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Jude Cole — Speed of Life
Album: I Don't Know Why I Act This Way
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7

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Total ratings: 1388









Released: 1995
Length: 4:38
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Like ghosts on open windows
The curtains rise and fall
The past is a foreign country
At the dark end of the hall

And the morning is an offering
To the shelter of the day
But the violent come
And they bury it away

Time goes by at the speed of life
Slower than a slow dance on a hot summer night
Faster than the skin breaks on the edge of a knife
And we just go on at the speed of life

Like questions begging answers
The stars appear at night
What's it mean to love somebody
What's it mean to be alive

I heard a little girl laughing
At her first sight of snow
Saw an old man dying
In a room, he didn't know

While the world turns through the ages
It's a most peculiar ride
Holding on to one another
Moving at the speed of life

We just go on at the speed of life
A family on the midway in the carnival lights
Moving in a circle through the sounds and the sights
And it all goes by at the speed of life

Time goes by at the speed of life
Slower than a slow dance on a hot summer night
Faster than the skin breaks, baby
On the edge of a knife

And we just go on and on at the speed of life
Moving at the speed of life, speed of life
On and on and on and on
On and on and on and on
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Sweet Sound!
Me Likey
Thank you R.P for opening up an old Audiophile's pallet again!
Love, love, love Jude Cole! Great voice and brilliant writer.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Hey Jude,

Edward Hopper wants his vibe back!
 
Nice spot.  Isn't Google a wonderful thing?

I think that yer man and Norman Rockwell occupy my favourite artists top spots.
 jimtyrrell wrote:
6.8? Come on RP listners. You can rate higher than that on a great tune like this. give him an 8. thanks RP. I had no clue who about this artist until once again you have enlightened me.
 
Hm.  What if I don't feel like this is an 8?  Can I rate it as I see fit?
6.8? Come on RP listners. You can rate higher than that on a great tune like this. give him an 8. thanks RP. I had no clue who about this artist until once again you have enlightened me.
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51v0ePVt13L.jpg
 jambo wrote:

who the hell is edward hopper? and what does neoclassicist art have to do with jude cole?
 
Come on, man, if you had learned enough Art History to know the word "Neoclassicist", then you should also know who Edward Hopper was - by the way, he was not a neoclassicist in any way.
Go see Hopper's Night Hawk painting. 
 idiot_wind wrote:
Hey Jude,

Edward Hopper wants his vibe back!

 
who the hell is edward hopper? and what does neoclassicist art have to do with jude cole?
Hey Jude,

Edward Hopper wants his vibe back!
Finally a good beat!!!
 idiot_wind wrote:
The clock on the wall in the album cover, is the time 25 or 6 to 4? 
rtrt wrote:

Looks like 8 o'clock to me - unless I'm missing something...

 
....I think you did miss the CHICAGO reference idiot_wind dropped....25 or 6 to 4....yeah
Anything Neko touches is gold!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Does anybody really know what time it is?

 
Does anybody really care?
Great guitar work.
 idiot_wind wrote:
The clock on the wall in the album cover, is the time 25 or 6 to 4? 

 
Looks like 8 o'clock to me - unless I'm missing something...
 idiot_wind wrote:
The clock on the wall in the album cover, is the time 25 or 6 to 4?
 
Does anybody really know what time it is?
The clock on the wall in the album cover, is the time 25 or 6 to 4? 
8 > 9
 kingart wrote:
John Mellencampish. Only better. 
 

 
Agreed.  
 bluematrix wrote:
I'm not one to throw my 10's about lightly here, but this gets one from me. And I'm not sure why as it's just a great pop song... but it resonates with me.

 
Exactly.  What's different about this and the million other poppy things I don't know.  But this is a winner, alright.  I luvs it loads.
I played this song several times back in February when my mother passed of Alzheimer's and used that line "time goes on at the speed of life" for my Facebook status that day for a while. Also last week when I had my "first" heart attack, this song came to mind and I played it loudly when I got home.
Hi Bill,

Listen to this;

I can send you his MP3 with his consent if you like.

https://vimeo.com/richardgoldmedia/showreel-2015

Rich 
Heartfelt music...
 bravadodon wrote:
I like the steel guitar. He's got a Sting feel too.
 
Exactly.  I thought, is this a faster version of a Sting song.
If you groom a go, gives back a ghost, and some room to admit that I was thinking about how to lie.
Excellent artist, great writer.  His first album is amazing,, View from 3rd Street, tells a story of struggle and triumph. More please!  
I'm not one to throw my 10's about lightly here, but this gets one from me. And I'm not sure why as it's just a great pop song... but it resonates with me.
John Mellencampish. Only better. 
 
 westslope wrote:
Does remind me of the Eagles, but nice tune all the same.

 
{#Lol}
I like the steel guitar. He's got a Sting feel too.
Does remind me of the Eagles, but nice tune all the same.
I've always thought that Jude Cole deserved more fame and credit than other singer songwriters of the adult contemporary genre.
My love for this song nearly rises to my love for Hopper, and my love for Hopper knows no bounds.
Catchy tune - I've always liked it.. esp. like the lyric "Faster than the skin breaks on the edge of a knife"
Everything about this is Ho Hum except the chorus
My toes is tapping...  I like it.  :)
I like the soundscape of this song…
 taterflatpicker2 wrote:
I want this played at my funeral.

 
Played at your funeral, as in, "It's a bad day for me so why don't all you suckers suffer too!"?
I cannot decide if this is a 3 bordering 4 or a 7...
nah,.... it's cheesy and a 3.
 Alexandra wrote:
As everyone else said - I absolutely love the Hopperesque album cover! And the song too.

 
 I have in my bathroom that bookstore, a picture of isolation at about 3 in the am.
his first albun was excellent
Slides over to cheesy to me.  4
Decent, not more then that
I love this song.
up from 6 to 7.... 
As everyone else said - I absolutely love the Hopperesque album cover! And the song too.
I want this played at my funeral.
 coyote620 wrote:
Thanks for playing Jude Cole!
 
{#Cheers}        EXCELLENT!!
Thanks for playing Jude Cole!
 Stingray wrote:

I want to be your friend - you're the first in 7 years to agree with me!
 
Does this mean there is something wrong with me? {#Angel}
 Stingray wrote:

I want to be your friend - you're the first in 7 years to agree with me!
 



 raewah wrote:

AGREED!!!

 
_______________
..i also agree—this is the 1st person to agree w/Stingie..
 raewah wrote:

AGREED!!!
 
I want to be your friend - you're the first in 7 years to agree with me!
Just love the off beat snare.........first listen and yep I like it.
 Stingray wrote:
Lovely melody. This is - melodywise - how music should, no, MUST sound like!
 
AGREED!!!
 Proclivities wrote:

It appears as if the designer essentially combined elements from a few different Hopper paintings for the cover.
Hopper - 7AMsunday
Hopper - Nighthawks

Good tune.

 

 

Certainly hopperesque! No question! Thought so immedeately!


Lovely melody. This is - melodywise - how music should, no, MUST sound like!
 WonderLizard wrote:
 Awesome get. I'm a student of Hopper, and I didn't see this. Wow.
 
The first mates name was Hopper. . . 

. . My god he had a whopper, once round the deck, one round his neck and up his a*** for a stopper. (from an old english tune often sung at Twickenham and on deck of the good ship Venus)
Can't find this on iTunes. The CD is on Amazon - year is 1995.
B L I S S 
I came here to comment on the song and got distracted by the Hopperania...IMHO "Speed of Life" is a nearly  perfect pop song. I found the balance of the disc, hmm, so-so, but this one's outstanding.
 Proclivities wrote:

It appears as if the designer essentially combined elements from a few different Hopper paintings for the cover.
Hopper - 7AM
Hopper - Nighthawks

Good tune.

  Awesome get. I'm a student of Hopper, and I didn't see this. Wow.


Beautiful and introspective. This premise of 'Speed of Life' often bestows upon my ever wondering and sometimes failing brain. This song is so damn good! Rest in peace, Elaine...we are gonna miss you.
 kyleminor wrote:
Really great song. A View from 3rd Street is one of the absolute GEMS of my music collection. Boy, but the 1995 Jude sounds different from the 1990 version!  Not worse or better... just different.

Thanks Bill!
 
AVF3S is a terrific album. Thought he was a one album wonder until I caught more at RP!
Wow this really really sounds like Sting, possibly "I'm So Happy I can't stop Crying" from Mercury Falling. I guess both songs are pretty derivative.
This does not mean I don't like it of course. Good tune, good lyrics..

Edit: Thank you Proclivities, that Album cover was making my brain itch.
Love, love, love this tune. Did I mention that I like this song too?
Good stuff, this.

 On_The_Beach wrote:
Like the Hopper-esque cover art.

Edward Hopper - Early Sunday Morning

Nice tune, too.

 
It appears as if the designer essentially combined elements from a few different Hopper paintings for the cover.
Hopper - 7AMsunday
Hopper - Nighthawks

Good tune.
I really, really love this song.   {#Cheers}
 Cynaera wrote:
Bumped this from 8 to 9.  Jude Cole is one of those singer-songwriters that just makes my ears happy.  {#Music}
 
Well put... I know I've been hearing this for years on RP, but it's just occurred to me how much I like it! Easy 8 :)
 On_The_Beach wrote:
A seque into Greg Kihn's "Remember" would work nicely . . .
 
Thanks for the Greg Kihn reference.  I knew that guitar sounded familiar, but I couldn't place it!  Remember is a great song as well.


A seque into Greg Kihn's "Remember" would work nicely . . .
I KNEW there was something linking Jude Cole to Kiefer Sutherland!

Clicky

Lyrics, for whatever they're worth...

 

Like ghosts on open windows
The curtains rise and fall
The past is a foreign country
At the dark end of the hall
And the morning is an offering
To the shelter of the day
But the violent come
And they bury it away

Time goes by at the speed of life
Slower than a slow dance on a hot summer night
Faster than the skin breaks on the edge of a knife
And we just go on at the speed of life

Like questions begging answers
The stars appear at night
What's it mean to love somebody?
What's it mean to be alive?

I heard a little girl laughing at her first sight of snow
Saw an old man dying in a room he didn't know

While the world turns through the ages
It's a most peculiar ride
Holding on to one another
Moving at the speed of life

We just go on at the speed of life
Family on the midway in the carnival lights
Moving in a circle through the sounds and the lights
And it all goes by at the speed of life


It's funny when you hit the "buy CD from Amazon.com" link and Amazon reminds you that you bought it April 25, 2007.

edit 12.15.11 I just tried to buy it again.


Bumped this from 8 to 9.  Jude Cole is one of those singer-songwriters that just makes my ears happy.  {#Music}
An overlooked and shiny gem.
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!  Thanks Radio Paradise!!!
Speed of Life, Speed of Sound!? Not bad, btw.
Really like this song. The guitar hook juxtaposed with the bass is sooo moreish..
A regular on my iPod :-) 
This whole CD is pretty good. I wonder why you never hear about this guy.
 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:

https://honorsushistory.wikispaces.com/file/view/EdwardHopperNighthawks.jpg


 

Very cool!! 
Really great song. A View from 3rd Street is one of the absolute GEMS of my music collection. Boy, but the 1995 Jude sounds different from the 1990 version!  Not worse or better... just different.

Thanks Bill!
 djaychicago wrote:
First time I've heard this... wonderful! 8
 
I had to raise my 8 to a 10!

First time I've heard this... wonderful! 8
Does anyone know if he plays guitar himself on this song?  Sublime - great pop tune.

{#Dancingbanana}
I never get tired of this song.
Like the Hopper-esque cover art.

Edward Hopper

Nice tune, too.

LOVELY! Like it a lot!
INTRO is EXELLENT!
 Hoomiester wrote:
This not only brings back great memories but it's a great song to drive to with the windows down and the top open! More please!
 
Amen!  Hope this guy doesn't give up music in favor of act'ing (said with my best Jon Lovitz impression).

So, if I use my iPhone to relay RP to the Bluetooth-equipped Kenwood head unit in my car, I can hear RP while I'm driving around? How COOL is that?!


I really liked that one.
This not only brings back great memories but it's a great song to drive to with the windows down and the top open! More please!

https://honorsushistory.wikispaces.com/file/view/EdwardHopperNighthawks.jpg


Have always really liked this song. It still sounds good after a few years.
 Ericac wrote:
It just occured to me that cd cover art is part of Edward Hopper's classic Seven am.  Move the guy and the red building and you would just about have the origianal.  It fits the mood of that art work.

 

I liiked this song even more when I saw the cover and made this same connection - I really like this song.
Is this a one song wonder or is the entire cd this good?
There's a sting in your voice, stop acting this way!  The odometer turns from 6 to 7.
 danagraves wrote:
I bought this CD by mistake, thinking of another artist. But haven't regretted it at all.
 
Dontcha love those kind of mistakes?{#Yes}
Very catchy little guitar riff, I like it!!
I bought this CD by mistake, thinking of another artist. But haven't regretted it at all.
I love it!
and it's cool that the last time it played on RP, it was my B-Day {#Daisy}
{#Eek}  Bill's reading my mind, I swear!

I was just gonna ask out there who does the album with the guy leaning on the wall/painting on the cover.

He's good! Thanks.
parrothead wrote:
What's the problem ??
Whatever. I gave it a 6.


 themotion wrote:
I hear Ben Harper.
 
Funny what we all hear: I heard (don't shoot me!) John Waite.

It just occured to me that cd cover art is part of Edward Hopper's classic Seven am.  Move the guy and the red building and you would just about have the origianal.  It fits the mood of that art work.

RobRyan wrote:
...a question begging an answer doesn't imply a misuse of "begging the question."
Well, it sort of does. The phrase is an idiom with a particular meaning. I understand that you can use that phrase and actually mean asking for a question, so it's not a "misuse," but then I agree with the website that "raises the question" is probably a better way to say that. Where I totally agree with you is that it's amazing that someone devoted a whole website to the issue. As Bill Shatner said to the Trekkies, "get a life!"
lmic wrote:
Eagles + Jimmy Buffett + Dire Straits?
What's the problem ??
Inamorato wrote:
Your link provides the best description I've seen of what begging the question means. I don't think the way it's used in the lyrics-- "And we just go on at the speed of life Like questions begging answers" --should trigger your pet peeve response, though. That is, one can beg for an answer without begging the question. :smile: I too like the song quite well. Skål!
I agree with the pet peeve, it annoys me hugely. But Inamorato is correct imho, a question begging an answer doesn't imply a misuse of "begging the question." Holy mackerel though, I would never have imagined that an entire web site would be devoted to drawing a line in the sand on the misuse of "begging the question." I loved the end of the home page where he/she states "this is why we fight." It begs the question of whether a web site can change the momentum of this misuse, however. :wink:
Darkmatter wrote:
Time goes by at the speed of life. Ain't that the truth. /sigh Very clever title, that. And a very good song. :smile: EDIT: the lyrics contain a certain pet peeve of mine though: Beg the question :frustrated:
Your link provides the best description I've seen of what begging the question means. I don't think the way it's used in the lyrics-- "And we just go on at the speed of life Like questions begging answers" --should trigger your pet peeve response, though. That is, one can beg for an answer without begging the question. :smile: I too like the song quite well. Skål!
I'm hearing Rhymin' Simon in this (lyrics and pluckin').
Eagles + Jimmy Buffett + Dire Straits?
Nice sound - I think a copy of the Eagles in sound - very slick overproduced layered unmemorable LA FM, is there still was such a thing.
He's gotta a better voice than Harper. More heart. themotion wrote:
I hear Ben Harper.
Time goes by at the speed of life. Ain't that the truth. /sigh Very clever title, that. And a very good song. :smile: EDIT: the lyrics contain a certain pet peeve of mine though: Beg the question :frustrated:
madaxeman wrote:
I've never heard of this guy.I find this song strangely hypnotic.Nice.
Follow the urge to learn more....well worth it!
Great song...lovin' it!
Love this album!!!
ThePoose wrote:
Decidedly Stingish
I hear Ben Harper.
I remember him from that one song he had way back. Nice to hear he's still making music.
stratrjb wrote:
I told him, we'll see if he gets it or not! Thanks for the link Doc!
Ditto. I suspect the more requests they get, the higher it moves up their priority list.