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Katell Keineg — One Hell Of A Life
Album: Jet
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Released: 1997
Length: 3:28
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Lay me down in a wooded field

Plant a bush above my head

Well lay me, lay me down

Don’t go writing on my grave

I’ll have said it all before the end

Lay me, lay me down



And when I’m dead

Please don’t philosophize

Or feel regret

Just remember me when I said

I had one hell of a life,

One hell Of a life

I had one hell of a life



Throw my ashes to the wind

Watch them blow into the sea

Well throw me, throw me in

You can cry up there on the cliff

Scream to heaven, work your grief

But throw me, throw me in

And when I’m dead

Please don’t philosophize

Or feel regret

Just remember me when I said

I had one hell of a life,

One hell Of a life

I had one hell of a life



Fear and guilt accumulate

And the time’s never right to deal with it

Well maybe, maybe now

You can live your life in an endless wait

Or build it high on the present tense

Maybe, maybe now

And when you’re dead

They won’t philosophize

Or feel regret

They’ll remember you when you said

You had one hell of a life,

One hell Of a life

You had one hell of a life



Build it high on serendipity, dipity, dipity, doop, doop, yeah



And when we’re all dead

They won’t philosophize

Or feel regret

They’ll remember us when we said

We had one hell of a life,

One hell Of a life

We had one hell of a life
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I wonder what she'd sound like if she she didn't sing thru her  nose. 
Looks like someone popped her in the eye
This might be the first time I listened all-the-way-through-this-song, and I was moved enough to go +2 to 7.  LLRP!!
 hayduke2 wrote:

great voice imo  : )
 

I'm with you, her voice just connects. And, being in the process of living one hell of a life myself, I'm fine by her lyrics as well...

great voice imo  : )
Where all the cow-girls are gone.
 Hannio wrote:


Very.

 
Very very!
 thewiseking wrote:
sounds like Sissy Spacek. Not a good thing.

 
i agree. yucky.
Quite a beautiful musician!

check out Darcy Frey's article in The New York Times Magazine, 2 July 2006. https://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/02/magazine/02keineg.html?pagewanted=all&_moc.semityn.www
Excellent, understated delivery on this tune.  Love it.
 Randomax wrote:
Wow, Bill....such a wonderful chain of songs in tribute to Steve Jobs....I can hardly keep from weeping today....
 
He did have one hell of a life! It is celebrated!
Wow, Bill....such a wonderful chain of songs in tribute to Steve Jobs....I can hardly keep from weeping today....
I like this. 
 listen_n_sf wrote:
This is getting painful.
 

Very.
This is getting painful.
Just bought Jet cd second hand.  Great set of tunes.  She seems especially underground. 
wow, i bought this back when i went to record stores and listened to stuff at kiosks.  i've never heard it anywhere but on my own stereo.  it's a good album.
Very Beautiful

ahhh...nice...here it is... my song. {#Tongue-out}

it's very joan armatrading-ish.....


 calypsus_1 wrote:

 

the attention awakes, does not have many data concerning this singer, only this song-    ** 5  / 6 **

 

Far out, Catherwood. Just roll a couple of bombers and leave them on the side table.
{#Neutral}
Another treasure unearthed by Bill and Rebecca. This is what Radio Paradise is all about! ...Or rather it's one of the great features of Radio Paradise.
JET (this album) is one of the great undersung (no pun intended!) masterpieces. Katell is a rare, rare, soulful, one-of-a-kind artist. That she got signed to a major-label deal (Elektra) is a minor miracle. When they dropped her 2 critically acclaimed records later, it was the end of that miracle, but not of her. (There was an article on her in the New York Times Magazine a few years ago.)

I urge every RP listener to buy this record, and really let it sink in. It's that good. 

 

the attention awakes, does not have many data concerning this singer, only this song-    ** 5  / 6 **



 suddenchad wrote:
Wondeful, obscure release from 10 years ago, featuring some interesting musical collaborators, including Eric Drew Friedman who has played with both Capt. Beefheart and PJ Harvey, among others. Don't know what has happened to Katell; I have only seen one other CD from her, released a few years prior to this one. But I do see this for sale very cheap in some used CD stores and always what to grab it and tell people, "Hey, this is a great little treasure right here and it's a real bargain!"
 
Wasn't she Jeff Buckley's girlfriend? She has a mailing list. Plays a lot in The Netherlands and New York a few times a year.


I'm just not convinced she's had one hell of a life.
She is really good! :cheers:
When that organ came in at the intro I thought "Ah, Bobby" but no......... Pleasant enough however!
Wow, this is a pretty irritating song
sounds like Sissy Spacek. Not a good thing.
cc_rider wrote:
Good choice. Poi Dog Pondering's 'Bury Me Deep' is on my list too.
Highway to hell's on my list
"One hand on a knife...?" :eh:
Starting to get annoyed by that falsetto thing she does with her voice... :no:
I don't know...sounds kind of nasally to me.
Buzzardcheater wrote:
This one made it onto my list of songs I want played at my funeral. I'm planning one hell of a party (too bad I won't be there)....but that party better be about 50 years hence.
Good choice. Poi Dog Pondering's 'Bury Me Deep' is on my list too.
Not just the song, it's one hell of a CD.
sounds like Helen Reddy's daughter (if she has one)....
:heartkiss: :heartkiss:
Actually in some of the verses I hear hints of U2's "Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World" BKardon wrote:
I keep hearing hints of U2's "Angel of Harlem".
Wondeful, obscure release from 10 years ago, featuring some interesting musical collaborators, including Eric Drew Friedman who has played with both Capt. Beefheart and PJ Harvey, among others. Don't know what has happened to Katell; I have only seen one other CD from her, released a few years prior to this one. But I do see this for sale very cheap in some used CD stores and always what to grab it and tell people, "Hey, this is a great little treasure right here and it's a real bargain!"
yes, yes i do... :good-vibes:
As opposed to your commentary? To wit: Make superficial dismissive comments of music...toss a bone to lead singer based on looks. Haven't seen that here on RP more than, oh, maybe a few THOUSAND times. ibcoleman wrote:
She's cute. Lyrics are pretty obvious though. And sounds pretty derivative.
I've traveled across most of our little world....:cheers: :sunny:
Just printed out the lyrics so hub knows what to play at my funeral.... 40 years form now, of course!
One hell of a life... literally or figuratively? It's a good way to complain but still sound postive or perhaps to just keep 'em guessing...
ibcoleman wrote:
She's cute. Lyrics are pretty obvious though. And sounds pretty derivative.
Never heard of her and yes, she is cute!
She's cute. Lyrics are pretty obvious though. And sounds pretty derivative.
Keep playin' Katell!!! Love her!
The Gulf of Araby is off of Katell Keineg's amazing CD: "O Seasons O Castles" - go to her website (www.katellkeineg.com) and buy it! It's incredible music! Xpat wrote:
Great song, great sentiment. Was it she who wrote "Gulf of Araby" that Natalie Merchant covered on her live in NYC album? I like that one a lot. I've never heard the original, though; maybe it could be found and uploaded to be played here?
I'm not sure what I find more striking about this song - the lack of any melodic sense, the mediocre voice, or the unimaginative lyrics. One thing is very clear, though. She had one hell of a life.
My coworker thought she was saying, "One head full of lice." :roflol:
made me stop work n listen.. that's something anyway. :biggrin:
This one made it onto my list of songs I want played at my funeral. I'm planning one hell of a party (too bad I won't be there)....but that party better be about 50 years hence.
I keep hearing hints of U2's "Angel of Harlem".
I like the lyrics much better than the song itself.
One hell of a nasally voice. Otherwise pleasant song. :confused:
haven't listned to this album in a good long while. it's solid.
mig7 wrote:
This is a really cool song--her voice is awkward, though.
I think the awkwardness of her voice makes the song
This is a great song and a great album. Not a "rocker", but they don't all have to be here on RP. This song helped my wife get through the death of her father some years ago. Not in any deep philosophical way, but just by reminding her that he had lived a wonderful life. I really like that RP is not bent on pleasing everyone all the time and is willing to take chances playing introspective songs like this.
mrselfdestruct wrote:
Is that some kind of Star Trek reference?
Very good... there's a few of us out there.
mig7 wrote:
...her voice is awkward, though.
Yes, I believe this is so...
trekhead wrote:
Katell Keineg?? Wasn't she related to Lursa and Bat'or?
Is that some kind of Star Trek reference?
Katell Keineg?? Wasn't she related to Lursa and Bat'or?
This is a really cool song--her voice is awkward, though.
I'm happy to hear Katell has made it out to Paradise. Thanks for playing this track...it's made it on to many of my compilations CD's along with other songs from Jet. She's on tour again...I know she just played some dates in the NYC area. She got excellent reviews.
Interesting, and good, follow up to Zevon's "Dirty Life & Times"; --d
It's an okay song, but she's got one hell of a weak voice.
Just incase anyone is interested. I have a nonofficial fansite for Katell at the following address. The Nonofficial Katell Keineg Website Victor
This song is just, if you will forgive the gender confusion, a straight balls-forward song. Just go straight, be someone your friends can trust.....and have fun being alive.
Originally Posted by coyotexxx2: Sounds like you are in the wrong place. Maybe "soft rock" would be more appealing to you.
yeah, soft rock, that's it. thanks for the tip. they had a good thing going with magnet, doves, steve earle, stuff like that.
Originally Posted by downbylaw: wow, another mediocre song. what's that, like 10 in a row...
Sounds like you are in the wrong place. Maybe "soft rock" would be more appealing to you.
wow, another mediocre song. what\'s that, like 10 in a row...
\"Ho-hum\" was mentioned by another listener. I find it annoying. :roll: :??:
I was able to find her CDs at Amazon.com. But you can also get them at this site, and follow the link to her own website.
I must say-- this is the first time I\'ve heard this song or this artist-- and I love it. I will probably pick up an album now. Good job RP. I\'ve bought more albums from different artists by listening to your radio station. Why would the recording industry be worried about the internet when internet radio has only increased my album purchases?
Great song, great sentiment. Was it she who wrote "Gulf of Araby" that Natalie Merchant covered on her live in NYC album? I like that one a lot. I've never heard the original, though; maybe it could be found and uploaded to be played here?
Radioparadise\'s playing Katell forced me to actually sign up and not just be a lurker. I have enjoyed her music ever since Natalie Merchant started turning people on to her in the mid 90\'s. Her style is very eclectic. I have her 2 CDs and can possibly post mp3s for people if you are interested.
a couple years ago I was searching all over for this gem of an album...found it at our local music shop for $1.00!!!! it's such a great song, album...i have another of hers...all soooo good. lots of folks can't stand her voice, but i tell them if they just listen...they'll soon know! oh by the way...this song WILL be played at my little "i just died ceremony"! enjoy!
Can\'t be certain why she sings in the plural about her life unless she has been reincarnated. :p
I found several of her cd\'s on the net. Something about her voice. I wasn\'t sure I cared for it, but then it really grew on me. Anyway, thanks for turning me on to her. Angryhank
personally, i\'m glad she\'s had one hell of a life, but i can seriously do without hearing about it. blah.
One Hell of a song
I have just learned that Katell\'s cd\'s are out of print and it was suggested that ebay might have some, or maybe amazon.com used dept might have- :cry:
I have become very fond of this song-tried to shop for the CD this weekend but I could not find it-Record companies should not complain about Internet radio-I have been buying more CD\'s since I began listening to RP