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The Waifs — Flesh and Blood
Album: Up All Night
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Released: 2003
Length: 3:51
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There are secrets
in the soul of me
things i keep inside
places you will never see
hidden under lock and key
Flesh and blood and skin and bone
you're looking from the outside in
all you'll see is what you're shown
flesh and blood and skin and bone
It's par for the course
it's a matter of fact
people are all the same
they want to make
my business theirs
slandering my good name
all around my neighbourhood
people trying to say
that i aint no good
pointing their finger
at me and mine
look at what's hanging
on my clothesline
Flesh and blood and skin and bone
what's mine is mine is mine alone
stand at the window on your tippy toes
blinds are down, skin and bone
Ashes come to ashes
dust becomes to dust
my scret soul will never die
as my body surely must
when i'm buried under the ground
i'll still be here in kind
invisible and sinister
the things i leave behind
Flesh and bone and skin and blood
bury me deep beneath the mud
when i die only thing thats gone
flesh and blood, skin and bone.
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I owned the album nine years before giving it a proper listen, and it knocked my socks off.
 kretinburger wrote:
Who the fuck is Joan Osborne?

 
Image result for you can't be serious!
Go the girls from Perth.  Hope they come around East Coast of US some time soon.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Me2

 
Definitely  hear that influence in this song-really good    {#Smile} 
i could hear dar williams singing this and it would be totally different

i continue to lobby for a when i die/when i am gone/when i go etc. set 
{#Clap} yes indeed...........a  kpig staple group
 larisadeg wrote:
Thought it was Joan Osborne
 
Me2


Great venue for shows in Newtown.  I'll get back soon enough. 
Thanks Bill, I'm never disappointed. 


BUTCH
Ditto. Soulful, deep. These folks have got it.
Take a deep breath........... and feel it.
funny - all the comments of thinking the vocalist was someone else. i thought it was bonnie raitt. quite enjoyable!
wow. thought this was joan osborne for a second.
i don't normally enjoy female vocalists...but i dig this a lot.
The drawling bluesy sound and dark gothic lyrics make me immediately think of the US SE and folk dressed as skeletons and ghosts walking along the main drag of New Orleans behind a brass band. This may well be ignorance on my part as my only knowledge of New Orleans is from news footage of the hurricane destruction and various films, so I wonder if US listeners get the same vibe from this song? I love it, BTW - 8 from the foot-tappin' closet goth Nottingham jury.

Excellent album.  Takes me back to Olomouc (Czech Republic), where an Australian ex-pat introduced me to "London Still" from this disc.  Hope to see the Poet's Corner Hostel again.
 gadfly wrote:
sounds like Lucinda Osborne- Likeable enough
 
Lucinda Williams/Joan Osborne. Yep, they have that sound, but also some very good musicianship - they're in the pocket (translation:  same groove, on the same wavelength, intuiting what will come next musically.)

This is a sort of depressing song, but I love the flavor of it. A good mix of vocals, incredible music, perceptive lyrics, and catchy harmonies.

I like it. {#Sunny}

 kretinburger wrote:
Who the fuck is Joan Osborne?
 
Wow. You need to get out more. "(What If God Was) One of Us?" No?
Who the fuck is Joan Osborne?
Nice poetry.
 larisadeg wrote:
Thought it was Joan Osborne,
 
+1 That was my first thought.  I can listen to more of this.

This is a memorable music LP...{#Tongue-out}

 chucklesalmon wrote:
It's fine... but let us all count how many bands sound JUST like this. Someone who's used to singing songs with just a guitar. Get's a little record deal. adds a bunch of instruments. it's fine, it's good, it's boring .
 
While you're counting, count the number of bands who DON'T get that little record deal. Did you ever get one? Good on em for being the one's making the music instead of the one's commenting on how boringly good it is. Nice work Waifs!!

ooh! I like this!! :music:
YEAH! Give us more Waifs, RP! Celebrate their upcoming US tour this summer. They kick ass live!
I LOVE the Waifs. They frikkin' rock.
I think it sounds like Cheryl Crow, only more mature or solid somehow. Nice.
Thought it was Joan Osborne,
Well, this is pretty good now, isn't it? Oh, and I think you guys missed the sarcasm in the Lucinda Osborne comment...
A hint of Lucinda, but lacking her grit and groove and growl. Not bad, but not the real deal. ramette wrote:
Maybe you meant Lucinda Williams? Definitely Lucinda Williams.
great stuff indeed
gadfly wrote:
sounds like Lucinda Osborne- Likeable enough
Maybe you meant Lucinda Williams? Definitely Lucinda Williams.
I like the Waifs, but this is certainly not their best.
sounds like Lucinda Osborne- Likeable enough
lester wrote:
Like it.
:yes: Me too
Where's Mari's babbles? These are her country women.
Like it.
There's really only 3 or 4 female singers in the world, they all just lip sync with different heads. American eye-dull taught me that.
honeygirl wrote:
Hey, didn't Johny Cash have a song titled Flesh & Bone.
Yes. He did.
Nice harp :sunny:
Paying their dues slingin' the blues, and soundin' good doin' it! ("Slingin'" is not a missssspelll.)
Hey, didn't Johny Cash have a song titled Flesh & Bone. Fresh gal, hey, I think it would be fun to sing... on stage where we all act. I've made up my mind, I like it.
Plus the girls are cute!
It's fine... but let us all count how many bands sound JUST like this. Someone who's used to singing songs with just a guitar. Get's a little record deal. adds a bunch of instruments. it's fine, it's good, it's boring .
Somebody please upload "Fourth Floor" from the same album.
Sounds kind of like the Firefly theme song in style.
physicsgenius wrote:
Pseudo-country, blues--whatever. It's all crap.
Spoken like a true pseudo-idiot!
radiojunkie wrote:
Pseudo-country? Sounds like blues to me.
Pseudo-country, blues--whatever. It's all crap.
physicsgenius wrote:
It's "Acceptable" but maybe I only think that because it sounds exactly like so many, many other pseudo-country songs on RP.
Pseudo-country? Sounds like blues to me.
It's "Acceptable" but maybe I only think that because it sounds exactly like so many, many other pseudo-country songs on RP.
How Ironic! I just turned off my Winamp to listen to The Waifs CD "Shelter Me" and when I went to close down the Browser I see this song is playing! So, I HAVE to restart WinAmp to listen to this. Right on, Radio Paradise! You guys turned me on to the Waifs a couple of years ago, I have been a big fan ever since. Sidebar - The Waifs opened for Bob Dylan through out his European Tour in the Fall of 2003. I was fortunate enough to see them in St. Louis a year ago May. A fantastic show! Afterwards I had the pleasure of meeting the band afterwards. Such down to earth straight ahead people! Again, thanks RadioParadise for turning me on to new music, it is always a life enriching experience. (pimp)
I keep thinking I'm hearing Joan Osborne, and it keeps turning out it's not her. Maybe she's moonlighting under other names; she certainly hasn't been doing much with the Osborne franchise recently.
I LOVE the Waifs, but this song is the weakest on a fantastic album. It's good to see the positive comments below, though, because I'm just happy for any reason that gets people to expore this band. I think the previous album "Sink or Swim" may be even better than Up All Night.
Hey... What a powerful and emotive voice for one so young! And they take thier time with the song, not rushing through it like a three minute orgasm. Can't wait to hear more from these folks.
nice...so few female vocalists that i like. It's good to find another one:-)
stevebeaver wrote:
That's what I thought!
It realy IS her.....isn't it?
drH wrote:
Joan Osborne, is that you?
That's what I thought!
I like it. It is nice to hear songs that do not have to crowd every moment with vocals. And she does remind me of Fiona, too...with some maturity behind it.
Great band. Would love to hear a wider variety of their songs on RP. Also, they're a completely indie act ---- wouldn't sign with Nettwerk because they have it too good doing things themselves.
Saw them open for Dylan last summer. They rocked!!!!
The Waifs are very much worth the attention. Independent band, former buskers, blood harmonies, sweet harmonica, cool acoustic guitar leads, and interesting songwriting. Their accents alone are worth the listen...you should hear Josh's!
drH wrote:
Joan Osborne, is that you?
If it were Joan, it would probably just be a remake of someone else's song! :lol:
A fantastic band - much more than a "Joan soundalike". All 3 band members do some great vocals with their own distinct flavors. Some tunes are bluesy with great harp work; others are acoustic gems; still others will transport you to the Australian outback. A band well worth exploring in depth! :sunny.gif:
Sounds more like Fiona than Joan. Sounds good!
damned if this chic doesn't sound like joan osborne... :-k
The whole cd is a great listen!
very nice!
Joan Osborne, is that you?