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Ray LaMontagne — Winter Birds
Album: Gossip In The Grain
Avg rating:
5.7

Your rating:
Total ratings: 633









Released: 2008
Length: 6:12
Plays (last 30 days): 1
It's the Widow now that owns that angry plow,
The spartan Mule and The Crippled Cow
The fallow field that will yield no more,
As the fox lay sleeping beneath her kitchen floor

The stream can't contain such the withering rain,
And from the pasture the fence it is leaning away
The clouds crack and growl
Like some great cat on the prowl
Crying out, "I am, I am" over and over again

The days grow short
As the nights grow long
The kettle sings it's tortured song
As many petalled kiss I place upon her brow,
Oh, my lady, Lady I am loving you now

The winter birds have come back again,
Here the sprightly Chickadee
Gone now is the Willow Wren
In passing greet each other as if old, old friends
And to the voiceless trees
It is their own they will lend

The days grow short
As the nights grow long
The kettle sings it's tortured song
As many petalled kiss I place upon her brow,
Oh, my lady, Lady I am loving you now

And though all these things will change,
The memories will remain
As green to gold, and gold to brown
The leaves will fall to feed the ground
And in their falling, make no sound

Oh my lady,
Lady I am loving you now

I've gathered all my money and I'm goin' to town,
To buy my lady a long and flowing gown
'Cause come tomorrow morning
We're off to the county fair
I'll find a yellow flower
And I will lace it in her hair
Comments (50)add comment
So glad it’s not only me that finds this dissonant. I started to question my hearing.
Damn, he looks like a dead ringer for a young Donald Sutherland in this photo. And my son informs me he also looks like Rhett of Rhett and Link, for those of us in the younger set.
I don't get all the negative shit about this lovely song....there's nothing pitchy about it, and I'm very particular about pitch, maybe people can't get their collective heads round his phrasing, which btw is wonderful....gonna give a 10 just cos I can
Haha! I love all the criticism of the song, so much fun to read. Still like it though. How is it that Ray LaMontagne can simultaneously be so good while being almost a caricature of himself?
I normally like him but WOW he's all over the place with his pitch.  I'd love to see him record this again, because it's a decent song otherwise.
I don't hear what off-key singing is supposed to contribute to the song.
Very much a Ray fan , but this is definitely not his best work.
So a rating of decent is, unfortunately, about right. :-(
Rating this super high to boost it up.  It deserves better than 5.5
 Gish05 wrote:
This sucks.


 

A lot
As usual for Ray, terribly annoying vocals. Ugh.
Such a depressing song
I see that Ray LaMontagne has gotten some bad ratings. There seems to be people who just don't get him.

I feel the same way about Box Scaggs. I can't stand his voice and I don't like his music.

So now I don't comment on how I feel bout'  Boz.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
If he was a contestant on American Idol or Xfactor the judges would call this "pitchy".

He is all over the place... sharp one minute... flat the other... and so breathless it makes me feel like he needs a draw on an oxygen mask.

I like breathless singing and I like singing acoustically with no electronic effects but this is well below par.

If it was a bootleg recording of a practice run through of a new song I could forgive it - but a full professional studio recording and mastering and put out by a major record label? No way.
 
 
Generally, anything being disliked by the judges on those loathsome television programs could be a good sign, but I don't find this to be a particularly good song or recording either.
I used to think this song was ok (great album!!!!), but after reading all the negative comments I listened with a more critical ear, and I agree, not his best work.  Thanks for ruining this song for me guys, you've effectively spread that misery.  
I like the tune, but the words are just too tacky for my taste.
Dang, Ray. WTF?
The ratings of some of these songs is like the Wild Wild West
5.1 average? Are you silly? Ray‘s works are outstanding! Thanks rp once again!
Willow wren? It sounds lyrical, but there is no such species in North America. 
Lame lyrics and boring music.
If he was a contestant on American Idol or Xfactor the judges would call this "pitchy".

He is all over the place... sharp one minute... flat the other... and so breathless it makes me feel like he needs a draw on an oxygen mask.

I like breathless singing and I like singing acoustically with no electronic effects but this is well below par.

If it was a bootleg recording of a practice run through of a new song I could forgive it - but a full professional studio recording and mastering and put out by a major record label? No way.
 
Man needs a lung transplant.

Beautiful.
This sucks.

 stevo_b wrote:
Awful...
 
Couldn't agree more. 
 markoirl wrote:

If he sang in key I could go as far as giving this a 2



 

LMAO. Now that's funny. And I haven't seen that color to the right before on here.
this was torture 4 me except the guitar playing
Not a fan of his......but this is a very nice piece for my wake up to environment today. Reminicent of Dan Fogelberg?
not usually a big ray fan, but this song is excellent.  surprised it has such a low rating to be honest.
Awful...
it's back!!!!  please make it go away...
Very boring, time to take nap
akkkkkk!!!!  been a Radio Paradise listener for well over a year and love just about everything played here. but this, THIS...  This is painful.  I registered just to say please don't play this again.  I've heard it at least 3 times recently and each time I've heard it I've said "what IS this??", I go check and it's this.  Ughhh...  please, no more...

What possesses men to sing like this?

"The days grow short"...so does my patience.

"The nights grow long"...so does this SONG!
So far I'm not liking his new album at all.
(Judging from the cover photo) channelling Donald Sutherland....
Love the lyrics, great imagery, but the song is kind of flat though.

If he sang in key I could go as far as giving this a 2



It's the Widow now that owns that angry plow, 
The spartan Mule and The Crippled Cow 
The fallow field that will yield no more, 
As the fox lay sleeping beneath her kitchen floor 

The stream can't contain such the withering rain, 
And from the pasture the fence it is leaning away 
The clouds crack and growl 
Like some great cat on the prowl 
Crying out, "I am, I am" over and over again 

The days grow short 
As the nights grow long 
The kettle sings its tortured song 
As many petalled kiss I place upon her brow, 
Oh, my lady, Lady I am loving you now 

The winter birds have come back again, 
Here the sprightly Chickadee 
Gone now is the Willow Wren 
In passing greet each other as if old, old friends 
And to the voiceless trees 
It is their own they will lend 

The days grow short 
As the nights grow long 
The kettle sings its tortured song 
As many petalled kiss I place upon her brow, 
Oh, my lady, Lady I am loving you now 

And though all these things will change, 
The memories will remain 
As green to gold, and gold to brown 
The leaves will fall to feed the ground 
And in their falling, make no sound 

Oh my lady, 
Lady I am loving you now 

I've gathered all my money and I'm goin' to town, 
To buy my lady a long and flowing gown 
'Cause come tomorrow morning 
We're off to the county fair 
I'll find a yellow flower 
And I will lace it in her hair

in albúm Gossip in the Grain (2008)

** 8 **


I gave it a 3 at the start of the song, by the middle I'd changed it to a 2, by the end of it I went back and made it a 1.
Please do not play again?

I love his other two songs that play here, bought that cd because of hearing them here, but this one ain't too good - you betcha.

Love this one. I just noticed he's going to be here in Portland on Wednesday. Whoo-hoo!

 sporkster wrote:


Agreed.  Definitely not up to par with the other tracks from the album.
 
True, love what I've heard so far from this album. But this one, not so much. 4

 cutterjudd wrote:
Warm fire, glass of wine, and a fine woman..............while listening to this song.  Works for me.........!

 
Are you suffering from a lack of sleep?

Warm fire, glass of wine, and a fine woman..............while listening to this song.  Works for me.........!

 notremotely wrote:
I have heard and enjoyed other LaMontagne songs, but on this one he sounds like he's not hitting the notes. I don't claim to be a musician or vocalist, but it just doesn't sound right.

Is he flat or are my ears broken?
 

Agreed.  Definitely not up to par with the other tracks from the album.
Rarely motivated to complain, but this ...
  {#Yell}
I have heard and enjoyed other LaMontagne songs, but on this one he sounds like he's not hitting the notes. I don't claim to be a musician or vocalist, but it just doesn't sound right.

Is he flat or are my ears broken?
Ick. I like RL, but this is really terrible, isn't it?
If you guys like this song check out this Live Winter Birds Video on my blog. I gotta say I've been quite intregued by the new album.
Is this still playing? Maybe I have my volume too low, but I just hear his voice here and there. Not really incited to turn it up...