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Album: Amplified Heart
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Total ratings: 1894









Released: 1994
Length: 4:02
Plays (last 30 days): 3
I step off the train
I'm walking down your street again
And past your door, but you don't live there anymore
It's years since you've been there
Now you've disappeared somewhere, like outer space
You've found some better place

And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain

Could you be dead?
You always were two steps ahead, of everyone
We'd walk behind while you would run
I look up at your house
And I can almost hear you shout down to me
Where I always used to be

And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain

Back on the train, I ask why did I come again?
Can I confess, I've been hanging round your old address?
And the years have proved
To offer, nothing since you've moved
You're long gone, but I can't move on

And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you

I step off the train
I'm walking down your street again
And past your door, I guess you don't live there anymore
It's years since you've been there
Now you've disappeared somewhere, like outer space
You've found some better place

And I miss you,
And I miss you,
You found some better place

And I miss you, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, yeah, like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, and I miss you
Like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, yeah, like the deserts miss the rain
The deserts miss the rain
Like the deserts miss the rain
Like the deserts miss the rain,
Like the deserts miss the rain
And I miss you, yeah, like the deserts miss the rain
Comments (206)add comment
 Azrica wrote:
There is something specaial about this song, not only that takes me to memory of walking down the street with my friends and loudly singing this song while raining but revoks the memories of that scent of the rain in the Balkans... Missing...
 

Bravo Azrice!
 user4176 wrote:

So then, does the ocean miss the heat?
 
The oceans get plenty of heat.
20 years of hearing "like a desert desperation"
everything i put my faith in has been shook
 justin4kick wrote:

Poetry is wasted on you
  This is in my top 10 comments on RP

Excelente!
Needs more cowbell.
Love Tracy Thorn's voice
 justin4kick wrote:
Xeric wrote:
Stupidest lyric ever. The desert does NOT "miss the rain." Morons. 1.


Poetry is wasted on you
 
I see it as a metaphor for a longing for something you've never experienced, an aching in your heart & soul. It is like how I very occasionally get a very strong craving for alcohol (more precisely, to get drunk), yet the only thing I've ever had was a sip of PBR when I was six ("Hey, what's that?" "Have a little bit." "YUCK!").
 Xeric wrote:
Stupidest lyric ever. The desert does NOT "miss the rain." Morons. 1.
 
Poetry is wasted on you
A 6 with a 2 for all that cowbell.
 rgabriel wrote:
A great song, but this is some strange version. The single version released in 1994 does not contain the cowbells... ;-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4sPkS8b62Q
 
That's the 12" (club) mix. This version -- with cowbell galore -- is the original mix.
This ain't no disco (and I like it).
Enchanting
So many other good songs on this album. I really like this particular tune, but I'd rather hear the lesser known stuff, especially on RP.
such a great song from back in the day
A great song, but this is some strange version. The single version released in 1994 does not contain the cowbells... ;-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4sPkS8b62Q
There is something specaial about this song, not only that takes me to memory of walking down the street with my friends and loudly singing this song while raining but revoks the memories of that scent of the rain in the Balkans... Missing...
One of the most captivating voices of all time. Classic EBTG. Miss this band, but love binging on their 80's, 90's stuff. Great romantic stuff. Plenty of fond memories.
 VH1 wrote:

Deserts miss the rain, but they learned to live with it. Every time after a rainfall, the desert bursts into bloom, so yes, even deserts miss the rain.

Deserts are not deserts of their choosing"Oh I think I become a desert" but by weather conditions.

The Sahara used to be an ocean, then a rain forest and is now a desert.  

So the lyrics make sense after all.

 
So then, does the ocean miss the heat?
 joempie wrote:
Deserts don't miss the rain. How else would they be deserts?

 
They are (anthropomorphized) deserts. But, with rain they become something else, something better. They would like for that to happen.
Luv this song
 joempie wrote:
Deserts don't miss the rain. How else would they be deserts?

 
Deserts miss the rain, but they learned to live with it. Every time after a rainfall, the desert bursts into bloom, so yes, even deserts miss the rain.

Deserts are not deserts of their choosing"Oh I think I become a desert" but by weather conditions.

The Sahara used to be an ocean, then a rain forest and is now a desert.  

So the lyrics make sense after all.
I had forgotten how much I love her voice. thanks Bill.
 joempie wrote:
Deserts don't miss the rain. How else would they be deserts?

 
Funny, looks like I was thinking the same thing as Bobert_ParkCity. Only saw his comment afterwards. But that's what has always annoyed me about this song since the first time I heard it.
Deserts don't miss the rain. How else would they be deserts?
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
This chick don't know jack about the desert.

Desert don't miss the rain. Desert wouldn't What The ——  to do with the rain.   

Just sayin'

 
Some deserts might remember: during the Neolithic Subpluvial Era (from the 7th to the 3rd millennium BC), the area which is now the Sahara Desert was apparently green and fertile and experienced wet and rainy conditions.  At least that's what the note in my fortune cookie said the other day.
Im just sayin', I find this too repetative.   yes I admit you need some sort of repatition in music, but I feel that some of todays music is just a repeated hook.   no other thought than a phrase then cut'n paste.    repeating something once, twice a few times is normal, but lets take Eltons "Are you ready for love" as an example.   it is a single verse then repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat.   I find that when it gets too much, it is nothing but rubarb and the song loses its integrity.   thats all.   It is more common in electronically recorded music, a prerecorded sound from a sequencer is far more tiring to the ear than say, the repeated sound of waves on the shore as each one is impercevably different.
More cowbell.
Lovely song.  8
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
This chick don't know jack about the desert.

Desert don't miss the rain. Desert wouldn't What The ——  to do with the rain.   

Just sayin'

 

  As a metaphor, I  think it works well enough.  Probably don't want to over-think it though.


This chick don't know jack about the desert.

Desert don't miss the rain. Desert wouldn't What The ——  to do with the rain.   

Just sayin'

 
.... and i misuse . . . .
I am not sure why, the song is so melodramatic, and kind of kitchy-clubby, but I have always liked it, even after hearing it 1000's of times.
This repetitive sound is not the cowbell but my finger upon my mouse clicking on the PSD button while it's waking-up.
  {#No}    no no no......and the lyrics..ares are just ...stupid!    {#No}
Next.
 LPCity wrote:
This song always resonates with me.

 
Ditto!
We require more cowbell! {#Cool}
 stunix wrote:
Love it or hate it...........   nope, sorry, hate it, the cowbell and the ugly singer.

repetition is the cancer in popular music.

 
So, you prefer attractive singers.  How expansive.
This song always resonates with me.
More cowbells!{#Bananasplit}

 

Some music is so associated with people who are no longer in our life that the song resurrects them with every replay...

Music, smells, tastes leave memories stronger than any words...

 


Boring...
 Proclivities wrote:

Repetition is an essential component of all music.  Name one song without some repetition of a phrase, beat, or progression - discounting John Cage's 4' 33".

 
Technically, it could be argued that 4'33" is the ultimate in repetition on the musician's part. At least the repetition of silence, which in turn makes the audience and the ambience in the performance arena vital portions of the performance. Would be even more interesting in today's world of personal electronics and microwave levels of ADHD. 
 stunix wrote:
Love it or hate it...........   nope, sorry, hate it, the cowbell and the ugly singer.

repetition is the cancer in popular music.

 
Repetition is an essential component of all music.  Name one song without some repetition of a phrase, beat, or progression - discounting John Cage's 4' 33".
Love this tune...reminds me of when my kids were small and we always had jazzy FM stations playing on the stereo.  This song would pop up from time to time, and I have never tired of hearing it.  I stay away from the videos, though.  She is not mirror-friendly.
This song always makes me happy and sad at the same time. Love it.
An excellent song, BUT... is this an unplugged version or what?  {#Eek}
{#Kiss}....... love it  "Outstanding" for me {#Cheers}
 stunix wrote:
Love it or hate it...........   nope, sorry, hate it, the cowbell and the ugly singer.

repetition is the cancer in popular music.

 
Ass gas. What a crass and unspeakably evil thing to say.
Used to hear this one on the crappy 'Smooth Jazz' station all the time, this one gets a 1
one of my most favourite songs - this version seems slightly faster though
 stunix wrote:
Love it or hate it...........   nope, sorry, hate it, the cowbell and the ugly singer.

repetition is the cancer in popular music.

 
uhm.... I'd have said repetition *defines* popular music, if anything.
I'm not the biggest fan of ABTG, but there's no way this qualifies as cancer. Brutal words, man.
Love it or hate it...........   nope, sorry, hate it, the cowbell and the ugly singer.

repetition is the cancer in popular music.
Just LOVE Tracey's voice 
I love EBTG...for many reasons.
Unforgettable and timeless
Sure have missed this ... as said by others the cowbell helps it along and such a lovely relaxing voice. It boarders on the haunting presentation.Gets my vote every time...
More cowbell!!!
Have to admit I didn't see this one coming, esp. after Afro Celts! Welcome surprise though... {#Dance}
This album (Japanese version) has several extended mixes... The miles fly past when driving.

OTOH...They really captured moments of memory and regret of relationships very well... 
 lexica wrote:
Y'know, I'm pedantic enough that I have a mental list of songs whose lyrics are WRONG WRONG WRONG. (Looking at you, Luscious Jackson — yes, dammit, flowers can grow in the snow.) And yet…

Surely anybody who cares about deserts enough to get bent out of shape by the phrase "like the deserts miss the rain" has spent enough time in deserts to have been there during and immediately after a rainstorm. Having been desert camping since childhood and having seen the way everything in the desert bursts into an amazingly lush and yet incredibly brief explosion of life following the rain, I have zero problem with the metaphor.
 
I've been there, seen that, and love it deeply.  And yet, I have zero sense that the other 95% of the year—or the 49 years out of fifty—involves any sense of longing.  The former ("joy," if we want to call it that, in the rain) has zero implication that the dryness is a deprivation.  

And I'm not particularly bent outta shape.  Wordy and opinionated, you betcha.
 
Still a stupid frikking lyric, TJS.  No, really.
 
I thought her voice was familiar, used to listen to them heavily in late eighties, early nineties....then.
 kingart wrote:
Yes, but "raining cats and dogs" actually has a literal root. It's not a nonsensical maxim. Like "throwing the baby out with the bath water" and other allusions, it began with one meaning and evolved into another. Raining cats and dogs refers to the household animals that would nest in the thatched roofs of old Europe (particularly medieval or certainly pre-industrial) homes—in part because that is where the food rats might also take refuge. When it would rain hard, down might fall or descend the animals in the rafters. Got it now?  https://www.goodwords.com/sayings/
Pop quiz next week.  
 
Damn.  Here I thought it was because all of the "poodles" on the road after the rain.
 jagdriver wrote:
I've always liked it when the bass reenters past the halfway mark.
 

Yes!!! {#Music} Me too!

I used to put this song on endless repeat...never once got sick of it and still love to hear it when it shows up randomly. Thanks RP!
Y'know, I'm pedantic enough that I have a mental list of songs whose lyrics are WRONG WRONG WRONG. (Looking at you, Luscious Jackson — yes, dammit, flowers can grow in the snow.) And yet…

Surely anybody who cares about deserts enough to get bent out of shape by the phrase "like the deserts miss the rain" has spent enough time in deserts to have been there during and immediately after a rainstorm. Having been desert camping since childhood and having seen the way everything in the desert bursts into an amazingly lush and yet incredibly brief explosion of life following the rain, I have zero problem with the metaphor.
Love Tracy's voice...
i love this so much.
 TJS wrote:


So let me get this straight, if possible.  Your argument is that a metaphor about the desert missing the rain is...harmful?  How?  and you segued from that to global warming?  Dude, are you kidding me?  Do you wear aluminum foil on your head to keep the aliens from probing your mind?  I think Doc needs to up your medication if you're paranoid enough to think a song lyric is ..."harmful, should the wrong softheaded twits take it to heart."

Cuckoo!
Cuckoo!

Get some help, man.  You don't have to be afraid of the dark anymore.
 
*checks to see*  Yes, I did indeed say "potentially."  Look, I think it's an idiotic metaphor.  I also think "Raining cats and dogs" (see below) is an idiotic metaphor.  I'd have bitched about it had I heard it in a song, too.  I probably put more stock in the power of language than do most people, but beyond that, man, I love the dark.  Especially in the desert, sand and cactus and air under the stars and utterly delighted to be without rain.  End.
I just ordered Tracy's latest solo album. Heard it's good.
 sirdroseph wrote:
{#Roflol}I was thinking the same thing!
 
Me too!!!  Mango..............too funny!
Yes, but "raining cats and dogs" actually has a literal root. It's not a nonsensical maxim. Like "throwing the baby out with the bath water" and other allusions, it began with one meaning and evolved into another. Raining cats and dogs refers to the household animals that would nest in the thatched roofs of old Europe (particularly medieval or certainly pre-industrial) homes—in part because that is where the food rats might also take refuge. When it would rain hard, down might fall or descend the animals in the rafters. Got it now?  https://www.goodwords.com/sayings/
Pop quiz next week.  
 Xeric wrote:

Poetic licenses are rendered void when the content they allow becomes dangerously misleading.  To so misconstrue the desert environment as "missing" rain is not only wrong, it is potentially harmful, should the wrong softheaded twits take it to heart.  Consider, for another example, "global warming."  Too late more accurately termed "climate change," the phenomenon instead goes by a colloquial term that makes it easy for morons (you know, like me) to deny it: "It ain't global warmin'!  Lookit all that snow!"  The fact that you (not you, Fred—think literary device) are a vapid 90's songwriter whose interests end at signing the back of a large royalty check for a cheesy love song does not excuse idiocy.  Or being most idiotic, if you'd like the superlative (as opposed, say, to the "comparative").  

Oh, and yeah, somewhere along the way to a master's in English, I think I heard somebody mention simile and metaphor.  Fine tools . . . but poor excuses.  
 

So let me get this straight, if possible.  Your argument is that a metaphor about the desert missing the rain is...harmful?  How?  and you segued from that to global warming?  Dude, are you kidding me?  Do you wear aluminum foil on your head to keep the aliens from probing your mind?  I think Doc needs to up your medication if you're paranoid enough to think a song lyric is ..."harmful, should the wrong softheaded twits take it to heart."

Cuckoo!
Cuckoo!

Get some help, man.  You don't have to be afraid of the dark anymore.
 rdo wrote:
chris kattan mango
 

{#Roflol}I was thinking the same thing!
chris kattan mango
WOW. Lots of mental gymnastics with Fred and Xeric. Makes me tired. Not to say I'm not guilty of the same, but (Christian deity name omitted), relax, will ya? Worst part is I actually read all of it. I guess my Masters in English didn't take me to quite the same place. Next thing we'll be arguing grammar and syntax. You know, prescriptive versus descriptive linguistics....

Anyway, the music is...well...Sade redux. 
 toomanyollys wrote:
Too much cowbell. There, I said it.
 
{#Lol}
 Xeric wrote:

Poetic licenses are rendered void when the content they allow becomes dangerously misleading.  To so misconstrue the desert environment as "missing" rain is not only wrong, it is potentially harmful, should the wrong softheaded twits take it to heart.  Consider, for another example, "global warming."  Too late more accurately termed "climate change," the phenomenon instead goes by a colloquial term that makes it easy for morons (you know, like me) to deny it: "It ain't global warmin'!  Lookit all that snow!"  The fact that you (not you, Fred—think literary device) are a vapid 90's songwriter whose interests end at signing the back of a large royalty check for a cheesy love song does not excuse idiocy.  Or being most idiotic, if you'd like the superlative (as opposed, say, to the "comparative").  

Oh, and yeah, somewhere along the way to a master's in English, I think I heard somebody mention simile and metaphor.  Fine tools . . . but poor excuses.  
 
You called the band "morons" for using this metaphor, so can't complain when the term's bounced back at you. For someone with a Masters in English, you seem peculiarly literal when it comes to metaphors. Examine most metaphors literally and they're at best misleading, at worst plain bonkers. To take a couple of clichés, "it's raining cats and dogs" or "it stinks to high heaven" are misleading, to put it mildly.

Too much cowbell. There, I said it.

 fredriley wrote:

Ever heard of poetic licence? Similes? Metaphors? Moron. Oh, and there's no word "stupidest" - the comparative is "most stupid".

Personally I think it's a sweet sentiment, but I suspect that the sort of emotions yer woman's singing about are beyond your comprehension.
 
Poetic licenses are rendered void when the content they allow becomes dangerously misleading.  To so misconstrue the desert environment as "missing" rain is not only wrong, it is potentially harmful, should the wrong softheaded twits take it to heart.  Consider, for another example, "global warming."  Too late more accurately termed "climate change," the phenomenon instead goes by a colloquial term that makes it easy for morons (you know, like me) to deny it: "It ain't global warmin'!  Lookit all that snow!"  The fact that you (not you, Fred—think literary device) are a vapid 90's songwriter whose interests end at signing the back of a large royalty check for a cheesy love song does not excuse idiocy.  Or being most idiotic, if you'd like the superlative (as opposed, say, to the "comparative").  

Oh, and yeah, somewhere along the way to a master's in English, I think I heard somebody mention simile and metaphor.  Fine tools . . . but poor excuses.  
one of my favourite songs from long ago
 
One of those bands that radio-fame make some people oversee them or think they are not great. Great album, with amazing beats and a great voice.


Sometimes i miss by the music of 90. What a good sound.

I submitted "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains" by EBTG and it was immediately rejected (maybe because it was a cover of a Frank Zappa song?) {#Ask}
She did a great song for the Batman Forever soundtrack along with massive attack

cowbell
Yeah...it's good isn't it? {#Dance}
Great album!  It's too bad more from it isn't played, as it'd go over far better than even this song is!
Unexpected, not sure why I wouldn't think to hear this on RP, but I definitely didn't....
beautiful lyrics anyway
Everything but this song.. crappy version.
Damn....how can such a sad song be so good for dancing?
And I miss you 
Oh-oh (Like the deserts miss the rain)
And I miss you, yeah
(Like the deserts miss the rain) And I miss you
 
 
 fredriley wrote:

. . . but I suspect that the sort of emotions yer woman's singing about are beyond your comprehension.
 
Ya gotta love Fred. . . 

 
REminiscent of Sade for me ....
And the cow bell theme continues....but it's a good song.....{#Heartkiss}
I have always been a fan of EBG.
I don't know about the lyrics, but this just doesn't fit in RP's lineup. It's just too direct and begs for sympathy. I know dozens of stations that play this ho-hummy stuff non-stop.
 Xeric wrote:
Stupidest lyric ever. The desert does NOT "miss the rain." Morons. 1.
 
Ever heard of poetic licence? Similes? Metaphors? Moron. Oh, and there's no word "stupidest" - the comparative is "most stupid".

Personally I think it's a sweet sentiment, but I suspect that the sort of emotions yer woman's singing about are beyond your comprehension.


 mirland wrote:
Only RP plays the original and not the Todd Terry remix which probably is the version most know :) 
 
Thank you for that. I don't think I have ever heard the original before, and I was thinking ... wait, cowbell?  Since when does this song have so much cowbell? 
 PFM wrote:

No, but the rain misses the desert.

  I dont care, but this is a nice classical earwurm! I guess, this will stay in my ear all day!


 Mandible wrote:

 

LOVE IT! This is so fitting; it gave me a laugh.
 PFM wrote:

No, but the rain misses the desert.

 
HAHAHA, this totally got a laugh out of me!

Only RP plays the original and not the Todd Terry remix which probably is the version most know :) 
 Xeric wrote:
Stupidest lyric ever. The desert does NOT "miss the rain." Morons. 1.
 
No, but the rain misses the desert.

Stupidest lyric ever. The desert does NOT "miss the rain." Morons. 1.
 spacemoose wrote:

This song always made me think of very specific failed relationships:  I had a couple of relationships with women where we saw each other only briefly, frequently and intensely.    It was also never clear if the last encounter was the final one or not.  Would I ever see her again?  I always though yeah, that's probably how the desert feels about the rain.  I can extend the metaphor quite a bit further.
 
Thank you my friend - I share similar sentiment in a parallel universe (hopefully not the same girls!)

 dyharenas wrote:


...the English have little sun, yet they miss it like hell.
 
This song always made me think of very specific failed relationships:  I had a couple of relationships with women where we saw each other only briefly, frequently and intensely.    It was also never clear if the last encounter was the final one or not.  Would I ever see her again?  I always though yeah, that's probably how the desert feels about the rain.  I can extend the metaphor quite a bit further.

I love this soooo much!!
love this.
 jimmunn wrote:
Damn. I needed me some cowbell this morning! {#Angel}

{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}
 
nice... :)

As many times as I've heard this only one word describes it, "timeless".  
 doctec wrote:


But - but - grasslands missing the rain will become deserts if the rain stays away long enough!  Seriously, we're overthinking this one.

In any case: it's a great song, one of my all time faves.
 

...the English have little sun, yet they miss it like hell.
I've always liked it when the bass reenters past the halfway mark.
A part of my life that no one else will ever know about, this reminds me of it every time. Bittersweet.
 MsJudi wrote:
I can't help it... chair dancing imminent. {#Dance}
 

it's a common style all over the planet - in-front-of-the-computer-chair-dancing -
I can't help it... chair dancing imminent. {#Dance}