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Cowboy Junkies — Something More Besides You
Album: Lay it Down
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Released: 1996
Length: 4:12
Plays (last 30 days): 1
One foot strands before the crib
the other by the casket
A question formed upon stilled lips
is passed on but never asked

I guess I believe that there's a point
to what we do
But I ask myself is there
something more besides you?

Two are born to cross
their paths, their lives, their hearts
If by chance one turns away
are they forever lost?

I guess I believe that there's a point
to what we do
But I ask myself is there
something more besides you?

This morning I awoke,
the bed warm where it once was cold
Small blessings laid upon us
Small mysteries slowly unfold

Yet I still wonder is there a point
to what we do?
'Cause I kind of doubt
that there is something more besides you

Although it's hard to find the point
to what we do,
do I dare believe that there is
something more besides you?
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This thread goes back 15 years. Has it really been that long? Really?
A crushingly beautiful song, speaking to the cycle of life and death, the questions of what lays beyond, and the audacity of dreams and longing. Timmins's delivery is perfect here, singing through the soft passages and the welling up of spirit. It brings tears to my eyes, and lifts my soul every time.
Whenever I hear a very bland, non melodic tune by a band with a lead female singer...I check to see who it is...yup...always Cowboy Junkies. Bringing dull to an absolute new level of disappointment. How does this band keep from falling asleep during a song?
Years ago, 'Homicide: Life on the Street' used this song in a very powerful scene. Hearing it still makes me think of the scene.
c.
isn't that the beauty of them? anyway this IS up tempo for them.
 ThePoose wrote:
The Boring Flunkies. Margo, ditch the lonesome whip-poor-will motif and SCREAM a little.
For God's sake, go up tempo ONCE! 

 
They seem to be doing just fine without your advice, though your comment suggests you don't really know much of their music.  Your loss.
I have been lisening in to a lot of today's hours....luv this station
 westslope wrote:

Now that is pushing it.

Careful there young fella.   

 
No I agree I here. And see more and more songs of this band... I'm a fan{#Music}
 ThePoose wrote:
 "range"? What unpopulated plant are you from? 
They have as much range as a floor plank.

bb_bubbab wrote:
The more of this band I hear, the more I am impressed with their range.  Good music.

 

 
Now that is pushing it.

Careful there young fella.   
 "range"? What unpopulated plant are you from? 
They have as much range as a floor plank.

bb_bubbab wrote:
The more of this band I hear, the more I am impressed with their range.  Good music.

 


The Boring Flunkies. Margo, ditch the lonesome whip-poor-will motif and SCREAM a little.
For God's sake, go up tempo ONCE! 
Same here.

drivingunit103 wrote:
CJ's do no wrong - in my ears...

 


 lmic wrote:
Always stops me in my tracks - right up there with anything from Caution Horses or Trinity Session.
 
This song affects me the way several Patty Griffin songs do. Crushing.
 
what an excellent way of relating such complicated questions.

Everybody in my church loves this song, and this whole album...
 
If radio in the UK played more of this band we might be a little less inclined to endure Coldplay
CJ's do no wrong - in my ears...
 jhorton wrote:
Just beautiful.

 

I agree...  love it...

 
Just beautiful.
I've always wanted to like the Cowboy Junkies, but have often found the way they mix their songs to be an obstacle.  Margo Timmins has such a great voice, but in many songs I've heard they don't push it to the front (so to speak).  The lyrics become overrun by the music.

Or maybe it's just me.

 



Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 helgigermany wrote:
Nice!
 


Yes, this is one fine song...  this is a great album, too—  I highly recommend it, if you don't have it...

 
First listen. Good junk from the Junkies. Always somewhat provocative, their sound. Intelligent, to some degree.
 BlueOx wrote:

If you're ever looking for something to test drive a pair of really sweet new speakers, you'd be hard pressed to do better than this song. 


 
woooooooww!!!!!!!1... those Bose headphones my brother gave me last xmas are really doing a nice job!!!! {#Clap}
One of my very favorite albums.  It also happens to be the 500th CD I ever bought. 
 Cdog wrote:
Years ago, on some forgotten Sunday, my best friend called me and asked me to meet him at the Mission Inn in Riverside for a free concert. It turned out to be the Junkies on a promo tour for this album.  It was between tall buildings next to a coffee shop and the newspaper coverage the next day carried the title "Decaffeinated Delight".  I cut it out and pasted it up on the garage wall next to the other remnants....
Yellow now, it hangs as a subtle reminder of an earlier time.
And what a great time!.....Margo touches me still...
 
you are a lucky dog, Cdog - inho, their pinnacle.

Nice!
 skyguy wrote:
These guys always remind me of a Sunday morning hangover, watching cartoons and smoking bongs. Is it just me?
 
You say that like it's a bad thing...

I love her voice and this song, but wish I heard different types of stuff from them.

{#Chillpill}
 skyguy wrote:
These guys always remind me of a Sunday morning hangover, watching cartoons and smoking bongs. Is it just me?
 

That about sums their sound up.
 skyguy wrote:
These guys always remind me of a Sunday morning hangover, watching cartoons and smoking bongs. Is it just me?
 

Not just you...  other junkies can relate...


These guys always remind me of a Sunday morning hangover, watching cartoons and smoking bongs. Is it just me?
Love this tune, love this group.

"Questions formed upon stilled lips
Passed on, but never asked."
Years ago, on some forgotten Sunday, my best friend called me and asked me to meet him at the Mission Inn in Riverside for a free concert. It turned out to be the Junkies on a promo tour for this album.  It was between tall buildings next to a coffee shop and the newspaper coverage the next day carried the title "Decaffeinated Delight".  I cut it out and pasted it up on the garage wall next to the other remnants....
Yellow now, it hangs as a subtle reminder of an earlier time.
And what a great time!.....Margo touches me still...

If you're ever looking for something to test drive a pair of really sweet new speakers, you'd be hard pressed to do better than this song. 


This song was used to great effect in an episode of 'Homicide: Life on the Street.' I've always liked the song, but after seeing that scene, it was really cemented for me.

c.
There are few CJ songs that showcase Margo Timmins' range better than this one. "Sweet Jane" is one, and "State Trooper" is another. Both of those, somber and brooding covers, recast originals in a dark light, and "Something More" continues in that vein. The refrain sections are a little heavy and don't really fit with the rest of the song. Maybe they need to cover their own material?

The more of this band I hear, the more I am impressed with their range.  Good music.
Ah yes, monotone music!
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
if this bad were any worse they would be really really really awful.
So, if it was worse than that, it would be really really really really awful I guess?
AndrewJZ wrote:
They actually have a variety of styles, and some songs that rock - try "Hunted"! A great collection with a variety of their great songs is the "200 More Miles" live compilation.
Although they may have many different sounds in their musical bag, the overall effect is one of mellowness. Not that that's bad, it's just their signature. Oh, and Frawg, you need to grow up a little bit. If you can't take criticism here, maybe it's time you got out more, or get around more. Haha
Love the guitar on this..she has a great voice too
Awesome band, in small doses. I lost track of them. Never heard of this album before. I had a promotional live album from way back in the day. I need to go find that now.
Let's get personal - asshole. s govna wrote:
best bands around?!? man, you gotta get "around" more. or, wait...maybe "further around?" i don't know. band sucks.
Bonus! I love the Cowboy Junkies! Margo Timmons voice is haunting, but ever so beautiful!! Thanks!
You're right - this whole CD is spectacular. s mindless wrote:
Time to put a CD on.
Time to put a CD on.
Always stops me in my tracks - right up there with anything from Caution Horses or Trinity Session. :cool:
BeetNik wrote:
awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome band
... :high-five: awesome some more!!!
Frawg wrote:
One of the best songs from one of the very best bands around. s
best bands around?!? man, you gotta get "around" more. or, wait...maybe "further around?" i don't know. band sucks.
Frawg wrote:
One of the best songs from one of the very best bands around. s
Absolutely right!
if this bad were any worse they would be really really really awful.
Agreed. Lots of people seem to make the mistake of thinking the CJ's are boring, melancholy, or otherwise one-dimensional. Leonard Cohen gets the same rap. I don't know why so many people are tricked into thinking an artist is depressed just because the delivery is mellow or baritone or whatever. It's a shame for those listeners because they're missing out on some of the best music and lyrics out there. If only they would bother to look (or listen) beneath the surface. Haven't we all been taught not to judge a book by it's cover by now? What's true in the visual sense goes for music as well.
agkagk wrote:
She does have a beautiful voice, BUT I find the Junkies quite boring. All ballads. No EMOTIONAL range to their tunes. You have to be in a melancholy mood to listen to them for more than one song.(Otherwise they'll make you melancholy.) If anyone can name a song of theirs that rocks I would truly love to hear it and be proved wrong.
They actually have a variety of styles, and some songs that rock - try "Hunted"! A great collection with a variety of their great songs is the "200 More Miles" live compilation.
awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome band
amen. mem_313 wrote:
i love this CD. wore it out. this song is great.
i love this CD. wore it out. this song is great.
Yes, there was something more besides her....
meadowwoods wrote:
..her voice always sounds beautiful....
She does have a beautiful voice, BUT I find the Junkies quite boring. All ballads. No EMOTIONAL range to their tunes. You have to be in a melancholy mood to listen to them for more than one song.(Otherwise they'll make you melancholy.) If anyone can name a song of theirs that rocks I would truly love to hear it and be proved wrong.
No junk at all, best RP Quality. Thanks
..her voice always sounds beautiful....
I am sitting here, off work with a bad back - disc problems - and a little feeling sorry for myself, and a little spaced out from the drugs the doctor and the physiotherapist are making me take, and Bill plays the Cowboy Junkies. Suddenly the world seems just a little better. Thank you Bill.
These guys are so true to themselves. They know what they like, they write what they like, they play what they like. That's why they have such a strong and loyal fanbase, including me.
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
<-(
Can't figure out if that's a well or a schoolhouse on a hill.
Blech. :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn:
rolf wrote:
:stupid: I thought that was only for the best songs ever ? pretty good give a 6
I'm with ya there. Not a 10, but in my book the Junkies are worth at least a 7...8 even. Damn, I need half-points.
oldslabsides wrote:
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmMargo
Uh huh!!! :nodhead: :nodhead:
UncleRemus wrote:
The correct answer is 10!
:stupid: I thought that was only for the best songs ever ? pretty good give a 6
I'm a Margo junkie......:-)
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmMargo
The correct answer is 10!
This is most definitely a pleasant new acquaintance, I have heard two Cowboy Junkies songs on RP today and both were fantastic. Time to go shopping, methinks. ;)
One of the best songs from one of the very best bands around. s
Meh. Needs more violins.
One of the many great songs from one of the most "complete" rock albums of the last decade (or perhaps ever). From beginning to end, every song on this album has it's place and purpose and belongs -- not many albums you can say that about anymore.
Atmospheric and evocative - great dynamic range in the instrumentation. Margo Timmins' voice. Michael Timmins' song writing. Gotta love the Junkies.