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Sarah McLachlan — Sweet Surrender
Album: Surfacing
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7.5

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Total ratings: 1361









Released: 1997
Length: 3:48
Plays (last 30 days): 1
It doesn't mean much
It doesn't mean anything at all
The life I've left behind me is a cold room
I've crossed the last line
From where I can't return
Where every step I took in faith betrayed me
And led me from my home
Sweet surrender is all that I have to give

You take me in
No questions asked
You strip away the ugliness that surrounds me (who are you?)
Are you an angel
Am I already that gone
I only hope that I won't disappoint you
When I'm down here on my knees (who are you?)
Sweet surrender is all that I have to give (who are you?)
Sweet surrender is all that I have to give

And I don't understand
How the touch of your hand
I would be the one to fall
I miss the little things
I miss everything about you

It doesn't mean much
It doesn't mean anything at all
The life I've left behind me is a cold room (who are you?)
Sweet surrender is all that I have to give (who are you?)
Sweet surrender is all that I have to give
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 Buddyo wrote:
overplayed
 

Nope. Not at all.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Transcendent.
Possibly Sarah's finest moment.

 
Yes. This was peak Sarah. 
I really like this when it came out.
For me she sort of wore out a while ago. 
Sorry just did.
One of my favorite songs from this great artist. 
Definitely one of my favorites.  Surrender is an important concept to me.
This is a nice version I was not aware of. Thanks! {#Cheers}
Nice trip down memory lane. 
Love that crazy guitar!  Sarah's not so bad either.  A solid "9".
Goddess like
How so nice to hear this tune. Yes, it's been overplayed once upon a time, but hearing it after a long absence reminds me why Sarah is such a unique and special talent.
There are much better songs on this recording, Sarah is amazing!

Transcendent.
Possibly Sarah's finest moment.


 Absolutely the finest female voice today.
Sounds good tonight.  Yes, I do like her voice.
Ha!!  Haven't listened to Sarah for a couple of years....but I played this album yesterday. Weird that today it's on RP.
 Buddyo wrote:
overplayed

 
{#No}
 Buddyo wrote:
overplayed

 
That's too bad for you.  
overplayed
Her voice transports me.

edit November 22:  ... and this song drags me to the bittersweet edge of dissolution. 
 crockydile wrote:

Damn, that's a long list for me...let's see, off the top of my head.

Porcupine Tree
Guster
Built to Spill
Wailin' Jennys
Vast
Paul Cusick
Portishead
Doves
Bat for Lashes
Silversun Pickups
John Butler Trio
Michael Frantie and Spearhead

I know there are more.
 
That's yr long list?  What's yr short list look like?
One of my favorite Sarah songs.
Back from  when I liked her, before she became a movement.
Please forgive my split infinitive.
sarah's voice - effortless, soaring and angelic. 'heard her live at a Bridge School Benefit in Mt View. her voice pinned me back, jaw dropping. left me in awe, crushing big time
The only thing I like about this song is that it's not Adia.
So happy I do not listen to other radio stations, and have to give a 10 to the slide show for this tune, so makes one very hungry for something sweet.... hahah I do enjoy Sarah's tunes, and have not been spoilt by the overexposure on other radio, so this is pleasing to my ears.
I remember buying this album and listening to it constantly on my CD Walkman.  Those were the days.
 

Amazing artist, fabulous song.
 BikeCoachDave wrote:
clever. But good songs should never be diminished simply because they are popular or embraced by the masses. Being 'indy' or obscure might be romantic, but it doesnt add or subrtact from its credibility. Neither should popularity.
 
True, but unfortunately popularity leads to repetition, and repetition is tiresome...

 BikeCoachDave wrote:
clever. But good songs should never be diminished simply because they are popular or embraced by the masses. Being 'indy' or obscure might be romantic, but it doesnt add or subrtact from its credibility. Neither should popularity.
 
Well said Coach.
Heard this WAY too many times on the radio and playing in the coffee shop I worked in.  It's a nice enough song, but a bit tired after all these years.
 andesitic wrote:
Alex, give me "Things I would hear on the radio" for $200.

 
Heaven forbid a recording artist gets her music played on the radio. Waiting tables and having no one ever hear your songs must be vastly preferable.
Ah, my mantra for 2011. {#Meditate}
 andesitic wrote:
Alex, give me "Things I would hear on the radio" for $200.

  clever. But good songs should never be diminished simply because they are popular or embraced by the masses. Being 'indy' or obscure might be romantic, but it doesnt add or subrtact from its credibility. Neither should popularity.


 gjeeg wrote:
Her voice is like lying in bed with her.
 
What a lovely thought. Oh, be still my beating heart!  8 from the smitten Nottingham jury {#Hearteyes}
The only SM song I actually like.
 crockydile wrote:

Damn, that's a long list for me...let's see, off the top of my head.

Porcupine Tree
Guster
Built to Spill
Wailin' Jennys
Vast
Paul Cusick
Portishead
Doves
Bat for Lashes
Silversun Pickups
John Butler Trio
Michael Frantie and Spearhead

I know there are more.
 

Add James, Travis, Gomez, Wilco

9+  Really nice in the headphones!
 gjeeg wrote:
Her voice is like lying in bed with her.
 
Hmm...you say that like you have a certain kind of knowledge.  As a decided S.M. fan from the pre - Stumbling Towards Ecstasy days (pre-'95), I must admit that the vision you create has crossed my mind on many occasions.  I go back to that place in my mind from time to time when listening to her music. {#Good-vibes}
Loved this when it came out, still love it! 8
 crockydile wrote:

Damn, that's a long list for me...let's see, off the top of my head.

Porcupine Tree
Guster
Built to Spill
Wailin' Jennys
Vast
Paul Cusick
Portishead
Doves
Bat for Lashes
Silversun Pickups
John Butler Trio
Michael Frantie and Spearhead

I know there are more.
 

Good list, man. Same experience for me with almost all of them.
After Surfacing she began diving.
After I heard this lady on RP I made an order from US and now I´m waiting for 9 albums.
Booooring
Luscious. Dreamy. Chills.
 peacockangel wrote:
I became a Sarah fan because of RP
 
Damn, that's a long list for me...let's see, off the top of my head.

Porcupine Tree
Guster
Built to Spill
Wailin' Jennys
Vast
Paul Cusick
Portishead
Doves
Bat for Lashes
Silversun Pickups
John Butler Trio
Michael Frantie and Spearhead

I know there are more.


The background vocals make this song magical. {#Good-vibes}

I became a Sarah fan because of RP
 nalle wrote:
Very nice, what do we know about artists from Canada. Think we´re missing a lot.
 
Yes definetly.

O'kay, Sarah...you got me. What do you need? You slayed me with this tune x # of years ago now. This made the playlist at the nuptials. She freakin' KILLS on this song
Very nice, what do we know about artists from Canada. Think we´re missing a lot.
 andesitic wrote:
Alex, give me "Things I would hear on the radio" for $200.

 

I *wish* they still played this on the radio...
she appears to have jumped the shark
 tompoll wrote:

You mean the cuddling and spooning part, or the snoring and morning breath part?  {#Tongue}

 
I think I could live with SM's morning breath.

WOOOW - "Bill's good in form tonight"
(Mick Jagger quote)
 gjeeg wrote:
Her voice is like lying in bed with her.
 
You mean the cuddling and spooning part, or the snoring and morning breath part?  {#Tongue}

 gjeeg wrote:
Her voice is like lying in bed with her.
 
Hey, Dude!  it's a little crowded in here with Sarah, don't ya think?  Oh wait, oh wow!  Oh Dude!  Oh My God!

Never Mind.

Loving the segue from Crowded House's "I Feel Possessed" to this. Both are speaking to me today.
 gjeeg wrote:
Her voice is like lying in bed with her.
 
I was going to say something, but I like this better. What a singer!

Whew!  What a relief after that depressing PF muck.
I liked this and "Buidling a Mystery" okay off this album, but overall I though Surfacing was a minor effort compared to Fumbling Toward Ecstasy, which IMO is amazing and deep. Haven't followed her since...
Her voice is like lying in bed with her.
Alex, give me "Things I would hear on the radio" for $200.

 jesspra wrote:


Maybe because sweet surrender is all that you have to give.
 

HA! you don't know me very well.

I've always felt guilty for how much I like Sarah McLachlan... like I need to appologize to someone...

Yuck, volume down.
What a sweet voice thank you Sarah
 gandalfbmg wrote:
I don't quite know why, but this has got to be one of my absolute favorite songs of all time...
 

Maybe because sweet surrender is all that you have to give.
I don't quite know why, but this has got to be one of my absolute favorite songs of all time...

Haven't listened to this album in years... I think I love it even more listening to it now!  {#Heartkiss}


 KitKat wrote:
Nice transition from Comfortably Numb.  the 'beeping' opening was sonically and mentally interesting. 
 
...it works nicely in this context, i agree...
I think I read this a little while ago and I think it's true . . . .  Sarah could sing me her grocery list and I'd love it!
Nice transition from Comfortably Numb.  the 'beeping' opening was sonically and mentally interesting. 
Crowded House - I Feel Possessed into this.  Brilliant segue!  It gets an 8 just like both songs do.
timc wrote:
11:28 am - Sarah McLachlan - Sweet Surrender 11:24 am - The Clash - London Calling This transition gets a "meh" from me.
Wish my daughter were here. She used to love Sarah, while I always preferred Joe. Bill and Rebecca see the qualities of both.
queenjill wrote:
This song has gotten really old but I have to admit that was a nice transition from the Clash.
Ditto. The beeping transition thing was cool, but don't really need to stay for the song.
11:28 am - Sarah McLachlan - Sweet Surrender 11:24 am - The Clash - London Calling This transition gets a "meh" from me.
The first female pop artist I loved...
This song has gotten really old but I have to admit that was a nice transition from the Clash.
Always a winner
Man, I love her music. Her other songs can just be so sad to listen to though. I have to take her in stride. 9
Exquisite interplay with background vocals; ethereal. Truly Godlike.
Easily one of my ATFs...
Kristi wrote:
I can't believe the number of people who hate her on RP... I'm just shocked. I love Sarah. Her voice is lovely. :daisy:
VMS--vocal minority syndrome. I think I heard we are developing a new pharmaceutical for that
Kristi wrote:
I can't believe the number of people who hate her on RP... I'm just shocked. I love Sarah. Her voice is lovely. :daisy:
I agree, great artist, a pleasure to listen to.
B-SIDES, PLEASE! :stop: Not only are b-sides often better material, we hear these 'radio-friendlies' blaring from enough elevators and stores to be set for life! Thanks, Bill! :yell:
I can't believe the number of people who hate her on RP... I'm just shocked. I love Sarah. Her voice is lovely. :daisy:
My absolute favorite Sarah McLachlan song. I even made a user icon off of the video: Feel free to take/use it. Credit me if you want, I don't care.
On_The_Beach wrote:
Beautiful song, despite what the Sarah-bashing crybabies say.
Absolutely. I never get tired of her voice.
I bought this for my wife when her nother died...beautiful album
how could you follow up nirvana with sarah mcblah-again?!!!?!?! ouch-issimo
Oh how I loathe you, the shame of vancouver. And after Nirvana, really?
Enough! Enough! We give up!
The first 15 seconds of this song is really pretty cool. The rest is a bit of a letdown.
Ssw eeee eeee eeee eeeet surrender :meditate:
Never ever get tired of this one..... Please hold as I try to find my copy......
Haha...where else can "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" be followed by this? :clap:
Beautiful song, despite what the Sarah-bashing crybabies say.
So all of those detractors might want to ask themselves why this most popular tune sounds so unlike other songs frequently getting airplay? So who's going to lead the crusade asking listeners to avoid posting responses to the ranting resident geniuses.. it only encourages 'em.
Sweet Surrender to this beautiful song is a breeze :cool:
Marr wrote:
Hey, to each their own. I can respect that opinion much better than the usual saw about "overplayed". That doesn't mean I agree (I don't), but respect is enough.
I understand that not a lot of people agree with me on this one. Another thing is that this song reminds me of a commercial jingle for chocolate or something. Was it used that way? Or does it just seem like it could be?
helene wrote:
Overplayed or not, I just really really don't like it. Once, a million times, doesn't matter to me. The emotion to me sounds overwrought, melodramatic, like a caricature of somebody trying to sound emotional, or maybe sexy. It ought to be funny, but it's not funny somehow. One of my friends said she could listen to SMcL sing the phone book. I think I'd prefer it to the songs.
Hey, to each their own. I can respect that opinion much better than the usual saw about "overplayed". That doesn't mean I agree (I don't), but respect is enough.
Overplayed or not, I just really really don't like it. Once, a million times, doesn't matter to me. The emotion to me sounds overwrought, melodramatic, like a caricature of somebody trying to sound emotional, or maybe sexy. It ought to be funny, but it's not funny somehow. One of my friends said she could listen to SMcL sing the phone book. I think I'd prefer it to the songs.
A friend of mine described this as terrific funeral music. I think I see his point. It is beautifully produced and performed but way too sentimental and sappy for my tastes.
physicsgenius wrote:
Yes. Why not? It makes sense whether you look at it from a "how much do I like this item" perspective (I'm sick of it) or a functional perspective, i.e. if the ratings influence the rotation at all.
Did you like it when it first came out? Did you ever like it? I think that's a much more valid way of rating music. You shouldn't really blame the artist for Clear Channel's sins.
Great stuff.
Marr wrote:
So because it is overplayed you gave it a "1"? Does that mean you would give Shakespeare a "1" because his plays have been overdone for the last feww hundred years?
Yes. Why not? It makes sense whether you look at it from a "how much do I like this item" perspective (I'm sick of it) or a functional perspective, i.e. if the ratings influence the rotation at all.
try cue-ing this up right after "London Calling" sometime, with just a second's worth of overlap -- it's a neat (if bizarre) segue...
meloman wrote:
You've got to be kidding! The whole album's great. Hard to find a better one in this genre.
Yeah, if that genre is middle-of-the-road, radio-friendly, bland, female pop music.
Sarah McBoring
Brilliant work.
jah_blessed wrote:
One of the few good songs on "Surfacing".
You've got to be kidding! The whole album's great. Hard to find a better one in this genre.
Yes! :chillpill:
chillynne wrote:
Bill, I think perhaps we need an emoticon to denote facetiousness.
Perhaps. But if you look at all the folks here who spend half their time whining about songs being "overplayed" you'd understand my frustration.
Marr wrote:
I don't really understand the Philly comment. Shrug. Still, if you don't like something just say you don't like it. Don't wring your hands about how its "overplayed". Especially here on RP where Bill's version of playing something often is twice in a week. Once your listening to RP you might as well pretend that all the hit radio stations don't exist and never did.
Bill, I think perhaps we need an emoticon to denote facetiousness.
veegez wrote:
Shakespeare is completely overdone and overrated. I give him a "1". Same with A.W. Mozart, and Friedrich Nietzsche. I'm just from Philadelphia, though.......(Not close to Diane Keaton's script, but the concept is similar)
I don't really understand the Philly comment. Shrug. Still, if you don't like something just say you don't like it. Don't wring your hands about how its "overplayed". Especially here on RP where Bill's version of playing something often is twice in a week. Once your listening to RP you might as well pretend that all the hit radio stations don't exist and never did.
two thumbs up for warm nostalgia. this song already feels a classic.
Oh, please no. Please, please....no. :no:
I'm with Dave. rgj13 wrote:
I can understand your desire for that first part, Dave, but the second. . .boy, I just don't know. Seems like it would hurt a lot.
Mmm. Something about this song just makes me nostalgic. Or maybe that's my end-of-semester get-me-home impulse kicking in.