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The Tragically Hip — Courage
Album: Fully Completely
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Released: 1992
Length: 4:12
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Watch the band through a bunch of dancers
Quickly, follow the unknown
With something more familiar
Quickly, something familiar

Courage, my word
It didn't come, it doesn't matter

Sleepwalk, so fast asleep
In a motel that has the lay of home
And piss on all of your background
And piss on all your surroundings

Courage, my word
It didn't come, it doesn't matter
Courage, your word
It didn't come, it doesn't matter
Courage, my word
It didn't come, it doesn't matter
Courage, it couldn't come at a worse time

There's no simple
Explanation
For anything important
Any of us do
And, yeah, the human
Tragedy
Consists in
The necessity
Of living with
The consequences
Under pressure
Under pressure

Courage, my word
It didn't come, it doesn't matter
Courage, your word
It didn't come, it doesn't matter
Courage, my word
It didn't come, it doesn't matter
Courage, it couldn't come at a worse time

It couldn't come at a worse time
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It couldn't come at a worse time

Courage
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It's a blessing to still have Gord's music with us.
Gord and the Hip were and will always be outstanding artists and performers. I had the pleasure of catching them 6 times and the last performance by a band in Maple Leaf Gardens. They did 50 Mission Cap and they lit up Bill Barilko’s banner in the rafters to a roar ! Quite fitting that they closed the place. Especially for me since my first show there was 3rd row centre for the Beatles What a way to finish So fortunate Gord was a genius and a gentleman. Anyone who knows them knows that. Rip me Downie.
The only thing better than listening to Courage is watching Gord's moves while he sings it. He is missed.
Love that Bill gave Gord a shout out...a national hero in the Great White North...so missed...his passing still makes it hard to breath when I hear their music...
So good to hear Gord again. Just arrived in Beirut and everything is feeling as little... foreign. Great band, great guy, greatly missed.
Not a fan of the band but this song is an exception.
Fuck Cancer.  RIP Gord
Long Time Running is a fantastic concert movie documenting The Hip's final tour; well worth a view.  Courage.
Truly...The Man Who Walks Among The Stars.  
Nice REM vibe.
Thanks for posting that link, eyeball.
*sob*
I'm going to suggest he is doing much better now.
No more pain.
No more confusion and suffering.

Only love.

An entire nation's worth.

Just saw this in my feed this morning; shot in Feb of this year at a Blue Rodeo concert. Stunned by how weak and gaunt he looks. Everything we saw in the media was from before his apparent decline.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLCGAFm7CCQ

countyman wrote:
Wonder how Gordie is doin'?

 


A national treasure.

A great artist but even a greater human being. 

RIP Gordie. 
Beautiful, heart wrenching version from Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter with Sarah Polley and Ian Holm. See it. One of the very best of the golden age of "indie"s.

Sadly, Gord has passed away.  Was a pleasure to have seen the Hip a few times over the years, they are good ones. Will be missed up here in the north.

 

RIP and thanks for the tunes


RIP Gord.
Wonder how Gordie is doin'?
Haven't heard this one in a very long time. The local Adult Contemp Rock station used to play back in the early 90's. Solid 8.
Gloom aside folks, Gordon Downie released a new post Tragically Hip album on Oct. 18, 2016: https://www.gorddownie.com/
There will never be another Gord Downie. Unique in his stage performances and lyrics!
Here's to you, Gord. {#Cheers}
 PHoran wrote:
"It couldn't come at a worse time..."

Wishing all the best to Gord Downey.  There's no way we can repay what he's given us in his lifetime.

-Paul- 

 
I think the band's final concert is this Saturday. The circumstances are so sad, I don't know if I'd want to see it.

But, then gain, I might tune in and listen...  If anyone's interested, you can watch or listen via links contained in this article: https://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/12179/how-to-watch-tragically-hip-concert-cbc-aug-20
I had the pleasure of being at the show in Toronto on Sunday night...left me speechless.  Amazing band, amazing performance, amazing crowd.
"It couldn't come at a worse time..."

Wishing all the best to Gord Downey.  There's no way we can repay what he's given us in his lifetime.

-Paul- 
 wes"nottslope wrote:"The" 

"not the next Guess Who?" Why would anyone try to shoehorn these 2 bands, a generation apart, into even the same genre? 

They are not the next anything,  they've been around for 30 years and have been consistently popular the whole time.
 

Not a big fan.  And not this is not the next Guess Who by a wide margin but the Hip has some good songs and a cult-like following in parts of North America (starting with Ontario).  



 


Just got hold of the album.  I like it a lot.
The folk version in "The Sweat Hereafter" is better IMHO.
The T-Hip.....love it!
As it has been said, they are the absolute best bar band that you've never heard of, I rest my case.
Always thought this was the Gin Blossoms.  Not a compliment.
 thewiseking wrote:
Not a big fan of them but this was used to great effect in The Sweet Hereafter, one of the best films of the previous decade. A towering masterpiece by Atom Egoyan

 

 

Yes.  Absolutely.  I fly fish for steelhead and trout in the area where the The Sweet Hereafter was shot.  Where the Nicola flows into the Thompson River.  It was a terrific movie.  

Incidentally, the Thompson River has been used to portray rivers from Ethiopia and other parts of the world.  Sage brush and rattlesnake country.

 

Not a big fan.  And not this is not the next Guess Who by a wide margin but the Hip has some good songs and a cult-like following in parts of North America (starting with Ontario).  


Not so good...
Modern day Guess Who ?   
Tragically CRAP
 olivertwist wrote:

Excellent song from an excellent album. Why did American radio stations never catch on to this Canadian band? This is a great set to start my day, RP! 

 
I actually did hear them on the radio in Chicago, though I know what you mean.  Their tune "Ahead by a Century" and another off of that same CD prompted me to buy it at the time.
Not a big fan of them but this was used to great effect in The Sweet Hereafter, one of the best films of the previous decade. A towering masterpiece by Atom Egoyan
 WonderLizard wrote:

Actually they sound better.

 

Much better than ezra.
 jzekeb wrote:
They sound amazingly like Better Than Ezra.
 
Actually they sound better.

 Stratocaster wrote:
A smaller venue would definitely result in smaller revenue. Great tune!!!
 
True but they filled it for 3 nights. They could have played the local hockey arena and filled it but this way it was way better for everyone.
And it kicks in
Ah Gord, epic!
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
Never compromised themselves for big money, big markets.
 
One of the interesting things they do is that their song writing credits are for the whole band so they all share royalties.

When one considers how many successful bands end up breaking up & suing each other over who did what, and who was "allowed" to do what, because of royalties, it's a refreshing attitude on the Hip's part.
LOVE!!!! TTH!!!!!
{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}
Have gotten to know Gord somewhat recently as our kids play on the same sports team. A kind and gentle soul. He remains a Canadian treasure.
A smaller venue would definitely result in smaller revenue.

Great tune!!!
Saw them recently in a smaller revenue. They came back from the intermission and did a couple of songs acoustically including this song.  Great band, go see them if you can.

Excellent song from an excellent album. Why did American radio stations never catch on to this Canadian band? This is a great set to start my day, RP! 


My favorite "Hip" tune! {#Bananajam}
{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Bananasplit}{#Music}

I'm in an emoticon mood.  LOVE this song...
 On_The_Beach wrote:
This song (as sung by Sarah Polley) is put to interesting use in the great Atom Egoyan film "The Sweet Hereafter". Check it out.
 
I totally agree!!  Bill should look into playing Sarah Polley's version of this song on here too!  (Especially because Bill seems to have a  fondness for covers.....).  Her version is beautiful, and very different than this original.

Ahhhhh Das Hips - Bravo, RP!

As for the rest of you....Seek out The Hip & avail yourself of their music...they seldom disappoint, especially live.

"It's better for us if you don't understand" 
Oh Yeah!!  {#Dancingbanana_2}
Fully Completely is on my list of top twenty albums of all time.  In particular, I am fond of Pigeon Camera.  Its all good though.

Hooray for the Hip,    the more the better!
 On_The_Beach wrote:
This song (as sung by Sarah Polley) is put to interesting use in the great Atom Egoyan film "The Sweet Hereafter". Check it out.
 
I just watched that movie not too long ago.  Sarah Polley's version of this song was gorgeous. So beautiful and haunting. Totally go check it out.  Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrpaoC_-Wk8

The Hip.... hip hip hurrah!   Thanks Bill.....


 martinc wrote:
Buy the album... you'll love it fully, completely. Instead of playing the hockey arena this fall the Hip opted for three nights at the Arts Centre. I got my tickets.
 
ditto and jealous

Buy the album... you'll love it fully, completely. Instead of playing the hockey arena this fall the Hip opted for three nights at the Arts Centre. I got my tickets.
All Right ...The Hip  {#Dancingbanana_2}
Sweet!

COURAGE!!!

You couldna come at worse time! 

Saw em in Chicago opening up for a wildly big jam band and they blew everyone AWAY!
 
 jzekeb wrote:
They sound amazingly like Better Than Ezra.
What a strange comment.  They're icons north of the U-S border.  If anything, it would be the other way around.  Still, there's no resemblance whatsoever, in my opinion. 


They played at the 'Kee to Bala' last summer. My sister-in-law and I were among the first to know about the unadvertised show. Word of mouth only. The day the tix went on sale they sold out quickly. We were disappointed to say the least. And although I never got to see the show, my sister-in-law was hired to babysit their kids. OMG!!!! So cool. She was able to sit around with the Hip and chit chat after their show. Now, that's a good 'Hip' story!!!!
They sound amazingly like Better Than Ezra.
The Hip. Enough said. These are all local fellows from Kingston, Ontario. Been together forever. Never compromised themselves for big money, big markets. Recently, I hear they played in their home town to open a new arts centre and hockey arena. Probably for free. That's the kind of people they are. I remember hearing the Kingston radio stations last year fighting for this arts centre - The Hip said they wouldn't come back and play at home until it was finished. They certainly have some pull at home. My American friends, you must get the "Yer Favourites" CD. Everything on there. Spectacular. Thanks for playing, Bill.
Curry couldn't come at a worse time? The time is ALWAYS right for good curry, IMO...
They'll never get the recognition they deserve. In the corporate music world I guess they're too poetic or misunderstood. If that's the present state of things, let it be so.
True, they are both very good. The Canadiana on this album is really nice. Hundreth meridian etc. Nice to see some of this is getting down to our friends in the States. :) MickMan wrote:
Road Apples is great, but this disc is just as good, if not better. Both are amazing.
psg wrote:
Peaked with "Road Apples". All downhill after that ... starting with this issue.
Road Apples is great, but this disc is just as good, if not better. Both are amazing.
Peaked with "Road Apples". All downhill after that ... starting with this issue.
Nothing like the Hip! Some good old fashioned ROCK! :D
Quixmundi wrote:
Love the Hip. Yes, Canada's House Band. America's overlooked gem. Have never seen them live. Guess Indiana isn't on their radar.
A damn fine live band, saw them a few times, they bring it.
I had no idea people listened to this without the CRTC holding a gun to their head.
This song (as sung by Sarah Polley) is put to interesting use in the great Atom Egoyan film "The Sweet Hereafter". Check it out.
now THATS what im talkin bout!
Love The Hip...Greatest band to ever come out of Canada
Ick...The only thing here that isn't tragic is that this song isn't played too often. Almost sucko-barfo, but not quite.
ollybear wrote:
The Hip have a lot of fans in border towns such as Buffalo & Rochester NY too.
And at least one in Warsaw. Heard them first on RP, now have six of their albums. Fine band indeed.
Love the Hip. Yes, Canada's House Band. America's overlooked gem. Have never seen them live. Guess Indiana isn't on their radar.
vandal wrote:
just got back from witnessing the Hip at Sasquatch - after 23 years Gordon Downie can still belt it out, they still sound tight, and there was no lack of intensity. . . very cool
I am a very jealous girl...you got to be at Sasquatch, and see the Hip...hmmmmm...a slice of heaven no doubt?...
The Hip - Canada's house band
Quixmundi wrote:
It's true, the US just doesn't "get the Hip." I've seen them in small clubs and large venues. Each time they've delivered a most excellent show. Tight band that's stuck together over the years. Courage is a great example of their music. Good stuff.
just got back from witnessing the Hip at Sasquatch - after 23 years Gordon Downie can still belt it out, they still sound tight, and there was no lack of intensity. . . very cool
tesserakt wrote:
Yes it was - sung by Sarah Polley herself, I believe! This song is "godlike" in my mind. A defining song for the Hip.
... Yip! Hip! ... Great Movie too! ... Takes Courage to Fully Completely Be Tragically Hip! ... :cheesygrin: ...
It's true, the US just doesn't "get the Hip." I've seen them in small clubs and large venues. Each time they've delivered a most excellent show. Tight band that's stuck together over the years. Courage is a great example of their music. Good stuff.
Wow, just what I needed this morning to get me out of a funk. I know some people just don't 'get' the Hip, but for those of us who do, they absolutely rock. Thanks again, RP.
turnergirl1of2 wrote:
Was this song on the Sweet Hereafter soundtrack? I suddenly think it was... *sneaks off to look*
Yes it was - sung by Sarah Polley herself, I believe! This song is "godlike" in my mind. A defining song for the Hip.
Julz14 wrote:
I saw them Dec. 2004 in Ottawa Nobody wanted to go so I went by myself. All I can say is that Hip fans are the coolest warmest bunch of people on this lovely planet. I felt like I was amongst family. Tragicaly Hip are so amazing.. plus I'm in love with Gord Downey's brain.
... Gee, I woulda gone wid ya? ... :jump: ...
This is tragically crappy.
I saw them Dec. 2004 in Ottawa Nobody wanted to go so I went by myself. All I can say is that Hip fans are the coolest warmest bunch of people on this lovely planet. I felt like I was amongst family. Tragicaly Hip are so amazing.. plus I'm in love with Gord Downey's brain.
Was this song on the Sweet Hereafter soundtrack? I suddenly think it was... *sneaks off to look*
gallowsj wrote:
You're right. They are awsome in a small venue. I've seen them in both large and small venues and have to admit that some of their energy was lost in the larger venue. But what an excellent album this is... in my opinion a must have in any collection. My favorite song on this disc... Locked in the trunk of a car.
I ussually slip south of the border to catch them in small venues where they absolutely rock!! :bananajam: :guitarist: :drummer:
orionblu wrote:
Being canadian, I'm absentmindedly tapping along with gord here - on an AMERICAN radio station!!! I didn't even realize the magnitute of the situation until 3/4 of the way through the song. The hip are awesome, especially in their earlier days - check out 'Little Bones' or 'Hundredth Meridian', 'Blow at High Dough', and 'New Orleans is Sinking'. Or anything. It's all great. As anyone will tell you, a chance to see them in a small venue is huge.
You're right. They are awsome in a small venue. I've seen them in both large and small venues and have to admit that some of their energy was lost in the larger venue. But what an excellent album this is... in my opinion a must have in any collection. My favorite song on this disc... Locked in the trunk of a car.
ollybear wrote:
The Hip have a lot of fans in border towns such as Buffalo & Rochester NY too.
And when they come to San Francisco, they play not 1, but TWO, nights at the Fillmore..... every time! Lots of Western Hip fans too.
Hey, MickMan! You missed this song, it's almost 7:00 at your pad tonight.... The Hip are so cool! it's a 9) in book... :dancingbanana_2:
:music: :hearteyes: :music: vive la hip
I love the video ... I want a Boston Bruins sweater just like it Especially with like Bobby's #4 on the back
jdorn1 wrote:
Silly Hosers. C'mon eh! Theres us Cheeseheads...that like live in Wisconee..been grooving the hip for 15 years. Take off! Quite possibly one of the ten greatest bands of all time....??
The Hip have a lot of fans in border towns such as Buffalo & Rochester NY too.
Play More Hip!!!! please :clap: ">
T-Hip is the coolest! Thanks to a fellow RP listener, and an old friend, T-Hip is becoming one of my fave bands. This is from a great album! I hope to see them someday on the Left Coast. :music: :jump:
lead singer sounds like the hoodoogurus singer
Hip. Yep. 9. :drummer: :guitarist:
such a groovy swagger to this song. you can just picture Gordie kinda bobbin his head from side to side, snappin his fingers to the beat. I've seen a lot of posts comparing him to Michael Stipe and I just don't see it. So much more intense than Stipe, both in his vocals and his lyrics.
Silly Hosers. C'mon eh! Theres us Cheeseheads...that like live in Wisconee..been grooving the hip for 15 years. Take off! Quite possibly one of the ten greatest bands of all time....??
Faithful_Fool wrote:
Gots me Jumpin and Hopp'in here at the shop on a VERY busy day!! my kind of tune too.... RP!!!!!! :bounce: :guitarist: :drummer:
my kind ot tune too.....
Gots me Jumpin and Hopp'in here at the shop on a VERY busy day!! RP!!!!!! :bounce: :guitarist: :drummer:
Ugh...these fellas are tragically dull. And the lead singer sounds, tragically, like a goat. I just don't enjoy any song of theirs I've ever heard.
God I love this band. This is their most "accessible" album, but I like the next three even better. :heartkiss:
...gottalovethehip... S.
bluedot wrote:
they sound good, but why do they have such a lame name? happy new year!
The name comes from an old video made by Mike Nesmith, an ex-member of the Monkees. He released something called elephant parts in the early 80s. There's a skit that features someone asking for people to contribute to "the foundation for the Tragically hip----poor, afflicted people in need of jacuzzis, lamborghinis and cocaine."
Excellent!! More Hip! I echo the surprise they haven't made it bigger here in the states. I caught on to them when they played Saturday Night Live many years ago and still like them. I enjoy hearing them and the local reaction when north of the border. :drummer: :guitarist: :motor:
Great stuff. More TH!
Being canadian, I'm absentmindedly tapping along with gord here - on an AMERICAN radio station!!! I didn't even realize the magnitute of the situation until 3/4 of the way through the song. The hip are awesome, especially in their earlier days - check out 'Little Bones' or 'Hundredth Meridian', 'Blow at High Dough', and 'New Orleans is Sinking'. Or anything. It's all great. As anyone will tell you, a chance to see them in a small venue is huge.
I love hearing the Hip on RP. It'd be great to hear some different tracks on here though. I'll have to upload some of the better ones and see if they take em. Bring on the Hip!! great stuff. :drummer: :guitarist:
UncleChig wrote:
I don't know about the 'stupidy' thing, but we are many who are proud of them and their music speaks to us! .. as I hope it does you! Hip Rocks!
(I'm Canadian) I meant that, when they play in border cities, the crowd tends to have several drunken Canadians, often bedecked in the Maple Leaf, going right nuts. That and the fact that we fans all kind of feel like "how could music this great not have taken them to the top in the Excited States?". Of course, if they had made it big in the US, that would have pissed us off too! :lol:
they sound good, but why do they have such a lame name? happy new year!
sherp wrote:
Caught my 10th and 11th Hip show on the tour that's just wrapping up right now and they are on Fire. You really should see this band live if you have the chance, they put on a fantastic show, really tight. :drummer: :guitarist:
Saw them twice in a little club in Rotterdam :D I've got their first 4 albums...lost track of them since then :(
Caught my 10th and 11th Hip show on the tour that's just wrapping up right now and they are on Fire. You really should see this band live if you have the chance, they put on a fantastic show, really tight. :drummer: :guitarist: