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Robbie Robertson — Unbound
Album: Contact from the Underworld of Redboy
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7.4

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Released: 1998
Length: 4:32
Plays (last 30 days): 3
With eyes of fire
No one can see
The smoke from the sweet grass
Covers me

I am drawn
I am drawn to her
Like a moth to flame
She leads me down
Unbound

I am lost
I am lost
Has anybody seen me
I am lost

Oh nothing is forgotten
Only left behind
Wherever I am
She leads me down
Unbound

No borders
No fences
No walls
No borders
No fences
Unbound

Oh, listen for the night chant
Oh, listen for the night chant

Like a moth to flame
She leads me down
Unbound

No borders
No fences
Unbound
No borders
No fences
Unbound
Unbound
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 paganpete wrote:

I agree!
 
Bill, let's hear some other cuts from it
20 years
 brw001 wrote:
This is absolutely one of the greatest albums ever written. Overlooked by the masses but truly a great album....I'm overwhelmed each time I listen to it and will always keep it in my top 10.
 
I agree!
This is absolutely one of the greatest albums ever written. Overlooked by the masses but truly a great album....I'm overwhelmed each time I listen to it and will always keep it in my top 10.
A fine album
From Wiki:

"The first producer Robertson considered for production of the album (title: Robbie Robertson; release: 1987)  was fellow Canadian Daniel Lanois. After meeting up with several more potential producers, Robertson decided to work with Lanois because of their shared interest in experimentation. After Lanois finished a stage of the production work with U2 on what would become their album The Joshua Tree, Robertson let Lanois know that he was ready to begin work on the album."

There is a long history so your instincts were spot on though Daniel's influence was there but not his actual work as Bill noted.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Hmmm, I wonder if Lanois produced this?
It has a bit of his sound to it.

 
Produced by Robbie & Tim Gordine (who also produced the Syntax & Eastmountainsouth albums we play). Very nicely produced track.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Hmmm, I wonder if Lanois produced this?
It has a bit of his sound to it.

 
Roger that.  
Long time Robbie fan, it took me a while to embrace the whole album after the style of his earlier solo work, but when I came back to it a couple of years later I really liked the overall vibe. Hearing a great song like this randomly on RP is always a treat, thanks Bill & Rebecca.
wow
This is a spooky album, full of ghosts

 They find it in Canada brother.... :-)

Singlow wrote:

Where do they tind such good shit!!!! Luv it!

 


Jackie O agree Robertson out foxed the other guys and drove old Dixie down while he lays around in L A L A -land
but in the end you reap what you sow.. 
Woo, lay on the cliché as thick as you can!
 mkrueck wrote:
"no borders - no fences" - the new GOP convention song?

 
I think theirs would be "more borders, more fences"... 
 mkrueck wrote:
"no borders - no fences" - the new GOP convention song?

 
Hehe so true. Looks like Ryan is going to get primaried in '16.. 
RR has some great tunes..
 mkrueck wrote:
"no borders - no fences" - the new GOP convention song?

 
Of course — so long as white corporate multi-millionaires making six figure wink-wink donations to tale-spinning prervaricating troglodyte candidates are the immigrants coming through the border fences.  Kenyan Mexican Muslims from Jakarta with pre-existing conditions best not apply for visas or hire smugglers. 
Where do they tind such good shit!!!! Luv it!
Despite the fact that Robbie screwed his fellow Band members on all the song writing credits for that group, and left them twisting in the wind, he still has a great sound.  
"no borders - no fences" - the new GOP convention song?
Strong Beauty, a pleasure to join you all listening to Robbie and reading these positive notes   : )
 AndyJ wrote:

 

Glad to see him getting more play these past few days...

Wish he had more music available...

Thank you, RP...



 
Check out American Roulette
 boober wrote:


I think Tom Waits discovered tobacco in preschool.

Robbie's voice is so "limited".....but knowing that,he does well here with very good background singers and a great arrangement. 

 
Indeed, just ask Leonard Cohen.
Hmmm, I wonder if Lanois produced this?
It has a bit of his sound to it.
This is a really, really cool song... 9 from me
Fine-fine music!
This song, more than any other from him except his Songs for Native Americans stuff, shows how plugged into sound this genius is... 
I LOVE YOU ROBBIE!!
 Hannio wrote:


Oh good grief.

 
Now that's funny!
Its digging itself right into the brain....truly awesome! 10
 
allright, this is freakin awesome

spoken from the south of France,,,
{#Hearteyes} {#Hearteyes} {#Hearteyes} 

{#Hearteyes} {#Hearteyes} {#Hearteyes} 


 
{#Hearteyes} {#Hearteyes} {#Hearteyes}

 

Glad to see him getting more play these past few days...

Wish he had more music available...

Thank you, RP...


I can't remember ever hearing this before. It's blowing me away. 8.
I saw Robbie and the Band at the Bear's Café in Woodstock as a kid. My favorite track!!!
It's amazing how I can love this album so much and dislike The Band.  It's like his soul reinvented itself.
 ScottN wrote:
 Cynaera wrote:
This is so haunting - I love the female vocals in the background.  I used to do my stretches to this song, with all the lights off and some candles burning.  Magical...{#Meditate}

So, we can remember once more one the most eloquent song posters ever on RP.
And do so to the music of this wonderful song.




 
Nice tribute, Scott. 
 Cynaera wrote:
This is so haunting - I love the female vocals in the background.  I used to do my stretches to this song, with all the lights off and some candles burning.  Magical...{#Meditate}

So, we can remember once more one the most eloquent song posters ever on RP.
And do so to the music of this wonderful song.



 THUMBS UP! jocelynsart wrote:
Can't say enough about how good this man is

 


Can't say enough about how good this man is

He is very good.

He comes so close  and should be over the line into the big time.

Why it's not is a deep mystery. He can play alongside the big stars... But the world is filled with those who should be the, could b, would be, -IF- only... So, I choose to do my bit by buying his music and playing it in the house... I also prattle on to online world...

You may have noticed


 johnjconn wrote:

yofitofu wrote:
I used this song to seduce my future wife - what a song!
 
That's funny, I did too.  She must really like that song!

(Yeah, I know that's a classless joke, but it was too easy to pass up.  Sorry!) 
Byronape wrote:

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Maybe you two seduced the same woman!


 

Oh good grief.
Robbie Robertson can do no wrong and haters can get a clue.

... Oh Sweeeet Segue!! Troubleman. Marvin and Robbie. LOL You RAWK RP

... Back to Black!!!!!!! You are killin it! Awesome.
 Cynaera wrote:
This is so haunting - I love the female vocals in the background.  I used to do my stretches to this song, with all the lights off and some candles burning.  Magical...{#Meditate}
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
 kingart wrote:
That is so NOT The Band! 
 
Yeah, ain't we lucky on that count?!  Mr. Robertson's solo stuff far outshines the group efforts.
Comparing this guy with Tom Waits is insulting - Robbie all the way
Nice music for quiet, dark and/or rainy hours...
Just sitting at the window with coffee growing cold... looking out
 RedGuitar wrote:

Maybe Tom Waits before he discovered tobacco.

 

I think Tom Waits discovered tobacco in preschool.

Robbie's voice is so "limited".....but knowing that,he does well here with very good background singers and a great arrangement. 
 ch83575 wrote:
O how the mighty have fallen.  Seriously, listen to this and then go back to Music from Big Pink.
  You seem to be suggesting that this is inferior. No clue why you might think this. It's not The Band, but over time some of that music has not weathered well, whereas I find this album to be excellent. 


O how the mighty have fallen.  Seriously, listen to this and then go back to Music from Big Pink.
Always loved the song, but this video posted below by stunix is truly mesmerizing...and way, way cool!
First time gets the thumbs up. Going to check out the album.....

TERRIFIC
Timeless candy!
 brucej76 wrote:
{#Kiss}
 
very seductive!  
One of my all time favorites!!!
That is so NOT The Band! 
 bpkengor wrote:

Very clever!
 
really.....almost psychhadelic.......the video I mean...
 Byronape wrote:

That's funny, I did too.  She must really like that song!

(Yeah, I know that's a classless joke, but it was too easy to pass up.  Sorry!)

 
Very clever!

 Byronape wrote:

That's funny, I did too.  She must really like that song!

(Yeah, I know that's a classless joke, but it was too easy to pass up.  Sorry!)
 
That's damn funny.
Moody, and it leads me, "like a moth through the flame."
 yofitofu wrote:
I used this song to seduce my future wife - what a song!
 
That's funny, I did too.  She must really like that song!

(Yeah, I know that's a classless joke, but it was too easy to pass up.  Sorry!)

I used this song to seduce my future wife - what a song!
It's been awhile since I heard this...and I'm really liking it!
"Unbound, no borders, no fences". If only that were so... :(
I don't hear alot of praise for Robbie Robertson & this band, but they are one of my favorites. I love this song!
 Cynaera wrote:
This is so haunting - I love the female vocals in the background.  I used to do my stretches to this song, with all the lights off and some candles burning.  Magical...{#Meditate}
 
The female vocals in the background and the subtle guitar playing...yea man!

GREAT!
 amusicfan wrote:
Hadn't heard this one before. Great track (and another reason why I listen so often to RP). I could probably add the same comments to about 65% of RP's output!
 
My thoughts exactly. Very cool track.
Nearly meditation music!
Never understood the success of "THE BAND" and their
glorified concert-film meant nooothing to me neither!

Same for Robbie Robertson's first album,
I bought for whatever reason right after his "BAND" split.
Just did not like it neither...

Till today!

Like this song a lot and wonder about my weird taste of the past! 

EDIT:
Turns out this song is not from his first album! Is that an excuse..?

This is so haunting - I love the female vocals in the background.  I used to do my stretches to this song, with all the lights off and some candles burning.  Magical...{#Meditate}

Cool tune like many of Robbie's.  Had great voices with him in The Band but understands and works well with his own vocal limitations in his solo work.



Hadn't heard this one before. Great track (and another reason why I listen so often to RP). I could probably add the same comments to about 65% of RP's output!
 steeler wrote:
Sounds a tad like a very young Tom Waits here. Well, maybe not. But the stylings are similar to those of Waits. I like it.
 
Maybe Tom Waits before he discovered tobacco.

 Cynaera wrote:
Oh.  Just yum. I love this song. Want the CD.{#Sunny}
 
...the remix from his classic masters compilation is deeper and lusher than the original album mix on contact from the undeworld of redboy; they're both outstanding but i prefer the former...
Oh.  Just yum. I love this song. Want the CD.{#Sunny}
SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!
Dont forget Leonard Peltier
Finally!!!
A spiritual man, and song. Originally from 'The Band' (no bad thing) onto his later, more based in his roots, music,a good listen.
Plays a pretty mean guitar too.
Nice!!
 jagdriver wrote:


Yes, please.
 

check out peyote healing! Robbie has been around with bob dylan when he was a young lad! look at the documentarys of dylan, robbie is in the photos with shades. you know they did some partying in england!
I'm hearing some Bruce ...Streets of Philadelphia

rp please play Peyote healing!! Its awesome by robbie its in his native language. Its truly a spiritual experiance. {#Meditate}
I like Jaime after K.D. Nice, Bill.
 caregiver wrote:
I like it.  I like it, it's good.  She said, "You like it now but you'll ... love it later."
 

...why do you always end up down at nick's café?..
I like it.  I like it, it's good.  She said, "You like it now but you'll ... love it later."

love falling away,,,, away..... so open looking for what is not there.... and can not be replaced.... because love is just like that..... it is always new......away away always.... new


great song...


Thank You Tim Gordine!
Is the song "Sacrifice" on this album? What an epic tune with Leonard Peltier's voice running through-out! Think RR's solo stuff is great for the most part.
Maybe why he hired the singer from the Bodeans to do the "I dunno, the wind always seems to blow me there along the levee song"

Still like it, notwithstanding.
 steeler wrote:
Sounds a tad like a very young Tom Waits here.

Well, maybe not. But the stylings are similar to those of Waits.

I like it.
 


 paganpete wrote:
More Robbie, please
 

Yes, please.
...i thought skinwalker and ghost dance were from music for the native americans?..

Outstanding album. Check out skinwalkers and ghost dance. Great lead guitar on this one.
:yes:
:hearteyes: zoomyhearteyes for robbie
Superb
Dioscuri wrote:
This song is one of the many great ones on this cd. If you appreciate RR for his amazing talent then you'll find Contact From the Underworld of Red Boy worth purchasing. Rita Coolidge sings (incredibly) on a couple of tracks and it's a very soulful, spiritual, and inspiring cd.
Why incredibly? Rita Rocks. Great stuff from Robbie.
I've always liked the music but it's only now that I realize what great lyrics this song has.
Robbie is always a fave.
...gorgeous, as ever, each time...
I love this tune.
Sounds like an appropriate theme tune for the No Borders Network (click here). Nice and smooth, and a welcome message too. 7 from the Nottingham jury.
Sounds a tad like a very young Tom Waits here. Well, maybe not. But the stylings are similar to those of Waits. I like it.
More Robbie, please
I love this song, and Robbie, play it again sometime soon.
lily33 wrote:
i agree with john.
Then I must now go to the john.
Shesdifferent wrote:
I love this stuff that Robbie Robertson did...his enchanting voice, the American Indian back moods, and the magic of his cajun connections. What ever happened to him, why did he stop making such great music?
He's a Canadian Indian (Six Nations Reserve in Ontario), but most native people in Canada prefer to call themselves neither American nor Canadian but members of the First Nations.
etwilson wrote:
Actually, probably not. He almost never sang when he was with the band; Manuel, Helm and Danko did all the singing.
The other members of the group always identified Richard Manuel as the lead singer--until he couldn't hit the high notes on Tears of Rage.
What ever happened to him, why did he stop making such great music?
...i believe he's been doing soundtrack and production work since contact from the underworld of redboy, but he may have been entangled in some record label issues, as well - classic masters didn't include any material prior to music for the native americans, cutting out half his solo career... ...ten years might seem like a long time, but as a similar example, that was peter gabriel's span between us and up...
etwilson wrote:
Actually, probably not. He almost never sang when he was with the band; Manuel, Helm and Danko did all the singing.
Splitting hairs here, but the guy didn't say he'd never heard Robbie Robertson sing before, just that he hadn't heard him which could simply mean his music in general. So 'big story's response was fine.
bigstory wrote:
You have if you've ever heard The Band. Which is quite likely. :)
Actually, probably not. He almost never sang when he was with the band; Manuel, Helm and Danko did all the singing.
Man! What a variety this AM! Good going!
Trippy smooth, very nice.
handyrae wrote:
I don't think I've ever hear Robbie Robertson before and that's a shame.
You have if you've ever heard The Band. Which is quite likely. :)