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Thievery Corporation — Lebanese Blonde
Album: Lebanese Blonde - EP
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Released: 2000
Length: 4:40
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Too low to find my way
Too high to wonder why
I've touched this place before
Somewhere in another time
Now I can hear the sun
The clouds drifting through the blinds
A half a million thoughts
Are flowing through my mind

A satellite recalled your voice
Sent me round the world again
All the night you've dreamt away
Sent me round my heart again
One touch upon my lips
And all my thoughts are clear
I feel your smoky mist
Up to the stratosphere

Too low to find my way
Too high to wonder why
I've touched this place before
Somewhere in another time
Now I can hear the sun
The clouds drifting through the blinds
A half a million thoughts
Are flowing through my mind

Too low to find my way
Too high to wonder why
I've touched this place before
Somewhere in another time
Now I can hear the sun
The clouds drifting through the blinds
A half a million thoughts
Are flowing through my mind




( French Version )

Trop déprimée pour m'en tirer
Trop bien pour rien piger
J'ai deja connu cet état
Ailleurs plein d'autrefois
J'entends le soleil
Les nuages par les volets
Un million de pensées
Envahi mon esprit

Un satellite rappelait ta voix
orbite dans le monde pour toi
Tu as revé toute la nuit
En envie de mon coeur
Je t'effleures des levres et puis
Ca me donne les idées claires
Je sens ton suc se dissiper
Jusqu'a la stratosphere

Trop déprimée pour m'en tirer
Trop bien pour rien piger
J'ai deja connu cet état
Ailleurs plein d'autrefois
J'entends le soleil
Les nuages par les volets
Un million de pensées
Envahi mon esprit
Comments (322)add comment
too low to find my way
too high to wonder why

figures
 On_The_Beach wrote:


this makes me hungry for peanut butter or a lemon bar...
Love the horns accents in the background
i can name this song in 3 notes. 
love it.
 54-40 wrote:

Pam Bricker, the vocalist on this track, was found dead the other day, a victim of suicide. Here is the obit from the Washington Post - The Warshington Post wrote:


"Growing Up With Jazz." She read B.F. Skinner's "Walden Two" when she was 12 and later left college for a semester to research a paper on utopias. She traveled to the Twin Oaks commune in Louisa, Va., which was known for producing rope hammocks. "I lived there for 2 1/2 years until I was just sort of overwhelmed by the desire to become a musician," she told a reporter. She alternated between Massachusetts and Virginia, auditing classes, singing in coffeehouses and working her way into the Copley Plaza Hotel lounge in Boston. She returned to Twin Oaks after her nervous breakdown. In 1981, she settled in the Washington area with Branwyn, a freelance technical writer whom she met at the commune. With her guitar, she was soon playing folk-heavy music at a health food restaurant called Food for Thought, where she met Mary Chapin Carpenter. "We got together a few times to sort of jam and pick and grin, and then she became the world's most famous folk and country crossover artist," she told Stokes. Increasingly interested in jazz, she began expanding her songbook. After Harris spotted her at Charlie's Georgetown, they formed Mad Romance, which played at Blues Alley, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Blue Note in New York. After the group disbanded in 1987, she and Harris continued to sing duets at area clubs and made several inventive, sprightly albums. A musical restlessness persisted, though, and she later moved in other directions. "As the '90s wore on," she told Stokes, "I felt an urge to break out of such a straight-laced jazz frame of mind and repertoire. I said: 'Jazz, like crime, doesn't pay. You have to mix it up and modernize it.' " Survivors include her husband, from whom she was separated, of Arlington; a son, Blake Maloof of Arlington; her father, Peter Bricker of Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.; a brother; and a sister. © 2005 The Washington Post Company


 
8 to 9 
 Jelani wrote:



Along with Thai Stick! whatever happened to that? It was the BEST!



Thai Stick was the best.
Lebanese Blonde and bongo playing. 

That's the ticket. 
 joejennings wrote:



Lebanese blonde!! ...Good Stuff, back in the day!!   



Along with Thai Stick! whatever happened to that? It was the BEST!
Excellent Tune!!
 On_The_Beach wrote:
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Lebanese blonde!! ...Good Stuff, back in the day!!   
 fredriley wrote:

No, that'll be Lebanese Red, which was my favourite brand of hash way back when. Smooth, soft, mellow, and with a real Clang! Honk! Tweet! hit in the tail. If dope were legal, Red Leb would have been a DOCG. Now it's all bloody skunk, which to good blow is what Carlsberg Special Brew is to a fine Bordeaux :(

Furry Freak Brothers cover.



I remember both from the mid/late 70s when I was stationed in the UK. Blond Lebanese was OK, but Red Lebanese was the BOMB! Red sticky tar ball that had a nice peppery taste, IIRC. Ahhhh memories.....

Wish I could find some Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers comics.
 SmackDaddy wrote:

Not exactly. TC started out as two guys doing nothing but sampling creating lounge music. The name "thievery" comes from stealing song samples, so to speak. Overtime they developed a band to create the sound they created using samples. They're really not one or the other, but both.


Acid jazz? Only here on RP would one find that.
Good Tune!! I never heard it before.  Thanx RP!   
Shades of Morcheeba...?
 fredriley wrote:

No, that'll be Lebanese Red, which was my favourite brand of hash way back when. Smooth, soft, mellow, and with a real Clang! Honk! Tweet! hit in the tail. If dope were legal, Red Leb would have been a DOCG. Now it's all bloody skunk, which to good blow is what Carlsberg Special Brew is to a fine Bordeaux :(

Furry Freak Brothers cover.


I like the Beer reference.  But Skunk is to good blow what IPA is compared to a  (La Trappe) Tripel. 
 fredriley wrote:

No, that'll be Lebanese Red, which was my favourite brand of hash way back when. Smooth, soft, mellow, and with a real Clang! Honk! Tweet! hit in the tail. If dope were legal, Red Leb would have been a DOCG. Now it's all bloody skunk, which to good blow is what Carlsberg Special Brew is to a fine Bordeaux :(

Furry Freak Brothers cover.



Memories... they came out with a mini series of the Three Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Should be interesting!
 coloradojohn wrote:

Finally saw them this last July 9th at Levitt Pavilion in Denver, an outdoor grass amphitheater, and it was FREAKING AMAZING!



looking forward to the day I can see this group!
Finally saw them this last July 9th at Levitt Pavilion in Denver, an outdoor grass amphitheater, and it was FREAKING AMAZING!
 memoryboxer wrote:

I grew up next to the Welland Canal system between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The international freighters brought us the finest and freshest, lovingly pressed into cotton canvas bags so saturated with kif that we'd cut the bags themselves into small squares and use them to make tea. Finest kind. 



I have been through that Canal on a small boat, and never knew those "Lakers" could provide such fine "imports"  Living in Buffalo at the time Hash was a rare rare find.
 t0m5k1 wrote:


Now that is some Lebanese Blonde.

I'm partial to Moroccan Caramello these days or maybe some Moroccan Black  
 

Moroccan Black

Did you try it in a chillum?
 philip1 wrote:


For some reason, that makes me really hungry!
 

You mean before you've smoked it? ;)
 aspicer wrote:
Gearing up to see them again in October in Chicago. They are awesome live!
 
Yes they are !
Thievery Corporation, my all time favourite lounge artist.

I like the percussion.
 memoryboxer wrote:

I grew up next to the Welland Canal system between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The international freighters brought us the finest and freshest, lovingly pressed into cotton canvas bags so saturated with kif that we'd cut the bags themselves into small squares and use them to make tea. Finest kind. 
 
looks like something to smoke
 memoryboxer wrote:

I grew up next to the Welland Canal system between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The international freighters brought us the finest and freshest, lovingly pressed into cotton canvas bags so saturated with kif that we'd cut the bags themselves into small squares and use them to make tea. Finest kind. 
 

Is that Blonde Lebanese?  
Gosh, so much one learns from reading the comments on RP! 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
https://www.80tokes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/smug5.jpg
 
I grew up next to the Welland Canal system between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The international freighters brought us the finest and freshest, lovingly pressed into cotton canvas bags so saturated with kif that we'd cut the bags themselves into small squares and use them to make tea. Finest kind. 
 fredriley wrote:

No, that'll be Lebanese Red, which was my favourite brand of hash way back when. Smooth, soft, mellow, and with a real Clang! Honk! Tweet! hit in the tail. If dope were legal, Red Leb would have been a DOCG. Now it's all bloody skunk, which to good blow is what Carlsberg Special Brew is to a fine Bordeaux :(

Furry Freak Brothers cover.

 

Man...the Three Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers... gotta love it!  
today must be Ground Hogs Day, we hear the the same song over and over. Thank goodness you slipped in New Order.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
https://www.80tokes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/smug5.jpg
 

For some reason, that makes me really hungry!
First heard TC on RP and the wife and I are big fans.
Have seen them in concert !  Great stuff
 PhoenixArtDj wrote:
When I first got clued in to TC right here on RP I thought it was just a really good electronic band. Come to find out that almost all of their music is done instrumentally and vocally. Very little comes from the computer. Thanks RP for cluing me into another great band.
 
Not exactly. TC started out as two guys doing nothing but sampling creating lounge music. The name "thievery" comes from stealing song samples, so to speak. Overtime they developed a band to create the sound they created using samples. They're really not one or the other, but both.
When I first got clued in to TC right here on RP I thought it was just a really good electronic band. Come to find out that almost all of their music is done instrumentally and vocally. Very little comes from the computer. Thanks RP for cluing me into another great band.
Gearing up to see them again in October in Chicago. They are awesome live!
 fredriley wrote:

No, that'll be Lebanese Red, which was my favourite brand of hash way back when. Smooth, soft, mellow, and with a real Clang! Honk! Tweet! hit in the tail. If dope were legal, Red Leb would have been a DOCG. Now it's all bloody skunk, which to good blow is what Carlsberg Special Brew is to a fine Bordeaux :(

Furry Freak Brothers cover.

 
You realise that comparison will not make a lot of sense to non British readers
 idiot_wind wrote:
Hey..."Blonde Lebanese"?  Try it in Amsterdam with strong coffee and watch the day go by. Hashie-mashie.  
 

Sounds like a good plan to me.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
https://www.80tokes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/smug5.jpg
 

Now that is some Lebanese Blonde.

I'm partial to Moroccan Caramello these days or maybe some Moroccan Black  
 Rockit9 wrote:

Very good indeed. Not as good as Gold Seal though!
 

Agreed and thank you
cool song, can't stop movin
 On_The_Beach wrote:
https://www.80tokes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/smug5.jpg
 
Very good indeed. Not as good as Gold Seal though!
Psyched to see them live for the first time in a couple of weeks...
 WattsUp wrote:

Oh my. Haven't seen anything like that since the 70's.
 
we can get it by mail in Canada :-)
 On_The_Beach wrote:
https://www.80tokes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/smug5.jpg
 
Oh my. Haven't seen anything like that since the 70's.
Truly love the mellow vibe of this jam.
Isn't this Sade? LOL
Hey..."Blonde Lebanese"?  Try it in Amsterdam with strong coffee and watch the day go by. Hashie-mashie.  
{#Hearteyes}
I prefer this one in English, it suits it better
love the tune {#Hearteyes}
 zunismyst wrote:
I am not aware that Thievery Corp. has published only this track. Why only this one?
There are a lot of excellent tracks by T.C. we would like to hear.
 
There are at least another 20 of their tunes that get played here.  It must be your timing.
AWESOME — TC defined the new millennium for me
{#Bananajam}
 zunismyst wrote:
I am not aware that Thievery Corp. has published only this track. Why only this one?
There are a lot of excellent tracks by T.C. we would like to hear.

 
Stick around, Bill does play quite a bit of Thievery Corporation and not just this song. {#Laughing}
 FrankRizzo wrote:
Just bumped this to a 10. It's a 16 year old song that has aged well. It's so smooth and mellow. I always stop to take the song in when it comes on.
 

It cannot be 16 years since this came out!?! That is terrifying! 


I am not aware that Thievery Corp. has published only this track. Why only this one?
There are a lot of excellent tracks by T.C. we would like to hear.
Right ON!
Oh, YES! A fave song - and third in a most impressive, applause-worthy set from Bill today:

Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Peter Gabriel - Of These, Hope
Thievery Corporation - Lebanese Blonde

{#Cheesygrin} {#Clap} {#Music}

(I only wish I had been at my desk for Shawn Colvin - Shotgun Down the Avalanche and Florence + The Machine - Long & Lost a few songs prior!)
When I look out my window
Many sights to see
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
That it's strange, so strange
You've got to pick up every stitch
You've got to pick up every stitch
You've got to pick up every stitch
Mmm-mm-mmm, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

A staple in my playlists. Thievery Corp was one of the best Chill groups to come out of trip hop.
 
Just bumped this to a 10. It's a 16 year old song that has aged well. It's so smooth and mellow. I always stop to take the song in when it comes on.
Superb
Irresistible.  
Nice groove!
 helgigermany wrote:

I like it when people show lyrics!

 
Because it saves you the 1 second it takes to click on the Lyrics link or because random lyrics from other songs are more fun to read than comments from people who are just criticizing the song or others opinion?

justin4kick wrote:



Another Lebanese ‘Blonde’ Model Gets Involved in Politics!
https://lbpress.wordpress.com/tag/lebanese-parliamentary-elections/

 
Guess my definition of beauty is not the same as many.  A blow up doll looks the same and doesn't talk back.


Mirror Conspiracy was definitely TC's high point.

Another Lebanese ‘Blonde’ Model Gets Involved in Politics!
https://lbpress.wordpress.com/tag/lebanese-parliamentary-elections/
Transported me right back to my teens, the late evening in a tea room, smoking hookas (just tobacco :) ), drinking tea and having deep deep philosophical debates...
 
 ScottN wrote:


 
very blonde!! {#Lol}
very nice tune from a very good band!!
There's a video on Youtube of them performing this live on KCRW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjgykoA44CU
always enjoy this RP regular...
Damn, rode the mcycle for 9 hours today and I need to go to bed....stop this excellent set right now!
 Yes please!

cottN wrote:


 


 dragon1952 wrote:
When I look out my window
Many sights to see
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
That it's strange
So strange You got to pick up every stitch
You got to pick up every stitch
You got to pick up every stitch
Mmmm, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

 
I like it when people show lyrics!
Nice set today!
Apologies if someone has already posted a similar comment, but I think I probably smoked some Lebanese Blond back in the day.

oh - nice tune 
 vanishingreturns wrote:
You know, I used to really enjoy this song, and then I started working in an office that plays RP all day long, every day. I've heard this song more in the past 3 months than anything. I'm sick and tired of this. Holy shit, where's the asprin?

 
Need aspirin? Switch to a station that plays obnoxious commercials all day long. You'll find out where to buy aspirin and all the other crap that makes your heart content.
 vanishingreturns wrote:
You know, I used to really enjoy this song, and then I started working in an office that plays RP all day long, every day. I've heard this song more in the past 3 months than anything. I'm sick and tired of this. Holy shit, where's the asprin?

 
very hard time feeling bad for you
 
 bseib wrote:
Even after listening to this tune how many times, I just now heard the bass line as Donovan's "Season of the Witch". Kinda cool. It's not exactly the same riff, but a similar progression. Sounds like it's probably in the same key too.

 
This song is in A minor, Mr. Leitch's tune is in A major. The bass line is similar though, but each has only five different notes.

 ziggytrix wrote:
So used to the English version... this one does a number on my head. {#Ask}

 
I LOVE this song (my fave from the Garden State soundtrack) - but I can't believe I've never heard this French version before! Since my college major was French, and I love all things Francophile, now I love this song even more.
You know, I used to really enjoy this song, and then I started working in an office that plays RP all day long, every day. I've heard this song more in the past 3 months than anything. I'm sick and tired of this. Holy shit, where's the asprin?
 dragon1952 wrote:

It's even more the same than Spirit's Taurus compared to Stairway to Heaven which elicited a lawsuit.

 
Only the first 3 notes of those songs are the same.

As John Lennon said, "There's only so many notes".
 Milanche wrote:
OMG! Last 4 songs {#Clap} Like it's from my special folder, on my Ipod. Bravo RP! {#Good-vibes}

 
Same thing here.
When I look out my window
Many sights to see
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
That it's strange
So strange You got to pick up every stitch
You got to pick up every stitch
You got to pick up every stitch
Mmmm, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch
More E St Lounge music please....
 
OMG! Last 4 songs {#Clap} Like it's from my special folder, on my Ipod. Bravo RP! {#Good-vibes}
{#Bananajam}Yes!
{#Cool}
 Poacher wrote:
Taliban Black is the New Lebanese Blond. (inside joke for those who like that kind of thing) {#Meditate}

 
Hmm. A bit close to the bone there, Poacher.
 bseib wrote:
Even after listening to this tune how many times, I just now heard the bass line as Donovan's "Season of the Witch". Kinda cool. It's not exactly the same riff, but a similar progression. Sounds like it's probably in the same key too.

 
It's even more the same than Spirit's Taurus compared to Stairway to Heaven which elicited a lawsuit.
Bob On!
{#Dance} 
 ziggytrix wrote:
So used to the English version... this one does a number on my head. {#Ask}

 
Had to know, so I looked it up.  The English is the "original version" according to wiki.   I think I prefer the fluidity (meter?) of the lyrics in the English version.
Even after listening to this tune how many times, I just now heard the bass line as Donovan's "Season of the Witch". Kinda cool. It's not exactly the same riff, but a similar progression. Sounds like it's probably in the same key too.
Hmmm, a song about hashish?
Too low to find my way, too high to wonder why...
 Stingray wrote:
GENIAL

 

your "word of the day" calendar must have finally arrived
 losthiker wrote:
Diabolically fantastic groove.

 
Agree!
{#Clap}
Diabolically fantastic groove.
 Stingray wrote:
GENIAL

 
Genitals!
{#Dancingbanana}--groovy baby-- {#Dancingbanana}

NEW CD out (very much Bossanova influenced) - where is it, Bill....?

Not that this is a bad song - certainly not!


 ThePoose wrote:
BTW, is this the season of the witch?

 
It is certainly similar to Donovan's two-chord jam, but this tune seems to have at least a third chord.
 ThePoose wrote:
BTW, is this the season of the witch?

 

Yes. nearly the same bass line.
So used to the English version... this one does a number on my head. {#Ask}
BTW, is this the season of the witch?
That is because we are a bilingual nation, and ''blonde'' works in English and in French.
(BTW ''blonde'' has an alternate meaning in French: girlfriend.)

just sayin'



 
vandarbar wrote:
Re: blonde vs Red - have you noticed that all the canucks call it blonde and all the yanks call it red?   just an observation.....  :)

 




 asilbuch wrote:
TC always makes me want to pour a large glass of wine, lie back in my queenie chair and head bob. {#Good-vibes}

 
All hail her majesty asilbuch!
 Poacher wrote:
Taliban Black is the New Lebanese Blond. (inside joke for those who like that kind of thing) {#Meditate}

 

Hope its smoother than the Blonde.  I always coughed my lungs out on that.

My favorite was the Turkish Camel Shit stuff.
 plaid wrote:
I just think the scansion and rhythm of the vocals work a little better in the english version. I admit it could be because that's the version I've heard first and most.

 
Still looking for the scansion marks.......
GENIAL
Oi Va Voi "Refuge" —> Thievery Corporation "Lebanese Blond"

Another brilliant Bill-segue!
Haven't heard this is a while - love it!
Taliban Black is the New Lebanese Blond. (inside joke for those who like that kind of thing) {#Meditate}
I just think the scansion and rhythm of the vocals work a little better in the english version. I admit it could be because that's the version I've heard first and most.
brilliant

Sublime