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Suzanne Vega — Language
Album: Solitude Standing
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Released: 1987
Length: 3:45
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If language were liquid
It would be rushing in
Instead here we are
In a silence more eloquent
Than any word could ever be

These words are too solid
They don't move fast enough
To catch the blur in the brain
That flies by and is gone
Gone
Gone
Gone

I'd like to meet you
In a timeless, placeless place
Somewhere out of context
And beyond all consequences

Let's go back to the building
(Words are too solid)
On Little West Twelfth
It is not far away
(They don't move fast enough)
And the river is there
And the sun and the spaces
Are all laying low
(To catch the blur in the brain)
And we'll sit in the silence
(That flies by and is)
That comes rushing in and is
Gone (Gone)

I won't use words again
They don't mean what I meant
They don't say what I said
They're just the crust of the meaning
With realms underneath
Never touched
Never stirred
Never even moved through

If language were liquid
It would be rushing in
Instead here we are
In a silence more eloquent
Than any word could ever be
And is gone
Gone
Gone
And is gone
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Saw in a church off Sloane Square in London and it was everything I had hoped it would be after adoring her music for 20 years or more.
What happens in Vega does not stay in Vega.
annoying song. 
.....so let me guess - he's gone?!!!!  Not her shining example for sure.  She sure does like to repeat herself in her music - not the best "signature" for a musician IMHO.
I love that she has one of the most natural voices and let's it just pour over the lyrics so smoothly.
I like Suzanne Vega because she sings the deep lyrics
I love early Suzanne (and newer Suzanne too)
 mamerjamer wrote:
 . . . .and is gone . . . . I GET IT!  How freakin' tedious!
 
Like the song, but yea, that is a difficult ending to listen too...

 mamerjamer wrote:
 . . . .and is gone . . . . I GET IT!  How freakin' tedious!
 
exactly

 . . . .and is gone . . . . I GET IT!  How freakin' tedious!
She's got a voice as smooth as honey....Suzanne Vega is high on my list. Thanks for not playing "luca"
We just saw her in Chico on Tuesday February 23rd.
Decent show. 
All she had with her was a bass player and a guitarist.  You could tell the drums, keyboards and all that other stuff was missing.  There were some of her songs that had huge holes in them.  I'd give that show a 6.  Needed more instruments.  She probably on a budget.
Love Suzanne Vega, but this record was a pretty big disappointment to me after her amazing debut album. This song is just trying too hard without getting anywhere.
{#Evil}
 Baby_M wrote:
Her voice is just liquid on this one.
 
Yes, a refreshing aural-quencher.
Her voice is just liquid on this one.
I'm not sure SV has ever topped this album.  How many other artists are members of that club?  
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
I was really sick when this album came out, bedridden for two weeks. I put this on and played it over and over and found it strangely comforting. It's still on my all-time list of wonderful albums.
 
Yes this is a hypnotic piece.  Thanks, Bill & Rebecca for playing so much Suzanne Vega.  The station in Toronto during the 80's mostly played only "Luka" and a couple of other pieces.

love it... 
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
I was really sick when this album came out, bedridden for two weeks. I put this on and played it over and over and found it strangely comforting. It's still on my all-time list of wonderful albums.
  that is weird.
considering most tracks on this album make me sick. ;)


Solitude Outstanding.

I was really sick when this album came out, bedridden for two weeks. I put this on and played it over and over and found it strangely comforting. It's still on my all-time list of wonderful albums.
Wow, talk about pyschic playlist, I just watched this video that RichardPrins put up here.. freaky..
Perfect album...perfect song!
EssexTex wrote:
I've loved this song and album for years
Me too Tex, still do.
I've loved this song and album for years
Marry me, Miss Vega.
Just love Suzanne
This is really good.
Vaguely reminiscent of Paul Simon's Canticle.
Wow, polarizing! I'm in the like-it camp.
This Vega song is mysteriously beautiful. Thanks for playing it Bill..
Glockman45 wrote:
Bill please stop playimg her crap. IMHO.
Yes, we really need to hear another rendition of "stormy monday" instead. :doh: :doh:
Glockman45 wrote:
Bill please stop playimg her crap. IMHO.
Infidel.
This is wretched.
Always happy to hear Suzanne
Bill please stop playimg her crap. IMHO.
Solitude Standing, wonderful album, Language, terrific, welcome back Suz :jump:
mll wrote:
On of the only english-language singers whose words I can catch. :) I'd suggest adding Tom's Dinner (original, a capella version) to RP's playlist.
she does have excellent diction. and i always enjoy Tom's Diner!
RoyalTS wrote:
A timeless jewel from a fantastic album...
I agree. And she only needs a few notes (the first bar) to be recognized as Vega. Excellent. :clap:
On of the only english-language singers whose words I can catch. :) I'd suggest adding Tom's Dinner (original, a capella version) to RP's playlist.
steeler wrote:
You know, she has her detractors, many of them quite vocal here on RP, and there is some reason for all of it -- talk-singing, repetition, etc -- but, still, she has a unique way of getting some pretty heavy concepts through. And a lot of her stuff is simply haunting. It stays with you. I say that makes her an artist with whom one has to reckon.
Beautifully said. Bravo!
You know, she has her detractors, many of them quite vocal here on RP, and there is some reason for all of it -- talk-singing, repetition, etc -- but, still, she has a unique way of getting some pretty heavy concepts through. And a lot of her stuff is simply haunting. It stays with you. I say that makes her an artist with whom one has to reckon.
A timeless jewel from a fantastic album...
"I'd like to meet you, in a timeless, placeless place. Somewhere out of context, and beyond all consequences." Sounds like a cool place to be. :)