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Beth Orton — Central Reservation (original version)
Album: Central Reservation
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Released: 1999
Length: 4:45
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Running down a central reservation in last night's red dress
And I can still smell you on my fingers and taste you on my breath;
Stepping through brilliant shades
All the color you bring
This time, this time, this time
Is whatever I want it to mean

If this is where memories are made
I'm gonna like what I see
And everything that I ever took for granted
I'm gonna let it be

I step through every shade
All the color you bring
This time, this time, this time
Is whatever I want it to mean

And everything and nothing is as sacred as we'd want it to be
When it's really all
Make it really all
Compared to what

It's like living in the middle of the ocean
With no future, no past
And everything that's good about now
Well, might just glide right past

I'm stepping through brilliant shades
All the color you bring
This time, this time, this time
Is fine just as it is

And everything is sacred here
And nothing is as sacred as I want it to be
When it's really all compared to what
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Central Reservation (Minnie Ripperton mix)
The mellow mix version of an already very mellow song. Interesting.
Shades of Minnie Ripperton, Living you.... :)
 ruthless wrote:
Carol king.......?
 
With that accent??!
 TobiMc3 wrote:
I like "Stolen Car" from this album a lot more than this song. Oh well.
 
Yes, but this is excellent too.  No complaints.
Carol king.......?
Thi is OK, but I really prefer the Ben Watt remix.
Pass the razor blades.
ok the first coupla lines were friggin hot
PattonFever wrote:
'make it real compared to what' nice reference. :)
Les McCann and Eddie Harris were there first with that lyric
I like "Stolen Car" from this album a lot more than this song. Oh well.
Waybo wrote:
I usually like her voice. This sounds like a screeching blackboard or violin.
While the simile is a bit strong, I agree with the basic sentiment. I also usually like her voice, but it's not working for me on this song.
I get the Olivia vibe on this one, too.
prairiedogj wrote:
It seems as either you like her or you don't. I don't.
Me neither
ploafmaster wrote:
AHHHHH!!! Why does she feel like she has to sing? It's not that she sings particularly out of tune, or that the tone of her voice is annoying... It's that blasted "H" sound she uses to add extra syllables to her words...crikey.
Lol. "this t-hime, t-hime, t-hime"...
AHHHHH!!! Why does she feel like she has to sing? It's not that she sings particularly out of tune, or that the tone of her voice is annoying... It's that blasted "H" sound she uses to add extra syllables to her words...crikey.
La-La-La-La-La... La-La-La-La-La... La-La-La-La-La-La-La-La-La... Lovin' Youuuuu... :whistle:
meghan89 wrote:
smell you on my breath ? kinda gross image and killed the song for me
Yeah the lyrics are kinda kinky: "I can smell you on my fingers and taste you on my breath."
prairiedogj wrote:
It seems as either you like her or you don't. I don't.
Not quite true. I sort of like her. Some of her songs are fantastic and some, like this one, grate on my nerves. I think it's her nasal whining--sometimes it's quite pronounced.
physicsgenius wrote:
Yes, before I make any music purchase I always first check the sexual orientation of the primary performer.
Funny comment, but do I detect a mellowing of the well-known PhysicsGenius edge? Dude, don't change now!
Feel it, turn it into something good, & let it go, Beth.
Kregg wrote:
i believe the first line is "i can smell you on my fingers". if so, i have a new appreciation for this woman. lesbians rock.
Yes, before I make any music purchase I always first check the sexual orientation of the primary performer.
It seems as either you like her or you don't. I don't.
tiddalick wrote:
belongs on Labia FM
mmmm misogyny at its finest. :)
'make it real compared to what' nice reference. :)
Judie Tzuke anyone?
Whine like fine wine ... Beth rocks too ... almost always :boohoo:
i believe the first line is "i can smell you on my fingers". if so, i have a new appreciation for this woman. lesbians rock.
I usually like her voice. This sounds like a screeching blackboard or violin.
pyxxel wrote:
Way too much of it on RP. :stop:
So start your own radio station.
Yawnnnnnnnnnn. Move on. Takes the energy out of me faster than sitting around in a beige room. A two.
Sllllooooooooooooowwwwwww! A three.
This version is pretty boring to me. I do really like the single version of it though. Much more enjoyable with a lot more energy.
tiddalick wrote:
belongs on Labia FM
I, for one, am secure enough in my masculinity to love this for what it is.
Pipes wrote:
Wow, such hate for her voice. It's the uniqueness that appealed to me. Great CD!
My words exactly.
I like it...but don't i hear echo's of Minnie Ripperton's Loving You? :wink: edited: sorry Masterhead, read your excellent comment only now. Oops even dadofsammy noticed it earlier.
Wow, such hate for her voice. It's the uniqueness that appealed to me. Great CD!
smell you on my breath ? kinda gross image and killed the song for me
belongs on Labia FM
I LOVE this song! :nyah:
NdrLvr wrote:
Great song.
Can't see that. Boring from beginning to end, and badly sung too IMO. NdrLvr wrote:
There's are also some good remixes with alot more energy
More energy? OMG not sure if I can handle that!!! Seriously, can you detect any tiny bit of energy in this song? If so, raise your hand, cuz I didn't hear it. This is probably my main issue with these songwriter types. This indulgence in over-importance leads them to believe they can skimp on intrumentation and sing and arrange their song in the most boring way possible. What is it with them? Are they afraid good music will detract from their "message"? Sorry, I just don't get it. And quite frankly, I don't think this kinda stuff qualifies as "eclectic rock". Way too much of it on RP. :stop:
A lovely song from a talented artist. A boatload of emotion.
No love for Beth? Oh well.
Great song. There's are also some good remixes with alot more energy (one by Deep Dish, another by William Orbit)
I'm wihith youhou ... her breaheath thing makes me nuhuts. daveesh wrote:
she's either got the lung capacity of a mole or she ran a marathon just before heading into the studio
she's either got the lung capacity of a mole or she ran a marathon just before heading into the studio
This song grew on me, ended up buying the album. I like the emotionality of her voice. And when was the last time you were able to smell someone on your fingers and taste them on your breath. It doesn't get any better than that, you germ freaks. (and I'm an RN!)
Flying_Donut wrote:
I'm betting Bill plays solo Natalie Merchant next so I can just plunge hot needles into my eyes. This is just dreadful, hideous, awful stuff.
:lol:
jovino wrote:
I'm kind of reminded of Edie Brickell, whom I tried to like but just couldn't. Oh yeah, I hear that "Lovin' You" wanting to bust out too. Remember Mariah Carrie's version where she allegedly deafened some dolphins?
:lol:
I'm betting Bill plays solo Natalie Merchant next so I can just plunge hot needles into my eyes. This is just dreadful, hideous, awful stuff.
kevbo77 wrote:
Enunciation is so overrated...
trekhead wrote:
...Now, don't KNIT pick
:lol:
All the negative comments on her voice, Geesh, whatever happened to an appreciation of expressiveness? It's not perfect, but it has feeling.
Enunciation is so overrated...
Leslie wrote:
God this woman's voice sucks.
:fire:
ugh!
billery wrote:
Makes me want to drink some herbal tea while contemplatively fingering my macrame jockstrap and staring off in the distance.
As frightening as this song is, I'm more scared of your macrame jock strap!
God this woman's voice sucks.
score! i like the remix better, though.
billery wrote:
Makes me want to drink some herbal tea while contemplatively fingering my macrame jockstrap and staring off in the distance.
LMAO
BondsLovesSteroids wrote:
Not digging this, very slow and not uplifting at all
Wake me when its over
Not digging this, very slow and not uplifting at all
billery wrote:
Makes me want to drink some herbal tea while contemplatively fingering my macrame jockstrap and staring off in the distance.
...Now, don't KNIT pick
This song transport me in a good way to Minnie Ripperton, the rippling sound seems correspondant. And the melancholic/loving emotions. loving you....
aimless wrote:
I gotta say, I prefer the alternate version of this track. A little more speedy and lot less syrupy.
I agree as well, & I love Beth Orton
I did not know Beth Orton until I heard her in RP... unfortunately it is not easy to find her CDs in Mexico. I lover her voice. Marie
Makes me want to drink some herbal tea while contemplatively fingering my macrame jockstrap and staring off in the distance.
contemplative....
aimless wrote:
I gotta say, I prefer the alternate version of this track. A little more speedy and lot less syrupy.
Yup. I agree... this one makes me feel kinda sleepy.
I gotta say, I prefer the alternate version of this track. A little more speedy and lot less syrupy.
Beth Orton's voice sounds like a woodwind instrument; almost like her tongue is a reed and her pipes made of brass. Remarkable. You don't need a whole lot of range to convey emotion. Her style is unique and unique in all of songdom.
Beth Orton's voice always has the ability to lull and soothe me!
I'm kind of reminded of Edie Brickell, whom I tried to like but just couldn't. Oh yeah, I hear that "Lovin' You" wanting to bust out too. Remember Mariah Carrie's version where she allegedly deafened some dolphins?
Do you think Minnie Ripperton music best known, like Nick Drake, from a commercial (in her case Burger King!) dadofsammy wrote:
Or Minnie Ripperton's "Loving You"....which oddly enough I heard last night at a poker game, after how many years?....and last Friday someone told me their first concert ever was - yes - a Minnie Ripperton concert. Coincidence? I think not! Perhaps this would be a propitious time to look up Minnie's birthdate and invest in some lottery tickets.
Queue wrote:
In the end there, I thought surely she was going to slide into Olivia Newton John's "Loving You".... :eek: Queue
Or Minnie Ripperton's "Loving You"....which oddly enough I heard last night at a poker game, after how many years?....and last Friday someone told me their first concert ever was - yes - a Minnie Ripperton concert. Coincidence? I think not! Perhaps this would be a propitious time to look up Minnie's birthdate and invest in some lottery tickets.
I think it is a beautiful song.
Flying_Donut wrote:
For the love of all that is holy, please tell me how much I have to donate to RP to "buy" this song off of the playlist. Is it 2 hours? 3? Please please tell me. I find this song the aural equivalent of a colonoscopy. :cry:
I quite agree with you. "Running down a central reservation in last night's red dress, And I can still smell you on my fingers and taste you on my breath"; OH PLEASE spare us this tell all shite!! :eyes:
blech blech blech
For the love of all that is holy, please tell me how much I have to donate to RP to \"buy\" this song off of the playlist. Is it 2 hours? 3? Please please tell me. I find this song the aural equivalent of a colonoscopy. :cry:
In the end there, I thought surely she was going to slide into Olivia Newton John\'s \"Loving You\".... :eek: Queue
beautiful :cool:
great song, great album, totally unique voice. there\'s hope for the future
ahhhhh.