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Solas — Clothes Of Sand
Album: Edge of Silence
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6.6

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Released: 2002
Length: 4:09
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Who has dressed you in strange clothes of sand?
Who has taken you far from my land?
Who has said that my sayings were wrong?
Who will say that I stayed much too long?

Clothes of sand have covered your face
Given you meaning, but taken my place
So make your way on down to the sea
Something has taken you so far from me

Does it now seem worth all the color of skies
To see the earth through painted eyes?
To look through panes of shaded glass
See the stains of winter's grass?

Clothes of sand have covered your face
Given you meaning, but taken my place
So make your way on down to the sea
Something has taken you so far from me

Can you now return to from where you came?
Try to burn your changing name
Or with silver spoons and colored light
Will you worship moons in winter's night?

Clothes of sand have covered your face
Given you meaning, but taken my place
So make your way on down to the sea
Something has taken you so far from me

Clothes of sand have covered your face
Given you meaning, but taken my place
So make your way on down to the sea
Something has taken you so far from me
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I love Ian Anderson!
The foamer in me is proud that I picked out their hometown by recognizing the waiting room in 30th Street Station.
Aww, I know that flute is just dying to break into the Titanic theme!
I think it's lovely
 adib wrote:
As a standalone effort, it passes as an ok song for supermarkets/lifts.  It would get a '3'.
As passionless, soulless and completely unnecessary cover of a beautiful original, it's a rare '1' from me.
Please take it off RP, it doesn't belong.
 
I suspect that some posters on RP write comments solely to get a response from other listeners.  Consider me to be suckered in.
There is an old saying, that it is often better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to open one's mouth (write a comment) and remove all doubt.  Consider the ratings "adib" to see where your comment rates you.
Myself, I raised my rating from a "7" to an "8" just out of spite, fool that I am.
This would be great if done by Al Stewart (not just Nick Drake). Then again, most songs would be a lot better if done by Al Stewart.
Nick Drake's version is elegiac, moving, simple, and devastating. This reminds me of the Irish Rovers, a cheesy Canadian-Irish band that had a Hee-Haw-like show that was picked up by my local Maine PBS in the 70s and 80s. You should look them up for a laugh.
 adib wrote:
As a standalone effort, it passes as an ok song for supermarkets/lifts.  It would get a '3'.
As passionless, soulless and completely unnecessary cover of a beautiful original, it's a rare '1' from me.
Please take it off RP, it doesn't belong.

 
this says it all
 adib wrote:
As a standalone effort, it passes as an ok song for supermarkets/lifts.  It would get a '3'.
As passionless, soulless and completely unnecessary cover of a beautiful original, it's a rare '1' from me.
Please take it off RP, it doesn't belong.

 
Really? Have you taken over the station, then, that you can say what does and doesn't belong on it? If Bill & Becky reckon it belongs, it belongs, and if ye dinnae like it then use their thoughtfully provided PSD option. 
As a standalone effort, it passes as an ok song for supermarkets/lifts.  It would get a '3'.
As passionless, soulless and completely unnecessary cover of a beautiful original, it's a rare '1' from me.
Please take it off RP, it doesn't belong.
Sweet.
Nick Drake meets Riverdance. Where is that puke emoticon?
My unspoiled perception of the Nick Drake song will forever be spoiled with the images of riverdance and titanic.
 zerosomething wrote:
It might be better if the cat bell were replaced with a cow bell. Maybe an explosion or two also. 
 
{#Lol}
I hate this sappy shit....especially that pan flute or whatever it is...PSD thank goodness!
 
Yep.  Tull sound-a-like without that certain something...
It might be better if the cat bell were replaced with a cow bell. Maybe an explosion or two also. 
While listening, there was an Ian Anderson soundalike more than once, after reading, it seems im not the only one who hears it.
Terrible...
As often I like the original better!
Love Solas, dislike this this version of a Nick Drake classic (enough with the chorus in the background, argh...)
 fredriley wrote:
A bit of trivia for folks: sòlas is Scots Gaelic (and maybe Irish as well) for 'comfort', 'contentment', or 'pleasure', depending on context.

Thanks to RP for occasionally throwing these Scottish and Irish gems in for us celtophiles - it's a real pleasure on the ears, and lifts this exile's heart. 8 from the Nottingham jury.
 
An additional factoid for those whose only encounter with this  word involves the addition of 'quantum' .........

1250–1300; Middle English solas  < Old French  < Latin sōlācium,  equivalent to sōl ( ārÄ« ) to comfort + -āc-  adj. suffix + -ium -ium


What do you expect from a guy who's in the middle of "Reading the OED"   
  
 jjfflyboy wrote:
The flute, the trilling male voice, the drum set: Jethro Tull Redux.

 
This song is more the traditional way of Irish singing/song composition...I outta know, spent 1/2 my life in the west of Ireland :)
A lovely cover of a great song.
Ian Anderson in a sweet mood...
speaking of Ian Anderson, does he do the Renaissance festival circuit these days? {#Lol}
 jjfflyboy wrote:
The flute, the trilling male voice, the drum set: Jethro Tull Redux.
 
This tune has a traditional Celtic/British folk sound to it - a genre which obviously inspired Ian Anderson, and preceded him by a few hundred years.
 jjfflyboy wrote:
The flute, the trilling male voice, the drum set: Jethro Tull Redux.
 
I only hear a slight vocal similarity. JT was (is?) too clunky and blunt for me, whereas Solas has more of a flow to their playing. Of course, the band has gone through a fair number of personnel changes through the years.
Gotta be careful covering a true masterpiece, they probably shouldn't have tackled this one.{#No}
this band has a crummy website
The flute, the trilling male voice, the drum set: Jethro Tull Redux.

Solas Mick McAuley by *BobVPR
©2010 *BobVPR

St. Paddys day just around the corner and no better way to celebrate than with Guinness and the new Turning Tide album by Solas.

Mick McAuley - accordians, contertina, low whistle, vocals
as photographed in low stage light at the One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine.

Lens at 46mm hand-held 1/30 shutter 5.6 aperture ASA 1600


Did they lift the bells/chimes from Yes's "Circus of Heaven"?
 meadowwoods wrote:
Sorry, like Nick Drake's original better.

 
Me too, but I'm glad to hear a cover which I think pays tribute to Nick Drake.


 Jazbo wrote:
An Irish James Tayler,

 

I went to see them twice last year fantastic.
An Irish James Tayler,

definately jethro tullish - nice
 cattail321 wrote:
Kinda like  celtic Tull..sort of.....pleasantly pleasant...brief and to the point....I like

 
Yes, I agree, the singer's voice has a bit of an Ian Andersonish quality to it.  Ian Anderson is Scots by the way.

Bill you are on a fine roll this a.m.
Solas - Clothes Of Sand
     God is an Astronaut - A Deafening Distance
        Goldfrapp - Utopia
           Steven Wilson - Insurgentes

Sorry, like Nick Drake's original better.

Kinda like  celtic Tull..sort of.....pleasantly pleasant...brief and to the point....I like

1wolfy wrote:
A bit like Ice House...very nice
Funny! I was gonna say, is this Iva Davis of said, same band. Spooky!
A bit like Ice House...very nice
Wow.........my first time hearing these guys on RP. They strolled into my home town in Ireland (Kinvara) after a 3 day boat festival. Set up camp in Greens pub and played a full set with local musicians till way into the early hours. People were standing 10 deep OUTSIDE the bar trying to get a look in........... 8/10
There should be a "-100" just for this band.
auburntigerrich wrote:
I prefer the original lineup with John Doyle and Karan Casey, Winifred rocks!
I agree completely about the original lineup, who I've seen in concert! :yes: Oh, and Seamus rocks too! :clap:
A bit of trivia for folks: sòlas is Scots Gaelic (and maybe Irish as well) for 'comfort', 'contentment', or 'pleasure', depending on context. Thanks to RP for occasionally throwing these Scottish and Irish gems in for us celtophiles - it's a real pleasure on the ears, and lifts this exile's heart. 8 from the Nottingham jury.
parrothead wrote:
I guess you forgot what you where going to say...
Ha hahaha "duuuuuhhh" :doh:
Partly due to RP, Solas has become my favorite band over the past year. I prefer the original lineup with John Doyle and Karan Casey, but I'm also drawn to the mystical flavor of this album, along with The Words That Remain. Try the "Reunion" 10th anniversary live album. Gorgeous arrangements on there, including all the past members. More of the traditional stuff was a part of the set list. There's even a DVD inside with 90+ minutes of footage and interviews. Winifred rocks!
why am i sucker for songs that have an Irish flair or renaissance festival sound? it's my musical achilles heal. :-)
maxmox wrote:
Is that cover shot at Central Stn NY?
I thought Union Station in Chicago, where they have wooden benches like the ones shown. Or at least did, like 20 years ago.
maxmox wrote:
Is that cover shot at Central Stn NY?
Looks more like Union Station in LA.
Harlan879 wrote:
Grand Central Station in Manhattan? I don't think so...
looks more like the Poughkeepsie NY train station!
maxmox wrote:
Is that cover shot at Central Stn NY?
Grand Central Station in Manhattan? I don't think so...
I rated this a 9 some time ago. Oops. My mistake. 10
This is nice. Makes me think of Far and Away.
lmic wrote:
I've a sudden urge to watch 'Titanic' again. Is that so wrong?
As long as you're Not drowning: Waving. :wave:
Is that cover shot at Central Stn NY?
I like Nick Drake's. I like this in a different way :cheers:
lmic wrote:
I've a sudden urge to watch 'Titanic' again. Is that so wrong?
Heck no! It's a great guilty pleasure.
Whoa! This voice drew me in from the next room. Solas surprises me again with another gorgeous tale.
just makes me miss nick drake, :stupid: though I don't know who's version was original
chucklesalmon wrote:
I guess you forgot what you where going to say...
I've a sudden urge to watch 'Titanic' again. Is that so wrong?
These guys played an incredible gig in thee smallest pub in the west coast of Ireland in August. Greens pub in the small village of Kinvara. Fantastic live sound.
moonbat wrote:
NIck Drake's version is sooooo much better.
I think you hit that one right on the nose.
:bounce: nice :bounce:
Nice rotating counterpoint.
now there's somme good triangle :cool:
and you could add "but I know what you mean." I totally sympathize with iindian and Dirktooth both. I am "surprised by joy" so many times on RP, and I wish commercial radio played some of these great artists.
I dig it. Nice voice. Good ambience. Ian Anderson articulation without the growl.
Dirktooth wrote:
A nice demonstration of how how Nick Drake's songs work well not just within his own playing style, but in the hands of others as well. I am one of those who came to know his material through the commercial. Unfortunately, outside of college radio and the increasingly rare knowledgable DJ with a brave station owner behind him, it was unlikely that I would of heard of him otherwise. Not all of us get to find out about an artist through a "pure" route, but our appreciation is just as genuine.
What is a pure route? What would an impure one be? Could you really mean hearing something in a commercial would make the knowledge of the little ditty less pure? Duh! :iamwithstupid:
I hate it when I get clothes in my sand! :fight:
Solas is fabulous in concert. HIGHLY recommend seeing them -
NIck Drake's version is sooooo much better.
ScottFromWyoming wrote:
2.
9.
I prefer Drake's one
2.
Shesdifferent wrote:
I always get Solas confused with Ronin Hardiman's "Solas"..... :stupid: Otherwise.....this sounds very Riverdance to me.
damn you, michael flattley!
I always get Solas confused with Ronin Hardiman's "Solas"..... :stupid: Otherwise.....this sounds very Riverdance to me.
no thanks. i like other Drake covers (Gomez does a good Black Eyed Dog) but not this
Notwithstanding all the verbal fisticuffs that have already taken place, I was blissfully unaware this was a Nick Drake cover, and thought it was quite pleasing to my ignorant ear. Is that so wrong?
vvaffle wrote:
What commercial is Nick Drake in?
his music has probably been used in a few by now, but his recent rediscovery can most easily be attributed to a VW commercial from four or five years ago that used "Pink Moon"
What commercial is Nick Drake in?
tapas bar background music.
RP, I'm putting you on a 3-week Nick Drake probationary period. This is drastic abuse of an "it" rediscovered artist.
A nice demonstration of how how Nick Drake's songs work well not just within his own playing style, but in the hands of others as well. I am one of those who came to know his material through the commercial. Unfortunately, outside of college radio and the increasingly rare knowledgable DJ with a brave station owner behind him, it was unlikely that I would of heard of him otherwise. Not all of us get to find out about an artist through a "pure" route, but our appreciation is just as genuine.
I just wish more folks would cover some Nick Drake tunes, or at least I think I do....
samiyam wrote:
Maybe geeks like you who "discovered" Nick Drake two weeks ago when they saw the "Volkswagen" ad are the reason Nick is spinning!! Solas is great! Like you could do better, you yahoo!! :fire: :butt: :fire: :evil:
Hah! I always hoped to be called a geek, but a yahoo as well? High praise, indeed, samiyam. Be of good cheer - if you read the original post, it was more a comment on the interminable "sounds like" posts, not so much on Solas, who so far have not called to challenge me to a contest of any sort. I don't remember discussing the extent or longevity of my appreciation of Nick Drake, but I don't recall it having anything to do with any sort of transportation device. If time and place makes a difference, I guess Nick Drake's mom had us all beat. I'm liking your thoughts about competitive music appreciation! Does it involve weapons? Will the earliest recorded Nick Drake fanciers be sending you increasingly creative insults?(Feckless progenitor of preambulatory monotremes! Darken my door no more!) Are we going to be issued uniforms? This could be huge!
OK this is the first time I have ever heard a cover of a Nick Drake song. At first I kind of liked it........but as it went on I found it distressing. Part of the almost ineffable beauty of Nick's work is its simplicity. In the naked light of just his voice and his guitar there is nowhere to hide. That's what makes the entire 'Pink Moon' album such a treasure. I don't think there's much to be gained by gussying up his tunes. I so much prefer the original version of this song (on 'Time of No Reply'). Sorry, Solas. But thanks for playing!
Businessgypsy wrote:
Maybe it just sounds like Nick Drake spinning in his grave.
Maybe geeks like you who "discovered" Nick Drake two weeks ago when they saw the "Volkswagen" ad are the reason Nick is spinning!! Solas is great! Like you could do better, you yahoo!! :fire: :butt: :fire: :evil:
DavidCarrico wrote:
Nailed it! totally!
Actually....it sounds a lot like tradition-based Irish pop! :wink:
reviep wrote:
Maybe it's just me, but this sounds a bit like a "kinder gentler" Jethro Tull?
Nailed it! totally!
reviep wrote: Maybe it's just me, but this sounds a bit like a "kinder gentler" Jethro Tull? Originally Posted by justDave: hmmm.... Sort of James Taylor meets Moody Blues meets Afro Celt Sound System Mr. Geeky: I was thinking Tull meets Dire Straits. But, yeah. Maybe it just sounds like Nick Drake spinning in his grave.
reviep wrote:
Maybe it's just me, but this sounds a bit like a "kinder gentler" Jethro Tull?
I was thinking Tull meets Dire Straits. But, yeah.
This is a fine version of the song, but the first time I heard this song was not off the Nick Drake album, but by the band Calexico, which also does a great version. Nick Drake\'s version is the best of the three though. The Calexico version can be found on the album Aerocalexico, available only at shows and at www.casacalexico.com.
Originally Posted by justDave: hmmm.... Sort of James Taylor meets Moody Blues meets Afro Celt Sound System
Eeeeeeeeeeek. Just frickin' eek and that's all I have to say to that. :eek:
Very brave!!!!!! Not sure if anyone should be remaking Nick Drake songs and I rather like this song too. but I guess if your going to do it then make it your own because there is no way to make it sound like he does. Even though the AMG guide doesn't recongize this on the Solas page click here
hmmm.... Sort of James Taylor meets Moody Blues meets Afro Celt Sound System
This is the first time I\'ve heard this on RP... and i thought it was Ian Anderson at first blush. I like it though - as usual, I\'ll start looking for the cd. I think RP should just sell a bulk CD set once a month \"All of the CD\'s we played this month...\" they rarely play something I don\'t like. :)
Maybe it\'s just me, but this sounds a bit like a \"kinder gentler\" Jethro Tull?