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Patti Smith — When Doves Cry
Album: Land
Avg rating:
5

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Total ratings: 734








Released: 2002
Length: 4:57
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Dig if you will the picture
Of you and I engaged in a kiss
The sweat of your body covers me
Come on darling
Can you picture this?

Dream if you can a courtyard
An ocean of violets in bloom
Animals strike curious poses
They feel the heat
The heat between me and you

How can you just leave me standing?
Alone in a world that's so cold ?
Maybe I'm just too demanding
Maybe I'm just like my father too bold
Maybe you're just like my mother
She's never satisfied
Why do we scream at each other
This is what it sounds like
When doves cry

Touch if you will my belly
Feel how it trembles inside
You've got the butterflies all tied up
Don't make me chase you
Even doves have pride

How can you just leave me standing?
Alone in a world so cold?
Maybe I'm just too demanding
Maybe I'm just like my father too bold
Maybe I'm just like my mother
She's never satisfied
Why do we scream at each other
This is what it sounds like
When doves cry

Dream if you can a courtyard
An ocean of violets in bloom
Animals strike curious poses
They feel the heat
The heat between me and you

How can you just leave me standing?
Alone in a world that's so cold? (a world that's so cold)
Maybe I'm just too demanding (maybe, maybe I'm like my father)
Maybe I'm just like my father too bold (ya know he's 2 bold)
Maybe I'm just like my mother (maybe you're just like my mother)
She's never satisfied (she's never, never satisfied)
Why do we scream at each other (why do we scream at each other)
This is what it sounds like
When doves cry

When doves cry (doves cry, doves cry, doves cry
Don't cry
Darling don't cry
Don't cry
Don't cry
Don't don't cry
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 love Patti Smith 
Don't care. She is the goddess. 7. Push me and I'll up it to an 8 or 9.
 Tana wrote:

Yeah, but it's such an intriguing juxtapositioning. I mean, whodathunk, Patti Smith covering Prince?

 
The glam punked-down? Doesn't faze me in the least. I like 'em both.
 howietime wrote:
It is a bit strange but I like the alternate take. Maybe it is because I'm not much a Prince fan to begin with. Maybe a 6
 

Tempted to agree, friend.
Is there any way to give this a negative rating?  Seriously, who thought this was a good idea?
Beyond awful.
Way to suck the passion right out of a song.
 clickfaster wrote:
 

Love Patti Smith. Love this Prince cover!
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh.

Love Patti Smith.

This was a horrible idea.  What was she thinking ?
I like Patti Smith. I love the original.   This version is an atrocity. 
Although I appreciate the willingness to experiment and reinterpret, I'm not a fan of the finished product.  
Fabulous!  As noted elsewhere, covers allow each artist to independently interpret the music and lyrics.  Orchestrations, harmonies, tempo, key (major or minor), phrasing, and all the other nuances that complete the performance are subject to changes.

Ms Smith (and her band) show the ability to play something familiar with a completely different attitude ... and they do a magnificent job!
No.  No.  No.
Better than the orig.  Truth is, I have never been able to tolerate much of Prance's work.  Just sayin'....
Terrible!
Seriously Bill?
It is a bit strange but I like the alternate take. Maybe it is because I'm not much a Prince fan to begin with. Maybe a 6
Sometimes Patty is a little self indulgent
Nope.
Bizarre
Well this was a painful experience. Sucko-barfo imho
Anything by Yoko Ono?


ScottishWillie wrote:
Average Rating 4.9. I'm sure other songs have been rated lower but I don't remember seeing one.
 

There's many good reasons why artists should not try to cover Prince songs.  This is a prime example.
YUK.
Good cover.  Just as if not more enjoyable than the original.  
Well there it is, neither versions are very good....
Unnecessary.
Beats the hell out of the Prince version.  I give it a 6.  Prince version gets a 2.
The Artist formerly known as Prince just asked for a bump of Fentanyl to be able to stomach this cover.
Doves are crying at this.
awful awful awful....oh please no.
Makes me sleepy...
Maybe people who know when to use the word whom.

geoscientist wrote:

What kind of people exist on the earth whom vote 10 for this song ! 
 
Average Rating 4.9. I'm sure other songs have been rated lower but I don't remember seeing one.
Oh my...
What kind of people exist on the earth whom vote 10 for this song ! 
I’ve never rated anything a 1 here before, but wow this comes close
I kinda like it. A cover of a Be Good Taya's cover of a Prince song.
I understand that it is a whole different experience listening to a singer on a recording vs. live in person. But if all of the people who combined to rate this song were to see Patti perform live I am certain, having seen Patti perform live about 10 times in the past 20 years, in small intimate venues in San Francisco, the rating would zoom up from a ridiculously low 4.8 to somewhere in the 7.8 to 8.8 range!
Given it 3 listens; Like PS but... "1"
HORRID
Geez, this is truly awful.
 Larrygrrl wrote:
This is killing my soul!!! No no no no no no please no!
 
Mine died 30 seconds into the song......
This is killing my soul!!! No no no no no no please no!
 DavidHunter wrote:
Patti does great cover versions!
 
Cool! Maybe Bill will play one of those next...
Love Patti, but I hate this.  I'm being generous with a 2.
4.7 is too low. This isn't an amazing cover, but I have no hesitation giving it a 6.
the 73 1 ratings I get. But 10 people gave this 10? holy f*ck.

Patti does great cover versions!
Does not do it for me.
I'm not as critical as others I guess. It's a mellow cover of a great Prince song IMHO
I don't much care for Patti Smith & admit to being mystified by those who adulate her.

Nevertheless, even by my low expectations, this is a travesty.   She's managed to excise every ounce of vitality, presenting a dried-out husk of a song.
This is by far the worst song played on RP.  I'm actually surprised this song has a 4.9 rating. I would have guessed a negative number.
Yikes! I'm all for interesting covers, but this is... gross.
(anonymous) wrote:


This is a noble attempt to cover the Prince song with an original twist, but it sounds like she took too much Valium before she stepped in the studio...  pure putrid buttmud and bad for the ears...



 
{#Lol} agreed
No, not really. 
Abomination.
Patti Smith is Awesome  (great photo calypsus_1 !)

patti smith by ~fever-dream
I can't stand Prince and I really like this, but then I like Patti Smith.
a rare 2 for me.
Very No.


This is a noble attempt to cover the Prince song with an original twist, but it sounds like she took too much Valium before she stepped in the studio...  pure putrid buttmud and bad for the ears...


No.

Blech.  Nice try, but no cigar
why would anyone listen to this crap. when you do a cover it's supposed to be better than the original or at least have a personal stamp that's interesting. pathetically bad effort.
WOW GREAT COVER, IMHO, of When Doves Cry - Patti Smith - Never liked the original much but this is gentle and sweet yet powerful - like Because the NIght, cool thanks for letting me know about this
 unclehud wrote:
Hello!  It's Patti Smith ... what did you expect?  Personally, I think her voice adds a big load of pent-up passion, which is the real meaning of the lyrics.
 
{#High-five} Yes! Well said.

Why does this song have such a low rating? After doing a little research in the RP library it would appear that RP song raters don't have a great love for Patti Smith or Prince or this song. (although to be fair the original doesn't have a bad rating - 6.6) I do think this artist has a strong catalog and other songs may have rated higher. ....Who knows? {#Ask}

wow, i wasn't paying all that much attention, but the song didn't seem THAT bad, it was only at Bill's comment about this song getting no love that i actually pulled up the page... 38% 1 votes o.O holy cow!
Why Patti Why?
I'm with you, Bob. Very cool. Also enjoyed The Missing Fingers truly wonderful Billie Jean earlier. Prince cover day.

Jeez, so many with attention spans of milliseconds each ...
 ch83575 wrote:
This song must have the larges percentage (36%) of 1 votes of any song I have ever seen.
 
Yea, no doubt.  I'm one of them.

This song must have the largest percentage (36%) of 1 votes of any song I have ever seen.

Edit: 38% and counting...

Station Changer
When Dove Cry on a quaalude. Why?
Fantastically bad bordering on camp-ish Leonard Nimoy recording territory
 sirrus wrote:
Did she really say "touch if you will, my belly" ?

Patti... {#Naughty}
 
Yes, she did. This is absurd. She must have been really high.{#Lol}
 handyrae wrote:
If it weren't for the vocals, this would be pretty good. As it is the vocals are lifeless and drain the passion from the song.
 
Hello!  It's Patti Smith ... what did you expect?  Personally, I think her voice adds a big load of pent-up passion, which is the real meaning of the lyrics.

 unclehud wrote:
Bill, you are THE MAN!  Where do you find all these marvelous covers?
 
I heartily agree :)

well done!!

Huh.
Bill, you are THE MAN!  Where do you find all these marvelous covers?
 wenatchee wrote:

Oh c'mon, the BGT lead singer is not able to mumble her way into making any sense let alone any references to touching a belly
 
Well, you're entitled to your opinion as much as I am to mine. Never was a Prince fan, but do like BGT cover, but then again, I like pretty much anything from BGT anyway. 
Damn.

I love Patti Smith in an obsessive unhealthy way but this is.... is.... so..... bad
 Marley wrote:
I much prefer the Be Good Tanyas cover of this song. I love Patti, but this just isn't doing it for me. 
 
Oh c'mon, the BGT lead singer is not able to mumble her way into making any sense let alone any references to touching a belly

If it weren't for the vocals, this would be pretty good. As it is the vocals are lifeless and drain the passion from the song.
One of those songs that you don't want to cover, almost impossible to do it justice. 2 from me.
 sirrus wrote:
Did she really say "touch if you will, my belly" ?

Patti... {#Naughty}
 
yeah. 
I think Bill owes us an explanation for playing this.

Recent exposure to a muzak-like re-make of Billy Jean and this combined causes me to want to date William Shatner.


 crockydile wrote:

I disagree. It takes that song to new lows. Now with wretched flavor!! {#Puke}
 
Yeah, but it's such an intriguing juxtapositioning. I mean, whodathunk, Patti Smith covering Prince?

 pdhski wrote:
Ani DiFranco does a far better cover of this
 
AWESOME!!!

I like it, but I guess I have a soft spot for novelty covers. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a novelty, but it sounds like it to me.
I like a lot of Patti's stuff.  But definitely not this.
{#Lol}  ouch.

It's tempting to rate it higher than deserved, just because it proves how talented Prince is.

Did she really say "touch if you will, my belly" ?

Patti... {#Naughty}
I much prefer the Be Good Tanyas cover of this song. I love Patti, but this just isn't doing it for me. 
Ani DiFranco does a far better cover of this
Unnecessary.
I don't much care for either Prince or Patti Smith, but for some reason I sort of like this one.
 laytin1119 wrote:
The only thing this song has going for it is that it can't possibly be worse then Prince's original.
 
I disagree. It takes that <bad> song to new lows. Now with wretched flavor!! {#Puke}
hi amy {#Wave} hmm? they don't play this one much, do they? {#Daisy}
The only thing this song has going for it is that it can\'t possibly be worse then Prince\'s original.
I don\'t know about this. No soul really. Nothing Compares 2 U was about the closest anyone\'s ever come to getting a Prince song right and when I heard a live version of that by Prince himself I was floored. Easy to cover because the lyrics are always great, hard to Master though.
81 RP Listeners can\'t be totally wrong... hence why this version of Princes\' song keeps going down & down & down... another country twang take on the song... and another southern headin\' rating... same diff, just wish it were burried in the south instead of re-infesting the \'air\'waves from RP.
Yikes! :eek:
Originally Posted by Radio_Man: I gave it a "1" only because there is nothing lower than "1"! :cry:
Agreed!!
I gave it a \"1\" only because there is nothing lower than \"1\"! :cry:
Dub out the vocals and this could be a good tune. Patti, leave this one to Prince or whatever he\'s calling himself these days. :D
Originally Posted by ryddle: Yuck. Best version I've heard is an acoustic version by the Bare Naked Ladies...
That is a really nice version. :)
Originally Posted by Blarg: This is a nice twist on Prince's ultra-poppy tune. Patti has managed to give the lyrics an appropriate melody, accentuating the elegy and empathizing with the crying doves. It's too bad there are people who will only compare this tune to Prince's original. This interpretation truly stands on its own.
Well, it should go from standing on its own to being laid to rest... :lol:
Originally Posted by Blarg: ... accentuating the elegy and empathizing with the crying doves. It's too bad there are people who will only compare this tune to Prince's original. This interpretation truly stands on its own.
Yeah.. well I have socks in the corner of my sons room that would stand on their own if left to it, but we don't want such things terrorizing the little ones; now do we?
yeah.. "how could you just leave me standing alone in a world so cold...." Simple.. keep singing horrible songs like this ;) :D
Wow. I just don\'t like this version, despite really trying to listen open-mindedly. She seems to be doing a poor Leonard Cohen impression.
ANYTHING Patti does becomes her own -- a great thing.
Originally Posted by rmurray248: I think it's great - Patti makes it her own song. Cool.
I think it\'s great - Patti makes it her own song. Cool.
Yuck. Best version I\'ve heard is an acoustic version by the Bare Naked Ladies...
i like it. i like it!
This version drives me insane - there is NO WAY I could dislike it more - ugh.