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Ray LaMontagne — Forever My Friend
Album: Trouble
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6.8

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Total ratings: 826









Released: 2004
Length: 5:30
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Who am I to tell her
Who am I to play god
Who am I to think I can go it alone
Something tells me girl this is bringing you down
Something tells me this is bringing me down
We've been through some changes
Always seem to hold on
Lately it feel like you can't take anymore
Something tells me girl this is bringing you down
Something tells me girl this is bringing you down
Forever my friend
Forever my love
Forever the woman that I'm thinking of
I just think if we keep our hearts together
I Just think if we build on this trust that we have for one another
Baby we can make this last a lifetime
Who am I to tell her
Who am I to play god
I don't know just what's for real anymore
Something tells me girl this is bringing you down
Something tells me girl this is bringing you down
Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I'm right
Maybe it's the last thing you want to hear me say
I just think if we keep out hearts together
I just think if we build on this trust that we have for one another
Maybe we can make this last a lifetime
Forever my friend
Forever my love
Forever the woman
That I'm thinking of
I just think if we keep our hearts together
I just think if we will build on this trust that we have for one another
Maybe we can make this last a lifetime
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 Eric_Denison wrote:
I don't get it.  Breathy voice and mediocre lyrics.  
 

It’s a thing.
I don't get it.  Breathy voice and mediocre lyrics.  
 Moonflower31 wrote:
Yes, he's good at that. I gave it an 8, but might have to change it to more. I was so very touched by how it made me feel.

Byronape wrote:
I gave this a 10...  not because it's a groundbreaking song that sets new standards for Ray's followers, or because it has changed my life in some way. 

I'm giving this a 10 because of the way this song makes me feel.

This is a rare song that makes captures an emotion, that first spark of hope and love when you realize that your life is completely bound to someone else's in only the best ways.  It captures the joy, struggles, pain, and fulfillment that comes with finding the one person that makes it all worthwhile. 
 

 
what bryonape said . . .and i think there is quite a bit of joni is several of his songs even though he credits stephen stills for inspiration and start. ray is a really underrated artist whose work on shows that play muzak do him no favors. then put on repo man. 

 
 arnimf wrote:
How come I'm thinking Joni Mitchell?

 
a little of that line sounds like paved paradise
How come I'm thinking Joni Mitchell?
 rdo wrote:

I bet you use expressions like "these guys are the Gods of rock" right after getting suckered into dropping $300 for seats to see some lame geezer who, while not performing, uses words like "get off my lawn".

 
Are we still talking about Ray LaMontagne?  He's more of a singer of modern American traditionals than a rock god. 

Or are we still chafing over a comment, directed at your relentless h8red, in some other thread? 
Ray Rules!
I rate it most excellent, the man's really good to this old pair of ears  : )
Just bumped it up to 7. Going to see him in two weeks! Should be awesome.{#Roflol}
 hippiechick wrote:
This guy must have the best publicist south of Katy Perry. His music is everywhere, on tv shows, commercials, playing every time I drive in the car listening to xrt...he gets around. (Personally I am not that impressed.)

 
Neither was I, at first.  Now that I'm over his breathy voice -- a trait I adore in female vocalists, but not in males -- I get a sense that he's trying to bring out something deep.  And if you're trying to sing about something deep, you need the instruments to stay safely and quietly behind the vocal tracks.

That, and my younger son and his wife gave me this CD for Christmas last year and it reminds me of them.


Yes, he's good at that. I gave it an 8, but might have to change it to more. I was so very touched by how it made me feel.

Byronape wrote:
I gave this a 10...  not because it's a groundbreaking song that sets new standards for Ray's followers, or because it has changed my life in some way. 

I'm giving this a 10 because of the way this song makes me feel.

This is a rare song that makes captures an emotion, that first spark of hope and love when you realize that your life is completely bound to someone else's in only the best ways.  It captures the joy, struggles, pain, and fulfillment that comes with finding the one person that makes it all worthwhile. 
 


He has a voice smooth as silk
 h8rhater wrote:

I bet you often find yourself saying things like, "get off my lawn" and using words like "whippersnapper".

 
I bet you use expressions like "these guys are the Gods of rock" right after getting suckered into dropping $300 for seats to see some lame geezer who, while not performing, uses words like "get off my lawn".


I gave this a 10...  not because it's a groundbreaking song that sets new standards for Ray's followers, or because it has changed my life in some way. 

I'm giving this a 10 because of the way this song makes me feel.

This is a rare song that makes captures an emotion, that first spark of hope and love when you realize that your life is completely bound to someone else's in only the best ways.  It captures the joy, struggles, pain, and fulfillment that comes with finding the one person that makes it all worthwhile. 
 h8rhater wrote:

I bet you often find yourself saying things like, "get off my lawn" and using words like "whippersnapper".
 
I haven't seen him play but I do think part of the live experience is the interaction with the performer and crowd/audience. A little insight into the tune, the odd acknowledgement to the crowd doesn't take much effort. Some of the other songwriters/singers I have seen were great at this, people like Jackson Browne, Bruce Cockburn, Lyle Lovett or Ian Andersen. Johnny Cash was an audience charmer and it was part of his stage show and big personality. Hey even Mick gives the audience a little. So I can understand Matt finding this part of Ray's show to be unwhelming. 
 
I'm hearing Dan Fogelberg with a soulful edge. Pleasant but not especially innovative chord changes. Nice overall, for at least 10 more listens.
This guy must have the best publicist south of Katy Perry. His music is everywhere, on tv shows, commercials, playing every time I drive in the car listening to xrt...he gets around. (Personally I am not that impressed.)
 h8rhater wrote:

I bet you often find yourself saying things like, "get off my lawn" and using words like "whippersnapper".

 

hilarious
Got that CS&N sound...I like it
 Wimpy wrote:
Yes we do!
 
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
This sure reminds me of Poco. We need more Poco.
I miss Poco.

 mattt wrote:

I've already got the music on CD or the like. I expect a more enhanced experience from a concert. If I'm just going to get to listen to the music without any extra interaction from the artists, I'd just as soon avoid the crowds and annoying drunk people and listen to the music in the comfort of my own home—and save the $ to boot.
 
I bet you often find yourself saying things like, "get off my lawn" and using words like "whippersnapper".

What a wonderful song by a wonderful artist.
YES you and i{#Yes} sandpebble wrote:


Yes, my first thought.
 


 geordiezimmerman wrote:
He NEVER says anything to the audience generally,why should he? You go for the music at the end of the day...
 
I've already got the music on CD or the like. I expect a more enhanced experience from a concert. If I'm just going to get to listen to the music without any extra interaction from the artists, I'd just as soon avoid the crowds and annoying drunk people and listen to the music in the comfort of my own home—and save the $ to boot.
jagdriver wrote:

Methinks Tracy Chapman vocally... Instrumentally it's strains of Zep's That's the Way...

Funny, I was just thinking Tracy Chapman too and I do not mean it as a compliment. It's too bad because the first few times I heard him he sounded pretty good, but then with overplay here and the songs starting to sound the same I have to mute it.

 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
This sure reminds me of Poco. We need more Poco.
 

Poco!  Wow - I would love to hear "Better Think Twice"!  Thanks for the reminder of this wonderful band!
 morgsy67 wrote:
This particular track reminds me of Joan Armatrading.
Love it!
 
Methinks Tracy Chapman vocally... Instrumentally it's strains of Zep's That's the Way...


Great Tune - sing this often and think of your loved one . . . nice pace - nice nice nice
4999thnewuser wrote:
I love both his albums, and went to see him live in London at the Hammersmith Apollo last week. What a disappointing show: the music was a tiny bit more country than the album (but still very good), but Ray never said one word to the crowd, just head down and played – he didn't even introduce his band. I know Van the Man used to get up to this kind of "I'm shy" stuff, but when 3000 people have paid upwards of 20 quid each he could at least have said "Hello".
Not exactly true, he said hello on both night and introduced his band both nights. I know this as i have recordings from both nights. He NEVER says anything to the audience generally,why should he? You go for the music at the end of the day and i have to disagree with you about those performances,they were both exceptional in my opinion. Again,if you had never seen him until hammersmith then i can tell you most of his concerts are done in a more country,(the band( style and i love it.
Everytime I hear Ray LaMontagne, I like him more and more! Very good sound.
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
This sure reminds me of Poco. We need more Poco.
Maybe even Pearls Before Swine, or New Riders of the Purple Sage........... Mind you R. le M is just fine wit' me! Love the accoustic guit work on this track.
ummm, building a beautiful, mellow mood with this set. nice.
Darlington wrote:
Totally agree. His latest CD is excellent as well.
And I agree with you.... I have "... sun turns black" and it makes my quite certain that Ray L. is my new favorite artist. I will be anxiously awaiting his trip to my town. :clap: :clap:
This particular track reminds me of Joan Armatrading. Love it!
slickdh wrote:
Love this song.. but it is not the best one on the Album. This album by the way has renewed my faith that Artists can still create a great body of work rather than one song that carries an entire CD. I have listened to this entire album... very few get that much of my attention. Great Stuff...
Totally agree. His latest CD is excellent as well.
Love this song.. but it is not the best one on the Album. This album by the way has renewed my faith that Artists can still create a great body of work rather than one song that carries an entire CD. I have listened to this entire album, over and over and over... very few get that much of my attention. Great Stuff...
aww i love this and missed it just now :( play again!
Has a nice breezy summer feel to it. I like.
Yes we do! Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
This sure reminds me of Poco. We need more Poco.
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
This sure reminds me of Poco. We need more Poco.
The chords and change ups are very Poco....
Yes, poco, southern cross, excellent.
I think this album is now up there with Graceland by Paul Simon...not too many collections you can listen to straight through over and over again.
Dancing_banana wrote:
:bananasplit: Ray's voice is so calming.
He sure seems to be working up that banana of yours.
:bananasplit: Ray's voice is so calming.
I love both his albums, and went to see him live in London at the Hammersmith Apollo last week. What a disappointing show: the music was a tiny bit more country than the album (but still very good), but Ray never said one word to the crowd, just head down and played – he didn't even introduce his band. I know Van the Man used to get up to this kind of "I'm shy" stuff, but when 3000 people have paid upwards of 20 quid each he could at least have said "Hello".
This sure reminds me of Poco. We need more Poco.
Lots of comments here addressing the similarities between this song and other, more classic material. Seems that this is derivative of alot of other songs. its just ok though. 6/10 perhaps
Christened ''Raycharles,'' Ray was destined for a career in music.
Mugro wrote:
:clap: :clap: :clap: Can't get enough of Ray LaMontagne!!! The new album is great too! Ray seems to be evoking all of what was good with the early seventies singer/songwriter movement. Sounds a lot like Moondance era Van Morrison. Lots of good, simple instrumentation with soulful vocals. :yell: More please!
I agree, but I definitly like this ablum more than "Till the Sun Turns Black". Either way, I too think he's definitly up there with Van, Bobby D, and Neil Young, just to name a few....
haha i missed it again, by 2 songs. just my luck. (i also shouldnt have been late to work)
:clap: :clap: :clap: Can't get enough of Ray LaMontagne!!! The new album is great too! Ray seems to be evoking all of what was good with the early seventies singer/songwriter movement. Sounds a lot like Moondance era Van Morrison. Lots of good, simple instrumentation with soulful vocals. :yell: More please!
me again. i keep missing this. play it 6 hours later perhaps? thanks ;) i. love. it.
bah! i missed it. well, i was sleeping. maybe next time. i love this track.
9 or more... Like buttah...
:music:
Carly wrote:
I've had the album for 4 days, and "Trouble" and "Forever My Friend" are the only 2 songs I'm grooving to, at this point. I hope that'll change -
I love this album. It grabbed me right away. Still does -- just had it in my player last week. That said, this isn't my favorite track on the album. :jump:
100% ~ first & foremost... everything else will follow.
Love it!!!
got better as it went. up from 6 to 7
freeone1 wrote:
I will, I mean it should. This is a great album! -Thanks Bill for such a great set this afternoon! You sir are a mixologist to the maximum! :clap:
some things shouldn't be mixed
Something about this song grates on my nerves. The other one off this album that gets play is better. :confused:
noooo! i missed it last night!!! thanks soooOoOoOoo much for playing it, RP!! thanks for listening to my request. i'll hope to hear it here before too long!
Indeed!
Ooh yes, love this song... love this cd!!
Carly wrote:
I've had the album for 4 days, and "Trouble" and "Forever My Friend" are the only 2 songs I'm grooving to, at this point. I hope that'll change -
I will, I mean it should. This is a great album! -Thanks Bill for such a great set this afternoon! You sir are a mixologist to the maximum! :clap:
I love this guy! I almost missed this...just got back from eating. Good timing.
and mine sandpebble wrote:
Yes, my first thought.
Carly wrote:
I've had the album for 4 days, and "Trouble" and "Forever My Friend" are the only 2 songs I'm grooving to, at this point. I hope that'll change -
I've had the album for 4 days, and "Trouble" and "Forever My Friend" are the only 2 songs I'm grooving to, at this point. I hope that'll change -
If they mated: Yes and Damien Rice
finally some music that doesn't come out of a can
I try not to post negative comments about songs, but this is really testing me. I can't imagine an hour of it. fuh2 wrote:
Can you play this in continuous loop for an hour or so?
I'm still shocked by that "Jolene" crap. Man, what the hell was that!?!?!
Can you play this in continuous loop for an hour or so?
winter wrote:
This reminds me of Yes' "And You and I".
Yes, my first thought.
coding_to_music wrote: Or Zeppelin's Friends from III but the similarity ends abruptly.
I love his music, but this is definitely not the best track on the album. But, it is refreshing to see Ray appearing in the rotation.
This is really growing on me! 1st time gave a 5 Now a 7 - If I hear again I bet it goes up again. Might look into that Austin Show.... :biggrin:
This reminds me of Yes' "And You and I".
Jacksonstat wrote:
I saw the same show and I absolutely agree with you. I've added his to my list of "must purchase" cds!
Agreed, you should, I just did and it's changing my life...
catmaven wrote:
What a terrible voice and inane bongos and ill-fitting synth or similar--irritating guitar despite being well played--Is this supposed to be blues or blue-eyed soul? Can other songs by him be this yecchy? Hope to avoid in future.
I feel the same way about you. What a great tune, with such a unique approach. Does the genre really matter? It's an excellent tune. Period. The end. Bye bye.
Very very nice.
BrokenArrow wrote:
Saw him on Austin City Limits the other night and he was excellent. I think it always adds a new dimension to an artist to see them perform, as opposed to just listening to their music.
I saw the same show and I absolutely agree with you. I've added his to my list of "must purchase" cds!
Saw him on Austin City Limits the other night and he was excellent. I think it always adds a new dimension to an artist to see them perform, as opposed to just listening to their music.
Starts off like Neil Young's Harvest Moon
This guy has some stuff I really really really like!!!!!!!!
What a terrible voice and inane bongos and ill-fitting synth or similar--irritating guitar despite being well played--Is this supposed to be blues or blue-eyed soul? Can other songs by him be this yecchy? Hope to avoid in future.
Knew his voice the moment it started..... love this CD!!!!
999_99_999 wrote:
Dang, it's about time something from this album made the playlist. Glad to hear it! :music:
No doubt! This thing is pert near two years old!
I love the intro!
Dang, it's about time something from this album made the playlist. Glad to hear it! :music:
Ray Rules. Fantastic album, although this is not the best of songs.