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The Waifs — Lighthouse
Album: Up All Night
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7.2

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Total ratings: 1567









Released: 2003
Length: 3:15
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Lighthouse tall and grand
Standing on that cold headland
Shine your light across the sea
For a wayward sailor girl like me

Lighthouse man
Guide this sailor back to land
Steer my ship on through the storm
Back to water safe and calm

Sometimes I need a lighthouse for my own
Because it gets so dark I can't see which way I'm going
Oh lighthouse man I'm all at sea
Shine a little lighthouse light on me
Lighthouse man I'm all at sea
Shine a little lighthouse light on me

Lighthouse man can't help us all
Some he'll save and some will fall
He'll show you where the danger lies
But he can't help it if you capsize
He'll light your way but that is all
Steer your own ship back to shore

Won't you light my lonely way back home
This sea is full of misery and woe
Oh woe betide those that say
They don't need no light to light their way
They think they're safe enough on their own
Drown in murky depths below

We all need a lighthouse for our own
Because it gets so dark I can't see which way I'm going
Oh lighthouse man I'm all at sea
Shine a little lighthouse light on me

oh light house man im all at sea
shine your little lighthouse light on me x4
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They played the intimate B Street Theatre in Sacramento Aug 2019 What a great show!
Haven't listened to this album in a while... Love this tune.
Perfect for a stinking Friday arvo heading into the Christmas weekend.
They are touring N America right now!
So smooth so good
If at least one of your feet is not moving while you're listening to this, it seems you're dead... or deaf as a stone.
{#Bananajam}
{#Bananapiano} ........ excellent track from a superb album  9
looking for a home in the heart of the country ?
 maxmox wrote:
Everyone in my village likes THIS (where the Waifs kicked off)

 

surely there must be at least one person? your granny? (lol)
Everyone in my village likes THIS (where the Waifs kicked off)
Tell her I loved the opener for Cockburn in Quebec city from mike in London still
I love this song , i listen to it all the time on my i-pod!{#Bananajam}
fredriley wrote:
sidroseph, did you really have to quote a comment history in your attack? Do you know how sad that looks? More to the point, you've used up half the page pushing other comments off the page, which is mildly anti-social...
10% anti-social, 90% awesome.

 choderama wrote:

It doesn't look that sad really. It's kind of humerous to see how many negative comments there were. Pushing the comments off the page... who cares really.

 
oh noes page 2  {#Roflol}

Though I do wish those links were also at the top of the comments section, would occasionally make searching for a date a bit easier.
Every time I see this group's name I think, "Tom Waits" for a quarter of a second. Then, after my hopes are dashed I realize that I could use a bit more Tom Waits on this station...but either way, Radio Paradise is awesome.
Fun song! Definitely added to my vacation playlist. :)
 fredriley wrote:
sidroseph, did you really have to quote a comment history in your attack? Do you  know how sad that looks? More to the point, you've used up half the page pushing other comments off the page, which is mildly anti-social. If you have it in for another poster and want us to see how miserable s/he is, then just tell people to click on her/his handle to see their comments history.
 
It doesn't look that sad really. It's kind of humerous to see how many negative comments there were. Pushing the comments off the page... who cares really.

sidroseph, did you really have to quote a comment history in your attack? Do you  know how sad that looks? More to the point, you've used up half the page pushing other comments off the page, which is mildly anti-social. If you have it in for another poster and want us to see how miserable s/he is, then just tell people to click on her/his handle to see their comments history.
ah... the waifs... make me miss my days down under!!!   great, just great band and music
Love this!
They were down a Waif when I saw them in concert a few years back. The lead singer was pregnant. Unless... the child can be considered a waif, then they'd be up one. The concert was pretty loud. I wonder if the child is, too.
 jagdriver wrote:
South Manitou Island lighthouse

The infamous Manitou Passage, where the world of beachbumming and bodysurfing first altered my mind to the music of the Kinks, the latter drifting up from somewhere in Chicago to reach my lowly Magnavox AM transistor radio.

 
I'm kayaking there this spring; can't wait for that moonlit crossing . . .

gorgeous, i could listen to them all day.
Another great Aussie band that just seems to roll on, the girls have great vocals.
Nice set Bill.  Great song off of an excellent album.  Nice song to wrap up the work day with.
for this kind of songs I tune in in RP!
not the 'most exiting' 'new' 'best' 'spectacular', but .... intimate & authentic.

keep it rollin' bill
One word: Awesome
great? more like annoying!
This is great - surprised I haven't heard it on RP before!
 Alafia wrote:
NUMBER ONE.  On my must-see-live list of musicians.
Whenohwhen will they ever come to the Eastern US??
 
Just as soon as it fills up with Aussie ex-pats like here in UK, so.....never i guess

Oh and the version on the recent live album is better which is why this gets a 9 instead of the 10 it would otherwise receive.
Yup, these Girls and Guy rock! No question.  I give it a 9 along with most of thier other material.{#Bananajam}
NUMBER ONE.  On my must-see-live list of musicians.
Whenohwhen will they ever come to the Eastern US??

Terrestrial radio would do much better by embracing artists like this. Otherwise, it's just the same-old forever.

So this is where KT Tunstall began!
South Manitou Island lighthouse

The infamous Manitou Passage, where the world of beachbumming and bodysurfing first altered my mind to the music of the Kinks, the latter drifting up from somewhere in Chicago to reach my lowly Magnavox AM transistor radio.

Spectacular guitar treatment.

Wow. Cool groove.

SinBlossom wrote:
Love this for the toe-tapping music, the rich vocals, and the artistic lyrics. Seems like everyone has a different interpretation of them.

And some very fun pleasant guitar playing.

Cover art is very... waiflike
Josephine wrote:
The Waifs are purely awesome! :yes:
I completely agree! This is a great CD. Get it, get it, get it!
The Waifs are purely awesome! :yes:
I woulda guessed that this is Kelly Willis--surprised to hear that they're from Australia! Nice!
:good-vibes:
Love these gals (and guy). Very talented, and great live.
bokey wrote:
Lighthouse fight!!! :fight:
:cheesygrin: :cheesygrin: :cheesygrin:
LOVE the Waifs...:music:
Bill, you're per-fect! Don't change a thing!
Tireux_De_Roche wrote:
Not true. Boston Light is the last manned lighthouse in the US. https://lighthousegetaway. com/lights/boston. html
Lighthouse fight!!! :fight:
Love this tune, Play more Waifs, great band, see them live! Buy their discs!
I love this band - Thanks RP
Alright, this is totally nerdy. . .but has anyone here played the PC game Stronghold? And if so, did that opening guitar lick totally make you think of it? Because it did me!
shell wrote:
The Waifs ARE great.... and there's more where they come from....in a place that enjoys 23 degrees in the middle of winter....I feel so patriotic.....
Shell means Broome. Yo!
hippiechick wrote:
Actually there isn't a single lighthouse left in the US that has a "lighthouse man." They are all automatic now.
Not true. Boston Light is the last manned lighthouse in the US. https://lighthousegetaway.com/lights/boston.html
Since they're not Americans, maybe they're singing about Oz lighthouses. Which may still have yet to be automated. hippiechick wrote:
Actually there isn't a single lighthouse left in the US that has a "lighthouse man." They are all automatic now.
No. Get your facts straight. There are plenty that are historic landmarks and remain in public hands. Zep wrote:
And private, too. The gov has sold them all off.
Love this for the toe-tapping music, the rich vocals, and the artistic lyrics. Seems like everyone has a different interpretation of them.
hippiechick wrote:
Actually there isn't a single lighthouse left in the US that has a "lighthouse man." They are all automatic now.
And private, too. The gov has sold them all off.
Actually there isn't a single lighthouse left in the US that has a "lighthouse man." They are all automatic now.
Saw these guys in 2001 in a hotel room in Vancouver for the Big Night on the Drive. Even then, they had that mysterious quality which sets 3% of players apart.
i like her voice. good song.
... :bananajumprope: ...
Say, this rocks. Unexpected.
nice song - easy and happily! :dance:
It's a rare song that you play that propels me immediately to the artists' website. In this case I was shocked at these Aussie kids playing American Roots music! What a nice find! Thanks!!! :cheers:
i love this track. i've loved it since day one, but i've not rated it until tonight. bizarre. any rate, it's a solid 9. excellent. ^_^
The Waifs are an amazing group. Very easy to dance to. A must see in concert if you have the opprotunity! :) Keep the groove go'n.
catchy! an 8
another name on my must get list. sounded like patty g. to me at first.
Darlington wrote:
Bought their two disc live CD a couple of months ago. Its excellent and a good introduction to the band. They certainly have, for lack of a better word, a lot of spunk. Highly recommended.
New "Waifs" listener here... thx for the great recommendation!
I like it. Sounds like Sheryl Crow singing.
Roverfish wrote:
I was there as well...tore the house down, IMO. Good stuff, and great to hear here. Here here! :-)
Bought their two disc live CD a couple of months ago. Its excellent and a good introduction to the band. They certainly have, for lack of a better word, a lot of spunk. Highly recommended.
radiomao wrote:
Didn't know who they were when I saw them at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2003, but they put on a great show! -- A small clan of Aussies performing confidently in the middle of Americana heaven -- really earned my respect! I got all the recordings I could find as soon as I got home...love to hear them still!
I was there as well...tore the house down, IMO. Good stuff, and great to hear here. Here here! :-)
Didn't know who they were when I saw them at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2003, but they put on a great show! -- A small clan of Aussies performing confidently in the middle of Americana heaven -- really earned my respect! I got all the recordings I could find as soon as I got home...love to hear them still!
guitarwhisperer wrote:
Love it. Don't know how those down-under lassie's get the roots thing so dead-on, but by gum, they do. I 'm pretty picky about my roots music, but this has me tappin' the toes! Gets an 8! Is the rest of their stuff this good?
I happened to catch them last weekend at the Paradise in Boston, and I was less than impressed. I was kind of bored; it felt like they hit the "roots thing" a little too dead on, like it lacked the soul that comes so easy to a band like the Jayhawks... but then again, that''s just me.
Love it. Don't know how those down-under lassie's get the roots thing so dead-on, but by gum, they do. I 'm pretty picky about my roots music, but this has me tappin' the toes! Gets an 8! Is the rest of their stuff this good?
lighthouse man help us all. indeed! great song!
ksb wrote:
This is indeed a catchy little tune, but is anyone else struck by how well this describes additction and recovery from it?
it also describes well the process of codependent relationships, and probably other things as well.
This is indeed a catchy little tune, but is anyone else struck by how well this describes additction and recovery from it?
these guys are great.
The Waifs ARE great.... and there's more where they come from....in a place that enjoys 23 degrees in the middle of winter....I feel so patriotic.....
phineas wrote:
You'll have a blast! I was first exposed to them live, when they opened for The Be Good Tanyas in Vancouver. I love TBGTs, but The Waifs blew them off the stage!
I saw the same show in lotus land. I had never heard the Waifs, and was expecting a generic girls with guitars folk type band but this band is so much more. "London Still" is quite commonly stuck in my head.
Its kind of disturbing how much this sounds like the original.
Not bad, in fact, pretty darn good. Hope to hear more of them. Thanks again, Bill for opening up another can of good stuff for our delectation.
Bought the CD and love it! Thank you RP!
Has me bobbing my head back and forth :bounce: Catchy little tune. Kind of reminds me of Jewel (country pop). I'll give it a thumbs up.
Platypus wrote:
add another artist to the "must have" list.
and to the "must see" list! They're very good live.
add another artist to the "must have" list.
I saw them play live at a free show in Santa Monica on the pier last summer. They were incredible. Every song was catchy, fun, well crafted and I found out as I played them over in my head over the next few days very memorable. I remember them looking like they were having so much fun up there. I searched out the album and bought it, searched out another ("sink or swim") and after a few listens determined that I had a new band to love. What more could you ask for? Don't we all live for a musical discovery like this? Thanks for listening... : - )
Amazon wrote:
the opening guitar licks of this cut remind me of Jorma K
Or the opening guitar licks of John Prine's Flashback Blues. How 'bout some more Prine, or some Prine?
the opening guitar licks of this cut remind me of Jorma K
The Waifs opened up for Dylan at Solomon's Island (Maryland) last summer the first time I saw/heard them - they were the best act that night. They walked quietly on to the stage and with an acoustic guitar through a shoe-box-sized Fender Champ amp, half a drum set and a bass guitar they opened with Lighthouse - how fitting for Solomon's with the sailboats on the Chesapeake in the background. Vikki's voice cut through the night air and instantly quieted a restless Dylan-bound audience. When they finished, the standing ovation was more than earned and they quietly walked off stage. After several minutes Joshua came out and crated his own amp and helped David pack up his drums. When is the last time you saw that? They are as modest and unassuming as they are talented.
I know there's this big buzz about them, but I saw them at a festival in Bloomington, IN and I just didn't get what all the commotion was about. I mean they were good, but people just seem to go nuts over these guys. I just didn't see anything totally new, unique or brilliant in what they do. Well I guess I'm just in the minority on this one.
Love this.. and the message of personal responsibility is great, too!
Sweet.... THE perfect relaxing music for the hard and tedious work as Software Engineer ;-) Cheers, Doomsday
MsfStl wrote:
Can't wait to see these guys in St. Louis on Nov. 12th, 2003! Thank you RP for turning me on to these guys and so many others! (pimp)
You'll have a blast! I was first exposed to them live, when they opened for The Be Good Tanyas in Vancouver. I love TBGTs, but The Waifs blew them off the stage!
Can't wait to see these guys in St. Louis on Nov. 12th, 2003! Thank you RP for turning me on to these guys and so many others! (pimp)
Beautiful Australian folk! If Bob Dylan likes them....they hafta be good! I would love to hear more of them here. Thanks Bill and Rebecca! :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
Good piece about them on NPR this morning. Why is it that no matter what a singer\'s SPEAKING accent is when they sing it\'s gone? :roll:
Art_Carnage wrote:
Cute song, but it tends to go on a bit long.
Cute font, but I can't read your message without replying to it.
Heard Waifs on E Town this past weekend. Good stuff. They played a song called \"Bridal Train.\" Does anyone know which album it\'s on? I can\'t see a listing of the song on their website.
Cute song, but it tends to go on a bit long.
Thanks, raschaffner, for uploading this. It appeals to quirky sense of humor . . . has a subversive cast to it . . . ! It seems done just for the joy of playing and singing.
Just saw them randomly on Yonge St. in Toronto--absolutely fantastic show. This guitar player instantly became one of my favorites.
Catchy little diddy
Originally Posted by Leslie: If this song is indicative of the rest of their work I must check them out! This is a great tune. Good beat, nice vocals, great harmonica, wonderful guitar...What's not to like? :cool:
Well said! :clap:
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Like the song. She kinda reminds me of Michelle Shocked. :clap:
Excellent....what a happy little number !! :clap: :bounce: :clap:
Freaky...I haven\'t listened to RP in weeks, and the 3rd song played after I turn it on is this one...which I uploaded! Cool.
Just saw the Waifs at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. And here I find that I had been listening to them all this time on RP & hadn\'t noticed. :eek: One more example of how RP expands my horizons. I recommend seeing them live if you get the chance - they put on a good show.
If this song is indicative of the rest of their work I must check them out! This is a great tune. Good beat, nice vocals, great harmonica, wonderful guitar...What\'s not to like? :cool:
Saw the Waifs @ N.O. Jazz and Heritage Festival last month. Really good. If they are coming to your areea, check them out. I see a lot of shows and this is a great band. :clap:
Originally Posted by ChicoCyclist: The Waifs will be at the Kate Wolf Festival later this month...they're worth the ticket price alone!
I'll be there. Great line-up and venue!
The Waifs will be at the Kate Wolf Festival later this month...they\'re worth the ticket price alone!
Nice song. They got any others. :??:
It\'s chick music. Which is exactly what my brother is becoming because he likes this.
I\'m pleasantly surprised to find this up-and-coming band on RP. I think we will be hearing a lot more from the waifs in the next few years...
Glad to see I\'m not the only person who thought this was Joan Osborne too... --d
Thanks for playing the Waifs. My Australian online friend kept pestering me to check them out. I like what I\'m hearing. :)
New Waifs! RP is the coolest! They\'ve played the Strawberry Music Festival twice now (2001 and 2002), and each time they were a total blast. See them live, but get their stuff. Listen for \"The Waitress\" off of their last album, Sink or Swim.
pleasant enough sound and the lead singer sounds like joan osborne (whom i like very much). so i guess that i like this too.