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Album: Cloudcuckooland
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Total ratings: 2119









Released: 1989
Length: 3:43
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Nighttime slows
Raindrops splash rainbows
Perhaps someone you know
Could sparkle and shine
As daydreams slide
To colour from shadow
Picture the moonglow
That dazzles my eyes
And I love you

Just lying smiling in the dark
Shooting stars around your heart
Dreams come bouncing in your head
Pure and simple every time
Now you're crying in your sleep
I wish you'd never learnt to weep
Don't sell the dreams you should be keeping
Pure and simple every time

Dream of sights
Of sleigh rides in seasons
Where feelings not reasons
Can make you decide
As leaves pour down
Splash Autumn on gardens
As colder nights harden
Their moonlit delights
And I love you

Just lying smiling in the dark
Shooting stars around your heart
Dreams come bouncing in your head
Pure and simple every time
Now you're crying in your sleep
I wish you'd never learnt to weep
Don't sell the dreams you should be keeping
Pure and simple every time

Look at me with starry eyes
Push me up to starry skies
There's stardust in my head
Pure and simple every time
Fresh and deep as oceans new
Shiver at the sight of you
I'll sing a softer tune
Pure and simple over you

If love's the truth then look no lies
And let me swim around your eyes
I've found a place I'll never leave
Shut my mouth and just believe
Love is the truth I realize
Not a stream of pretty lies
To use us up
And waste our time

Lying smiling in the dark
Shooting stars around your heart
Dreams come bouncing in your head
Pure and simple every time
Now you're crying in your sleep
I wish you'd never learnt to weep
Don't sell the dreams you should be keeping
Pure and simple every time

Look at me with starry eyes
Push me up to starry skies
There's stardust in my head
Pure and simple every time
Fresh and deep as oceans new
Shiver at the sight of you
I'll sing a softer tune
Pure and simple over you

Pure and simple just for you
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Thanks for this song; I haven't heard them in awhile and such sweetness it evokes! 'pure and simple every time!'
Listening to this in the house. Going out to my workshop I connected to RP on my phone, so as not to miss a beat. The phone started the track from the beginning, and by some strange quirk of fate, the syncopation (whilst not the track) was in sync! Double toe-tappin' IMHO!
 ppopp wrote:
Excellent. So much better than Cake.
 
I'd say apples & oranges - but we only have bananas.
 Akazungu wrote:
I've spent my life thinking this was OMD. Very surprised it's not.
 
Hmmm. Not hearing OMD here. To each ears their own eh?
Excellent. So much better than Cake.
 Brestois wrote:
Got goosebumps when it started. For some reason this song has always made me happy. 
 

Having a crap week, friends dying of cancer, work is hell.... and this song comes on as I'm having a 'moment'.   Big smile on face, ear buds go in and volume goes up.

As Brestois said "This song has always made me happy."
For some reason, I thought this was Pet Shop Boys.  Thanks to RP for setting my record straight.  
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
No, it is Death Cab for Cutie meets The Shins; throw in a little The Smiths and mix it up real well and  you get all of their great sounds; then just sit back and chill.
 
No, read the sign, it's The Lightning Seeds.  
 rocklandlove wrote:
New Order much?
 
Not much.
This is so unashamedly pop-y, but I LOVE it! 
 Akazungu wrote:
I've spent my life thinking this was OMD. Very surprised it's not.
 
Ha ha, me too. Learned something new yet again thanks to RP. Getting to be a pretty long list of stuff I learned because of RP.
Somehow 1989 was great for music in England. The Cure, Peter Murphy, Inspiral Carpets... Distinctive tone of '89' guitars and atmosphere.
I"m thinking that this sounds a lot like Psychedelic Furs. Try to imagine this with that singers voice.
Why so much Cake? Come on. Getting kickbacks from this? Absolutely no musicality at all.  None  Play something musical.
Alpha Ya Ya Diallo was suggested and rejected. Perhaps he is too musical for this station.  

I don't sponsor this station based on these listening choices.  Approaching zero musicality.

Disappointing tunes. 
New Order much?
I've spent my life thinking this was OMD. Very surprised it's not.
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
No, it is Death Cab for Cutie meets The Shins; throw in a little The Smiths and mix it up real well and  you get all of their great sounds; then just sit back and chill.
 
You forgot to throw in the exact riff from New Order: Love Vigilantes...shake it ...stir it...serve it.
 DrLex wrote:
Such a tacky little ditty! I would never listen to this spontaneously, but as usual it somehow just works in Bill's mix.
 
You're so right!  So many ordinary songs sound so  much better when part of a Radio Paradise mix.  I'm about to cancel my Sirius XM subscription and just listen to RP on Bluetooth in my car.  (And make sure I make a donation to RP every year... that's only fair.) 
Oh this is good. The Clientele "My face inside the trees" is clearly inspired by this song. By the way, i don't remember hearing them here.
Awwww. I try not to be a sentimental person. But this one. How always lovely and perfect and evocative of... something else we once had.
Does any human ever "learn" to weep?
No, it is Death Cab for Cutie meets The Shins; throw in a little The Smiths and mix it up real well and  you get all of their great sounds; then just sit back and chill.
Yeah, this is different. I was in the forums a few hours ago and it didn't look like this yet.


LaurieinTucson wrote:
who moved my cheese??
 

who moved my cheese??
kooky tune...
Image result for Ted Raimi

looks like young Ted Raimi in those clouds ehh? (can't wait for NEW Season of Ash vs Evil Dead : )
 lakesurfer wrote:
Sounds a lot like Poi Dog Pondering to me 

 
I was thinking Al Stewart meets Herb Alpert
Earworm alert. 
Anyone know what this guy is up to these days?
Sounds a lot like Poi Dog Pondering to me 
did New Order sue?
LOVE, LOVE this song!  It came out just after I graduated high school.  This song reminds me of that wonderful time!
 kingart wrote:
We need more lyrics, Lightning Seeds! This track has a paucity of them. 

 
... "We"?
 kingart wrote:
We need more lyrics, Lightning Seeds! This track has a paucity of them. 

 
C'mon, King, aren't 350 words enough?
 nomnol wrote:
<snip>. I listen to music all day and night, every chance I get, but I've never heard of this band. This happens from time to time listening to RP. Thanks Bill for enlightening me. <snip>

 
Rp has a way of doing that, eh :)
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
So many hooks in one song!
I love the Pop of it!

 
It's a flavorite...
Got goosebumps when it started. For some reason this song has always made me happy. 
We need more lyrics, Lightning Seeds! This track has a paucity of them. 


love it!
{#Bananajam}
Who stole the hook, New Order or these blokes? Methinks it belonged to New Order.
It never ceases to amaze me when I see the comments from people who remember bands like this. I listen to music all day and night, every chance I get, but I've never heard of this band. This happens from time to time listening to RP. Thanks Bill for enlightening me. (This song was from the '80's though, tough times for music, imo).
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
So many hooks in one song!
I love the Pop of it!

 
It's old, some may say it's passe but I have to agree. Still gets my toe a tappin'.
This sure brings back memories of another time. I haven't listened to this album in a very long time - thanks!
 
Marvelous!
So many hooks in one song!
I love the Pop of it!
 2020sk wrote:

Oooh yes, I'd forgotten that riff, it was on the radio quite a lot back when this song was new. It's a riff off New Order's Low Life, if I remember well, but the title of the song escapes me. The words go something like "my wife and child, waiting for me, got to go home," but now senility is setting in....

 
Love Vigilantes, indeed. Would be a great two-fer for the powers that be at RP.
Very long time since I've heard this one. A 7.
 tutakea wrote:
cynaera wrote:

"Fire bad. Tree pretty.  I love this song. I'm pretty sure some folks think it's vapid, unimaginative, and juvenile. And it probably is. But it makes me feel good, and in these critical times, I'll take "feel good" over "heavy, dark, ponderous, political, responsible..."

Life hasn't been good to people lately.  Any whimsy is more than welcome in my world.  "

nobody could put this in better words. thanks cynaera. you´re still with us in a way through your comments!
 

 
Agreed. Let's hope people keep her alive in this forum. Her comments were/are indispensable. 
10 for sheer nostalgia.
Such a tacky little ditty! I would never listen to this spontaneously, but as usual it somehow just works in Bill's mix.
Amen! 

tutakea wrote:
cynaera wrote:

"Fire bad. Tree pretty.  I love this song. I'm pretty sure some folks think it's vapid, unimaginative, and juvenile. And it probably is. But it makes me feel good, and in these critical times, I'll take "feel good" over "heavy, dark, ponderous, political, responsible..."

Life hasn't been good to people lately.  Any whimsy is more than welcome in my world.  "

nobody could put this in better words. thanks cynaera. you´re still with us in a way through your comments!
 

 


For some reason, this song always makes me feel happy.  {#Bounce}
 phlattop wrote:

Nope, that's definitely a New Order riff.

 
Oooh yes, I'd forgotten that riff, it was on the radio quite a lot back when this song was new. It's a riff off New Order's Low Life, if I remember well, but the title of the song escapes me. The words go something like "my wife and child, waiting for me, got to go home," but now senility is setting in....
 ddbz wrote:
FANTASTIC, how happy does this make you feel...

 

Very!
 richlister wrote:


Don't be daft, Robin. Sounds nowt like em. To the Bat-mobile, we're off to HMV to educate you! Don't forget the bat-seatbelt, boy wonder.

 
Nope, that's definitely a New Order riff.
To those who are unfamiliar with the Hillsborough Disaster, google works. It was a full-on Police cover-up, so more power to a band who put their efforts into forcing a review.
Hmm. There was an age when the Lightning Seeds were ubiquitous in the pop charts, but hearing them in 2015 their music does sound rather dated. I've always had a soft spot for them for their support of, and solidarity with, the Liverpool dockers who were locked out by their employers in the late 90s, and their active support for the Justice for Hillsborough campaign - unlike other pop bands, they did make an effort to sing about and connect with the wider world. The music was catchy enough, but without much heft or weight, going in one ear and out of the other leaving little lasting trace.

What's happened to them in recent years, anyone know?
Good lyrics, nice tune... Just what a soothing song should be to ease the soul ... Nice set mr & mrs goldstein!!!
FANTASTIC, how happy does this make you feel...
 coloradojohn wrote:
Reminds me of times that were Pure And Simple, Everytime... Priceless memories from an adventurous time in a lifetime of Adventure.

 
Couldn't agree more!
This still makes me so happy every time! And not even for any nostalgic reasons - I didn't even know the song before 2005 or so...
Reminds me of times that were Pure And Simple, Everytime... Priceless memories from an adventurous time in a lifetime of Adventure.
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
Holy New Order Riff-off Batman!

 
yep. good song
Lovely, made my heart dance
This is making me grin, thanks!
Pure ...
Simple ...
Beautiful ... 

... 
 Jannne wrote:
l&h
good comment WayUpNorth......there's a place for this

 
its like a laurel and hardy music video! yay
cynaera wrote:

"Fire bad. Tree pretty.  I love this song. I'm pretty sure some folks think it's vapid, unimaginative, and juvenile. And it probably is. But it makes me feel good, and in these critical times, I'll take "feel good" over "heavy, dark, ponderous, political, responsible..."

Life hasn't been good to people lately.  Any whimsy is more than welcome in my world.  "

nobody could put this in better words. thanks cynaera. you´re still with us in a way through your comments!
 
 WayUpNorth wrote:
l&hpure and simple ...


 
good comment WayUpNorth......there's a place for this
Ugh.... Are we channeling Rod McKuen now? Please stop.
 hencini wrote:
*Something* from the Lightning Seeds, Bill?  I thought this was the *only* thing from the Lightning Seeds!!  : )

(Love this song) 

 
Check out "Life of Riley"......
 
well at least the tempo got picked up a bit here after them last five or six, dang..
*Something* from the Lightning Seeds, Bill?  I thought this was the *only* thing from the Lightning Seeds!!  : )

(Love this song) 
 oldfart48 wrote:

not remotely the same seeds. that was sky saxon.....
 
You don't say!
blech. i've always hated this song. the worst of the "pop alternative" of the 90s. please do not play again.
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


 


not remotely the same seeds. that was sky saxon.....
 


Reminds me of college and fun times.  Love it.
 nagsheadlocal wrote:

You and me both, brother. It's been ages since I heard anything form the Seeds.

 

 

Wow.......I thought just me and my teeny bopper friends remember this 80's tune!
I always liked this stupid song...

{#Dancingbanana}
Awesome blast from the past
Wow. I am so glad I am home today, shacked up in stormy weather, sucking gallons of coffee and listening to RP. Love this. Simple, almost bubble gum, but so upbeat nice. I got an Amazon gift certificate Christmas, still unused. 'Bout time. This one's going on the pod.  
I have come to the conclusion that RP may play some tunes I hear too much, or that cannot sustain many repetitions, but almost none are bad. Sure, some hit listeners the *this sucks* buttons, but I think that more often than not the fault lies in themselves, not these musical stars.  
Rock on, Bill. You'll be getting more of my money someday soon. Soon after I get a job, that is.  
Glad that RP turned me on to this song a few years ago!
 rjewyo wrote:
AKA...Pet Shop Boys...I like{#Heartkiss}
 
Well...yes! Early PSB, I think—lighter and poppier than a lot of their more recent stuff. 
 krysthal wrote:
Reminds me of the Psychedelic Furs with less reverb and 'large' production. The Lightning Seeds are also UK and roughly the same period (the Furs were out a little earlier), so no surprise.
 
At least the Lightning Seeds guy doesn't do the talk-sing thing like Richard Butler.
The greatest song ever written, Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, could be played by a child with barely any musical training.  No one will ever write another one equal to it.  If you think this song is so damn simple, just try it yourself.
Catchy and non-threatening...
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
Holy New Order Riff-off Batman!
 

Don't be daft, Robin. Sounds nowt like em. To the Bat-mobile, we're off to HMV to educate you! Don't forget the bat-seatbelt, boy wonder.
Tuuuune!
 
Reminds me of the Psychedelic Furs with less reverb and 'large' production. The Lightning Seeds are also UK and roughly the same period (the Furs were out a little earlier), so no surprise.
always liked this song.
 DaMoGan wrote:

Wow, a blast from the past. I don't think I've heard this one since it was in regular rotation on "normal" radio.  Not necessarily a great song, but it does dredge up some good memories.
 
You and me both, brother. It's been ages since I heard anything form the Seeds.
Holy New Order Riff-off Batman!
 linden wrote:

I grew up in Ohio and I like this. I like Zeppelin, too.
 



Me too!
 valerie wrote:
i have no real reason for despising this song as much as i do...but i do... i suppose it stems from growing up in ohio and listening to way too much zeppelin...i pray that i never see the video...viva la differencia!!

 
I grew up in Ohio and I like this. I like Zeppelin, too.

Wow, a blast from the past. I don't think I've heard this one since it was in regular rotation on "normal" radio.  Not necessarily a great song, but it does dredge up some good memories.
 bondseye wrote:
This song makes me want a root canal on my ear canal. 
 
Perhaps your ears are rooted mate
This song makes me want a root canal on my ear canal. 
i have no real reason for despising this song as much as i do...but i do... i suppose it stems from growing up in ohio and listening to way too much zeppelin...i pray that i never see the video...viva la differencia!!

I don't hate a lot of things in this world. But I really hate this.
 spyboy1 wrote:
I'd like this song better if I didn't think the synthesizer that starts off the song and continues all the way through it didn't sound like a duck quacking and I had never seen the album cover, but that's just me.

Cue New Order bass solo...
 



Agreed, thought someone stole New Order's bass there...
I'd like this song better if I didn't think the synthesizer that starts off the song and continues all the way through it didn't sound like a duck quacking and I had never seen the album cover, but that's just me.

Cue New Order bass solo...
{#Bounce}This song flashes me back to some great dancing excursions. Thanks!
Takes me to my happy place...just pure and simple!{#Bananajumprope}
Sure is a welcome relief after that sludgy Younger Brother song.
Great song.  
 Cynaera wrote:
Fire bad. Tree pretty.  I love this song. I'm pretty sure some folks think it's vapid, unimaginative, and juvenile. And it probably is. But it makes me feel good, and in these critical times, I'll take "feel good" over "heavy, dark, ponderous, political, responsible..."

Life hasn't been good to people lately.  Any whimsy is more than welcome in my world.  
 
I second the motion.
Nice.
Fire bad. Tree pretty.  I love this song. I'm pretty sure some folks think it's vapid, unimaginative, and juvenile. And it probably is. But it makes me feel good, and in these critical times, I'll take "feel good" over "heavy, dark, ponderous, political, responsible..."

Life hasn't been good to people lately.  Any whimsy is more than welcome in my world.  
This was playing on the mixtape that was broadcast on 1215 AM in the months before Virgin Radio first went on air in the UK. I could only pick up AM on my car radio so I was tuned to this frequency waiting for the station to go live for ages. 

This song reminds me of that excellent old car (a sky-blue Triumph Toledo) and of driving home in the middle of the night from wherever I was. Pure. And simple. 
OMG! Haven't heard this since I was in love with my wife! ;)
AKA...Pet Shop Boys...I like{#Heartkiss}
and suddenly i am at peace!
Wow...that made me think of times past....love these guys and the era..
"Simple" well done.
l&hpure and simple ...

Pure, simple, beautiful{#Daisy}
I am in my happy place right now... {#Daisy}
 Papernapkin wrote:
Bubblegum music.
 
I have no problem with Bubblegum music. {#Roflol}
Bello...