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Donovan — Please Don't Bend
Album: Sutras
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Released: 1996
Length: 4:06
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Walking, talking along a lonely shore
With your hair blowing soft on the breeze
I do dream you into my life
Gift me your love if you please
Please don't bend my heart
Made of glass
I can't promise to be here for you
Please don't bend my heart
She said to me
I can't promise to be here, be here, be here for you
Oh what a night the moon shining bright
Your kisses are sweeter than wine
Music floats on the breeze from the town
I lead you holding your hand in mine
Now you're trembling beneath my lips
Soon I'll be gone to the south
We say nothing, we two just know
No words of woe from our mouths
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I like how he says Glass 
 DaveInVA wrote:

 
Don't get me wrong, this is a great image... but it makes me wonder what kind of person thinks "you know what's missing in stock photography? a sheep wearing sunglasses and headphones with a mic" 
Made me mute RP and watch shitty BBC Friday drivetime instead. Soz.
Nice to hear this and other Donovan tracks on RP - thanks Bill - UK radio stations seem to have forgotten him!  I first saw Donovan in a very small club in Belsize Park (London) must have been 1964/5!  OMG was it really that long ago!!
I have never heard this before, and its beautiful. 
love this one, so calm, gentle and sincere

 pfwashburn9485 wrote:
Many people won't feel the sensitivity in the song !  Connecticut,USA.
 
Today, I am one of those "many people".
saw him perform live recently. the voice is gone but the guitar playing and  stories are better than ever
 {#Meditate}  yes.  coloradojohn wrote:
This always makes me stop and think about all the times I ever let Donovan's melodic folksy wisdom and Celtic Gypsy soul-sight wash over me. Reminds me of his Syd Barrett-like masterpiece "A Flower's Gift to a Garden;" his outlook so real, so pure, and so dang Tao.

 


This always makes me stop and think about all the times I ever let Donovan's melodic folksy wisdom and Celtic Gypsy soul-sight wash over me. Reminds me of his Syd Barrett-like masterpiece "A Flower's Gift to a Garden;" his outlook so real, so pure, and so dang Tao.
{#Meditate}
Mellow Yellow man?
nice 
This man stands for peace. Donovan haters, it's time to exit this page.
Still liking this. Pretty good lyrics, ok yeah, somwhat clichèd, but still. Nice to hear just one guitar and vocals (the intro) then, even with acoustic bass it's still a wonderfullly simple setting.

Walking, talking along a lonely shore
With your hair blowing soft on the breeze
I do dream you into my life
Gift me your love if you please

"Please don't bend my heart, made of glass
I can't promise to be here for you"
"Please don't bend my heart", she said to me
"I can't promise to be here, be here, be here for you"

 
Love.
Next time please play Nirvana from the same album

Rascal wrote:  "Look up Shawn Phillips....just sayin"

I couldn't agree more, 40+ years of music and every album is an adventure. A real find for anyone wondering if there is something great out there that you may have missed.... just sayin'.
I can hear similarities to Agnes Obel Fuel to Fire albeit she plays piano.  Donovan was first of course :)  Message to Bill - what about a seque with these two next time?
a beautiful collection of words and thoughts, shared with strong simple music and near quiet voice      love
8 -> 9     It is so ....  affirming, to hear a fine song from Mr. Leach that he wrote long AFTER his hazy* crazy* heyday!   
        (*well, we all were {#Group-hug} )

{#Music}
I'm turning 57 soon and I've thought Please don't bend a few times.
This guy aged well.
Look up Shawn Phillips....just sayin
nice!  Have enjoyed this song and Donovan's gentle power for a good many years.
Great that younger listeners are discovering him.  Play more.
I'm a Nick Drake fan too but never related the two before but sure hear it now.
For me, no one tops Dylan though…scratchy voice and all.  Loved his Americana tour with Richard Thompson last summer.
And now Francis Cabrel who was just in NYC.  RP rocks!
 
Kind of nice. A little too mellow.
What a sweet PSD :) 7
 Cynaera wrote:

Oh, crap - I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. Mom loved this song (and she was a pretty tough audience.) The video isn't working (slow processor) but the music is here. Thank you, Dave. This is awesome. You totally rock.  Get another cat or two, but adopt, don't shop, okay?

Now, gotta go back and listen to that song again and again. Mom would be smiling beautifically from her sleep. Whatever happens in this uncertain future of various faiths, should we meet, I'll be sure Mom knows who the person was that gave her that song. (Uh, but I'd have to introduce her to Donovan, and I don't know him, so that might be a problem...){#Wink}


 
Donovan is Great, it is also worth while to scroll down to read some letters from the near past...
Wow - I had no idea Donovan was really that good a singer!   I'm impressed...
just beautiful...
 bh1 wrote:
For a minute I thought this was Jethro Tull. But new Donavan? Well good.
 
Whaaa..?  Not sure how you get to Ian Anderson's vocals from Donovan, never mind the paucity of flute.  
Love this song! Wow so surprised to see it was Donovan...I thought at first it was Cat Stevens
Does anyone else hear a cat in heat?  {#Beat}
Didn't anyone see him on the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame concert on HBO this year?   He sounded great and for his acceptance speech he recited a poem.  Such an interesting and gentle  person he seems to be.....still beautiful .... inside and out.   Nice to hear this too.
I like ... off to check out the rest of the CD. I have poloroid picture I took of Donovan back stage in 1969. he still sound good here. he must be close to 70 now.
For a minute I thought this was Jethro Tull. But new Donavan? Well good.
isn't he dead yet? Deathless Delight was the only decent thing he did, and I was stoned when I decided that so even that is self doubted!
A giant frosty glass of "meh"
Never heard this before....I quite like it.
 GrannyO wrote:
Now I remember what's missing from my iTunes.  
 
Stryper?

 crogers wrote:
A Donovan song that I actually like?  Huh; never thought I'd live so long. 

< blatant opinion faucet: ON >

I've always liked Nick Drake very much, an artist who's been compared to early Donovan by many - though I personally have problems with drawing too many lines between them.  However, given the obvious similarities in their vocal styles, I could never quite understand why I could really appreciate one but intensely dislike the other.  

This song has clarified it for me — it is actually well written, carefully rendered and thoughtful.  It is a song written and performed for the sake of the song and its gentle message, rather than as a showcase for the vagaries and innate peculiarites of the performer's voice.  Drake's songwriting and the exquisitely careful presentation of his work encouraged me to both respect him as an artist and sympathize with him as a flawed and hurting human being — ultimately bringing me closer to him and his art.  In contrast, Donovan's efforts, partiuclarly those from the Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy days, chafe me like the proverbial sand-in-the-swim-trunks.

In an effort to avoid further discomfort, I have successfully ignored Donovan since 1973.  Until this evening.  When I heard this song.  It is surprisingly, effortlessly Good.

Perhaps the lesson is simply that people do change.  Not just the performers, but the listeners as well.  My advice, for what it's worth, is to give them both a chance.  Take four minutes out of your busy day and really listen, with fresh ears, to something (or someONE) that has always driven you nuts.  It doesn't have to be a musician — it can even be your bitchy younger sister.  But give it that chance — you just might find that over time, both of you have found your ways when you weren't even paying attention.

I still hate Dylan though...   {#Biggrin}

< blatant opinion faucet: OFF >
YEAH, BUT WHAT DO YOU REALLY THINK?
 


 RedGuitar wrote:

Rick Rubin has recorded several artists lately, and tries to strip their sound down to the basics - Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Donovan are a few.

 


Yeah, funny thing is: they all sound the same now.... Thanks, Rick! You did a "great" job.
 CoYoT51 wrote:
Good to mention that Rick Rubin produced this album, Bill!
When Rick Rubin gets involved, it's good.
Well... I'm a Rubin too. I couldn't be less subjective. :)
 
Rick Rubin has recorded several artists lately, and tries to strip their sound down to the basics - Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Donovan are a few.

I'm working at the computer and RP is quietly in the background...
suddenly I sense Donovan is singing... a new song!  (For me anyway)
Very Nice, Very pleasant surprise.


 crogers wrote:
A Donovan song that I actually like?  Huh; never thought I'd live so long. 

< blatant opinion faucet: ON >

I've always liked Nick Drake very much, an artist who's been compared to early Donovan by many - though I personally have problems with drawing too many lines between them.  However, given the obvious similarities in their vocal styles, I could never quite understand why I could really appreciate one but intensely dislike the other.  

This song has clarified it for me — it is actually well written, carefully rendered and thoughtful.  It is a song written and performed for the sake of the song and its gentle message, rather than as a showcase for the vagaries and innate peculiarites of the performer's voice.  Drake's songwriting and the exquisitely careful presentation of his work encouraged me to both respect him as an artist and sympathize with him as a flawed and hurting human being — ultimately bringing me closer to him and his art.  In contrast, Donovan's efforts, partiuclarly those from the Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy days, chafe me like the proverbial sand-in-the-swim-trunks.

In an effort to avoid further discomfort, I have successfully ignored Donovan since 1973.  Until this evening.  When I heard this song.  It is surprisingly, effortlessly Good.

Perhaps the lesson is simply that people do change.  Not just the performers, but the listeners as well.  My advice, for what it's worth, is to give them both a chance.  Take four minutes out of your busy day and really listen, with fresh ears, to something (or someONE) that has always driven you nuts.  It doesn't have to be a musician — it can even be your bitchy younger sister.  But give it that chance — you just might find that over time, both of you have found your ways when you weren't even paying attention.

I still hate Dylan though...   {#Biggrin}

< blatant opinion faucet: OFF >
  "Like!"


The cellist on this CD is a dear friend of mine. To have her play in my living room is a treat and an honor. And boy does she have great stories! {#Sunny}
Stunningly boring.
A Donovan song that I actually like?  Huh; never thought I'd live so long. 

< blatant opinion faucet: ON >

I've always liked Nick Drake very much, an artist who's been compared to early Donovan by many - though I personally have problems with drawing too many lines between them.  However, given the obvious similarities in their vocal styles, I could never quite understand why I could really appreciate one but intensely dislike the other.  

This song has clarified it for me — it is actually well written, carefully rendered and thoughtful.  It is a song written and performed for the sake of the song and its gentle message, rather than as a showcase for the vagaries and innate peculiarites of the performer's voice.  Drake's songwriting and the exquisitely careful presentation of his work encouraged me to both respect him as an artist and sympathize with him as a flawed and hurting human being — ultimately bringing me closer to him and his art.  In contrast, Donovan's efforts, partiuclarly those from the Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy days, chafe me like the proverbial sand-in-the-swim-trunks.

In an effort to avoid further discomfort, I have successfully ignored Donovan since 1973.  Until this evening.  When I heard this song.  It is surprisingly, effortlessly Good.

Perhaps the lesson is simply that people do change.  Not just the performers, but the listeners as well.  My advice, for what it's worth, is to give them both a chance.  Take four minutes out of your busy day and really listen, with fresh ears, to something (or someONE) that has always driven you nuts.  It doesn't have to be a musician — it can even be your bitchy younger sister.  But give it that chance — you just might find that over time, both of you have found your ways when you weren't even paying attention.

I still hate Dylan though...   {#Biggrin}

< blatant opinion faucet: OFF >


Love it love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
But then I have always thought that Donovan is one of the greatest singer songwriters ever. I want this song! It came out in 1996 .. Why wasn't it ever played? God bless RP now I'm living in musical heaven everyday I am tuned in to this brilliant radio station

Great to hear something from this album again. I think I own it, or did at some point... Have to go dig it up.  These songs are real slow burners, but hearing this again after over a decade, I find that they build to a pretty intense burn.


Now I remember what's missing from my iTunes.  
Good to mention that Rick Rubin produced this album, Bill!
When Rick Rubin gets involved, it's good.
Well... I'm a Rubin too. I couldn't be less subjective. :)
 DaveInVA wrote:

Here is the YouTube video of that song you are looking for. It was recorded in '72 and released in '73 as a single with its "B" side being "Earth Sign Man". It also did come out on side 2 of "Cosmic Wheels" in '73. It was later released on the CD "Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 (disc 2)"

 
Oh, crap - I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. Mom loved this song (and she was a pretty tough audience.) The video isn't working (slow processor) but the music is here. Thank you, Dave. This is awesome. You totally rock.  Get another cat or two, but adopt, don't shop, okay?

Now, gotta go back and listen to that song again and again. Mom would be smiling beautifically from her sleep. Whatever happens in this uncertain future of various faiths, should we meet, I'll be sure Mom knows who the person was that gave her that song. (Uh, but I'd have to introduce her to Donovan, and I don't know him, so that might be a problem...){#Wink}

 Cynaera wrote:
Okay - for all you audiophiles out there - I hope you can help me!  I heard a song by Donovan in about 1972 or 1973. It was called "I Like You." It had strings, and it made me laugh and cry and dance. (No, I wasn't on drugs then - that came after high school.)  My late mom and dad both loved classical music, and when I first heard "I Like You," I knew it was a song they'd both love (and one of very few songs on which we could agree.)  FINALLY, it came on the radio, and I yelled for Mom and Dad to listen.  I turned it up, and watched Mom's face go from skeptical to dreamy.  Dad, of course, was stoic, but I could see in his eyes that he liked it.

It was from the album "Cosmic Wheels," but when I go to various places to see if there's a "listen" link, the song list for the album is completely different! WTF?  This is a pic of the original cover:



Anyway, all I want is to find a link that will let me listen to this song again, so I can have some closure.

Thanks.  We now return you to your regularly-scheduled hootenanny, already in progress.
 
Here is the YouTube video of that song you are looking for. It was recorded in '72 and released in '73 as a single with its "B" side being "Earth Sign Man". It also did come out on side 2 of "Cosmic Wheels" in '73. It was later released on the CD "Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 (disc 2)"

speaks to me...


His voice sounds too affected for my taste.
i love this song. i thought the rest of the album was very forgettable, but this song stood out.
 Stingray wrote:
REAL GREAT! STUNNED!

PS
OUR DONOVAN...?

PPS
Really-really?

...and "bad" general RP-rating! Why...?

RICK RUBIN!! Fantastic idea!!!

 
Hi, SR - in response to your e-mail..... I never found the song. I followed the link you provided (THANK YOU!) My computer is rather lame - very old, and limps around the Internet.  I'll keep trying, of course.  Meanwhile, you asked that I post here, and so I have. {#Mrgreen} I appreciate your help - that song has been haunting me for years, and I'll probably end up buying the remixed/remastered/reduxed CD on eBay...{#Rolleyes}

Also - I've tried to send music for RP review, but again - this computer is wonderful and I love her, but she's old, like me. We don't move too fast these days. Maybe that's a good thing. {#Sunny}
Okay - for all you audiophiles out there - I hope you can help me!  I heard a song by Donovan in about 1972 or 1973. It was called "I Like You." It had strings, and it made me laugh and cry and dance. (No, I wasn't on drugs then - that came after high school.)  My late mom and dad both loved classical music, and when I first heard "I Like You," I knew it was a song they'd both love (and one of very few songs on which we could agree.)  FINALLY, it came on the radio, and I yelled for Mom and Dad to listen.  I turned it up, and watched Mom's face go from skeptical to dreamy.  Dad, of course, was stoic, but I could see in his eyes that he liked it.

It was from the album "Cosmic Wheels," but when I go to various places to see if there's a "listen" link, the song list for the album is completely different! WTF?  This is a pic of the original cover:



Anyway, all I want is to find a link that will let me listen to this song again, so I can have some closure.

Thanks.  We now return you to your regularly-scheduled hootenanny, already in progress.


REAL GREAT! STUNNED!

PS
OUR DONOVAN...?

PPS
Really-really?

...and "bad" general RP-rating! Why...?

RICK RUBIN!! Fantastic idea!!!

Cool... haven't heard Donovan in years. takes me back to a time when my only concerns were petrol for my bike and a splif for the evening :)
 Shesdifferent wrote:

Get that Bill? Please play Shawn Phillips on RP......its a must!
 
You guys all know he played on many Donovan songs right? That's why you were reminded?

 rickhoran wrote:


agreed.
 

Yes! Please play some Shawn!
This was written for the movie "The Graduate" but never used..original title was "Please don't bend over in front of me Mrs Robinson"
Donovan using his best sheep voice. Not to bad  a song though.
Shawn Phillips would be nice. Haven't heard his stuff since the 70's.
I vote for some some Shawn Phillips as well. Any music from Second Contribution would be good.

 Shesdifferent wrote:

Get that Bill? Please play Shawn Phillips on RP......its a must!
 

agreed.
 Shesdifferent wrote:

Get that Bill? Please play Shawn Phillips on RP......its a must!
 

{#Yes}
This is a world away from "Hurdy Gurdy" and "Mellow Yellow" — I really like it.
 Gweniviere wrote:
This always reminds me of Shawn Phillips.
 
Get that Bill? Please play Shawn Phillips on RP......its a must!
You know that scene in "Animal House" where John Belushi grabs the guitar and smashes it against the wall?

undeniable talent is undeniable.
I got so sick of Donovan, overplayed in the 60's and early 70's...I was stunned to hear this beautiful piece.  A "9" from me, and I would never have believed it.
such a great song.  Had to move it up to a 9.  _Very_ nicely followed up by Kan'Nal's Space Child I think
This always reminds me of Shawn Phillips.
ch83575 wrote:
I am really sick of this song.  Perhaps once every 5 or 6 years would be ok, but it is way overplayed here.
See, you live in a big world, fellow Earth creature.  Don't assume anything.  First time I've heard it.  Top-notch.


I've heard this so many times on RP and somehow never checked the track info! RP: Helping you discover artists you already knew existed. Now I have to go check out more of his music.
 Aegean wrote:

"Wimpiness" as a criterion for judging music!  Wow!!!  So, we should look to prisons and the WWF for really good rock?  {#Rolleyes}

Americans call themselves a Christian people...  in other words, followers of the
divine wimp!  So, would we say "great philosophy, negated by wimpiness"?  {#Hand}

 
I've spent a bit of time looking at your comment and can only conclude it's some American thing.

Out here in the rest of the world, where we have low incarceration rates and the WWE (the World Wildlife Federation kicked their pansy asses in court) is a joke, I guess we're a little less, um, touchy.

 keller1 wrote:
I'm hot and cold on Donovan (great melodies negated by wimpiness) but this is a decent tune.

6.
 
"Wimpiness" as a criterion for judging music!  Wow!!!  So, we should look to prisons and the WWF for really good rock?  {#Rolleyes}

Americans call themselves a Christian people...  in other words, followers of the
divine wimp!  So, would we say "great philosophy, negated by wimpiness"?  {#Hand}

wonderful deep track for Donovan fans...   colour sky prussain-blue!
I'm hot and cold on Donovan (great melodies negated by wimpiness) but this is a decent tune.

6.
This is quite nice.  It's too bad that Donovan never seemed to match the magic  of his early albums: it would show up now and again in a song here and there, but I've never liked whole albums like I do Sunshine Superman or even Mellow Yellow.  He's a talented musician and has a lovely voice.
I am really sick of this song.  Perhaps once every 5 or 6 years would be ok, but it is way overplayed here.
A very good song. Donovan is such a great artist that I tend to overlook his more recent (i.e., last decade-plus) work - at my own peril! I actually have this in my collection and pulled it back out to listen again. TY, RP and Donovan. Donovan Leitch, we used to say...
Damned crazy hippie Buddhist.

Robert Plant:  Move over.

{#Mrgreen}


ooo. i really, really like this. and i considered myself a longtime fan. never heard it before now. thanks, bill.
Donovan is a very accomplished guitarist, both acoustic and electric. This is a very cool piece ... Thanks Bill and Rebecca!
I'd never heard this before either. Thanks RP! It does remind me of Cat Stevens. But, for me, that's a good thing.
I always thought, what would have happened to John Lennon if he did not meet Paul McCartney, which almost did not happen. Only by a chance meeting at a party that John's band was playing in 1957. Anyway, I think he would have been very simular to Donovan.
I've always loved Donovan music. I have not heard this one before.
he sounds a little like cat stevens on this one. no sir dont like it
Lonestar wrote:
+1
jstrait wrote:
What a whiney little BEE-ATCH!!! Wherever 'here' is I'm going the other damn way!
don't forget to signal. ;)
Fantastic melody. Great song writer.
Saw him live circa 'Cosmic Wheel'. Excellent performer. Always a great singer/songwriter!
Relayer wrote:
Wow, this was released in 1996, that is very cool. 30 years after his big breakthrough, he can still write and record excellent music.
More like he can still shovel out the same whiny drivel after 30 years.
What a whiney little BEE-ATCH!!! Wherever 'here' is I'm going the other damn way!
Rafter101 wrote:
I love it!! I grew up with Donovan as a small child with hippie parents. I had no idea he was still alive, much less recording.
he's actually doing a show this weekend in Fairfield, Iowa...a part of the David Lynch Weekend.
I love it!! I grew up with Donovan as a small child with hippie parents. I had no idea he was still alive, much less recording.
jbtidwell wrote:
What ever happened to him?
Heard him live on XPN 'bout a month ago,he's so natural, played a coupla songs, Nico Stai went on straight afta, hard act to follow, but Nico was up to it, both praisin' each othaz merits :hug: I so love musos for their humility, like that :cry:
:meditate:
Wow, this was released in 1996, that is very cool. 30 years after his big breakthrough, he can still write and record excellent music.
John Barleycorny
Mari wrote:
:daisy: I am his biggest fan an' you're right, could have been recorded now :high-five:
What ever happened to him?
rgrace wrote:
Ahead of its time. Sounds like he could have recorded this now. I'm not his biggest fan, but this is so contemporary sounding it's scary.
:daisy: I am his biggest fan an' you're right, could have been recorded now :high-five:
Ahead of its time. Sounds like he could have recorded this now. I'm not his biggest fan, but this is so contemporary sounding it's scary.
I love Donovan's 60's stuff...I never heard this and think it is Grrrreat.
Love Donovan's Sutras :meditate:
ezzyme wrote:
For me it does, getting pretty sick of it.
too much "bee-eee-eee!"
Very pretty, especially first thing in the a.m. I saw him at a small club in Asbury Park in 04. Great show. The audience was going bananas. He sounds and looks exactly the same as in the 60's..
Yes!! Was it Cat or Donovan? Voices from that golden era, way back then, when All Was Different; clearer, purer. If you were there, you know. We were blessed to come of age in that Unique Time.
Please don't strain - bring it down a key.
slowhand wrote:
Absolute genius. Never ages.
For me it does, getting pretty sick of it.
I am digging all of the Donovan I am hearing on this station recently.
Absolute genius. Never ages.
Donovan has composed some pretty fine music in his lifetime. I remember him from the sixties - "Sunshine Superman" and others. This is a beautiful song, in my opinion.
Much worse than Counting Crows
After Dave Matthews this sonds like heaven .. Thanks!