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Barenaked Ladies — Lovers In A Dangerous Time
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Don't the hours grow shorter as the days go by?
We never get to stop and open our eyes.
One minute you're waiting for the sky to fall
Next you're dazzled by the beauty of it all.

Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time

These fragile bodies of touch and taste
This fragrant skin, this hair like lace
Spirits open to thrust of grace,
Never a breath you can't afford to waste.

Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time

When you're lovers in a dangerous time,
Sometimes you're made to feel as if your love's a crime.
Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight
You gotta kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.

Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time

We were lovers in a dangerous time
We were lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers, Lovers, Lovers
Ohhhhhh
Lovers in a dangerous time
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apd wrote:
Actually, I heard that he made some bitchy remark that it "sounded like something you would hear at any folk club on a Monday night". Considering that his original sounds like a bad disco remix, i hope he was misquoted. And is it just me or does this version sound slightly different to the (BNL) version I'm used to?
Well, Cockburn has played it onstage with BNL (arranged in the same fashion as the cover, not the original), so I can only assume that he was probably misquoted.
This song isn't the best written ever, but somehow, it catches my attention, and I can't help sing along and play it on guitar everytime i hear it.
Sounds like a parody of a bad folk song. Or maybe a bad parody of a folk song. Either way, the word "good" isn't in there anywhere.
So what if Cockburn liked it or not? I Like it! :nodhead:
phineas wrote:
FWIW, I thought I heard that Cockburn liked this (but I'm not positive).
Actually, I heard that he made some bitchy remark that it "sounded like something you would hear at any folk club on a Monday night". Considering that his original sounds like a bad disco remix, i hope he was misquoted. And is it just me or does this version sound slightly different to the (BNL) version I'm used to?
Just plain fun, and very, very tight.
This was BNL's breakout song. When it came out, they had no CD, only tapes of stuff they had done. They were basically a great busking group, that had talent and ambition. Then someone played this song on radio and it struck a chord with Canadian audiences. It was an older song that many could relate to, with a fresh twist. Soon they were signed & put out a CD, which was (like many artists) their jewel they had been polishing for awhile. I recommend it to anyone. I saw them in concert the first time and it was a VERY stripped down stage show, just the guys & instruments, but they rocked the stage like I had never seen. They had moves for almost every song, had the seasoned banter & showmanship that comes from busking & busting yer ass. Plus they had the chops musically & vocally. The second time I saw them a couple years later when they were big, it was a HUGE stage show in a better venue with more people, but guess what? They still rocked the show.
I hear lots of griping about covers here, and am a big Bruce C fan, but this is quite an energetic arrangement that breaths a lot of life into this song. Haven't heard it before, but I do like it. Please consider playing Bruce's version sometime.
"Gotta kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight" Yes. Very nice line. 2 extra points for that one right there.
Loses its urgency in this version. When done by Bruce Cockburn, it's really more a desperate plea; here, it's just a love song.
Great song - play the original.
phineas wrote:
Counterpoint: though the video is cheesy, the arrangement, with great bass (both plucked and bowed), beautiful piano trills, solid percussion, and Steven Page's amazing voice, does wonderful job of giving the song a very optimistic feel: "Gotta kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight" is hopeful, not hopeless, and this reflects that. FWIW, I thought I heard that Cockburn liked this (but I'm not positive).
Thanks for the thoughtful assessment. I'll listen again and try to see if I can up my rating. :)
Great version of this song. The highlight for me is the beautiful bass.
This song makes me want to get up and dance!
Antigone wrote:
Ok, I've listened to it again and have to agree with the sergeant. Don't think the arangement is appropriate for the song. Sounds like a parody.
Counterpoint: though the video is cheesy, the arrangement, with great bass (both plucked and bowed), beautiful piano trills, solid percussion, and Steven Page's amazing voice, does wonderful job of giving the song a very optimistic feel: "Gotta kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight" is hopeful, not hopeless, and this reflects that. FWIW, I thought I heard that Cockburn liked this (but I'm not positive).
Leslie wrote:
I suppose this is okay, but I kinda cringe every time I hear it¬óbeing a huge Bruce Cockburn fan I of course like his (original) version MUCH better.
My thoughts exactly. I really love the original.
i really don't like this one. i can't pin point why. isn't that always the way?
I suppose this is okay, but I kinda cringe every time I hear it¬óbeing a huge Bruce Cockburn fan I of course like his (original) version MUCH better.
sergeant_x wrote:
hmm, I like the song, but they give it kind of an upbeat peppiness that somehow seems inappropriate given the subject matter.
Ok, I've listened to it again and have to agree with the sergeant. Don't think the arangement is appropriate for the song. Sounds like a parody.
ronny wrote:
Although the original by bruce cockburn IS the one I prefer , I like this one much, definitively an eight! :goodvibes:
Help a guy out and gimme yer dealer's number, 'kay?
Although the original by bruce cockburn IS the one I prefer , I like this one much, definitively an eight! :goodvibes.gif:
hmm, I like the song, but they give it kind of an upbeat peppiness that somehow seems inappropriate given the subject matter.
dislike the band. dislike the song. however, there is actually one BNL song i do like. this doesn't come close.
G wrote:
one more thought: "gotta kick at the darness 'til it bleeds daylight" are words to live by
Oh Yeah!! Awesome song, love the way the drumming just gets louder and faster as the song progresses :drummer:
Originally Posted by G: one more thought: "gotta kick at the darness 'til it bleeds daylight" are words to live by
What he said again.
Originally Posted by G: hate to be a contrarian, but this is the only Barnaked Ladies track I like.
What he said.
I love this song -- have you seen the video? Vivid. :) CanCon!
Really surprised that this isn\'t more liked--I think this is a really neat cover of the song. The genius is really Cockburn here, but I enjoy listening to this moreso than the original..
This is a terrific song. Well done by BNL. But I like this song so much that I even like the version done by Dan Fogelberg.
This is a very good version of this song.... its great live too, as are BNL.
Not good, not interesting. There\'s plenty of BNL I like, but this lame version of a lame song isn\'t in that group.
Love this song -- but not this version. I don\'t even mind the band. But the BNLs are just too irreverent to be sincere -- \"kick at the darkness\" my ass.
Really like this rendition. Thanks!
I\'ve never heard this version of one of my favorite Bruce Cockburn songs. Need to hear it again to decide exactly how I feel about it, but on the first listen I didn\'t hate it! ;-)
one more thought: \"gotta kick at the darness \'til it bleeds daylight\" are words to live by
I have to agree with hucifer. "ugh" oretty much sums it up for me. but I also agree with G about words to live by
This was the first song I heard from BNL. I think it was their first single released in Canada, before \"If I had $1,000,000\". It wasn\'t even on their first CD. It\'s a remake of a Bruce Cockburn song, and I think it appears on a tribute album to him. Considering how much airplay Bruce Cockburn gets on this station, I\'m almost surprised that Bill is playing this one. However, I like the BNL version much better. Just for kicks, it would be nice to hear the original also once in a while... It sounds very \"eighties\".
hate to be a contrarian, but this is the only Barnaked Ladies track I like.
I like this version better than the original ....
ugh. Even a diehard fan like myself cannot stand this song. I skip this track on the CD so much that when this song was played at their last concert I didn\'t recognize it.