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David Bowie — I've Been Waiting For You
Album: Heathen
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6.9

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Total ratings: 1324









Released: 2002
Length: 2:57
Plays (last 30 days): 3
I've been looking for a woman to save my life
Not to beg or to borrow
A woman with the feeling of losing once or twice
Who knows how could it be, be tomorrow?

I've been waiting for you
And you've been coming to me
For such a long time now
Such a long time now

I've been waiting for you
And you've been coming to me
For such a long time now
Such a long time now
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Just watched '"Rocketman". The critics loved it. I didn't.  It's not about John's music it's just about his gayness. The songs are lame imitations.  Not sure specifically what it was the critics liked about this flic. I guess it was the gay male subject matter that they thought "important". Or "enlightened", or politically correct.   Or something.  
 justin4kick wrote:


I find it remarkable that David Bowie, who is IMHO a far better singer than Neil Young, doesn't even come close to the original. It shows not only what a genius Neil Young is as a composer but also as a performer.

 

Being a better singer than Neil Young is not much to strive for...  Neil's right down there with Willy Nelson and Bob Dylan.  In my opinion, my dog could sing better than any of the three.
 uksminas wrote:
 

Too fast.
 justin4kick wrote:


I find it remarkable that David Bowie, who is IMHO a far better singer than Neil Young, doesn't even come close to the original. It shows not only what a genius Neil Young is as a composer but also as a performer.

 
Maybe covers don't need to be compared to the originals.  Maybe, just maybe, they're supposed to go other places with the song.  Maybe covers that hue close to the original are a waste of time.
  coding_to_music wrote:
The bass playing alone is worth a 9

  
The great Gail Anne Dorsey. 
Such a great song by Neil Young, and sung by Bowie. Best played VERY LOUD.
 1wolfy wrote:
bfandreas wrote:
Bowie always makes fine cover versions. If it hadn't been for him, I would never ever have heard anything about Jacques Brêl. Cactus is a very good cover of a Pixies song. Bowie always amazes me. How many lives does he actually have? Just watch that man!
:yes: :yes:
 
and a YEP!  Great cover.
This forum seems to be active on both TH - Crosseyed and Painless, but also Bowie-I've been waiting for you. Some bug somewhere. Maybe I should tell BG. Might be more to it than just this.
 dsz wrote:
sucko barfo 
 

That's a little extreme! Let's say marginal.
I played Everyone Says Hi on a loop for weeks after he died 
  
Like this, but I've loved the original since the early 70s. I only wish it had a second verse. Add Neil's version, maybe?
sucko barfo 
I can't believe I've never heard this before.

Interesting cover of Neil Young.
Jeez, how'd I miss this?  Must have been living under a rock.  This is really edgy for relatively late stage Bowie.  I like it.
 Skydog wrote:
i love everything on 'Heathen'
'Slip Away' will make you cry
'Catus' is better than the Pixies 
then there's this one
ya like it Neil? 
 
Yes, and the followup "Reality" was equally good, if not better.
Incredible that he was still producing such strong material so late in his career.
Alas, there'll never be another Bowie. 
A solid 3.  I like Bowie, but this version shows that great music can survive a tortured cover.  Neil's original is far superior.

{#Yawn}
 jbuhl wrote:
 

I just streamed the entire album the other day and it reminded me a little bit of Black Star.

 
i was just thinking this was black star
Oh neat, I just read that that's Dave Grohl on the guitar on this track.
Congrats Bill- you never cease to amaze me...us musicologists thank you for great stuff like this. WE miss Ziggy terribly :(  Ron
Never heard that Bowie cover of 'Long Time now' - hey Bill - how about a day of the best cover followed by the original!!
 Skydog wrote:
i love everything on 'Heathen'
'Slip Away' will make you cry
'Catus' is better than the Pixies 
then there's this one
ya like it Neil? 

  

I just streamed the entire album the other day and it reminded me a little bit of Black Star.
Only on RP
 Skydog wrote:
i love everything on 'Heathen'
'Slip Away' will make you cry
'Catus' is better than the Pixies 
then there's this one
ya like it Neil? 

 
{#Cheesygrin}
 coding_to_music wrote:
The bass playing alone is worth a 9

  Tony Visconti - the great producer of Bowie and Bolan, born in Brooklyn, bangs out the bass


Bill is on a roll with the David's
i love everything on 'Heathen'
'Slip Away' will make you cry
'Catus' is better than the Pixies 
then there's this one
ya like it Neil? 
GODLIKE HEATHEN

 
(resembles young Martin Landau
in that photo : )
 coding_to_music wrote:
The bass playing alone is worth a 9

 
Rejoice heathens!
Love this cover, Bowie knows Neil...such a long time now
 plaice3 wrote:
Here I am!

 
Mwahahaha! 

Heeere I am! 
The bass playing alone is worth a 9
 PA1749 wrote:
NOT Bowie at his best

 
True, but Bowie at his averagest is still pretty good, I think.

And a consummate cover, for once. He rarely does them full justice.


 Agreed!

joelbb wrote:
Bowie covering Neil Young!  Whooda thunk it?  NY did a MUCH better version of this tune.

 


David has a long history of really cool covers from artists he has a lot of respect for.

This is one of the best of those - from the great Neil Young. 
I've been waiting for you... and you've been coming to me... for such a long time now...   {#Drool}
The song that drew me into RP, almost 12 years ago. 
Just grabs me at the first chords - really dig it.
Are you kidding...Fabulous!
wicked cool version, imo  -  also great photo of young Martin Landau (from Planet 9) on his album 
 toterola wrote:
Say whatever you want... this dude never rested on his laurels, and he was never artistically afraid of anything. Viva, maestro! {#Cheers}
 
So it's OK with you if I say, "I agree completely with toterola on this one." 
Wow. RP continues to amaze me, digging up such treasures. I was listening and thinking this is Bowie and sounds familiar, what is it? Then I realized it was a Neil Young cover. Loving it.
gently & great..
Bowie covering Neil Young!  Whooda thunk it?  NY did a MUCH better version of this tune.
 PA1749 wrote:
NOT Bowie at his best
 
Yeah, This one sort of sucks. 4. But I normally love Bowie. 
Say whatever you want... this dude never rested on his laurels, and he was never artistically afraid of anything. Viva, maestro! {#Cheers}
 PA1749 wrote:
NOT Bowie at his best
 
+ 1  {#Cool}
Kinda bland for David Bowie...me thinks.
I agree - this tune rocks.

I like it! 
The entire album seems to be a heavy / soft rock exploration by bowie. Quite nice. And it ROCKS!
Excellent

So instantly likeable - haven't heard the original, but it's quality songwriting and it's Bowie, so you can't go wrong!


 kcar wrote:

I had no idea that this was a Neil Young song...from the late 60s (hanging head in shame). I prefer the Bowie version, but Neil's ability to write such spare songs with lasting power amazes me. 
 
I didn't know that either, though I can hear his style in it now, especially in the guitar solo.  I think this is a great version, in any case.

NOT Bowie at his best
 iTuner wrote:
Like Bowie, but this is a swing and a miss
 
Heathen! {#Wink}
 On_The_Beach wrote:
I love the idea of Bowie covering Neil, but I'm not convinced this was the best choice of song.
Good but not great.
 
Fortunately I missed this one!

I love the idea of Bowie covering Neil, but I'm not convinced this was the best choice of song.
Good but not great.
 bachbeet wrote:
Pales in comparison to the original.  Bowie's done much better.
 
I had no idea that this was a Neil Young song...from the late 60s (hanging head in shame). I prefer the Bowie version, but Neil's ability to write such spare songs with lasting power amazes me. 
Reminds me of some of the sounds from the Low album.
Like Bowie, but this is a swing and a miss
Excellent cover. Haven't heard it before. Nice. 
 4merdj wrote:
David Bowie has a truly impressive repertoire of music!
 


Nice!
So Neil's been doing a great cover of A Day in the Life on Tour.

Would love to here that to follow Bowie's Neil cover next time.

Follwed by the Beatle's covering say Buddy Holly.

And then Buddy covering.... don't know if he ever covered say —- Hank Williams
David Bowie has a truly impressive repertoire of music!
Here I am!
 linzie wrote:

 
Listen to NY following DB, some segue, huh?  .......Both have music too good to ignore, no matter how 'out there' some of it might sound.....Love to hear Neil cover Space Oddity !! Imagine the furor then..

Pales in comparison to the original.  Bowie's done much better.
sexy....even for Bowie
 stinky wrote:
I HATE this song, it blows. I'd give it a zero if I could.
  Easy,,just don't rate it.{#Snooty}

 {#Yell} And,,Hey,DaveInVA ,how come you'v not told us that your cat could use your computer ?
          

 peter_james_bond wrote:

That's all you need to say. Please leave God out of it, she has enough on her plate. {#Wink}

 
{#Clap}

Nice version of this song, with Dave Grohl on geetar to boot!
well said.

 
peter_james_bond wrote:

That's all you need to say. Please leave God out of it, she has enough on her plate. {#Wink}

 


 joan_c wrote:
I don't like David Bowie. 
 
That's all you need to say. Please leave God out of it, she has enough on her plate. {#Wink}

I don't like David Bowie.  As MBE says:  "Me and God hate this song".  {#Yes}  Only he says it much more artistically.
 JerrytheMoose wrote:
Never heard the NY version... always thought it was a Pixies song DOh!
 
On this album, Bowie does cover the Pixies though—"Cactus".  This ended up being my favorite Bowie album.  Not the hippest or the most adventurous or most ambitious — but just very good to listen to.

For those of you who didn't think David could rock after the 70's were over, here's your proof.

Great great cover.
Never heard the NY version... always thought it was a Pixies song DOh!
 EssexTex wrote:
Pants!....If I was Neil I'd hunt D.B down like the critter he is!
 
If you were Neil Young, I'd have one more reason to dislike you and your silly DB posts!
{#Roflol}{#Ass}

well David is as good as a singer as ol' Neil is, eh, shakey. Goes to show that technique is not really important in popular music - which makes it the most important present day art form, not spoiled by academics and theories. Which is exactly what I am borderlining right  now. BAd. But remarkably fresh sounding cover, though.
ryuujin23 wrote:
Wow, a Neil Young song I actually like, but then someone other than Neil is performing it. Divid Bowie is a God.


I find it remarkable that David Bowie, who is IMHO a far better singer than Neil Young, doesn't even come close to the original. It shows not only what a genius Neil Young is as a composer but also as a performer.

Album Cover looks like Bowie just found out that Mick Jagger has AIDS.

 


love Bowie, usually, but it doesn't touch Neil's version
lemmoth wrote:
Tune into to your standard FM Rock Hits station if tha's what you want.
I wish I could hear some "Jamie's Cryin" on my FM Rock Hits station instead of the same ol' Van Halen standbys. At least when I want to read condescending elitist digs I know where to go. While I'm flaming tho, Radio Paradise intersects with plenty of the ol' rock hits such as Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Woodstock, Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue, Led Zeppelin - What Is And What Should Never Be, and The Who - Behind Blue Eyes (all of which you rated as 10). For the record, those are all cool songs.
Pants!....If I was Neil I'd hunt D.B down like the critter he is!
siandbeth wrote:
When this song started I thought "Jamie's Cryin" was coming on. That would be cool.
Tune into to your standard FM Rock Hits station if tha's what you want. If you want the great Neil Young as covered by the great David Bowie on an album cut that never got played on the radio stick to RP.
When this song started I thought "Jamie's Cryin" was coming on. That would be cool.
Absolutely the best concert I've ever been to.
you're such a pretty thing I taught you every thing you know Jayhawks, you dirty birds!
why does this remind me of robert cray?
ugh, i want NEIL!!
1wolfy wrote:
COOL PHOTOGRAPHY
Cool album title. And listening to the song done by Bowie, one might always forget he did not write it. Amazing indeed.
bfandreas wrote:
Bowie always makes fine cover versions. If it hadn't been for him, I would never ever have heard anything about Jacques Brêl. Cactus is a very good cover of a Pixies song. Bowie always amazes me. How many lives does he actually have? Just watch that man!
:yes: :yes:
COOL PHOTOGRAPHY
Nope. Doesn't do the trick for me.
awesome album, definitely one of my favourites from Mr.Jones
dogdokken wrote:
I always felt this album was underrated, in terms of everyone gravitating to Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, etc and never quite getting around to Heathen. Admittedly his music from the 70s surpasses his more recent output, there's no reason to get stuck in the Greatest Hits Classic Rock Bowie canon.
Yep, this and "Reality" are great albums (2 of his all-time best, I would say), from a guy who's been making great music for decades.
LOL from the basterisation of The Cure - Young Americans to a real Bowie track... I actualy like this album even though its not his best :)
Nice cover of a NY tune, and what great cover art-love the type treatment!
Wow, a Neil Young song I actually like, but then someone other than Neil is performing it. Divid Bowie is a God. :sunny:
I always felt this album was underrated, in terms of everyone gravitating to Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, etc and never quite getting around to Heathen. Admittedly his music from the 70s surpasses his more recent output, there's no reason to get stuck in the Greatest Hits Classic Rock Bowie canon.
Love the cover art - like Bowie's not creepy-looking enough already... :eek:
Bowie always makes fine cover versions. If it hadn't been for him, I would never ever have heard anything about Jacques Brêl. Cactus is a very good cover of a Pixies song. Bowie always amazes me. How many lives does he actually have? Just watch that man!
Frawg wrote:
HEY STINKY! Get a life - four posts on one song? s
Hee Hee Hee! Good one!
Leave this song to Neil, I am dragging through this listen. :roll:
I don't know Neil's version of this song and didn't know it was a cover 'til I read it here. I like this, I like Grohl's guitar work especially. I'll have to check out the original...
Just like to point out that this sounds like a cover of the Pixies' cover of the Neil Young song.
HEY STINKY! Get a life - four posts on one song? s
.........ilikethethinwhitedukegoodcoverheswaitingforyou...................
Gregorama wrote:
Would love to hear Sunday, Cactus or I took a Ride on a Gemini Spaceshipt off of Heathen as well. They are more upbeat than this one.
Sunday Cactus Sunday
BTW! Lets hope he recovers soon from his heart attack and can enjoy a long and happy life. <-o<
Well, it's the worst song on the album. Bowie is still doing some great work, but this song isnt' it.
Neil Young songs should NOT be copied! EVER!! (ESPECIALLY by the Indigo Grrls!!!)
Would love to hear Sunday, Cactus or I took a Ride on a Gemini Spaceshipt off of Heathen as well. They are more upbeat than this one.
Perhaps my favorite NYT song. Prefer Neil, but DB does bring it new life.
Almost didn't recognize this as a Neil Young song. Nice interpretation-more of an edge than Neil's version.
Great track, I was suprised to see it was a Bowie track as it sounds almost "normal" ;)