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The Waterboys — Long Strange Golden Road
Album: Modern Blues
Avg rating:
6.7

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Total ratings: 1377









Released: 2015
Length: 10:14
Plays (last 30 days): 3
I was longing to be wooed
I was ready to be humbled
by the words that you had written
by the syllables you mumbled

Yeah, I was ready in my heart
to have my heart invaded
by the fervor of your passion
yes, I came to be persuaded

But when I heard your ragged voice
something switched in my perception
and I knew I was the victim
of a beautiful deception

All my once exact beliefs
like tangled threads unraveled
I walked out stunned and liberated
and so began my travels

CHORUS:
Keep the river on your right
and the highway at your shoulder
and the front line in your sights, Pioneer
keep your eye on the road
remember what you told her
this is all in code, my dear

"You better get yourself a coat"
said the handsome taxi driver
and he sighed like seven bridges
like a natural-born survivor

As we drove into the night
I could feel the forest jangling
all the choices laid before me
and their consequences dangling

We came upon a stricken ship
that must have once been splendid
the captain as he died said
"Boys, our revels now have ended"

I heard a wild holy band
playing jazz that was outrageous
that recalled the days of rapture
when our love was still young and contagious

[CHORUS]

In a dim-lit motel room
two sad lovers were discoursing
on the dignity of exile
and the merits of divorcing

She said "All certainty is gone"
but he leapt up, still denying
cried, "I won't believe the flame I lit
is dead or even dying"

She left him drooling in the dust
and with rucksack packed begun her
bitter journey to the border
which is where I wooed and won her

She was Aphrodite, Helen, Thetis
Eve among the satyrs
she was Venus in a v-neck sweater
she was all that ever mattered

[CHORUS]

Like Dean Moriarty's ghost
I came in quest of secret knowledge
in the winter of my journey
to a crumbling Druid college

There I read the books of lore
and contemplated in seclusion
but I took my leave embittered
still in love with my illusions

In the drizzling Irish rain
as a tender dawn was breaking
in a doorway I stood spellbound by
the ancient music they were making

I took my breakfast with the gods
on a blushing summer morning
to a wind blew them all away
without a moment's warning

[CHORUS]

Under cold electric light
I watched the scenes mutating
like an old-time frontier ballad
or a carousel rotating

As if in a moment from a film
with astonishing precision
the camera zooms in closer
and a figure comes into vision

I'm in Tokyo; it's dawn
and it's raining hallelujahs
down the bright-lit neon canyons
along the sidewalks of Shibuya

I'm trying to take a stance
and rise above my contradictions
but I'm just a bunch of words in pants
most of those are fiction

[CHORUS x2]
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"We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you'd say.

Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones..."

Great show at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 19!   Day 1 highlight.
Quite boring.
Awesome ending. Bumping it up to 9
Hell would freeze and palm trees grow on the moon before anyone would hear this track on commercial radio. 
Should be, Quicker this song ends the better
Quicker this song the better
geht das ne Stunde? :)p
 chris.m.shields wrote:
I'm sorry, but this song drives me crazy... it ambles around all over the place and reminds me of Midnight Oil.
 What’s  the matter with midnight  oil

 master_betty wrote:
Pretty ordinary. Does this song ever end?
 

HOPEFULLY
Man, I love that B-3...
I like the contagious, outrageous rhyme.  Like it in Isis, too.
I'm sorry, but this song drives me crazy... it ambles around all over the place and reminds me of Midnight Oil.
Man, just really do not like this song. No big fan of the band either, always sound like they are just trying way too hard to be deep and meaningful, but all they can come up with is drivel that grates like nails on a chalk board. Really wish there was a "0" rating.
I like the line, 'keep the river on your right', but 'Venus in a v-neck sweater' is a bit much.
It doesn't half go on, and on, and on ...
Pretty ordinary. Does this song ever end?
Music's not bad - but the lyrics make it an 8 for me.
love this album, can't wait to dress as Elvis for the Danforth show
 dlee3737 wrote:
Totally agree- my favorite as well
So many great lines here - picking these 2 from this listen - fantastic!

but I'm just a bunch of words in pants 
and most of those are fiction
 

 
Reminiscent of Leonard Cohen's "Going Home" lyrics from 3 years earlier:

"I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit"


 kingart wrote:
This track deserves a higher rating. It's strange, epic, engaging, and the last couple minutes are high octane. Let's go, RPers, plug it in. 
 
A bunch of words in pants rates a 5 at best, IMO.
 kingart wrote:
I took my breakfast with the gods 
on a blushing summer morning 
to a wind blew them all away 
without a moment's warning 

Correction, as per what is actually sung

I took my breakfast with the gods 
on a blushing summer morning 
to a wind blew them all away 
I had misread every warning 
 
Yes, I noticed that too.  And here's a possible correction to the correction: I don't think it's "to a wind blew them all away" - " 'til a wind blew them all away" makes more sense. 
Awesome. Never getting tired of it.
We (I) need more Dyllanesque ballads like this. Reminds me of The Band anyway.
 Jakethemuss wrote:
Will this ever end?
 
It's still going. OMG, I thought it was winding down just now, BUT NO. Another verse. 
Really basic rock tune. Waay too long
Will this ever end?
Love it ...
I like the Waterboys, but this is not amongst their best.
I took my breakfast with the gods 
on a blushing summer morning 
to a wind blew them all away 
without a moment's warning 

Correction, as per what is actually sung

I took my breakfast with the gods 
on a blushing summer morning 
to a wind blew them all away 
I had misread every warning 
Lots of words,  brevity is not in his breviary.
It's 9 for sure.  Off topic in this context but I heard Over The Hill from John Hiatt's Eclipse Sessions a sure 10.
Totally agree- my favorite as well
So many great lines here - picking these 2 from this listen - fantastic!

but I'm just a bunch of words in pants 
and most of those are fiction
 

So many great lines here - picking these 2 from this listen - fantastic!

but I'm just a bunch of words in pants 
and most of those are fiction
Jack Kerouack would have loved it.
 kingart wrote:
As if in a moment from a film 
with astonishing precision 

For a moment there he sounded like Looney Tunes Sylvester....

But that's alright. I dig this whacky tabacky track. 
 
Goddammit. 

Suffering Succotash

Ruined for ever...  Hilarious.

Still gets an 8 from me, though.
As if in a moment from a film 
with astonishing precision 

For a moment there he sounded like Looney Tunes Sylvester....

But that's alright. I dig this whacky tabacky track. 
It's a rare cloudy day in the great american southwest.  This track really lays it down how the world looks on my giant wind farm in the heart of the high desert.  There is a god.
Sounds like this guy needs a spit guard.
This track deserves a higher rating. It's strange, epic, engaging, and the last couple minutes are high octane. Let's go, RPers, plug it in. 
bang
on
my
ear
{#Bananajam}
The ghost of Dean Moriarty in a ghillie suit passes by who've not the appetite for the path of acquiring wisdom; it's a long strange road.
This is all in code, my dear
This is the way to tell a life story, with zest, humour, joie de vivre, and of course a cracking tune.
 Redpoint wrote:
6.2!!! What is wrong here?
 
Yeah, way too much for this medocrity prototype.
 Redpoint wrote:
6.2!!! What is wrong here?
 
Yeah, way too much for this mediocrity prototype.
There are a lot of great Waterboys songs, but this is not one of them.  I used to be a big fan, back when they toured as U2's opening act, both on Island Records.  Just can't get into this one, and PSD is not working right now for some reason.
Good to hear these guys again, but is there a short version?
 rtrt wrote:

Yep - some of the best Waterboys lyrics/lines in a long time are in there

 
They must really be awful lyricists.  This tune is just verbal hash, like they threw a dictionary into a high-speed blender and put to music whatever popped out.  A MUCH DESERVED SUCKO-BARFO!!
 rtrt wrote:
Just listening to this off RP and came to bump it up by 1 or 2. Found I already have it a 10 - we need a 10+ option {#Cheesygrin}
 
As long as we get a 10- option.
Very enjoyable tune. It rocks out & the lyrics tell a story.
 Redpoint wrote:
6.2!!! What is wrong here? This has to be one of the best waterboys tunes I've heard in recent years and stands against some of their finest. It was long enough to start at an 8, a 9 by midpoint and finish at a 10.  

 
Yep - some of the best Waterboys lyrics/lines in a long time are in there




That's me, in the boat, on the river on the right - waiting for the guitar break.
Kinda like the first week of last November {#Smile}


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6.2!!! What is wrong here? This has to be one of the best waterboys tunes I've heard in recent years and stands against some of their finest. It was long enough to start at an 8, a 9 by midpoint and finish at a 10.  
I'll sit through this and those what-the-hell lyrics to get to that guitar break. Y'all go for yourselves.

The cow, the old cow, she is dead;
It sleeps well, the horned head:
We poor lads, 'tis our turn now
To hear such tunes as killed the cow. 
I'm not sure this is the best version of this very popular song. Hard to beat the original. I like Mary McCaslin's cover.
Like a lot of movies today, the thing would get better if it was shorter.  Nice hooks but how many times can you hear them before they grate?
This seems to copy every good song written by every good band, yet still seems to come up hollow...
How good is this album....{#Bananajam}
Just listening to this off RP and came to bump it up by 1 or 2. Found I already have it a 10 - we need a 10+ option {#Cheesygrin}
today's word is bloviate

blo·vi·ate
/ˈblōvēˌāt/
verb US informal 
talk at length, especially in an inflated or empty way.

Bonus points for rhyming "hallelujahs" with "Shibuya" tho.
Good song, but could be great with a bit more instrumental variety — meaning, the bass line is a monotonic throb, and the sizzle cymbal is ..... like  ...... is it the only cymbal used?

 coloradojohn wrote:

——————-
Diving into the lyrics, found myself on a journey; the one I've been on for what seems like forever; the path that humbles and amazes...

 


If this song was a horse they had to shoot it.
He's "just a bunch of words in pants"?

I'll bet they don't fit well.  
 TBroosteRR wrote:

You have to have both speakers on your headphone working to hear the song ..its in stereo...oh,oh,oh..I hear it now.

 
Stereo doesn't improve it one bit.

Just the opposite in fact. 
as we used to say in the midwest back in the 70's, that's some straight ahead rock 'n roll man!!!

solid 9
The pain goes on forever.  This track should be entitled "Tedium and Tediummer".  Just dropped it from a "2" to a "1" on second hearing.  Far better it had been drowned in a tub of water as a kitten.
Great to hear this again... a song for the long journey...
 fredriley wrote:

I've told you a million times not to exaggerate.

 
You have to have both speakers on your headphone working to hear the song ..its in stereo...oh,oh,oh..I hear it now.
 bttcld66 wrote:
Only 1 for most fucking and boring song in history

 
I've told you a million times not to exaggerate.
The more I hear, the more I like. An unusual song, and a good guitar rip. 

Only Michael Stipe, or Mr. Spock, can remember all those fooking lyrics!
 
I was shocked when I saw the 6 for this song. I was expecting a 7+ from the RP
listeners. Very nice guitar and keyboard. Killer lyrics. Nothing at all boring about
this tune. Sung with some real feel. I like this a lot. Glad Bill does too or
I would never have had the pleasure of hearing it. It's why we're here.
I think this is great!!! 8.
A terrible song. Why pick  this?
Stop Bill please have mercy of us!
Only 1 for most fucking and boring song in history
Ah, it's finished at last - that's nice
{#Wall}
Good stuff! A little different from the 80's Waterboys I knew..
yuck, where's my Claritan this shits jarring my nasal stream
"I'm just a bunch of words in pants, and most of those are fiction" - pretty much describes most men (this one included), I reckon.
 Skydog wrote:

yeah, i thought this wasn't the Waterboys

 
Living in Dublin clearly has an affecting influence on Mike Scott, the transplanted Waterboy…fortunately, for those of us who like his Modern Blues. 
 robertomiller wrote:
I turn it up… 

One of the best Irish rock ballads I've heard in many a year.
 

 
yeah, i thought this wasn't the Waterboys
 horstman wrote:
I love the Waterboys. I'm not sure who this is . . . Their albums from the 80s were epic. This is painful.

 
hear hear

Although I did increase my rating from 1 to 2 for the instrumental part at the end.  It's the singing - or lack thereof - that is so painful.
I turn it up… 

One of the best Irish rock ballads I've heard in many a year.
 
This comes on and I head to Pandora....
Long, innit?
This is really not good...?!
This sure is light years away from "Old England"!
This song could be cutted to five usual length :)
Yeah, thanks for playing this Long Strange Boring Song ... AGAIN!
 Dave_Mack wrote:
At first I thought he was doing a credible Tom Petty imitation, but now I'm going with Daffy Duck.

 
Thufferin' thoccotash! Me, I like the basic rock 'n' roll of this number, which never dates. Ah, youthful idealism and eagerness :)
I can't help it.  I love this.  Haven't a clue what it means, though.  If anything.
She was Aphrodite, Helen, Thetis,
Eve among the satyrs.
She was Venus in a v-neck sweater.
She was all that ever mattered.

I once knew a girl like that.
I love the Waterboys. I'm not sure who this is . . . Their albums from the 80s were epic. This is painful.
Man the DJ has a good ear!  Wonder if Mr. Goldman has been consulted on music copyright law suits?
Great songs, great lyrics, like this, are never too long… 
At first I thought he was doing a credible Tom Petty imitation, but now I'm going with Daffy Duck.
poetry ain't easy
Really bad...disappointing from such a great band.  Zero inspiration..... OMG - you all are right - it just doesn't end?!?!  {#Eyes}
 hayduke2 wrote:
fuckin' long innit?  and bad

 
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fuckin' long innit?  and bad
Just about 8 minutes too long.  pxd
That cover photo looks like something from Season 1 of "True Detective".
I can't get past his awful voice...it's killing me.
Growing on me… the story, spirit, the story in code… 
Yes, I came to be persuaded.

 Singlow wrote:
What a set of lyric driven music... Some crazy story to tell— and you've got to listen!!!

 
No, I don't.
 boofinboots wrote:
STOP PLAYING THIS HORRID AND HORRIBLY LONG SONG!!! It's 10 mins and 23 seconds of my life you steal every other day! Play something worthy like Katzenjammer which you keep refusing to play!

 
So much wrong in just 3 sentences.

You could fix this problem yourself, you know.
What a set of lyric driven music... Some crazy story to tell-- and you've got to listen!!!
Why all the hate?  "Keep your eyes on the road..." and keep playin' this one, Bill.
 boofinboots wrote:
STOP PLAYING THIS HORRID AND HORRIBLY LONG SONG!!! It's 10 mins and 23 seconds of my life you steal every other day! Play something worthy like Katzenjammer which you keep refusing to play!

 
So you  are distressed I read, have a little compassion  for rme as I have now burnt my dinner.....
On and on and on... it goes. Couldn't someone have told them "enough already!"
It'd be better if it were shorter. A whole lot shorter. Like 3 minutes shorter.

This is a really great song! I listened to the entire album. Good too.


I don't like the Pee-wee Herman inflection/affectation.  That's right, just close your eyes and imagine Pee-wee on stage, snarling and looking constipated, lip-syncing this song.
 Lodomojo wrote:
This song is a long, pitiful attempt to imitate Bob Dylan.

"I could feel the forest jangling
all the choices laid before me
and their consequences dangling"

Oh my god, did someone's little brother in 8th grade write this crap? 

 
But why didn't you correct the grammar?