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Patty Griffin — Boston
Album: Silver Bell
Avg rating:
6.9

Your rating:
Total ratings: 657









Released: 2000
Length: 3:58
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I went back to Boston
Back to the city you were lost in
I went back to the place
Without your face in the stone

Walked around Harvard Square
The runaway kids are still hanging out there
And I took the red line
All the way across the River Charles

Some things try and try
But they never fly, and they never fly
You reach up from the waves
And find that you're only waving goodbye

Went walking in Boston
Over a bridge I used to walk on
I was looking for my heart
That I'd flung into that sea of stone

Boston said, you need not apply
For your license to fly
Hey, young lady, don't look so surprised
You know you're not alone

Some things try and try
And they never fly, and they never fly
You reach up from the waves
And find that you're only waving goodbye

It was Memorial Day
I went to where you lay
There were thousands of people
Just like you in a giant graveyard

You came all of that way
Looking for the sky, you got a slap in the face
You had a desperate need to be loved
You just got put in that place
You better know your place, boy

Some things try and try
And they never fly, and they never fly
You reach up from the waves
And find that you're only waving goodbye

Only waving
You're only waving
You're only waving
You're only waving goodbye
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Great cut! It reminds me of her "Flaming Red (1998)" era material.
She should tour with Kathleen Edwards. 
Home to WAAF, the second best radio station in the universe.
A question for PG fans. Does anyone know who this song is written about? I can't find it.
c.
I was listening to this album in the car on a recent trip - I had forgotten how hard this rocks! And I love her vocal delivery.
 melzabutch wrote:
WOW.  Had to look to see who it was, would have never guessed in a million years.  Awesome.

 
Yeah, it's not typical of her. But, as mentioned below, she was about 20 when she recorded this. Still rocks. Both this song and Ms. Griffin.
c.
WOW.  Had to look to see who it was, would have never guessed in a million years.  Awesome.
Oh my! Outstanding and quite unexpected!{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}
{#Roflol}It's OK. Bit muddy but not necessarily a bad thing. Awesome album cover{#Eek}
This sounds slower and a bit muddled vs. the "original"  I have.  Still excellent!
Not bad, and its about my home town,,,,,
She can do no wrong!
Not my favorite song from her!
 jnhashmi wrote:
Back when Patty rocked.

 
That's silly. I saw Patty in Boston last summer and I she definitely rocked.
 fredriley wrote:

It looks like my crush has been nipped in the bud, as I hear that she's gone and got herself shacked up to the ancient rockster Robert Plant. Boy, did he strike lucky. What's he got that I haven't? Other than fame, talent, money, and other such ephemerals...

 
Chin up, Fred; I've heard she and Robert are on the outs.
 cc_rider wrote:

You know Patty Griffin was born in 1964 don't you? That makes her only four years younger than you. Crush away, Fred!

Patty could get an 8 from me just reading her grocery list.

(She does sound much younger on this song though. She can make her voice whatever she wants you to hear...)
 
She sounds younger here since this is actually a 20 year old remastered recording.  Still kicks the donkeys boot as Fred said earlier.
Loved that track - very like te Cranberries
 DD gypsyman wrote:
Patty Griffin can rock!

 
Wow! Seriously! Had no idea! 
Back when Patty rocked.
Sounds like she reworked the guitar a bit from the original.

Still rocks!!!! 
This is what a rock bass guitar should sound.
 cc_rider wrote:

You know Patty Griffin was born in 1964 don't you? That makes her only four years younger than you. Crush away, Fred!

Patty could get an 8 from me just reading her grocery list.

(She does sound much younger on this song though. She can make her voice whatever she wants you to hear...)


 
It looks like my crush has been nipped in the bud, as I hear that she's gone and got herself shacked up to the ancient rockster Robert Plant. Boy, did he strike lucky. What's he got that I haven't? Other than fame, talent, money, and other such ephemerals...
I love Patty and I live in Boston, but this song has always seemed campy to me.
Nice choice, especially this week.
 gypsyman wrote:
Patty Griffin can rock!
 
Yes!
Patty Griffin can rock!
JUST GETS BETTER.......... &.........BETTER...............
5 out of 10 {#Neutral}
I hear where Liz Phair gets her influence from. Or maybe it's vice versa.
Great album indeed.  Glad I was able to find it.  Speaking of unreleased albums how about something off of DMB's Lillywhite Sessions (sorry haters).
this is my favorite album of hers.

 

hmmm... I only know the black and white version of the cover but this is really nice. Did you do this yourself?

 


vandal wrote:

Silver Bell
 


Damn, Patty G can rock! Rated this an '8' which, by my own admission is stupid. I shoulda made it a '9'. Thanks to Danimal for providing me access to this great unreleased CD. LOVE IT!!!!
Go Patty!  {#Bananajam}
 phlattop wrote:

google "silver bell-Patty Griffin" . It may take clicking through a few links to find it. try looking for a blogger named "salty" (that's where i got it)
 
Got it. Thanks a ton. I thought I could never have this.
This Rocks,   I like it!

Man, this is just flyin!  Excellent!
Reminds me a bit of Chrissie Hynde singing about Akron.
Can I get a Fuck Yeah!! ?
Silver Bell
I like anything I've heard by Patty Griffin, but the fact this amazing song and the album on which it lives remain unreleased is frustrating to no end. Once again, another glaring example of how the law of supply and demand does not always work so well. Thanks, RP, for playing it. One day, I'd like to own it.
A Patty Griffin song that doesn't make me cry and ache for things that can never be...  I have GOT to get this in my collection! Perfect for summer road-trips. {#Motor}{#Sunny}
I give this an 8 just for singing about Boston! Woot!
 fredriley wrote:
This woman seriously boots donkey (sorry, 'kicks ass' ;-)) and if I were 20 years younger I'd likely develop a crush for her. An easy 8 from the Nottingham jury.
 
You know Patty Griffin was born in 1964 don't you? That makes her only four years younger than you. Crush away, Fred!

Patty could get an 8 from me just reading her grocery list.

(She does sound much younger on this song though. She can make her voice whatever she wants you to hear...)

Every time I hear something from this album, I think "Man, that Patty Griffin can cover all the bases!" and I try to think which album it's from: seems it's often this one. Some of her best material is on her only unreleased album!

 reyespoint wrote:
Great cut. Anybody know how I can get my hands on this?
 
google "silver bell-Patty Griffin" . It may take clicking through a few links to find it. try looking for a blogger named "salty" (that's where i got it)

 zaknafein wrote:
I love it when Patty cranks up the volume.

Would like to get my hands on this album as well....
 
Totally agree - this is the Patty Griffin I love best - that clear-as-a-bell voice with just a touch of grit, and those guitars and drums.... Yeah! Kick it, Patty!  {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}
Nice to hear a song about Boston as I sit at work at Harvard, looking at all those scruffy kids hangin' out in the pit...

she's observant.
I <3 u Boston! 
no shit Vandel...I believe your Idea would fall under the catogory of JUSTIFYABLE HOMOCIDE...Patty will survive, Her fans(I am a true PG groupguy)  may not...tis a shame assholes run some of these artistic companies.....wonder what BP would say??Hmmmm?

I just obtained a copy of Silver Bell the other day, partly based upon hearing this song and "Little God."  What a great album!  Too bad record labels are such flaming assholes that they not only prostitute their artists, but also commoditize them, and hold their art hostage as well. 

The CEO of A&M records should be publicly flogged nude with an energized appliance cord. . .

{#Whipit}

Great cut. Anybody know how I can get my hands on this?
 zaknafein wrote:
I love it when Patty cranks up the volume.

Would like to get my hands on this album as well....
 
Amen!

 ericconrad wrote:
Bill:

Many thanks for playing tracks off the awesome (and tragically unreleased) Silver Bell.  Stuff like this is what makes RP so great!!!
 

Yes good call Bill


I really like this woman! 
Wow...10
Yes. That's better........ much better

Dang Bill - you can't play a song that I can't buy in iTunes. Not fair!

Great song though  :-)
Bill:

Many thanks for playing tracks off the awesome (and tragically unreleased) Silver Bell.  Stuff like this is what makes RP so great!!!
 starfishNcoffee wrote:
OMG! Did she just mention Harvard Sq.? My home town!!!!!!! {#Dancingbanana}
 
There's not a serious glut of songs about Cambridge, that's for sure! Cool song.

Next some EmmyLou and then Buddy Miller?
OMG! Did she just mention Harvard Sq.? My home town!!!!!!! {#Dancingbanana}
This woman seriously boots donkey (sorry, 'kicks ass' ;-)) and if I were 20 years younger I'd likely develop a crush for her. An easy 8 from the Nottingham jury.
Love it when Patty RAWKS. One of my fave songs from her. Too bad it's so darned hard to find.
I have all of "Silver Bell" and am making it available. See my post here to get details.

 Marley wrote:
I sent you a message with the info. :)
 
How about another one? I've only tracked down about half the songs so far. 
I love it when Patty cranks up the volume.

Would like to get my hands on this album as well....
Wow! She's amazing. I never really acknowledged her before RP, and she's quite the chameleon!

Plus this song gets extra points for being set where I am right now! I'm mere feet from the bridge o'er the River Chaahhles....

 Marley wrote:


I sent you a message with the info. :)
 

Could you send it to me as well?  It would be greatly appreciated. 
jennywho wrote:
This song is AMAZING... how do I get my hands on this album?
I sent you a message with the info. :)
cattail321 wrote:
Click the Info/purchase at the bottom of the album art :drunk:
It's not there. This was not released so you can't buy it commercially, but it can be found online if you know where to look.
jennywho wrote:
This song is AMAZING... how do I get my hands on this album?
Click the Info/purchase at the bottom of the album art :drunk:
The album rocks! One of my favorites from Patty. I'm so glad I was able to find it. :cheers: :bounce: :bananasplit: Shoulda been released....obviously the record execs had their head up their asses, but then again, when do they not?
Is she singing about a Boston bridge persons jump off to wave goodbye?
This song is AMAZING... how do I get my hands on this album?
Thank you Ryan, for sharing this CD with me. I think of you every time I hear a song off of it on RP.
She's no one trick pony is she...love her voice
Boston I went back to Boston Back to the city you¹re lost in I went back to the place That etched your face in the stone Walked around Harvard Square The runaway kids are still hanging out there And I took the red line all the way Across the River Charles Some things try and try And they never fly And they never fly You reach up from the waves And find that you¹re only waving goodbye Went walking in Boston Over a bridge I used to walk on I was looking for my heart That I¹d flung into that sea of stone, stone Boston said you need not apply For your license to fly Hey young lady don¹t be so surprised You know you¹re not alone Some things try and try And they never fly And they never fly You reach up from the waves And find that you¹re only waving goodbye It was Memorial Day I went to where you lay There were thousands of people Just like you in a chain graveyard You came all that way Looking for the sky And got a slap in the face You had a desperate need to be loved You just got put in that place You better know your place, boy Some things try and try And they never fly And they never fly And reach up from the waves You¹ll find that you¹re only waving goodbye Only waving You¹re only waving You¹re only waving You¹re only waving Goodbye
daveesh wrote:
good little ditty... didn't know she had this in her.
Flaming Red is my favorite album overall from her, and it's pretty rockish. I wish someone would put this album out..
good little ditty... didn't know she had this in her.
LOVE this one. patty griffin rocks my world.
Any song about my hometown can do no worse than a 9! (but this one really rocks!)
Most excellent bass line, song moves nicely.
It is a frickin' tragedy that this album is not available for purchase. I know this has been asked before, but does anyone know how I could get my hands on a bootleg copy of this album?
One of her very best rockers. Woman can do no wrong.
wow, this track is fun, I wish they'd release albums instead of not... ::shakes fist at the RIAA::
krocdoc wrote:
I hope this is a return to Flaming Red form for Patty!
It's from an album she recorded right after Flaming Red, but which was shelved by her label. I too wish she'd rock out again, or more, but that doesn't seem to be the direction she's gone in.
lazywhinerkid wrote:
"Boston" following the song "Road to Nowhere"... Trying to tell us something, Bill? You Northern Cali snob. :)
You *dare* insult the mighty Bill Goldsmith? Blasphemy!! Heresy!! You are not worthy to untie even one of his Nike Air Jordans. Grovel and beg for mercy, lowly listener! :D Be thankful for such music as can soothe the savage breast. No doubt Bill has friends in Maaulden, Medfaah, or Lynn, Lynn - "city of Sin", or possibly even Reveeeah Beach! Why else would he play this obvious Sheyrl Crow knockoff? What mortal from Boston can resist such a song? You must admit, it's better than "...Love that dirty water!...". From Reindeer, A self professed Northern Cal snob (Palo Alto), and a decidedly IMproper Bostonian. Yow!
I hope this is a return to Flaming Red form for Patty!
Which album is this song (Boston) on?
Whoa! Rock AND Roll! :music: :drummer: :guitarist: :hearteyes: :music:
jayladdin wrote:
Yeah!!! More stuff from Silver Bell, please! :)
:nodhead: The title track is AWESOME!!
Yay!!! Finally some real, great ROCK! :cheers: :bounce: :hug: I love this woman's rollicking energy! This is real rock music! :hearteyes: :music: :jump: :D/ :goodvibes.gif:
some very nice tunes tonight...thanks for the mix
"Boston" following the song "Road to Nowhere"... Trying to tell us something, Bill? You Northern Cali snob. :)
:bounce: :bounce: :drummer: :bounce: :bounce:
wow!
Yeah!!! More stuff from Silver Bell, please! :)
AWESOME song - one of my faves from Silver Bell.
To Ryan, Thanks for the upload I love boston was there over a year ago and it is a brilliant city.
masterhead wrote:
VERY DISTINCTIVE "GARAGE" SOUND, PRE-MADE!!!
O_o Has somebody accidentaly selected the LRC?
VERY DISTINCTIVE "GARAGE" SOUND, PRE-MADE!!!
what a lot of noise #-o
fridgepoet wrote:
You have to look for Patty's Silver Bell tracks in the nooks and crannys of the 'Net since it was not released.
Or send me a PM (this one's my upload). ;) :mrgreen:
You have to look for Patty's Silver Bell tracks in the nooks and crannys of the 'Net since it was not released. Her 'Flaming Red' CD is one of the great road cd's of all time.
Reminds me of Sheryl Crow, but not in a bad way... :whistle:
I grew up in Boston .. any mention makes me sorta homesick.. :cheers: but at some point the song ventures (oh about a 1/3rd) into something else..
Where did RP get this? Patty Griffin just keeps amazing me. She's all over the place musically - the only constant is high quality. What an amazing artist. Thanks RP - now I've got to go out and track this down!