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Fleetwood Mac — Oh Well
Album: Then Play On
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Released: 1969
Length: 8:54
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Can't help about the shape I'm in
I can't sing, I aint pretty and my legs are thin
But don't ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to

Oh well

Now when I talk to God
I know he understands
He said "stick by me and I'll be your guiding hand"
But don't ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to

Oh well
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from when they WERE gods
 david16 wrote:
Best Fleetwood Mac song by a long shot. Can’t believe they turned in to a pop group after Peter.
 
Mick and Lindsey got whipped.
The first quena bit sounds like it was borrowed from El cantante de Santa Maria de Iquique.
I agree I love early and middle Fleetwood Mac I have about 6 of those albums and a CD of live performance very early days.  Peter apologizes two songs in that they were nervous about recording it, and 2nd song after that they all gelled together and became magical.

I've alway loved OH WELL 
Early Fleetwood Mac is insanely underrated.  Don't listen to the yummy riff.  Listen to how tight this band is.
10 just isn't enough.
Best Fleetwood Mac song by a long shot. Can’t believe they turned in to a pop group after Peter.
For a minute I thought this song was the green manaleshee (sorry I never could spell that word).Just what is a manaleeshe anyway?
 Cynaera wrote:
In defense of everyone who was not an ORIGINAL member of the Mac - this is one band that has experienced numerous changes during its tenure, and has provided excellent music no matter WHO was in the band. They have survived, and now, when anyone says the name "Fleetwood Mac," all manner of "Oh, I remember such-and-such a song by them!" will inevitably emerge. The root of Fleetwood Mac, and its various mutations (or, more accurately, its evolutions) is not something to be generalized. There are definite lines of demarcation in this history, and a true Mac fan can probably name years and albums where the band changed.  I choose to love each album on its own merits, regardless of who was on board at the time.  Coat me in candy and call me a sucker.

 
Everyone should seek out Cynaera's posts and bump them.  There is no-one like her now.  RIP Anne. {#Notworthy}
Long Live                                                                                Radio Paradise
My rating is                                      8  - Most Excellent
RIP Danny Kirwan. This lineup of Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green and Danny Kirwan was my favorite. Loved the blues influence. Too sad that both Peter and Danny suffered mental problems the rumors say was a result of bad psychedelics at a party in Germany.
Tarantino must have half-inched this for one of his movies, no?
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Thanks for including Part 2, which is awesome.
This song was not on the original version of the LP.
It was a hit as a single and so was added to later pressings of the LP. (so sez wiki)

 


Yeah, I could do without Part 2. It goes on forever...
Honestly, I heard Joe Jackson's cover before I heard the original. Oh, well.
Thanks for including Part 2, which is awesome.
This song was not on the original version of the LP.
It was a hit as a single and so was added to later pressings of the LP. (so sez wiki)
 primm wrote:
{#Cowboy} zesty ! always thought second part would be great in a western soundtrack

 
Western!  made me think of:

Shogun Assassin (1980) Trailer - YouTube
Only time I've ever rated a song 10 on RP.  Godlike, indeed. Green Godlike. 
Natalie Merchant ... 2 PSDs and OH WELL!
{#Cowboy} zesty ! always thought second part would be great in a western soundtrack
 fredsugaree wrote:


  I thought of Zepplin too!


 themusicroob wrote:

You're thinking of Black Dog which is, in fairness, a pretty blatant rip off.

 


LOVE Fleetwood Mac!!!!!!!!!!
Aaaahhhhh! GOOD PIECE!!!   : )
 Baby_M wrote:
For years, I was under the mistaken impression that this was Led Zeppelin and not Fleetwood Mac.

 
You're thinking of Black Dog which is, in fairness, a pretty blatant rip off.
 Cynaera wrote:
In defense of everyone who was not an ORIGINAL member of the Mac - this is one band that has experienced numerous changes during its tenure, and has provided excellent music no matter WHO was in the band. They have survived, and now, when anyone says the name "Fleetwood Mac," all manner of "Oh, I remember such-and-such a song by them!" will inevitably emerge. The root of Fleetwood Mac, and its various mutations (or, more accurately, its evolutions) is not something to be generalized. There are definite lines of demarcation in this history, and a true Mac fan can probably name years and albums where the band changed.  I choose to love each album on its own merits, regardless of who was on board at the time.  Coat me in candy and call me a sucker.

 justin4kick wrote:

60's rap and teaspoon percussion. I wonder what drugs they were on but I like it.

 
The Herb and LSD mostly! {#Lol}
Eels did a great cover on tour a couple of years ago
 VH1 wrote:
I can't help about the shape I'm in
I can't sing, I ain't pretty and my legs are thin
But don't ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to...

 
60's rap and teaspoon percussion. I wonder what drugs they were on but I like it.
I can't help about the shape I'm in
I can't sing, I ain't pretty and my legs are thin
But don't ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to...

Oh well........................

Great lyrics! Love it!

{#Clap}  
For years, I was under the mistaken impression that this was Led Zeppelin and not Fleetwood Mac.
 ronniegirl wrote:
This is one of my most favorite songs of ALL TIME going back to the early 70s.  So perfect.  So wonderful.

 
Yup, Still love it.
 ambrebalte wrote:
Excellent PSD !
(Left Steve Marley, "You gonna leave")
 
Didn't work so well for me... I left "Oh Well" by Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon.  Is Bill trying to tell me something?

Nothing against the song, just not in the mood this evening...
Excellent PSD !
(Left Steve Marley, "You gonna leave")
A1 man, crank it way up, this is a great ride 
This is one of my most favorite songs of ALL TIME going back to the early 70s.  So perfect.  So wonderful.
Oh well, those were the days...before they lost their way.
Great guitar,
Why do I suddenly want to watch a Clint Eastwood Western  :-)           Still one of the greatest tracks ever recorded.
 oldfart48 wrote:
when the band was real.

 
INDEED! Just breathtaking - as all of their other albums.

 

The REAL St. Peter!


Oh well!!

Can it get any better?


{#Yell} mac attack {#Fire}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Guitarist} it don't get better than this................
Everybody at my LSD party loves this song
when the band was real.
Don't ask me. Great advice!
So fine a one point in time
When I was a kid (12) I'd rarely get to hear this entire song, as it was nearly always truncated.  It made my day when a rogue FM station, KWST, would give it all to me.  Thanks RP for giving us the 'goods'.
 joelbb wrote:

Oh Romeo, Romeo.  Why didst thou quit, oh Romeo?
 

I be here...  hope you are having a marvelous day right this minute...

everybody in my church loves this song soooo much...  and this entire album...
 
Takes me back!
...this is it? all of *this* is what so many here are raving about? ...omg..   this is more boring than boring ever imagined it could be
This is still one of my favorite albums!!! Do the Rattle Snake Shake!
Takes me back to the days of rockin Fleetwood Mac and Alvin Lee/Ten Yrs After
 Papasmeg wrote:
Still has me rocking.
 



Just realised this is 44 years old..... !!!!!!
Still has me rocking.
 joelbb wrote:
Oh Romeo, Romeo.  Why didst thou quit, oh Romeo?
 
Everyone in his hotel room stopped dancing?
 joelbb wrote:

Oh Romeo, Romeo.  Why didst thou quit, oh Romeo?
 
'Tis a tide in the affairs of men, me dodst believithst...
 (former member) wrote:



 
Oh Romeo, Romeo.  Why didst thou quit, oh Romeo?
 horstman wrote:

Go to the record store and buy the CD. Rip on your computer.

Puzzle solved.
 
You can get it on an album called "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac"  He was a terrific blues man, Clapton's only rival in the British scene of the day.  His use of psychedelics triggered the onset of progressive adult schizophrenia.  About the only thing worse one can get is ALS.
Peter Green - nothing short of genius! Fleetwood Mac became relatively bland without him.
..no word is superlative enough..bet this was mind-boggling in concert back in that day..whoooo-!!..
tremendous..
 kurt_from_kanada wrote:
Can't get this album in iTunes, what a shame!!!
 
Go to the record store and buy the CD. Rip on your computer.

Puzzle solved.
ah 11th grade study hall
Wow!! Beautiful to say the least!

10
So unique, so out there, so beautiful. Gotta love the sheer audacity of putting out what would appear to be such a non-commercial composition. Love it.
This the definition of Godlike.



There's weak rock and then there's strong rock. This is very definitely the latter category. All driven by that guitar line.


absolutely magnificent song...  this whole album is fantastic...  love it...

 
OH, WELL — frickin' awesome timeless blast from the trippy past.  As is often the case, COOL RIFF on the previous song — Road to Rouen — 's tonal progression!  Dig the music, and all its attendant associations, in all dimensions...what RP is all about; and ain't it the BEST?!
Hurray!  REAL Fleetwood Mac!  edit:  ... and MANY thanks for playing the real version rather than the radio-shortened one!
Can't get this album in iTunes, what a shame!!!


Everybody in my hotel room loves this classic song!!  (And it is very cool that Radio Paradise plays the entire song— great music!!)

 
 linzie wrote:


....They also flourished with Bob Welch's 'Hypnotized', and 'Sentimental Lady'—-or am I wrong about the 'Sentimental Lady' track/title?
 
"Hypnotized" was FM. Bob Welch released "Sentimental Lady" on his solo album "French Kiss." The song was a big hit as was "Ebony Eyes", "Hot Love, Cold World" and "Carolene." TMI...sorry.

Bob kinda disappeared after that album, dunno why. Last time I checked, you couldn't buy the original version of "Hypnotized" on iTunes or Amazon MP3 store.   

The more I hear FM's pre-"Rumours" music, the more the band 
interests me.  me.  
In defense of everyone who was not an ORIGINAL member of the Mac - this is one band that has experienced numerous changes during its tenure, and has provided excellent music no matter WHO was in the band. They have survived, and now, when anyone says the name "Fleetwood Mac," all manner of "Oh, I remember such-and-such a song by them!" will inevitably emerge. The root of Fleetwood Mac, and its various mutations (or, more accurately, its evolutions) is not something to be generalized. There are definite lines of demarcation in this history, and a true Mac fan can probably name years and albums where the band changed.  I choose to love each album on its own merits, regardless of who was on board at the time.  Coat me in candy and call me a sucker.
 buddy wrote:

Um.....because  neither Lindsey or Stevie were it the band yet?  This is the real FM before they went for the bucks.  Stevie was probably in Middle School (or Elementary?) at this time, which may or may  not mean she was already doing dating Lindsey before they formed Buckingham Nicks, their venture prior to Lindsey joining FM as yet another new guitariist and insisting his girlfriend had to come along as well.

Oh well....

 
Stevie Nicks was 21 years-old when this album was released - she joined FM about 5 years later.


 bachbeet wrote:
I can't believe there are actually 18 "1" votes for this!  No accounting for taste.
 
{#Lol}...since when, was taste a factor here ?

Desert Island for sure.  Always moves me.  Since it came out.  So special.
Great song!  The rest of the album is just as good... 
I had "Then Play On" on 8 track and it played over and over and over and over... in my 1964 Dodge... right after Neil Youngs "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere"... 




Great to hear the original song...  it's a good reminder of how much better the original is than the covers...  I still have this original vinyl album...  still love it...


 


 bluedot wrote:
their best stuff happened in the early days, long before stevie nicks.  did you know that they also did the original version of "black magic woman?"
 
redstorm wrote:
I've never been a fan of Fleetwood Mac, no reason...just never liked them especially in the stevie nicks, etc formulation....But This! I've heard it before, and never would have gussed it was F/M. I guess the lack of caterwalling fooled me. In any case it goes to show you cant put musicians in a box, one never knows how the will come out...do one?
 
 

....They also flourished with Bob Welch's 'Hypnotized', and 'Sentimental Lady'—-or am I wrong about the 'Sentimental Lady' track/title?
7 -> 8
 apd wrote:

Anyone want to take this one?
 
         Not touching this with a ten-foot pole with a glove on the end... {#Roflol}
 Stingray wrote:
Why no Stevie Nicks singing here?

Oh well, Lindsey - these were the days!
 
Anyone want to take this one?
I can't find the words to convey the depth of significance this song holds for me.
 bachbeet wrote:
I can't believe there are actually 18 "1" votes for this!  No accounting for taste.
 

Right - that's like saying LUDOVICO rocks better than "MOJO"!

PEOPLE ARE STRANGE - BET?
 Tim42 wrote:
This song is so much fun to play on guitar!
 
I hate you.  I've tried since 1974 to play nylon strings, and my fingers just won't work. I bleed a lot. I screw up a lot. I wish I could do this, but apparently, I have the wrong fingers for it. I'm a steel-string six-string person, I guess... I envy you your talent. Love this song, but I'll leave it to the experts.

I can't believe there are actually 18 "1" votes for this!  No accounting for taste.
Why no Stevie Nicks singing here?

Oh well, Lindsey - these were the days!
Always loved the "Spanish," "Classical" mood of this piece.


It's always great to hear this song...

 


This is a fantastic classic...  love it forever...

 
oh well, indeed!  One of Peter Green's greatest - cutting edge in it's day and still not that far off the mark. Onya' Pete.
 redstorm wrote:
I've never been a fan of Fleetwood Mac, no reason...just never liked them especially in the stevie nicks, etc formulation....But This! I've heard it before, and never would have gussed it was F/M.
 
+1. A classic song, was surprised to find out the artist. 
Thanks for playing the long version Bill !
I think we lost Fleetwood Mac somewhere back there.
This is something of an epic tune.  Brings to mind a soundtrack for a spaghetti western.  A good one! :)
This song is so much fun to play on guitar!
Saturday too! 

RadioDoc wrote:

Tuesday too!

 

their best stuff happened in the early days, long before stevie nicks.  did you know that they also did the original version of "black magic woman?"
 
redstorm wrote:
I've never been a fan of Fleetwood Mac, no reason...just never liked them especially in the stevie nicks, etc formulation....But This! I've heard it before, and never would have gussed it was F/M. I guess the lack of caterwalling fooled me. In any case it goes to show you cant put musicians in a box, one never knows how the will come out...do one?
 


 LowPhreak wrote:

Not many bands out there that don't have their share of drug-alcohol abuse and/or drama. What planet have you been living on? 

 

 
Actually, the problem with Peter and Danny is schizophrenia.  For real.

Peter Green & Danny Kirwan! All-Time Classic song. Incredible tonality!
...ten plus one for playing the full version...
loved Joe Jackson's cover of this before i even realized his was a cover.  I have to admit the orig is better but if you turn Joe's version up real loud it's got good flavor too.
What?!?  7.7.  This is a classic!!
 rbigelo wrote:
A favoirte of mine from the FM-AOR days. It made me sad to witness them swirl down the loo with the drug abuse and drama.

 
Not many bands out there that don't have their share of drug-alcohol abuse and/or drama. What planet have you been living on? 

 



love it...


 ozarkhiker wrote:
AWESOME song for a Friday night.
 
Tuesday too!

My all time favorite Slamwood Hack song - saw them do this live in '71 was a fantastic concert. The crowd was absolutely silent all during this song....

A terrific song.  And, very different from a lot of the other songs popular at the time.  This album remains their best to this day.
One of the most beautiful songs ever.  Period.


awesome song... all the way thru...


Just great music!


I have the original copy of this album...  and this song is soooo good for the ears...


 stkman wrote:
Fabulous record, shows the genius of Peter Green and rest of Mac, Mick, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer. This composition is a strange blend of classical and rock some say it goes on too long or don't like the blend, I love it Whole album rates a 10 with me. Then Play On, Englsh Rose, Kiln House all killer albums

 
And Danny Kirwan, perhaps?
Love the blues, the folk, the dynamic range of this album.  This LP is a great example of what made albums great . . .  to get the full effect, you had to listen to the entire album.  Nowdays, in mp3 land, individual songs rule.   That is good too, in it's own way.  But this album . . .  just fantastic.  Back in the days before Fleetwood Mac became a pop band. 
AWESOME song for a Friday night.
A favoirte of mine from the FM-AOR days. It made me sad to witness them swirl down the loo with the drug abuse and drama.




I've never been a fan of Fleetwood Mac, no reason...just never liked them especially in the stevie nicks, etc formulation....But This! I've heard it before, and never would have gussed it was F/M. I guess the lack of caterwalling fooled me. In any case it goes to show you cant put musicians in a box, one never knows how the will come out...do one?
Never did like this song.


We just turned the volume up very loud...  love it...