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Morphine — In Spite Of Me
Album: Cure For Pain
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Released: 1993
Length: 2:28
Plays (last 30 days): 1
last night I told a stranger all about you
they smiled patienty with disbelief
I always knew you would succeed
no matter what you tried
and I know you did it all
in spite of me

still I'm proud to have known you
for the short time that I did
proud to have been a step up on your way
proud to be a part of your illustrious career
and I know you did it all
in spite of me
in spite of me

late last night
I saw you in my living room
you seemed so close but yet so cool
for a long time I thought that you'd be coming back to me
those kind of thoughts can be so cruel
so cruel

and I know you did it all
in spite of me
in spite of me
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great band....although, my least favorite track
 dtown40 wrote:
Somehow when I listen to this song, I imagine a guy wearing a raincoat with nothing else on while he is singing this.  Just a little creepy to me.  
 
 Now that you mention it, I can see that - horse hair cod piece too, false nose and a top hat (wait! I'm lookin in the mirror)
Somehow when I listen to this song, I imagine a guy wearing a raincoat with nothing else on while he is singing this.  Just a little creepy to me.  
 sfyi2001 wrote:


                                        This got me. Like very much. {#Neutral}



 
{#Yes}
 countyman wrote:
Love Morphine and the Sandman.

 

{#Yes} {#Yes} {#Yes} {#Yes}


                                        This got me. Like very much. {#Neutral}




Even if only sounds like Cohen ..... PSD!
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Morphine without the moaning sax; I like it!

 
Just shows how we have different tastes. I gave it a 6 because it DOESN'T have the moaning sax.

{#Cheesygrin}
 countyman wrote:
Love Morphine and the Sandman.

 
with you
Love Morphine and the Sandman.
Is that Jimmy Page on guitar?
Leonard Cohen like!
 winotron wrote:
Always loved this band.  Beautiful guitar work on this one.

 
That's about the only redeeming part. Not the Morphine I need.
Morphine without the moaning sax; I like it!
Each artist has his own path, some try to be like others, many of these are new songs to me.  I just enjoy the variety and sophistication on this station,  I don't have to put things in categories of like and don't. I really miss this when I"m at my vacation home, but that's a place for mediation.  I've had friends over who are amazed at this station but I tell them it's internet and their equipment don't handle it they  give a blank look.
too much like Leonard Cohen. There is a form of energy and the voice is more pleasant but it is still not enough to make it an enjoyable song to me... 4. 
 Foot wrote:

Not sure I agree with that but definitely think Cure For Pain was the best album they ever made.

 
Agreed!
 ckcotton wrote:
Think this is the best song they ever did

 
Not sure I agree with that but definitely think Cure For Pain was the best album they ever made.
 k1j2cat wrote:
Mark reminds me of Leonard Cohen in this song. Beautiful. 
My thoughts as well.  Kind of channeling LC, but of course this is Sandman's song.
 rdo wrote:
I was listening closely to the lyrics and I noticed he is singing about an ex who is now a celeb.  Is this based on a real experience? 

...i've long wondered who it's about...

...great song in whatever case; heartfelt quiet pathos...


Love that song!
Mark reminds me of Leonard Cohen in this song. Beautiful.
 vit wrote:
I'll probably be playing this song for my daughter in about 15 years (if she hasn't killed me yet).

 
Not dead yet?

You should parlay your post into a reality show or a youtube channel...like this one. Will vit survive another year?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdtD19tXX30 :

Screenshot from YouTube show:  


Final thought: just because Mark Sandman decided to murmur the lyrics to this song doesn't mean that he was honoring, copying or imitating Leonard Cohen. 



Sorry, but there is only one Leonard Cohen (my Montréal homie)--even if a mandolin is colouring the tune.
No sax for a change. What a relief.
Always loved this band.  Beautiful guitar work on this one.
Lou Barlow followed by this....I've died and gone to heaven!
Think this is the best song they ever did
I think I like the Greg Laslow version, it's a little more upbeat.
 Larry_Rosenow wrote:
Just heard this song for the first time.  I too, had to check to see if it was Leonard Coen.  Glad to hear another similar voice on a great song.  
 
Cohen. Leonard Cohen.
Just sayin'. :o))
 stf9 wrote:
sentimental tripe to these ears
 

Then you need new ears bro. 
sentimental tripe to these ears
 lkovathana wrote:
Oh yeah when William Shatner does this he's mocked ... how is this musical? 
 
How is this not "musical"? 
 sdn wrote:
A Morphine song without sax?
unpossible
 

It's good to think outside the sax once in a while. Although I am a sax-a-holic.


I can't believe I gave this a "2" last time.  I must have been on Morphine.  It's definitely a -1.
 lkovathana wrote:
Oh yeah when William Shatner does this he's mocked ... how is this musical? 
 
Your argument contains a logical fallacy.  William Shatner is mocked for everything he does.
 xkolibuul wrote:
Morphine goes celibate?  In this case, the absence of sax is a plus.  I like this tune.  
 
I agree.
Oh yeah when William Shatner does this he's mocked ... how is this musical? 
 hencini wrote:
9—>10

This might be one of the five greatest songs of all time.   
 
it's in my top 500.....

Just heard this song for the first time.  I too, had to check to see if it was Leonard Coen.  Glad to hear another similar voice on a great song.  
 fredriley wrote:

If I've told you once, I've told you a million times: don't exaggerate.

  This song is sooo freaking good for the ears, and heart, and soul, I must beg to differ with you on this point.
 No question one of their peak moments....
I like this and a lot of morphine.
 hencini wrote:
9—>10

This might be one of the five greatest songs of all time.   
 
If I've told you once, I've told you a million times: don't exaggerate.

Diggin' the mandolin...


 ThePoose wrote:
Channelling Leonard Cohen...
 

Yup, that was my first thought when I first heard the vocal - I had to get up and check my streaming player display to see if it was Leonard.


9—>10

This might be one of the five greatest songs of all time.   
Morphine goes celibate?  In this case, the absence of sax is a plus.  I like this tune.  
I'll probably be playing this song for my daughter in about 15 years (if she hasn't killed me yet).
Amazing song.  Sandman was brilliant. 
 ick wrote:
Morphine seems to lose something when a mandolin is added... now where is the beloved 2 string subsonic bass and that slutty sax?
 
well....on the album this track was perfectly making sense imo - it was a nicely calm break AND (sort of) the intro to thursday. which is is with "the beloved 2 string subsonic bass and that slutty sax" :-)

 rdo wrote:
I was listening closely to the lyrics and I noticed he is singing about an ex who is now a celeb.  Is this based on a real experience? 
 
He was never very forthcoming with interviewers about his personal life.

 vandal wrote:

blasphemer. . . when the tribunal of music gods judge you, and rest assured you will be judged, they will condemn you to a room where Kenny G wails from their octophonic sound system 24/7 at 120 dB. . .

"annoying sax" indeed. . .

{#Snooty}
 
{#Roflol}

Morphine seems to lose something when a mandolin is added... now where is the beloved 2 string subsonic bass and that slutty sax?
 ThePoose wrote:
Channelling Leonard Cohen...
 
Indeed!

For me, this is not better than the Jack Johnson tune!
Channelling Leonard Cohen...
 boober wrote:
C'mon Fred..."dull as ditchwater"?
The KC jury gives it a 8

 
I'm not big on Morphine myself but I really like this one. 8

 fredriley wrote:

Vice versa, I'm afraid - this is dull as ditchwater. Duller, as at least ditchwater has life in it. Bring back the honking baritone sax! 2 from the Nottingham jury.

  C'mon Fred..."dull as ditchwater"?
The KC jury gives it a 8

This is the perfect example of a Morphine song I don't listen to by choice.
 OCDHG wrote:
Wow ... without that annoying sax, they are pretty listenable.
 
Vice versa, I'm afraid - this is dull as ditchwater. Duller, as at least ditchwater has life in it. Bring back the honking baritone sax! 2 from the Nottingham jury.

OCDHG wrote:
Wow ... without that annoying sax, they are pretty listenable.
cuisine-challenged bridge substructure symbiont. Cordially, your friendly local pot smoking socially conscious conservative.

A Morphine song without sax?
unpossible
 OCDHG wrote:
Wow ... without that annoying sax, they are pretty listenable.
 
blasphemer. . . when the tribunal of music gods judge you, and rest assured you will be judged, they will condemn you to a room where Kenny G wails from their octophonic sound system 24/7 at 120 dB. . .

"annoying sax" indeed. . .

{#Snooty}


So I took my chances on a big jet plane, never let em tell you that they're all-hall-all-the same
nice song from a great album

7 {#Arrow} 8

I was listening closely to the lyrics and I noticed he is singing about an ex who is now a celeb.  Is this based on a real experience? 
sexy-
 OCDHG wrote:
Wow ... without that annoying sax, they are pretty listenable.
 
Annoying sax?............ Are you serious?

This song is so good it makes me want to bawl like a baby.{#Notworthy}


Yea, I have always like this one!
One of their better songs. If you haven't heard it before, I'd recommend checking out Greg Laswell's cover of this song. You can hear it on Amazon.com.
Wow ... without that annoying sax, they are pretty listenable.
...does anyone know to whom in particular this song was written?..
Learning to play the mandolin, so my ear caught this one. Hadn't heard it before. Looked up and saw Morphine on the read out from Winamp and thought WTF?

The mandolin player is Jimmy Ryan. I just had to know.
 socalhol wrote:

Yeah - Nick Drake "Pink Moon" - it reminded me of that song too!  Surprising sound from Morphine, quite different than their usual - I like this too.
 
This song was a nice change of pace on this album.   Presumably an intentional attempt to shake up the mood.      Good stuff!

 morgsy67 wrote:
I can easily imagine The Eels covering this song.
Great idea ... great song. 


 bugleboy624 wrote:
Reminds me of that one VW commercial.
 
Yeah - Nick Drake "Pink Moon" - it reminded me of that song too!  Surprising sound from Morphine, quite different than their usual - I like this too.


I was going to say: "Is that a guest vocal by Leonard Cohen?"

 
cathric wrote:
This always reminds me of Leonard Cohen in a way.
 


Surprisingly nice tune from the opiate guys. Wish he hadn't attempted to sing, so that the melody could be enjoyed unimpeded by the rasping noise.
window wrote:


Actually, no - he didn't OD. (Reference material here and here.)
I find many people have to be corrected about that.


I wouldn't say that's definitive. There have been tons of folks who die young of a heart attack because they overdosed. There's a name that comes to mind today as a matter of fact that I ... just ... can't ... quite ... place.

It's a nice change...I'm a sucker for mandolin.

 . . . . wow . . . . Morphine? . . . . wow . . . . met them once in the mid 90's . . . sad to hear of their demise


Lovely song, beautiful lyrics and instrumentation. My favorite morphine song.

 cathric wrote:
This always reminds me of Leonard Cohen in a way.
 
Exactly!

love it. morphine is so good.
This always reminds me of Leonard Cohen in a way.
 out_to_lunch wrote:


Stupid, he od'ed. what do you think the song is about?
 

Actually, no - he didn't OD.  (Reference material here and here.)
I find many people have to be corrected about that.
Reminds me of that one VW commercial.
part of the soundtrack of the movie "Swing Vote" (although not on the distributed soundtrack) - terrific song, very good movie and the combo was most excellent
{#Cowboy}
 
...my favorite morphine song ever...
The lyrics cut way too close to home.  It hits me where it hurts. 

Likely what makes me rate it high.  It makes me feel.  Which I don't do very often.
makes me think of someone I'm trying to forget. Bad day here.... :boohoo:
Diggin' the mandolin.
pacificbeth wrote:
it's not Morphine without the sax = :yawn: mor phine sax, please or more fine sax, please :clap: :clap:
Stupid, he od'ed. what do you think the song is about?
Brilliant, like the rest of this album
it's not Morphine without the sax = :yawn: mor phine sax, please or more fine sax, please :clap: :clap:
At last a Morphine song without any sax..I do hope he hasn't burst a lung or something
Long live Mark Sandman.
Excellent. Too bad there's no sax . . .
papaman wrote:
Hmmm. Pretty nice song. I know how Morphine loves its saxophone so I'm surprised (pleasantly) not to hear it.
Ditto that. First song from Morphine I can enjoy. The sound of that depressing sax is hard to take, at least for the few of us who are not particular fans of that instrument.
I can easily imagine The Eels covering this song.
Hmmm. Pretty nice song. I know how Morphine loves its saxophone so I'm surprised (pleasantly) not to hear it. I kept picturing Igor (I-gore) waiting to contribute with his french horn to Dr. Frankenstein's violin serenade.
not my favorite, but still Morphine..... pretty fucking good
poopypants wrote:
To each his own, we're not critisizing your name. you need a head check man seriously... :no:
SmackDaddy wrote:
Hilarious how many people here don't "get" Morphine. If you take away the sax, then there's no point to Morphine. It's like telling Miles Davis he should put down the horn, or Hendrix that if only he played the fiddle you'd like him. It's fine not to find their stuff to your liking but to call it crap just means you don't get "it". So sad that a band stepping outside the envelope of what you all consider proper music is attacked so much. Go find something better to do with your life.
Hey, I like this...its so odd :ask:
malejandra wrote:
Oh my god...seriously? you miss the guy? you "posters" on Radio paradise are TOO MUCH.
you need a head check man seriously... :no:
SmackDaddy wrote:
Hilarious how many people here don't "get" Morphine. If you take away the sax, then there's no point to Morphine. It's like telling Miles Davis he should put down the horn, or Hendrix that if only he played the fiddle you'd like him. It's fine not to find their stuff to your liking but to call it crap just means you don't get "it". So sad that a band stepping outside the envelope of what you all consider proper music is attacked so much. Go find something better to do with your life.
...but Miles Davis and Hendrix had talent. Just because a band pushes the envelope doesn't automatically afford them critical acclaim. ...finding something better to do with my life.
Hilarious how many people here don't "get" Morphine. If you take away the sax, then there's no point to Morphine. It's like telling Miles Davis he should put down the horn, or Hendrix that if only he played the fiddle you'd like him. It's fine not to find their stuff to your liking but to call it crap just means you don't get "it". So sad that a band stepping outside the envelope of what you all consider proper music is attacked so much. Go find something better to do with your life.
Pretty good song!
this is so true...I had to look twice to see if this was really Morphine ChardRemains wrote:
the only Morphine that hasn't made me scream in pain. These guys bite less on this track.
ChardRemains wrote:
the only Morphine that hasn't made me scream in pain. These guys bite less on this track.
I have to agree. I try not to be negative most of the time but there is something about Morphine that I can't stand (Medeski, Martin, and Wood to).
ChardRemains wrote:
the only Morphine that hasn't made me scream in pain. These guys bite less on this track.
Exactly.
the only Morphine that hasn't made me scream in pain. These guys bite less on this track.
Barman wrote:
Led Zep's Going to California meets Leonard Cohen. Nice meeting, dare I say.
PERFECT post.
Shesdifferent wrote:
Surprised when you announced this was Morphine.
Me too. Would love to hear the title track from this album.
govna wrote:
i gotta quote this chick for the 5th or 6th time. well said.
Led Zep's Going to California meets Leonard Cohen. Nice meeting, dare I say.
anniebear wrote:
no WAY this is morphine! I really can NOT stand morphine's music, all stupid lyrics about heads with wings and cyber sex, loud ass horns and just all around crap....then comes this little gem.....huh...color me suprised
i gotta quote this chick for the 5th or 6th time. well said.
Oh my god...seriously? you miss the guy? you "posters" on Radio paradise are TOO MUCH. Radiohead-head wrote:
Literally sitting at my desk in near tears....haven't heard this tune in a long, long time. This song is soo beautiful and yet sooo un-Morphine....god I wish this band stuck around longer. Miss you Mark Sandman...:cry:....RIP bro.