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Joni Mitchell — Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire
Album: For The Roses
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6.9

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Total ratings: 1210









Released: 1972
Length: 4:11
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Cold Blue Steel out of money
One eye for the beat police
Sweet Fire calling
"You can't deny me
Now you know what you need"
Underneath the jungle gym
Hollow-grey-fire-escape-thief
Looking for Sweet Fire
Shadow of Lady Release

"Come with me
I know the way" she says
"It's down, down, down the dark ladder
Do you want to contact somebody first?
Leave someone a letter?
You can come now
Or you can come later"

A wristwatch, a ring, a downstairs screamer
Edgy - black cracks of the sky
"Pin-cushion-prick-
Fix this poor bad dreamer!"
"Money" cold shadows reply
Pawnshops crisscrossed and padlocked
Corridors spit on prayers and pleas
Sparks fly up from Sweet Fire
Black soot of Lady Release

"Come with me
I know the way" she says
"It's down, down, down the dark ladder
Do you want to contact somebody first?
Does it really matter
You can come now
Or you can come later?"

Red water in the bathroom sink
Fever and the scum brown bowl
Blue Steel still begging
But it's indistinct
Someone's HI-Fi drumming Jelly Roll
Concrete concentration camp
Bashing in veins for peace
Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire
Fall into Lady Release

"Come with me
I know the way" she says
"It's down, down, down the dark ladder
Do you want to contact somebody first?
I mean what does it really matter?
You're going to come now
Or you're going to come later"
Comments (206)add comment
 buddy wrote:


I have her entire catalogue and on any given day I'd have to say this is my favorite song of hers. Written for acoustic guitar in Open G with a drop C on the low end, not the easiest to play, at least with heart & emotion. Lyrically amazing. I can close my eyes and see the scene she's painting. And oh yeah, she's a hell of a painter as well.
 
Same here... it's hard to choose an absolute favorite but this is amongst them for sure.For me this is really the album where Joni starts for me... not that I don't appreciate earlier albums, but this through Shadows & Light are thrilling in their immense out-of-the-box-ness. 

I just started playingBig Yellow Taxi this summer (open D) and I'm attempting Free Man in Paris now (drop D) I've always avoided learning her songs because the vocals are so challenging and the colors are just so, but I'm starting to be more brave about it. I doubt I'll ever have the chops to go after Cold Blue Steel. 
I'm kind of worried about the 88 people who gave this a 1 rating.
Everything that Buddy said below - don't like it? PSD is awaiting your grubby fingertip. I pity those that can't be bothered to listen closely, to pay attention to the nuances, tones and textures. She paints with sounds and words. Sheer gorgeosity. As an aside, Tim Curry (yeah - *that* Tim Curry) does a rather lovely cover of this.
Just brilliant. 
Listening to her voice is like a pain in the butt, only worse....
 ziakut wrote:
When I was younger...didn't care for JM. Now I fully appreciate how amazing she is, with her cool arrangements and beautiful voice. What a naive fool was I.
 

Agree. I thought that about Leonard Cohen. It was only after his death did I realize his genius.
I appreciated her when I was younger. Now that I'm older, I think, WTF! Life is too short to listen to this whiny, droning crap. I guess I should have been born a few years earlier because all I can think of when I hear voice is, "where is the PSD button?"
When I was younger...didn't care for JM. Now I fully appreciate how amazing she is, with her cool arrangements and beautiful voice. What a naive fool was I.
 scottbolten wrote:


Joni Mitchell should not be played as much as she is. Not sure why Bill loves her so much.
 
Because her artistry & music is genius. And because if he listened to everyone who told him who & who not to play, this site wouldn't have lasted a year. I have to believe he implemented the PSD function as an accommodation to those who don't really get what this place is all about. Nice of him; use it.

I have her entire catalogue and on any given day I'd have to say this is my favorite song of hers. Written for acoustic guitar in Open G with a drop C on the low end, not the easiest to play, at least with heart & emotion. Lyrically amazing. I can close my eyes and see the scene she's painting. And oh yeah, she's a hell of a painter as well.
Sublime
 scottbolten wrote:


Joni Mitchell should not be played as much as she is. Not sure why Bill loves her so much.
 

Maybe he is perceptive enough to realize, from the comments, that many of us enjoy her music (and lyrics)....a lot!
 scottbolten wrote:
Joni Mitchell should not be played as much as she is. Not sure why Bill loves her so much.
 
It's not just Bill.  10.
it's not the lyrics I hate, it's her horrible voice and god-awful music.... Bill, make it stop!!
Ah Joni.
Thanks for this. I forget how amazing is her voice. Bad grammar is cool.
 ExploitingChaos wrote:

Well WE cant, but U sure can so STFU{#Hug}
 

Joni Mitchell should not be played as much as she is. Not sure why Bill loves her so much.
 Randomax wrote:
again, I will repeat (have a gillion times).....she's a POET first...you haters PLEASE read some lyrics....you'll see!!!
 

I've heard -- and loved -- this song for decades, but had never read the lyrics. 

Maybe the best song ever written about heroin. That's my take, anyway.
 dabeyc wrote:
can we go one day without joni mitchell? 

 
Well WE cant, but U sure can so STFU{#Hug}
 dabeyc wrote:
can we go one day without joni mitchell? 

 
Sure, try not listening for as many days as you want. Or hey, start your own station and play whatever you want.
And then there's Tim Curry's cover version on 1979's "Fearless" LP. David Sanborn on sax and Dick Wagner on guitar. Worth a listen if you can find it.
I never know how to rate Joni's songs because I'll vacillate anywhere between 4-8 several times, depending on what's happening in the tune. Her lyrics are usually quite engaging though...and although she's not my favorite, I feel quite an appreciation for her contribution...
 dabeyc wrote:
can we go one day without joni mitchell? 

 
I hope not!
can we go one day without joni mitchell? 
Why now or later?  How about now AND later?
 nagsheadlocal wrote:

Joni, Jackson Browne, early Springsteen - the list goes on and if you were around in that period you do certainly remember the singer-songwriters who made listening to the radio a 24/7 thing. Wake up to clock radio, radio in the car, over speakers in the student union, all day. To quote Dylan "There was music in the streets."
 
     


I was there, and when Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, or early Springsteen came on my clock radio, radio in the car, or radio anywhere - I/We changed the station, same as I do now.  





 Kokoloco53 wrote:
I can only feel sorry for the younger generation that weren't baptized in the spirit and soul of the late 60 's music.
 
Joni, Jackson Browne, early Springsteen - the list goes on and if you were around in that period you do certainly remember the singer-songwriters who made listening to the radio a 24/7 thing. Wake up to clock radio, radio in the car, over speakers in the student union, all day. To quote Dylan "There was music in the streets."

 Kokoloco53 wrote:
I own probably every album Joni ever recorded, either on vinyl, cd, or both. I've pretty much listened to music all my life for the music, thus I didn't pay close attention to the poetry, but in Joni's poetry as in so many others, the lyrics were so personal that I never understood each song for what it was written about, but always attached my own meaning to many of them. I can only feel sorry for the younger generation that weren't baptized in the spirit and soul of the late 60 's music. Joni's not doing so well right now and we can only hope she recovers from her stroke. I just wish I had one of her paintings in print hanging on my wall. Guess I need to frame one of her album covers at least, she painted almost all of them herself. Love, peace, world harmony, joy......don't give up your personal dreams.....live and help others.

 
{#Hearteyes}
Joni's a MUSICAL GOD  (my 18 yr old son overheard this piece and agrees! Hope she's well and with us for years to come : )
 Kokoloco53 wrote:
I own probably every album Joni ever recorded, either on vinyl, cd, or both. I've pretty much listened to music all my life for the music, thus I didn't pay close attention to the poetry, but in Joni's poetry as in so many others, the lyrics were so personal that I never understood each song for what it was written about, but always attached my own meaning to many of them. I can only feel sorry for the younger generation that weren't baptized in the spirit and soul of the late 60 's music. Joni's not doing so well right now and we can only hope she recovers from her stroke. I just wish I had one of her paintings in print hanging on my wall. Guess I need to frame one of her album covers at least, she painted almost all of them herself. Love, peace, world harmony, joy......don't give up your personal dreams.....live and help others.

 
Kudos to you, Kokoloco53; what a wonderful post!  This plus my enjoyment of this track = a 9 rating on this JM tune.

I am one of those late 70s kids, born in the late-disco, new age, rap and hip-hop and (later) grunge generation, and I continue to search out all the best of the best.  Joni has become one of my favorite artists, I find her music evocative of a time I missed out on and I'm so glad for RP (and the utubes, etc.) giving me a chance to catch-up on the likes of Joni, Nick Drake, etc., etc., etc....

Here's to the world harmony, love and peace and joy, for you and me and everyone between. 


 alvarorb wrote:
Not a fan of her voice. I like the music, but her voice sounds like a cat whose tail has been repeatedly crushed by a rocking chair...
 
Interesting. I know we're supposed to post comments. Come one come all I take it you're not a fan of jazz? For those of us who are. She's always been in the pantheon of greats. Voice and all. A master. 
To think that this universe has Joni Mitchell... Bonus!
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Meh, a 3 at best.    Her time has passed.....
 
Yeah, her time has past.  Just like Tchaikovsky, Muddy Waters, and the Rolling Stones.
I own probably every album Joni ever recorded, either on vinyl, cd, or both. I've pretty much listened to music all my life for the music, thus I didn't pay close attention to the poetry, but in Joni's poetry as in so many others, the lyrics were so personal that I never understood each song for what it was written about, but always attached my own meaning to many of them. I can only feel sorry for the younger generation that weren't baptized in the spirit and soul of the late 60 's music. Joni's not doing so well right now and we can only hope she recovers from her stroke. I just wish I had one of her paintings in print hanging on my wall. Guess I need to frame one of her album covers at least, she painted almost all of them herself. Love, peace, world harmony, joy......don't give up your personal dreams.....live and help others.
Me too.
 

easmann wrote:

Me too.

 


 alvarorb wrote:
Not a fan of her voice. I like the music, but her voice sounds like a cat whose tail has been repeatedly crushed by a rocking chair...

 
Do you know cats? 
 Skydog wrote:
Thanks Bill
 
Me too.



                                      E X C R U C I A T I N G


 

I never cared for Joni when I was a kid, through my teens, and into my 20s. And then somewhere in my 20s, I suddenly "got" her. Not because someone talked me into it, or that I was brainwashed, or that I was trying to be cool. No, I just started listening to her lyrics, and started appreciating her pure, distinctive, unique voice. Since I did a LOT of theatre in my 20s, I also understood how Joni makes it sound effortless to sing beautifully... which is NOT effortless for most people! I realize that she's an acquired taste for some people, but I just love her. Thanks for keeping her in the rotation regularly, Bill! {#Notworthy}
Not a fan of her voice. I like the music, but her voice sounds like a cat whose tail has been repeatedly crushed by a rocking chair...
That song made my day.
Yes she is an incredible songwriter and musician, but I just cannot listen to her without feeling like I cannonballed into the 70's pool!  It is so not timeless music IMHO.
Joni's vocals evoke memories of late, sunny summer afternoons when mom would spin some vinyl.
Comfort food!
Thanks Bill
Fantastic!
Not a fan of her music, but I respect her song writing.
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Meh, a 3 at best.    Her time has passed.....

 
Ha ha....so what are you saying? You only want to hear music from the past few years?
 SanFranGayMan wrote:

I would respectfully disagree. It hasn't so much passed as it hasn't arrived for you. That is not a dis, either. Every era of music that communicates the zeitgeist  of the time will be timeless. it's just that each era is either more or less remarkable than others or the experiences they had to deal with drive the music. Her/our era was marked by a fodder war of Viet Nam, a discovery of self and community that was fueled by drugs and a new world of ecology, real food and travel outside our little boundaries. You are used to all that-thank non-god, but it was new and experiential for us. Go make something new and exciting for the next gen—and I believe the Millennials are doing just that. The new hippies-own nothing, everything should be free, socially liberal, share what you have. Sweet!

 
Well said.
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Meh, a 3 at best.    Her time has passed.....

 
I would respectfully disagree. It hasn't so much passed as it hasn't arrived for you. That is not a dis, either. Every era of music that communicates the zeitgeist  of the time will be timeless. it's just that each era is either more or less remarkable than others or the experiences they had to deal with drive the music. Her/our era was marked by a fodder war of Viet Nam, a discovery of self and community that was fueled by drugs and a new world of ecology, real food and travel outside our little boundaries. You are used to all that-thank non-god, but it was new and experiential for us. Go make something new and exciting for the next gen—and I believe the Millennials are doing just that. The new hippies-own nothing, everything should be free, socially liberal, share what you have. Sweet!
I am not her biggest fan, but this is very good, produced, arangment everything nice!
Meh, a 3 at best.    Her time has passed.....
 dragon1952 wrote:
Joni Mitchell is so brilliant and has a such a sweet and wonderful voice as well. A wise man once said, "those that don't know, don't know that they don't know". I'll place the diss'ers in that category. Maybe you actually have to be back from that era when music was music.

 
oh c'mon, don't ya just love the whisper and squeak style of the singers in the 21st century?

Joni Mitchell, to me is just about the best singer ever
Goodness, the hate for Joni.  Turn it off or go elsewhere
Just tuned in on a Monday morning right as this came on. Time to move on down the "virtual dial" and find something else, something good to listen to. She has a voice that reminds me of a cat with it's tail caught under a rocking chair.
GODDESS  : )
dragon1952 wrote:
Joni Mitchell is so brilliant and has a such a sweet and wonderful voice as well. A wise man once said, "those that don't know, don't know that they don't know". I'll place the diss'ers in that category. Maybe you actually have to be back from that era when music was music.

I'll concede she's the kindest, warmest, bravest, most wonderful human being I've ever heard sing a song, but her music does nothing for me except make me pound the PSD button for relief.


 dragon1952 wrote:
Joni Mitchell is so brilliant and has a such a sweet and wonderful voice as well. A wise man once said, "those that don't know, don't know that they don't know". I'll place the diss'ers in that category. Maybe you actually have to be back from that era when music was music.
 
Some people love  her music, some people like a lot of her music, some people hate her music - that's just the way it is.  It generally has little to do with the era when a person was born, but if you want to engage in ageist speculation, go ahead.  Keep in mind, people who were adults (and particularly parents) in the 1950s and '60s also claimed that the popular music of those eras was not "music", especially when compared to their music of the 1930s and '40s.  Music is always music.  Anyhow, I think this is a good tune and a very good album as well.
 helgigermany wrote:
Back in the day, great part of my life!

 

Me too , wore is out that summer
7th grade I believe 🌻 
"Come with me
I know the way" she says
"It's down, down, down the dark ladder"
I love when this song ends. 
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
More than The Knack, believe it or not.
Did you seriously mean to give "My Sharona" a 10? 
 
{#Roflol}
Joni Mitchell is so brilliant and has a such a sweet and wonderful voice as well. A wise man once said, "those that don't know, don't know that they don't know". I'll place the diss'ers in that category. Maybe you actually have to be back from that era when music was music.
I'm told it's better than it sounds.
 finoufk wrote:
did that woman sell any record in her time ??   this is terrible...

 
More than The Knack, believe it or not.
Did you seriously mean to give "My Sharona" a 10? 
 Randomax wrote:
again, I will repeat (have a gillion times).....she's a POET first...you haters PLEASE read some lyrics....you'll see!!!

 
That may be true, but she also has that VOICE — pure perfection when put together. Now take Dylan. He's also a poet first, but may or may not (depending on your point of view) have the voice to make the poetry fly.
This is one of my favorite songs from my all-time favorite female artist. The imagery!!!
"She says "come with me, I know the way;
It's down, down, down... the dark ladder.""
Sadly, not everyone visualizes easily from words. After playing this for friends and inquiring often into a (puzzling to me) lack of appreciation, I have learned that this aptitude is the "missing piece." 
This also helps me understand why some folks just have no "use" for poetry.
'Tis just a pity. No cause, on either side, for acrimony.

{#Meditate}  {#Notworthy}  {#Meditate}                                       {#Bananajam}  {#Drummer}  {#Guitarist}   Rock on!
One of the greatest things ever recorded. 
The live version on Miles of Aisles is also stunning and beautiful.  
 colt4x5 wrote:

My daughter is 23 and is a huge fan of For the Roses. It's not only age. 

 
Mine too!  When she was 7 she wanted to learn Circle Game on guitar.  Joni will live forever. 
Back in the day, great part of my life!
again, I will repeat (have a gillion times).....she's a POET first...you haters PLEASE read some lyrics....you'll see!!!
Every now and then the AMA tells me to turn off Joni Mitchell. How? I wear headphones @ work while I program and every couple hours I'm told a break is a good idea. Well Joni is when the headphones go off :)
 
Pure ten-ness.
 KevinM wrote:
I was going to give this p.o.s. a well deserved 1, then I logged in and saw I already did.
 
Get over yourself. We have.
42 years later.  A fine song that is now a classic.
 johnjconn wrote:


This stinks

 
Please go elsewhere
oh, croon! more Joni please B&R, love RP! ;)*
Oh. This is perfect. Joni is wonderful.  This may have been the first LP I ever bought.


 unclehud wrote:
Dear Lord in heaven, is there a smoother voice anywhere in recorded history?  (Probably, but hers is pretty amazing.)

 

I was just thinking the same thing!
One reason I love Joni's music is that none of it is three-chord rock and roll. This may be why some consider it no so "accessible". I can listen to it many times and never get bored because the structure is complex and unconventional and her voice is so effortless and marvelous. This might be Pete Fountain playing clarinet; he did play on at least one of her albums.
The ratings distribution should almost look like this (after reading the comments):

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 dputlak wrote:
Too bad to see some lousy comments about Joni, but to each his/her own.  Maybe its an age thing.  I'm 50+ and I still haven't heard anything quite like her, and I like her music a lot.

 
My daughter is 23 and is a huge fan of For the Roses. It's not only age. 
I was going to give this p.o.s. a well deserved 1, then I logged in and saw I already did.
 bev wrote:


Joni Mitchell is so phenomenal, it's ridiculously hard to imagine anyone even attempting a cover of this. Joni is such a remarkable artist and you can feel all of her emotions rawly exposed.

However, that being said, I used to own Tim Curry's Fearless album (yes, kids, vinyl...) and I do recall that Curry handled himself admirably on this tune. IIRC, his version was just edgy enough that you fully understood the song was all about heroin addiction. (Aside: I loved "I Do The Rock" from that same album! Thanks for the memories, marktberry.)

 
Tim Curry had a great voice. "I Do The Rock" was a lot of fun. I keep reminding myself to find out who's running against House Majority Leader John "Permatan" Boehner, call up the campaign offices of his opponents, and tell them to use Tim's "Working on My Tan" in ads against Boehner. Funny song--check it on YouTube. 

If anyone can explain Boehner's tanning addiction or the occasional public crying jag, I'd love to hear your take.  

And yes, Joni sold a boatload of albums in the 70s. At the height of her fame, she was pretty much a household name. Rolling Stone has apparently clashed with Joni over the years but did call her "one of the greatest songwriters ever."
 daisymaybee wrote:
I fall into the camp - "Never too much Joni.........."
That is why RP started the PSD button. Go for it you neigh-sayers! 

 
OK. I'm starting to cringe. See you later. 
I fall into the camp - "Never too much Joni.........."
That is why RP started the PSD button. Go for it you neigh-sayers! 
Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire could play forever for me, I so love this album! {#Heartkiss}
I'm hoping the Joni Mitchell bender Bill is on ends soon.  I'll be muting the sound and back later.
 bam23 wrote:

I guess it is necessary to add to the small pile of astonished responses. It can only be that she uses the same vocal chords in every song that you could even imagine this statement to be true. Try actually listening, unless you simply don't like the music. Which is fine, but your specific complaint is nonsensical. Back then albums were not really cheap. A couple of bucks? Maybe as a cutout, but I never saw any of her albums in the discount bins. I could rarely afford to pay the full price, so the cutouts or used records (not so great, since unlike CDs the quality deteriorated with use) were my primary purchases. It amazes me to read the confident statements, often incorrect, that my fellow planetary residents make about things they clearly do not actually know.
 
These kids today...
Did not listen to a lot of Joni beyond the radio tracks - which I always dug - back in the day.

But have come to appreciate her amazing talent as a songwriter. 

Can imagine my man Elvis C. listening to this and sticking some of this in his head for future reference.


There was a time and a place and Joni.
She's an acquired taste.  A unique voice and talent.
Thanks RP! 
 johnjconn wrote:


How bout it!
Every Joni song sounds like the last Joni song. 

I'll assume she sold some records in her day, after all, an album back then only cost a couple bucks
 
I guess it is necessary to add to the small pile of astonished responses. It can only be that she uses the same vocal chords in every song that you could even imagine this statement to be true. Try actually listening, unless you simply don't like the music. Which is fine, but your specific complaint is nonsensical. Back then albums were not really cheap. A couple of bucks? Maybe as a cutout, but I never saw any of her albums in the discount bins. I could rarely afford to pay the full price, so the cutouts or used records (not so great, since unlike CDs the quality deteriorated with use) were my primary purchases. It amazes me to read the confident statements, often incorrect, that my fellow planetary residents make about things they clearly do not actually know.
Her lyrics are so intelligent and beautifully crafted. I just don't get some of the antipathy I read in here. Even if you don't care for her voice.
Please, God, no! Never again!
She, as is Emmyoul Harris, is a gift to our musical listening (and considering).
Too bad to see some lousy comments about Joni, but to each his/her own.  Maybe its an age thing.  I'm 50+ and I still haven't heard anything quite like her, and I like her music a lot.
 finoufk wrote:
did that woman sell any record in her time ??   this is terrible...

johnjconn wrote:


How bout it!
Every Joni song sounds like the last Joni song. 

I'll assume she sold some records in her day, after all, an album back then only cost a couple bucks
 
These two comments raise so many questions it is unbelievable. Joni Mitchell was a star in the 70s so how can that be a serious comment? Did you just think that would be funny?

As for johnjconn: It does not sound as if you like Joni Mitchell (fine with me). But that would explain (possibly) why you claim that every song she made sounds the same. Ok her voice is distinctive (a bad thing?), but other than that she experimented with so many styles throughout her career that this really cannot be true. I assume you simply did not really listen to many of her songs and or LPs.

Back then albums only cost a coupe of bucks? What do you mean by that? In the stores? Well you can download this album for $9.99 as MP3 (sacrilege to do so) from Amazon. Inflation adjusted that's like 5 bucks 1972 (I am admittedly guessing). Which to me is just a coupe of bucks.
Mmm, yes... like jazzy silk... silky jazz... love it.
Based on the picture on the album cover, I am sure the sax would definitely be haunting.


Gregorama wrote:
I still love it after 40 years, especially the haunting sax.  Excellent.
 


 finoufk wrote:
did that woman sell any record in her time ??   this is terrible...
 
You obviously have no taste. Whether or not Joni's music appeals to you...this is one of her best songs.....thank you RP for putting this on the playlist!! She was in her prime for this one!!
 finoufk wrote:
did that woman sell any record in her time ??   this is terrible...
 
Yes. She sold tons of them. 
I still love it after 40 years, especially the haunting sax.  Excellent.
 finoufk wrote:
did that woman sell any record in her time ??   this is terrible...
 
Joni's voice is not for everyone, but I believe she sold well in the 70s.  Haven't heard much from her lately.
 jagdriver wrote:

Try Court & Spark with some really good headphones or on a top-notch surround sound rig without any distractions. Best on a sunny day, I believe. In fact, I think C & S was probably an extension of this track, judging from the terrific production and in comparison to the other numbers on this album.
 
I never really cared much for jazz, but Tom Scott & the LA Express really changed my mind on his backing for Joni on Court and Spark.
And this tune.
At least for that one album anyway.
And this great song.
 finoufk wrote:
did that woman sell any record in her time ??   this is terrible...
 



Never understood it. Couldn't stand her as a kid. Don't like it as an adult.
"For the Roses" is such a fine album. Joni is one of us.
 marktberry wrote:
I've always enjoyed Tim Curry's cover on the 1979 release, Fearless
 

Joni Mitchell is so phenomenal, it's ridiculously hard to imagine anyone even attempting a cover of this. Joni is such a remarkable artist and you can feel all of her emotions rawly exposed.

However, that being said, I used to own Tim Curry's Fearless album (yes, kids, vinyl...) and I do recall that Curry handled himself admirably on this tune. IIRC, his version was just edgy enough that you fully understood the song was all about heroin addiction. (Aside: I loved "I Do The Rock" from that same album! Thanks for the memories, marktberry.)
=) I don't know about all that luv stuff below but this song is slightly better then comments imply... =)

 unclehud wrote:
Lord help me, I have been in love with this woman since the late 70s ...
 
me too even though i was just gittin' born!

 Hairfarmer wrote:
I still want to hear the 'Stones cover this.
 
They did, sort of.  It's called "Sister Morphine."

https://www.radioparadise.com/content.php?name=songinfo&song_id=33039


did that woman sell any record in her time ??   this is terrible...
Lord help me, I have been in love with this woman since the late 70s ...
 Jeff09 wrote:
turning up the subwoofer...
 

turning off the satellites...
Happy 68th birthday, Roberta Joan Anderson.

 sirdroseph wrote:
I would like her if her voice was not like fingernails on a chalkboard to my ears, other than that she is fine.

 
Funny, I think her voice is rather smooth-sounding.  To each his own, I guess.

 sirdroseph wrote:
I would like her if her voice was not like fingernails on a chalkboard to my ears, other than that she is fine.
 
Really??? I think I could listen to her sing the phone book just to hear her voice. I guess to each their own.
 purplespider wrote:
*sigh*  I feel so... unAmerican.  I just never could get into her music. {#Stupid}
 
Don't sweat, she is after all Canadian. Her music and voice wasn't really on my radar when listening to all the good music in the late sixites but eventually I grew to appreciate her style. Really like to open tuning, she usually surrounds herself with stellar musicians and her voice is adventerous and unique
 Randomax wrote:


It refers to the horrible, visious cycle of heroin addiction.  You can "come now" into 'her' arms because we all know you will sooner or later.
 
Damn. After reading the lyrics, there is no doubt that's what it's about. Paints a pathetic scene.

Made more poignant by the recent death of Gil Scott Heron, felled by drug addiction. Damn.

turning up the subwoofer...
I would like her if her voice was not like fingernails on a chalkboard to my ears, other than that she is fine.

 purplespider wrote:
*sigh*  I feel so... unAmerican.  I just never could get into her music. {#Stupid}
 
Try Court & Spark with some really good headphones or on a top-notch surround sound rig without any distractions. Best on a sunny day, I believe. In fact, I think C & S was probably an extension of this track, judging from the terrific production and in comparison to the other numbers on this album.
*sigh*  I feel so... unAmerican.  I just never could get into her music. {#Stupid}