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Patty Griffin — Blue Sky
Album: Flaming Red
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Released: 1998
Length: 3:31
Plays (last 30 days): 1
The farther I come, the farther I fall
Whatever I knew was nothing at all
It was nothing at all, just making me small
Smaller and smaller, I fall back

Sooner or later with a view from the ground
Chasing the race and the races will run you down
Sooner or later with a view from the ground
And a tear in your eye, you say, baby, why can't we fly

In the blue sky
High in the blue sky

Be my singing lesson, be my song
When I tell you I'm falling, you tell me I'm strong
The trees have grown tall, the birds have flown high
Higher and higher, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

I'll fly over a rainbow, I'll be sun kissed
Sail around the planet Venus
And send a long letter way back home
That says all that I know, all that I know

Is the blue sky
High in the blue sky

In the blue sky
High in the blue sky

The farther I come, the farther I fall
Whatever I knew was nothing at all
The trees have grown tall, the birds have flown high
Higher and higher, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
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This may sound strange, but after the first few lines I thought I was listening to a cover of a Replacements song.  Good tune!
Like that geeetar going on with the fuzz and resonating tones along with her strong clear vocals.  Yup I like it.
 phlattop wrote:
Wouldn't mind her rocking out on another record.

 
Totally agree. I just read an article on the guy who produced Flaming Red (Jay Joyce) - he's produced Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and some other really big acts recently. The song Tony on Flaming Red is some powerful sh!t.
 ODAD wrote:
Blue sky turns flaming red
when nuclear warheads detonate outside your window.
And church elevators dance buck naked.
We all glow.
We all glow.
 

 
I suppose, but very, very briefly. 
 oldsaxon wrote:
IDK, reminds me a bit of Foreigner.

 
Good lord no! Not even a close resemblance. 


Blue sky turns flaming red
when nuclear warheads detonate outside your window.
And church elevators dance buck naked.
We all glow.
We all glow.
 
Her best album.
i love her. her voice hits me just right. hell of a guitarist and lyricist too. i love "i'm making pies" and also her very different song for the underrated film "it's the rage." she skillfully mixes the  personal with the political. where have i heard of that concept before..
Wouldn't mind her rocking out on another record.
IDK, reminds me a bit of Foreigner.
Imagine that...Patty Griffin and Robert Plant together....oh wait.

On the other hand, thanks Bill and 'Becca as I just wrote a song and was trying to remember last night the name of the Led Zep song that has a similar chord progression...couldn't do it.   Now.... Tangerine! 
Patty is awesome.  I heard that "Silver Bell" is finally going to released.
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2013/07/patty-griffins-lost-album-silver-bell-set-for-octo.html
told my 14 yr old son to check Flaming Red on youtube and I believe he's hooked, he'd locked the door and I could hear Blue Sky, then some others, he was being rocked and pleasingly vamped!  He's growing up in there 
Add me as well to the "Patty Griffin can make any song good" cohort.  {#Clap}
{#Arrowd} HAHAHAHAHAHA!  Exactly what I thought after scrambling to find out what angel-voice was fronting this lightly funky tune.

So, I'll ask it again, "Has she ever recorded a bad song?"
 
Holy crap can this girl even make a bad song?  Never heard of her til a few years back on RP, color me happy to have made the discovery.

Love you Patty. 
 lattalo wrote:
The best thing about Radio Paradise is that you introduced me to Patty Griffin.
I think she is the best singer/songwriter today.  I try not miss a day without
giving a listen to Patty, so if Bill if you want to play Patty every day, I am in. 
 
I can dig.  {#Hug}
 jules44 wrote:
I don't ever want a "Patty-free" day!!!!
Best female vocalist of our times!
 
AMEN!!!!
I don't ever want a "Patty-free" day!!!!
Best female vocalist of our times!
 lattalo wrote:
The best thing about Radio Paradise is that you introduced me to Patty Griffin.
I think she is the best singer/songwriter today.  I try not miss a day without
giving a listen to Patty, so if Bill if you want to play Patty every day, I am in. 
 
Amen!
The best thing about Radio Paradise is that you introduced me to Patty Griffin.
I think she is the best singer/songwriter today.  I try not miss a day without
giving a listen to Patty, so if Bill if you want to play Patty every day, I am in. 
This is the most boring.
Oh look, Patty Griffin on RP AGAIN.  I like her, have her albums, but would love to have a few Patty Free days.
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Patty Griffin - "Flaming Red" Live:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEOBPaULLps


 
Day-am - that woman can ROCK!  Excellent videio, Calypsus_1 - thanks for reminding me of how multi-faceted Ms. Griffin can be... {#Dancingbanana_2}
This is one of the songs I put on "repeat" on my CD player.  Love it - it makes me feel better about life. {#Sunny}  And it has this really neat HP slideshow going on, too - lots of gorgeous pictures from our RPeeps. 
Excellent work, y'all!  {#Clap}

Hey, Patty Griffin I like! Didn't know she had some "more rock/less country" in her repertoire...
Like Patty, alot, but this sounds very formulated.  Nothing remarkable hear.

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Patty Griffin - "Flaming Red" Live

Patty Griffin performs the song, "Flaming Red" from that same titled album of 1998.

Yes! This album was so hard, I loved it. I hope someday she does something along the same lines again.     blindpoetic

"I wish she would do some more "tear the shit out of it" sounding songs on her nest record. She's kind of abandoned that stuff, unfortunately."       SkeeterNYC

"  "flaming red" was my first patty griffin album, needless to say, i was blown away. after backtracking to her other albums, i was surprised, and still am of her range. this proves she did it before and i cant wait for her to do this type of sound again. until then, i'll just be oh so happy with what whatever she decides to do. amazing! and thanks for the post. obviously going on my fav list."       mistermut

 




 MinMan wrote:
that be your truthiness ck; BTW what's with the ALL CAPS; are you ANGRY?
 
IM ANGRY that this is played MINMAN..... please do something about it... but your right... no need to yell.. I've calmed down now that its over

:)


 ckcotton wrote:
I CAN"T THINK OF ANYTHING FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH....its horrible....
  that be your truthiness ck; BTW what's with the ALL CAPS; are you ANGRY?
 derekd wrote:
Wow. This is great. Never heard this track.
 
I CAN"T THINK OF ANYTHING FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH....its horrible....

Wow. This is great. Never heard this track.
 choffman2001 wrote:

Yeah, especially now, with the oil spill of the century about to come ashore. I don't have many resources to help, but I do plan to get my hair cut (it's loooong) and donate it through the organization that is collecting human and pet hair through salons and invdividual donations to help absorb oil. Yikes. This situation terrifies me. Let's build more platforms, though!!! {#High-five}
 
Right, more platforms!  I hear you...the damn thing is still gushing oil.  The east coast may get a fair amount of it also.

 Jeff09 wrote:
Florida's left coast....you may have something there, but have to consider Pensacola etc. on the Gulf (vs the rest of the left).
 
Yeah, especially now, with the oil spill of the century about to come ashore. I don't have many resources to help, but I do plan to get my hair cut (it's loooong) and donate it through the organization that is collecting human and pet hair through salons and invdividual donations to help absorb oil. Yikes. This situation terrifies me. Let's build more platforms, though!!! {#High-five}


Florida's left coast....you may have something there, but have to consider Pensacola etc. on the Gulf (vs the rest of the left).
Somethin' about blue skies..........
 Egrey wrote:


It's time for me buy this album off Itunes.
 

No, no, no, no, no. Support RP!! Click through to Amazon to purchase either the "hard copy" cd or the digital version!!
Oh, sorry... mea culpa... you can purchase itunes downloads through RP as well... sorry... but I KNOW you meant that you were going to click through RP to get to itunes, right? ;-)

I'm so glad her earlier work is getting attention here.  I saw her at The Fillmore when this came out.
 
Indeed this is a side of Patty i haven't heard before, but i like it!

8
 CascadianPDX wrote:

Not familiar with her... but I like this sound. A bit of Shawn Colvin but more metallic edge. From your comment, is this track atypical? 
 
This is from Patty's rocking-out album.  And does she ever.  But the rest of her work is more acoustic-oriented.  And its all gorgeous.
 CascadianPDX wrote:

Not familiar with her... but I like this sound. A bit of Shawn Colvin but more metallic edge. From your comment, is this track atypical? 
 

Yes...she's generally an acoustic act with an occasional country edge, more like...I don't know, maybe Alison Kraus.  A great listen, either way. 
 zaknafein wrote:
I really enjoy the gritty sound of this record. Kind of wish she'd go back there.
 
Not familiar with her... but I like this sound. A bit of Shawn Colvin but more metallic edge. From your comment, is this track atypical? 
 holborne wrote:
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE HEERRRRRRRRRRR!!

Ahem. Sorry, I think I've gotten ahold of myself now.
 
You OK man? I was afraid you might have pulled something there. {#Lol}
I really enjoy the gritty sound of this record. Kind of wish she'd go back there.
if you don't want to fall in love, fellas, stay away from her concerts ... if she sings Mille Besos, it's all over.


This song is good to begin with.  It's hooky from the beginning.  So when it builds and the production gets even more excellent as the song goes on, it blows you away.
 drtjdel wrote:


T thought I was wrong once but I was mistaken.
 

Right...{#Cheesygrin}  err, {#Ask} Wrong... {#Snooty}   No, {#Eek} Right... {#Yes}   Arrgh {#Doh} screw it! {#Grumpy}  F'ing circular arguments! {#Frustrated}   You->{#Beat}<-Me

Just Kidding!  {#Tongue-out} Well, not really {#Snooty} OK, yes i am {#Yes} no, not really {#Snooty}.. ok, yes really {#Yes}  nope {#Snooty}   {#Yes} {#Snooty}
 gumby wrote:

Make that 9...{#Wink}

This album is really Flaming Red HOT
 

It's time for me buy this album off Itunes.
 Frater_Kork wrote:
Bill has 8 of 13 tracks from this album.
 
Make that 9...{#Wink}

This album is really Flaming Red HOT
 PeterRigg wrote:
This woman has a good voice, obviously. But is she doing enough with it? That's what you've got to ask yourself.
 

Oh hell yes she is.  I can't believe you're even asking that.
 Frater_Kork wrote:
Bill has 8 of 13 tracks from this album.
And they are all great. This is one stonker of a record!
 
This is a great CD, I don't know about one stonker of a record though.
It's one hell of a CD, best of the year for me.

That guitar intro always tricks me into thinking that something badass by Shiina Ringo has just started.
Like this one for example.

Sadly I don't think she would ever pass the LRC.
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE HEERRRRRRRRRRR!!

Ahem. Sorry, I think I've gotten ahold of myself now.
gandalfbmg wrote:
This song always makes even the crappiest day seem better for about 3 minutes... No matter how down I am I immediately find my spirits lifting with the first sound of the crunchy guitars... I needed that today. Thanks Bill and Patty!
Patty? Is Bill seeing someone behind Rebecca's back? For shame, Bill... Just messin' with you. Patti Griffin IS wonderful, isn't she?
I love this CD and think it's her strongest to date. Her last effort just didn't work for me. She's going to be playing at the Fall Strawberry and I hope that it's not a snoozefest like her last performance. She needs to plug in and ROCK.
This song always makes even the crappiest day seem better for about 3 minutes... No matter how down I am I immediately find my spirits lifting with the first sound of the crunchy guitars... I needed that today. Thanks Bill and Patty!
eskles wrote:
This just kills me - I bought this cd when it was released and didn't like it. Yet, every song that RP plays from this catches my attention. Could I have possibly been wrong about something?
T thought I was wrong once but I was mistaken.
This woman has a good voice, obviously. But is she doing enough with it? That's what you've got to ask yourself.
lwilkinson wrote:
I've heard her on RP before but not this song. Didn't really know she could do anything with this kind of a beat to it. :whistle:
She can rock, wail, scream, and cry. She is amazing.
Brilliant tune. This should be the anthem of a country somewhere. A really cool country.
robco1 wrote:
Stonker? :eh:
For those challenged in the british vernacular I guess one could say: Stupendous, vibrant, stuffed with The Goodness, unencumbered of meh.
I've heard her on RP before but not this song. Didn't really know she could do anything with this kind of a beat to it. :whistle:
Frater_Kork wrote:
Bill has 8 of 13 tracks from this album. And they are all great. This is one stonker of a record!
Stonker? :eh:
Great songwriter and an even greater singer. Why she isn't a bigger star is a bit of a mystery. But methinks that's a good thing.
Um, have I mentioned just how much I love this album :hearteyes: Well. I'll mention it again :yes: Give me 'flaming red' anytime :hearteyes:
Serious.
hmmmmmm!
Very talented singer, guitar work isn't especially great but is very pleasant. Her recordings (in my experience) ALWAYS sound good. I just heard Living with Ghosts (1996) on a ~$6,000 set up at work here and was floored. Amazing detail, even from such a relatively inexpensive set up. The performance and detail exhibited in her recordings is amazing.
Bill has 8 of 13 tracks from this album. And they are all great. This is one stonker of a record!
Patty, you are amazin'. i love "Flaming Red". what a rocker of a disc and great voice and lyrics to boot. Desert island disc for sure!! :clap:
Man, I ALWAYS like this song!
ChicoCyclist wrote:
So far I'd have to say that this album is Patty's best effort. I hope she returns to this style and leaves the current path as a failed experiment.
Actually, I was a little disappointed in Flaming Red. I much prefer her stuff from 1,000 Kisses and A Kiss in Time (yes, I know there is overlap between the two). Not to say that Flaming Red isn't a good record - it is. I also like the first few songs I have heard off of her new album, which seems to me more in line with her last couple of CDs. Just a matter of taste, I guess.
wade44 wrote:
gandalfbmg: I'm in Missouri too. Did you get to see her in concert in St. Louis a few months ago?
Nope, I'm the other, right side of the state (correct I mean, not when looking at a map) ;) I actually don't get over to St. Louis very much... was just there this weekend but it's only about the 3rd time I've ever spent any signicant chunk of time there. I think she was in town recently somewhere near here though recently. I don't get to many shows though, too expensive and too little time in my schedule. This one just HAD to get bumped up to a 10... Long overdue...
Love this one--great cranking out of a car whilst cruising down the backroads.
ChicoCyclist wrote:
So far I'd have to say that this album is Patty's best effort. I hope she returns to this style and leaves the current path as a failed experiment.
Chico Cyclist. Isn't that redundant?
gandalfbmg wrote:
No new comments, are people taking this song for granted? I don't know what it is, but this song just makes me so happy and gets at me deep every time I hear it, I'm surprised others aren't here posting their hearts out as well...
gandalfbmg: I'm in Missouri too. Did you get to see her in concert in St. Louis a few months ago?
And she sounds just as good in person. Awesome singer and song writer. As she admits, she is losing her range as she gets older.
No new comments, are people taking this song for granted? I don't know what it is, but this song just makes me so happy and gets at me deep every time I hear it, I'm surprised others aren't here posting their hearts out as well...
Cruithne3753 wrote:
Sounds like an old dot matrix printer kicks this song off. . .
That was awesome in the headphones.
Thank you Bill, I was craving this just earlier this morning (when I forgot to resynch my iPod to pick this song up). ChicoCyclist wrote:
So far I'd have to say that this album is Patty's best effort. I hope she returns to this style and leaves the current path as a failed experiment.
There were a few gems in the post-this days (I never would have been as in to her w/o Long Ride Home), but I agree that as a whole this album seems the most likable to me.
make it stop!
Sounds like an old dot matrix printer kicks this song off...
ChicoCyclist wrote:
So far I'd have to say that this album is Patty's best effort. I hope she returns to this style and leaves the current path as a failed experiment.
Agree, agree.....
This just kills me - I bought this cd when it was released and didn't like it. Yet, every song that RP plays from this catches my attention. Could I have possibly been wrong about something?
OH GODDESS...I LOVE THIS WOMAN!
this woman can SING
A whopping 9. Great stuff.
Effin' brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!! It's 9.30pm in the UK, I'm always listening to RP and they're soooo awesome playin' such excellent music!! :yell: Guys, you're THE best.
This has classic written all over it.Gorgeous!
So far I'd have to say that this album is Patty's best effort. I hope she returns to this style and leaves the current path as a failed experiment.
liser wrote:
Zow, great opening!!
Indeed! :bounce: :guitarist: :bananajam:
Patty has a new record out!!! I have to get it. Has anyone heard it? Bill, have you heard it? When will you start playing it on RP? Article in this month's Performing Songwriter magazine... FYI.
just the right amount of sweet!
Love it! Great chord structure...
Zow, great opening!!
rogersullivan wrote:
I think this is one of Patty's best songs. It is resolved to the nth degree. Doug Lancio raucous guitar opening that is followed by that steady beat -- just delicious. And what is extraordinary about all of this is that Patty overcomes the raucous beginning with her beautiful voice and calms the roiled waters at the very end. A perfect yin/yang balance. Kudos to Patty. Just simply great stuff.
Well said. This is one of my favorite albums in my collection. Great one for the road trip, too.
Patty is so righteous .Beautifully excellent! And a huge thanks to RP for introducing me to her. I went out and bought Flaming Red without any reservations after hearing "Change" and "Tony." :dancingbanana:
Two Patty Griffin songs (this and Change) in the same day! Good by me. Love this album.
I think this is one of Patty's best songs. It is resolved to the nth degree. Doug Lancio raucous guitar opening that is followed by that steady beat -- just delicious. And what is extraordinary about all of this is that Patty overcomes the raucous beginning with her beautiful voice and calms the roiled waters at the very end. A perfect yin/yang balance. Kudos to Patty. Just simply great stuff.
Reminds me of a contemporary radio pop-rock tune with its jubilant melodicism and pulsing beat... but actually good!
Crap Bill, I have to go home and I can't leave the office 'cause this set is freak'n awsome !! Indigenous, Eurythmics, Talking Heads, Patty Griffin :bananapiano: :bananapiano: :drummer:
kazuma wrote:
This is one of the most satisfyingly structured songs I've ever heard. When that chorus kicks in, it's like letting out a huge sigh you've been holding for weeks ...
What a great way to describe it. Like so many of Patty Griffin's songs, I'm always disappointed when this one ends. This whole album is outstanding.
This is one of the most satisfyingly structured songs I've ever heard. When that chorus kicks in, it's like letting out a huge sigh you've been holding for weeks ...
Nearly broke my car speakers with this song several years ago...
Oh I so like this. It is rocky and popish and still some Texas, but not over the top.
Pyro wrote:
Sorry, Joe, but after reading so many of your negative, immature comments...you wouldn't know CLASS if it bit you in the ASS!!
JUst one of the reasons I really love this woman!
oooooooo
holy crap! You know all those times when people say "This rocks!" and it doesn't? This is definitely NOT one of those times! THIS ROCKS! Okay, sorry, I'll go back to sleep now...
Patty's Albums cover such a myriad of different styles. Flaming Red I would put into the category of Driving rock, i.e. music that helps you discover the top speed of your car.
she sounds exactly like avril lavigne, only the song is better lol
Nanosecondly perfect computerized voice tremolo.
patty griffin makes me so happy. i love that she can go nuts like that. it's great.
For a minute there, I thought that was The Edge breaking into some Actung Baby-esqe riffs at the beginning.
you just made my night. i just moved from Austin... good remedy for my homesickness...
joe1 wrote:
So just which solo American female is this different from? Does naff all to me...Join the train dear..so many are more worthy than you me dear... ha ha!.....I've just seen Pezz's reply to rgj below!...Class!
Sorry, Joe, but after reading so many of your negative, immature comments...you wouldn't know CLASS if it bit you in the ASS!!
Girl music that rocks. Yummmy.
rulebritannia wrote:
Whenever I dislike a song that seems highly regarded I wonder whether it's just my mood or the time of day. For me this just doesn't have depth.
FYI - you were having a very bad day...
Platypus wrote:
it's much more like following a tasty cabernet with a glass of straight kentucky bourbon, to me. love 'em both.
No, it's more like following a walrus with a duck. The duck is vaguely nervous and the walrus wishes the duck was a clam. - Riff
indypaul wrote:
Patty Griffin following Tori Amos. Like having a good cold one after having to drink castor oil.
it's much more like following a tasty cabernet with a glass of straight kentucky bourbon, to me. love 'em both.