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Patty Griffin — Cold As It Gets
Album: Impossible Dream
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Released: 2004
Length: 2:34
Plays (last 30 days): 1
To the end of the earth I search for your face
For the one who laid all of our beauty to waste
Threw our hope into hell and our children to the fire
I am the one who crawled through the wire
I am the one who crawled through the wire

There's a million sad stories on the side of the road
Strange how we all just got used to the blood
Millions of stories that'll never be told
Silent and froze in the mud
Silent and froze in the mud

I know a cold as cold as it gets
I know a darkness that's darker than coal
A wind that blows as cold as it gets
Blew out the light of my soul
Blew out the light of my soul

I dream in my sleep, I dream in my days
Of some sunny street not so far away
Where up in a window a curtain will sway
And you and I'll meet down below
And you and I'll meet down below

I know a cold as cold as it gets
I fight a war I may never see won
I live only to see you live to regret
Everything that you've done
Everything that you've done
Everything that you've done
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 govna wrote:

because Patty is God.

 
We could do a lot worse.
Quite nice!
A great song from one of her finest albums.  Thanks for playing it, RP!  Love Patty!
Saw this artist Thursday night. If you have the chance, go see her sing. She's got the chops. Great singer.
I think Patty needs a hug.
 dookie wrote:
I dont know why but I always pictured this aimed at W.

 
It's because of BDS, that's why
I dont know why but I always pictured this aimed at W.
 helgigermany wrote:
Timeless nice!

 
👍❀
Timeless nice!
 Pezz9 wrote:
Patty is like many of the new breed of sincere artists that is more different and brighter than say Alice Cooper
 

Interesting analogy, one I would never think of since their styles of music are so different.

I do also like Alice and from what I have seen/read he is a rather interesting guy.


 eeke wrote:
 photolew wrote:
I could listen to ms griffin every day.  Hands down one of my all time favs.....Saw her in concert a few years ago with Emmylou Harris and Shawn Colvin.....what a night of music.......
 
Hey, Me Too...

Such an awesome night for certain. I remembered getting to the venue just as the first song started. Instantly my eyes well'd and I knew I was in the middle of witnessing greatness. 




 


 ppak wrote:

Revenge is a dish best served cold - lovely Sicilian piece of wisdom
The thing about revenge - it gets complicated. 
There is a fine line between love and hate - lovely piece of wisdom
Sometimes images help...think of the yin and yang, the wave in the circle
Circles roll, and what rolls around comes around.
     Ask any refugee or survivor - and not just victims of the Nazis, the Stalinists, Pol Pot, the Young Turks, ad infinitum
What do you think some forlorn Iraqi family will think of the U.S.A. after we kill their "terrorist" lovers? 


When I choose to kill your son or daughter - I must steel myself to stay strong enough
to prevent you from killing my son or daughter. I disrespect you by killing your lover.
So there. Touche! If you regain the edge and kill me, or worse, my bride, my son, my daughter.
 I salute you. This is how we live. 
 

 Mandible wrote:

Uh, what?

 

 ziggytrix wrote:

Maybe Patty's pretty voice betrayed the lyrics of the song?  She's singing about someone seeking revenge, seemingly for atrocities committed against his family in wartime.  Her voice really doesn't convey the hate and malice of her words, it almost sounds more sad than angry.

She's no Ricardo Montalban (thank god!)

 
I believe Mandible's "Uh, what?" comment was in response to the commentary at the top of this post - a work of prose which is not the lyrics to this tune.
 photolew wrote:
I could listen to ms griffin every day.  Hands down one of my all time favs.....Saw her in concert a few years ago with Emmylou Harris and Shawn Colvin.....what a night of music.......
 
Hey, Me Too...

Such an awesome night for certain. I remembered getting to the venue just as the first song started. Instantly my eyes well'd and I knew I was in the middle of witnessing greatness. 



I could listen to ms griffin every day.  Hands down one of my all time favs.....Saw her in concert a few years ago with Emmylou Harris and Shawn Colvin.....what a night of music.......
Not a big fan, not sure why, but enjoyed this one of hers.
 Cynaera wrote:
I've tried to figure out what it is about Patty Griffin's music/voice that makes me want to bow down and worship her - I still don't have an answer.  I just know that I haven't heard a single song by her that I feel rates less than an 8 - and most songs are 10. She just rings true for me.
 
Rest in piece, my friend.
Patty is like many of the new breed of sincere artists that is more different and brighter than say Alice Cooper
this song is incredible.
 Cynaera wrote:
I've tried to figure out what it is about Patty Griffin's music/voice that makes me want to bow down and worship her - I still don't have an answer.  I just know that I haven't heard a single song by her that I feel rates less than an 8 - and most songs are 10. She just rings true for me.
 
because Patty is god.
I've tried to figure out what it is about Patty Griffin's music/voice that makes me want to bow down and worship her - I still don't have an answer.  I just know that I haven't heard a single song by her that I feel rates less than an 8 - and most songs are 10. She just rings true for me.
Love you Patty!
love this...............8
{#Cheers} 4merdj wrote:

Which, when said in positive, is a very positive comment {#Cheers}
 
I'll take your word for it.


 Mandible wrote:

Uh, what?

 
Maybe Patty's pretty voice betrayed the lyrics of the song?  She's singing about someone seeking revenge, seemingly for atrocities committed against his family in wartime.  Her voice really doesn't convey the hate and malice of her words, it almost sounds more sad than angry.

She's no Ricardo Montalban (thank god!)

patty is god.
 keller1 wrote:

This woman is incapable of a bad song.

 
Which, when said in positive, is a very positive comment {#Cheers}

This woman is incapable of a bad song.


looking like a geek is the new cool

 
Lexapro_Headrush wrote:
uhhh...this song isn't making me look cool at work.
 


uhhh...this song isn't making me look cool at work.
 ppak wrote:

Revenge is a dish best served cold - lovely Sicilian piece of wisdom
The thing about revenge - it gets complicated. 
There is a fine line between love and hate - lovely piece of wisdom
Sometimes images help...think of the yin and yang, the wave in the circle
Circles roll, and what rolls around comes around.
     Ask any refugee or survivor - and not just victims of the Nazis, the Stalinists, Pol Pot, the Young Turks, ad infinitum
What do you think some forlorn Iraqi family will think of the U.S.A. after we kill their "terrorist" lovers? 


When I choose to kill your son or daughter - I must steel myself to stay strong enough
to prevent you from killing my son or daughter. I disrespect you by killing your lover.
So there. Touche! If you regain the edge and kill me, or worse, my bride, my son, my daughter.
 I salute you. This is how we live. 

 


 
Uh, what?

 asocash wrote:
Yea!  Finally get to see Patty Griffin live in Ithaca Feb 9th - the Three Girls and Their Buddy Tour - Patty, Emmy Lou and Shawn Colvin......simply can't wait....anyone else seen them yet?
 

Lucky man, awesome line-up!
 Moak wrote:
I have yet to buy a Patty Griffin disc
 
I have yet to not buy a Patty Griffin disc
One of the most underrated artists out there today. Sad
 ppak wrote:

Revenge is a dish best served cold - lovely Sicilian piece of wisdom
The thing about revenge - it gets complicated. 
There is a fine line between love and hate - lovely piece of wisdom
Sometimes images help...think of the yin and yang, the wave in the circle
Circles roll, and what rolls around comes around.
     Ask any refugee or survivor - and not just victims of the Nazis, the Stalinists, Pol Pot, the Young Turks, ad infinitum
What do you think some forlorn Iraqi family will think of the U.S.A. after we kill their "terrorist" lovers? 


When I choose to kill your son or daughter - I must steel myself to stay strong enough
to prevent you from killing my son or daughter. I disrespect you by killing your lover.
So there. Touche! If you regain the edge and kill me, or worse, my bride, my son, my daughter.
 I salute you. This is how we live. 

 


  I just was goin' to read the comments about Patty's song and after staying up all night you want me to think .........nah lol buts its profound or bullshit, one of the two


Yea!  Finally get to see Patty Griffin live in Ithaca Feb 9th - the Three Girls and Their Buddy Tour - Patty, Emmy Lou and Shawn Colvin......simply can't wait....anyone else seen them yet?

Revenge is a dish best served cold - lovely Sicilian piece of wisdom
The thing about revenge - it gets complicated. 
There is a fine line between love and hate - lovely piece of wisdom
Sometimes images help...think of the yin and yang, the wave in the circle
Circles roll, and what rolls around comes around.
     Ask any refugee or survivor - and not just victims of the Nazis, the Stalinists, Pol Pot, the Young Turks, ad infinitum
What do you think some forlorn Iraqi family will think of the U.S.A. after we kill their "terrorist" lovers? 


When I choose to kill your son or daughter - I must steel myself to stay strong enough
to prevent you from killing my son or daughter. I disrespect you by killing your lover.
So there. Touche! If you regain the edge and kill me, or worse, my bride, my son, my daughter.
 I salute you. This is how we live. 

 




 mrselfdestruct wrote:
Strange how we all just got used to the blood. Patty is the absolute fucking bomb.

 
Hear hear!

gypsy222 wrote:
I have been listening to this album all afternoon. Not a bad track on it. This one happens to be a favorite. I think it was the article in Paste with Patty on the cover where I learned that she almost named this song Nazi Hunter. She watched a Holocaust documentary and then wrote this song. Powerful, sad, amazing song. GET THIS CD ASAP!
You're right...I read that article in Paste, also. It seems like one of the quotes mentioned a person who was in a concentration camp, and, when asked what he'd like once he was freed, responded that he wanted a gun so he could go kill his captors.
Very little of her music that I don't like.
simply sublime
Heard the voice: solid 8. Kept listening: 9. By the end of the song: solid 10. But what else do you expect from Patty Griffin? Nothing less than stunning. c.

In our library: Impossible Dream, Children Running Through, 1,000 Kisses (Mil Besos). All recommended.
As Good as it Gets
For you, and you know who you are.
I dont know Patty Griffin's music.. this is great!! Looks like Im making a trip to the Itune's music store.. :propeller:
abbefaith wrote:
singing lessons? i don't think so...
catmaven says that about everyone, including, IIRC, bonnie raitt, who's had more classical voice training than she could shake a stick at. kinda lessons the impact once you notice the repetition.
Moak wrote:
I have yet to buy a Patty Griffin disc :think: :doh: :beat:
RP's got heaps an' the LRC's gotta couple too methinks, so no worries mate :music: enjoy! ... :yell: then go an' buy a disc!
Moak wrote:
I have yet to buy a Patty Griffin disc :think: :doh: :beat:
Your loss.....
I have yet to buy a Patty Griffin disc :think: :doh: :beat:
Thanks RP for playing her and reintroducing me to her music.
gypsy222 wrote:
She watched a Holocaust documentary and then wrote this song. Powerful, sad, amazing song.
My initial interpretation was she was saying that President Bush is an a**hole and she'd like to kick his ass. I wonder if she is clever enough to write something that subtle while knowing most people wouldn't catch it. At any rate if you were to change the "millions of stories" to thousands and switch "I am the one who crawled through the wire" to fire(or maybe "Who would have known you were such a good liar") then you'd have an Iraqi war protest song. Ending 3 of the first 5 verses with "fire" would be gutsy and awesome. Using "cold" in a song about a desert war would be cool. OK-I'll shut up now and leave her song alone. To the end of the earth I search for your face For the one who laid all of our beauty to waste Threw our hope into hell and our children to the fire I am the one who crawled through the wire I am the one who crawled through the wire There's a million sad stories on the side of the road Strange how we all just got used to the blood Millions of stories that'll never be told Silent and froze in the mud Silent and froze in the mud I know a cold as cold as it gets I know a darkness that's darker than coal A wind that blows as cold as it gets Blew out the light of my soul Blew out the light of my soul I dream in my sleep I dream in my days Of some sunny street not so far away Where up in a window a curtain will sway And you and I'll meet down below You and I'll meet down below I know a cold as cold as it gets I fight a war I may never see won I live only to see you live to regret Everything that you've done Everything that you've done Everything that you've done
mrselfdestruct wrote:
Strange how we all just got used to the blood. Patty is the absolute fucking bomb.
You said it.
meower215 wrote:
I cant let a Patty song go by without saying SHE IS MY GIRL!!!! you and I will meet down the road
:whisper: It's "You and I'll meet down below..."
I cant let a Patty song go by without saying SHE IS MY GIRL!!!! you and I will meet down the road
Nice movement from of the girl to cold as it gets. Rock on Bill.
honeygirl wrote:
Powerful Song...
I've never heard this one before, and it is quite powerful. She's an amazing talent.
Powerful Song...
one of my favorite storytellers.
catmaven wrote:
Agree with positive comments about voice except would dispense with the breathy aspects. Singing lessons would help that. Intelligent lyrics, and intelligent treatment of the words!
singing lessons? i don't think so...
Strange how we all just got used to the blood. Patty is the absolute fucking bomb.
Entrancing.
Agree with positive comments about voice except would dispense with the breathy aspects. Singing lessons would help that. Intelligent lyrics, and intelligent treatment of the words!
This woman has a lovely, ethereal voice with an edge of steel. I will have to seek out more :good-vibes:
They are both great singers, but I'm not liking the comparison to Mindy Smith. Patty (unlike Mindy) writes the most beautiful songs. Coppertop wrote:
And I though it was Mindy Smith :) Listen to the duet she does with Dolly Parton and you'll see what I mean.
:notworthy: :clap:
One of the most powerful anti-war anthems ever.
mojoman wrote:
The most underrated and underplayed singer-songwriter out there. Patty is a musical goddess!">
Tell me about it--If it weren't for RP--I would never have heard her music--Thanks, RP.
mojoman wrote:
The most underrated and underplayed singer-songwriter out there. Patty is a musical goddess!
She can do anything. :nodhead: And this one is particularly nice!
trekhead wrote:
Good catch on both: Emmylou Harris + Mindy Smith = Mindylou Harrith?
:lol:
The most underrated and underplayed singer-songwriter out there. Patty is a musical goddess!">
Patty Griffin is far and away my favorite 'new' artist, though she has been around several years. I own all her released material and each CD I acquired became my favorite. But this latest, Impossible Dream is absolutely stunning. If you get a chance to see her live, RUN don't walk to get tickets. A tiny redhead possessed of an unbelievable voice and writing talent, she mesmerizes. Thanks Radio P and play ANYTHING of Patty's please!!!
Coppertop wrote:
And I though it was Mindy Smith :) Listen to the duet she does with Dolly Parton and you'll see what I mean.
Good catch on both: Emmylou Harris + Mindy Smith = Mindylou Harrith?
Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
earlier in the day, I declared Porcupine Tree to be my new favorite band that I discovered on RP, but I forgot about Patty Griffin. She's incredible. I've been loving everything I've heard. maybe I can declare her my new favorite RP artist..
I thought this was a cappella at first. Too bad the guitar is so far in the background for the first part of the song. I would have liked this better if it was better balanced.
ladybinnath wrote:
Stylistically it reminds me of Emmylou's recent material, from Wrecking Ball onward. I am not so familiar with her early work but thought it was more traditional country and less folk/rock influenced. Regardless, thanks to RP for playing this. I am now going to Amazon to order the CD.
And I though it was Mindy Smith :) Listen to the duet she does with Dolly Parton and you'll see what I mean.
Cold Mountain as it gets! I could see Zellweger doing this... A 7.
Nuance wrote:
reminds me of a young Emmmylou Harris
Stylistically it reminds me of Emmylou's recent material, from Wrecking Ball onward. I am not so familiar with her early work but thought it was more traditional country and less folk/rock influenced. Regardless, thanks to RP for playing this. I am now going to Amazon to order the CD.
Nuance wrote:
reminds me of a young Emmmylou Harris
I thought this WAS Emmylou Harris. The resemblance is remarkable.
megaptera wrote:
All her albums are really good, but I think this one might be my favorite.
The lowest rated of her five albums on AMG is a 4. Tough choice to make, but this does get the "ck." Have added it the the Amazon Wish list........."
reminds me of a young Emmmylou Harris
999_99_999 wrote:
I have a feeling this album will turn out to be an important purchase.
All her albums are really good, but I think this one might be my favorite.
I hac a chance to listen this track a couple of times now and I can follow more the lyrics and musical direction. I had change my rating because it is a precious song
gypsy222 wrote:
I think it was the article in Paste with Patty on the cover where I learned that she almost named this song Nazi Hunter. She watched a Holocaust documentary and then wrote this song. Powerful, sad, amazing song.
Wow. Thanks for this information. Powerful lyrics, for sure.
I have been listening to this album all afternoon. Not a bad track on it. This one happens to be a favorite. I think it was the article in Paste with Patty on the cover where I learned that she almost named this song Nazi Hunter. She watched a Holocaust documentary and then wrote this song. Powerful, sad, amazing song. GET THIS CD ASAP!
I have a feeling this album will turn out to be an important purchase.