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Ray Charles — I've Got a Woman
Album: I've Got a Woman
Avg rating:
8

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Total ratings: 1822









Released: 1954
Length: 2:45
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Welllll

I got a woman way over town that's good to me oh yeah
Say I got a woman way over town good to me oh yeah
She give me money when Im in need
Yeah she's a kind of friend indeed
I got a woman way over town that's good to me oh yeah

She saves her lovin early in the morning just for me oh yeah
She saves her lovin early in the morning just for me oh yeah
She saves her lovin just for me oh she love me so tenderly
I got a woman way over town that's good to me oh yeah

She's there to love me both day and night
Never grumbles or fusses always treats me right
Never runnin in the streets and leavin me alone
She knows a womans place is right there now in her home

I got a woman way over town that's good to me oh yeah
Say I got a woman way over town that's good to me oh yeah
Oh she's my baby now don't you understand
Yeah and I'm her lover man
I got a woman way over town that's good to me oh yeah

A Don't ya know she's alright
A Don't ya know she's alright
she's alright she's alright
Whoa yeah oh yeah oh
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 argexpat wrote:
"She knows a woman's place is in the home..." Yeesh!
 

Ya!   
  Cancel Ray!!!   .  Cancel Ray!!!  ....           [sarcasm]
 argexpat wrote:
"She knows a woman's place is in the home..." Yeesh!
 

it was 1954...cut the man some slack.  He was getting it from the church for adopting gospel tunes to become pop songs.  He was from the deep south in 1954...It was pretty bad for African Americans back then.  Oh yeah and he was going blind!
That's better.
"She knows a woman's place is in the home..." Yeesh!
It does not get any better than this.
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:

*Stands*
*Applauds*

Yes, we no longer believe that "a woman's place is right there, now, in the home" but that was the common assumption back in 1954 and was largely uncontested. Besides, the immediate context of the lyric is that she's home rather than "runnin' in the streets leavin' me alone."

 

I don't know, she lives way over town in her own home, not his. Sounds pretty progressive.
 Biscobret wrote:

Your ignorance is highly laughable.

Seriously.  You think that playing an A chord on a guitar, or a I, IV, V progression, or a 4/4 beat, etc. etc. etc. is original?

It's no the medium, it's the artist.  If you don't like the medium, or don't UNDERSTAND the medium, as it is in this case, that's one thing -- but to knock the artist just shows your ignorance.
 

Rabbi Phil was referring to Kanye West, not Ray Charles. The post he was responding to had a link to a Kanye West recording ("Gold Digger") which samples part of this song. 
 lizardking wrote:

so very true, and while a lot has changed since the 50s with regard to women's issues, the fact that this song was sampled by Kayne's "Gold Digger" begs the question of: "are women's rights where they should be 50+ years later?

Great tune though....a solid 9 from the satisfied Seattle section.


 



question:
what's the one piece of clothing you never want a woman to take off?
answer:
the apron

boom, take that

also, mustard, never mayo - sucka
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:

*Stands*
*Applauds*

Yes, we no longer believe that "a woman's place is right there, now, in the home" but that was the common assumption back in 1954 and was largely uncontested. Besides, the immediate context of the lyric is that she's home rather than "runnin' in the streets leavin' me alone."

 
so very true, and while a lot has changed since the 50s with regard to women's issues, the fact that this song was sampled by Kayne's "Gold Digger" begs the question of: "are women's rights where they should be 50+ years later?

Great tune though....a solid 9 from the satisfied Seattle section.


As good as it gets!!!!
 bitbanger wrote:
Musical analysis is spot on. Lyrical commentary is a presentist moral judgment.
 
*Stands*
*Applauds*

Yes, we no longer believe that "a woman's place is right there, now, in the home" but that was the common assumption back in 1954 and was largely uncontested. Besides, the immediate context of the lyric is that she's home rather than "runnin' in the streets leavin' me alone."

I've got a woman.
 PockettVenus wrote:
Musically fab. Lyrically suspect. 
 
Musical analysis is spot on. Lyrical commentary is a presentist moral judgment.
Musically fab. Lyrically suspect. 
"a woman's place is right there in her home"  

.. well, I guess as long as home equates with the entire universe I just might buy this. 

In fact, in some sort of strange way, I think this might in fact be the case and the source of untold confusion between the sexes over the years. 
Damn it....found myself dancing to this. Have to give it a 8 now.
Oh! Love that bit of horn. {#Dancingbanana}
Well, at least now I know why she sent him away in 'Hit the road Jack'...
 lshinkawa wrote:
When I noticed the lyrics: "She knows a woman's place is right there in her home", I realized why I never heard this song played in the house while I was growing up.

 
There may have been other reasons.
When I noticed the lyrics: "She knows a woman's place is right there in her home", I realized why I never heard this song played in the house while I was growing up.
 stef_ji wrote:
I wanna be Ray Charles !
 
Blind?
 stef_ji wrote:
I wanna be Ray Charles !
Dead? 


{#Bananajam}      {#Bananajam}      {#Bananajam}        {#Bananajam}.... enjoying this
So glad my wife doesn't know her "place."
I wanna be Ray Charles !
{#Bananajumprope}  I like
 DD rabbi_phil wrote:


u didn't think that guy had even 1 minute of original thought didja?

 
Your ignorance is highly laughable.

Seriously.  You think that playing an A chord on a guitar, or a I, IV, V progression, or a 4/4 beat, etc. etc. etc. is original?

It's no the medium, it's the artist.  If you don't like the medium, or don't UNDERSTAND the medium, as it is in this case, that's one thing -- but to knock the artist just shows your ignorance.
 DD rabbi_phil wrote:


u didn't think that guy had even 1 minute of original thought didja?

 
Can ya hate him for having good taste?
4 10's in a row but you gotta go to work eventually

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 mrtuba9 wrote:
Now I know why I find Gold Digger so catchy...
 

u didn't think that guy had even 1 minute of original thought didja?
Yea...cuz his woman knows her place is in da home.  {#Ass}
Just bumped this up from an 8 to a 9........
Now I know why I find Gold Digger so catchy...
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Somewhere in my stacks of vinyl, I've got a near-complete set of the "Crusin'" series of albums. Each one was a recreation of a legendary radio DJ's show from a specific year, from 1955 to 1970. Along with the songs and DJ patter were requests, commercials, school lunch menus, and shout-outs to the kids crusin' the strip. That's where I first heard this song, on the 1955 disc, featuring "Jumpin'" George Oxford on KSAN, San Francisco. Great stuff.
 
that sounds fantastic - are they on cd?
Go on widdit Ray! 
Apparently, Ray had a FEW women way over town, huh? Bad boy.
Somewhere in my stacks of vinyl, I've got a near-complete set of the "Crusin'" series of albums. Each one was a recreation of a legendary radio DJ's show from a specific year, from 1955 to 1970. Along with the songs and DJ patter were requests, commercials, school lunch menus, and shout-outs to the kids crusin' the strip. That's where I first heard this song, on the 1955 disc, featuring "Jumpin'" George Oxford on KSAN, San Francisco. Great stuff.

Sounds better every time {#Bananajam}
{#Notworthy}

How many big names have covered this over the years?  Lots!
What can I add?

Godlike...? Maybe - certainly for jazz-fans over 80.

Not for me!

Class? Maybe!

For me just boring!
Outstanding and godlike, Ray rules.
I got a MAN way uptown that's good to me...his name's Ray Charles. WOh yeah.{#Nyah}{#Twisted}{#Cool}
As not beeing a fan of RC, this one is very nice!

This song is to rhythm and blues what the Parthenon is to architecture.
 ziggytrix wrote:

I know you're talking about Kanye.  Cuz High Contrast has a golden touch.

 

yes, Kanye.{#Yes}
 handwaver wrote:
Every blues cliché ever written is derivitive of songs like this.
 
fixed your typo.

handwaver wrote:
Every blues cliché ever written
If something has to be part of the fabric of life to become cliché, this might be the Shroud of Turin.

Every blues cliché ever written
 sirdroseph wrote:
He has a way of spoiling everything he touches!!{#Puke}
 
I know you're talking about Kanye.  Cuz High Contrast has a golden touch.

Thanks Bill. This helps get the taste of that Yoko Ono atrocity out of my mouth!
Had to follow up my very negative comment on the previous song with a positive one. 

Love this!
 ziggytrix wrote:
Hearing the High Contrast remix of the Kanye West song that heavily sampled this song on serious club speakers kinda spoiled the original for me.

(if you like drum and bass and you'll have some halfway decent bass on your speakers/headphones, give it a click)
 

He has a way of spoiling everything he touches!!{#Puke}
Aw man, if you don't groove to this one....you're daid!!{#Lol}
Hearing the High Contrast remix of the Kanye West song that heavily sampled this song on serious club speakers kinda spoiled the original for me.

(if you like drum and bass and you'll have some halfway decent bass on your speakers/headphones, give it a click)
I wonder who was palying the SAX on this one?
Agreed (except I like the song). Wish more people could be this open & honest. Thanks Purple Princess.

 
PurplePrincess wrote:
Just never liked Ray OR this song, but happy that those of you who feel differently enjoyed it. I like the diversity on RP.
 


 denbear wrote:
Don't go to the opera, ever. Ballet, forget about it.

jagdriver wrote:
Tagish_girl
(desperatley seeking hammock)
Posted: Jun 14, 2007 - 11:43 < Reply >

hcaudill wrote:
No surprise here - catmaven is offended by this song's lyrics, and she even pulled out the old M-word. I guess anniebear hasn't noticed this song either, or she'd be lecturing us too.

You know, in addition to misogyny, there are songs on this station that feature drinking, drug use, fornication, stealing, lying, and murdering - they should be purged too. Let's rid this station of morally objectionable music! And when we're done, let's get started on the works of Shakespeare, which are full of "inexcusable" themes as well.

Hey cattgirl813, I have to agree with the above post. Warmongering, genocide, suicide are also in a lot of tunes. Sometimes having a little misogyny (or whatever)in a song just helps keep the awareness up, and the conversations going. No such thing as a perfect world. Love ya, anyway, sistah.


Well, I wonder what y'all would look like in an Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Polka-Dot Bikini.

(....ducking....)

 
 
Hey, you missed MASTURBATION - Ween, "Tried and True"

Don't go to the opera, ever. Ballet, forget about it.

jagdriver wrote:
Tagish_girl
(desperatley seeking hammock)
Posted: Jun 14, 2007 - 11:43 < Reply >

hcaudill wrote:
No surprise here - catmaven is offended by this song's lyrics, and she even pulled out the old M-word. I guess anniebear hasn't noticed this song either, or she'd be lecturing us too.

You know, in addition to misogyny, there are songs on this station that feature drinking, drug use, fornication, stealing, lying, and murdering - they should be purged too. Let's rid this station of morally objectionable music! And when we're done, let's get started on the works of Shakespeare, which are full of "inexcusable" themes as well.

Hey cattgirl813, I have to agree with the above post. Warmongering, genocide, suicide are also in a lot of tunes. Sometimes having a little misogyny (or whatever)in a song just helps keep the awareness up, and the conversations going. No such thing as a perfect world. Love ya, anyway, sistah.


Well, I wonder what y'all would look like in an Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Polka-Dot Bikini.

(....ducking....)

 




This song is soooo good for the ears...


             in ,,the beginning of the beginning,,,Mr.Ray Charles..  {#Bananapiano} 

Tagish_girl
(desperatley seeking hammock)
Posted: Jun 14, 2007 - 11:43 < Reply >

hcaudill wrote:
No surprise here - catmaven is offended by this song's lyrics, and she even pulled out the old M-word. I guess anniebear hasn't noticed this song either, or she'd be lecturing us too.

You know, in addition to misogyny, there are songs on this station that feature drinking, drug use, fornication, stealing, lying, and murdering - they should be purged too. Let's rid this station of morally objectionable music! And when we're done, let's get started on the works of Shakespeare, which are full of "inexcusable" themes as well.

Hey cattgirl813, I have to agree with the above post. Warmongering, genocide, suicide are also in a lot of tunes. Sometimes having a little misogyny (or whatever)in a song just helps keep the awareness up, and the conversations going. No such thing as a perfect world. Love ya, anyway, sistah.


Well, I wonder what y'all would look like in an Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Polka-Dot Bikini.

(....ducking....)

{#Notworthy}................................{#Notworthy}..............................{#Notworthy}...........................{#Notworthy}

10
{#Bananapiano} <— Ray and me.


Who's the lo down no good yella bellied fool that rated this a 1?!?
nate917 wrote:

Hello, I'm Alistair Cook, and welcome to All Lyrics Considered. Today, we consider the cryptic phraseology of "Tutti Frutti." As our opus commences we are informed that the minstrel's "gal named Sue," possibly a pseudonym for Rudy, is somewhat vexatious in that, although she "know just what to do," she manifests her intentions to both east and west, confounding her suitor to the point where he utters the curious incantation, "a-wop bop a loo-wop a-lop bam boom."

 

After these words from your local public television station, we'll look more closely at this lyrical lament, in an episode that we've entitled "Aw Rudy."

 



!!! excelent  {#Cheesygrin}
 lester wrote:
And besides the selective quoting of lyrics, there's also the misquoting to consider regarding the line in question:

     . . . a woman's place is right there now in her home

Remember the song is about a woman "way over town," so the referenced home is clearly not the singer's, or one jointly occupied, but is in fact her own home. Thus, the line refers to availability. (And, yes, men do like that.)

 
Hello, I'm Alistair Cook, and welcome to All Lyrics Considered.  Today, we consider the cryptic phraseology of "Tutti Frutti."  As our opus commences we are informed that the minstrel's "gal named Sue," possibly a pseudonym for Rudy, is somewhat vexatious in that, although she "know just what to do," she manifests her intentions to both east and west, confounding her suitor to the point where he utters the curious incantation, "a-wop bop a loo-wop a-lop bam boom."

After these words from your local public television station, we'll look more closely at this lyrical lament, in an episode that we've entitled "Aw Rudy."

 




Danimal174 wrote:
A great song that, unfortunately, many people only know as the hook to Kanye West's song. The original is so much better, it's sad that people don't realize that.

First version I ever heard was by the honeydrippers aka jimmy page, robert plant and friends in the 80s, which is more uptempo, but this version is the dogs b****cks!


{#Bananapiano}i really love the ancient dirty sound
make me dance rayy"!
Danimal174 wrote:
A great song that, unfortunately, many people only know as the hook to Kanye West's song. The original is so much better, it's sad that people don't realize that.
Kanye West? Who? You mean the unoriginal corporate pop artist who gets sued for using other people's work without permission? That Kayne West? Ray will be known long after Mr. West is long forgotten.
A great song that, unfortunately, many people only know as the hook to Kanye West's song. The original is so much better, it's sad that people don't realize that.
Just never liked Ray OR this song, but happy that those of you who feel differently enjoyed it. I like the diversity on RP.
cattgirl813 wrote:
Love this song, but that woman's place is in the home line always gets under my skin - even though it fit the time in which this song was released. I'd rank this song higher if I could get past that.
I hear you. But I also hear the song itself -- and accurately. That is, I don't forget the immediately preceding line:      Never runnin' in the streets, and leavin' me alone And besides the selective quoting of lyrics, there's also the misquoting to consider regarding the line in question:      . . . a woman's place is right there now in her home Remember the song is about a woman "way over town," so the referenced home is clearly not the singer's, or one jointly occupied, but is in fact her own home. Thus, the line refers to availability. (And, yes, men do like that.) So, while the concept of "a woman's place" being "in the home" is a misguided position against wives seeking employment outside the home -- any home -- and against women in the workplace in general, Ray's song should not be construed in the same light. He is not, I don't think, equating this apparently independent woman's mere absence with her formal employment somewhere; he might just be using familiar phraseology to object to a beau being left without a sex partner during hours when he's not otherwise employed -- you know, as in "I got a woman who's not a pro." In other words, I don't think "running in the streets" is meant as a daytime activity.
This is just so damn cool I think 10
OH YEAH! good woman, good to me :sunny:
nicolaluna wrote:
same here. i was groovin! and then... what did he say?! oh. no. :doh:
Ha, yeah same here. I thought I misheard that line so googled the lyrics. Yeah, a woman with all that loving early in the morning and who knows her place!! Who could ask for more! Love Ray, but good riddance to the Cleaver era...
I thought Kanye West\'s sampling of this song was cool, but John Mayer KILLS the whole song. I think Ray would have loved it. I know I do.
It is a song, nothing more unless your own personal predilection causes you to make something more of it. That's what music is all about, unless you have forgotten that important factoid.
kinda relevant to the comments below: (click here)
cattgirl813 wrote:
Love this song, but that woman's place is in the home line always gets under my skin - even though it fit the time in which this song was released. I'd rank this song higher if I could get past that.
same here. i was groovin! and then... what did he say?! oh. no. :doh:
Timeless...always. There will never be another.
hcaudill wrote:
No surprise here - catmaven is offended by this song's lyrics, and she even pulled out the old M-word. I guess anniebear hasn't noticed this song either, or she'd be lecturing us too. You know, in addition to misogyny, there are songs on this station that feature drinking, drug use, fornication, stealing, lying, and murdering - they should be purged too. Let's rid this station of morally objectionable music! And when we're done, let's get started on the works of Shakespeare, which are full of "inexcusable" themes as well.
Hey cattgirl813, I have to agree with the above post. Warmongering, genocide, suicide are also in a lot of tunes. Sometimes having a little misogyny (or whatever)in a song just helps keep the awareness up, and the conversations going. No such thing as a perfect world. Love ya, anyway, sistah.
Love this song, but that woman's place is in the home line always gets under my skin - even though it fit the time in which this song was released. I'd rank this song higher if I could get past that.
One of grandfathers of rock...I bow sincerely.
ElSupreme wrote:
I second that.
I didnt understand the choice of this song as in "Goldigger". The woman in this song has cash she's lending him, not the other way around..? I've got a woman says "She give me money when I'm in need" As you might recall,Goldigger says "I aint saying she's a goldigga, but she aint dealing with a broke (slur deleted)" The guy in I've got a woman is apparently broke a lot. A goldigger would have no use for him.
mnuisance wrote:
Love Ray. Also, I love Kayne West's "Goldigger", which riffs on the chorus of this song. Play that one for some diversity.
Yeah, that would be a great way fro Bill to free up some bandwidth. :rolleyes:
:bananapiano: :bananasplit: :bananajam: :dancingbanana:
very good :sunny:
RP--you guys are the best! Keep those hits comin'!
mnuisance wrote:
Love Ray. Also, I love Kayne West's "Goldigger", which riffs on the chorus of this song. Play that one for some diversity.
I second that.
Ray is god.
Ray Charles hot on the heels of the Rolling Stones O YEAH
BradAl wrote:
In my defense though (because one is always necessary), you didn't have any lines to read between. And as much as you "love being attacked" this was more done in defense of what seemed to be your attack on someone else.
There are quite often lines between which to read, especially on a forum/blog/whathaveyou. This was one of those times. Kinda like the print correlate to when someone says something in jest while maintaining an utter stone face, a steely demeanor. And, when someone tells me I need a dictionary to understand the meaning of sarcasm b/c it's lost on me? Wellll, that smells like an attack. And yes, I loved it!
I can't tell you how excited I was to get three ripe responses! Let's see: grouchygreg wrote:
I think there's a chance Lester was being sarcastic.
Caught that. This really exemplifies how tone of voice is lost in print. In this case, you missed my sarcasm. Could turn into an inifinite tete-e-tete of sarcasm, no? Nothing on these boards is to be taken seriously. I play the game too, part of the fun. BradAl wrote:
T'was sarcasm brother.
Ditto. ChicoCyclist wrote:
It's called sarcasm. You might want to look it up in the dictionary because it's clearly lost upon you.
I saved you for last. I make one comment you perceive as being a clueless retort that missed lester's causticism and you give me this snotty remark? You're no fun at all! You seem a bit hostile; maybe you need to log a few hundred more miles on the Cannondale, brah. I actually love being attacked on these boards. Some sort of masochistic perverse pleasure, I imagine. How do you know the sarcasm was lost on me? Because my post sounded serious?? See the above comments. I guess reading between the lines is lost upon you.
redeyespy wrote:
This is without a doubt the dumbest comment I have ever read on the Song Comments board, and that's saying something.
T'was sarcasm brother.
redeyespy wrote:
This is without a doubt the dumbest comment I have ever read on the Song Comments board, and that's saying something.
It's called sarcasm. You might want to look it up in the dictionary because it's clearly lost upon you.
redeyespy wrote:
This is without a doubt the dumbest comment I have ever read on the Song Comments board, and that's saying something.
I think there's a chance Lester was being sarcastic.
Chill.
lester wrote:
Yes. Once a recording shows its age, it should be abandoned. Also, DJs should avoid reminding anyone that an earlier time ever existed.
This is without a doubt the dumbest comment I have ever read on the Song Comments board, and that's saying something.
catmaven wrote:
The misogyny is not excusable on account of the sound of the music etc. etc.
No surprise here - catmaven is offended by this song's lyrics, and she even pulled out the old M-word. I guess anniebear hasn't noticed this song either, or she'd be lecturing us too. You know, in addition to misogyny, there are songs on this station that feature drinking, drug use, fornication, stealing, lying, and murdering - they should be purged too. Let's rid this station of morally objectionable music! And when we're done, let's get started on the works of Shakespeare, which are full of "inexcusable" themes as well.
Love Ray. Also, I love Kayne West's "Goldigger", which riffs on the chorus of this song. Play that one for some diversity.
I never tire of this "Ray classic".
Can't knock Ray Charles. He's one of the reasons we have rock and roll today. His music, in my opinion, stands the test of time and is to this day a great sound. So full of soul...thank you, Ray Charles, for sharing your gift with us. You are missed.
lester wrote:
Yes. Once a recording shows its age, it should be abandoned. Also, DJs should avoid reminding anyone that an earlier time ever existed.
Sounds pretty Orwellian to me.
Beatles version KICKS ASS!!!
PattonFever wrote:
wait, you're kidding, right? . . .
Well then, as I don't live in an English-speaking country, maybe you can help me out with a better appreciation of a song being "dated"; all my dictionary is giving me is "out of date."
lester wrote:
Yes. Once a recording shows its age, it should be abandoned. Also, DJs should avoid reminding anyone that an earlier time ever existed.
wait, you're kidding, right? i wasn't intending to go that far. yes, it's dated, but that doesn't take away from the quality of the track.
Another guy you can't say anything against! Sing it, Ray!
His woman gives him money AND puts out in the morning? Lucky guy!!
lester wrote:
Yes. Once a recording shows its age, it should be abandoned. Also, DJs should avoid reminding anyone that an earlier time ever existed.
:lol:
PattonFever wrote:
i love ray charles, but holy crap is this song ever dated. heh.
Yes. Once a recording shows its age, it should be abandoned. Also, DJs should avoid reminding anyone that an earlier time ever existed.
Businessgypsy wrote:
Did you read what Elvis Costello was quoted as saying about Ray Charles in Loose Talk, a book published by Rolling Stone Magazine? It may be true, but this shows how Ray Charles' genius goes way past education and color - it works on a gut level.
do you mean the extremely rude and racist comment? I think EC got enough flack for that at the time (late 70's) - anyway, he was drunk, he apologised, Ray forgive, let's move on. Mind you - speaking of regrettable quotes - even though I think Ray is a god, the misogyny in this song makes me wince...
Bill followed this selection with the White Stripes' "Denial Twist." Wish he would explain why. The misogyny is not excusable on account of the sound of the music (which someone said below) . . . not to those for whom the style of music and singing are vexatious to listen to as well. Sorry that Mr. Charles is dead, for his family and his fans. I heard that one should not speak ill of the dead, and he was doubtless a fine human being. However, I hope that I am allowed to avoid his songs, just as others are allowed to avoid the music I like if it does not appeal to them. Bill's combinations are sometimes unexpected--the eclecticism is what keeps so many disparate folks coming back here. :highfive:
Does anyone else gets the 128k MP3 stream screwed up? It looks like the 128k MP3 stream is decoded as stereo while it's transmitted as mono. The other Mp3 streams are ok (seen as mono).
Ray and Tom Dowd both pioneers.
Whoever gave this song a 1 is a very sad, sad person.
Rest in peace Ray! GREAT music.
maxgruv wrote:
Also, the movie soundtrack is a great overview of Ray's catalogue.
I wholeheartedly agree. The Ray soundtrack is where I learnt to know most of his songs. The movie itself once isn't enough to get to know his music that well, especially if you never heard it before, as was the case with me. But after watching the movie and buying the soundtrack I have become a fan.