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World Party — God On My Side
Album: Goodbye Jumbo
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Released: 1990
Length: 4:14
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Well I seen you out there parading
In the streets of your distant land
In your strange caps and clothing
Shouting 'I don't understand'
But you, you look so loaded
It's something I can't feel
But I'm into some GOD action
And maybe yours is real.
'Cause I'm Falling
I need your God on my side.

Well I see you objecting so strongly
To the ways of the liberal disease
And your armchair satisfaction
As you narrow the meaning of free
And I dream of a home that is tidy
And a church full of honey bees
And I wonder about the suppression
That you get when you're down on your knees.
And I'm Falling.
I need your God on my side.

Well I see you thought we could change the world
If we gather round and pray
But it's just like sending one letter
To more than just one place
But 'Dear God can you help us'
Must be the opening phrase
'Cause we're falling
Need your God on my side.
One I can call my own.
I need my God on your side
Make a happy home.
We need their God on our side
In search of him I will roam
Need our God on our side
Mine got up and left home
You need our God on your side.
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We could certainly use more World Party / Karl Wallinger on Radio Paradise!  

Sounds (and moves?) like Jagger.
 kingart wrote:
Another first for me here at R.P.  Nice song. 

I wonder: is it me, or is Bill playing more political-social justice tracks these days? Because it's impossible to miss a line like:

Well I see you objecting so strongly
To the ways of the liberal disease
And your armchair satisfaction
As you narrow the meaning of free

and not be struck that it rings far more truly now than when it was written way back in 1990, when — Bush the First was our Vader. 

 
Seeing as how we have quite the choice, perspective depending, when it comes to Vaders these days, I could see that being possible and beneficial.
sony ss1800, selenium 15 pwt? in sound dynamics cabinets on 7b's and 1.5tcarver, so raw 
sounds good on this end thanks
 
Another first for me here at R.P.  Nice song. 

I wonder: is it me, or is Bill playing more political-social justice tracks these days? Because it's impossible to miss a line like:

Well I see you objecting so strongly
To the ways of the liberal disease
And your armchair satisfaction
As you narrow the meaning of free

and not be struck that it rings far more truly now than when it was written way back in 1990, when — Bush the First was our Vader. 
I agree with jbunniii.  I too can't believe that this album was from 26 years ago.  It has stood the test of time in my collection.  Love Karl and World Party.
I saw them a couple of years ago and they were fantastic.  Karl, the guitarist from The Blockheads, and a bass player.  He does most of the music on his albums himself, like Winwood or McCartney do sometimes.
 crockydile wrote:
The night they drove ol' Dixie down...

 
I thought that was what was playing until I turned the volume up a bit.
 martinc wrote:
I read on the World Party site that he had recovered his health was heading out on Tour. Everything is dated 2009. Anyone have any more recent news.

 
He is touring again to small venues. Saw him last year and it was fantastic. Voice is perfect as ever.
Is this a Moody Blues cover band?
One of my first CDs ever (after a reluctant conversion from vinyl). Excellent all the way through. Despite having "Party" in the name, I believe Carl Wallinger did the whorl thing himself.
"Goodbye Jumbo" is a good album!
What a perfectly horrible and boring song.  I feel like a kid forced to listen a Latin Mass.  Ugh.
railroadwail and rcurrier are dead on. but, it is entirely Wallinger. 
 railroadwail wrote:
I'm hearing Robbie Robertson singing "Danville Train."  But maybe that's just me
 
Yeah, that's in there, but I hear Billy Joel singing "Piano Man."

And maybe that's just me. 
 WonderLizard wrote:

An easier—even cooler—way is to click on the "Buy from Amazon" at the bottom of the album cover, which in this case gets you to:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000003JB0


 
They go to the same place, but I think if you actually click on the RP link Bill gets a (probably small) cut.
Wow, blast from the past. What an album this was - not my favourite track by far, but enjoying the flashback reminder.
I'm hearing Robbie Robertson singing "Danville Train."  But maybe that's just me
 Jelani wrote:

That's not cool.
 
Definitely very cool.
 manzanitafire wrote:
Does anyone have any idea where I can get this album on CD? Had the tape in junior high - WP on RP is one of the reasons I got hooked, this is the only place I get to hear this anymore.
 
https://open.spotify.com/album/28xayGNmeK73N7ORNZttvl
 hippiechick wrote:
Whose side is God on these days?
 
James Richard (J.R.) Perry would like for Americans to think that God is on his side.

Great album, this one.
I read on the World Party site that he had recovered his health was heading out on Tour. Everything is dated 2009. Anyone have any more recent news.
The night they drove ol' Dixie down...
 Jelani wrote:

That's not cool.
 
Sounds pretty cool to me.

 manzanitafire wrote:
Does anyone have any idea where I can get this album on CD? Had the tape in junior high - WP on RP is one of the reasons I got hooked, this is the only place I get to hear this anymore.
 
An easier—even cooler—way is to click on the "Buy from Amazon" at the bottom of the album cover, which in this case gets you to:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000003JB0

 SweTex wrote:
 
Mail me your adress and I'll burn it for you and send it.
 
That's not cool.
 andrewimft wrote:
World Party steals overtly and blatantly riffs, melodies, lyrics and ideas from all over the classic rock and soul spectrum from the Beatles to the Stones to Prince, to Jellyfish ripping off Queen. One of the reasons I looove World Party. 
Me too. This one's definitely J. Lennon homage.

 manzanitafire wrote:
Does anyone have any idea where I can get this album on CD? Had the tape in junior high - WP on RP is one of the reasons I got hooked, this is the only place I get to hear this anymore.
  
Mail me your adress and I'll burn it for you and send it.

nothing. ever. bad. fromt these guys.
These may have been posted before but I felt the need to post them again so that those who would jump to conclusions because of the mention of God could maybe gain a little clarity.

Well I seen you out there parading
In the streets of your distant land
In your strange caps and clothing
Shouting 'I don't understand'

But you, you look so loaded
It's something I can't feel
But I'm into some GOD action
And maybe yours is real.
'Cause I'm Falling
I need your God on my side.

Well I see you objecting so strongly
To the ways of the liberal disease
And your armchair satisfaction
As you narrow the meaning of free
And I dream of a home that is tidy
And a church full of honey bees
And I wonder about the suppression
That you get when you're down on your knees.
And I'm Falling.
I need your God on my side.

Well I see you thought we could change the world
If we gather round and pray
But it's just like sending one letter
To more than just one place
But 'Dear God can you help us'
Must be the opening phrase
'Cause we're falling
Need your God on my side.
One I can call my own.
I need my God on your side
Make a happy home.
We need their God on our side
In search of him I will roam
Need our God on our side
Mine got up and left home
You need our God on your side.


And I wonder about the suppression
That you get when you're down on your knees
And I'm falling
I need your God on my side



Hard to believe this album is almost 20 years old.  Still as great as the day I first heard it!
Good band with intelligent lyrics
hm.
I can't listen to much from this album anymore, but this one has held up well.  I had forgotten about it.  8
 superfido wrote:
Blech, feels like I'm in some damn church camp.  Save the pseudo-indroctonisation for someone else.
 
Did you actually listen to the lyrics or just jump to an ill-informed conclusion based on the song title? This is hardly a song promoting religious indoctrination, or as you so eloquently put it "indroctonisation" (huh?).  If anything it's just the opposite. Wallinger is just voicing the musings of an average shlub looking at this messed-up world and searching for something to believe in. (IMO)

I bought a great World Party album on vinyl way back in '90 called Private Revolution, haven't listened to it in years, really good to hear them again.

Great song from one of my favorite CDs by one of my favorite artists!

Has anyone heard Peter Gabriel's Big Blue Ball? I have been tempted to pick it up just because of Karl's involvement on the CD.
 manzanitafire wrote:
Does anyone have any idea where I can get this album on CD? Had the tape in junior high - WP on RP is one of the reasons I got hooked, this is the only place I get to hear this anymore.
 
I would try ebay.

I love this album! I haven't listened to it for forever. Think I have to pull out of my CD collection and get it on my iPod. Thanks for reminding me Bill!

 manzanitafire wrote:
Does anyone have any idea where I can get this album on CD? Had the tape in junior high - WP on RP is one of the reasons I got hooked, this is the only place I get to hear this anymore.
 
I have the CD at home...

Excellent excellent excellent.
Blech, feels like I'm in some damn church camp.  Save the pseudo-indroctonisation for someone else.


Does anyone have any idea where I can get this album on CD? Had the tape in junior high - WP on RP is one of the reasons I got hooked, this is the only place I get to hear this anymore.
Thanks Bill...everytime you play "Is it Like Today" I think how nice it would be to hear World Party. One of the best surprise concerts I went to in '92!
 Dave_Mack wrote:

I came here to say that this sounds like Jellyfish, though not nearly as good. I've always thought Jellyfish was about equal parts Queen, Beach Boys and Beatles. Spilt Milk is really an amazing album. (Sorry for the non-World Party commentary. But not very sorry.)
 
World Party steals overtly and blatantly riffs, melodies, lyrics and ideas from all over the classic rock and soul spectrum from the Beatles to the Stones to Prince, to Jellyfish ripping off Queen. One of the reasons I looove World Party.

JGD wrote:
This is horrible. SEPERATE THE CHURCH AND RP!

Separate World Party and RP, preferably.


JGD wrote:
This is horrible. SEPERATE THE CHURCH AND RP!
Why...that sounds like censorship. WP rules! 9.
Great melody. Karl is da man.
hippiechick wrote:
Whose side is God on these days?
Just the beautiful people.
"As you narrow the meaning of free And I dream of a home that is tidy And a church full of money bees" :biggrin:
ElSupreme wrote:
This just in, God is no longer on my side. I forgot that back in highschool (private NON-Denominational) we played soccer against bradenton christian. When we were up 6 to 0 I remember hearing "At least we have god on our side" from the other bench. So I guess god hasn't been on my side. That and I don't believe in god (so that would be pretty odd if he was on my side). And as I said before does not mean much since we won 7 to nothing.
I think it may say in the bible somewhere.... probably a good guess on a bad day..."No one knows the mind of God" and other wise thoughts of exactly that ilk...words to live by.
JGD wrote:
This is horrible. SEPERATE THE CHURCH AND RP!
If you are going to scream with CAPS, check your spelling next time! Love World Party!
raggamuffin wrote:
This song is old but speaks to the world as we know it today. War in Middle East, genocide in Africa, governments run with religion as their backbone and a general hopelessness of the imeediate future.
Happy Monday to you too. :skull:
This song is old but speaks to the world as we know it today. War in Middle East, genocide in Africa, governments run with religion as their backbone and a general hopelessness of the imeediate future.
drover wrote:
LOL! I don't hear any Queen in this tune. You wanna here a Queen ripoff band (but still good stuff anyway), get a hold of an album called Spilt Milk by Jellyfish.
I came here to say that this sounds like Jellyfish, though not nearly as good. I've always thought Jellyfish was about equal parts Queen, Beach Boys and Beatles. Spilt Milk is really an amazing album. (Sorry for the non-World Party commentary. But not very sorry.)
Instrumentation sounds like an old Billy Joel tune... a little dated
Quite the dissappointment from World Party.
This is horrible. SEPERATE THE CHURCH AND RP!
ElSupreme wrote:
Our/my side. Not their side. My, ElSupreme's side. Not that having god on your side really does anything.
This just in, God is no longer on my side. I forgot that back in highschool (private NON-Denominational) we played soccer against bradenton christian. When we were up 6 to 0 I remember hearing "At least we have god on our side" from the other bench. So I guess god hasn't been on my side. That and I don't believe in god (so that would be pretty odd if he was on my side). And as I said before does not mean much since we won 7 to nothing.
Nikkon_Dokkon wrote:
I don't hear Queen in this song...I hear Cream.
Beach Boys. Way before Queen.
palexis wrote:
One of my favorites off "Goodbye Jumbo", very lennonesque. Thanks for playing this.
Pet Soundsy!
Saw World Party (among a few others) last Saturday night in Columbus. It rained almost all night but WP sounded great! Nothing like dancing in the rain! :umbrella:
Man, I haven't played the 'Jumbo' album in years. What a great 'knock-upside-the-head.' The whole album's great and was sorely overlooked back in the early 90s. I remember getting a carousel CD player around 91 and this disk stayed in the tray for months. Thanks for reminding me, RP. -- and the Beatles influence has always been there, and though I can hear how some can hear a tinge of Queen influence, I always heard shades of early Stones. I hear in Wallinger's singing style more Jagger influence than Lennon.
hippiechick wrote:
Whose side is God on these days?
First you must prove there is a God.
hippiechick wrote:
Whose side is God on these days?
Our/my side. Not their side. My, ElSupreme's side. Not that having god on your side really does anything.
Whose side is God on these days?
voracs wrote:
Just a delight to hear World Party unexpectedly...
I'll go along with that
I agree with the Queenesque harmony, plus I dectect a hint of Beatles from A Day in the Life off Sgt. Peppers. SOunds like we are tasting wine here.
the harmony parts remind me of queen. not that queen invented harmony, but i can hear what the other comments are talking about...
Originally Posted by TreborG2: Funny... I TOO hear Queen in this.. that's not a bad thing.. for it immediately brought images, sounds, and thoughts of Queen and how I miss Mr. Mercury and the talents that could have been brought forward to this millennium. Its much like missing John Lennon only different in that the musical styles were different.. both equally diverse but still.. a shame either way someone looks upon the two. I'd definitely like to hear more...
Well hell. I just listened to this whole album twice and I still don't hear the "Queen" resemblance. Guess it's just a matter of perspective. But if you're pining for something that reminds you of Merucury, I'll give you the same advice I gave folks earlier... Get Spilt Milk by Jellyfish. Their album Bellybutton is pretty decent too, but the former is a much better album IMO.
A good, not great song, and not the best song on the album, but Goodbye Jumbo is on my all-time top-ten list.
I don\'t hear Queen in this song...I hear Cream.
Originally Posted by drover: LOL! I don't hear any Queen in this tune. You wanna here a Queen ripoff band (but still good stuff anyway), get a hold of an album called Spilt Milk by Jellyfish.
Funny... I TOO hear Queen in this.. that's not a bad thing.. for it immediately brought images, sounds, and thoughts of Queen and how I miss Mr. Mercury and the talents that could have been brought forward to this millennium. Its much like missing John Lennon only different in that the musical styles were different.. both equally diverse but still.. a shame either way someone looks upon the two. I'd definitely like to hear more...
Originally Posted by bluebulb: One of the most overlooked albums of 1990... Can never hear too much of WP or Waterboys... :clap:
Agree about World Party, but I am not that into the Waterboys, Karl Wallinger's early involvement notwithstanding. I do like The Return of Pan, though.
Originally Posted by eric: If I want to listen to Queen (not very often), I'll listen to Queen.
Queen? :??: To each his own. This is one of the finest albums of the 90's; solid. I would very much like to also hear "Is It Like Today" from, if I'm not mistaken, BANG. That may well be Wallinger's finest moment.
If I want to listen to Queen (not very often), I\'ll listen to Queen.
Wow, another song from one of my all-time favorite albums!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
One of the most overlooked albums of 1990... Can never hear too much of WP or Waterboys... :clap:
Originally Posted by drover: LOL! I don't hear any Queen in this tune. You wanna here a Queen ripoff band (but still good stuff anyway), get a hold of an album called Spilt Milk by Jellyfish.
Jellyfish a Queen ripoff? In my memory they sounded like a nineties version of the Beach Boys. But ok, back to World Party.
Originally Posted by Enrique: Sounds like a Queen impersonation band.
LOL! I don't hear any Queen in this tune. You wanna here a Queen ripoff band (but still good stuff anyway), get a hold of an album called Spilt Milk by Jellyfish.
Just a delight to hear World Party unexpectedly...
Sounds like a Queen impersonation band.
Really enjoy Karl Wallinger\'s vocals and just about anything that World Party does.
\"I need your God on my side.\" I think this guy is was underrated. I love his stuff.
One of my favorites off \"Goodbye Jumbo\", very lennonesque. Thanks for playing this.