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Morphine — The Night
Album: The Night
Avg rating:
7.3

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Total ratings: 1690









Released: 2000
Length: 4:40
Plays (last 30 days): 2
You're the night, Lilah
A little girl lost in the woods
You're a folktale
The unexplainable
You're a bedtime story
The one that keeps the curtains closed
I hope you're waiting for me
'Cause I can't make it on my own
I can't make it on my own

It's too dark to see the landmarks
And I don't want your good luck charms
I hope you're waiting for me
Across your carpet of stars
You're the night, Lilah
You're everything that we can't see
Lilah
You're the possibility

You're the bedtime story
The one that keeps the curtains closed
And I hope you're waiting for me
'Cause I can't make it on my own
I can't make it on my own

Unknown the unlit world of old
You're the sounds I've never heard before
Off the map where the wild things grow
Another world outside my door
Here I stand I'm all alone
Driving down the pitch black road
Lilah you're my only home
And I can't make it on my own

You're a bedtime story
The one that keeps the curtains closed
I hope you're waiting for me
'Cause I can't make it on my own
I can't make it on my own
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 Spiderwoman wrote:
My first intro to Morphine was "Let's Take A Trip Together". Love at first listen. 
 
I'm guessing that like a lot of other people, Morphine had me with "Cure for Pain."
Hey, let's hear more Morphine, but from different albums than this one! 
 Alastair wrote:
Gave it a 7.  Then came the sax solo.  Upped to an 8
 

Same.
I did that too, with 8s and 9s instead. Love how this one sounds forceful yet laid back. Cool...LLRP!!

 
Alastair wrote:
Gave it a 7.  Then came the sax solo.  Upped to an 8
 

Gave it a 7.  Then came the sax solo.  Upped to an 8
 batorrey475 wrote:
Vapors of Morphine
...seeing them live this Friday

 

 Solanus wrote:


The closest band I've heard is Red Elephant. They were a five-instrument mix (guitar, bass, drums, bari sax, cello) with a touch more jazz to their mix. Same cool vibe, same baritone voice. My favorites from them are probably "Reaching For Shiva" and "Waxman". I've only found one album, More Sounds From Spaghetti Westerns. Looks like you can get a copy off Amazon.
 

 buprestis wrote:
Smooth and cool, reminds me of...

 
menthol cigarettes
I was listening to this song recently and when I heard "You're the night, Lilah," it occurred to me that "lilah" (לילה) means "night" in Hebrew. I wonder if that's significant. Mark Sandman was Jewish.
"You're a folktale
The unexplainable"

damn... 
My first intro to Morphine was "Let's Take A Trip Together". Love at first listen. 
Smooth and cool, reminds me of...
Dirge.
 Giselle62 wrote:
I don't mind hearing this—-everyone who knows me knows, tho, that I can't listen to anything with saxophone; i just don't like the way it sounds.

 
And my kids don't like black and white movies......what a shame!
Some songs of Lilium sound alike.
 
 Solanus wrote:


The closest band I've heard is Red Elephant. They were a five-instrument mix (guitar, bass, drums, bari sax, cello) with a touch more jazz to their mix. Same cool vibe, same baritone voice. My favorites from them are probably "Reaching For Shiva" and "Waxman". I've only found one album, More Sounds From Spaghetti Westerns. Looks like you can get a copy off Amazon.

 
It's also worth mentioning Twinemen since that's the group formed by the surviving
members of Morphine after Mark died. Some of their songs sound distinctly Morphine-like albeit with a female vocalist but for my money they never quite hit the highs (and sweet lows) of Morphine.


The sax has a diaphanous negligee sound to it. (Yeah, yeah, I know. Sexist, right? Wrong. Sexy!)
What a loss. It's too bad that there will be no more music from Mark and Morphine. Glad that you are keeping their music alive. where else can you hear this? Everyone listening should donate now.
On the similar bands question, this reminds me of some songs from both Wilco and from the National
Perhaps listen to a little Leonard Cohen to compare.
Sweet! Thank you!
 lexica wrote:
There was a question recently on Ask MetaFilter: "I miss Morphine. Please recommend music that's similar to Morphine." The collective answer was, "Sorry, there's nothing similar to Morphine. Here are some bands that are vaguely, depressingly not-like Morphine. Sorry."

RIP Mark Sandman. And haters gonna hate.

{#Meditate}

 

The closest band I've heard is Red Elephant. They were a five-instrument mix (guitar, bass, drums, bari sax, cello) with a touch more jazz to their mix. Same cool vibe, same baritone voice. My favorites from them are probably "Reaching For Shiva" and "Waxman". I've only found one album, More Sounds From Spaghetti Westerns. Looks like you can get a copy off Amazon.
 Geecheeboy wrote:
Yeah that's exactly what a woman wants to hear: "I can't make it on my own." Inspires all sorts of confidence.  I do like the song, though, and the Night Blooming Cereus on the cover is especially appropriate.

 
It depends: some women (or men) want to be "needed" or "essential" more than they want a "confident" partner...well, until it gets old. Anyhow, cool tune.
Yeah that's exactly what a woman wants to hear: "I can't make it on my own." Inspires all sorts of confidence.  I do like the song, though, and the Night Blooming Cereus on the cover is especially appropriate.


{#Notworthy}
one of the great bands I was introduced here and I love their sound {#Cheers}
Leonard Cohen is there somewhere

{#Eh}  love the sultry sax
I love so much this song! 8 ->9{#Crown}
Great band and tune. Sorry Mr. Sandman is no longer with us. Such a shame.
Why is he doing a Leonard Cohen impression?

Give me "Love and Hate"!  It's a classic! 
I don't mind hearing this---everyone who knows me knows, tho, that I can't listen to anything with saxophone; i just don't like the way it sounds.
 TerryS wrote:
Hmmm, they listened to too much Leonard Cohen before writing this one.
 

Yeah, I had to do a double-take to see if it was His Graveliness.
Hmmm, they listened to too much Leonard Cohen before writing this one.
I like the Twinemen..........................

one afternoon, while soundchecking somewhere in this fine country (i think i was denver), the house soundman, who had seemed like a nice person, started getting pissy, then pissier and pissier. our soundman, john, (possibly the nicest person in the world) finally asked him what was up. "the sax player sounds just like the guy from morphine," the house guy lamented. john laughed, "it IS the sax player from morphine. and the drummer, too!" this was not the first time we had heard this. or the last. twinemen was formed after the untimely demise of morphine. we toured together as orchestra morphine for a year after mark sandman died, to support morphine's last cd, 'the night'. we started writing together, ostensibly for a colection of songs for laurie's solo cd, but after realizing that what we were effortlessly creating was quite different from anything any of us had done before, we decided to follow the trajectory and the flow and see what happened. so, we introduce ourselves to you: we are twinemen, from boston, massachusetts. we come from morphine, but we are not morphine. some people will be offended that we do not sound like morphine, some will be offended that we do. whatever. we will never be played on commercial radio. we love to play together and we love to come to your towns. have a listen, say hello. pass it on.... 
lexica wrote:

You can check out a couple of their songs here....
https://www.myspace.com/twinemen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVLDoVy4iog
I much prefer the studio version of this song, but this rough live version will give some indication.
There was a question recently on Ask MetaFilter: "I miss Morphine. Please recommend music that's similar to Morphine." The collective answer was, "Sorry, there's nothing similar to Morphine. Here are some bands that are vaguely, depressingly not-like Morphine. Sorry."

RIP Mark Sandman. And haters gonna hate.

{#Meditate}
 

There was a question recently on Ask MetaFilter: "I miss Morphine. Please recommend music that's similar to Morphine." The collective answer was, "Sorry, there's nothing similar to Morphine. Here are some bands that are vaguely, depressingly not-like Morphine. Sorry."

RIP Mark Sandman. And haters gonna hate.

{#Meditate}
This isn't noir, it's morose and clinically depressed.  He doesn't need to sing to us he can't make it on his own, just hum a few bars.  Is this a junkie singing to his next fix?
A dark room, fireplace, pipe, glass of port, and a comfy leather chair would suit this song perfectly.  Too bad I'm at work.
 ick wrote:
I need to hear some Bohren & Der Cub of Gore to go right along with this.  Keep the gloomy film noire mood going!
 
 
Exactly.. even thow.. here its 2 in the afternoon... Bohren is for later.. :-)
I need to hear some Bohren & Der Cub of Gore to go right along with this.  Keep the gloomy film noire mood going!
 
 iTuner wrote:
The sax is the most flatulent of all instruments and Morphine sounds like the aftermath of a bean supper.
 
I Love Sax!
Must...........shoot..................self....................{#Frustrated}

 iTuner wrote:
The sax is the most flatulent of all instruments and Morphine sounds like the aftermath of a bean supper.
 
I disagree with you completely, but will fight (but not to the death) for your right to post stuff like this.
 iTuner wrote:
The sax is the most flatulent of all instruments and Morphine sounds like the aftermath of a bean supper.
 
Ah, you were first. Exactly the same thought. It is so annoying.

Morphine - When a saxophone gets annoying like a fart.
The sax is the most flatulent of all instruments and Morphine sounds like the aftermath of a bean supper.
Thanks for the introduction Bill love the interplay of voice and sax
Damn sexy voice...too bad he has left this plane....
 Carl wrote:
horstman wrote:

The cure for pain is death.
  The wages of sin are death. Morphine will help you along. (BTW, it's permanent.)
 
What is this "sin" thing you speak of?
horstman wrote:

The cure for pain is death.

 
 Proclivities wrote:

There are other, less-permanent ones.

 
The wages of sin are death. Morphine will help you along. (BTW, it's permanent.)


 horstman wrote:

The cure for pain is death.

 
There are other, less-permanent ones.

Morphine had such a sexy sound. Kind of...dirty sexy. 
Hmmmm. Must get out more.
Love this track by the way. 
One of my favourite band. Thnx for RP, for the discovery of this group for me.

 AndyJ wrote:
The album cover for the previous song (Mudcrutch) is displayed for this album/song... Oops

 

Your player & RP website are out of sync. Try closing your player completely, then click the listen link again. That should get you back in sync.
 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:

When they find a cure for pain, that's when you'll throw the drugs away.  :-)
I really like this album.

 
The cure for pain is death.

I removed my mask, and to my horror, I saw another mask.  I removed that one, and there was another...I removed that one, and yet another mask....you get the nightmare...I got the music....


The album cover for the previous song (Mudcrutch) is displayed for this album/song... Oops

one of my favs
 Randomax wrote:
must go hang self now
 
Ha! I was just thinking the same!
I hear a bit too much Morphine on RP. They are cool, but I am kind of over them. 

must go hang self now
Amazing sax playing in this song.
Very nice!!

I see only shadows, walking in streets by night, alone, catching bits of inside's life, not attached to any, knowing the night is a place of contrast and distance.
I love the atmosphere fo this song


Depressing...did I just hear some rap beats in there?
Man I needed this.
Excellent, like everything Morphine. Gone download album. 

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/_7eDg_XOE5Is/RsiAS10HhhI/AAAAAAAABQE/bAQ_Lm5cCnQ/s400/aimee.jpg

 belalugosi wrote:
Oh, i have the same problem... and there´s nothing i can do!
 
When they find a cure for pain, that's when you'll throw the drugs away.  :-)
I really like this album.

Damn, these guys could put on a blazing live show. Saw them during a tour with Ben Harper in the mid-90s. Hot, HOT ticket.
 denmom wrote:

OK, I admit it, I'm a Morphine addict.  {#Devil_pimp}


  Oh, i have the same problem... and there´s nothing i can do!


OK, I admit it, I'm a Morphine addict.  {#Devil_pimp}


In the lyrics that show up on EvilLyrics (a nice application), it says "sweet-ass sax solo".  Well-said!
{#Cool}
 EssexTex wrote:
Boy, they chose their name well...
 
It does seem particularly appropriate listening to this song, but it's less applicable, at least in that sense, for the rest of their work, which is different.


You're the paint can falling off the wall at the door that slams at the end of the hall where the kid rings sounds of basketball. The battle of the earth of the angels. The shifting snow drifts so realistic, so realistic - call you carpet of stars. See there is something in the yard. It's awful dark. With the painted strings, the cross, the good luck charm, the prayer, the extra layer

is that what happens when you are on morphine?
Bass + voice + sax. Good.
I like this. It's slow sure, but not every song needs to be a toe-tapping, get up out of my seat ditty.   This song has a certain "mood" to it and if your in that mood, you dig it. {#Yes}
celadonstone wrote:
...had this guy lived, can you imagine what a duet with the lead singer of the Crash Test Dummies would've sounded like?
Like dueling tubas. With the addition of a Tuvan throat singer, they could have shattered the monolith in "2001: A Space Odyssey."
Dear god make it stop. Blasserman wrote:
I could not agree more. I'm falling asleep, or at least feel like I'm in some kind of stuper. Please stop the negative.
Looks like most everyone had the same idea on the song title. Very appropriate....narcotics tend to slow you down and slur. Even the sax player sounds the same! Still gave it a 7.
gekkosan wrote:
Surely one aptly named band. Down, down, down....just drowse down to your death.. :shhh:
I could not agree more. I'm falling asleep, or at least feel like I'm in some kind of stuper. Please stop the negative.
Nice! :cool:
Boy, they chose their name well... :eek:
celadonstone wrote:
I really like these guys. The sax, the voice, the simple drums all create a mood. :clap: On a sidenote, had this guy lived, can you imagine what a duet with the lead singer of the Crash Test Dummies would've sounded like?
Hahaha, I don't think we'd know what it sounded like, as it would be subsonic. Our pets would be into it tho.
Surely one aptly named band. Down, down, down....just drowse down to your death.. :shhh:
Oh f... This song just knocks me off :dance:
jmsmy wrote:
a rock band with no guitars
This is jazz....
a rock band with no guitars
I can't believe there's a Morphine song that I don't hate, but this one is it. Granted, perhaps it's because they're not trying to blow me away with how "cool" they are.
Far and away my FAVORITE Morphine album. Sad, as it was posthumous. Every track is beautiful. Best production and arrangements, by far. Check out "Souvenir" especially.
Wow RP playing a Morphine song I haven't heard them rotate a million times already. Refreshing!
Very aptly named song - this most definitely is late night music. And excellent too! :cool:
I really like these guys. The sax, the voice, the simple drums all create a mood. :clap: On a sidenote, had this guy lived, can you imagine what a duet with the lead singer of the Crash Test Dummies would've sounded like?
kmh wrote:
SOUNDS NICK CAVE-LIKE
Like Nick Cave better. This is ok.
kmh wrote:
SOUNDS NICK CAVE-LIKE
Yeah, It does. Love the deep sax. I wrote SAX.
The whole album is "most excellent" :dancingbanana_2:
Like Leonard Cohen without the soul.
i lOve morphine. love that saxophone. thanks R&B @ RP. :)
Music today hasn't been to my liking. Need more quiet, introspection and less jumpy beats w/o melodies.
raelic wrote:
:no: Where's the stab-self-in-eye emoticon?
Yeah! I've wanted one of those myself. Not for this song, but certainly for others.
Pass the Lithium this way brother!
Hearing this I'm starting to believe in love again... Maybe someday heh
thank you so much paradise, for this beautiful song!
:no: Where's the stab-self-in-eye emoticon?
Drags.
I love Morphine, but as someone said on the Massive Attack thread, if this set doesn't pick up soon....
Every time I hear this I miss the guy.
You did it again, Bill! Morphine followed by Massive Attack. I'm loving it! Thanks!
oh yes yes yes yes yes yes
Interesting. I like it.
Wow, I kinda like this. Better than most Morphine. I particularly enjoy the subtle piano and what I believe is upright bass. Again, I think the more subdued barry-sax helps as well - not because I dislike barry-sax - just the way it's typically used by these guys. 6 for now. I can see this growing on me.
Great follow up to Massive Attack!
Sonus wrote:
If you like this song, then you like the whole album.
I do like this song, and I also like another Morphine track I've heard here (sorry, can't recall the title), but I don't really care for "Buena" which I find off-putting for some reason. I'd like to know which sound is more the norm, 'cause if most of it's like this, I'd look into this CD.
You have to love turning on RP and jumping straight into Morphine. 8)
killahfunkadelic wrote:
pure musical reflective nirvana. like a smooth whiskey.
:nodhead:
This is some of Morphine's best work. It makes me miss Mark Sandman and his music.
:curtain.gif: this is so beautiful I had to run back to my desk to see who it was
SOUNDS NICK CAVE-LIKE
so good...
If you like this song, then you like the whole album.
pure musical reflective nirvana. like a smooth whiskey.