
Fair enough, lizardking, I concur. 11 would be a stretch, but indeed, long live RP!
 MrStatenIsle wrote:


And how the band just doesn't fall asleep after two minutes of playing it.
 
probably cuz they're in the moment, in the groove, in the place they're thinking of...a wonderful place based on how awesome the tune about it is....where's the 11 rating at?
Long Live RP!!
 Peace_tode wrote:


Liquid kazoo-like guitar. Hmmmm.  I think you are right. Never heard a description like that!
 
Glad you liked it!   Several other artists use an electric guitar to create a liquid kazoo-like guitar sound.  Notably Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame.

It is jaw-dropping amazing the sounds that electric guitars can produce these days.  Many of us, count me in too, often believe that sound x is coming from a keyboard synthesizer when the sound is actually coming from an electric guitar 'synthesizer'.
 westslope wrote:
Earnest vocals.  Liquid kazoo-like guitar.  Layered guitars.  A harmonica.  Some sounds inspired by Talk Talk.  A nice mid-song hook.  

Dreamy, lush.   
 
I dunno....  this one should catch on and garner a bit of a following.   Looking forward to the new album.
 

Liquid kazoo-like guitar. Hmmmm.  I think you are right. Never heard a description like that!
Their most likable tune, but still some sleepy, boring stuff.
 123heyaho! wrote:
Can someone please give them a new drum pattern...?
 

And how the band just doesn't fall asleep after two minutes of playing it.
 user4176 wrote:

Yeah... I was thinking who it was that his voice reminds me of. Now I know :)
 
I get hints of Bryan Adams
 123heyaho! wrote:
Can someone please give them a new drum pattern...?
 
No, please no. I love percussion on this album.
The War on Drugs = DEA resting with a big joint.
 Grammarcop wrote:
I was on a lonely, dark road in central Michigan last night when this came on the RP app. 

Snow swirling hypnotically around the car. Farmhouse lights in the distance. A blinking amber light above an intersection. And this playing loud.

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night

It was transcendent.
 
Living in Ontario, Canada, I know these transcendent winter/fall driving moments well. For me these occurred with the albums "Deep" by Peter Murphy and "Mind Bomb" by The the.
Can someone please give them a new drum pattern...?
Can somebody please give them a new drum pattern...?
Few songs make me feel how this song makes me feel.

I love it.

Don't ever stop playing this
 dbezemek1 wrote:
beautiful harmony
 
Really?! There's only guy singing. Unless maybe you can hear something they recorded in the dog-hearing range?
Every time I hear them, I like them more. You know how something gets better the more you hear it, sometimes? Not for everyone, via the single comment below.
Absolute crap! This played just a day or two ago, at around the same time of day. It crosses the threshold from boring to irritating, so I couldn't just ignore it and tune it out, had to mute both times.

This much airplay and a 7.7 rating - clearly RP & its audience are on a divergent track from mine. After 10+ years of listening, that's too bad, it's impossible to contribute when the need to mute is actually increasing!
 justin4kick wrote:
Good musicians, decent song and cleverly made but it doesn't hit me. None of their songs so far. The new Toto?
 
I wouldn't go that far.  Musically, pretty much everything I've heard from these guys sounds pretty generic and almost interchangeable.  They at least seem sincere however - especially their lyrics; nothing about Toto ever seemed sincere to me.
 user4176 wrote:

Yeah... I was thinking who it was that his voice reminds me of. Now I know :)
 
I can hear that too, but I think this might actually be a top secret government experiment to determine what would happen if Bob Dylan actually could carry a tune.
 Orphan wrote:
Does anyone else hear Al Stewart?
 
Yeah... I was thinking who it was that his voice reminds me of. Now I know :)
Cool.  I grew up in Michigan and I can relate.  Go Blue!
Grammarcop wrote:

I was on a lonely, dark road in central Michigan last night when this came on the RP app. 

Snow swirling hypnotically around the car. Farmhouse lights in the distance. A blinking amber light above an intersection. And this playing loud.

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night

It was transcendent.
 

beautiful harmony
Thank you RP for introducing this amazing group back in 2014 or thereabouts.  I feel so lucky to know of their fine music, and wouldn't have without RP.  The best station, streaming or otherwise, ever.  You have blessed my days and nights since I first discovered you and helped me through so many tough times.  Thank you for being such a beautiful gift!
This one gives me goosebumps everytime I here it. 10... what else :)
This is such a lovely number. The Dylan impression is a little daft and the drumming is flat and repetitive, to my ears only of course.  Having said that, it's just churlish to look negatively at such lovely music.  Thanks for bringing them to me, RP.
I'm not sure that I've ever heard a song that quite so perfectly captures the essence of how nostalgia - the bittersweet, melancholic longing that sits somewhere between your stomach and your heart.
Just moved it to a 10! This song moves me to tears. Not often I hear a song I get tottally lost in.
 Yep that's right!!!!! bobcouch wrote:
This is another great group that I would never have heard of if it weren't for RP. I love RP!! I'll be making my donation when I get home from work tonight. Gotta keep this station up and running!!
 

this is why i love this awesome radio! this song is always takes me to the my childhood memories and gives me peace 
 birdland wrote:Remembering
Recalling of something important and the telling - to someone - or anyone.
It’s a journey - it’s remarkable and beautiful.  Wow, made me think of a lot of places, times, and people that forever sparked my soul.

Follow this - take some time - commit - listen through.
There is a stream of thought -
The evolution of a dream -
A guitar feature that is less a solo and more a human voice from the other side of something.
Pieces of poetry
A falling further into sleep
Remembering
Recalling of something important and the telling - to someone - or anyone.
It’s a journey - it’s remarkable and beautiful.



 

 rlr511 wrote:
love, love , love this song.  
 
. . . All 11 minutes of it!
 PLezam9109 wrote:
Surpirse, surpise!. Very likeable song
 
No surprise here man. This is a good band.
love, love , love this song.  
Every time I hear this I like it more! 
 stevied07 wrote:
 
 
boom tic boom boom tic......
Surpirse, surpise!. Very likeable song
I like this easy flowing style
The imagery he portrays in his songs is wonderful. Has found his 'sound' especially on the last couple of albums, which are both brilliant.