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Michael Kiwanuka — Cold Little Heart
Album: Love & Hate
Avg rating:
8

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2520









Released: 2016
Length: 9:47
Plays (last 30 days): 5
Did you ever want it?
Did you want bad?
Ohhh, my
It tears me apart
Did you ever fight it?
All of the pain, so much power
Running through my veins
Bleeding, I'm bleeding
My cold little heart
Oh I, I can't stand myself

And I know
In my heart, in this cold heart
I can live or I can die
I believe if I just try
You believe in you and I
In you and I
In you and I
In you and I

Did you ever notice
I've been ashamed
All my life
I've been playing games
We can try and hide it
It's all the same
I've been losing you
One day at a time
Bleeding, I'm bleeding
My cold little heart
Oh I, I can't stand myself

And I know
In my heart, in this cold heart
I can live or I can die
I believe if I just try
You believe in you and I
In my heart, in this cold heart
I can live or I can die
I believe if I just try
You believe in you and I
In you and I
In you and I
In you and I
In you and I
In you and I
In you and I
In you and I

Maybe this time I can be strong
But since I know who I am
I'm probably wrong
Maybe this time I can go far
But thinking about where I've been
Ain't helping me start
Comments (124)add comment
 Iskaral_Pust wrote:


In the Netherlands we have a word for people who get inappropriately worked up about such trivial matters: "miereneuker". Literally translated, it means "ant f*cker".

Go easy on those ants, they never meant you any harm.



I just upped my rating to a 9, in retaliation to unclehud's antf*ckery. (And I'm an editor.)
Discovered on RP, this song is so amazing!! And this voice...
 thundrpants wrote:


Still, that line from Wings bugs me: "The world in which we live in." 

I always thought the line was "The world in which we're livin'"
 Puranzel wrote:

You do realize that English has been "simplified" very much throughout the centuries, right? (As has every language, actually.) There was a time when verbs were conjugated, for instance. Now, all that remains from that era is the third-person s in present tense and the somewhat rudimentary conjugation of the verb to be. To me as a German native, who still has to conjugate every verb in every tense and decline every noun, that seems like a pretty great decrease of grammatical requirements. A linguistic downfall, so to speak.
My point is: language is changing constantly and that is neither good nor bad. It just is.



"Gutterspeak."
 SmackDaddy wrote:

Wow, you're an ass. Songwriting and poetry have always taken liberty with grammar. Unbunch your panties for a bit.


Still, that line from Wings bugs me: "The world in which we live in." 
 kazoo wrote:
I will. I see you cut off the end of my comment. He's been called out. As I wrote before, there are plenty of positive things to spend time on.

That was for brevity - if I'd quoted the whole thing, it wouldn't have made a bit of difference, so I'm not sure what your point is there.  Telling people what they can or should discuss here is simply futile.

But you feel free to be you.  ;-)
Nice song, both the style and the voice sunds a bit like Paolo Nutini to me
Intentionally adding busted speaker distortion to your album sucks Michael Kiwanuka
 ImaOldman wrote:

This is some nit-picking bullshit! This is a great song, have you ever heard of "poetic license"?

Do the archives go far enough back that we can see what the grammer-nazis thought of, "hunka-hunka burnin love!"?
 kazoo wrote:



I will. I see you cut off the end of my comment. He's been called out. As I wrote before, there are plenty of positive things to spend time on.



OK, forget about the grammar, listen to the guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 dwhayslett wrote:

No thanks.  You feel free to be you, though.



I will. I see you cut off the end of my comment. He's been called out. As I wrote before, there are plenty of positive things to spend time on.
Beautiful.  And thank you Isaac Hayes for making this possible. 
Thanks to RP for introducing me to Michael K (and SO many other wonderful artists). Amazing artist. My rating of this particular song goes up every time I hear it. 
Bill we need a 'this one goes to 11' button.

:)
 kazoo wrote:

Hey. Why don't' we leave unclehud alone


No thanks.  You feel free to be you, though.
 decorgirl wrote:

Just realized that this is the theme tune from Pretty Little Liars.



It's also the theme song of Big little Lies
Hey. Why don't' we leave unclehud alone with what irks him and listen to the music. He has been called out by all the folks who are irked by his opinion. Move on. There are lots of positive things to spend your time on.
 jasonv wrote:
It's not a sentence.
 
well doh, of course not.. 
That's what  "he hasn't finished the sentence means" 
(but you are right that wouldn't be perfect either, but hey)
after about 3:00, just pretty tedious. 
 Iskaral_Pust wrote:


In the Netherlands we have a word for people who get inappropriately worked up about such trivial matters: "miereneuker". Literally translated, it means "ant f*cker".

Go easy on those ants, they never meant you any harm.


Heh, I've heard this from Adam Curry...
Ha! another "...and I" vs. "...and me" for the collection
this gets better each time 
I liked this song enough to click and find out who it was. Proper grammar never occurred to me, and I am amused to find that that is the topic of conversation. sheesh, smh
9 > 10 this stops I in my tracks
Having been introduced to MK 5-6 years ago, and hearing him again on RP, I purchased the albums and move this version up to 10 - is there an 11?
I'm getting Mike Oldfield...?
 njswede wrote:

In Sweden we have an expression for people like you: "Viktigpetter". Translates to "Peter the Important". It means someone who has to show their perceived superior knowledge at any chance they get. You're a Viktigpetter!
 

This is a fantastic work, thank you for sharing. And yes, this person is definitely a Viktigpetter!
90
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:

umm, maybe this is just ellipsis...  i.e. he just hasn't finished the sentence. For example, 
If you believe in you and I (can't stand myself) 

then it would be perfect grammar. 

the relevant line comes up earlier in the song.
 

It's not a sentence.
a 10+
 unclehud wrote:

My knowledge is not superior to anyone's. 

Would you prefer that the ignorant remain ignorant?  Shall we not shine a light in the darkness?

My name's Hud, not Peter, and I repeat:  the downfall of our civilization starts when we tolerate ignorance and poor education.  Rating  remains at 1.
 
Jeez UncleHud - never has one person had such a bashing on a single thread!

May I suggest that the downfall of our civilisation is also fuelled by intolerance?

And now I is going to stop reading them comments and listen to dis CHOOOOON!
just a nice little song.  need more of these.
Best songwriter around at the moment
8 -> 9
 unclehud wrote:
 "If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 
umm, maybe this is just ellipsis...  i.e. he just hasn't finished the sentence. For example, 
If you believe in you and I (can't stand myself) 

then it would be perfect grammar. 

the relevant line comes up earlier in the song.
Masterpiece! Absolute 10/10 
Danger Mouse!! I knew it! :) Lovely song.
 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 

Talk about downfall, It's blowhards like you who miss the whole show over something as trivial as artistic license...

Don't forget the "ain't" in there, as well...
 keelo wrote:
Moby
 

So much better
 decorgirl wrote:
Just realized that this is the theme tune from Pretty Little Liars.
 

Big Little Lies
 PinkSo wrote:

Actually it's "Big Little Lies" -- but I like your version of the title better ;-)
 
"Pretty Little Liars" is a real, different TV show.
 decorgirl wrote:
Just realized that this is the theme tune from Pretty Little Liars.
 
Actually it's "Big Little Lies" -- but I like your version of the title better ;-)
 Silvervanman wrote:

You're a dick. Is that the correct way of saying it?
 
"you is a dick!" - i believe is acceptable ...
molto bella l'avevo sentita una volta scorsa ed ora sono venuto a vedere chi fosse 
 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 
You're a dick. Is that the correct way of saying it?
 Dave_Mack wrote:

I'm glad we have people making such comments so I can learn fabulous words like "viktigpetter" and "miereneuker". Adding them is the way to make English great again!
 

To paraphrase:
English is said to borrow words form other languages, it does not. It follows other languages down dark alleys, clubs them over the head, and rifles their pockets for loose words and phrases.
 njswede wrote:

In Sweden we have an expression for people like you: "Viktigpetter". Translates to "Peter the Important". It means someone who has to show their perceived superior knowledge at any chance they get. You're a Viktigpetter!
 
I'm glad we have people making such comments so I can learn fabulous words like "viktigpetter" and "miereneuker". Adding them is the way to make English great again!
Solid 10,what a talent!
 UK_guy wrote:
He's of Ugandan origin, moved to London.  This construction is a feature of millions of Londoners and of all those that pick up how they speak.  London is the melting pot where English constantly evolves.  If you think there is only one correct "English", you are very much mistaken!  There is a version you think is correct for certain situations, that's all. 

So for Michael, of Ugandan origin and now living in London and a music performer, why on earth should he use your preferred version of his language?
 
Canary Islands, 1995,  I pull up to a beach looking for a surf spot on a map and park near an occupied car. Guy in the car, Caucasian, seat tilted back, sunglasses on. No idea if he's a Spaniard or not. I lean out the window and ask "Do you speak English" (as my Spanish sucks).  He slowly turns his head and looks at me over his glasses and says....


"I am English". 
This is really a great song.  It grows on ya. 
He's of Ugandan origin, moved to London.  This construction is a feature of millions of Londoners and of all those that pick up how they speak.  London is the melting pot where English constantly evolves.  If you think there is only one correct "English", you are very much mistaken!  There is a version you think is correct for certain situations, that's all. 

So for Michael, of Ugandan origin and now living in London and a music performer, why on earth should he use your preferred version of his language?
 sid1950 wrote:

What an idiot! This is A SONG! It HAS TO BE SUNG! Just like poetry has to be spoken in rhythms, lyrics need to fit the rhythm and melody. Correct grammar is NOT an aid to good songwriting! Just get a grip.
 
Frederick Loewe, Lyricist of "My F air Lady" musical.  Song: "On The Street Where You Live". Lines: "People stop and stare.  That don't bother me. For there's nowhere else on Earth that I would rather be".......Note: "bother" doesn't rhyme with "rather".  Loewe put this problem aside, and came back to it many times before reluctantly being cajoled into accepting the words as is. But he was always unhappy about this transgression. 
 sid1950 wrote:

What an idiot! This is A SONG! It HAS TO BE SUNG! Just like poetry has to be spoken in rhythms, lyrics need to fit the rhythm and melody. Correct grammar is NOT an aid to good songwriting! Just get a grip.
 

7>8
Saw him live in London opening for Alabama Shakes. He was good then and has just got better. This album is one that can be listened to all the way through in one hit.
 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 
What an idiot! This is A SONG! It HAS TO BE SUNG! Just like poetry has to be spoken in rhythms, lyrics need to fit the rhythm and melody. Correct grammar is NOT an aid to good songwriting! Just get a grip.
Why does the intro remind me of something I heard on tv as a kid?  I'm thinking it was a station identification for the Sunday Afternoon Movie on WOR channel 9? 
Please feel free to help out here...
 Iskaral_Pust wrote:


In the Netherlands we have a word for people who get inappropriately worked up about such trivial matters: "miereneuker". Literally translated, it means "ant f*cker".

Go easy on those ants, they never meant you any harm.
 
What a great word! And so perfect for this particular usage.
Thank you for sharing it, Iskaral_Pust.

 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 
I can't believe Lincoln said "Four score and seven" instead of 87!
Gettysburg Address rating = 1!!!!!
 vito1975 wrote:
Does anyone else hear Borodin in this tune?
Prince Igor...
 
Cut to an old TV commercial with an avuncular spokesman informing you that the
music playing in the background was actually written by one of the great masters.
Continuing with the pitch that for only $14.95 plus shipping and handling you could
be the proud owner of a ten record set of one minute snippets of classical master-
pieces turned into familiar favorites...

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.
what about we solve it for all concerned by changing the lyrics to 
"You believe in you and I don't".
Works for me.
Incorrect grammar? What would you call a musical genre of blues? Downfall of civilization? When you have to sing 'my baby left me', it hurts in all grammars. 
 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 

In the Netherlands we have a word for people who get inappropriately worked up about such trivial matters: "miereneuker". Literally translated, it means "ant f*cker".

Go easy on those ants, they never meant you any harm.
 Stephenater wrote:


Broken Bells
 

produced by Danger Mouse, and yes, it shows (or sounds)
 Shwing wrote:

I believe that the downfall of our civilization will start when incorrect grammar no longer tortures the bajesus  out of language snobs.  Feel free to share this proof, of your peeve, with your friends.
 
It's called artistic license. Go beat your kid. 
 keelo wrote:
Moby
 

Broken Bells
Moby
 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 
I believe that the downfall of our civilization will start when incorrect grammar no longer tortures the bajesus  out of language snobs.  Feel free to share this proof, of your peeve, with your friends.
Long live I - VI- IV- V </sarcasm>
This and the title song are two of the best tracks on the album.  But the other songs are pretty decent too.

I recommend the CD.

R&B/Soul meets prog rock and ambient electronica.   Danger Mouse was the lead producer  and does a stellar job.  
I'm seeing a violently tragic(tragically violent?) slow motion scene from a Martin Scorcese film.
 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 
You do realize that English has been "simplified" very much throughout the centuries, right? (As has every language, actually.) There was a time when verbs were conjugated, for instance. Now, all that remains from that era is the third-person s in present tense and the somewhat rudimentary conjugation of the verb to be. To me as a German native, who still has to conjugate every verb in every tense and decline every noun, that seems like a pretty great decrease of grammatical requirements. A linguistic downfall, so to speak.
My point is: language is changing constantly and that is neither good nor bad. It just is.
 SAILINGTHESEVEN wrote:
DangerMouse-y
 
Produced by Danger Mouse.
 flyboy wrote:

I agree.  Bad grammar drives me crazy.  It isn't that hard to put a little effort into writing things correctly.  I hear "In you and I" and it sounds like nails on a chalkboard.
 
This is some nit-picking bullshit! This is a great song, have you ever heard of "poetic license"?
one of the best vocalists I have heard in a long time and I love the intro.
Learn a few languages, fall in love with a linguist and you know what happens?  

You learn just how flexible and capable of evolution the English language has been and continues to be.

You learn to become less judgemental.  
DangerMouse-y
Giving me goosebumps today...
 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 
I agree.  Bad grammar drives me crazy.  It isn't that hard to put a little effort into writing things correctly.  I hear "In you and I" and it sounds like nails on a chalkboard.
 DChas wrote:
bumped from 8 to 9 . . . . nice mood and tension . . . love his voice
 
Same rating for me. Maybe someday a 10. A little too soon for me, though. Despite the horrendous grammar usage pointed out over and over again (rolling eyes).
Beautiful one. If it was an older song, it would be a "classic"...
 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 
I believe this grammar  falls under "artistic license"
 njswede wrote:

In Sweden we have an expression for people like you: "Viktigpetter". Translates to "Peter the Important". It means someone who has to show their perceived superior knowledge at any chance they get. You're a Viktigpetter!
 
In Brazil we call "sabe-tudo", could be translated to "knows-it-all". Doesn't matter: in English,  Swedish or Brazilian-portuguese: is always a pain-in-the-ass ("pé-no-saco").
 unclehud wrote:

My knowledge is not superior to anyone's. 

Would you prefer that the ignorant remain ignorant?  Shall we not shine a light in the darkness?

My name's Hud, not Peter, and I repeat:  the downfall of our civilization starts when we tolerate ignorance and poor education.  Rating  remains at 1.
 

wow - to me your comment(s) feel like a bulldozer making its way through a beautiful meadow with imperfect but beautiful flowers.

i wonder if joy is compagnon on your way through life at all....

but i guess then its not your fault to see life so earnest....

anyway i wish you an open heart and mind so you can experience beauty also in things which might not match your personal standards of pure perfection.

PS:  and as english is not my mothertongue - please overlook grammatical imperfections - the world will not go down because of them ;-)
Does anyone else hear Borodin in this tune?
Prince Igor...
 decorgirl wrote:
Just realized that this is the theme tune from Pretty Little Liars.
 
I believe you're thinking of HBO's Big Little LiesPretty Little Liars uses a song by The Pierces.
 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 
You're taking a lot of heat here unclehud. To lend you some tepid support, it bugs me too.  I sometimes think it is a rule of song writing is to use you and I as an object of a sentence.
But as far as being the downfall of civilization, I disagree. Language is constantly changing and with the speed of communication these days the rate is increasing. Talking about the decline of civilization assumes it reaches a peak and should stay the same or suffer decline. I think civilization is constantly evolving, spiraling up and down. All we can hope for is that each peak is higher than the last and each decline is higher than the last too. (And we don't destroy everything in the process)
Enjoy the ride!
 njswede wrote:
In Sweden we have an expression for people like you: "Viktigpetter". Translates to "Peter the Important". It means someone who has to show their perceived superior knowledge at any chance they get. You're a Viktigpetter!
 
My knowledge is not superior to anyone's. 

Would you prefer that the ignorant remain ignorant?  Shall we not shine a light in the darkness?

My name's Hud, not Peter, and I repeat:  the downfall of our civilization starts when we tolerate ignorance and poor education.  Rating  remains at 1.
10.

Not sure why it took so long.

Simply gorgeous.
It's not Pretty Little Lies or Little Big Lies or Pretty Liars. It's BIG LITTLE LIES. And this song is forever associated with it. Season 1 is amazing.
bumped from 8 to 9 . . . . nice mood and tension . . . love his voice
 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 
In Sweden we have an expression for people like you: "Viktigpetter". Translates to "Peter the Important". It means someone who has to show their perceived superior knowledge at any chance they get. You're a Viktigpetter!
 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 
Lighten up, Francis.
 unclehud wrote:
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
 
Wow, you're an ass. Songwriting and poetry have always taken liberty with grammar. Unbunch your panties for a bit.
First heard this on Big Little Lies on Netflix, glad I did, great song and artist.
{#Music}
Son of Ugandan refugees, eh?  

Love the style mix.  The builds are brilliant.
"If you believe in you and I," is incorrect grammar.

This one flunks, and the songwriters should sit through remedial English classes.  Not joking; the downfall of our civilization will start somewhere ... rating = 1.
thanks RP You give me new Inspiration 
This one is growing on me. 7->8

now to check out the rest of the record.
Beautiful song, and such a pleasure to hear the full version as many people are still unaware of what an awesomely talented guitarist Michael is. Thank you, RP!
I like it. Feels like an extended mid-'70s Pink Floyd track.
8 from me = I am proud to live in the same part of North London as this very fine artist. pxd
Have been watching Little Big Lies, and fell in love with this music. I just nearly rush in tears when hear it right here right now... Sometimes probability theory tickles me...
Watch the video of them making this song..will make you appreciate it even more
This is a catchy  tune. You can sing it and dance to  it (when no one is looking).  
Terrific artist!  Glad he's getting play on radio paradise!
Uh, just, no. 
Outstanding!
Slow burner
This one grabs.  
 clwguy wrote:
I submitted a year ago but it was rejected. Decent song and a worthy addition to the RP playlist.
 
Nuthin' wrong with some gentle lobbying.  
so great, thanks for introducing me to this artist
 TotalHip wrote:
One of my MK submissions finally makes it to RP. Yes!!!
Let us now cheer on the cut Love & Hate.
 

Thank you TotalHip.... this is my first listen , I enjoyed this cut very much ....   8       :o)     Naugatuck,Connecticut 
Skipped from the Kinks (gag) to this! Love it.
One of my MK submissions finally makes it to RP. Yes!!!
Let us now cheer on the cut Love & Hate.
I like this a lot.
Caught my ear!  Very nice
Just realized that this is the theme tune from Pretty Little Liars.