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Beth Orton — Stolen Car
Album: Central Reservation
Avg rating:
7.5

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Total ratings: 3197









Released: 1999
Length: 5:12
Plays (last 30 days): 3
You walked into my house last night
I couldn't help but notice
A light that was long gone still burning strong
You were sitting, your fingers like fuses
Your eyes were cinnamon

You said you stand for every known abuse
That was ever threatened to anyone but you
And why should I know better by now
When I'm old enough not to?

While every line speaks the language of love
It never held the meaning I was thinking of
And I can't decide over right or wrong
I guess sometimes you need the place where you belong

Some may sing the wrong words to the wrong melody
It's little things like this that matter to me
Others feel that you should stand
For every known abuse to hand
And all the things that they could never see

You said you stood for every known abuse
That was promised to anyone like you
Don't you wish you knew better by now
When you're old enough not to?

When every line speaks the language of love
And never held the meaning I was thinking of
And I can't decide over right or wrong
You left the feeling that I just do not belong

One drink too many and a joke gone too far
I see a face drive like a stolen car
Gets harder to hide when you're hitching a ride
Harder to hide what you really saw

Oh yeah, you stand for every known abuse
That I've ever seen my way through
Don't you wish I knew better by now?
Well I think I'm starting to

When every line speaks the language of love
And never held the meaning I was thinking of
And I've lost the line between right or wrong
I just want to find the place where I belong

Why should you know better by now
When you're old enough not to?
I wish I knew better by now
When I'm old enough not to
Comments (383)add comment
Sounds like Natalie Merchant trying to channel Patti Smith.
Great voice, great song. 
Everything from Daybreaker is great!
Never fails to bring it. All of it. Thanks for the play!
Her voice - oh YUM. And Harper's freakin guitar... like the love child of Kevin Breit and Martin Tielli. *phew*
Long Live   Radio Paradise
My rating only 7 and sinking ...
Video better then this album cover for sure.
Pretty cool Youtube video.
Wish she would tour more.
Moving Stolen Car up to a 9. I wish there was an Alexa Play It Again feature. A few more plays and I'd have all my choreography down pat & fully worked out on Stolen Car and ready for Instagram. (Joke!) 
 AZJeff wrote:
I'd love to hear this live  .   .   .  kicked up a notch
 
with that great guitar!

Love anything by beth
Nice song 👌
Man, this song sounds so good every time. 
I'd love to hear this live  .   .   .  kicked up a notch
Her work has all the right bits and pieces- good song ideas, good playin', and her "interesting" voice, lot of creative bits... but it doesn't  seems to come together fully. I never am moved by the ideas or grooved by the music.
Y'all should've been at our wedding. Funny thing is she still thinks she's married to someone else. Go figure.
You start with her music videos here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbohqLuAYb8
and let the rest on the site play one after the other. Beth Orton and her bands trip hop folktronic magic for hours. It's a trip to be seen!

Thank you so much Bill and Rebecca for featuring her on RP!
When a Beth Orton song comes on, I stop what I'm doing, crank up the volume, and let the spell that she weaves come right over me.
After reading all the comments and the lyrics, it's such a pleasure to just listen to this great performance.
Thanks to Annie for the recommendation and the CD - pity I didn’t pick up on it sooner! pxd
Her best song for me! 
This may be my favorite song. Ben Harper's first few dizzy notes take me somewhere else. First heard it here and 13 years later her voice and words seem more powerful each time. i wish I knew better by now...
Beth has, with this song, finally nudged me into "like".
The very reason I listen to this station is to hear music that I have never heard before, good song, and now heard by these old ears.{#Cheers}
 coloradojohn wrote:
Amazing, to think that she & Ben did this in '99; I've liked her since RP intro but my appreciation of her has really grown over the years.

 
hasn't waned for me either
So glad PSD is here at these moments. 
Can't believe that was 17 years ago!
Another pretty damn good song I've never heard before! RP is on a roll this morning!
 coloradojohn wrote:
Amazing, to think that she & Ben did this in '99; I've liked her since RP intro but my appreciation of her has really grown over the years.

 
Me too.
Amazing, to think that she & Ben did this in '99; I've liked her since RP intro but my appreciation of her has really grown over the years.
 Rotterdam wrote:


 
{#Lol}
 TerryS wrote:

Longest attack of hiccups

Charles Osborne (1894-1991) of Anthon, Iowa, the US, started hiccupping in 1922 while attempting to weigh a hog before slaughtering it.

He was unable to find a cure, and continued hiccupping until February 1990, a total of 68 years.

During the first few decades, he hiccupped up to 40 times a minute, slowing to 20 a minute in later years.


 Thanks be that this only lasted a few minutes
 

 



Longest attack of hiccups

Charles Osborne (1894-1991) of Anthon, Iowa, the US, started hiccupping in 1922 while attempting to weigh a hog before slaughtering it.

He was unable to find a cure, and continued hiccupping until February 1990, a total of 68 years.

During the first few decades, he hiccupped up to 40 times a minute, slowing to 20 a minute in later years.


 Thanks be that this only lasted a few minutes
 
Beth, I know my truck is easy to steal. It's an old tin box, but it's clean, rust-free and I need it for work.

Please, Beth, do not steal my vehicle. I really have to put my family in a better house.

Thank you. 
RP introduced me to her with this song. I have only a couple of her albums, so I don't know if this is her best work or not, but I love this song.
 gillespp wrote:
Still not tired. And I played it on my own twice since November 22.

 
Been listening to this a long time. Love it.
Listening to this entire CD in my car these days.  The entire CD is excellent.  Play more!
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
While every lie speaks the language of love, 
It never held the meaning i was thinking of

Love it!!

 
Still love it!!
Years ago this is the one that originally turned me on to her. Such an authentic voice which holds its own against incredible accompaniment.  I recall i was in love then, and that is gone, but i am still defenseless against the song.
Jeebus, that's a great song!
Great song, fantastic guitar, let down a bit by the generic drums and congas.
 pkoelmans wrote:
good guitar in stolen car, 
 

 

Ben Harper, I believe
Stopped in my tracks.
 Zep wrote:
Just when you think it can't get better, it does. 

 
{#Clap}
Just when you think it can't get better, it does. 
Just finished reading The Moslem Wife by Mavis Gallant in which there is a character with this exact affliction, at least I now know where she got it.
good guitar in stolen car, 
 
{#Heartkiss}  Love this a lot     9
Doing a fabulous Job, as usual.  Helping me get through a couple of big presentations.
The very excellent Ms Orton - thanks Bill
Still not tired. And I played it on my own twice since November 22.
I never get tired of this.
 scott_bruce wrote:

That breathy style makes me fall in lust with her every time she comes on....ohhh yeahhhhh.....

 
Me too, guy {#Tongue}
 Algis wrote:
what does it mean?
 
Mr. Natural(Zap Comics by R. Crumb)would say....."Don't Mean Shit!'
 The Ben Harper slide guitar is what makes this track a favorite
 daedalus wrote:
Her breathy style is slowly morphing from being interesting and quirky into irritatingly affected.
Anyone else ? 
 
Haunting and agressively capturing.. just love it .. oozes sex appeal.
I used to like this song better before I found out she "si-hings eh-every so-hong thi-his wa-hay"...
What a fabulous song.
 daedalus wrote:
Her breathy style is slowly morphing from being interesting and quirky into irritatingly affected.
Anyone else ? 
 
That breathy style makes me fall in lust with her every time she comes on....ohhh yeahhhhh.....
 
daedalus wrote:
Her breathy style is slowly morphing from being interesting and quirky into irritatingly affected.
Anyone else ? 
 
Nope, still interesting and quirky.
 daedalus wrote:
Her breathy style is slowly morphing from being interesting and quirky into irritatingly affected.
Anyone else ? 
 
Nope, at least for this song. Been listening to it for 13-14 years and still love it.
Her breathy style is slowly morphing from being interesting and quirky into irritatingly affected.
Anyone else ? 
Stolen Car is ace but something from Daybreaker every now and again would be nice :)
 calypsus_1 wrote:


To me, Beth Orton is nice, and I listen with pleasure, just have not figured out what its mysterious charm, which lead to include, permanently, this singer in the playlist since 1999, especially the song "Stolen Car". Some should be..... Not everyone has the same luck.



 
Perhaps BillG just likes the song and this artist.  No great mystery.
 Algis wrote:
what does it mean?
 
When every lie speaks the language of love, 
It never held the meaning i was thinking of 
And i can't decide over right or wrong, 
You left the feeling that i just do not belong

Love is a strange creature that shows itself to each of us differently.
Many people confuse it with lust.
Many confuse it with need.

She found love once but now it's coming at her in many of these off coloured ways and she wants to find her way of loving, her old way, the right way for her. A way she thought she had found but it left her. She sees people doing odd and strange things, she wants to taste the world but she keeps getting caught in lust and need and is too afraid to step out of it, too lonely to step into it. She just wants a place to find love, the way she knows it.

You walked into my house last night 
I couldnt help but notice, 
A light that was long gone still burning strong 
You were sitting, 
Your fingers like fuses, 
Your eyes were cinnamon

A lover that left but can't go
Eyes burned by tears, fingers so jumpy that they can't be held still...
That old love wasn't enough for the old lover, so is she wrong to want it?

 
I wish her choices were more consistent... It's easier and cheaper to buy her songs 1 + 1 vs a whole CD's worth...
what does it mean?
While every lie speaks the language of love, 
It never held the meaning i was thinking of

Love it!!
You were sitting,
Your fingers like fuses,
Your eyes were cinnamon.
 TJS wrote:
I'm not sure why this particular track is played so much on RP . . .
 
Mostly because it's perfect.
 pjcle wrote:
Love it

 
yeah
 
Love it

 michaelgmitchell wrote:
Ca-HATCH-y tune. Na-HICE-ly per-FUH-hormed.
 
if you say so ... me, I have just muted. Gosh, how she annoys me.
P uhS uhD uhHuh
i love this chick. sweet voice i like those little squeals what a nice sound.
Ca-HATCH-y tune. Na-HICE-ly per-FUH-hormed.


To me, Beth Orton is nice, and I listen with pleasure, just have not figured out what its mysterious charm, which lead to include, permanently, this singer in the playlist since 1999, especially the song "Stolen Car". Some should be..... Not everyone has the same luck.



 socalhol wrote:

I never knew that either!  I just now heard Bill mention it.  I didn't know Ben collaborated with other artists as a guitarist.  Interesting.  Have always loved this song — and I enjoy a lot of Ben's own stuff.  I'll have to listen closer to this song next time!
 
Actually, I think little Ben was Beth's guitarist when he was 17, long before he had a solo career.
Thanks, Bill.  Just downloaded some of her other songs, too.  Great artistry.
I'm not sure why this particular track is played so much on RP given the extensive collection of music that she has recorded.  Bill!  Can we hear some other tracks by this great artist?
LOVE this!
Beth Orton is fantastic!
One of my most Favourite discoveries via RP!!!!!!
Don't care who is playing what. Gut level good stuff.
 Relayer wrote:
I was always blown away by the guitar work in this song, and only recently found out that it is Ben Harper.  Now it makes sense.  He is amazing, and I honestly couldn't imagine her playing that well.
 
I never knew that either!  I just now heard Bill mention it.  I didn't know Ben collaborated with other artists as a guitarist.  Interesting.  Have always loved this song — and I enjoy a lot of Ben's own stuff.  I'll have to listen closer to this song next time!
I was always blown away by the guitar work in this song, and only recently found out that it is Ben Harper.  Now it makes sense.  He is amazing, and I honestly couldn't imagine her playing that well.
 MirageRF wrote:
Wow!  Thought this was Natalie Merchant.  That'd make a great duet.  {#Notworthy}
 

Was it the monotone vocals that made the Natalie connection for you?
Wow!  Thought this was Natalie Merchant.  That'd make a great duet.  {#Notworthy}
The one CD that I can't seem to pluck out of my car radio (greatest hits CD that is). Ooh I love it all
This just never gets old. More Beth please.

 
This song rocks. I was just playing it here at home. And yeah, I'll listen again.
love that guitar.  esp at the beginning.  relentless...
Lucky Austrailians...she's on tour down under and doing some fine stuff with her new album.....always did this song and the video on you tube.

BadA$$

 

This song gets me going every time   ♥


 ziakut wrote:
Me likey, likey Beth Orton...likin' this song even more every time I hear it. Yep! {#Clap}
 

Best get in the queue then :-) if you get my drift.......

Me likey, likey Beth Orton...likin' this song even more every time I hear it. Yep! {#Clap}
LOVELY!
 Bone wrote:
I-hi do-hon't kno-ho wh-hut ih-hit ih-his tha-hat buh-hugs me-he wih-hith thih-hiss soh-hong...
 

{#Lol}  I like this song but that comment is hi-la-haaa-ri-hi-hi-hi-ous!!!!

What a clever girl on a cover )) Good song.

 Bone wrote:
I-hi do-hon't kno-ho wh-hut ih-hit ih-his tha-hat buh-hugs me-he wih-hith thih-hiss soh-hong...
 
Excellent! :-)

I-hi do-hon't kno-ho wh-hut ih-hit ih-his tha-hat buh-hugs me-he wih-hith thih-hiss soh-hong...
Stop abusing those poor nouns and start abusing pronouns like the rest of us! 
Good groove to start the morning here in Colorado.... :-)

more wings tommy likey


 kingart wrote:
Music sounds kind of standard — but the lyrics allude to a really interesting and evocative story. I'll have to look 'em up at a lyrics site.  
 
Interesting, I really like the music.

A great song. It's just plain old good listenin'.
Music sounds kind of standard — but the lyrics allude to a really interesting and evocative story. I'll have to look 'em up at a lyrics site.  
Nice. Been sitting on beach last few days zoning to the station
Reminds me of Tracey Thorn of EBTG.
Out of tuhune. So why do I not dislike it?
 Jelani wrote:
You know, this sounds much better when it's played really loud.
I'm not a fan of hers, but the volume increase from the previous tune has given me a slightly different perspective.
I think. 
 
Excellent !  RP continues to work it's magic!  {#Music}
You know, this sounds much better when it's played really loud.
I'm not a fan of hers, but the volume increase from the previous tune has given me a slightly different perspective.
I think. 
DUDE, WOW!
This is a hard one to rate. On the one hand it's pretty good, but it's definitely also pretty annoying.. and kind of overplayed.
 Felix_The_Cat wrote:
I dunno.. the same vocal inflections from this girl over and over are boring me more than a bit...

 
Imagine trying to have a conversation with her, talking like that!

I dunno.. the same vocal inflections from this girl over and over are boring me more than a bit...

I Love this Song!
Awesome set here Bill!

1:11 pm Beth Orton :: Stolen Car Central Reservation (1999) 7.7
1:05 pm Ayub Ogada :: Kothbiro En Mana Kuoyo (1996) 6.9
12:58 pm Eric Clapton :: River of Tears Pilgrim (1998)

 
Gosh, what a wonderful voice!!!
 BillG wrote:
Note: that's Ben Harper on guitar. Just love that sound he gets on this.
 
Sí señor. 10