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John Martyn — Glory Box
Album: The Church With One Bell
Avg rating:
6.9

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2176









Released: 1998
Length: 5:35
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'm so tired, of playing
Playing with this bow and arrow
Gonna give my heart away
Leave it to the other boys to play
Been tempted for too long
Go on, give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to wanna your man
Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason if you can
From this time, unchained
We're all looking at a different picture
Through this new frame of mind
A thousand flowers could bloom
Move over, move over, and give us some room
Go on, give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to wanna be your man
Give me a reason to love you
Reason
Don't you stop looking like some woman
Take a little look from the outside if you can
Saw a little tenderness
Go on, give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to want to be your man
Give me a reason to love you
Oh please, give me a reason if you can
This is the beginning of forever and ever, ever, ever
I'm so tired of playing
Of playing with this bow and this arrow
Gonna give my heart away
Gonna leave ti to the other boys to play
I've been tempted too long
Too long
I've been tempted every day
Tempted too long
Oh please
Give me a reason too love you
Give me a reason to want to love you
Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason every day
Reason every day
Comments (375)add comment
Wow! Soulful, smoky interpretation. Makes me want to listen to the original, but this was very good too!
This cover really ought not to work - but somehow it does - maybe I'm just a heavily biased JM fan.
Ok, have to play the original right now. This doesn't work for me.
Wow.Not a fan of this version but it is making the Pinnacle II IEMs I received as a gift really shine!
I like alcohol too.
Shoulda leave it to Portishead to play
Fantastic tune performed by a remarkable man. I like this muchly.
Serious bass.  I love this CD.
This probably had everything going against it but it works, good job
Dare I say, better than the original.
Excellent, wished he was still around...……….
<First seconds of the song>

Nina Simone?   - Nah..

A drunk Nina Simone?......  - Uh, neither

Oh!  Some drunk guy

Still gave it a 7.
No more for this guy, bartender. He's had enough
I'm so tired. Tired of hearing. Hearing 'bout your bow and arrow. Gonna PSD away, leave it to the other groups to play.
Okidoki then.
Oh dear. The only cover of this I've ever liked was Faith No More live at the Phoenix Festival near Stratford on Avon in about 1996. This sucks balls.
john missed greatly     lovely the few times i seen him live    brilliant      guy   {#Dancingbanana_2}
 jimmunn wrote:
Sounds like a bad lounge singer...  {#Frustrated}

 

More like Drunken Karaoke Night on Skid Row....{#Stop}
Nice{#War}
 klass.vavere64117 wrote:
fantastic track from fantastic musician. one of the greats.
 
My first exposure to this man, and Wow. What soul.

{#Neutral} to the nay-sayers...
 {#Yes} this is smooth  maxjboxer wrote:
I have the Portishead version in my song rotation but this is a nice change 

 


 jimmunn wrote:
Sounds like a bad lounge singer...  {#Frustrated}

 
That has had a few too many...
Sounds like a bad lounge singer...  {#Frustrated}
Wow! Thought this was the original.Boy was I wrong. Both versions are great.

Yikes!  I'm not sure exactaly what a 'Glory Box' is - hopefully not even close to a 'Glory Hole' - and I find it odd that the words "Glory Box" do not appear in the lyrics at all - in fact no reference of any sort of box.

I like the guitar work on this track, although I think I've heard better from John Martyn on RP recently.  I'll rate this a 6 and maybe in one of my 'cool relaxed evening' modes I'll up it to a 7 or 8. 

Happy Friday y'all - Peace, Drugs, Love and RocknRoll - all at once or whatever order. 


Hadn't heard this song before & hadn't listened to John Martyn for I don't know how long. Sounds great!
 
I don't typically like remakes but this is very good if not better than the original...voice sounds better than the original anyway.
very, very good song!
This man was a damaged soul, but he could certainly write and perform music. Have a listen to his many other albums.
 sfyi2001 wrote:

AFTER
 

 
thank you.
First I've ever heard from this artist and found it worthy of 8.  His slow, slurred voice singing those lyrics...it just hit a nerve.
quite wonderful never heard of him
John Martyn concerts were superb :)
 
{#Music}   Thanks Bill and Rebecca!!!
AAAWwwwwwwwwwwwFuuuuulllllllll
 
Its almost hardly about the actual song. this man gave so much and recieved so little in his career.  
 I love it because it is John Martyn.
 otaznick wrote:
Very baaaad performance. Is he sang this before he committed suicide? {#Wall}

 
AFTER
 
Very baaaad performance. Is he sang this before he committed suicide? {#Wall}
It's quite likeable.. Perfect for my dark lonely walk to union station tonight.
Interesting version, a little away from the original Portishead but nevertheless interesting! Not all covers are brilliant... there are some exceptions though!
 PaoloManana wrote:
This is what happens when you cut the heart out of a song..... 
 
Yes. Exactly. The soul of the thing leaks right out behind it.
Greatly prefer the Portishead version to this one. PSD! Away!!!!!!
This is what happens when you cut the heart out of a song..... 
great
this sounds like the drunken version, and I like it. I also like the Portishead version.
 zerosomething wrote:
Yea this version is good but.....

 
I know, right. I mean George Michael, Lyle Lovett, Wille Nelson, David Sylvian could all do a version of this song, but something lacks from the original pathos.
Yea this version is good but.....
I was lucky enough to see John play a good number of times. After a lifetime of seeing live music with all kinds of artists, I can say John stands out as one of the most, if not the most, amazing performers I have witnessed. 

It still gives me chills when I hear his voice and distinctive style.  

Do we still have such talent out there performing now? Obviously, there must be some, but I am struggling to think of an artist who can currently compare. . . 
 1wolfy wrote:
give me  the freedom to destroy..give me  radioactive toy

 

Jong Un, is that you?


Ah, yes, Mumbles Martyn.
John Martyn aces it, time after time. While it's sad there's no more to come, thankfully he's left a fantastic body of recordings to enjoy.

I'll never forget seeing him, for the first time, on BBC's OGWT and being wowed by the music he was producing with only a guitar (albeit with three pickup feeds and tape delay).
 leathepea wrote:

I was thinking the same thing. Is this the original version? Please put down the bottle before singing.

 
That's like saying that the vocals on Great Gig in the Sky are not real words.    John Martyns soulful style of vocal later in his career is purposefully slurred to obfuscate the lyrics.    A vocal glissando if you will.   No, this isn't the original, just a cover he did regularly live and made it on to this fantastic electronic triphoppy album.    
 leathepea wrote:

I was thinking the same thing. Is this the original version? Please put down the bottle before singing.

 
This is a portishead song.
Pay some respect to a person who really deserves.

He lost his wife, he lost his leg, after all he lost his life. But his music never got lost of spirit and soul, and I'm not talking about the the spirit of alcohol.

Desolation Row.
 By_The_Bay wrote:
Drunk Karaoke 

 
I was thinking the same thing. Is this the original version? Please put down the bottle before singing.
give me  the freedom to destroy..give me  radioactive toy
Hummmmmm....... Not so sure.   
Drunk Karaoke 
 ChrisVIII wrote:

agree ! only 2 points from me...

 
Have Mercy, he forgot putting his teeth in.
DAMMIT RP STOP BLOWING MY FUCKIN MIND!  AAAAAGGHHHHHH!!!!!
Interesting version - but much prefer Portishead's version
 
Lot of soul in it!
Very interesting version.... but, no way, don't love his way of mumbling it
I have the Portishead version in my song rotation but this is a nice change 
I like it a lot, but I miss the high strings from the original.
There's a version on the very excellent soundtrack to film 'Stealing Beauty' that I like a bit better.

Anything J.M. is glorious.....glorious fool.
WOOOOOW - IS THAT TERRIBLE!
Nearly laughable! 
not his best, but what a brilliant composer/guitarist. One of a kind. Richie Havens did a cover of one of his great songs.
nice geetar, cool song
 jimmunn wrote:
Sounds like a bad lounge singer to me... 

 
agree ! only 2 points from me...
Sounds like a bad lounge singer to me... 
 1wolfy wrote:
 You know it. FrankRizzo wrote:
Not sure why this rates so low here. I dig it's mellow vibe.

 



 
Cause the origional is better.
 You know it. FrankRizzo wrote:
Not sure why this rates so low here. I dig it's mellow vibe.

 


 Proclivities wrote:
It is a good vibe and a cool version, but I think most listeners prefer the original (as I do), so they may vote this lower by comparison.
 Pointless cover that contributed nothing to the original, imo, and is not so hot itself.


 FrankRizzo wrote:
Not sure why this rates so low here. I dig it's mellow vibe.

 
It is a good vibe and a cool version, but I think most listeners prefer the original (as I do), so they may vote this lower by comparison.
Magical! 💫
Not sure why this rates so low here. I dig it's mellow vibe.
give me a reason ! :-)
This version is Killer man, and it was an army of fuckin excellent artists playing along, top notch all the way!
 heeps wrote:
i seen him quiet a few times never  had a bad gig  he was excellent       and was deeply{#Boohoo} sorry about his passing

 
.... and me :((
i seen him quiet a few times never  had a bad gig  he was excellent       and was deeply{#Boohoo} sorry about his passing
 unclehud wrote:

Well, I ordered his entire RP catalog except "And" which costs $1,196.18.  Wonder what Bill's cut is on a $1,200 cd?  Not enough I'll bet. 

 
ooh, the monetary value of my cd/vinal collection seems to have gone up.    maybe i should start selling.
I'll never get over John Martyn's weird singing style, it just does nothing for me. Was he drunk? I hope so.
Did he talk like that in real life?
John ordering a pint: Sss pint ooooooo biteeeeeeeerrrrr n a paaaaaaaakt 'sss' o pshh


 DaidyBoy wrote:
I like Portishead better (and I used to play there as a kid)

 
And it's now got a nice marina!
 unclehud wrote:

Well, I ordered his entire RP catalog except "And" which costs $1,196.18.  Wonder what Bill's cut is on a $1,200 cd?  Not enough I'll bet. 

 
That is what I am doing now -- buying whole catalogs.
 unclehud wrote:

Well, I ordered his entire RP catalog except "And" which costs $1,196.18.  Wonder what Bill's cut is on a $1,200 cd?  Not enough I'll bet. 

 
Hey Uncle, well played. . . I'd love to justify buying that. 

I saw John quite a few times live over the years and he was utterly amazing to see every, single, time. I still really miss him. . . he leaves a void  that no ne I know even partly fills. 
 unclehud wrote:
.... and will order his entire catalog (through the RP links, of course) as soon as I get a mailing address again.
 
Well, I ordered his entire RP catalog except "And" which costs $1,196.18.  Wonder what Bill's cut is on a $1,200 cd?  Not enough I'll bet. 
 DickieStaff wrote:
In theory an original artist sets the bar for all others to follow. Some covers are arguably better than the original  - many fall short. As a big JM fan just hearing that slurry, drooling, gravelly voice hits home that an artist can bring different things to the same song and turn the song into something they own. Portishead set the bar without doubt, but in the genre they intended the song to be performed. JM's performance is in his own inimitable genre. Great song.

 
Cheers DickieStaff, Well stated!  
I like Portishead better (and I used to play there as a kid)
 dig wrote:
Why have I never heard of this guy? What is wrong with me?
 
What is wrong with you?  The same thing that is wrong with me.  I found out about him through RP a few months ago, and will order his entire catalog (through the RP links, of course) as soon as I get a mailing address again.

For the record, I love, love, LOVE the Portishead version -- 'cause she needs a reason from me, baby -- but this is exquisite. 
Give me a reason for this to exist.  
I enjoy John Martin, just not this song. I love the Portishead version.
Nice...
 Bridieboo wrote:

I agree 100%.

 
100% agreed.


 LifeIsMusic wrote:
Not a fan of this at all. I love the Portishead version. 
 
I agree 100%.
Why have I never heard of this guy? What is wrong with me?
ok, but it would've been so much more interesting if he didn't adjust lyrics according to gender  {#Eek}
Thanks. I needed that!
Love anything the big man did.
Bela canção!
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
1 Giant Leap
CSN
and now John Martyn

what's not to like about that! 
 
Oh look Deja Vu all over again!
Not a fan of this at all. I love the Portishead version. 
Man, that raspy, bittersweet, sliding-around-the-rhythm almost-sloppy delivery SO does it for me. Aw, yeah... {#Clap}
Interesting that both this and the Portishead versions debuted here in December 2001 (near RP's beginning and 4.5 years before my discovery). Yet I came to know the Portishead version first and loved it enough to add it to my Radio Paradise Favorites playlist. I like this version, too, but probably wouldn't have picked it up.
In theory an original artist sets the bar for all others to follow. Some covers are arguably better than the original  - many fall short. As a big JM fan just hearing that slurry, drooling, gravelly voice hits home that an artist can bring different things to the same song and turn the song into something they own. Portishead set the bar without doubt, but in the genre they intended the song to be performed. JM's performance is in his own inimitable genre. Great song.
 ziakut wrote:
I like it, but it kinda drags. Have to admit Portishead nailed this the way I like it.
 

Agreed
1 Giant Leap
CSN
and now John Martyn

what's not to like about that! 
only sounds good, because it's a good song, no thanks to the artist. sorry.
this is a pretty good cover, i suppose, but i'm just not feelin it. {#Snooty}
 bc wrote:
I like the Portishead version.

I might like this one better.

You probably don't care.
 
i care.

i like the portishead version better...which is odd for me since i usually prefer male vocalists.
I like the Portishead version.

I might like this one better.

You probably don't care.
Oh John, I miss you so much.  Im so glad I got to know you, this cover is just what Id imagine you would do to it.   lends itself to the sluuuur beautifully.  Be there soon matey. 
I like it, but it kinda drags. Have to admit Portishead nailed this the way I like it.
LOVE this bluesy interpretation. Got a nice groove. {#Sunny}

We All are missing you!


Radio on in the background...The sound attracks... must be John Martin...ah, delicious voice...
Pretty good, not an easy one to make your own I imagine but big JMs gone an done it. Prefer portis though.
I already know how everyone else does it! Give me something new I say! This song is exactly what a cover should be. It's something different from the original, a new take, he's taken the song and made it his own. 
 funkyalfonso wrote:
Why compare the two versions? What does it achieve? So what if it wasn't his best recording. It's still John Martyn and that's good enough for me.
 Well put, thanks Funky.  To Stingray I say:  "Right, and we all live in a 1-dimensional universe where all that exists or matters are the originals.  God help you if you try to do something after the original and put your own spin on it; for instance, after Michaelangelo, every painter into perpetuity really blows, Bach has doomed every single composer after him to 2nd tier status at best, and to all of the programmers, plumbers, lawyers, nurses, chefs, etc..., you too are only 2nd rate in this universe because you aren't the original.  C'mon, let's ease up on the judgement, because none of us is perfect."