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Carbon Leaf — American Tale
Album: Ether-Electrified Porch Music
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6.4

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Released: 1999
Length: 3:47
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
ooh, American Tale
What if we march us to the grave?
Or we make reason, an act of treason?
oi aye, ah ooooh....
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
New World Scheme. Build but go slow...
(Higher life)
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
New World Scheme. Build but go slow...
(Higher life)
American Tale
One hand free, one on the rail
What if we march us to the grave?
What if we make reason, an act of treason?
Fear drags Hope back to the cave...
Oi aye...take it in! Take it Indigo!
Shout, "take it out!" Shout, "the end!" and go for
Higher Life
Take it in! Take it Indigo!
New World Scheme, build, but go slow
(Higher Life)
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
Shout, "take it out!" Shout, "the end!" and go for
Higher Life
Take it in! Shot of Indigo!
New World Scheme, build, but go slow
(Higher Life)

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 jinxjinxie wrote:
I heard a touch of REM
 

Or bright 16 Horsepower?
 Stingray wrote:
Neil Schon...? JOURNEY...?

Certainly very 80's!
 
Son of Tull....
Bill and Rebecca, if you like this, as do I, try some Great Big Sea.  A Newfoundland band that made you stand up and dance at their concerts.
 springof63 wrote:


Theres a housing estate near where i live, where all the roads appear to be named after Australian places (no idea why!!), Such as Canberra Road, Brisbane Road, Perth Close etc. One of those roads is called 'Bendigo Close', and i've always wondered...
So on the strength of your comment i finally got round to looking it up, and sure enough 'Bendigo' is indeed a City in Victoria, Australia.
Just thought i'd share that. Cheers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bendigo

 
A law school classmate of mine wound up running the streetcar system in Bendigo for several years.  From what he says, it seems like a neat town.
 fredriley wrote:
"shuck, take it in, try to bendigo" - wtf? What's a "bendigo"? Interesting enough song, though - 7 from the Nottingham jury.

 

Theres a housing estate near where i live, where all the roads appear to be named after Australian places (no idea why!!), Such as Canberra Road, Brisbane Road, Perth Close etc. One of those roads is called 'Bendigo Close', and i've always wondered...
So on the strength of your comment i finally got round to looking it up, and sure enough 'Bendigo' is indeed a City in Victoria, Australia.
Just thought i'd share that. Cheers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bendigo
Like a bad day of NRBQ. (NRBQ still holds the record for Worst Show I Ever Attended. Some Einstein booked them as opener for J. Geils Band and they were literally booed off the stage.) =1
What country is next?

a 10? Really? God-like? 


 Cynaera wrote:

{#Lol} You really need to do your own "Misheard Lyrics" web page, Fred....

Damn right! Maybe I should start up a Mondegreen blog...

 fredriley wrote:
"shuck, take it in, try to bendigo" - wtf? What's a "bendigo"? Interesting enough song, though - 7 from the Nottingham jury.
 
{#Lol} You really need to do your own "Misheard Lyrics" web page, Fred....

Here are the lyrics, for better or worse:

Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
ooh, American Tale
What if we march us to the grave?
Or we make reason, an act of treason?
oi aye, ah ooooh....
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
New World Scheme. Build but go slow...
(Higher life)
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
New World Scheme. Build but go slow...
(Higher life)
American Tale
One hand free, one on the rail
What if we march us to the grave?
What if we make reason, an act of treason?
Fear drags Hope back to the cave...
Oi aye...take it in! Take it Indigo!
Shout, "take it out!" Shout, "the end!" and go for
Higher Life
Take it in! Take it Indigo!
New World Scheme, build, but go slow
(Higher Life)
Shot, take it in. Shot of Indigo
Shout, "take it out!" Shout, "the end!" and go for
Higher Life
Take it in! Shot of Indigo!
New World Scheme, build, but go slow
(Higher Life)


 Sloggydog wrote:
Its not bad but its not good either.  What's wrong with it?  Not sure I could put a finger on it but plenty.  Its mostly just upsetting me cause it feels like its only a small tweak or two away from being a good drinking tune
 
 
This would be a great drinking song except that we'd be swinging our glasses to each other at the end, sloshing all our brew out!

Its not bad but its not good either.  What's wrong with it?  Not sure I could put a finger on it but plenty.  Its mostly just upsetting me cause it feels like its only a small tweak or two away from being a good drinking tune
 
 fredriley wrote:

"celtic"? I listen to an awful lot of modern "celtic" music and can hear no trace of the Celt in this one.

 

The misconception comes about because people are unable to comprehend the possibility that there can be folk music other than "celtic" (by which they mean irish)

Every country in Western Europe has its own folk tradition, related to the others one way or another.

This sort of bluegrass/folk-rock is influenced by the Scottish & English traditions, as well as of course, Irish.

English =/= Celtic
{#Angel}  A new day, a new kind of mood — I didn't like this the first time I heard it, but now I hear a great bass line and a darn good song.

 fredriley wrote:

"celtic"? I listen to an awful lot of modern "celtic" music and can hear no trace of the Celt in this one.

 
I hear  a bit of "whiskey in the jar" here. Kinda like it. A "6"

Love the bass line in this, one of the first I heard on RP and bought for what has become my "Radio Paradise favorites" playlist.

 blackfly wrote:
More run of the mill "pig 'n whistle" celtic-rock shite.  Uninspiring stuff.
 
"celtic"? I listen to an awful lot of modern "celtic" music and can hear no trace of the Celt in this one.

More run of the mill "pig 'n whistle" celtic-rock shite.  Uninspiring stuff.
Thumbs up!
Neil Schon...? JOURNEY...?

Certainly very 80's!

 drews wrote:
jigging with feet under a desk only causes computer leads to come loose
 
Unless one comes in contact with the power cord, which can lead to a much higher frequency jig. . .

{#Eyes}


jigging with feet under a desk only causes computer leads to come loose
They've come to Cleveland to play twice, and both times I've missed them.  I want to see them so badly!!
never heard of these guys, but seems fitting for a perfect, summer folk fest... {#Angel}
Makes me want to reduce my Carbon Leaf footprint.  
now there's a whole lotta people sounding like this (again.)
"shuck, take it in, try to bendigo" - wtf? What's a "bendigo"? Interesting enough song, though - 7 from the Nottingham jury.
Aw, I heard the opening riff and thought it was going to be Shady Grove.  Still pretty likeable so far, though.
 marmelock wrote:
This sounds like MEATALLICA gone celtic, anyone else?
 
Good call. I was reminded of English folk, but could be persuaded that it's Loreena McKennitt (a couple of octaves lower) jamming with DMB.
Always, always think they're Green Day!
 BillG wrote:


True. This was released in 1999, though.
 

Yeah...that's why it's extraordinary.
I heard a touch of REM
I like Carbon Leaf but for me i think i need to be in the mood to listen to them.
 basketcase wrote:
It's extraordinary how similar the album cover image is to that of a 9/11 WTC jumper . . .
 

True. This was released in 1999, though.
 basketcase wrote:
It's extraordinary how similar the album cover image is to that of a 9/11 WTC jumper . . .
 
Wow, I read your comment before looking at the album art, and I had a hard time seeing anything else.
It's extraordinary how similar the album cover image is to that of a 9/11 WTC jumper . . .
Wow - this is so unusual - a whole set of 1's.
 OZA wrote:
One of the most irritating choruses ever. Way too sing-songy.
 

Shades of the Kingston Trio. Not that the KT is bad, it's just that I'm wanting to hear something else this morning.
nah, sounds like hilly-billocks
jcjoh wrote:
Exactly my feeling
Love these guys (even more so live), but have noticed most people react passoinately to them, both positively and negatively. Little in between. Odd.
Halfmoon wrote:
reminds me of Dave Mathews off shoot
\ Astute ovservation, at least in some context. Offshoot of DMB, no, but similar influences, yes. Like terroir in wine, the flavor (sound) bears similarities as they are all acquainted and from the same area where I happen to live (Richmond and Charlottessville, VA) Not an offshoot, just similar.
One of the most irritating choruses ever. Way too sing-songy.
reminds me of Dave Mathews off shoot
These guys so rock live...awesome
More Carbon Leaf, please!
pescivendolo wrote:
This band irritates me to no end. Blech.
Exactly my feeling
This sounds like MEATALLICA gone celtic, anyone else?
I wasn't aware the two were related. CoYoT51 wrote:
Aren't you someone who frecuently gives 10 rates to DMB? Weird way to think.
pescivendolo wrote:
This band irritates me to no end. Blech.
Aren't you someone who frecuently gives 10 rates to DMB? Weird way to think.
Alright! I love Carbon Leaf. Much love to whoever uploaded this bad boy!
This band irritates me to no end. Blech.
omniphiliac wrote:
What's the bit about indigo supposed to mean? Any connection here? (click here)
:lol: Somehow I doubt it.
What's the bit about indigo supposed to mean? Any connection here? (click here)
badean wrote:
Kinda sounds like Bad Religion gone Celtic. Groovy!
Maybe if Jethro Tull had attempted this one they might have had better results
OUch. "make reason an act of treason" I'm reading "Assault on Reason" by my prezident, Al Gore. Apt.
Kinda sounds like Bad Religion gone Celtic. Groovy!
buckskin wrote:
CRAP-wrong click on the playlist - I'm gittin'goofy
Gave this the 9 it deserved
buckskin wrote:
SOUNDS goofy, so goofy that with the mandolin it deserved an 8; may upgrade it L8R
CRAP-wrong click on the playlist - I'm gittin'goofy
SOUNDS goofy, so goofy that with the mandolin it deserved an 8; upgrade it L8R
Didn't realize Carbon Leaf had a mandolinist... Cool
This is a terrific band - they remind me strongly of Horslips, an old Irish band from years back. The disc "Indian Summer," is one of my favs.
I'm starting to recognize these guys whether I've heard the song before or not. I quite like 'em so far.
Carbon_Leaf wrote:
What if we make reason an act of treason
"In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act" - Georges Orwell
:dancingbanana: :bananajam: :jump: :good-vibes:
Carbon Leaf playing in Chi this weekend at the Sheffield Garden Walk
maLeFunKtion wrote:
"Oh what will we do with the drunken sailor...?" :think:
Put 'im in the longboat 'til he's sober, of course! Like the song, BTW.
Echoes of Great Big Sea or maybe the Pogues. Rum, sodomy and (eye)lashes
"Oh what will we do with the drunken sailor...?" :think:
Perfecto for a Saturday morning.
Can't seem to control toe tapping and head bobbing along. :dancingbanana:
Apparently I rated it Outstanding a long time ago. This is my type of group! You seem to be starting a folk-rock or Celtic-type set! Wish I didn't have to go right now, thereby leaving this computer!
WOW! what a great song!! Never heard it before but its been a fantastic start to the day!
just what i needed to hear - thanks rp!
It's fun to hear this earlier version from Ether-Electrified Porch Music. I am much more familiar with the Five Alive version of the song. The comparison shows real growth in the band. They are great--probably my favorite find here at Radio Paradise!
Is it just me, or does the lead singer sound like the guy from OAR?
I saw these guys last night. I'm not going to run out and buy the CD or anything, but I liked their music much better than I expected to based on the two singles I'd heard (and disliked) on "mainstream" radio. the guitarist/mandolinist is terrific!
Great song. I think these guys keep getting better--if you haven't, check out "Echo Echo" and "Indian Summer".
I saw this performed at the Smoky Rill River Festival in Salina, Kansas in mid-June. Carbon Leaf sure knows how to rock the crowd. It's pouring down rain and nobody's moving.
What a great way to start one's day :) :sunny.gif: :music:
excellent celt-rock fusion, singer reminds me of Michael Stipe or Josh Joplin a little at times, but otherwise if this song's indicative of their other work they're definetly up there with Great Big Sea and Enter The Hagas
galileotx wrote:
WOW - this song is great! I've never heard of these guys, anyone know how the rest of the album is?
The rest of the album is good, varies from more rockin' ( aurora, jan 9, traffic ) to more celtic/folky ( blue ridge laughing, home, ordinary eyes ), but I am a pretty fond of the band, too. ;) I've uploaded a few more tracks from this album and their previous album for review, so hopefully some more material will make it into RP's playlist. These guys will have a new album out in the next few months, too. :)
This is the best song by Carbon Leaf that you've played. I like it! It reminds me of a band that a friend of mine had in university.
WOW - this song is great! I've never heard of these guys, anyone know how the rest of the album is?
Very nice bad... even if i'm slightly jealous of them... stealing my idea and all
Thank God its not that "marry mary mac" song again!
thought this was flogging molleys at first :guitarist: like it
Thanks for playing something other than \"The Boxer\"! It\'s nice to hear something else from these guys.