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Peter Mulvey — The Trouble With Poets
Album: The Trouble With Poets
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Released: 2000
Length: 3:32
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The trouble with poets is they talk too much
They tell us it hurts them a little more
And we cannot tell if they make this up
We've never stood in their shoes, in skins, in their heads, on their shores

The trouble with you is you drive me nuts
I cannot tell what's behind your smile
What can we find just to lift us up
Just for tonight, for a time, for the sake us of all for awhile

I know it's only trouble
I know it makes us real
I wish that peace of mind was something I could steal

The trouble with shoes is they come untied
You might take a fall down the stairs
And a poet might come along and say, "Ain't that just like life"
I think the trouble with poets is they see poetry everywhere

I know it's only trouble
I know it makes us real
But I could use just a month or two or ten to heal

The trouble with time is it don't go back
Or maybe that trouble is with you and me
We are so scared of that fade to black
That we'll push and we'll pull and we'll do anything to be free

I know, I push, I struggle
I know it's just the deal
I know it's only trouble
Oh, I know it's what makes us real
But I know sometimes, nobody knows
Nobody knows
Not even poets know
How I feel

The trouble with poets is they talk too much (x2)
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I really hope Shawn Colvin is getting a piece of the royalties she sure deserves for this song...
Love the album cover! :umbrella: the song will need a coupla plays to work it's way in an' through an' out! :music:
The trouble with this song is that it's mediocre. (Though I like the steel guitar.)
This might be fun live, but it sounds pretty mediocre here.
DownHomeGirl wrote:
"Sunny came home...." :whistle:
I was thinking the same thing. Does Shawn Colvin know about this??
Black Rabbit (instrumental) and Black Snow from his Rapture album are fantastic. Peter Mulvey has frequently played in an unusual venue, the Sinks of Gandy, a cave system in the hills of rural West Virginia.
DownHomeGirl wrote:
"Sunny came home...." :whistle:
Thank you! I was just about to post the same thing... :naughty:
trivial. the trouble with mediocre songwriters is they stretch too far.
never heard of this singer but I like his song! is it too much to hope that the next song in this setlist will be Poets by Tragically Hip?
It was so good to hear Peter yesterday. Need to play more of this guy. Kitchen Radio is a wonderful album. Check it out! Foof
I saw Peter at a small cafe in Monterey, CA; he put on a great show. Bought this CD, which has a lot of excellent songs. Thanks to RP for giving this young artist some well-deserved airtime. I hope to hear more of Peter here , , , and in a better radiosphere everywhere. tom cool www.tomcool.us
DownHomeGirl wrote:
"Sunny came home...." :whistle:
Good catch! Call the lawyers...
"Sunny came home...." :whistle:
Not normally what i would listen to but love the groove
Okay! :jump: I give it an "8"! How long have I been listening to RP and howcum this is the first time I've heard this song?!? I conclude Bill should play it more (please?!?) :nodhead:
Woo hoo! Peter Mulvey!! Now go download a full-length MP3 of "Shirt" from his website! (click here). Don't forget to check out his co-writer/guitarist David "Goody" Goodrich, too. (click here). Goody's "Accidentals of the West" is some beautiful instrumental work.
I like the words- that IS the problem with Dylan, which you just played, who I admire a lot, but I think Dylan would be even more potent if he limited himself to 3 verses per song. Either that, or perhaps expanded his musical vocabulary beyond three chords.
Diablo wrote:
Not a bad song but very silly lyrics - "The trouble with poets is that they hurt more than us" (rough paraphrase)?What group of "poets" is Mulvey referring to? The kind that appear on Oprah? :frustrated:
stop banging your head...you'll hurt yourself. 8) unless, of course, you are "rockin" :)
V*E*R*Y nice backing vocal from Jennifer Kimbal from 'The Story' ... :cool: https://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=SEARCH&sql=Bokdjvwxva9tk
Originally Posted by Diablo: Not a bad song but very silly lyrics - "The trouble with poets is that they hurt more than us" (rough paraphrase)?What group of "poets" is Mulvey referring to? The kind that appear on Oprah? :frustrated:
Actually, the lyrics are:
The trouble with poets is they talk too much They tell us it hurts them a little more And we cannot tell if they make this up We've never stood in their shoes, in their skins, in their heads, on their shores
and I like them a lot. Given that the artist is himself a poet (as are all lyricists) it has a tongue in cheek quality that really appeals to me.
Not a bad song but very silly lyrics - "The trouble with poets is that they hurt more than us" (rough paraphrase)?What group of "poets" is Mulvey referring to? The kind that appear on Oprah? :frustrated:
Hope you add more Peter Mulvey to the playlist -- his mostly-solo covers on Ten Thousand Mornings (recorded in a subway station, but don't let the gimmick discourage you) are simply amazing. Listen to Inner City Blues: this ain't no Marvin Gaye, but it still makes ya wanna holler. No, I don't get royalties from this album, just a lot of inspirpation for my own guitar-playing.
Would be nice in a set The Trouble With Classicists by John Cale off of Songs for Drella.
First time I\'ve heard this song, but I already know I want to hear it more. Catchy melody, unusual lyrics. Good addition to the playlist.
this is definitely one of the BEST of the new additions to the playlist. I may have to check into this artist some more.
Really clever lyrics, nice music. Thanks for the intro to this one, RP.
Pretty good flow, good changes. Nice voice. Lyrics are up in the air though....