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Joan Osborne — If I Was Your Man
Album: Righteous Love
Avg rating:
6.7

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Total ratings: 1438









Released: 2000
Length: 4:42
Plays (last 30 days): 3
"Floating above you
beyond the naked eye
Blue dreams about you
keep playing in my mind

Oh if I was
Oh if I was your man
Oh if I was
Oh if I was your man

I'm just a satellite
so lazy in the breeze
Ready to fly away, I need your gravity
When I run down the path
the turns look all the same
And if I lose my way
your mind will call my name

Oh if I was
Oh if I was your man
Oh if I was
Oh if I was your man

Let's go outside to a dark place
Where the kitty cat hides
put on your fake wings
give the moon a ride

When you're lonely for the angel inside
3:30 in the morning is too easy for you
But when it comes without a warning
What are you gonna do this time? You gonna do this time?

Floating above you
beyond the naked eye
Blue dreams about you
comes rushing through my mind
Branded with thoughts of you
They're tattooed on my sou;
Why don't they seem to fade
Is what I'll never know

Oh if I was
Oh if I was your man
Oh if I was
Oh if I was your man
Oh if I was
Oh if I was your man "
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make it stop.
please.


{#Drunk} 
 Grammarcop wrote:
Whatever happened to the subjunctive? 
 

I wish I knew...
 fredriley wrote:
A pedant writes: Oh if I were your man

That was a correction on behalf of the Society for the Preservation of the Subjunctive in English. We now return you to your normal programming
 
That may be, but I'm positive it sounds better using "was" rather than "were".
 mrtuba9 wrote:
I am happily married to a beautiful redheaded 1st grade teacher that earns every penny of her salary, but if not, I'd be Joan's man... 
 
Hell, if she truly wished it, I'd let her be my man. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I always think it's Sioxsie Sioux - her voice is so much like hers on this track.
Love Joan! I remember she the Dead brought her in to tour in 2003, I believe' 1st show the dead did after Jerry passed. Actually, they played Boonaroo then S. Austin for Willie Nelsons 4th of July fest!  Love Her!
 rtrudeau wrote:

A man who uses the words "pedant" and "subjunctive" in the same post. I'm turned on.

Pedant is the feminine form of peduncle...

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.
 


 mrtuba9 wrote:
I am happily married to a beautiful redheaded 1st grade teacher that earns every penny of her salary, but if not, I'd be Joan's man... 
 
Your wife teaches an entire class of red heads?  :P 

I like this one too, almost more so because of the grammar lesson provided in the comments.  I'll go +1 to 8...LLRP!!
A pedant writes: Oh if I were your man

That was a correction on behalf of the Society for the Preservation of the Subjunctive in English. We now return you to your normal programming
I am happily married to a beautiful redheaded 1st grade teacher that earns every penny of her salary, but if not, I'd be Joan's man... 
Whatever happened to the subjunctive? 
 DigitalJer wrote:
Me likey!
 
...yet another pleasant surprise, and a reminder why I'm glad to hand Bill and Rebecca some cash now and again.
 

Same here, dollars included.
 Nuance wrote:
The bridge sure doesn't click with the song...
 

Totally. It feels like "hey guys, what do you say let's play this completely different song for a few bars" eh? Rest of the song is great though. Heck the bridge would be fine... in some other song!
wow - i thought that was suxie
Me likey!
 
...yet another pleasant surprise, and a reminder why I'm glad to hand Bill and Rebecca some cash now and again.
 lily34 wrote:
i love love love her voice.

 
yeah yeah yeah  {#Yes}
She toured with the Dead around the time this album was recorded.

Saw in at Summer outdoor venue on Apple River, WI. She did some trippy stuff. There was a full moon and people were sweating with the dancing.

The women were dancing like twirling dervishes in the moonlight, one the grass.

You had to be there....; 
Now, I take back everything I may have said about this woman in the past. This is nice, shows off her vocal talents, and if she wrote the song too, then I only have to ask, aren't there more like this? (I mean rather than the overplayed hits)
Anyone else hear Siouxsie and the Banshees? 

edit: I just noticed aspicer's comment. Yay! I'm not alone :)

 aspicer wrote:
On this one she sounds SO MUCH like Sioxsie Sioux?!  Definitely one of her better tunes.

   
 cohifi wrote:

An oud?  What a cool seque!

 
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 themotion wrote:


when bush finds weapons of mass destruction.
 
he did.....up his nose......
On this one she sounds SO MUCH like Sioxsie Sioux?!  Definitely one of her better tunes.
Added to the list of favourite female voices....
Joan, I'd be your woman, if you sang me to sleep every night........
Luv Joan Osborne!!!!
 cohifi wrote:

An oud?  What a cool seque!
 
Don't know about the origin of the melody, but it was also used in this Hindi song from a 1996 Bollywood movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FX709hAY6k

(posting the first link I found on youtube, I suggest you skip the comments associated with the video)

Read the synop on IMDb if you want to know more about the movie (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116950/)

i love love love her voice.
 hippiechick wrote:
Love Joan!
 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this groovy song...

 
 Nuance wrote:
The bridge sure doesn't click with the song...
 


I agree. Something's not flowing, at least, not to my ears.
 RedTopFireBelow wrote:
This tune is very exotic...  kind of sexy (or maybe I'm just horny.. lol)

{#Eh}
 

Call me.
Love Joan!
 rtrudeau wrote:

A man who uses the words "pedant" and "subjunctive" in the same post. I'm turned on.

 
{#Roflol} You are one sad woman {#Wink}
 RParadise wrote:

Definitely not a sitar.  Sounds more middle eastern then Indian.  Sounds like an oud.
 
An oud?  What a cool seque!


 ugly wrote:
I like this song. I like the sound of the strings... is it a sitar?  Following it with Dead can Dance was brilliant. Superb set.
 
Definitely not a sitar.  Sounds more middle eastern then Indian.  Sounds like an oud.


I like this song. I like the sound of the strings... is it a sitar?  Following it with Dead can Dance was brilliant. Superb set.
This tune is very exotic...  kind of sexy (or maybe I'm just horny.. lol)

{#Eh}
The bridge sure doesn't click with the song...
This was one of the first tunes in RPs rotation when I started listening way back in 2001, I got it caused I heard it here first! Thanks RP!{#Cheers}


This song is groovy...


Is using the word pedantic, pedantic? Hmmm.
 
rtrudeau wrote:

A man who uses the words "pedant" and "subjunctive" in the same post. I'm turned on.

 


 toterola wrote:

Hey, different strokes, as they say. I think she's hotter than Hell's hinges, myself. Always have. I saw her singing background for The Dead, and she was magnificent. {#Clap} {#Hearteyes} {#Cheesygrin}
 
When she was doing back up for the Dead, she was called "a hippy in training"...I love that description.
Wish Jerry could have heard her though, heck, he probably did...

 fredriley wrote:
A Pedant writes: this really should be "Oh, if I were your man".

Regards from the Society for the Preservation of the Subjunctive in English ;)
 
A man who uses the words "pedant" and "subjunctive" in the same post. I'm turned on.

Pretty cool, actually. Growing on me.
A Pedant writes: this really should be "Oh, if I were your man".

Regards from the Society for the Preservation of the Subjunctive in English ;)
 Crawlmeister wrote:
Well, Joan is BI-sexual, if anyone is wondering.

 
Hey, different strokes, as they say. I think she's hotter than Hell's hinges, myself. Always have. I saw her singing background for The Dead, and she was magnificent. {#Clap} {#Hearteyes} {#Cheesygrin}
 rocklandlove wrote:
Also from RELISH, we need to get "My Right Hand Man," Joan's screaming-hot ode to, um, self-love, on RP!
 

Hey!  Damn that Right Hand Man .. he's cheating on me again!  And with a Woman!!!  Well,  I'll fix him ... I'll go steal something over in Iran.  Oh, but wait, that Left Hand is like sooooo strange!  Nevermind.  TMI.

{#Drummer}
Terrific album . . .  {#Good-vibes}
This is a very enjoyable album. Every song is good.
Also from RELISH, we need to get "My Right Hand Man," Joan's screaming-hot ode to, um, self-love, on RP!
Well, Joan is BI-sexual, if anyone is wondering.

ok - I've changed my mind, she can be my man if she wants. . . :mrgreen:
Are you sure that this is not Siouxsie??
I never heard this side of Joan before....!
I am happy you included a Sitar in your song. But, next time please write an original melody to play on it.
she sounds good here. still haven't forgotten her mangling of dylan's man in the long black coat...
Joan, you can be my man....
It's been interesting to hear her voice develop over the years. I've always liked it....and this song. Now, back to my shoulder shimmies and veil work.
davin wrote:
Is this a soundgarden song?
when bush finds weapons of mass destruction.
Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
A segue to "Cities in Dust" would be cool right now, to test that....
nah - the next song is Face to Face
I swear, I thought this was the Creatures for a minute there.
SmackDaddy wrote:
The mere fact that you even know or listen to anything by Ricky Martin says a lot about your music taste.
Funny! (But don't you go rippin' my Ricky-man...)
Matts wrote:
I can't understand this song, the idea is probably original, but the result is frustrating and bad, the transition between the oriental and western melody is just not working out here, and sounds like cheap pop music, you can't just squeeze some oriental riff in a piece of music like this, and get a way with it. I'd rather listen to Ricky Martin's One Night Man instead.
The mere fact that you even know or listen to anything by Ricky Martin says a lot about your music taste. Good luck with that.
Kentucky Woman!
celadonstone wrote:
There have have been intermittent tunes this afternoon that made me wish I knew how to belly dance with their wavering melodies. This one is no exception. (happy belly dancing fruit here)
The minor diminished scale gives it that 'Mid East' sound. Flatten the 7th. Or I may be completely off here.
eskles wrote:
> Hey, I heard that too - but I'm still on the fence as to whether it's worthy.
A segue to "Cities in Dust" would be cool right now, to test that....
hrmph.
eisbaer_67 wrote:
worthy heir to Siouxsie & The Banshees :wink:
> Hey, I heard that too - but I'm still on the fence as to whether it's worthy.
meydele wrote:
Huh?
double-huh?
I can't understand this song, the idea is probably original, but the result is frustrating and bad, the transition between the oriental and western melody is just not working out here, and sounds like cheap pop music, you can't just squeeze some oriental riff in a piece of music like this, and get a way with it. I'd rather listen to Ricky Martin's One Night Man instead.
celadonstone wrote:
There have have been intermittent tunes this afternoon that made me wish I knew how to belly dance with their wavering melodies. This one is no exception. (happy belly dancing fruit here)
Having been a Belly Dancer, you are quite right. Excellent music for such dancing.
eisbaer_67 wrote:
worthy heir to Siouxsie & The Banshees :wink:
Huh?
slartibart_O wrote:
her singing motown in the doc about the funk brothers was terriffic.
Her rendition of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" from "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" (DVD) is absolutely stunning (unlike this).
Is this a soundgarden song?
There have have been intermittent tunes this afternoon that made me wish I knew how to belly dance with their wavering melodies. This one is no exception. (happy belly dancing fruit here)
rKokon wrote:
If you guys like this, you should hear her entire first album!!!!!
That first album is an absolute staple. It's weird to me to hear such a rockin' blues singer venture into this realm, but I like it. This isn't her best material by far, but I give it a 7. And with the gender thing... who said she's singing to a dude? :wink:
eh....
SpamNRice wrote:
She can be my man if she want's -- anytime... ...or vice versa -- we'll discuss. Not afraid to take some chances with the ground she covers and rarely, in my book, does she fail. I'm not normally keen on "chick" music -- please, no offense meant -- but, she's got a tweaner groove that grabs me. :clap:
:lol:
She can be my man if she want's -- anytime... ...or vice versa -- we'll discuss. Not afraid to take some chances with the ground she covers and rarely, in my book, does she fail. I'm not normally keen on "chick" music -- please, no offense meant -- but, she's got a tweaner groove that grabs me. :clap:
I like Joan, just not this..
joan has stupendous moments, some of her covers are incredible. her singing roy orbison's mean woman blues on austin city limits was a wet dream and her singing motown in the doc about the funk brothers was terriffic. not so sure about the heaviness of the hindi here but she was all over world music for awhile and then toured with the dead, huh?. she is definitely all over the place. still a big fan.
worthy heir to Siouxsie & The Banshees :wink:
I do declare!!! & I'd belly dance for you.
jodygold wrote:
Still don't get Joan Osborne... :ask:
me either; I'm concerened about her desire to be my man. . .
wondertoofar wrote:
Now isn't that a coincedence? The same exact segue just happened now. Is someone gettin a little lazy at RP? Time to mix up the playlist a little maybe? We all gotta work for a livin even those asking for donations.
Read this: https://www.radioparadise.com/content.php?name=FAQ And this: https://www.radioparadise.com/content.php?name=Information You basically have two people running a complex business by themselves. That includes maintaining and improving the internet infrastructure, creating playlists, reviewing music, scheduling, dealing with forums, handling financial issues, bookkeeping, and whatever unexpected events may come along. I don't know how many things I left out of this list, but I'm sure there are quite a few. Oh, and I imagine that Bill and Rebecca also need to sleep and maybe occasionally have a free moment for themselves. Lazy? And do as bang up job of running this station as they obviously do? No way, no how.
wondertoofar wrote:
Now isn't that a coincedence? The same exact segue just happened now. Is someone gettin a little lazy at RP? Time to mix up the playlist a little maybe? We all gotta work for a livin even those asking for donations.
Maybe the people who operate RP could be forced to work 25/8, never sleep or eat or go to the toilet or leave the house, but could be chained to the computer and forced to continually program music, being fed intravenously and relieved through a catheter. Certainly then they'd be less open to your criticism of shirking. Or maybe they can just ignore you.
This song bugs me...
Still don't get Joan Osborne... :ask:
wondertoofar wrote:
Now isn't that a coincedence? The same exact segue just happened now. Is someone gettin a little lazy at RP? Time to mix up the playlist a little maybe? We all gotta work for a livin even those asking for donations.
or perhaps you could quitchyer bitchin' and find a different internet radio station to listen to
wondertoofar wrote:
Now isn't that a coincedence? The same exact segue just happened now. Is someone gettin a little lazy at RP? Time to mix up the playlist a little maybe? We all gotta work for a livin even those asking for donations.
Ignorance abounds.
kazuma wrote:
8:43 pm - Joan Osborne - If I Was Your Man 8:37 pm - U2 - All I Want Is You rrrrrrrrrrrrippin' segue! Now that weird instrumental side trip at the end of the U2 song finally makes sense ... it's there to set up this track!
Now isn't that a coincedence? The same exact segue just happened now. Is someone gettin a little lazy at RP? Time to mix up the playlist a little maybe? We all gotta work for a livin even those asking for donations.
Did she lack the ability to adapt the lyrics according to gender? or did she just lack the time on the drive in to the studio? Maybe she thought nobody'd be listening.
Pretty sensual sound in this song.
If you guys like this, you should hear her entire first album!!!!!
gradys_kitchen wrote:
Must be ESP as I am here to post the same.
Yep, ESP with a half-a-month lag :biggrin:
Better than what if god was one of us, I think.
MLavender wrote:
I just came to post the exact same sentiment.
Must be ESP as I am here to post the same.
She's not blonde anymore? Hurray!
moneygrip wrote:
usually not much of a Joan Osborne fan but digging this tune
I just came to post the exact same sentiment.
usually not much of a Joan Osborne fan but digging this tune
I have a trust in Joan Osborne and her creative genius, and I'm glad to hear her once again on RP.
Mmmmmm...
8:43 pm - Joan Osborne - If I Was Your Man 8:37 pm - U2 - All I Want Is You rrrrrrrrrrrrippin' segue! Now that weird instrumental side trip at the end of the U2 song finally makes sense ... it's there to set up this track!
Her voice is vibrating every shakra in my body!! Give it to me baby!!
Her voice is warm honey.
:no: :rolleyes: :moon:
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Getting old...
Me too. This rocks, BTW.
Getting old...
trekhead wrote:
Could be a cover. I've heard Kate Bush do ROCKETMAN.
Please sweet jesus, somebody HAS to send me that.
She sounds like Siouxie Sioux on this one........
Wow....I know I've heard Joan Osborne before on local college stations, and I'm sure I wasn't impressed, else I would know better. But this is way cool!
Joan! My Man!
Oh, man -- I LOVE this! I had no idea who it was till I looked, and I adore Joan Osborne's voice...even more so after this! How can anybody possibly resist her? :music: No need to answer that. I can see that quite a few of you already do. Well, that just leaves that much more of her for me! 8)
I saw Joan Osborne perform at a concert in Dharamsala (Macleod Ganj) in the main courtyard of the Dalai Lama's complex, so this Indian flavour seems just right!
Friend wrote:
Can someone drop me a clue here? What exactly is Joan Osborne singing about? "Oh, If I was your man"
Could be a cover. I've heard Kate Bush do ROCKETMAN.
I think of Joan Osborne as the Patti Smith of the new millennium.
kream wrote:
I disagree with Kiran; It's not a "blatant rip off" of chappa chappa... the background refrain is *similar*, the tune totally different. Aniruddha Shankar Bangalore, India
I am SURPRISED! The background is indeed from a Hindi movie song! This one just doesn't cut it for me. :whistle: Chappa chappa charkha chale...
This does Joan no credit whatsoever - do her a favor and bury it.
Can someone drop me a clue here? What exactly is Joan Osborne singing about? \"Oh, If I was your man\"
I\'ve heard many better tracks by Joan than this one. This one just gets on my nerves. Can we try for a few others instead? :frustrated:
(pimp) :clap: