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Gregory Alan Isakov — The Stable Song
Album: That Sea, the Gambler
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7.3

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Released: 2007
Length: 5:56
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Remember when our songs were just like prayers.
Like gospel hymns that you called in the air.
Come down come down sweet reverence,
Unto my simple house and ring...
And ring

Ring like silver, ring like gold
Ring out those ghosts on the Ohio
Ring like clear day wedding bells
Were we the belly of the beast or the sword that fell...
We'll never tell

Come to me clear and cold on some sea
Watch the world spinning waves, like that machine

Now I've been crazy couldn't you tell
I threw stones at the stars, but the whole sky fell
Now I'm covered up in straw, belly up on the table
Well I drank and sang, and passed in the stable.

That tall grass grows high and brown,
Well I dragged you straight in the muddy ground
And you sent me back to where I roam
Well I cursed and I cried, but now i know...
now I know

And I ran back to that hollow again
The moon was just a sliver back then
And I ached for my heart like some tin man
When it came oh it beat and it boiled and it rang...
oh it's ringing

Ring like crazy, ring like hell
Turn me back into that wild haired gale
Ring like silver, ring like gold
Turn these diamonds straight back into coal.
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Seems he's Way over Yonder in a Minor Key.
 Randomax wrote:
Where else would you go from Garbage to Isakov?  Love it!!
 
I wish all my garbage could be so sweet as 'Visions of Johanna'
Where else would you go from Garbage to Isakov?  Love it!!
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Music and lyrics work so well together on this. Instrumentation is just right. 

 
Great live as well.
 osbyec wrote:


...are you strong enough to be my man?...
 

Hehe, on 2018-08-27 clever RP played Sheryl Crow's "Strong Enough" immediately next in the stream after this song.
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Music and lyrics work so well together on this. Instrumentation is just right. 

 
Agreed. 
smoke weed everyday
Music and lyrics work so well together on this. Instrumentation is just right. 
 Hannio wrote:
Why did the stableman's son decide to follow in his footsteps?  Because his father knew where to step.
 
{#Lol}  I'll have to use this laughing emoji since I can't physically laugh out loud today - I slept in the stable and woke up a little hoarse.
Just saw Gregory recently in a small (packed) club.
Absolutely amazing show.
This song was the encore.
I will be seeing him with Blind Pilot at the Portland Zoo amphitheater in August. Discovered both through RP. Thanks!
Beautiful, ain't it.
Why did the stableman's son decide to follow in his footsteps?  Because his father knew where to step.
Baby even the looooooooooosers
get lucky sometimes!
She was only a stableman's daughter but all the horse manure.
A songwriter and player of enviable talent.
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

...... x 2 :))
 
That's the spirit :)))
This sounds a lot like Slaid Cleaves.
Love the song, but I'm not sure what he's trying so say.

A few people have taken a swing at it here. Pretty deep stuff (like most of what RP plays, and what make RP great Thx Bill).

Edit: It apparently is a song about everything according to Gregory in this BING Lounge session (sadly missing the banjo though).
ah... beautiful evocative banjo and tune. play it again bill!
thank you, thank you, thank you
i have had bits of this in my head for the last 3 days
now i finally know who and what it is
i feel so happy right now
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
People are doing killer work with the Banjo these days...

 
I love the subtle Banjo work. Seems to be a trend as of late. One I enjoy.

 laozilover wrote:
Haven't yet paid attention to the words but I really like the way this one sounds!
 
Pay attention to the words. You'll be rewarded.
Druid Peak... Loved the movie, the scenery and music!

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2027091/ 
 laozilover wrote:
Haven't yet paid attention to the words but I really like the way this one sounds!
 
I finally read the lyrics tonight and this 
A very nice work. I love the skng in all respects. 
Thanks RP for the lyrics button and all that you do for your audience. This station is Paridise!
Haven't yet paid attention to the words but I really like the way this one sounds!
Just at that sweet spot nexus of wistful and uplifting. And an addictive melody for my whistling ear worm collection. 
People are doing killer work with the Banjo these days...
Never thought I could be mesmerized by someone plucking on a banjo, but this always leaves me daydreaming...
To early for a nap, Bill and Rebecca.
This has a pleasant, lilting groove. Just feels good to listen.

beautiful instrumentals


coolpeople & moodfood{#Cool}
Well, nice song, but I'd like to hear it w/piano instead of a banjo playing the signature. 'Course, that would change the sound...radically!
 TerryS wrote: interesting...same 3 set today...just as good 


Love this.  

I can appreciate the guy's talent, but the song is putting me to sleep.

{#Sleep}


Pure classic from RP.  I never would of heard of him cept for RP.
 Spiderwoman wrote:
10 X 10 = 100

 
...... x 2 :))
sweet ear candy  {#Yes}
 RabbitEars wrote:
what is it about this song? every time it's on, it grabs my attention and I have to stop everything. The pure essence of something... 

 

It's about grabbing your rabbit ears and making them enjoy someting beautiful and simple for a short time in your day.
Saw him with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, incredible show.
what is it about this song? every time it's on, it grabs my attention and I have to stop everything. The pure essence of something... 
First time I've given a nine on first hearing.
Going to see Gregory in San Diego this month!  Can't wait to hear the new album "The Weatherman"!
The song sounds like the song "Mary" by Lou Barlow... if you were to play it i would love it

His new album out tomorrow!
Love this song.  Thank you RP.
Just a very nice song!
10 X 10 = 100
I love this song!!
 
From a 7 to an 8. That was easy.
S*U*P*R*E*M*E 
My dear Sweetpea is in the other room not feeling well. Trying to have some soft, comforting sounds gently drifting to her ears. This song is perfect. Rest well sweet girl. I'd take all your pain on myself if I could. 
Watched him perform this live. The music was so beautiful - made me swoon. This album is one of my favorites of all time.
It's ringing!
 
I'll give it an 8.
..neverending song......boring....a solid 2....good night
Very stable...nice.
This song is so soothing.  Everytime I hear it I instantly relax.  So beautiful!
{#Meditate}
 neuticle wrote:
RP..you're putting us to sleep this afternoon..
 
''Just relax it wont hurt neuticle''......... and being in the UK I have found the past  hour so relaxing just what I needed after a heavy day. Thanks Bill & Rebecca.
Pretty awesome
9.5 just can't give any more. I love it. :-)
RP..you're putting us to sleep this afternoon..
Love it.  The gentle banjo is the icing on the cake.

This one's going on the Buy list.  Thanks Bill & Rebecca!

A more than passing resemblance to the longing, evocative and bittersweet songs from circa the Civil War. 

 
The chorus makes me think of a nice, easy horseback ride.  On the way back to The Stable, I guess.....
I wish this song went on longer.  A true poetic masterpiece.
Glad to see this melancholy gem is still in rotation.
long but very good {#Angel}
nicey........7 to an 8............
Ear Therapy....snazzy

 jhorton wrote:
Gave this a rare 8 on first listen, and the more I hear this guy, the more impressed I am!
 
Same here! {#Good-vibes}
 bluematrix wrote:
Mmmm, this is tasty. Like someone whispering a story at a campfire on a warm summer night.
 
We live in the same neck of the woods. This is beautiful & lyrical. I could do with a bit less finger picking, perhaps. But it's good, strong songwriting. 8


Thank you RP. :)
Gave this a rare 8 on first listen, and the more I hear this guy, the more impressed I am!
Great soft tune

Something about this song makes me feel so safe, wherever I am.
8>9
7 > 8
Man, Bill is on fire today, lots of 9s and 8s (and I'm stingy with my 10s).  I couldn't agree less with the prior two commenters - this song is brilliant.

It's OK.
Christ! I'm tired of hearing this uninspired dirge.
 Stingray wrote:
Knock-off of a 1000 other boring whiners!
Mamaaaaaa - I am sooooo endlessly sad and alone!

BULLSHITTER!!!

PS
Makes me literally hungry for AC/DC
and trust me,
I do not like the Aussies!!!

Still ....

 
You must have a big problem!! {#Beat}


MojoJojo wrote:
I like this song, and absolutely everything ever posted by STINGRAY.
Agreed. Nonstop non sequiturs. I'd like to see life through his alien eyes for just a second or two, but I'm a little afraid of spontaneous combustion.

I like this song, and absolutely everything ever posted by STINGRAY.  

 bluematrix wrote:
Mmmm, this is tasty. Like someone whispering a story at a campfire on a warm summer night.
  Exactly! 8 => 9 {#Whistle}


Really nice.  I enjoy this song more each time I hear it.
 Randomax wrote:
My 17 yo son came in the other day and said "have you ever heard of this guy Gregory Alan Isakov?"....I said as a matter of fact i have....I was impressed...also my son's name is Gregory Alan! ha
 

and....?

ENDLESS NIGHTMARE!!!

Knock-off of a 1000 other boring whiners!
Mamaaaaaa - I am sooooo endlessly sad and alone!

BULLSHITTER!!!

PS
Makes me literally hungry for AC/DC
and trust me,
I do not like the Aussies!!!

Still ....

Mmmm, this is tasty. Like someone whispering a story at a campfire on a warm summer night.
Steve Earle's Galway Girl crossed by Stuck Inside Mobile
 peter_james_bond wrote:

Isakov is hard to categorize, but I wouldn't call him country. I'd say he is soulful folk, if that makes any sense. To each her/his own, but there's beauty in his songs...just close your eyes and let it seep in through your pores. I think he belongs on RP, in fact I'd like to hear more from this artist on this station.

 

Kinda like Son Volt
 On_The_Beach wrote:
God damn, this song is the shit. I f*ckin' love it.
(pardon all the cursin'; I got a little over-enthusiastic)

 
Agree!

My 17 yo son came in the other day and said "have you ever heard of this guy Gregory Alan Isakov?"....I said as a matter of fact i have....I was impressed...also my son's name is Gregory Alan! ha
 On_The_Beach wrote:
God damn, this song is the shit. I f*ckin' love it.
 
So do I  - even though it makes me well up. 

Someone must be peeling onions. Strange that, as I live alone and the other half is at her place.
 

 peter_james_bond wrote:

Isakov is hard to categorize, but I wouldn't call him country. I'd say he is soulful folk, if that makes any sense. To each her/his own, but there's beauty in his songs...just close your eyes and let it seep in through your pores. I think he belongs on RP, in fact I'd like to hear more from this artist on this station.

 
Exactly. Perfect for RP.


what a lovely song!
God damn, this song is the shit. I f*ckin' love it.
(pardon all the cursin'; I got a little over-enthusiastic)

I just followed the link to the iTunes Store and bought this album. Thanks Bill ;-)
 peter_james_bond wrote:

Isakov is hard to categorize, but I wouldn't call him country. I'd say he is soulful folk, if that makes any sense. To each her/his own, but there's beauty in his songs...just close your eyes and let it seep in through your pores. I think he belongs on RP, in fact I'd like to hear more from this artist on this station.
 
Precisely Mr Bond

 
 ellet wrote:
{#Boohoo}{#Sleep}
 
Well put

All you need is a cat sleeping in your lap
 
{#Boohoo}{#Sleep}
Had no clue who Gregory Alan Isakov is, I don't think I heard him before but I like it a lot.

Saw him this past weekend.  Quite excellent.
can we pick it up just a tad...i'm falling asleep here.
 Shesdifferent wrote:
Me too.......Again, the song is fine, the artist OK...for another station, too banjo-ish, too country, too many songs like this on RP
 
Isakov is hard to categorize, but I wouldn't call him country. I'd say he is soulful folk, if that makes any sense. To each her/his own, but there's beauty in his songs...just close your eyes and let it seep in through your pores. I think he belongs on RP, in fact I'd like to hear more from this artist on this station.

 Canlistener wrote:
Will this ever end? I'm slipping into a coma...
 
Me too.......Again, the song is fine, the artist OK...for another station, too banjo-ish, too country, too many songs like this on RP
I had forgotten all about Staid Cleaves.  Thank you for reminding me. 
 dc_zee wrote:
Reminds me of Slaid Cleaves in tempo, melody and lyrics.
 
Indeed. I love Slaid Cleaves, saw him at The Backyard once. So I like this guy's sound pretty well too.

 dc_zee wrote:
Reminds me of Slaid Cleaves in tempo, melody and lyrics.
 
Soooooo glad you've cleared that up for me ... I was anxiously scanning the comments looking for THIS one! Just couldn't think of who I was thinking of! {#High-five}
encore! encore!

8 < 9
 sten wrote:
I am SOOOO thrilled that you finally picked up Gregory. I've been watching him play for nearly 10 years when he started out at open mics at Penny Lane Cafe in Boulder with Ramaya Soskin (another amazing artist you should check out). Every time he plays a gig in Boulder (which isn't nearly as frequently as he tours the country now), I'm there. The live performances are a magical feast for the senses, but put any of his albums on your big speakers at home, kick back and listen the whole way through, and you're truly in heaven. His latest album This Empty Northern Hemisphere with Brandi Carlisle is off the hook. I highly recommend Evelyn and One of Us Cannot Be Wrong (a Leonard Cohen tune). 
 
Bump...nice comment!

Will this ever end? I'm slipping into a coma...
I'd make fun of this guy but he'd only look away and cry.

 philbertr wrote:
"good to dance to..."   (she wanted to rip my clothes off...)
 
Is *that* what the kids were calling it.  Jeez, my mom says that all the time.