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Beth Orton — Pass In Time
Album: Central Reservation
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5.6

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Total ratings: 1112









Released: 1999
Length: 7:07
Plays (last 30 days): 1
So much stays unknown till the time has come.
Did you imagine you could ever be so strong,
Then watch your fear just turn into relief?
Your sea of doubt become your own belief?
Though tears don't come to cry some grief away,
The tears will help to keep your need at bay.

So come on now, come on now, child.
You're here just a while.
Come on now, come on now, child.
You're here just a while.

A mother told me just before she died
My mother told me just before she died,
"Oh darling, darling, don't you be like me.
You will fall in love with the very first man you meet."
But mother, mother, some will never know;
The love that you have is still holding my soul.

(Beth Orton & Terry Callier)
So come on now, come on now, child.
You're here just a little while.
Come on now, come on now, child.
You're here just a while.

(Beth Orton)
You're here just a while...

(Terry Callier)
Here just a while....

(Beth Orton)
So much stays unknown till the time you are strong.
Did you imagine you could ever feel so strong,
And all your pain just turns into relief?
All your doubt becomes your own belief?
Though tears don't come to cry some grief away,
The years will help to keep your need at bay.

(Beth Orton & Terry Callier)
So come on now, come on now, child.
You're here just a while.
Come on now, come on now, child.
You're here just a while.

So come on now, come on now, child.
You're here just a while.
Come on now, come on now, child.
You're here just a while.

(Beth Orton)
You're here just a while....

(Terry Callier)
Here just a while....

(Beth Orton)
You're here just a while
You might as well smile,
You might as well smile,
'Cause tomorrow, you just don't know.
It will pass. It's gonna pass.

(Beth Orton & Terry Callier)
It will pass in time.
It will pass in time.
It will pass.
It will pass in time.
It will pass in time.
It will pass.

(Beth Orton)
It's gonna pass
It's gonna pass
It's gonna pass in time.

(Beth Orton & Terry Callier)
It will pass in time
It will pass.

(Beth Orton)
It's gonna pass...

(Terry Callier)
It will pass in time.

(Beth Orton and Terry Callier)
It's gonna pass

(Beth Orton)
It's gonna pass
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I find her music sounds ala Astral Weeks.
 Jelani wrote:
I guess I'm in the minority here. I like everything about this song.
The 'dissonant' qualities lend a humanness, or vulnerability to it.
 
Thats exactly what I've always felt about the dissonance too.  It's clearly intentional.  Love it!
Oops.  Intonation problems all over the place.  Not nice.
 scottygirl wrote:
Ugh seems I'm in the camp that can't bear the awful pitching Beth Orton seems to think is quirky. There is little or no physical effort behind her singing, which is probably why the tone is all over the place....get some singing lessons woman, or just stop singing! There are plenty of other wonderful singers and songwriters out there who can display vulnerability and softness without resorting to this half hearted, out of tune wailing. Can you tell I really hate this!? πŸ˜†πŸ˜†
 Show us yours so we can hear how to do it better...and then tell you that you didn't.

 Jelani wrote:
I guess I'm in the minority here. I like everything about this song.
The 'dissonant' qualities lend a humanness, or vulnerability to it.
 It adds a lot of texture, to what might otherwise be a very smooth and uneventful song.


 rspronsen179 wrote:
bit boring
 Quite so.

Bill! How could you play Beth Orton knowing the anti-Beth Orton tribe is gonna come out in full force?
Maybe cuz you like her and you know others do too?
 klaasstap wrote:

Wow, a 5,4. So the average of the people don't really like Beth Orton.
I do like her music. I dig it, actually. But I can understand it separates people in two. Love it or hate it, I suppose.
 
I think it's just that more people don't like this particular song, on average her songs have a rating around 6.98.
arrangement brings tim buckley to mind
Ilikeitalot
Ugh seems I'm in the camp that can't bear the awful pitching Beth Orton seems to think is quirky. There is little or no physical effort behind her singing, which is probably why the tone is all over the place....get some singing lessons woman, or just stop singing! There are plenty of other wonderful singers and songwriters out there who can display vulnerability and softness without resorting to this half hearted, out of tune wailing. Can you tell I really hate this!? πŸ˜†πŸ˜†
bit boring
 Jelani wrote:
I guess I'm in the minority here. I like everything about this song.
The 'dissonant' qualities lend a humanness, or vulnerability to it.
 
Wow, a 5,4. So the average of the people don't really like Beth Orton. I do like her music. I dig it, actually. But I can understand it separates people in two. Love it or hate it, I suppose.
 Jelani wrote:
I guess I'm in the minority here. I like everything about this song.
The 'dissonant' qualities lend a humanness, or vulnerability to it.
 
you are not alone.
I love everything about this song.
 Jelani wrote:
I guess I'm in the minority here. I like everything about this song.
The 'dissonant' qualities lend a humanness, or vulnerability to it.
 
I agree; I like the song and her style.  Apparently it's not for everyone.
 Jelani wrote:
I guess I'm in the minority here. I like everything about this song.
The 'dissonant' qualities lend a humanness, or vulnerability to it.
 
Perhaps the minority but no alone. There is no part of this song I don’t like. 
I guess I'm in the minority here. I like everything about this song.
The 'dissonant' qualities lend a humanness, or vulnerability to it.
I love Beth Orton but this is not my favorite song...
Even the bass is out of tune.
  chinaski wrote:
She can sing for me anytime. Thank you for playing her stuff Bill!
  
ciarataylor wrote:
You are certainly a select audience of .. one.  Enjoy.
 
No its at least two.
I'm surprised at the comments, I love this. Yes it's a bit discordant, I get it. But it suits the song perfectly. She knows what she is doing.
c.
{#Stop}
2 but just for the drummer ...
Pahaass fohoor meheee... did she drug the whole record company to get this published?
 UUMike wrote:
Normally admire her stuff, but her "pitchiness" is questionable here, along with that backup harmony.

 
Just so. {#Wall} Can't imagine this surviving in the Listener Submissions queue.
Normally admire her stuff, but her "pitchiness" is questionable here, along with that backup harmony.
A wee bit pitchy.
 chinaski wrote:
She can sing for me anytime. Thank you for playing her stuff Bill!

 
You are certainly a select audience of .. one.  Enjoy.
 Alastair wrote:
 
jhorton wrote:
Beth Orton does not sing flat. She bends and quavers like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, BB King, and tons of other brilliant musicians.

She plays her voice like a beautiful string or horn. She knows where the notes are. She chooses to sing around them.

If you can't hear her hit them, YOU'RE NOT LISTENING GOOD ENOUGH! 


That doesn't really explain why the guy singing harmonies is flat as well. 


 
Who gave this chick the mistaken impression that she can sing?  Unacceptable to anybody who appreciates singing on key.   So flat.  So ugly. So ugh  PSD SAVES THE DAY
 
jhorton wrote:
Beth Orton does not sing flat. She bends and quavers like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, BB King, and tons of other brilliant musicians.

She plays her voice like a beautiful string or horn. She knows where the notes are. She chooses to sing around them.

If you can't hear her hit them, YOU'RE NOT LISTENING GOOD ENOUGH! 


That doesn't really explain why the guy singing harmonies is flat as well. 



 oldsaxon wrote:

yeah it's a nice lyric, too bad the singing is so dreadful.

 
yup, just awful....
 TerryS wrote:
Vocal eccentricity never did interest me that much.....
Except for, well, lots of people, but I simply cannot tohelerate Beheth.
IBGone. 

 
You leave town tonight, right now. And when you're gone, you stay gone, or you be gone. You lost all your R.P. privileges. Deal?
Vocal eccentricity never did interest me that much.....
Except for, well, lots of people, but I simply cannot tohelerate Beheth.
IBGone. 
She can sing for me anytime. Thank you for playing her stuff Bill!
Beth Orton does not sing flat. She bends and quavers like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, BB King, and tons of other brilliant musicians.

She plays her voice like a beautiful string or horn. She knows where the notes are. She chooses to sing around them.

If you can't hear her hit them, YOU'RE NOT LISTENING GOOD ENOUGH! 
very beautiful song
Shitty voices.
 oldsaxon wrote:

yeah it's a nice lyric, too bad the singing is so dreadful.

 
Dreadful? This is nothing but fantastic. Hit the PSD button next time. I'm sick of reading negative shit in this comment section...
 markg063 wrote:
Is that Bruce Cockburn singing with her?

 
The late, great Terry Callier.
 skindy wrote:
Oh man, YES. I've loved this song, and Beth Orton in general, ever since a friend put this and a few other Beth songs on a mix CD for me. I love her distinctive voice and even more distinctive style. This makes me feel good all over. {#Good-vibes}

 
yeah it's a nice lyric, too bad the singing is so dreadful.
Most definitely NOT her shining moment.... No thanks.
 ScottishWillie wrote:

May not ring your bell Burg but I wish I could make something as awe-inspiringly beautiful as this. I think the vocals are sublime and they move me every time I hear them. It is art and I don’t care if its in or out of tune it’s the effect it has on the audience (me) that counts.



 
^ THIS. {#Yes}
 MrsTom wrote:
Sounds like two drunk people doing karaoke
 
Indeed...
...and thankfully, THIS will pass in time. Unbelievably bad. There's "art" and then there's crap - entitled artists who feel they can record anything because they've earned it.
Oh man, YES. I've loved this song, and Beth Orton in general, ever since a friend put this and a few other Beth songs on a mix CD for me. I love her distinctive voice and even more distinctive style. This makes me feel good all over. {#Good-vibes}
 MrsTom wrote:
Sounds like two drunk people doing karaoke

 
{#Lol}
Sounds like two drunk people doing karaoke
 OceanBlue wrote:
Woah, the dissonance...

 
What you call dissonance works for me. Not everything must follow the expected relationship between what is expected and what emerges. I understand that some see this as discordant, but I have come to hear the uniqueness and appreciate this piece. Although the male singer subtracts from the whole.
Gohotta goho.
Is that Bruce Cockburn singing with her?
Woah, the dissonance...
incredibly worthless
I really like this song and her distinctive way of singing, good and sweet (with little bit of xylophone plinking softly in the background)
 Burg wrote:
It must be some form of art to sing out of tune all the time!!
 

May not ring your bell Burg but I wish I could make something as awe-inspiringly beautiful as this. I think the vocals are sublime and they move me every time I hear them. It is art and I don’t care if its in or out of tune it’s the effect it has on the audience (me) that counts.


I think that this is a lovely little bit of songwriting which would move me deeply if the delivery didn't get in the way.  She is better than this.
 Burg wrote:
It must be some form of art to sing out of tune all the time!!

 
Worked pretty well for Bob Dylan.
Enjoying the tune on this wet rainy-snowy evening as I bottle some home brew.  Thanks RP.
This song could have been great but it completely derails - it's a bit of a mess and unpleasant to listen to.   Thankfully, it will pass in time.....
 MrsTom wrote:

Yes, I see what you mean. Thankfully the song is pleasant enough to not be spoiled by it. Not sure the guy hits any of the notes though
 

The guy is the only one that doesn't hit the notes??
 Bridieboo wrote:
I used to enjoy listening to this simger but now it grates on me how she sings one-syllable words with two- or three-syllables. Buh-uhgs me-ee :)
 
Yes, I see what you mean. Thankfully the song is pleasant enough to not be spoiled by it. Not sure the guy hits any of the notes though
It must be some form of art to sing out of tune all the time!!
 Vespertine82 wrote:
It *really* confuses me that people critique people like Beth Orton on the basis of being musically or technically inept... as if she's not making a choice to sing that way and has no idea that her vocals are unconventionally flat... as if nobody at any stage of conception, or production, or a record company has ever thought about this issue or made a conscious decision to indeed write, record and release it exactly as it is...

I mean... you definitely don't have to like it, I can easily see why it's stylistically irksome... but the idea that it is somehow a lack of ability/appreciation of what she's doing is silly.

I'm not even a very big fan of Beth Orton... and indeed I often find the "flatness" she sings with to be too relentlessly downbeat and lacklustre... but it's definitely not an accident, or just an inability to do other things with her voice - that's the way she wants to sound.

 
I think RP should have a "like" button for comments like this one!
OUTSTANDING song.

Good Lord... the lyrics, music, sentiment. Just beautiful.

Apparently i don't hear "flat" or "off-key". I hear lyrics, vocals, instruments and melody that really sound great together.

Let the trolling continue... 
It *really* confuses me that people critique people like Beth Orton on the basis of being musically or technically inept... as if she's not making a choice to sing that way and has no idea that her vocals are unconventionally flat... as if nobody at any stage of conception, or production, or a record company has ever thought about this issue or made a conscious decision to indeed write, record and release it exactly as it is...

I mean... you definitely don't have to like it, I can easily see why it's stylistically irksome... but the idea that it is somehow a lack of ability/appreciation of what she's doing is silly.

I'm not even a very big fan of Beth Orton... and indeed I often find the "flatness" she sings with to be too relentlessly downbeat and lacklustre... but it's definitely not an accident, or just an inability to do other things with her voice - that's the way she wants to sound.
Beth Orton keeps growing on me the more I hear her on RP.  Her voice is so soulful - pleasantly jarring with electronica, a natural fit with acoustic songs.
If you asked me to rate this on the street while not listening to it, I'd give it a 4 or a 5.  But I find myself rating it much higher while listening to it and letting my mind wander.  Just works for me.
Please, Bill... 
Some like flat.

But mother, mother, some will never know;
The love that you have is still holding my soul.

I find it beautiful.  Especially as a parent.
Dreadful.
Barely on key.
Thank goodness even this song will pass...
I used to enjoy listening to this simger but now it grates on me how she sings one-syllable words with two- or three-syllables. Buh-uhgs me-ee :)
Please make it stop
Dire, painful to listen to. Sorry. If you want a British singer songwriter that can sing put some Martha Tilston on your playlist.
 Moak wrote:

No, I was saying you are another insignificant music "critic" riding piggyback on somebody else's negative comment, lacking the mental capital to come up with your own sarcasm.  Not to mention calling anybody that wants to challange your easy cynicism a "troll". 
 
You are way, way off.  I wasn't remotely trying to piggyback on another music critic.  I happen to like Beth Orton and wasn't trying to criticize the song.
All my original comment was saying was that I found the other comment hilarious.  If I laugh at a joke told by Louis CK, does that mean I'm trying to be a comic or even agreeing with the statement he made by his joke?  Some things are just funny.
So you call me "bankrupt" on account of that?  It appears you're the one with "easy cynicism."  
 coffee-eyes wrote:
Seems you either love Beth or you hate her with no middle ground. 

I love her.
 
Love flowing here too.

Don't understand the hate - such a beautiful song. 
 window wrote:

Actually no, I'm not bankrupt.  Not rich by any stretch, but definitely not legally insolvent.
What's that?  "Bankrupt" was just a figure of speech?  Well, so was "made my day."

F'ing troll.
 
No, I was saying you are another insignificant music "critic" riding piggyback on somebody else's negative comment, lacking the mental capital to come up with your own sarcasm.  Not to mention calling anybody that wants to challange your easy cynicism a "troll". 
 Moak wrote:


That's all it takes to make your day?  You're fuckin' bankrupt.
 
Actually no, I'm not bankrupt.  Not rich by any stretch, but definitely not legally insolvent.
What's that?  "Bankrupt" was just a figure of speech?  Well, so was "made my day."

F'ing troll.
yeah. it's flat. but still melodic and beautiful in its own way. solid 7.
5.3??  Bullshit.  This is a great song.
 window wrote:

LOL!!! This comment made my day, thanks.
 

That's all it takes to make your day?  You're fuckin' bankrupt.
 cpher wrote:
Flatty flat flat
 
LOL!!! This comment made my day, thanks.
 coding_to_music wrote:
Nice
 
...sigh...mmmnn hmmnn...
Nice
Ditto to the comments below.  Who told these folks they could sing?  And they recorded it just to have proof how badly they vocalize!  You should 86 this one, Mr. B.
Can't wait for this song to pass in time...

Like having some nice soup only to chew on sand near the end
 daedalus wrote:

Painfully flat - ouch !
Torture....{#Stop} 
 
It really is flat. I'm surprised they ever released it like this.
 cpher wrote:
Flatty flat flat
 
Painfully flat - ouch !
Torture....{#Stop} 
Sometimes it's better to just write it down and be happy with that output...
Flatty flat flat
 Please tune that voice!!

pearlst84 wrote:
Please, please, tune that guitar and listen to your monitor!
 


Please, please, tune that guitar and listen to your monitor!
 passsion8 wrote:
Clearly these songs comments aren't monitored.
 
Yes!!  Yes!!  You are right.

Bill:  THANK YOU!!!  
 passsion8 wrote:
Clearly these songs comments aren't monitored.
  No, they are not. And that's a good thing.


Iwas just thinking, what a sweet song this is, makes me feel good.
I came to find out what album it's on and rate it, and I see I've previously given it a ONE!!!
I have no idea what I was thinking!!!
Although her breathy styling often irritates me, I find I like this very much!!
I think 7 or 8 is in order... 
Clearly these songs comments aren't monitored.
Bumped,  from four-ish years ago:
 
cc_rider wrote:
I love Beth Orton. Saw her at ACL Fest one year, she was wonderful. Maybe, just maybe, she's out of tune on purpose? Discordant, even? She don't exactly sing feel-good tunes, so out-of-tune may be the POINT. Ever listen to Hank Williams? Sometimes he sounds more like a wounded animal than a human. On purpose. 'Art' ain't always about 'beauty'. c.
 


This song will pass soon...
In the meantime perhaps we should act like we won't be here tomorrow because we don't just know.
Kindness, respect and love always.
Seems you either love Beth or you hate her with no middle ground. 

I love her.
It's an O.K. tune.


This song is interesting...  I like it...  I'm not going to rate it, but I like it...

 
Yes indeed there do seem to be some intonation issues at play here. The male voice really subtracts from the whole. The idiosyncratic qualities of Beth Orton's singing and writing do not always work so well.
Today certainly is a milestone. I am now going on almost ten years as big RP fan and now I play this game...essentially what is my least (and most of course) favorite song in whole canon. Wow! we have a winner; this is by far the worst song I have ever heard on here. It's sort of amazing actually. it takes bad to a higher plane
This song is excruciating.  And not in a good way.
Eww... who's singing harmonies? He shouldn't be, because what he's singing isn't harmony, it's something close sometimes, and NOT a lot of the rest of the time.
had to mute, delete this one please
I like some Beth Orton stuff, but this one would definitely benefit from everyone trying to stay on key (including the bass player).  Kind of sounds like a record on an old record player that is not spinning evenly (speeding up and slowing down).  Not a big fan of this one.
I sure wish Bill and Rebecca would take this song off the playlist. The vocals are excrutiatingly off-key.
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
Really Peeps... our collective thinks this song is a 5... but you love bulls*$# movie soundtrack music and Cold Play redone with a cello...

I have low respect for many of your tastes in music.
 
By God, you told them! But you forgot this...{#Razz}
Let's hope she doesn't take up music as a career.
Really Peeps... our collective thinks this song is a 5... but you love bulls*$# movie soundtrack music and Cold Play redone with a cello...

I have low respect for many of your tastes in music.
I'm surprised by the negative comments about this one. For me the lolloping beat and guitar work, and the vocals on top (backing provided by Terry Callier) just make for a relaxed Sunday morning of a song which goes on and on (and should then preferably be followed by a long Van Morrisson song and another cup of coffee.)

But then if we all agreed about everything, where would the fun be? One man's mute button is another's volume crank... 
I was going to say this isn't horrible, but then the man started singing and the guitar got real loud, and yes, yes it is pretty horrible.
...like a ginormous kidney stone.
Just when I'm hoping it is over, it keeps coming back!
 nano wrote:
songs like this are the reason RP has a mute button

 
RP does not have a mute button, your computer media player has a mute button. That Syracuse water has clouded your brain (as it has mine {#Drunk}). See you at Middle Ages!

But I agree with you. . . this song is pretty bad. Not up to Beth's standard's of excellence. Time to put on some Porcupine Tree and step back and chill out.

 netstv wrote:
sheesh.. pass already will ya!  I really like Beth Orton, but I don't like this song.. AT ALL!
 
I agree — normally LOVE Beth Orton — this song, NOT at all.....  {#No}
songs like this are the reason RP has a mute button

I really have great respect for artists and musicians and find it hard to say anything derogatory - but this really really is off key and makes the hairs on my neck stand up like someone raking a nail across a chalkboard.
I was wondering if there was something wrong with me, cause, not knowing the song, it seemed to me really off key.

But i just read few comments hereunder and feel better to see i'm not the only one to get that.

Never heard a song off key on a radio before.... strange, but funny.

It's surely to test if we are really listening, istn'it? ;)




Embarrassing caterwauling.  She should stick to the studio.

Generally, I really like Beth Orton.
This song would be a little boring
but passable without the backing
vocals.  Don't know who that is, but
he hurts my ears.