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James — Sometimes
Album: The Best of James
Avg rating:
7.4

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Total ratings: 930









Released: 1998
Length: 4:32
Plays (last 30 days): 1
There's a storm outside, and the gap between crack and thunder
Crack and thunder, is closing in, is closing in
The rain floods gutters, and makes a great sound on the concrete
On a flat roof, there's a boy leaning against the wall of rain
Aerial held high, calling "come on thunder, come on thunder"

Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul
Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul

It's a monsoon, and the rain lifts lids off cars
Spinning buses like toys, stripping them to chrome
Across the bay, the waves are turning into something else
Picking up fishing boats and spewing them on the shore

The boy is hit, lit up against the sky, like a sign, like a neon sign
And he crumples, drops into the gutter, legs twitching
The flood swells his clothes and delivers him on, delivers him on

Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul
Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul

There's four new colors in the rainbow
An old man's taking polaroids
But all he captures is endless rain, endless rain
He says listen, takes my head and puts my ear to his
And I swear I can hear the sea

Somtimes, when I look in your eyes I can see your soul
(I can touch your soul )
(I can reach your soul)
Sometimes
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 stevecossaboom wrote:
I get a kick out of the listeners who go out of their way post up here to whinge about a song they don't like

Hey grumpy pants! Instead of all that feverish typing, how's about you click the "skip" button and go to the next song? It's one easy click vs. you yammering on about what a trainwreck the current song is ... 

And up until recently. there *were* options for alternative streams on RP. Where did that go?

And there are a zillion other free live streaming websites, and, the likes of Spotify.

Stop whinging like an entitled  5-year-old.
 
The options are still there: Main, Mellow, Rock & World
LLRP
 ploba wrote:
For some reason, this song always gives me chills!!!  
 
This is definitely a Soulful band - this album and "Seven" stand out in this way for me in particular
Fantastic
 stevecossaboom wrote:
I get a kick out of the listeners who go out of their way post up here to whinge about a song they don't like

Hey grumpy pants! Instead of all that feverish typing, how's about you click the "skip" button and go to the next song? It's one easy click vs. you yammering on about what a trainwreck the current song is ... 

And up until recently. there *were* options for alternative streams on RP. Where did that go?

And there are a zillion other free live streaming websites, and, the likes of Spotify.

Stop whinging like an entitled  5-year-old.
 

If we have contributed money and there is a "Post Comment " button, then yes we are entitled.
It sounds like you are the one whining.
I'm going to compile a James playlist off of their tracks played here on RP. 
Beautiful and timeless, whole album is great.
LUV. 
 stevecossaboom wrote:
I get a kick out of the listeners who go out of their way post up here to whinge about a song they don't like

Hey grumpy pants! Instead of all that feverish typing, how's about you click the "skip" button and go to the next song? It's one easy click vs. you yammering on about what a trainwreck the current song is ... 

And up until recently. there *were* options for alternative streams on RP. Where did that go?

And there are a zillion other free live streaming websites, and, the likes of Spotify.

Stop whinging like an entitled  5-year-old.
 

This is a good song.
But some songs suck and are not worthy for RP. ( ie Counting Crows)
So we complain and criticize  and maybe Bill will make some improvements.
Besides, the skip button is usually too far away to reach. 
I get a kick out of the listeners who go out of their way post up here to whinge about a song they don't like

Hey grumpy pants! Instead of all that feverish typing, how's about you click the "skip" button and go to the next song? It's one easy click vs. you yammering on about what a trainwreck the current song is ... 

And up until recently. there *were* options for alternative streams on RP. Where did that go?

And there are a zillion other free live streaming websites, and, the likes of Spotify.

Stop whinging like an entitled  5-year-old.
 oldsaxon wrote:
Not grabbing me tonight. It IS reminding me of some Waterboys song or other...I'll wait till next time to rate it. 
 
Fisherman's Blues, or This is the Sea, maybe.
I have a new ear worm for 2018. I do believe this is one for the pod. 
Diametric.
For me, it's a 7.  
joelbb
Posted: Mar 26, 2016 - 00:11
 

This is just plain painful to listen to.  Totally sucko-barfo.  Send it to the cornfield, send it to the cornfield!!!

Johnny_Wave
(California, baby)
Posted: Mar 26, 2016 - 00:08
 

Just a great song.  Solid 8, easy 
Diametric opinions.  Funny how that works. 


For me, it's a 7.  
joelbb
Posted: Mar 26, 2016 - 00:11
 

This is just plain painful to listen to.  Totally sucko-barfo.  Send it to the cornfield, send it to the cornfield!!!

Johnny_Wave
(California, baby)
Posted: Mar 26, 2016 - 00:08
 


Just a great song.  Solid 8, easy 
This is just plain painful to listen to.  Totally sucko-barfo.  Send it to the cornfield, send it to the cornfield!!!
Just a great song.  Solid 8, easy
For some reason, this song always gives me chills!!!  
Great to listen to and equally as good see!  
Never enough JAMES!
Superb...James is such a good band
{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano} ... "Outstanding" song from Manchester's finest :)
 Nat wrote:
It took me a few years to finally decide, but I consider Laid to be the best album of 1993.

 
i still play it every sunday while cooking sunday brunch.

lovely album.

i get how people who are listening to this one track isolated of the tracks around it might have difficulty with the speedy acoustic sound. but as part of the album, it plays its part perfectly.


vocal reminds me of Hot House Flowers...interesting
I feel like I'm being held under water.  
Too much acoustic- too much treble-
utterly stupid and insipid lyrics 
Likey         {#Bananajam}

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
like it
Goosebumps in a beautiful way 😍
Not grabbing me tonight. It IS reminding me of some Waterboys song or other...I'll wait till next time to rate it. 
love it!!!!  where are they now?
Uhh, that would be 'soul'. But I think you knew that. Nice tune. Love that guitar. 
 romeotuma wrote:


"Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your sole..."

love those lyrics...  this song is good for the soles...


 



the soles of your dancing shoes?
 elgreenie1 wrote:

Oh ROmeotuma   its almost too good.  Anthemic ( is that a word??  Is now!)!! {#Dancingbanana}
 
Let's dance!

 Dahnyul wrote:


Great observation Jesspra.

No, but that is exactly who I thought it was when I first heard James vocalist Tim Booth.
However, the Water Boys were fronted by Mike Scott.

Both bands, James and The Waterboys existed at the same time.

Both are great!

 

Me too!  And they both give me chills.....Fisherman Blues a Waterboys high point for me!
{#Yes}


"Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your sole..."

love those lyrics...  this song is good for the soles...


 romeotuma wrote:


This song is good for the ears...

 
 
Oh ROmeotuma   its almost too good.  Anthemic ( is that a word??  Is now!)!! {#Dancingbanana}




This song is good for the ears...

 
 ick wrote:

Uh... ever hear of poetic license?  

 
Uh...yeah, I have. This was meant as a light-hearted observation, not a scathing critizism - I guess that didn't come across im my original post.

BTW, this song is a solid 9.

Loved these guys, my favorite band for much of the '90s.  
It took me a few years to finally decide, but I consider Laid to be the best album of 1993.
Just heard this for the first time. Very nice. The unexpected chorus makes it for me.
{#Daisy}
whoa, major nostalgia wave breaking ... {#Sunny}
Sublime, I loved this song since I first heard it and would also really recommend Tim Booth's solo stuff. I'm getting a bit old to have a favorite songs or so I thought.
 Droidac wrote:
Has anyone ever noticed the error in these lyrics?
There's a storm outside, and the gap between crack and thunder
Crack and thunder, is closing in, is closing in
The rain floods gutters, and makes a great sound on theconcrete
On a flat roof, there's a boy leaning against the wall of rain
Aerial held high, calling "come on thunder, come on thunder"

If the boy is holding up the aerial, he should be calling for lightning, not thunder.

 
Uh... ever hear of poetic license?  

 wrangler wrote:
this song would be a lot better if it was 2 minutes shorter
 
Yes. Or if it had an ending instead of droning along to a fade out.




cool...


Exuuuberant!!!
 jesspra wrote:
Was James ever a Waterboy?{#Umbrella} 
 
No, but they were Bad Angels once!   {#Devil_pimp}

https://www.wearejames.com/history/?year=1995

This is a GREAT song, from perhaps THE most underrated band ever!.....
 jesspra wrote:
Was James ever a Waterboy?{#Umbrella} 
 

Great observation Jesspra.

No, but that is exactly who I thought it was when I first heard James vocalist Tim Booth.
However, the Water Boys were fronted by Mike Scott.

Both bands, James and The Waterboys existed at the same time.

Both are great!

 aarrgho wrote:
Kinda reminds me of the Hothouse Flowers song "Great Thing of Beauty"
 
Yeah, whatever happened to those guys.  I liked that tune.

this song would be a lot better if it was 2 minutes shorter
Was James ever a Waterboy?{#Umbrella} 
Kinda reminds me of the Hothouse Flowers song "Great Thing of Beauty"
 Droidac wrote:
Has anyone ever noticed the error in these lyrics?

There's a storm outside, and the gap between crack and thunder
Crack and thunder, is closing in, is closing in
The rain floods gutters, and makes a great sound on theconcrete
On a flat roof, there's a boy leaning against the wall of rain
Aerial held high, calling "come on thunder, come on thunder"

If the boy is holding up the aerial, he should be calling for lightning, not thunder.

 

Yeah, but if there's thunder, lightning is in the area too. Is the rumble of distant thunder perhaps more dramatic, does it create more foreboding?
 BillDeville wrote:
"Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul" Whoa...that is sooo deep!

  Years ago I once told a very pretty woman that ... such a deeply felt connection. Eventually, I married her.


Has anyone ever noticed the error in these lyrics?

There's a storm outside, and the gap between crack and thunder
Crack and thunder, is closing in, is closing in
The rain floods gutters, and makes a great sound on theconcrete
On a flat roof, there's a boy leaning against the wall of rain
Aerial held high, calling "come on thunder, come on thunder"



If the boy is holding up the aerial, he should be calling for lightning, not thunder.

BillDeville wrote:
"Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul" Whoa...that is sooo deep!


Yeah, it's unfortunate that the most trite lyric in this tune is the hook. I always liked the first verse -

There's a storm outside, and the gap between crack and thunder
Crack and thunder, is closing in, is closing in
The rain floods gutters, and makes a great sound on theconcrete
On a flat roof, there's a boy leaning against the wall of rain
Aerial held high, calling "come on thunder, come on thunder"



I mean, for a pop tune, that's not bad imagery.

This (Laid) is one of my favorite albums. 

Love this group.... :bounce:
BillDeville wrote:
"Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul" Whoa...that is sooo deep!
yeah, here's the deal..........james sucks.
"Sometimes, when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul" Whoa...that is sooo deep!
The only problem with James is that I always want their songs to be slightly better than they are.
bring it on! :bounce:
Greetings to Brazil!!! :cheesygrin: :clap:
sfListener wrote:
Very fun song to improvise guitar solos to.
what? no. no. no. it's only ok to want to play along w this song if you're james. even then, it would be understood should you decide to not want to play along with this song.
out_to_lunch wrote:
I like to quote myself sometimes
This is a great song. Not sure why someone would find it irritating, but quoting yourself is pretty annoying I have to say...
liser wrote:
Irritating - all the time.
Still irritating 6 months later. Definite 1.
\'Member that TV show \"James at 15?\"
Very fun song to improvise guitar solos to.
This is the first James song I ever liked.
one of my favourite songs.
Yeah it's been a really long time since i heard this. wow. reminds me of being 11 or so and sitting in the giant cherry tree in my parents back yard in the late evening summer sun..
reverb much?
that is some of the hokiest shit i've heard in a while.
not a bad track but there are far better on this Greatest Hits collection ...
love this song, very evocative. video is cool too.
liser wrote:
Irritating - all the time.
:hand:
Irritating - all the time.
ShepHeard wrote:
I'm guessing it's just me, but something about the pitch of his voice and whatever notes are being played on the bottom e string, makes me feel physically ill. Man, his voice - argh! I feel like I'm going to have a panic attack!
It's not just you. His voice has this "Waterboyish" quality that I dislike, too. Just too frantic!
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
How about "Sit Down"?
"Sit Down" live is a really cool tune. I used to hear it late night on WFNX in Boston. Not sure if it is off a live album or not, but it was pretty good. I have it on cassette tape (yep it was a while ago!) somewhere...
ploafmaster wrote:
No, he doesn't sound like a crappy poor-man's Bono at all. No, not at all. Really. I mean, it may be his voice and all, but ick. 2.
He has a great voice...how could you give this a 2? :think: :naughty:
No, he doesn't sound like a crappy poor-man's Bono at all. No, not at all. Really. I mean, it may be his voice and all, but ick. 2.
Angloray wrote:
I think that's on "James," isn't it? I was listing albums :biggrin:
Yep! And on this "Greatest Hits" collection. And it's also on the Main Channel here at Paradise!
I'm guessing it's just me, but something about the pitch of his voice and whatever notes are being played on the bottom e string, makes me feel physically ill. Man, his voice - argh! I feel like I'm going to have a panic attack!
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
How about "Sit Down"?
I think that's on "James," isn't it? I was listing albums :biggrin:
Poetic acoustic! A solid 9.
First thought it was Hot House Flowers.....
James! :sunny:
I've allways liked this song! Barcelona,Spain
diane wrote:
:sunny: 10 - 10 - 10 In my Top 10 albums of all time.
laprincessa wrote:
Mine too! :high-five:
"> thereflex2004 wrote:
My favourite song in the whole world, just magnificent
Not working for me....did they pick one chord and decide to strum it as fast as humanly possible?
One of my favorite bands. Great song.
My favourite song in the whole world, just magnificent
:guitarist: :drummer: :yes: :good-vibes:
babygirl614 wrote:
reminds me of the Waterboys.
Exactly. Not bad. Growing on me.
This sounds like the spiritual equivalent of "Laid." I like it, reminds me of the Waterboys.
Angloray wrote:
GO FOR IT. I have never regretted acting on a very similar instinct. Here would be my order of preference: (I'm sure other RPers have others) 1. Laid 2. Pleased to Meet You 3. Millionaires 4. Seven 5. James 6. Whiplash James is so wonderful and I've loved them for many many years.
How about "Sit Down"?
Sorry. I don't get it. Boring music. Boring voice. Boring stupid lyrics. :puke:
laprincessa wrote:
I've always said that I liked James even though I don't own any of their stuff. And today, I've realized that I REALLY like James. Putting them on my "must buy" list.
GO FOR IT. I have never regretted acting on a very similar instinct. Here would be my order of preference: (I'm sure other RPers have others) 1. Laid 2. Pleased to Meet You 3. Millionaires 4. Seven 5. James 6. Whiplash James is so wonderful and I've loved them for many many years.
byrd wrote:
I second this. It's kind of a pet peeve that so many greatest hits albums are shown instead of the original albums from which a songs are released. This song is definitly great though! I used to listen to this one over and over again.
I suspect it has to do with what CDs people are uploading the songs from. If they upload it from the "Best of" CD, the information attached to the file will identify it as coming from that CD. But I agree it would be nice to see the original CD information instead of the compilations.
Roverfish wrote:
P.S. Bill, is there any way to change the album listings so they reflect the original work and not some greatest hits disc?
I second this. It's kind of a pet peeve that so many greatest hits albums are shown instead of the original albums from which a songs are released. This song is definitly great though! I used to listen to this one over and over again.
I dig!
diane wrote:
:sunny: 10 - 10 - 10 In my Top 10 albums of all time.
Mine too! :high-five:
This song always wakes me up and gives me goosebumps at the same time...amazing! :guitarist:
One of my favorite James' tunes.
Roverfish wrote:
Ok, James fans, who's Lester Piggott? (no cheating!)
The Queen's jockey.... Sounds a lot like the Waterboys....
:sunny: 10 - 10 - 10 In my Top 10 albums of all time.
Ok, James fans, who's Lester Piggott? (no cheating!) Excellent tune. P.S. Bill, is there any way to change the album listings so they reflect the original work and not some greatest hits disc?
flandersdog wrote:
the CD from which this song comes (Laid) is one of my top three all-time (well, so far) CDs...but this version of this song sounds different than the one on Laid...it's faster,? or maybe I'm imagining things?
Definitely top three...I think that the speed is the same, but without the other songs on "Laid" surrounding it, it sounds less mellow. IMHO
BGGA wrote:
This song always gets my attention. I can be at my desk all day and RP is playing in the background, this song comes on and I have to stop what I'm doing to have a listen.
I had a similar reaction...I suddenly perked up and vividly recalled a long commute cranking this CD...now I cannot wait to go home and dig in my collection for this lost CD. Thanks RP for bringing me back to awareness of this lost musical joy. :jump:
Agreed. Laid is a definite desert island disc. flandersdog wrote:
the CD from which this song comes (Laid) is one of my top three all-time (well, so far) CDs...but this version of this song sounds different than the one on Laid...it's faster,? or maybe I'm imagining things?
the CD from which this song comes (Laid) is one of my top three all-time (well, so far) CDs...but this version of this song sounds different than the one on Laid...it's faster,? or maybe I'm imagining things?
Isn't this a cover? I could swear it is, I just can't remember who did the original.
laprincessa wrote:
I've always said that I liked James even though I don't own any of their stuff. And today, I've realized that I REALLY like James. Putting them on my "my buy" list.
:nodhead: welcome to the club !! :grouphug:
I've always said that I liked James even though I don't own any of their stuff. And today, I've realized that I REALLY like James. Putting them on my "must buy" list.
There's brand new colors in the rainbow An old man's taking polaroids But all he captures is endless rain, endless rain He says listen, takes my head and puts my ear to his And I swear I can hear the sea!
I don't know why, but I like this part of the lyrics in particular. It's an otherworldly song, in a good way! :mrgreen:
This song always gets my attention. I can be at my desk all day and RP is playing in the background, this song comes on and I have to stop what I'm doing to have a listen.
When I was going through a bad time in my life, one of my students loaned me this disc...it became, and has remained, one of my favorite albums of all time. SOOOOO good to hear it here. For my money, a terrific album.