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Paolo Nutini — Candy
Album: Sunny Side Up
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 1884









Released: 2009
Length: 4:54
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I was perched outside in the pouring rain
Trying to make myself a sail
Then I'll float to you my darlin'
With the evening on my tail
Although not the most honest means of travel
It gets me there nonetheless
I'm a heartless man at worst, babe
And a helpless one at best

Darling I'll bathe your skin
I'll even wash your clothes
Just give me some candy, before I go
Oh, darling I'll kiss your eyes
And lay you down on your rug
Just give me some candy
After my heart

Oh I'm often false explaining
But to her it plays out all the same
and although I'm left defeated
It get's held against my name
I know you got plenty to offer baby
But I guess I've taken quite enough
Well I'm some stain there on your bedsheet
You're my diamond in the rough

Darling I'll bathe your skin
I'll even wash your clothes
Just give me some candy
before I go
Oh, darling I'll kiss your eyes
And lay you down on your rug
Just give me some candy
After my heart

I know that thereÂŽre writings on the wall
But Darling I'll bathe your skin
I'll even wash your clothes
Just give me some candy
After my heart

Oh I'll be there waiting for you (repeat)
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I have this album - again, something I first heard on RP. Great album. Buy it. 
 uksminas wrote:
 
Stop slamming that lid, lady...
Oh God...2:21 PM on a Monday afternoon.
Exactly what I needed.
 binggeli wrote:
Still think that Paolo Nutini is an amazingly versatile singer with incredible lyrics (if you are on his wavelength and get what he's singing about). Even my teenage daughters listen to him. To me, he's just timeless and has a great sense of humor about himself as well. Thank you, RP, for playing his music.
 
To me, this song sounds like he became a coke addict after the death of his wife.  I curious what it meant to you.
Still think that Paolo Nutini is an amazingly versatile singer with incredible lyrics (if you are on his wavelength and get what he's singing about). Even my teenage daughters listen to him. To me, he's just timeless and has a great sense of humor about himself as well. Thank you, RP, for playing his music.
 colt4x5 wrote:

He's Scottish - Can't go wrong with the Scots. (He's fabulous.)
 
Big Clive yes.  Nutini no.
 Proclivities wrote:

Any song which wouldn't be used by American Idol gets a bonus point.
 

ritmo piacevole, voce interessante non banale - mi piace questa bella "ballata"
The opening guitar..... “Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty, Sound of their breath fades with the light”
 expatlar wrote:

Pretty much the same thing you said six years ago. Sorry that you haven't gotten over your issues. It's just a song about lust!
 
Maybe it is just pathetic.... More so even than your response.
Nicely follows Stephen Marley "Inna Di Red (w/ Ben Harper)" today.  Sweet, RP, nice touch.  Love from Bristol.
'Tis a shame





 echoes wrote:
I swear to God I hear Burl Ives.
 

A young Burl.

Today this makes me want to look at my watch and I ain't even wearin' one.
 WonderLizard wrote:
I was encouraged by "New Shoes" from his first CD, but the rest of it sounded like songs even American Idol wouldn't use. I'm not sure about his lyrical capabilities yet, but this song shows signs that he may yet emerge as the real deal.
 
Any song which wouldn't be used by American Idol gets a bonus point.
j7 wrote:
Shut up Paolo.

h8rhater wrote:
Shut up j7

 
j7 wrote:

h8rhater???
Nice double negative.....multiplying itself infinitely into hate. GR8!


 
Context please.
Excuse me but I'm not so sure too many women out there would like this creepy stalker with the oddball Burl Ivesish voice washing their clothes. 

Voice and music style make me think of Loudon Wainwright III.

Am I alone in this?

(Sorry if this posts twice -- computer issues.)

 FlatCat wrote:
It's interesting. There are so many songs of men being abject in love, but this song makes me cringe with embarrassment. The character he plays is so pathetic. 
 
Pretty much the same thing you said six years ago. Sorry that you haven't gotten over your issues. It's just a song about lust!
love love love paolo nutini - I prefer Better Man, Pencil Full of Lead, New Shoes and, of course, Iron Sky but I'm glad to hear him on radio paradise
It's interesting. There are so many songs of men being abject in love, but this song makes me cringe with embarrassment. The character he plays is so pathetic. 
Don't we all love candy? And haven't we all been raised with the message not to ask for it. How ironic.
So coool, that you're playing Paolo Nutini {#Bananajam}
It's ok...I'd have given it a 6 but my wife said 8, and I know when to pick my fights so...8 it is.
I swear to God I hear Burl Ives.
If you like this flowering of Scots Italian artistry then you might also like Rachel Sermanni - https://rachelsermanni.co.uk/
 pfwashburn9485 wrote:

Me too :-) 
 

...and so do I!
 Disman wrote:
I always expect to see Kevin Kinney or Drivin' and Cryin' when I hear this.

 
How?
I always expect to see Kevin Kinney or Drivin' and Cryin' when I hear this.
Love it!
 casey1024 wrote:
I have no idea why I love this guy so much.  I just do.  :-)

 
He's Scottish - Can't go wrong with the Scots. (He's fabulous.)
I have no idea why I love this guy so much.  I just do.  :-)
 a_genuine_find wrote:
No Annie Lennox remake?

 
Now that would be a good idea.
 ODAD wrote:
For a moment, I thought it was "Pasta Nutella".
Old eyes & smeared lenses.
 
It's the vibrato - it makes everything blurry.
For a moment, I thought it was "Pasta Nutella".
Old eyes & smeared lenses.
 
definitely marginal.
Great tune!
Never heard. Wonderful song.

This is why I listen to Radio Paradise.
Very handsome man.  Fun in concert!!
 gvan wrote:
I could handle the "stain there on your bedsheet" lyric if he didn't sound like he was 80. Yick!

 
The lyrics are:

"Well I'm some stain there on your bedsheet"
Smokie style. 6.
 gvan wrote:
I could handle the "stain there on your bedsheet" lyric if he didn't sound like he was 80. Yick!
  
BillG wrote:

Born in 1987
 

 
Seriously hot too.  So I've been reliably informed.
 Jelani wrote:
This tune gives me the creeps.

 

That sounds nasty, I would get to your doctor as quick as possible.
Just discovered this amazing performer on the itunes Concert series (appletv) last year. Amazing!
No Annie Lennox remake?
I love this song. I danced it with my husband on our wedding day . Thanks for playing it.  Brings back amazing memories. 
Bobby Bazini and Paolo Nutini  sounding more and more alike.
 FlatCat wrote:
I simply cannot listen to this song. It make me cringe with embarrassment. He is absolutely begging for abuse.

 
Apparently this is a song best listened to at low levels... I could not really make out the lyrics just tonal speech and the music. I will have to listen louder and see what everyone is talking about. 
Awesome, passionate! Anyone who's had a very sexual, intense relationship will appreciate this song.
This tune gives me the creeps.
See on hea.
I simply cannot listen to this song. It make me cringe with embarrassment. He is absolutely begging for abuse.
 jkhandy wrote:

Even if he was 80, so what? Older humans are entitled to love making just as much as you are. Too bad that older folks are demonized in this society, but when so much importance and focus is directed to youth and the external, it's no wonder.
 
Amen
Snore...
 gvan wrote:
I could handle the "stain there on your bedsheet" lyric if he didn't sound like he was 80. Yick!
 
Born in 1987
 
 gvan wrote:
I could handle the "stain there on your bedsheet" lyric if he didn't sound like he was 80. Yick!
 
The tremolo in the voice is purposeful. Also, watching Paolo Nutini's intensity in concert on Austin City Limits, not ick.  yum.
 gvan wrote:
I could handle the "stain there on your bedsheet" lyric if he didn't sound like he was 80. Yick!
 
Even if he was 80, so what? Older humans are entitled to love making just as much as you are. Too bad that older folks are demonized in this society, but when so much importance and focus is directed to youth and the external, it's no wonder.
Sounds more like a Strawbs song HeyAbbott wrote:
Sure sounds alot like Gene Clark on this one{#Clap}
 


 gvan wrote:
I could handle the "stain there on your bedsheet" lyric if he didn't sound like he was 80. Yick!
 
You can relax, he's far from 80, but that is a bit of an ageist remark. I hope that everything will still be working fine when I'm 80, and as you age, you may well have a similar hope (for yourself, rather than for me.

Excellent album, well worth a listen.

I could handle the "stain there on your bedsheet" lyric if he didn't sound like he was 80. Yick!
 drjimmy wrote:
Has a bit of a Ray LaMontagne sound to my ears. I like.
 
Some songs are like R.LaM. songs! I must agree!


Very nice sound. I did expect some old grizzled guy singing this, but i must admit, instead I find my long lost twin brother.{#Cool} 
Nice!
Sure sounds alot like Gene Clark on this one{#Clap}
 rjewyo wrote:
What a guy...and he's Italian too...!
 
Italian four generations ago, then third generation Scottish! ;) He is from Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His dad was of Italian descent and ran a fish and chip shop. Encouraged early on for his singing talent, Nutini finally moved to London at age 17 and began performing live. Rest is history.... 

Nutini is awesome live! Check out some live performances from his web site...this is "I'd Rather Go Blind," other vids can be seen by clicking below the player...Nutini is unique!

 https://www.paolonutini.com/video,id-rather-go-blind-live-on-the-great-american-songbook_31.htm

Jazz singer.
What a guy...and he's Italian too...!
Has a bit of a Ray LaMontagne sound to my ears. I like.
 WayUpNorth wrote:

I'm with you.  I think it's just a lovely song and I love his voice, accent, phrasing, all of the things the h8ers have flamed about.  To each his own — I think it's a bit of a macho man thing.  I know lots of men who would absolutely CRINGE to hear these lyrics come out of a self-respecting "man's" mouth.  And I mean that in a very non-judgemental way  ...  just sayin' ...

 
{#Clap} I'd be happy to say these things, and even to admit to being a stain on the bedsheet. I suspect yer man Paolo won't have much trouble getting his "candy", though, as the vulnerable feeling man can be quite attractive to many women, and he's a pretty fit guy too. The voice is a bit of an acquired taste, but it is real, unlike some cringe-making falsetti I've heard (step forward, Morrissey). 7 from the Albaphile Nottingham jury.

Bill, fantastic music over the last few hours.  One great song after another. 

Whatever.  This is an excellent song by an interesting artist. . . 
 
 WayUpNorth wrote:

I'm with you.  I think it's just a lovely song and I love his voice, accent, phrasing, all of the things the h8ers have flamed about.  To each his own — I think it's a bit of a macho man thing.  I know lots of men who would absolutely CRINGE to hear these lyrics come out of a self-respecting "man's" mouth.  And I mean that in a very non-judgemental way  ...  just sayin' ...

 

Yep, few self-respecting men admit to being a "stain" on your sheets!
 Jamunca wrote:
... bee's knees!
 
Mosquito's whine is closer to it.

{#Sick}


 Jamunca wrote:
I truly don't understand the hate on here for this song. I think it's the bee's knees!
 
I'm with you.  I think it's just a lovely song and I love his voice, accent, phrasing, all of the things the h8ers have flamed about.  To each his own — I think it's a bit of a macho man thing.  I know lots of men who would absolutely CRINGE to hear these lyrics come out of a self-respecting "man's" mouth.  And I mean that in a very non-judgemental way  ...  just sayin' ...

LMAO on the Adam Sandler comment! I'll never hear this song the same way now. Thanks!
Love it!
 lexica wrote:
I think I just figured out why I can't decide whether I like this song or not, and why I keep oscillating between "give it a 2!" and "give it a 7!"

Catchy tune. Good beat (you could dance to it...)

But it reminds me of Adam Sandler.

{#Hand}

 
I'm crazy sensitive songwriter dude!  So gimme some candy!

'Coulda sworn this was Adam Sandler.
I had the pleasure of seeing him and his band up close and personal at the Guitar Center in Boston a few years ago. Each and every one of the members is not only talented but they are all amazing in the looks department too! Maybe it is just me and my affinity for the Scottish! :)
This sounds particularly pathetic coming right after Al Green.

 Jelani wrote:
 FlatCat wrote:

You should remind yourself of your credo (which can be found on 780,000 different pages across the web) more often, because your cute rhetorical flourish is nothing but a personal attack, and a fine example of "making personal judgments on someone you don't even know". But I'll respond to the substance.

When I feel embarrassment on behalf of another person exhibiting cringe-worthy behavior, that is called "empathy", defined as "vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another". I imagine that you have experienced it, though perhaps not in this context.

What has Scotland or the Scottish got to do with it? I made no mention of either.

By "complete indecision", I mean a complete absence of decision. Not an oxymoron.

Now I'll admit that "pathetic little whiner" is rather too harsh, and likely what prompted your attack in the first place. Mr. Nutini may be a fine man, and my comment should have been directed at the persona he puts forward in the song rather than him as a person. But I find still that persona and the way it is embodied in the music and voice infuriating and difficult to listen to.
 
{#Clap}

 
Wow.  Um, and ouch.  Sorry, folks.  I offended, and I really hate doing that. Sometimes my fingers get away from me and type the most unbobly things.  I'll try to curb my opinions in the future.

Peace.

I think I just figured out why I can't decide whether I like this song or not, and why I keep oscillating between "give it a 2!" and "give it a 7!"

Catchy tune. Good beat (you could dance to it...)

But it reminds me of Adam Sandler.

{#Hand}

He's fabulous live, and his repetoire is broad. Nutini is supertalented. I saw him spring of 2010 in Dubai, it was a great show. Can't wait to see him again!
 FlatCat wrote:

You should remind yourself of your credo (which can be found on 780,000 different pages across the web) more often, because your cute rhetorical flourish is nothing but a personal attack, and a fine example of "making personal judgments on someone you don't even know". But I'll respond to the substance.

When I feel embarrassment on behalf of another person exhibiting cringe-worthy behavior, that is called "empathy", defined as "vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another". I imagine that you have experienced it, though perhaps not in this context.

What has Scotland or the Scottish got to do with it? I made no mention of either.

By "complete indecision", I mean a complete absence of decision. Not an oxymoron.

Now I'll admit that "pathetic little whiner" is rather too harsh, and likely what prompted your attack in the first place. Mr. Nutini may be a fine man, and my comment should have been directed at the persona he puts forward in the song rather than him as a person. But I find still that persona and the way it is embodied in the music and voice infuriating and difficult to listen to.
 
{#Clap}

I just hear him say "I'll even wash your clothes" and think "Don't do me any favors, creep."
 SlinkyJ wrote:
This song irritates me more every time I hear it. {#Frustrated}
 
Yup
Sometimes 'distinctive sound' isn't a compliment. In the case of Mr. Nutini, I'd use it as high praise. I'd take one Paolo Nutini over a thousand sound alike popsters any day. Oddball quavery phrasing, multi-culti accent and all.
Because it's the opposite of Al Green?

Please make it stop.


Nice live performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO2g5iB_uLk
Very nice production and arrangement on this song.
Cool set piece, but couldn't help but think of the work of those unsung heroes: Pulp Media illustrators

of course, this one's more innocent. Wait, what?


great Song! unbelievable Sound from this young guy, can't wait to see him live
 Cynaera wrote:
So - you're cringing in embarrassment. Why?  YOU'RE not the one singing.  Unless you hail from Scotland, or are Scottish by descent, or... wait a minute - none of that matters!  My comment is: You wrote "Pathetic little whiner, who can't even decide on a pitch. He slides around from note to note with complete indecision."  First: You're making personal judgements on someone you don't even know.  Second:  You use two forms of "decide" in the same paragraph which, in effect, is a form of indecision on its own.  Third:  You refer to "complete indecision" which is an oxymoron. Were it "complete," it would be "decision." "Indecision" is an act of incomplete decision.

And now, it's time for me to remind myself of my credo:  "I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man (or woman.)"  I love Paolo Nutini's music. {#Yes}
 
You should remind yourself of your credo (which can be found on 780,000 different pages across the web) more often, because your cute rhetorical flourish is nothing but a personal attack, and a fine example of "making personal judgments on someone you don't even know". But I'll respond to the substance.

When I feel embarrassment on behalf of another person exhibiting cringe-worthy behavior, that is called "empathy", defined as "vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another". I imagine that you have experienced it, though perhaps not in this context.

What has Scotland or the Scottish got to do with it? I made no mention of either.

By "complete indecision", I mean a complete absence of decision. Not an oxymoron.

Now I'll admit that "pathetic little whiner" is rather too harsh, and likely what prompted your attack in the first place. Mr. Nutini may be a fine man, and my comment should have been directed at the persona he puts forward in the song rather than him as a person. But I find still that persona and the way it is embodied in the music and voice infuriating and difficult to listen to.


Paolo Nutini by ~3-2-1-Agni
Agni ©2010 ~3-2-1-Agni

Scattata al concerto di Paolo Nutini del 16.07.2010 a Udine :)
.



I truly don't understand the hate on here for this song. I think it's the bee's knees!
- Honey, what is it, you look troubled?
- You know, every other kid in the neighborhood is content to just say "Trick or Treat!" when I come to the door. But that Nutini boy...

This song irritates me more every time I hear it. {#Frustrated}
 Cynaera wrote:
I love Paolo Nutini's music. {#Yes}
 
AGREED!

 FlatCat wrote:
Bill has introduced me to so much great stuff that I'm always willing to give whatever he plays a few listens or more. And I'm not averse to "sensitive males" (Nick Drake, Donovan, etc.).  But somehow this guy makes me want to break things. His persona in this song is so WEAK. Makes me cringe in embarrassment.

heliosweb wrote:
Paolo Nutini is, for many, an acquired taste. I thought his vocal style was weird and very affected at first... but quickly warmed to him after hearing more of his music. Perhaps you should listen to more of his stuff.
Personally, I think he's very creative and brings a lot of passion and expressiveness to his music.
I give this an 8.
steve
 
Flatcat wrote:
Pathetic little whiner, who can't even decide on a pitch. He slides around from note to note with complete indecision.

 So - you're cringing in embarrassment. Why?  YOU'RE not the one singing.  Unless you hail from Scotland, or are Scottish by descent, or... wait a minute - none of that matters!  My comment is: You wrote "Pathetic little whiner, who can't even decide on a pitch. He slides around from note to note with complete indecision."  First: You're making personal judgements on someone you don't even know.  Second:  You use two forms of "decide" in the same paragraph which, in effect, is a form of indecision on its own.  Third:  You refer to "complete indecision" which is an oxymoron. Were it "complete," it would be "decision." "Indecision" is an act of incomplete decision.

And now, it's time for me to remind myself of my credo:  "I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man (or woman.)"  I love Paolo Nutini's music. {#Yes}


 Alexandra wrote:
I can't believe that "old man" voice comes out of such a young, punk-ass lookin' young Scotsman! {#Lol}
 



Haha!   I just discovered the "faster" and "slower" buttons on the VLC player.
This song is much improved by playing at 1.5x normal speed, same pitch.
Bill has introduced me to so much great stuff that I'm always willing to give whatever he plays a few listens or more. And I'm not averse to "sensitive males" (Nick Drake, Donovan, etc.).  But somehow this guy makes me want to break things. His persona in this song is so WEAK. Makes me cringe in embarrassment.

heliosweb wrote:
Paolo Nutini is, for many, an acquired taste. I thought his vocal style was weird and very affected at first... but quickly warmed to him after hearing more of his music. Perhaps you should listen to more of his stuff.
Personally, I think he's very creative and brings a lot of passion and expressiveness to his music.
I give this an 8.
steve
 
Flatcat wrote:
Pathetic little whiner, who can't even decide on a pitch. He slides around from note to note with complete indecision.



Delicious!
This kid grows on me everytime I hear him.  I predict an awesome future for him.
I am hearing Burl Ives singing (warbling) Silver and Gold..
I can't believe that "old man" voice comes out of such a young, punk-ass lookin' young Scotsman! {#Lol}
 FlatCat wrote:
Pathetic little whiner, who can't even decide on a pitch. He slides around from note to note with complete indecision.
 
Paolo Nutini is, for many, an acquired taste. I thought his vocal style was weird and very affected at first... but quickly warmed to him after hearing more of his music. Perhaps you should listen to more of his stuff.

Personally, I think he's very creative and brings a lot of passion and expressiveness to his music.

I give this an 8.

steve

Pathetic little whiner, who can't even decide on a pitch. He slides around from note to note with complete indecision.
really builds to an excellent crescendo
   +  {#Whipit}


me likey :)
Has Bill put together a whole new collection tonight? First time I've heard the last 17 songs. Love RP. This one is a 7. {#Angel}
very nice transition from the Frank Black song.
 Hannio wrote:


Biggest mistake I ever made was letting my wife know I could iron my own shirts.
 
You can iron your own shirts?? True confession:  I do not own an iron. If it can't be washed, dried, and worn, it doesn't exist in my wardrobe.
I think the biggest mistake you ever made was posting your confession on an RP forum. {#Bounce}

Oh - and I really like this song - the kid's too damned cute to be credible, but who knows? He might age gracefully...
 ziggytrix wrote:

Whatever man.  If you can't hear Stevie Nicks' and Cat Stevens' musical offspring in this, I won't try to convince you.
 

Don't need convincing. Still enjoy it.

I'm a heartless man at worst, babe
And a helpless one at best