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Cowboy Junkies — Come Calling (his song)
Album: Lay It Down
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Released: 1996
Length: 3:19
Plays (last 30 days): 1
The stillness here,
Like what he sometimes finds inside her,
Hits so hard it can steal your breath forever
He sometimes wonders
Is the sum of their lives together
Him on the floor and her lost to a mind in tatters

These days he's drinking for the pleasure of falling
And he's falling for the pleasure of pretending
That she's sitting by the window waiting
For him to come calling

If I could fix me up a week of twilight hours
We'd sit on the point
And watch the sun continually flounder
Bathed in gold we'd plug into some kind of power
And connect with those days
Back before all of this went sour

'Cause I'm drinking for the pleasure of falling
And I'm falling for the pleasure of pretending
That you're sitting by the window waiting
For me to come calling

Odd how the darkness always makes us whisper
And with the last of the sun
You can feel the approach of the winter
Now is the time of each day
That I Desperately miss her
I suppose I will learn how to live my life without her

So you're drinking for the pleasure of falling
And you're falling for the pleasure of pretending
That I'm sitting by the window waiting
For you to come calling
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 tinypriest wrote:
Please stop playing so much Cowboy Junkies. A c-grade band from the 90s with a singer who has no concept of cadence and passion, with a single emotive style of destroyed confidence. Enough.
 
Why don’t you STFU so the rest of us can enjoy this music
Love anything by the junkies
Hahaha, immediately after posting 'to' Maynard James Keenan that there's nothing wrong with 4/4, Bill puts this here. Ok there sometimes is.


DUM DE DUM, WONDER WHAT'S FOR DINNER
 tinypriest wrote:
Please stop playing so much Cowboy Junkies. A c-grade band from the 90s with a singer who has no concept of cadence and passion, with a single emotive style of destroyed confidence. Enough.
 
How could I have been so wrong all of these years? 
A bad song
 tinypriest wrote:
Please stop playing so much Cowboy Junkies. A c-grade band from the 90s with a singer who has no concept of cadence and passion, with a single emotive style of destroyed confidence. Enough.
 
"no concept of cadence" is one of the weirder ... uh ... criticisms I've seen lobbed at a band.
Please stop playing so much Cowboy Junkies. A c-grade band from the 90s with a singer who has no concept of cadence and passion, with a single emotive style of destroyed confidence. Enough.
 oilydwarf wrote:
I find this band relentlessly monotonous, particularly her voice, but also the tunes.  Is it just me?

 
Just you
Margo put me to sleep when they backed up Mellancamp. He woke us up though...
 calypsus_1 wrote: 
Every CJ's song on RP should have at least one picture of Margo Timmins in it's comments page. Thank you calypsus_1 for this one.
I adore how this song comes crashing in with guitar like an old Who song — and, in my opinion, you just can't beat her sexy voice
 fitmartin wrote:
Margo I love you!

You too Bill  

 
It is rumoured that more older Canadian men have a crush on Margo than other public figure.   -hehe- 

BTW, love the E. Kootenays.   
Margo I love you!

You too Bill  
I've always been a quiet fan of this band.  I don't have them in my music collection, but love when they get air/internet play...
Can recognize this wonderful band right off
 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...

 
Please pick me up soon, Laz. I've had enough of this place! And hey, I'm easy to get along with (most of the time). {#Wink}
 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...

 
Wait... your church has now gone interstellar? Cool.
 
Chruch in space
 
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...
I really like Margot's voice. I like the emotion her and her brother are trying to put in the songs. I would not mind a greates hits because they did some great songs. I would not buy separate albums - too similar.
 oilydwarf wrote:
I find this band relentlessly monotonous, particularly her voice, but also the tunes.  Is it just me?

 
Listen to some of the songs in the Nomad Series. Much more exploratory than the early stuff. Also, Margo Timmons is a lovely person who you can likely meet if you go to a show. She consistently makes an effort to be available to fans after shows to chat and take pictures.
 oilydwarf wrote:
I find this band relentlessly monotonous, particularly her voice, but also the tunes.  Is it just me?
 
Nope.  She doesn't sound excited by her own music, so I find it difficult to be excited by it, too.  A woman friend claims this is the sexiest band ever in the history of the Earth, however.  

(It takes all kinds to keep the world spinning.)
 oilydwarf wrote:
I find this band relentlessly monotonous, particularly her voice, but also the tunes.  Is it just me?

 
It's not only you; I think a lot of people feel that way about their music.  Different strokes for different folks, though this song is less languid than most of the output I've heard from them.  Sometimes she sounds as if she were lying in bed when they were recording.
 parrothead wrote:
I hear Toad the Wet Sprocket with a girl singer.
 

You take that back! Respect the Toad!!! 
 oilydwarf wrote:
I find this band relentlessly monotonous, particularly her voice, but also the tunes.  Is it just me?

 

Preaching to the choir.  I have always felt that way about them.....boooooorrrrrriiiiiinnnnnnggggg.{#Sleep}
 Dav3thedog wrote:

Yeah, it is...
 
no it isn't just you {#Frustrated}

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 oilydwarf wrote:
I find this band relentlessly monotonous, particularly her voice, but also the tunes.  Is it just me?

 
Yeah, it is...

This song is marvelous...  love this whole album...
 
I find this band relentlessly monotonous, particularly her voice, but also the tunes.  Is it just me?
Phenomenal album that stands with the best of the ninetees.
 kingart wrote:
Another question is, do the nipples of the Cowboy Junkies' lead singer get hard when she sings? 
 
Speaking on pure speculation I bet they do...  this song is soooo sexy and beautiful...

 
Another question is, do the nipples of the Cowboy Junkies' lead singer get hard when she sings? 


This song puts a spring in my step this spring night...

 


This song is soooo good my nipples get hard when I hear it...
 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 


This is a fantastic song from a great album...

 
 unclelonghair wrote:

Margo Timmins apparently has terrible stage fright.  The flowers and mug of tea are apparently her way of coping, but it makes for a stage presence something like a disheveled English teacher. 

This would surprise me, if I hadn't seen stage fright with my own eyes, among performers you wouldn't believe.

Most bizarre example I ever saw was Jerry Garcia.  Garcia, who played 300 nights a year for 30 years, generally to an audience of seriously devoted fans, still had stage fright all they way up to the last days.  When it was time to walk on stage, a (big enough!) crew member walked right behind him.  He had a tendency to turn around instead of going onstage, and he had to be prompted... "no Jerry, go this way..."  Saw this with my own eyes, and it really helped me come to terms with my own stage fright.   Once he crossed that threshold he was fine and fully in his element.  But it would appear that he had serious difficulties in taking that step across that threshold.  I've never seen this mentioned in any memoir or anything.

Eh.  Good album, not one of the better songs on it.



Soooo smooth...  love this song...


 
 jksteacher wrote:
No thank you. Each time I hear them or hear them mentioned I'm reminded that my wife saw them in concert shortly before we met (pre-2000). She said they had the stage presence of a slightly damp sponge (though with less bacteria).
 
Margo Timmins apparently has terrible stage fright.  The flowers and mug of tea are apparently her way of coping, but it makes for a stage presence something like a disheveled English teacher. 

I saw them perform a few months ago, and she actually forgot the words to a song, and walked off the stage in mid-song.  She came back in a minute but the rest of the set was a bit choppy, I guess her nerves got the better of her.

Her voice is a pleasure though, not to mention the fantastic musicians in the band.  Maybe a band better appreciated for their studio work.

Love the Cowboys. This is just great. 8


This song is good for the ears...


Her voice makes me feel like a dirty you can't wash off...
Always right with a Cowboy Junkies song and this one is a beauty.
Excelent band

Lovely.  

 

8 => 9


One of my favorite songs by them — fantastic!

Boring.{#Sleep}


 JustJeff wrote:
They have two versions of this song on the CD, his song and her song.  I prefer her song much better.  It is slower and seems more passionate. 
 
Different strokes for different folks.  Both versions are good, but I enjoy this version because it is livelier.
 jcioban wrote:
I know CJ are not some people's cup o' joe, but this particular song is pretty darn good stuff.
 
Agreed. So is all there stuff I've heard on RP............

I know CJ are not some people's cup o' joe, but this particular song is pretty darn good stuff.
They have two versions of this song on the CD, his song and her song.  I prefer her song much better.  It is slower and seems more passionate. 
 lily34 wrote:
The stillness here,
like what he sometimes finds inside her...
 
Nice song. I wouldn't have gotten these lyrics without this posting. Thanks.
The stillness here,
like what he sometimes finds inside her,
hits so hard it can steal your breath forever
He sometimes wonders
is the sum of their lives together
him on the floor and her lost to a mind in tatters These days he's drinking for the pleasure of falling
and he's falling for the pleasure of pretending
that she's sitting by the window waiting
for him to come calling If I could fix me up a week of twilight hours
we'd sit on the point
and watch the sun continually flounder
Bathed in gold we'd plug into some kind of power
and connect with those days
back before all of this went sour 'Cause I'm drinking for the pleasure of falling
and I'm falling for the pleasure of pretending
that you're sitting by the window waiting
for me to come calling Odd how the darkness always makes us whisper
and with the last of the sun
you can feel the approach of the winter
Now is the time of each day
that I Desperately miss her
I suppose I will learn how to live my life without her So you're drinking for the pleasure of falling
and you're falling for the pleasure of pretending
that I'm sitting by the window waiting
for you to come calling
What kind of a vocal range does she have - one octave minus?  And the imagination of the group - the Neil Diamond of the folk-rock set!

Anything from this group gets an automatic 9....maybe 10 :smile:
I hear Toad the Wet Sprocket with a girl singer.
No thank you. Each time I hear them or hear them mentioned I'm reminded that my wife saw them in concert shortly before we met (pre-2000). She said they had the stage presence of a slightly damp sponge (though with less bacteria).
sounds like the ancient 10000 MANIACS.
Melodious Lou Reed. Love it more and more as time goes on.
alux wrote:
Holding that opinion of Margo, and being so dismissive of their music and mood, is simply inane.
Nonsense: these things are not mutually exclusive. One may hold that an individual has a lovely visage and voice but regret that this voice does not have the range that one desires. I trust that explains it for you. Back in 1988, when I was a radio producer the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada's public television and radio broadcaster), a friend sent me the Trinity Session album, saying the CJ was the greatest Canadian group of the decade. I was excited by her claim--until I listened to the album in its entirety several times. To me--and many others--their music is akin to theme and variations of a slow country ballad.
Great song ... but not part of the River Trilogy. s marlenacb wrote:
Ah! Part of the "River trilogy." Got a chance to hear the entire set during a CJ concert. Best way to hear this song.
Holding that opinion of Margo, and being so dismissive of their music and mood, is simply inane. ThePoose wrote:
That said, the only reason I pay attention to the BM is to get a glimpse of Margo: she's totally beauteous and alluring.
ThePoose wrote:
The Boring Monkeys, as I call them, almost never get out of ''lonesome whippoorwill'' mode of melancholy folk/country tunes.
:eyes: :arghhh: This is my favorite band ever... BECAUSE of their melancholy folk/country tunes! I adore Margo's voice... just beautiful!
Margo, will you marry me?
leonredcollar wrote:
Cowboy Junkies say more with one bent note, than some bands can with an entire song.
No, that's B. B. King. The Boring Monkeys, as I call them, almost never get out of ''lonesome whippoorwill'' mode of melancholy folk/country tunes. That said, the only reason I pay attention to the BM is to get a glimpse of Margo: she's totally beauteous and alluring.
i sit by the window a lot :doh:
Ah! Part of the "River trilogy." Got a chance to hear the entire set during a CJ concert. Best way to hear this song.
I love this CD..and the lyrics to this song. "physicsgenius (90% of everything is crap)" :yes: including your opinions :nyah:
Just like a set of twins is hard to differentiate until you get to know them, which takes time. drife wrote:
Every Cowboy Junkies song sounds every other they ever recorded. Boring drivel.
Cowboy Junkies say more with one bent note, than some bands can with an entire song.
physicsgenius wrote:
The monotone is bad enough, but she also sounds like she's got a sore throat. PEP IT UP A LITTLE
My aunt (in her 50s now) loves the Cowboys. But I couldn't agree more, genius. This is emotionally lifeless. At least Beck knows how to USE monotone. This is just krap.
The monotone is bad enough, but she also sounds like she's got a sore throat. PEP IT UP A LITTLE
drife wrote:
Every Cowboy Junkies song sounds every other they ever recorded. Boring drivel.
You know how some people see brown like red and green like grey because their colorblind? :frustrated:
drife wrote:
Every Cowboy Junkies song sounds every other they ever recorded. Boring drivel.
yeah just like all jazz songs sound the same... OPEN YOUR EARS!!
me love....to nod to these tunes. No they are not rock and roll but they bring you down in a lovely manner
Every Cowboy Junkies song sounds every other they ever recorded. Boring drivel.
Never bought this record, but not impressed with this, though anything by the Junks is at bare minimum a 6
More CJ please!
Been in the CD player in my car for over two weeks now.
Heh, first time I heard that chorus made me instantly picture Michael Stipe singing this song. Pretty good tune.
I really like these guys. Must be something about the name...
Excellent follow to The Caesars. Hell, the Junkies are welcome any time. Likeable tune.
Thanks RP, Thanks for exist
Mmmmmmmaaaargo :notworthy:
Bea's Song from this CD is off the charts outstanding, one of my absolute favorite songs, and I like a whole lot of Cowboy Junkies.
1 word: WOW! This is a block-buster, at least for medititive purposes ;) 9/10.
Songs RP has (on Lay It Down) A Common Disaster Come Calling (his song) Lay it Down Angel Mine Something More Besides You Songs they should have: Just Want to See Speaking Confidentially Come Calling (her song) So yes I agree with you on Speaking Confidentially... s alicewonderland wrote:
Hm, I do believe this is my favourite CJ album, though the Trinity Sessions is a strong contender. On this album, Speaking Confidentially is a killer for me. Like this one too, though.
One would gladly OD on The Junkies. Let's hear "Murder in the TRailer Court."
Hm, I do believe this is my favourite CJ album, though the Trinity Sessions is a strong contender. On this album, Speaking Confidentially is a killer for me. Like this one too, though.
This is quite possibly my favorite Cowboy Junkies song. Or maybe the other version if it on this disc is. Or maybe Common Disaster is. In any case, I love this disc.
anemptysky wrote:
How about "Sun Comes Up, It's Sunday Morning" instead?
I think this is a fine song, so I would differ on the 'instead' but "Sun Comes Up. It's Tuesday Morning" is a terrific song - well written and unlike almost anything else. Trinity Sessions was a lightning bolt, and I have a hard time telling their albums apart, but I sure do like the CJ.
drken wrote:
The Trinity Sessions was a near spiritual experience, but everything since from this group has been mediocre at best.
But "Pale Sun Crescent Moon" had some excellent tracks. "Trinity Sessions" was particularly stong, though, you're right on that one.
beelzebubba wrote:
I've always sorta like the Cowboy Junkies. I have 4 or 5 of their albums. But then I woke up day and realized I couldn't really tell any of their albums apart....
And your point would be..?? Who cares whether the albums differ from one another as long as you love what they're doing, no..?
Lay it down is one of the Junkies best offerings.
I\'ve always sorta like the Cowboy Junkies. I have 4 or 5 of their albums. But then I woke up day and realized I couldn\'t really tell any of their albums apart....
Originally Posted by drken: The Trinity Sessions was a near spiritual experience, but everything since from this group has been mediocre at best.
While the Trinity Sessions made you stand up and take notice, this album put Cowboy Junkies on the map as their own band. While Trinity Sessions relied heavily on covers (exceptionally well done, mind you), this album introduced a new more amped-up sound for CJ and more personal and touching lyricism.
Hmm. I tend to agree. This isn\'t one of their best songs-- but I love their sad, brooding atmosphere-- sweet and soulful. How about \"Sun Comes Up, It\'s Sunday Morning\" instead?
The Trinity Sessions was a near spiritual experience, but everything since from this group has been mediocre at best.