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Beth Orton — Stars All Seem To Weep
Album: Central Reservation
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Released: 1999
Length: 4:25
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Stayed true to the things I knew when I was younger
And food and love was all but left to hunger
'Cause when I stray from my truth as I grow older
Too much leaves an empty hollow hunger

I think about you on a moonlit night
And the stars all seem to weep
When there's so much to lose
There's never any time for sleep

Look at me doing all these things without you
We always laughed, and you were untrue
Where was it we tried hard not to go to?
I think that's how I finally came through

All the things we took for granted
The words still live on in my head
All the times I took for granted
All the words I never said

I think about you in the moonlit night
And the stars all seem to weep
When there's so much love to give
There's never any time for sleep, yeah.

So I stayed true to the things I knew when I was younger
And human life was all but left to hunger
'Cause when I stray from the truth as I grow older
Too much leaves an empty hollow hunger
Too much leaves an empty hollow hunger

With or without you
With or without you
With or without you.
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 pinto wrote:

Oh, please!!! It was a FUNNY comment.  Why politicize it?
 
Because women have had to put up with that kind of sexist bullshit for far too long. It's not good enough for a woman to have talent in any given field, she also has to look flawless while doing so, or her efforts are given no merit. It's bullshit and it's time for it to end. Bravo to bruzote for calling it out.
I typically like the Beth Orton songs I've heard on RP (I've never heard her anywhere else, and don't have enough interest to purchase a CD of her music, but I like the songs nonetheless), but this one just sounds like many others by many other musicians. All it needs is that little high-pitched doggie bark (or whatever that is) and it'd be Dido's "Thank You" which is actually a rather good tune. But this one's a bit of a bore, musically speaking.
I've loved this song since I heard it.  Lyrics to kill.
 Geecheeboy wrote:
Had to look to see if this was Dido. Hmm. Beth Orton. Well.
 

It has a Dido appeal. But with an important touch of Beth. 
 Piranga wrote:
She is such a great singer. Most of her songs are a little blue, but I totally love it.
 
Never heard of her before RP. Another reason why I love this place.
She is such a great singer. Most of her songs are a little blue, but I totally love it.
I wanted to see her in Christchurch last year, but sadly the show was canceled. I am suspecting not enough ticket sales in NZ. The punters only want to see BeeGees tribute show.
Love this tune. Trip-pop. Heh
 bruzote wrote:

Funny. However, would you say something like that about a male performer? And would I think it is funny? Things that make you go "hmmm". (Hope I never hear that tune on here.)

 
Oh, please!!! It was a FUNNY comment.  Why politicize it?
I feel that she comes to doing an impression of Sade on this song! I dig how she plays with the ebb and flow of words and rhythm here.

       I''d an audition with hope, but my baby needs me.
 I packed my things called a random book from phonebook..
     T'was  the central reservation in never never land.
Seems appropriate right now...
 LizK wrote:
 Hmmmmmmmm, there's Andy Warhol.  And  there's Related image

 
         ...looking a little rough around the gills.. {#Eek}
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Posted: May 15, 2015 - 11:29
 

 misterbearbaby wrote:
Nice voice- a little like Chrissy Hind when she was young and fine. She has potential. Gotta stop cutting her own hair with lawn-care appliances though.

  
bruzote wrote:

Funny. However, would you say something like that about a male performer? And would I think it is funny? Things that make you go "hmmm". (Hope I never hear that tune on here.)

  Hmmmmmmmm, there's Andy Warhol.  And  there's Related image
Fantastic voice that works beautifully with this pace. Her best songs are like this.
 Limpopoking wrote:
Take away the voice and there's quite a bit of Thievery Corp there.

 
It's Ben Watt playing the keyboards, so there is definitely a electronica/chill sound there.
Take away the voice and there's quite a bit of Thievery Corp there.
 misterbearbaby wrote:
Nice voice- a little like Chrissy Hind when she was young and fine. She has potential. Gotta stop cutting her own hair with lawn-care appliances though.

 
Funny. However, would you say something like that about a male performer? And would I think it is funny? Things that make you go "hmmm". (Hope I never hear that tune on here.)
 misterbearbaby wrote:
Nice voice- a little like Chrissy Hind when she was young and fine. She has potential. Gotta stop cutting her own hair with lawn-care appliances though.

 
She can't hold a candle to Chrissy Hynde.
 lshinkawa wrote:
This song was one of the only memorable points about the movie "The Next Best Thing"

 
Movie?  This is music not Hollywood BS.
Nice voice- a little like Chrissy Hind when she was young and fine. She has potential. Gotta stop cutting her own hair with lawn-care appliances though.
great trip-hop
Speechless..
this kid is good, let her grow sounds great now very tasty....{#Dance}
 Rotterdam wrote:
A strong '1' from me, for her exceedingly annoying vocal eccentricities. 
What a waste. 

 
Are you insane?
 Keef wrote:

I was going to rate it an 8, but will raise it to a 9 after reading your multiple posts.

 
{#Lol}
MARVELLOUS!
 Rotterdam wrote:
A strong '1' from me, for her exceedingly annoying vocal eccentricities. 
What a waste. 

 
I was going to rate it an 8, but will raise it to a 9 after reading your multiple posts.
 Jim_Messenger wrote:

So that's a vote of 4 from the Dutch Eurovision team.  {#Cheesygrin}   And Beth being a near neighbour too -  born in Norfolk ( The UK one ).

 
Lolcano. : )
 Rotterdam wrote:
A strong '1' from me, for her exceedingly annoying vocal eccentricities. 
What a waste. 

 
So that's a vote of 4 from the Dutch Eurovision team.  {#Cheesygrin}   And Beth being a near neighbour too -  born in Norfolk ( The UK one ).
A strong '1' from me, for her exceedingly annoying vocal eccentricities. 
What a waste. 
 Hungerdunger wrote:
Ever since I started noticing that she sticks an "h" into nearly every word she sings* I've found it very difficult to listen to her.  Which is a shame as some of her songs are really strong and she has a good voice.
*If you don't know what I mean, Beth would sing this phrase: "nearhearly everhery worhord shehee sings"

 
Absolutely, same here. I used to love listening to her music but the double-syllable thing now makes listening to her almost unbearable. It's a shame.
 adrianblack wrote:
This is a fantastic album and I rally like this song.

 
Rally then chaps, rally! Spend your hard earned on raising your soul.
Cool tune ... thanks RP
 oldsaxon wrote:
Poacher wrote:

OK. I saw her, probably in 2008 or 9, playing a decent sized venue of at least 2,000 in Brighton. She was late, very late. When she eventually appeared she apologised, but she had been in London at an 'award show' and 'traffic' was bad. I am sorry, but that was out of order. She should have been at the gig where people had paid good money to see her and not going off to something else making her late. 

The gig itself was so bad we walked out half way (a VERY rare event for me). 

So that is two strikes for Beth Live then. . . 

Having said that, Beth is still on high rotation at Poacher mansions and I still love listening to her.


She gets a lot of play at the oldsaxon hall, too, but I remember seeing her once in Canada. At that gig she had a small band with her in a nice intimate venue. I could not hear her singing, I could not hear her guitar, I could only hear the massive bass booming over everything, and I mean everything. That bass could have drowned out a jet engine in the same room! At the time I blamed the sound guy, but maybe it's just that Beth sucks at live performance. I believe I left early.
 
And carrying on. I watched her live performance on the recent live iTunes gigs at the Roundhouse. Got through the first three or four tracks and gave up again.

Such a shame, I really, really want to enjoy her playing live. 
Yawn, I go to sleep now > solid 3
 Poacher wrote:

OK. I saw her, probably in 2008 or 9, playing a decent sized venue of at least 2,000 in Brighton. She was late, very late. When she eventually appeared she apologised, but she had been in London at an 'award show' and 'traffic' was bad. I am sorry, but that was out of order. She should have been at the gig where people had paid good money to see her and not going off to something else making her late. 

The gig itself was so bad we walked out half way (a VERY rare event for me). 

So that is two strikes for Beth Live then. . . 

Having said that, Beth is still on high rotation at Poacher mansions and I still love listening to her.

 
 
She gets a lot of play at the oldsaxon hall, too, but I remember seeing her once in Canada. At that gig she had a small band with her in a nice intimate venue. I could not hear her singing, I could not hear her guitar, I could only hear the massive bass booming over everything, and I mean everything. That bass could have drowned out a jet engine in the same room! At the time I blamed the sound guy, but maybe it's just that Beth sucks at live performance. I believe I left early.
 thewiseking wrote:
that eurotrash lounge backbeat kills this
  
Agreed.  I came to RP to escape that dull, monotonous cassio dance beat that infests internet radio. 

{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit} Snazzy!

 lshinkawa wrote:
This song was one of the only memorable points about the movie "The Next Best Thing"
 
Never saw the film or had any intention of doing so, but this is a great tune.


This song was one of the only memorable points about the movie "The Next Best Thing"
This is a fantastic album and I rally like this song.
 S-curvy wrote:
A couple of months ago, I was very excited to see her perform a solo show in a venue of less than 500 people in San Francisco. Very quickly, it became apparent that we were in for a disappointment. There was no support band or other performers, just 100% Beth, so when she didn't take the stage for 30 -45 minutes, the audience just got to wait. Then she began the show. By the end of the 3rd song, she started screwing up — she could not remember how her music went! She fumbled and fumbled for minutes on end before figuring it out amidst profuse apologies. Then she made it through the next song, only to get hung up on the next 3 songs, fumbling and apologizing like before. After the show mercifully ended, the clock had elapsed 35 minutes; another 10 minutes of audience persuasion got her to come out for 1 more song that truly ended the show. Total time from Beth Orton's entrance to her final departure: 58 minutes! She appeared to suffer not from inebriation, but from stage fright or lack of preparation. I expected much more for my $45 ticket.
  
 
ziggytrix wrote:

I sincerely doubt it was stage fright or lack of preparation.  She's been in the biz much to long for such amateurism.  

Beth Orton suffers from Crohn's disease and was probably having a bad day.  Maybe she should have cancelled, but ya know "the show must go on" and "keep a stiff upper lip" and all that rot....
 
OK. I saw her, probably in 2008 or 9, playing a decent sized venue of at least 2,000 in Brighton. She was late, very late. When she eventually appeared she apologised, but she had been in London at an 'award show' and 'traffic' was bad. I am sorry, but that was out of order. She should have been at the gig where people had paid good money to see her and not going off to something else making her late. 

The gig itself was so bad we walked out half way (a VERY rare event for me). 

So that is two strikes for Beth Live then. . . 

Having said that, Beth is still on high rotation at Poacher mansions and I still love listening to her.

 
wish Beth was growning on me ;) nah I love Beth

Yet another song (and album) discovered on RP that are now staples in my aural diet.  This one is especially delicious.{#Hungry}
 Hungerdunger wrote:
Ever since I started noticing that she sticks an "h" into nearly every word she sings* I've found it very difficult to listen to her.  Which is a shame as some of her songs are really strong and she has a good voice.
*If you don't know what I mean, Beth would sing this phrase: "nearhearly everhery worhord shehee sings"
 
My feelings exactly. I find her very frustrating - I like a lot of her songs but trip on her singing style every time.

 snowcat wrote:

It certainly does, I believe her voice to go very nicely over electronic music.  I hope she does more.

 
Exactly. Personally, I like the folk/electronica thing going on.  This is a cool tune - nice groove.

She's droning. But then, I'm kinda' grumpy today. {#Grumpy}
Ever since I started noticing that she sticks an "h" into nearly every word she sings* I've found it very difficult to listen to her.  Which is a shame as some of her songs are really strong and she has a good voice.
*If you don't know what I mean, Beth would sing this phrase: "nearhearly everhery worhord shehee sings"
Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrve Beth Orton and also luuurrve the electro-lounge backbeat. ::nod::
just lovely.
Excellent song, album and artist.
 krich58 wrote:
I'm wondering if "kills this" has the same meaning for two different listeners...

 
It certainly does, I believe her voice to go very nicely over electronic music.  I hope she does more.

I just LOVE  {#Hearteyes}  this artist!!   Everything I hear.   She is so unique in her approach; and lyrics are inspired too.   I say MORE BETH !!
I'm wondering if "kills this" has the same meaning for two different listeners...

 thewiseking wrote:
that eurotrash lounge backbeat kills this
 
I think you've nailed it — I love Beth Orton, but this track is not doing it for me.  After reading your post I tried blocking out the music and focused on her voice, and there is potential for a great song, if the arrangement / music was different.

More Beth!  For some reason I have 2 Stolen Cars off this album, but not this tune.  Thanks for sharing!
One of her best tracks with nice sentiment.  I have seen her live some years ago, and it is not her natural place and she was clearly uncomfortable performing then,  giving a somewhat lacklustre and disappointingshow.  One of those artists who is better in the studio - but that's fine, cos I mainly listen at home.
that eurotrash lounge backbeat kills this
 S-curvy wrote:
A couple of months ago, I was very excited to see her perform a solo show in a venue of less than 500 people in San Francisco. Very quickly, it became apparent that we were in for a disappointment. There was no support band or other performers, just 100% Beth, so when she didn't take the stage for 30 -45 minutes, the audience just got to wait. Then she began the show. By the end of the 3rd song, she started screwing up — she could not remember how her music went! She fumbled and fumbled for minutes on end before figuring it out amidst profuse apologies. Then she made it through the next song, only to get hung up on the next 3 songs, fumbling and apologizing like before. After the show mercifully ended, the clock had elapsed 35 minutes; another 10 minutes of audience persuasion got her to come out for 1 more song that truly ended the show. Total time from Beth Orton's entrance to her final departure: 58 minutes! She appeared to suffer not from inebriation, but from stage fright or lack of preparation. I expected much more for my $45 ticket.
 
I sincerely doubt it was stage fright or lack of preparation.  She's been in the biz much to long for such amateurism.  

Beth Orton suffers from Crohn's disease and was probably having a bad day.  Maybe she should have cancelled, but ya know "the show must go on" and "keep a stiff upper lip" and all that rot....
i was at that show. front row center. it was painful to be that close and seeing her so anxious. only when she sang 'spotlight' did she seem to connect to her inner rockstar talent. 
 
S-curvy wrote:
A couple of months ago, I was very excited to see her perform a solo show in a venue of less than 500 people in San Francisco. Very quickly, it became apparent that we were in for a disappointment. There was no support band or other performers, just 100% Beth, so when she didn't take the stage for 30 -45 minutes, the audience just got to wait.

Then she began the show. By the end of the 3rd song, she started screwing up — she could not remember how her music went! She fumbled and fumbled for minutes on end before figuring it out amidst profuse apologies. Then she made it through the next song, only to get hung up on the next 3 songs, fumbling and apologizing like before.

After the show mercifully ended, the clock had elapsed 35 minutes; another 10 minutes of audience persuasion got her to come out for 1 more song that truly ended the show. Total time from Beth Orton's entrance to her final departure: 58 minutes! She appeared to suffer not from inebriation, but from stage fright or lack of preparation. I expected much more for my $45 ticket.
 


 fredriley wrote:
Nice curse :). Perhaps we should bring back some archaic insults/curses for use on this board.  Something like "May her camel be afflicted by the hoof-rot of Azrael", or "Thou whoreson of a syphilitic strumpet", or "He who bothers the bovines of the field in unnatural and noisome ways". It would make a nice change from "it/you/s/he sucks".
Cute. But I, for one, could do without the "bothering bovines" emoticon. ;)

 coffee-eyes wrote:
A pox on all you haters.
 
Nice curse :). Perhaps we should bring back some archaic insults/curses for use on this board.  Something like "May her camel be afflicted by the hoof-rot of Azrael", or "Thou whoreson of a syphilitic strumpet", or "He who bothers the bovines of the field in unnatural and noisome ways". It would make a nice change from "it/you/s/he sucks".

I really like Beth Orton's voice: tomboyish yet vulnerable.
 coffee-eyes wrote:
A pox on all you haters.  I love Beth, and she's a hit among my friends too.  She's got a cool, quirky voice.
 
{#High-five} Well said! Beth does have a cool, distinctive voice.
Funny enough, this is kinda of a Sade groove if you just listen to the music.
I liked it too{#Clap}
This is awesome, Beth and Everything but the girl, very laidback, very nice, very smoooooth..
 arserocket wrote:
the sound of a wailing goose
 
Now that's just plain ugly. 

Perhaps not surprising from someone who chooses to identify himself is such a manner.


 earthbased wrote:
Rent the Movie Southlander.
 

I will...thanks for the heads up!!
Excellent tune!!!
A pox on all you haters.  I love Beth, and she's a hit among my friends too.  She's got a cool, quirky voice.


EssexTex wrote:

Never heard a goose wail....I've heard a dove cry though.


I think her (mono)tone on this song is more goose-like than dove-like. In general I like Beth's work, but this cut drones on and on far too much for me.

arserocket wrote:
the sound of a wailing goose

Never heard a goose wail....I've heard a dove cry though.

Dido-ish indeed, or did Beth come first? Don't hear much Dido on RP, if any crushedvelvet wrote:
I like Dido, but hope she gets a bit more edgy as she gets older, like Beth Orton already is (at least in this track). I think this is beautiful.
rip
S-curvy wrote:
A couple of months ago, I was very excited to see her perform a solo show in a venue of less than 500 people in San Francisco. Very quickly, it became apparent that we were in for a disappointment. There was no support band or other performers, just 100% Beth, so when she didn't take the stage for 30 -45 minutes, the audience just got to wait. Then she began the show. By the end of the 3rd song, she started screwing up -- she could not remember how her music went! She fumbled and fumbled for minutes on end before figuring it out amidst profuse apologies. Then she made it through the next song, only to get hung up on the next 3 songs, fumbling and apologizing like before. After the show mercifully ended, the clock had elapsed 35 minutes; another 10 minutes of audience persuasion got her to come out for 1 more song that truly ended the show. Total time from Beth Orton's entrance to her final departure: 58 minutes! She appeared to suffer not from inebriation, but from stage fright or lack of preparation. I expected much more for my $45 ticket.
that is very unstable for a "pro", sadly unstable
A couple of months ago, I was very excited to see her perform a solo show in a venue of less than 500 people in San Francisco. Very quickly, it became apparent that we were in for a disappointment. There was no support band or other performers, just 100% Beth, so when she didn't take the stage for 30 -45 minutes, the audience just got to wait. Then she began the show. By the end of the 3rd song, she started screwing up -- she could not remember how her music went! She fumbled and fumbled for minutes on end before figuring it out amidst profuse apologies. Then she made it through the next song, only to get hung up on the next 3 songs, fumbling and apologizing like before. After the show mercifully ended, the clock had elapsed 35 minutes; another 10 minutes of audience persuasion got her to come out for 1 more song that truly ended the show. Total time from Beth Orton's entrance to her final departure: 58 minutes! She appeared to suffer not from inebriation, but from stage fright or lack of preparation. I expected much more for my $45 ticket.
Rent the Movie Southlander.
gentle voice, no one can deny.
Sounds a bit Everything But The Girl but her voice isn't as good.
This playlist has taken a sudden downturn....
agnes wrote:
WTF is stuck in her throat?!?!?! GAH!!!! :frustrated:
:lol: it's probably gold, whatever it is. seriously, her voice has really grown on me. BTW dido? she's not a bit like Dido!!!
the sound of a wailing goose
WTF is stuck in her throat?!?!?! GAH!!!! :frustrated:
Nice...easy.
SCprof wrote:
Awful, just awful. Where is the rock 'n roll today?
Yeah, 'cause if it ain't rock, it's crap, right? Why do people listen to Miles Davis or Tony Bennett?
:kiss:
Her vocals are weak and the song is ho-hum to me.
Geecheeboy wrote:
Had to look to see if this was Dido. Hmm. Beth Orton. Well.
I like Dido, but hope she gets a bit more edgy as she gets older, like Beth Orton already is (at least in this track). I think this is beautiful.
I love, Love, Love Beth Orton. :music:
Had to look to see if this was Dido. Hmm. Beth Orton. Well.
That little electronic pulse fools me into thinking I have new email
Very Cool Song This just so happens to be on Everything But the Girl - Back to Mine CD. This song is a favorite and an influence on the band for their music. So, very cool, not dull. This is relaxing and chill.
Awful, just awful. Where is the rock 'n roll today?
bschena wrote:
(left brain) there are 15 good reasons to hate this song (right brain) love it poor left brain, shafted again.
exactly love this song :daisy:
bschena wrote:
(left brain) there are 15 good reasons to hate this song (right brain) love it poor left brain, shafted again.
HILARIOUS!
I'm with you on the Ace of Base remark. Dull dull dull. And thats not a Theremin, check out Goldfrapp - Lovely head for some real Theremin groovin.
Wow, she's tall!
bschena wrote:
(left brain) there are 15 good reasons to hate this song (right brain) love it poor left brain, shafted again.
:clap: :lol: love it, yea! :high-five:
Sounds like Ace if Base decided it wasn't canned enough and did this. juliecb wrote:
Is it me or is her voice ruining this super fab song?
No. You are confusing this with music. The voice cannot ruin or save this mess. I hope this isn't representative of her work.
(left brain) there are 15 good reasons to hate this song (right brain) love it poor left brain, shafted again.
handyrae wrote:
It's not just you. Sometimes I like her voice and other times I find it uber-annoying. In this song it's annoying. If she weren't so nasal it would make a world of difference.
:rolleyes: Her voice makes the song in my opinion!
juliecb wrote:
Is it me or is her voice ruining this super fab song?
It's not just you. Sometimes I like her voice and other times I find it uber-annoying. In this song it's annoying. If she weren't so nasal it would make a world of difference.
hippiechick wrote:
Is that what that thing is called? Makes it sound like an Everything But the Girl song.
I don't think that's a theremin. It's a synth of some type. A theremin produces a pretty pure sine wave, which that sliding tone is not.
Right on, Catalytic...awesome tune!
juliecb wrote:
Is it me or is her voice ruining this super fab song?
It's you. Personally, I find her voice *makes* the song.
Is it me or is her voice ruining this super fab song?
I keep waiting for her to launch into Dido's "White Flag." Maybe it's just me... :think: Not her strongest, but it's danceable. I give it a 75, Dick.
I thought this was Edie Brickell/Natalie Merchant/that crying, whiny chick from the Cranberries/whatever name that bland, generic girl singer is going by this week. :yawn:
hippiechick wrote:
Is that what that thing is called? Makes it sound like an Everything But the Girl song.
I think the producer of this track is Ben Watts of EBTG.
Pipes wrote:
Would be great were it not for the theremin. That thing is just annoying!
Is that what that thing is called? Makes it sound like an Everything But the Girl song.
Would be great were it not for the theremin. That thing is just annoying!
RoyStudios wrote:
I dont know why, but Beth Orton always sounds like she needs a bloody good burp.. Music is OK, but to me her voice is like cheese - usually served grated.
Tres witty - must remember that one ...
I'm not lovin it .... 3/10
ALL MUST BOW TO THE THEREMIN !!!
I think I like the drumming better than her singing.
I dont know why, but Beth Orton always sounds like she needs a bloody good burp.. Music is OK, but to me her voice is like cheese - usually served grated.
Excellent piece of music art.
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