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Roy Orbison — She's A Mystery To Me
Album: Mystery Girl
Avg rating:
7.8

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Total ratings: 3478









Released: 1989
Length: 4:14
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Darkness falls and she will take me by the hand
Take me to some twilight land
Where all but love is grey
Where I can't find my way
Without her as my guide

Night falls I'm cast beneath her spell
Daylight comes our heaven turns to hell
Am I left to burn
And burn eternally

She's a mystery to me
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl

In the night of love words tangled in her hair
Words soon to disappear
A love so sharp it cut like a switchblade to my heart
Words tearing me apart
She tears again my bleeding heart
I want to run she's pulling me apart
Fallen angel cries
And I just melt away
She's a mystery to me
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl

Haunted by her side it's the darkness in her eyes
That so enslaves me
But if my love is blind then I don't want to see
She's a mystery to me

Night falls I'm cast beneath her spell
Daylight comes our heaven turns to hell
Am I left to burn
And burn eternally

She's a mystery to me
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl
She's a Mystery Girl
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Seen Talk Talk warm up for Berlin at Red Rocks Amphitheater in early 80's. Mark Hollis's voice was beautiful. Still get chills thinking about that night
This song is like a beautiful gift he gave to the world at the end of his life.
One of a kind. An easy 10 
Never knew Bono & The Edge wrote this.
I was looking up the other day. . . .  can't believe he's been gone so long!  This was actually released after his passing.  
Gave it a 9 because it is roy
 tgrier wrote:
Check Wiki - Bono and Edge wrote this song.  Roy preforms it so well.  Excellent. 
 
Checks out. Sounds like a U2 song, but in WAY better hands with Roy. 
Check Wiki - Bono and Edge wrote this song.  Roy preforms it so well.  Excellent. 
52. Tragic.
Roy was on such a resurgence with The Wilburys. His early albums on Monument were the soundtrack of my adolescent life. Fortunate to have seen him live twice.  
 Bakaretsu wrote:

Bono?! 
Can someone explain this comment?
 
I think the commenter is a disciple of the Church of U2. It's safer to say Roy had more influence on Bono than Bono had on him.
An amazing vocalist.  They don't make 'em like that any more.l
 GTT wrote:
God bless Bono for making it possible for RO to go out in a worthy blaze of glory.
 
Bono?! 
Can someone explain this comment?
Outstanding voice,RIP Roy🙏
1989...Must have released this after his death Roy pass away in 1988 i think.
 Rockit9 wrote:
One of the best...ever.
 

If a man can sing beautifully, this is thus.
What a Voice! Gone too soon, Roy.
 Tomasni wrote:
To me a weak 7 - Quite Likeable  I will PSD
 
So 7ish-Somewhat likable?  hehehe
I'm on the other end of that, with a STRONG 8 (or a weak 9?)  Such a great voice, hits the high notes well.  Long Live RP!!
To me a weak 7 - Quite Likeable  I will PSD
One of the best...ever.
 jimmunn wrote:
To me this really isn't Roy at his best. Sounds strained and out of tune. Unfortunately it seems to be about the only Roy Orbison song Bill plays here...   Not sure why. It's a mystery to me. {#Stupid}

 
12 songs of his are in the library. And I can't agree with your thoughts on this performance, sounds like classic Orbison to me.
To me this really isn't Roy at his best. Sounds strained and out of tune. Unfortunately it seems to be about the only Roy Orbison song Bill plays here...   Not sure why. It's a mystery to me. {#Stupid}
I just can't listen to this. It's a pop song sung by a dying man. It makes me sad.

TY Roy Orbison  and RP  for
She's A Mystery To Me

To me  7 - Quite Likeable


 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Hey Roy - you meet the girl of your dreams and it turns out she's a he. It's no mystery - just a way of life in the late 20th Century :)

 

It's not just he or she.  It's a spectrum and it only took most people  a few thousand years to figure it out.   Then there is the religious right who are still on the struggle bus.{#Think}
 Beautiful song for this beautiful singer  : )

hayduke2 wrote:
it's quiet here, a little cold and still but mid-day winter gray, recognised this beautiful piece at once and put down my reading. raise the volume, jeese what a stirring little piece of music, oh man those dear friends who have passed away... man it is just a short time that we're here, right       oh well, peace to all.   I need some positive rock now to brighten up   (Manassas! thank you!)


oldsaxon wrote:

Life is a short burst of bright light between two eternal darknesses. Do what you can with it.

 
there's some awful truth, thank you oldsaxon
 Cynaera wrote:
This is a delicious song by Mr. Orbison.  Haunting, yet simple and beautiful.  I just love it.  {#Sunny}

 
I just knew Cynaera would have made a comment - 2010 {#Sunny}  RIP Anne.
wow.
Haunting

There are only a few songs that give me goosebumps when I hear the first few notes.

This is one of them. Feck'n Brilliant!


 DaidyBoy wrote:
Indisputably godlike to me.  No mystery.

 
great post, you said it all Brother
His range is amazing. Literally get chills when he goes high here.

10 
Dead at 52. Roy Orbison died younger than George Michael and Prince. 
request for "California Blue" !!


God the lyrics! That voice! Otherworldlines.....
What a sad life that was so full of life.
Can just never get past his voice....just does not resonate for me at all.
Near tears, so good.
Shivers
"I Drove All Night"  is a terrific song.  It is available on The Very Best of Roy Orbison CD.

 "I Drove All Night"  would be a terrific song for RP.   Anybody want to upload for consideration?  

EDIT:  Never mind.   "I Drove All Night"  has already been rejected.  :-(  
He was belting them out until the very end.  "I Drove All Night" was recorded as a demo track just before he died.  If you haven't heard it you might want to check it out.  
What A Feelings !!!
what a track and what a voice.  Beautiful.  
Hey Roy - you meet the girl of your dreams and it turns out she's a he. It's no mystery - just a way of life in the late 20th Century :)
 MrsTom wrote:
Follow with Billy Joel 'Always a Woman' for a different viewpoint of a woman.  :)
 
Maybe it's a good pairing, and definitely some of Billy's best, but nowhere near the godlike sublime voice of Roy Orbison IMO. 
Doesn't get much better than Roy!
What a soulful sound...makes me sad listening to his voice. We were lucky to have him while we did.
I miss him.  He brought beauty to rock and roll.
The Orb was just awesome!  At least an 8.
Orbison always sang about women with such respect.
 
 boober wrote:

Sorry, not a cover.

 
Yeah, apparently Bono and The Edge wrote it for Roy. Did not know that before I came here...Roy was a singular talent. One of those people who fills a niche that has no room for anyone else...
I can feel his pain. And I wish I couldn't.
God bless Bono for making it possible for RO to go out in a worthy blaze of glory.
Dump her Roy! You don't need that!
 ScottN wrote:
Now this is a cover.  I don't know who else has done this U2 composition.
 
Sorry, not a cover.
Superb song cuts to the bone! Still trying to deal with aftermath of a gal with inescapable darkness who blew up our Heaven at its peak
Indisputably godlike to me.  No mystery.
Follow with Billy Joel 'Always a Woman' for a different viewpoint of a woman.  :)
 ScottN wrote:
Now this is a cover.  I don't know who else has done this U2 composition.

 
I know Paul Hewson and David Evans wrote this, but did U2 ever record a version of it?  As far as I know, this is the first released version of this song, so it's technically not a "cover" version.
Now this is a cover.  I don't know who else has done this U2 composition.
                                 {#Daisy} Love, love, love this {#Daisy}
 pinem wrote:
ekin - why do you even listen to RP; all you do is show a life of misery; go back to rap. (and quit stuffing the ballot box)
 
At first I thought this was our former troll-in-residence-extraordinaire, physicsgenius, out of retirement after 7.25 years of relative bliss on our part, but the ratings profiles are different enough that I'm sure this is just a wannabe.
ekin - why do you even listen to RP; all you do is show a life of misery; go back to rap. (and quit stuffing the ballot box)
Orbison sang with this genuine respect for women.  

This is the best of the period.   Thanks to a former good friend from Arizona for highlighting Roy Orbison.

great love song
when this song came out i hated it, only just heard it after 25 years and after alk it's not too bad - i still don't like his voice but now i appreciate the guitar picking {#Angel}
One of the few songs that makes me get goose pimples...
More i hear this song , the more I love this song! It's a mistery to me.
Wonderful !!!
Woman = Mistery 
{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss} ......sooooooooo very good so - for me it's 9
 hayduke2 wrote:
it's quiet here, a little cold and still but mid-day winter gray, recognised this beautiful piece at once and put down my reading. raise the volume, jeese what a stirring little piece of music, oh man those dear friends who have passed away... man it is just a short time that we're here, right       oh well, peace to all.   I need some positive rock now to brighten up   (Manassas! thank you!)

 
Life is a short burst of bright light between two eternal darknesses. Do what you can with it.
{#Music}
it's quiet here, a little cold and still but mid-day winter gray, recognised this beautiful piece at once and put down my reading. raise the volume, jeese what a stirring little piece of music, oh man those dear friends who have passed away... man it is just a short time that we're here, right       oh well, peace to all.   I need some positive rock now to brighten up   (Manassas! thank you!)

Been digging The Very Best of Roy Orbison in this household over the past couple of weeks.  

The wife likes it much better than Steven Wilson's The Raven that refused to sing and other songs, or King Crimson.   I wonder why?  

 

P.S.  I drove all night deserves to be part of RP's regular stable of songs.


Nice :)
{#Heartkiss}
It's a mystery to mewhy anyone likes this song
Sing it, Roy, like only you could! Elvis once said that without Roy, there would have been a lot less for him to aspire to. He was the Master!
 dsd wrote:
National Treasure

 
Yep. 10
National Treasure
...And I am left to burn, and burn eternally
She's a mystery to me

(jams entire package of marshmallows into mouth)
She's a mffffsttttrrrrry ggrrrrrrrrl 
She's a mffffsttttrrrrry ggrrrrrrrrl.... 
Could it be cheap to reproduce twice a day in RP, but please, STOP to get everybody bored with this.
So brilliant
 
 Johnny-smooth wrote:
Way WAY too much airplay on RP for this one

Let's give it a break Bill, for say 18months... 
 
Yes. Please. 
The man could sing....
{#Guitarist}
..{#Yell}..not one tune in his life is less than an 11.........{#Sunny}{#Clap}{#Good-vibes}{#Dance}{#Guitarist}{#Notworthy}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bounce}
How about some other Roy Orbison cuts? In Dreams. Pretty Woman. He has quite a few that are not sappy, demonstrate that fine voice, and are great examples merging rock, blues, rockabilly, and that Grand Ole Opry operatic voice. 
i love it. solid 9 fr me. thanks for playing it, rp. i think he's underappreciated
So beautiful and timeless. A 9 from me.
From a 7 to a 9 .
And if I was`nt a bit grumpy this morning , it would be an 11 .
Next time . 
Way WAY too much airplay on RP for this one

Let's give it a break Bill, for say 18months... 
 d-don wrote:
9 → 10

 
Right there man,
maybe after a few more listens.

I don't know if you could tailor a song more for an artist then this and he wears it well
a beautiful song, by the other man in black.
Four in a row rated 8 or 9.  Thanks, Bill!
I like the music session you've made today. Thank you.
 
national treasure
thankfully transported into David Lynch land, i crank it
2 down to 1.

So tired of it. 

Yes, the voice of an angel...  love this song...
 
9 → 10
 Stingray wrote:

Lynne is responsible for firing ROY WOOD - that alone disqualifies him for me!

Because...

I CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW!

 
Haha, how about some MOVE on RP?


Boy, do we miss him.
Fantastic.
Darkness falls and she will take me by the hand
 mcdonna wrote:
I never get tired of this song. Had a friend once who made a tape loop that played it over and over, however. That might be obsessive. :)
 

No its repetitiuosness lol
I appreciate a unique voice more than a perfectly tuned trained one.  Roy has soul.  That is essential to good music.  8+
 
We tend to forget that Roy was one of Sam Phillips' originals at Sun Studios. What an amazing track record that man had.
.."sheeeeeeeeee's"..nuff sed..
 finoufk wrote:
thank you Jeff (Lynne) for the beautiful producing job you did on that album.
 

Lynne is responsible for firing ROY WOOD - that alone disqualifies him for me!

Because...

I CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW!


Siegfried and Roy...
thank you Jeff (Lynne) for the beautiful producing job you did on that album.
Even after Lefty Wilbury gave his career a boost, he remained his own man to the end. Remarkable voice.
 rabbi_phil wrote:
they aren't mysterious.......they're  ALIENS.........definitely.... .4 sure they don't understand our language...what is it about "i might  like u better if we slept together" that they don't get?
 



The best way of getting on with people who don't speak your language is to learn theirs. Apologies in advance if you were aiming at irony.
 Poacher wrote:
Goosebumps. That is all.
 

I never get tired of this song. Had a friend once who made a tape loop that played it over and over, however. That might be obsessive. :)
love it love it love it
they aren't mysterious.......they're  ALIENS.........definitely.... .4 sure they don't understand our language...what is it about "i might  like u better if we slept together" that they don't get?
What a voice..... {#Notworthy}
 ozzie1313 wrote:
Having been married x 3, engaged twice more, and growing up with a damned-if-you-do-and-damned-if-you-don't mother, I have to concur that "she" as in all women are a mystery to me.  And I ain't no Sherlock Holmes when it come to solving this age old mystery.
 
I've said for many years that one day I'm going to be walking down the street thinking.  Then something is going to click in my head.  It will all come to me in a flash.  Why women think the way they do, why women act the way they do, and why women mystify men so much.  Then...

BAM!!!!!

My head will explode because I'm just a guy and men's brains are not made to handle that kind of information.
 Elroweho wrote:

Come on now lets let every one in on who your talking about! Bono and The Edge. It's an interesting story how they got together to write this beautiful song check it out:
https://wn.com/Bono__Roy_Orbison__Mystery_Girl 
 
Amazing story, it was just meant to be for them to meet and for Bono to write an Orbison song that Orbison performed.