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BoDeans — Good Things
Album: Black And White
Avg rating:
6.9

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2085









Released: 1991
Length: 4:03
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Sunlight fall down on the fields
Sunlight fall down over me
Work all day, be all that I can be yeah-heh
Say I can say words only simple
Say I can say words only clear
But, oh, I can feel your heart is beating near. Yeah-heh
Haunted love is all that I feel, when you're passing by
Haunted love is all that I see, it's there in your eyes
And I say
No, no, no, don't pass me over No, no, no, don't pass me by
See I can see good things for you and I
Yeah, good things for you
Give I can give love and attention
Give I can give all time away
Only to one heart I can give today.
Be I can be man full of color
Be I can be man black or white
But only to one heart I can be tonight
Haunted love is all that I feel, when you're passing by
Haunted love is all that I see, it's there in your eyes
And I say
No, no, no, don't pass me over No, no, no, don't pass me by
See I can see good things for you and I
Yeah, good things for you
Haunted love is all that I see, it's there in your eyes
And I say
No, no, no, don't pass me over No, no, no, don't pass me by
See I can see good things for you and I
Yeah, good things for you
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Despite all the fuss over the grammatical wrongness of "Good Things for You and I" I see that the ratings on this song are a normal one peak distribution, not the bipolar ones where the whinge contingent's lament is a wish for rating below zero! :-)
 izycrzy wrote:
This song means a lot to me.

I met an Aussie girl in Tahoe when we were both working at a ski resort. When she went home I drove her down to SFO to catch her flight home. KFOG played this song when I was pulling out of the parking garage. I just lost it. We really liked each other and I didn't think I'd ever see her again - she was on a plane to Sydney and I was 23 years-old. What were the chances? This song just totally captured how I felt about her - it struck every nerve.

We've been married now for 10 years and have a little girl. 
 
An 8 for me and 10 for your story.
weak soft rock 1 hit wonders - dump from rotation 
BoDeans give Cat Stevens a run for the timeless songs' money. This is such a beautiful song. Bad grammar and all. Just reaches in, pulls the heart out and wrings it wretchedly great. 
 coccyx wrote:
Urinate. but if you had better grammar you'd be an 8.5
 
... and now we've left the EU we need no longer euroate but can now revert to 'spending a penny'
Urinate. but if you had better grammar you'd be an 8.5
Has it been nearly 30 years ?? …. Timeless !!!
great song writing! I love this band. Great " traditional rock and roll".
wundervoll sentimental
It's a brilliant little good thing improper grammar and all. Bumped from 8 to 9, for me.
 lizardking wrote:

In song lyrics it doesn't bother me as much, unless a quick fix is available, like haljordan provided.
 
Um, that's only a 'fix' if you don't mind changing the meaning of the lyrics, however subtly.  In that case, you could substitute anything that satisfies a desire for grammatical purity.  "Don't pass my bee."  "Here in the sea."  "Geese in a v."  "Free free free free."

The lyrics are just fine as they are, IMO.
Only 7
 natrik wrote:
NICE

Yeah the whole "and I" misuse ruins so many songs for me. 

PSA:  Make it easy:  Remove all other parties to check if it is right. 

"Good things for I"  - no
"Good things for me" - yes

therefore:  "Good things for you and me" - yes.
 
One of the few things I remember learning in 5th grade English class....or was it 4th grade....either way, seems so simple and we'd all be better off if others remembered it in GENERAL use. 

In song lyrics it doesn't bother me as much, unless a quick fix is available, like haljordan provided.  Long Live RP!!  And the English language!!  
 natrik wrote:


NICE

Yeah the whole "and I" misuse ruins so many songs for me. 

PSA:  Make it easy:  Remove all other parties to check if it is right. 

"Good things for I"  - no
"Good things for me" - yes

therefore:  "Good things for you and me" - yes.
 
On the other hand, "me" and "by" don't rhyme.
 haljordan wrote:

No, no, no, don't pass me over No, no, no, don't let it be
See I can see good things for you and me

There, I fixed it.
 

NICE

Yeah the whole "and I" misuse ruins so many songs for me. 

PSA:  Make it easy:  Remove all other parties to check if it is right. 

"Good things for I"  - no
"Good things for me" - yes

therefore:  "Good things for you and me" - yes.
 izycrzy wrote:
This song means a lot to me.

I met an Aussie girl in Tahoe when we were both working at a ski resort. When she went home I drove her down to SFO to catch her flight home. KFOG played this song when I was pulling out of the parking garage. I just lost it. We really liked each other and I didn't think I'd ever see her again - she was on a plane to Sydney and I was 23 years-old. What were the chances? This song just totally captured how I felt about her - it struck every nerve.

We've been married now for 10 years and have a little girl. 
 
This song is like 6 at best but that story hit me in my feelins like a 10 bro
{#Dancingbanana}A great song
 earthbased wrote:


It is poetic license.  Sing that part as "you and me" and it doesn't work.
 



No, no, no, don't pass me over No, no, no, don't let it be
See I can see good things for you and me

There, I fixed it.
 WonderLizard wrote:

Teresa Brewer.

 
Ouch. I actually understand that.
The endurance and staying power of any BoDeans song continues to amaze and delight. 
Just saw these guys last night. I made the mistake of thinking that the BoDeans wouldn't be as good without the 'original 2' core members, but I was wrong.  So, so, so good live. 
This is one of those bands I should go 'check out' but haven't, even though I have had three or four of their songs on my ipod for many years. Love the harmonies.
The BoDeans!  {#Nyah} What's not to love?
Anything by the BoDeans makes my night
 primm wrote:
little everly bros little buddy holly / it works

 
the opening guitar reminds me of the opening of "Train Of Love" by Johnny Cash
little everly bros little buddy holly / it works
 nutrod42 wrote:

No, I meant bad grammar is why people don't think the song is that great ("Good things for you and I"). I was mostly joking.

 
Oh.  Sorry that went right over my head.  :-)
 easmann wrote:

What was the zenith?

 
Teresa Brewer.
Roy Orbison and Rodney Crowell mix?
 
nutrod42 wrote:

Bad grammar.

 

It is poetic license.  Sing that part as "you and me" and it doesn't work.
 dwhayslett wrote:

How's your Serbian?

 
No, I meant bad grammar is why people don't think the song is that great ("Good things for you and I"). I was mostly joking.
 nutrod42 wrote:

Bad grammar.

 
How's your Serbian?
 Milanche wrote:
Don't understand why is avg rate for this song so low.Lovely rhytm ,very melodic and original.
8 from me.{#Guitarist}

 
Bad grammar.
 easmann wrote:

What was the zenith?

 
July 23, 1512.
best thing other than cheese to come out of wisconsin
 izycrzy wrote:
This song means a lot to me.

I met an Aussie girl in Tahoe when we were both working at a ski resort. When she went home I drove her down to SFO to catch her flight home. KFOG played this song when I was pulling out of the parking garage. I just lost it. We really liked each other and I didn't think I'd ever see her again - she was on a plane to Sydney and I was 23 years-old. What were the chances? This song just totally captured how I felt about her - it struck every nerve.

We've been married now for 10 years and have a little girl. 

 
So awesome and thanks for sharing!!  Makes one believe in happy endings {#Dancingbanana_2}
 izycrzy wrote:
This song means a lot to me.

I met an Aussie girl in Tahoe when we were both working at a ski resort. When she went home I drove her down to SFO to catch her flight home. KFOG played this song when I was pulling out of the parking garage. I just lost it. We really liked each other and I didn't think I'd ever see her again - she was on a plane to Sydney and I was 23 years-old. What were the chances? This song just totally captured how I felt about her - it struck every nerve.

We've been married now for 10 years and have a little girl. 

 
Great story! Congratulations.
Actually a similar thing happened to me at a train station when Sweet's "Love Is Like Oxygen" came on the PA. Needless to say we didn't get back together. The song, I think, is key. 
 Proclivities wrote:
You must be citing Axl Rose's interpretation; McCartney's lyrics are "... but if this ever-changing world in which we're living...".  But yes, Western Civilization has been in a downward slide for a very long time.
 
What was the zenith?
Don't understand why is avg rate for this song so low.Lovely rhytm ,very melodic and original.
8 from me.{#Guitarist}
 {#Smile}

izycrzy wrote:
This song means a lot to me.

I met an Aussie girl in Tahoe when we were both working at a ski resort. When she went home I drove her down to SFO to catch her flight home. KFOG played this song when I was pulling out of the parking garage. I just lost it. We really liked each other and I didn't think I'd ever see her again - she was on a plane to Sydney and I was 23 years-old. What were the chances? This song just totally captured how I felt about her - it struck every nerve.

We've been married now for 10 years and have a little girl. 

 

I'm all about that bass. {#Bananajam}
 mccuff wrote:
Man, I saw these guys live in Augusta, GA back in '87. They were stellar. Glad to see I have more to discover. There's a recognizable background vocal on Robbie Robertson's 'Somewhere Down The Crazy River'. Good play.

 
Well, yeah, that's Sammy Llanas's vocals on the Robertson song. Too bad that he and Neumann have parted ways.
 hencini wrote:


"But if this ever-changing world in which we live in makes you give in and cry, say live and let die."

 (Western Civilization was sliding downward long before these guys found it.)

 
You must be citing Axl Rose's interpretation; McCartney's lyrics are "... but if this ever-changing world in which we're living...".  But yes, Western Civilization has been in a downward slide for a very long time.
 izycrzy wrote:
This song means a lot to me.

I met an Aussie girl in Tahoe when we were both working at a ski resort. When she went home I drove her down to SFO to catch her flight home. KFOG played this song when I was pulling out of the parking garage. I just lost it. We really liked each other and I didn't think I'd ever see her again - she was on a plane to Sydney and I was 23 years-old. What were the chances? This song just totally captured how I felt about her - it struck every nerve.

We've been married now for 10 years and have a little girl. 

 
{#Clap}  You just made my day and this song for me. Much happiness to you guys...
This song means a lot to me.

I met an Aussie girl in Tahoe when we were both working at a ski resort. When she went home I drove her down to SFO to catch her flight home. KFOG played this song when I was pulling out of the parking garage. I just lost it. We really liked each other and I didn't think I'd ever see her again - she was on a plane to Sydney and I was 23 years-old. What were the chances? This song just totally captured how I felt about her - it struck every nerve.

We've been married now for 10 years and have a little girl. 
i saw them in maine about a year ago. a great road tested bar band. big fun and some good rock.
Man, I saw these guys live in Augusta, GA back in '87. They were stellar. Glad to see I have more to discover. There's a recognizable background vocal on Robbie Robertson's 'Somewhere Down The Crazy River'. Good play.
Always liked this one.

Back in the day I saw them at a 1987 Day on Green concert in Oakland. BoDeans, Pretenders (with Johnny Marr on guitar), U2. Great concert.
 unclehud wrote:
Sorry, but I just can't get past the glaring grammar error.  And they repeat it several times!!!  Jeez, the downward slide of Western Civilization accelerates a bit each time this is played.

 
Their grammar are good enough for I, yes good enough for I!!!
I second Zenhead. Check out their live album Joe Dirt Car (Live) for a much better version of this song and all their best.
 unclehud wrote:
Sorry, but I just can't get past the glaring grammar error.  And they repeat it several times!!!  Jeez, the downward slide of Western Civilization accelerates a bit each time this is played.

 

"But if this ever-changing world in which we live in makes you give in and cry, say live and let die." 










 (Western Civilization was sliding downward long before these guys found it.)
I saw these guys live - a solid, tight, hard rocking road tested bar band. What a gas! Their live albums are stellar.
 
On Wisconsin! 
 unclehud wrote:
Sorry, but I just can't get past the glaring grammar error.  And they repeat it several times!!!  Jeez, the downward slide of Western Civilization accelerates a bit each time this is played.

 
Oh Unclehud, the downward slide of Western Civilization started even before there was a Western Civilization. It's not as if the BoDeans were burning "Untermenschen" in ovens with this song. They were being a bit lazy in their songwriting, so points off their celestial driver's license for that. 
 unclehud wrote:
Sorry, but I just can't get past the glaring grammar error.  And they repeat it several times!!!  Jeez, the downward slide of Western Civilization accelerates a bit each time this is played.

 
Oh, come on, what would "rock 'n' roll" be without a few glaring grammatical errors? It goes with the territory. Good grief man, your constipation must be awful! Oh, wait a minute, you're just having a laugh, right? Sorry.


 unclehud wrote:
Sorry, but I just can't get past the glaring grammar error.  And they repeat it several times!!!  Jeez, the downward slide of Western Civilization accelerates a bit each time this is played.

 
There really are a few dots  (.........) after the "I"  as it is the left unsaid beginning of another independent clause.  (Oh well,  I tried!!!)


 boober wrote:

Still plenty of time to reconsider......
the song.....not the wedding 

 
Live and let live... and send regrets if Rachoh invites you to the wedding. 

Rachoh--Hope you enjoy your music on your wedding!
To the grammar police: surely you must have heard of "poetic license."  {#Doh}From Definition.com:
poetic license
noun
license or liberty taken by a poet, prose writer, or other artist in deviating from rule, conventional form, logic, or fact, in order to produce a desired effect.

Now the grammar police are attacking musicians?

The only musician I ever noticed to have proper grammar also had incredibly sharp enunciation, and sang almost every Pink Floyd song. And that's a whole other boat than BoDeans.

People need to chill!
{#Cowboy}
 unclehud wrote:
Sorry, but I just can't get past the glaring grammar error.  And they repeat it several times!!!  Jeez, the downward slide of Western Civilization accelerates a bit each time this is played.

 

Who cares about the grammar? I just think they are terminally boring musically!!
 Rachoh wrote:
*Adding this song to my upcoming wedding playlist For Oct 2013*

So good.  
 
Still plenty of time to reconsider......
the song.....not the wedding 
Sorry, but I just can't get past the glaring grammar error.  And they repeat it several times!!!  Jeez, the downward slide of Western Civilization accelerates a bit each time this is played.
Love me some BoDeans.
simple bit of drums, bit of wailing guitars, effective bass, good voice perfect soft rock, more please
Everly Brothers for the 21st Century.  Except for the hideous "..good things for you and I."  Even the EB's grammar wasn't that bad and they were grease-haired rednecks.
Oh, yes! Give I more just like this!!!
I just freakin' love the BoDeans. That is all.
A catchy pop tune... However, like others, I find the use of "good things for you and I" to force a rhyme irritating doggerel in the worst sense. It's a shame, because it's a pleasant enough tune.... 
*Adding this song to my upcoming wedding playlist For Oct 2013*

So good.  
I love this song, but good things for you and I? Please!
 JeanRose wrote:
It's not musical genius — but it is a song that makes you feel like you are driving down a New Mexico dirt road in an old pick-up with the windows open feeling like a kid again......
 
I'm not from New Mexico, but that sounds about right.  Nice song.
 

 steelinox51 wrote:
A most excellent tune.
 
...dude.
A most excellent tune.
It's not musical genius — but it is a song that makes you feel like you are driving down a New Mexico dirt road in an old pick-up with the windows open feeling like a kid again......
 NeuroGeek wrote:
A feel-good tune from a feel-good album!  {#Sunny}
 

Depends on the color of pills one takes!

PS
Like the band - but this is a terribly silly tune!


 Proclivities wrote:

I doubt it, unless they need to fend off the attorneys for Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus:

On March 15, 2012, in a keynote speech to an audience at the South by Southwest music festival, Bruce Springsteen discussed the Animals' influence on his music:
"..."Badlands," "Prove It All Night" — Darkness was filled with The Animals, you know? Youngsters, watch this one. I'm gonna tell you how it's done, right now. I took "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood,"
(Singing and strumming beginning of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" on guitar, then singing the piano melody and playing the guitar riff from "Badlands").
It's the same fu*k*ng riff, man. Listen up, youngsters: this is how successful theft is accomplished, all right?"
 

{#Lol} good point!
The BoDeans performed at a free concert in Santa Fe, NM this past June. Great
show and Good Things was one of the highlights. Great underrated (unknown?)
band.
 MiracleDrug wrote:
poor man wanna be rich

rich man wanna be king

and a king ain't satisfied until he rules everything....
Mr Springsteen's legal team is on Line#1...
 
I doubt it, unless they need to fend off the attorneys for Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus:

On March 15, 2012, in a keynote speech to an audience at the South by Southwest music festival, Bruce Springsteen discussed the Animals' influence on his music:
"..."Badlands," "Prove It All Night" — Darkness was filled with The Animals, you know? Youngsters, watch this one. I'm gonna tell you how it's done, right now. I took "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood,"
(Singing and strumming beginning of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" on guitar, then singing the piano melody and playing the guitar riff from "Badlands").
It's the same fu*k*ng riff, man. Listen up, youngsters: this is how successful theft is accomplished, all right?"
To all those who have given ''Negative'' comments go get a copy of this Live Double Album..''Joe Dirt Car'' you might be inclined to change to a Positive comment.

https://www.amazon.com/Joe-Dirt-Car/dp/B005FFVAUE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1337368223&sr=8-2
poor man wanna be rich

rich man wanna be king

and a king ain't satisfied until he rules everything....


Mr Springsteen's legal team is on Line#1...
When listened to as an album (as I did on one of my many cross-country sojourns) this is a remarkably good collection of music.
Just wanted to check in and see if people are still complaining about the grammar on this one.
Yucco barfo.  Sucky.
 fredriley wrote:
No no no, don't bore me crapless, no no no, don't waste my time, no no no, don't put me to sleep again {#Sleep}
 

Yep, that could sum up this bands whole career.
This song reminds me of that old song "I'm the Pied Piper" by Chrispian St Peters. Very similar tune.
A feel-good tune from a feel-good album!  {#Sunny}
 Jive wrote:

I'm glad I'm not the only hold out on grammar, aprostrophe's and other small irritants.

Love the BoDeans.

 
"I'm glad I'm not the only holdout on grammar, apostrophes, and other small irritants."

Love the BoDeans too.

 Proclivities wrote:
wah

"Oh, this grammar has made me so upset!"

Good tune.
 
I'm glad I'm not the only hold out on grammar, aprostrophe's and other small irritants.

Love the BoDeans.

wah

"Oh, this grammar has made me so upset!"

Good tune.
Too much worthless analysis here. Not enough tune enjoyment.

BoDeans sound is what my ears want to here and now. 

I love the BoDeans.

{#Dancingbanana}


 On_The_Beach wrote:
Channelling Buddy Holly?
  

Exactly ! I to was wondering, if Buddy were alive today, if some of 
his music would/could sound like this BoDeans tune. (or is that visa versa ? )
We will never know but, kudos' to the BoDeans for putting such an interesting
thought in our heads.{#Clap}



An all time feel good song!
 fredriley wrote:
No no no, don't bore me crapless, no no no, don't waste my time, no no no, don't put me to sleep again {#Sleep}
 
{#Lol} This is NOT the best representation of BoDeans - it's just the most commercial.  I hope you'll dig a little deeper and find those gems like "Naked," or "Good Work" (from "Joe Dirt-Car" - it's worth it to hear the "FIRE IN THE HOLE!" right before something blew up and the sound of shattered glass...)

I love BoDeans, and this is probably the most commercial of their songs, apart from "Closer to Free" from "Party of Five."

Between you and me?  I'd rate this a zero, had I that option.  SO many better songs by these boys...

Know what it takes to write a brilliant, snappy pop song like this? Sheer f*ing genius. It's P-perfect.
 unclehud wrote:

... and so we watch the slow decline of the USA, down the slippery slope that starts with a brash disregard for form, structure, tradition, and all the other little things that create a society and hold it together.

I'm kidding ... maybe.

 
Have you ever learned a foreign language?  It's like being in prison, and highly inefficient, they are so strict.  In the US we are very flexible and open, liberal you might say, with regards to language.  This has led to great progress.


 Papernapkin wrote:
Let's get the grammar correct: it's 'good things for you and me' not 'for you and I'.
 
I've reviewed it and the data are correct.
Classic BoDeans! Great love song.
Channelling Buddy Holly?
 unclehud wrote:

... and so we watch the slow decline of the USA, down the slippery slope that starts with a brash disregard for form, structure, tradition, and all the other little things that create a society and hold it together.

I'm kidding ... maybe.

 
oh gawwd.. what's broke in this country ain't got nothin to do with the way some talk, or certainly not the way they sing. James Joyce published Finnegans Wake in the 1930's ("written in a largely idiosyncratic language, consisting of a mixture of standard English lexical items and neologistic multilingual puns and portmanteau words")  and nobody tried to pin the fall of western civilization on him. Frigin drama queens.

No no no, don't bore me crapless, no no no, don't waste my time, no no no, don't put me to sleep again {#Sleep}
 unclehud wrote:

... and so we watch the slow decline of the USA, down the slippery slope that starts with a brash disregard for form, structure, tradition, and all the other little things that create a society and hold it together.

I'm kidding ... maybe.

 
What's so slow about it?  Apathy, entitlement, obsession with form and the absence of pretty much any real awareness.  Way down the slope.

Nice song; thought is was the Michael Stanley Band...
Based on its own merits, I really love this song. I love BoDeans. And I'd love to hear some other stuff from them, like their live version of "Naked," or "Good Work," or pretty much anything from their "Joe Dirt Car" CD.  Some clunkers, but a lot of really great stuff there. BoDeans are not a band to be written off - they have a loyal following (and though I'm not in any of their audiences, I'm one of those loyal fans), and when they perform live, they give it all up.

I don't know about anyone else, but for me, that's far and above good enough.  BoDeans deliver.
 philbertr wrote:
Hey, this is America.  We ain't so fussy 'bout how we talk, much less how we sing.
 
... and so we watch the slow decline of the USA, down the slippery slope that starts with a brash disregard for form, structure, tradition, and all the other little things that create a society and hold it together.

I'm kidding ... maybe.

Chill you all! What's with your ranting and raving over the phonetics. GD, It's a "chill" #. F...the PC English/American language. Chill & enjoy!!

I love me some Bodeans too!
Me liking this ! {#Yes} #7

 peacockangel wrote:
9 => 10
 
Haunted love is all that I feel, when you're passing by
Haunted love is all that I see, it's there in your eyes

9 => 10
This is a very nice song.  I liked the previous one also, by Matthew Ryan.  The current one playing is pretty good too, Jack Johnson.  Nice line-up.  Thanks!
 nate917 wrote:

...Til the stars...fall from... the skis...
For you and me!

  Is this a commentary on the crashes at the Vancouver Olympics in the alpine events?


 rsfc_carp wrote:
When it starts, I always think it's going to be Buddy Holly's 'Every Day'.
 
Totally.

Whatever, English majors-I love me some Bodeans!!!
 secretsauce wrote:
This is fun.   Can we pick apart the grammar in "Me and Mrs. Jones" next?

 
By all means.  And then we'll discuss "Touch Me" from The Doors:

...Til the stars...fall from... the skis...
For you and me!


 h9xh9xh9x wrote:
And she guess if he *like* those song you don't be any bothers none in grammar.
 
Hey look!  One of those infinite monkeys at infinite keyboards almost burped out a sentence.

If you want a REALLY good laugh... go rent Top Gun (I'll wait here while you do.)  Fast forward to the 'volleyball scene', and play this track over the top of it.

Enjoy.
 Papernapkin wrote:
Let's get the grammar correct: it's 'good things for you and me' not 'for you and I'.
 

Agreed.  Unlike others on this board, it doesn't diminish my enjoyment of the song.  I'm a BoDeans fan!
 paraclete wrote:

No, no, no, don't pass me over No, no, no, don't pass me by
See I can see good things for you and I

I think the 'bad' grammer was done as part of the rhyming scheme.  Ahh, but folks, ain't it a gud song, irregardless!

 

I just know you threw 'irregardless' in there as a grammar (yes, with an 'a')  joke.........right?