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Ray LaMontagne — Be Here Now
Album: Till The Sun Turns Black
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Released: 2006
Length: 6:11
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Don't let your mind get weary and confused
Your will be still, don't try
Don't let your heart get heavy child
Inside you there's a strength that lies

Don't let your soul get lonely child
It's only time, it will go by
Don't look for love in faces, places
It's in you, that's where you'll find kindness

Be here now, here now
Be here now, here now

Don't lose your faith in me
And I will try not to lose faith in you
Don't put your trust in walls
'Cause walls will only crush you when they fall

Be here now, here now
Be here now, here now
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 Lemonhead wrote:
Trying to sound like Nick Drake.
Nobody must do that.{#Frustrated} 
 
Sounds like Ray LaMontagne to me.  This tracks with his catalogue.
This has always sounded like Nick Drake to me.
 stegokitty wrote:

You are correct. It's 100% taken from "Within You and Without You", especially as it's the title of the ridiculous book by Ram Dass, which is all in keeping with George Harrison's interest in Krishna Hinduism.  It appears that Ray is using the title and tune  more in the idea of a love song rather than overtly spiritual.

 While I haven't read "Be Here Now," it seems condescending to call it ridiculous, and a bit disrespectful to an artist like Harrison. He wasn't just interest in Hinduism, he converted, and we wouldn't have a lot of his fine works without that fact. 

And FWIW this song reads to me as a spiritual song... that there's a human relationship in it doesn't negate the call for presence. 

 tichy wrote:
Funny how everyone seems to hear a different song hidden inside this one! Personally it reminded me of "Within you and without you" by the Beatles.
 
You are correct. It's 100% taken from "Within You and Without You", especially as it's the title of the ridiculous book by Ram Dass, which is all in keeping with George Harrison's interest in Krishna Hinduism.  It appears that Ray is using the title and tune  more in the idea of a love song rather than overtly spiritual.

And it's no wonder that it would bear a semblance to "If I Needed Someone" since Georgie wrote that one as well. Artists do tend to borrow from themselves a bit, and I think it ends up making endearing windows for fans to peer through. The tune only bares slight similarity to "Grantchester Meadows", as the notes are a bit different. Pink Floyd is another great self-borrowing band.
beautiful... :)
 Pilsenaaa wrote:
I only listen to the tunes , I will listen for the words next tima Huddersfield wrote:
in the midst of global lockdown, the lyrics, somehow, seem to resonate rather well.
S.R.J
 

 ... but the breathing would require a facemask in a public place! 

I only listen to the tunes , I will listen for the words next tima Huddersfield wrote:
in the midst of global lockdown, the lyrics, somehow, seem to resonate rather well.
S.R.J
 

This will take you places , far away places
in the midst of global lockdown, the lyrics, somehow, seem to resonate rather well.
S.R.J
Funny how everyone seems to hear a different song hidden inside this one! Personally it reminded me of "Within you and without you" by the Beatles.
Reminicent of Grantchester Meadows on the Pink Floyd  Ummagumma LP.
 lizardking wrote:
Freund wrote:

Isn't the melody not a Pink Floyd tune? 

Laptopdog wrote:  You are correct. The melody is not a Pink Floyd tune.

 Good answer, Laptopdog; reminds me how my wife asks questions that aren't easily answered b/c the question contains a double negative (or sometimes a double positive w/ a negative answer expected.)  

And I agree...this one does indeed not sound like a PF tune.  LLRP!!

 I think the OP is thinking of Granchester Meadows off Ummagumma. 

Growing tired of RP lately. Same old songs every day. Not to mention that some bands like Suede (godfathers of Britpop), Nightwish, Mike Oldfield, Vangelis and others are either completely neglected with zero songs or are being played few times a year.
Long, long ago, I awoke on a Sunday morning to hear “I talk to the wind” by King Crimson on my clock radio. The song kept me in a suspended animation trance that was complete peace. This is that, again.
Never heard this until now and I am instantly transfixed!  Great sound!
Sounds an awful lot like "If I Needed Someone" by the Fab Four
 
 

Ethereal.
Freund wrote:

Isn't the melody not a Pink Floyd tune? 

Laptopdog wrote:  You are correct. The melody is not a Pink Floyd tune.

 Good answer, Laptopdog; reminds me how my wife asks questions that aren't easily answered b/c the question contains a double negative (or sometimes a double positive w/ a negative answer expected.)  

And I agree...this one does indeed not sound like a PF tune.  LLRP!!

 Freund wrote:
Isn't the melody not a Pink Floyd tune?
 
You are correct. The melody is not a Pink Floyd tune.
I can respect Ray LaMontagne's music, but I just can't listen to it. 
Such Beauty
+1 - this is a 10 to me...LLRP!!
Just enough of the echoey piano and strings to catch the feelers...
Just wanted to say thanks for the great music + love your new site.

Gideon from Tel-Aviv, Israel
 markus333 wrote:
Thank you! Right song at the right moment.
 

I agree, to a point.  For me, this song always creates its own moment.  I just stop what I'm doing and get swept away.  Contrary to the anti-breathers, I find that the breathing is what helps give this song greater impact. But each to his own.
Thank you! Right song at the right moment.
 Freund wrote:
Isn't the melody not a Pink Floyd tune?
 

same style but definitely unique melody
That descending piano run on this track reminds me of Elbow's track Some Riot from The Seldom Seen Kid, in my opinion.
Isn't the melody not a Pink Floyd tune?
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Breathe Here Now
 
Oh, I howled with laughter at this one. I can't listen to this song both because the voice is so breathy and because of the breaths ... between ... every ... word. It drives me to distraction. Still, I get why people like it.
Masterpiece.  Resonates deep in my soul.

But every time I see the album cover my brain wants the flashlight to be a banjo, like in a spotlight on a distant darkened stage.  Weird.  Happens every time.
 RabbitEars wrote:
beautiful mystical song. his best IMO
 
I think Empty is my favorite, but they are both 10s to me.
I love this song!!
"Don't put your trust in walls
'Cause walls will only crush you when they fall" So true! 
beautiful mystical song. his best IMO
Saw Ray in St.Louis last summer and he rocked it up a bit. In a good way. 
 Orodrigues wrote:
If I needed someone to play this song for me, I'd choose The Beatles.
 
You mean George Harrison. Most of this song is 'Within You Without You' already
If I needed someone to play this song for me, I'd choose The Beatles.
 khardog145 wrote:
It's so incredibly romantic.
 
Chocolates or Flowers?
It's so incredibly romantic.
 iamhearingu wrote:
"Don't let your mind get weary ..."
Dude breathes too much, and it kind of spoils it for me.

 
Amen.
Wow, haven't heard this one in quite a while. Still as uplifting as ever.
 michael46 wrote:
and again .... {#Beat}

 
man, i hate those fuckin' emoticons. you don't need them. let your words speak for you.
 viewfinder509325 wrote:
I'm glad it seems like enough people aren't tired of hearing this song - yes it's melancholy, but it's a great song....

 
agreed...and I was surprised to find it in my 'not-as-vast-as-BillG's' digital music collection (well, at just over 7 weeks of music, it's pretty big for a regular citizen, eh?) - I must have not been in the mood when I got it because I don't remember it.  And now that I really DIG this track, rating it a 9, I can't imagine not listening to it now-and-again.

LONG LIVE RP and PEACE TOO!!


and again .... {#Beat}


I'm glad it seems like enough people aren't tired of hearing this song - yes it's melancholy, but it's a great song....
 . . . and for people you might know fighting depression . . . resonates on a different level.
I'm not this guy's biggest fan, but this song always makes me look out the window and wish it was raining. I mean that in a good way. Oh the irony.
Breathe Here Now
 {#Wink} me as well.  makes me think on those I'd like to spend the moment with {#Meditate} fatcatjb wrote:
all controversy aside, I really love this song 

 

"Don't let <breath> your mind get <breath> weary <breath>..."
Dude breathes too much, and it <breath> kind of spoils <breath> it for me.
Jim Croce on PSD or Ray L here? I be gone.
If I needed someone to help me writing a song, I'd call The Beatles.
 chinaski wrote:
No matter when or where I hear this song in my minds eye I have a panoramic view upon a north country November landscape, the trees are barren and the fields dormant under a slate gray sky while a damp chill accompanies a light misty rain.

 It'd be nice if she were here now. 

 
I think you nailed the mood of this song!
all controversy aside, I really love this song 
 chinaski wrote:
No matter when or where I hear this song in my minds eye I have a panoramic view upon a north country November landscape, the trees are barren and the fields dormant under a slate gray sky while a damp chill accompanies a light misty rain.

 It'd be nice if she were here now. 

 

Nice imagery. 
TTfN.
No matter when or where I hear this song in my minds eye I have a panoramic view upon a north country November landscape, the trees are barren and the fields dormant under a slate gray sky while a damp chill accompanies a light misty rain.

 It'd be nice if she were here now. 
 unclehud wrote:
One of my sons gave me this two/three years ago.  Listened to it a few times, then stopped, because it was too depressing.  Today, with earbuds, walking around the waterfront under the clouds, this song was powerful.  

Won't rate it, because I realize today was 'set and setting' rather than a genuine assessment of the song.  
 
Almost four years later.  This time with good headphones.  The music is more powerful than his (whiny) voice, and I am — once again — transported.

Live in the moment: Be Here Now. 
Never get tired of hearing this.
 
  I just get lost in this and forget where I was at and what was I doing anyway?  {#Eh}
I guess sometimes people just want/need to feel sad.
"Don't put your trust in walls; they will only crush you when you fall"
 Shesdifferent wrote:
While I enjoy this song from time to time, it seems that everytime I listen to RP, its playing!! Overplayed indeed.

 

I agree!!!

I can't stand it anymore.
Sheer beauty.
 simonebor wrote:
 Grantchester Meadows' floyd song .... the same guitar tab

 
It sounds very similar, but the two songs have entirely different melodies and progressions.  In other words: it is not the "same guitar tab" at all, but facts don't seem to matter any more anyhow.
jam
While I enjoy this song from time to time, it seems that everytime I listen to RP, its playing!! Overplayed indeed.
This is a most excellent album all the way through. Always a pleasure to hear Ray, whether he is belting or whispering. 
 Kaw wrote:

I love that he is sounding a bit like Nick Drake. Good music.

But I wish Bill would make a rule that you are not allowed to say "It's bad because it sounds like a rip off from X"
I have seen so many bad comparissions:
- Muse / Radiohead (Just because they both hava a falcetto)
- Tame Impala / The Beatles (Because they both make trippy music
- Ray / Nick (Because they both used a certain style involving strings and piano) 
- Fink / Led or Pink Floyd (Because of?)

Let's just enjoy music in 2016. 

 
YES!!
 rob_m wrote:
Here and now...at least for a few brief moments.

 
Yea, me too.
Be still
and know
that I AM
Love

1/0 Love! 
Certainly anything played after a reggae cover of Radiohead would sound nice, but who would have thought it would be one of my favorite songs ever.
 Lemonhead wrote:
Trying to sound like Nick Drake.
Nobody must do that.{#Frustrated} 
 
I love that he is sounding a bit like Nick Drake. Good music.

But I wish Bill would make a rule that you are not allowed to say "It's bad because it sounds like a rip off from X"
I have seen so many bad comparissions:
- Muse / Radiohead (Just because they both hava a falcetto)
- Tame Impala / The Beatles (Because they both make trippy music
- Ray / Nick (Because they both used a certain style involving strings and piano) 
- Fink / Led or Pink Floyd (Because of?)

Let's just enjoy music in 2016. 
Here and now...at least for a few brief moments.
What a great way to take off from "If I needed someone" ! Ethereal 
 OceanBlue wrote:
That descending piano glows right through me like taking a deep breath after you've been working for hours at your desk forgetting to breathe...

 
so true OceanBlue
Haunting!  Great.
 Lemonhead wrote:
Trying to sound like Nick Drake.
Nobody must do that.{#Frustrated} 
 
New nominee for the most ignorant comment EVER posted on RP?
 
 krichard72 wrote:
The string arrangements are lovely.

 
Agreed to that and to the soft piano in the background 
 Sasha2001 wrote:
This is the only song Lester Bangs liked off this album, which could be used as an argument for or against Zep's greatness.
 
Huh? 
Haunting. 
hempmandan wrote:
Be Here Now - Ram Dass
 
 

 {#Sunny}

if in a year this song still affects me the way it does now, 9>10. but that for then, this for now.
The string arrangements are lovely.
 BonzoWiltsUK wrote:
Dreadful and distracting breathing!
 
Yes, it's a shame, because it's a beautiful song otherwise. For me, thought, the breathing makes it an instant cringe. PSD to the rescue.
 Huwie wrote:
This is a ripoff of a Beatles song that I can't place! Annoying
 
Harrison - If I Needed Someone


This is the perfect song for de-stressing on a Monday evening. Cheers!
This is a ripoff of a Beatles song that I can't place! Annoying
been listening to this for years here now and finally bumped up my rating to 10. 
Not sure if that says more about me or the song.  
 trevc wrote:
 Don't get that at all.

 
I do, but I don't have an issue with it, as I think this is a very good song, that catches me whenever it is played, especially when I am working. Definitely adding this to my Sunday morning mix at home, along with many of the Nick Drake songs already on that mix.

{#Devil_pimp} 
That descending piano glows right through me like taking a deep breath after you've been working for hours at your desk forgetting to breathe...
Be Here Now - Ram Dass
 
Only since listening to this song with headphones did I notice voices in the background. Anyone know what is being said?

(No it's not the voices in my head. Those are different and I know what they are saying.)
Beautiful
 Lemonhead wrote:
Trying to sound like Nick Drake.
Nobody must do that.{#Frustrated} 
  Don't get that at all.


Trying to sound like Nick Drake.
Nobody must do that.{#Frustrated} 
Must admit to getting hooked on TV's "The Voice" this spring. This year's winner, Sawyer Fredrick is also a big fan of Ray, sang a tune Ray gave him for the event a week or so ago.
Really getting in to Ray LaMontagne...thank you
Whenever this comes on, my cat curls up by the speaker. She has great taste. 
The right song for my birthday today! {#Good-vibes}
It's Saturday morning. I'm at work. Calm pervades my day, so far. RP is aiding me greatly with a nice set of soul massaging sounds. Muito obrigado, mil gracias, many thank you's.
 jagdriver wrote:
Hauntingly beautiful... it immediately takes me to a cottage we rent on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore.
 
Ibid.

Nice and calming.{#Sleep}
 Grantchester Meadows' floyd song .... the same guitar tab
I thought it was a cover of If I needed someone by The Beatles!? Heavily borrowed, to say the least. Will file it mentally under "nice Beatles cover".
Dreadful and distracting breathing!
Just had church with this song. 
One of the most perfect love songs. Ever. 
This is the only song Lester Bangs liked off this album, which could be used as an argument for or against Zep's greatness.
Love this song!
 LizK wrote:

Why is the prevailing image of the Christian god an old man with a white beard?  (Plus this one has one half moustache, and that growing out his nostril) And clouds - why is heaven clouds everywhere?  I would want Heaven to be a Jewish delicatessen in a fruit garden - ready to go ham & swiss on crusty rye, with a side of cherries, strawberries and raspberries.  And a Claussen pickle.

 
Look at it this way. You could live in a society where any graphic depiction of the godhead or his prophet is punishable by death. Or you could live in a place where it wasn't punishable, but the true believers decided kill you nonetheless. Je suis Charlie.
TTFN
Saturday evening in Beijing, when night is thick like a promise of snow in the heart of a dry winter.
Listening to this song while doing nothing else than relaxing, enjoying the infinite softness of the moment 

I love this song 
 Contaminator wrote:
Today I've read every single comment on this song and I can't believe that so far only two or three people mentioned Pink Floyd's (actually, Roger Waters') song Grantchester Meadows while everyone else are mentioning similarities to The Beatles, Nick Drake, Moby, and whatnot. If not a classic rip-off, this must be a direct homage to the above-mentioned song - guitar work is exactly the same (the only difference is a bit of additional piano).

LaMontagne's version of the song I don't like for some reason (I'm probably outraged by the fact that someone used Waters' music theme and added different lyrics). {#Eh}

 
Nope. Not even close.
Ray is his own man & his song is far better, in my humble opinion.

I do like Rogers birds though.
 Contaminator wrote:
Today I've read every single comment on this song and I can't believe that so far only two or three people mentioned Pink Floyd's (actually, Roger Waters') song Grantchester Meadows while everyone else are mentioning similarities to The Beatles, Nick Drake, Moby, and whatnot. If not a classic rip-off, this must be a direct homage to the above-mentioned song - guitar work is exactly the same (the only difference is a bit of additional piano).

LaMontagne's version of the song I don't like for some reason (I'm probably outraged by the fact that someone used Waters' music theme and added different lyrics). {#Eh}

 
It's very possible that LaMontagne has never even heard that obscure Pink Floyd song or the album upon which it appears.  Secondly, that strumming style with finger-picked notes in unison with the sung melody has been used in British folk music for hundreds of years.  Contrary to a popular delusion in these threads, all musical ideas were not "invented" by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, or Led Zeppelin.  Thirdly, even given that the strumming style is very similar, the two songs have entirely different melodies and structures - in other words: the two songs are not "exactly the same" at all (I can assume you are not a musician and that you are careless with the use of the word "exactly").  So no one "used Waters' music theme and added different lyrics"; if that were the case, there is no doubt that a billionaire like Roger Waters would have his lawyers all over Ray LaMontagne.
It is true that this song does have a strumming pattern and melody similar to George Harrison's "If I Needed Someone" - which predates "Grantchester Meadows" by several years.  He could possibly have been paying an homage to both tunes.
Beautiful, especially on my dreary, Wednesday afternoon, looking out on a world of polarised feelings.  To one side, headstones being made and installed.  Sculpture in a place of death and loss.  To my right, a primary school full of innocence and wonder.  Life is strange, sometimes.
I just read the lyrics, and this song is even better than I thought.  It's hard not to be filled with peace, just by the way the song sounds.  The lyrics are about the anxiety, confusion, and despair people experience when they insist on their own will ... and the peace and center-edness they experience when they surrender their will to something higher than themselves.  I think that lesson is one of the most important anyone could ever learn.  Thank you Ray LaM for creating the perfect song to reveal or remind us.
Today I've read every single comment on this song and I can't believe that so far only two or three people mentioned Pink Floyd's (actually, Roger Waters') song Grantchester Meadows while everyone else are mentioning similarities to The Beatles, Nick Drake, Moby, and whatnot. If not a classic rip-off, this must be a direct homage to the above-mentioned song - guitar work is exactly the same (the only difference is a bit of additional piano).

LaMontagne's version of the song I don't like for some reason (I'm probably outraged by the fact that someone used Waters' music theme and added different lyrics). {#Eh}
 LizK wrote:

Why is the prevailing image of the Christian god an old man with a white beard?  (Plus this one has one half moustache, and that growing out his nostril) And clouds - why is heaven clouds everywhere?  I would want Heaven to be a Jewish delicatessen in a fruit garden - ready to go ham & swiss on crusty rye, with a side of cherries, strawberries and raspberries.  And a Claussen pickle.

 
Jewish delicatessens do not serve ham and if they were kosher they could not serve dairy products with any kind of meat on the same sandwich.  You could get a modified Reuben (without the Swiss cheese)...or go to an Italian deli.  It's all easy in heaven.
Hauntingly beautiful... it immediately takes me to a cottage we rent on Tomales Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore.
 rdo wrote:

                                                                                          GOD-LIKE

 
Why is the prevailing image of the Christian god an old man with a white beard?  (Plus this one has one half moustache, and that growing out his nostril) And clouds - why is heaven clouds everywhere?  I would want Heaven to be a Jewish delicatessen in a fruit garden - ready to go ham & swiss on crusty rye, with a side of cherries, strawberries and raspberries.  And a Claussen pickle.
 tiggers wrote:
Goes nowhere.... slowly! Annoying and repetitive!

 

Stingray? is that you?