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Anna Ternheim — No Subtle Men
Album: Separation Road
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7.4

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Total ratings: 1479









Released: 2006
Length: 3:04
Plays (last 30 days): 1
It's getting late
I think my time is running out
No-one special
Nothing lasting within inside

How should I stay calm
When panic lies just ahead
Everyone can see my youth
Hanging by a thread

No subtle men
Came to my town
No subtle men
Begging for my hand

I'm one of few who's left
When everyone has gone
The train is leaving
And it's too late to get on

So much for running
When no-one stays to wait
For another broken promise
To slip my mind by mistake

Who would take my word
On anything these days
I failed so many times
Saying I'm gonna change

No subtle men
Came to my town
No subtle men
No lifelong friend
Lives in my town
No subtle men
Begging for my hand
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There is something magical about her. Her music is always arresting, and often beautiful.
Watching the YouTube video and reading the lyrics here brought this to a whole new level for me. I don't think beautiful song applies directly to me, but I can think of some siblings it could.
 max_p wrote:

yeah thought she was saying 'no sodomite' so had to check

 
Susanne Sundfor has a similar Scandanavian pronunciation only she is Norwegian. I think they learn their English from American TV programs and popular culture or else they have a shibboleth for certain words.

A bit like if you want to know if somebody is from the North or South of Ireland - in the South they say tree instead of three.  Same if you want to find out if somebody is from New Zealand or Australia... ask them to say Fish and Chips and a New Zealander will say "Fush and Chups" whereas Australians will say "Feesh and Cheeps".

So there you have it folks - the word for today is.. shibboleth. Wikipedia gives a really interesting and sinister story behind this word.
 rtrt wrote:
love the pronunciation

enjoyed this live version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfiVx0yChpc

 
yeah thought she was saying 'no sodomite' so had to check
also lovely!
 paleozogt wrote:
No, Saruman
Came to my tower
No, Saruman
Begging for my hand
 
Clever. You have talent.  {#Clap}
No, Saruman
Came to my tower
No, Saruman
Begging for my hand
8 —-> 9!  Is that subtle enough?  Love her voice! {#Hearteyes}
 tulfan wrote:
stunning...

 

stunning...
Anna has such a beautiful voice. Smooth and delightful. More please!
Finally read the title and discovered that she wasn't singing "No sodding man" after all.

Much better now. 
I like this girl {#Daisy}
Feel free to play this more often ;-)
 
 justin4kick wrote:
 MsJudi wrote:
She channels Natalie Merchant really well!


Huhh? I can't stand NM but I really love Anna.
 
I think she sounds more like Suzanne Vega than NM in this song, but mostly she sounds more like Anna Ternheim...{#Propeller}

love the pronunciation

enjoyed this live version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfiVx0yChpc
 MsJudi wrote:
She channels Natalie Merchant really well!


Huhh? I can't stand NM but I really love Anna.



 treehugger wrote:

Hon är så bra.
 
Even though I've recently been to Sweden, I picked up very little of the lingo on account of those blasted Vikings speaking English so well. However, I think I can figure out your phrase, and I couldn't agree more - Anna is so, so good. 9 from the smitten Scandophile Nottingham jury {#Hearteyes}
 treehugger wrote:


 Stingray wrote:
why no bra...?
  
Hon är så bra.
 
HA! International pun!
She channels Natalie Merchant really well!
damn, this gets a lot of airplay.
yuck.
 Stingray wrote:
why no bra...?
 
Hon är så bra.
I love this....can so relate!

She sounds a bit like Sinead Lohan.


There is a lot of string squeak, but somehow this adds to the intimacy IMO.
Good.
 Cynaera wrote:
Why is it that a beautiful song like this elicits such division between countries? There are times when I listen to lyrics and feel passionately. I stew and fret and get angry. But sometimes, I just listen to the music, and close my eyes and fall into it and absorb the beauty of the melody. Maybe I pick my time and place to get radical and pissed-off. This place is, to me, a place for appreciation of music, and not a place to air political diatribes or personal vendettas.

Fire bad.  Tree pretty.
 

What do you have against fire, bitch? Just kidding! Love this song. And I have been subtle on occasion, though just as likely to jump in with  all the finesse of incoming space junk.


 oldsaxon wrote:

You can be a real dick sometimes.
 
lol "sometimes," he says.

 Stratocaster wrote:
Sounds like a cross between Dido and Imogen Heap.  Nice.
 
exactly {#Yes}

 Stingray wrote:
why no bra...?
 
You can be a real dick sometimes.
 gemtag wrote:
The more I hear from this wonderful artist the more I like her.
 
Couldn't have said it better.
yuck
Amazing, beautiful.
The more I hear from this wonderful artist the more I like her.
Sounds like a cross between Dido and Imogen Heap.  Nice.
Very pretty

 Anna Ternheim sings Strangers In The Night, (by Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra)....a personal and intimate version, impressive.



 Poacher wrote:

What on earth are you on about Mr Ray? Are you suggesting all ladies in your world have to wear a bra? 

. . . RP needs an ignore button. . . 
 

....or you might need a better sense of humor, heh?

I guess my compatriot wanted to make a joke (I admit this isn't typically German....)




Anna Ternheim - No Subtle Men, Live (2006)

Musikjournalen Live, 2006-09-13.

I really like this song, but it suffers due to the string squeak.  No matter what, that noise always sounds like a poorly played guitar to me.
 Stingray wrote:
why no bra...?
 
Not exactly a subtle man, are you?

6 < 7 this is growing on me and i like it more each time i hear it.
i hear a little dido in there somewhere in this song, but either way it is a very good song. i dig her.
Love
One of my favorites.....
What an absolutely heartbreaking song
SWEET + LOVELY!
Just for your information: this track was rated as "10" be me as I believe it is actually quite beautiful (and sad and all that)


 drews wrote:
A voice that penetrates the brain and takes complete control of the mind: "I am at your total command....I will obey all your commands"

As for the white cotton T-shirt look: very unflattering
 

Looks better on her than Kid Rock.  Who gives a rip anyway?? 

The song and her voice are great.  8
Very nice song, but I had to check the title...

I thought she was singing: "No sodom man comes to my town"... Not quite the meaning she was aiming for...
A voice that penetrates the brain and takes complete control of the mind: "I am at your total command....I will obey all your commands"

As for the white cotton T-shirt look: very unflattering


 Stingray wrote:
why no bra...?
 
What on earth are you on about Mr Ray? Are you suggesting all ladies in your world have to wear a bra? 

. . . RP needs an ignore button. . . 


 Randomax wrote:


I don't see that at all!  But I agree that if she DID sound like NMerchant that would not be a good thing...
 
What a smelly opinion.  This rules as does Natalie and for the record there is very very little comparison between them besides being female singers.  Not the first Anna Ternheim track i've liked my wallet is starting to clench again.
why no bra...?
 sirdroseph wrote:

Sounds like Natalie Merchant and this is not a good thing!{#Stop}


 

I don't see that at all!  But I agree that if she DID sound like NMerchant that would not be a good thing...
 Cynaera wrote:
Why is it that a beautiful song like this elicits such division between countries? There are times when I listen to lyrics and feel passionately. I stew and fret and get angry. But sometimes, I just listen to the music, and close my eyes and fall into it and absorb the beauty of the melody. Maybe I pick my time and place to get radical and pissed-off. This place is, to me, a place for appreciation of music, and not a place to air political diatribes or personal vendettas.

Fire bad.  Tree pretty.
 
Well said. {#Clap}
This her best song..IMO
Why is it that a beautiful song like this elicits such division between countries? There are times when I listen to lyrics and feel passionately. I stew and fret and get angry. But sometimes, I just listen to the music, and close my eyes and fall into it and absorb the beauty of the melody. Maybe I pick my time and place to get radical and pissed-off. This place is, to me, a place for appreciation of music, and not a place to air political diatribes or personal vendettas.

Fire bad.  Tree pretty.
wrote this down months ago to purchase... but never did... a much appreciated reminder {#Angel}

"Pimme" at Arvika no.4 by ~Joalita-lady
©2009-2010 ~Joalita-lady

Joakim "Pimme" Thåström and Anna Ternheim at Arvika


Anna Ternheim - "No Subtle Men" Live-acoustic  

This performance was broadcasted by KAI3, a german local channel.



This girl must be lonely or something... someone be a gent and get her a sweater will ya?
 Ears_of_Stone wrote:

Not so fast: Sweden’s government has released data showing the nation’s economic growth has slowed to its weakest levels in more than 30 years. From Ice News. https://www.icenews.is/index.php/2009/01/19/swedish-economy-hits-30-year-low/

But I can agree: "Go Anna, Go Sweden!"
Edit:Someone beat me to it!
 
  Nah,,we are OK{#Yes}

Sweden 'is beating Kyoto emissions targets'

My apologies for posting this here but I felt I had to respond to Ears_of_Stone.


Really caught my attention.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
She supports Green Power! (the windmills). Sweden is far ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to reducing greenhouse gasses. I believe they have achieved or nearly achieved the Kyoto target and guess what?...... it didn't kill their economy, in fact it's thriving. Go Anna, Go Sweden!

 
Not so fast: Sweden’s government has released data showing the nation’s economic growth has slowed to its weakest levels in more than 30 years. From Ice News. https://www.icenews.is/index.php/2009/01/19/swedish-economy-hits-30-year-low/

But I can agree: "Go Anna, Go Sweden!"
Edit:Someone beat me to it!


 peter_james_bond wrote:
She supports Green Power! (the windmills). Sweden is far ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to reducing greenhouse gasses. I believe they have achieved or nearly achieved the Kyoto target and guess what?...... it didn't kill their economy, in fact it's thriving. Go Anna, Go Sweden!

 
lol....

Economy of Sweden

GDP growth -4.6% (2009 est.)
Unemployment 9.1% (January 2010)

I am sure the polar bears appreciate it though


Sounds like Natalie Merchant and this is not a good thing!{#Stop}


I Love Anna.
 pugifat wrote:
she needs a more supportive man... and bra...
 
Because this is the important things in a woman's life... ?

great album.
This, just few songs after "None of us Are Free" by Solomon Nurke... it's amazing and totally appropriate!!
She's pretty good at minimal treatments.
She supports Green Power! (the windmills). Sweden is far ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to reducing greenhouse gasses. I believe they have achieved or nearly achieved the Kyoto target and guess what?...... it didn't kill their economy, in fact it's thriving. Go Anna, Go Sweden!

Yes it is lovely...I like the way it is recorded . SusanHiddenPoet wrote:
Beautiful voice!
 

she needs a more supportive man... and bra...

Anna
{#Sleep}
Gorgeous.  Going through RP to Amazon to buy it.
No subtle man, but a subtle and sublime song.
Beautiful voice!
More Anna Please!
 latimba wrote:
I am soothed to a point reminiscent of a heroin haze...
 
Anna is less addictive, and no pesky track marks.

Wow, nice subtle song, sweet and pure
Never heard her before, even though I'm Swedish. Need to check this out, I like it.
Lovely to hear Anna today
 spindrift wrote:
Oh, nice.  Easy 8

 
Or is it a 9? It's just great {#Clap}
Oh, nice.  Easy 8

I am soothed to a point reminiscent of a heroin haze...

Grey morning here and this beautiful song there...a pure, big 10.


{#Good-vibes}


My favorite track on this recently purchased CD.  Excellent Anna
How is this song not perfect? I LOVE Anna. Seen her twice and spoke with her. Very sweet, and all about the music.

 

her voice touch..... -



She "sounds" much older
Perfect for my state of mind right now.
This is really beautiful.
Edited 18-sep.   Uprated to a 10.   This song is just magical.
First time I'd heard this song or anything by her.  That's one of the things I like about RP — the chance to hear new music that others don't really play much.  I agree with most of the comments about this one. 
Quietly lovely - very good indeed.
Great performance of this song by Anna Ternheim (click here)
Darlington wrote:
I like her stuff that gets played here. However this (and the CD with To be Gone on it) are rather hard to find...
Album available at legalsounds.com for $1.98!
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And she is from Sweden, reason enough... :good-vibes:
A great song, a great singer, what else?
So wonderful and profound especially for me.
This is absolutely beautiful. :good-vibes:
She is definitely growing on me :whisper:
ed wrote:
:stop: MUTE!
Mute yourself. The song is great!
beautifully depressing...
I like her stuff that gets played here. However this (and the CD with To be Gone on it) are rather hard to find...
DoctorHooey wrote:
Girl, you want that subtle man, you gotta go out and FIND him! You can't just sit at home pouting in that lovely lilty voice of yours waiting for the subtle studs to come begging to you. You want something, you go get it! NOW GET OUT THERE TIGER!
Are you sure this song is about being on the same place? I thought it was the life passing by, ''the train'' was the TIME and The ONE is still not yet found..
Walrus_Gumbo wrote:
Good Grief, Bill is this the insomnia hour?!!! If the tempo gets any slower I will be fast asleep! It's time to wake everyone up!!! Anna Ternheim - No Subtle Men Morcheeba - The Sea The Stills - Halo The Harpoons The Decemberists - The Crane Wife 3 The Tragically Hip - Stay Kings of Convenience - Homesick
Interesting - exactly the same playlist right now: 8:53 am - Remy Zero - Hermes Bird 8:50 am - Anna Ternheim - No Subtle Men 8:44 am - Morcheeba - The Sea 8:41 am - The Stills - Halo The Harpoons 8:36 am - The Decemberists - The Crane Wife 3 8:33 am - The Tragically Hip - Stay 8:30 am - Kings of Convenience - Homesick 8:25 am - Ryan Adams - La Cienega Just Smiled 8:22 am - Mano Negra - Out of Time Man
Nice. Has a certain Natalie Merchant quality to it.
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milchschnitte wrote:
shut up bitch. uuuuh i hate this boring sounds. it's music for people who know nothing.
hh'I know nuuussing.
milchschnitte wrote:
shut up bitch. uuuuh i hate this boring sounds. it's music for people who know nothing.
Wow, that's pretty harsh. How about you just head on back to some top 40 station on your FM radio.
Generally don't like female singers other than Tori Amos & Suzanne Vega - but this girl caught my ear. Very beautiful voice - thoughtful lyrics. :daisy:
milchschnitte wrote:
shut up bitch. uuuuh i hate this boring sounds. it's music for people who know nothing.
STFU yourself, misogynist scheisskopf :fire: