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Crowded House — When You Come
Album: The Very Best Of
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Total ratings: 336









Released: 1996
Length: 4:41
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When you come across the sea
Me like a beacon, guiding you to safety
The sooner the better now
And when you come
The hills will breathe like a baby
Pulled up, heaving from the bottom of the ocean
The sooner the better now
And when you come to cover me
Fresh with your kisses
Fresh like a daisy chained up in a lion's den
I'll know you by the thunderclap
Pouring like a rain of blood to my emotions
And that is why
I stumble to my knees

And why, underneath the Heavens
With the stars burning and exploding
I know why I could never let you down
When you come

When you come like an iceberg float in darkness
Smashing my hull send me to the bottom of the sea
I should know you better now
And when you come, your majesty to entrap me
Prince of light receding
The sooner the better now
And when you come to cover me
With your kisses hard like armour
The sooner the better now
I'll know you by the thunderclap
Pouring like a rain of blood to my emotions, hey
And that is why
I stumble to my knees

And why underneath the Heavens
With the stars burning and exploding
I know why I could never let you down

She came out of the water
Into my horizon
Like a cumulo nimbus
Coming in from the distance
Burning and exploding
Burning and exploding
Like a slow volcano
When you come
Cover the ground with ashes, with ashes
Baby, when you come
Nothing changes, now
When you come
Burning and exploding
When you come
When you come
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The music ain't bad.
But this has to be some of the worst lyrics I have ever heard.
Yikes!

I'll be nice and give it a 5

mediocre......  this one is better left in the past, imo

unbelievable that this classic has a 5.x rating...

8 from the colonel.


 whtahtefcuk wrote:
Has RP gone Christian Rock?
 
wide of the mark

{#Hearteyes}
Has RP gone Christian Rock?
 PeaceInIraq wrote:
Imagine standing on the edge of Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; a cluster of high rise apartments on the outskirts of the city, rising above a dusty arid landscape. It's a late summer night in 1991. The skies are filled with constellations of stars. There's a surprising nip to the night air; a stirring electricity to it. You've just completed guard duty, and you're standing on the precipice thinking about some lovely companions who you know back home and the long distance in time and space to them. You're feeling homesick after 7 months in the Gulf. You feel the weight of what you've just gone through. The loss of life, and loss of a part of your soul. You reach for the walkman in your cargo pocket, feeling the need of an embrace. Needing someone to hold you close, and whisper love into your ear. You slide in a tape mix of Crowded House, click play, and look out across the flickering city lights of the Eastern Province. If you can imagine all of that, then you can imagine the power a song like "When You Come" can have on a 20-year-old kid stranding on the roof of Khobar Towers deep in the Gulf, far from home. Crowded House opened the heavens to me like a shot of warm whisky. It electrified my soul like the intimate touch of a new love. Listening to songs like "Better Be Home Soon" and "Something So Strong" carried me home on a magic carpet of day dreams. I miss the 20-year old kid I used to be and the power such feelings once held. Sadly, Khobar Towers was hit by a truck bomb in 1996, killing 19 Americans and one Saudi. A decade later, war continues in the Gulf region. I pray that every soldier over there has something to listen to that moves them as powerfully as CH did for me.
 
Nice post! Very emotive.

 Roverfish wrote:
Pet peeve here, but it comes from radio practices...songs should be attributed to the original album, not some greatest hits UNLESS they've been remixed, re-recorded, etc. This tune was for me one of the highlights of Temple of Low Men which is itself a masterful work.
 
Yes, and attributing properly makes people aware of that album.  I agree Temple of Low Men is an incredible album.  The worst songs on it are nothing lower than a 7, and I would rate at least 3 (this song, Never Be the Same, and Possessed) a 10.

"Fresh like a daisy chained up in a lion's den"

Seriously?

Nice antipodean follow-on!
Sounds like he's straining to wedge emotion in this one.
 PeaceInIraq wrote:
Imagine standing on the edge of Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; a cluster of high rise apartments on the outskirts of the city, rising above a dusty arid landscape. It's a late summer night in 1991. The skies are filled with constellations of stars. There's a surprising nip to the night air; a stirring electricity to it. You've just completed guard duty, and you're standing on the precipice thinking about some lovely companions who you know back home and the long distance in time and space to them. You're feeling homesick after 7 months in the Gulf. You feel the weight of what you've just gone through. The loss of life, and loss of a part of your soul. You reach for the walkman in your cargo pocket, feeling the need of an embrace. Needing someone to hold you close, and whisper love into your ear. You slide in a tape mix of Crowded House, click play, and look out across the flickering city lights of the Eastern Province. If you can imagine all of that, then you can imagine the power a song like "When You Come" can have on a 20-year-old kid stranding on the roof of Khobar Towers deep in the Gulf, far from home. Crowded House opened the heavens to me like a shot of warm whisky. It electrified my soul like the intimate touch of a new love. Listening to songs like "Better Be Home Soon" and "Something So Strong" carried me home on a magic carpet of day dreams. I miss the 20-year old kid I used to be and the power such feelings once held. Sadly, Khobar Towers was hit by a truck bomb in 1996, killing 19 Americans and one Saudi. A decade later, war continues in the Gulf region. I pray that every soldier over there has something to listen to that moves them as powerfully as CH did for me.
 

Far out! respect.
damn.  love those lyrics.  {#Jump}
cookinlover wrote:
That very unique "kiwi sound" never, ever gets old.
This Aussie agrees with you, bro!
Roverfish wrote:
Pet peeve here, but it comes from radio practices...songs should be attributed to the original album, not some greatest hits UNLESS they've been remixed, re-recorded, etc. This tune was for me one of the highlights of Temple of Low Men which is itself a masterful work. To tell people it's on a greatest hits means without some homework they never experience the original context (and brilliance). Ok, stepping off my soapbox now...excellent tune.
ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. Radio Paradise does this often and I find it annoying...
That very unique "kiwi sound" never, ever gets old.
Mute-o-Rama
Neil Finn...my teenage crush! I'm 30 now but he's still my teenage crush. My poor husband has had to endure this........he is the best!
This band is pure 80's... good times!!! and a nice band too!!!
Pet peeve here, but it comes from radio practices...songs should be attributed to the original album, not some greatest hits UNLESS they've been remixed, re-recorded, etc. This tune was for me one of the highlights of Temple of Low Men which is itself a masterful work. To tell people it's on a greatest hits means without some homework they never experience the original context (and brilliance). Ok, stepping off my soapbox now...excellent tune.
Not graphic but full of sensual metaphors. Am I the only one who didn't catch this the first 100 times I heard this song?
You're not... but I had to have been only about 15 when I first heard this song. Very young, very naive... I'd have been shocked! :P
pannaramma wrote:
They may have reformed, but have they repented?
Ok, that was just mean. Really, really funny, but mean. :clap:
MatClarke wrote:
they are from New Zealand. Cut them some slack
Is slack like Vegemite?
biologenius wrote:
They must be banned! We must protect our children!
they are from New Zealand. Cut them some slack
Lonestar wrote:
Someone has to stop them!
They must be banned! We must protect our children!
KermitDfrog wrote:
Neil Finn announced last week that Crowded House has reformed and will release a new album this Spring with a tour to follow (www.frenz.com/crowdedhouse) :clap:
They may have reformed, but have they repented?
KermitDfrog wrote:
Neil Finn announced last week that Crowded House has reformed and will release a new album this Spring with a tour to follow (www.frenz.com/crowdedhouse) :clap:
Someone has to stop them!
Neil Finn announced last week that Crowded House has reformed and will release a new album this Spring with a tour to follow (www.frenz.com/crowdedhouse) :clap:
Marr wrote:
. Am I the only one who didn't catch this the first 100 times I heard this song?
Yes! :P It's not the only one either, try songs like Fall at your feet and Pineapple head. Great Songs Neill Finn is one of the greatest songwriters ever.
Hmmm. I recently saw a strong suggestion that this song is heavily sexual in nature. All these years listening to it it never occurred to me. I always thought of it as more of a homecoming song. But now when I look at the lyrics I do see it. Not graphic but full of sensual metaphors. Am I the only one who didn't catch this the first 100 times I heard this song?
"like a cumulo-nimbus coming in from the distance" - is this the only song ever to cite specific cloud types? ;-)
GlimmerTwin wrote:
I'm digging RP.
Welcome to the club. I think you'll like it here. Everyone else (except for physicsgenuis) does! /gratuitous cheap shot. //couldn't help it.
Really mediocre stuff, this...
To each their own. Clearly more negative comments about this CH song than you usually see. But this one still works very well for me.
I'm digging RP.
Uhhhhh....???? :sleep:
Blecch. The lyrics hurt me.
Imagine standing on the edge of Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; a cluster of high rise apartments on the outskirts of the city, rising above a dusty arid landscape. It's a late summer night in 1991. The skies are filled with constellations of stars. There's a surprising nip to the night air; a stirring electricity to it. You've just completed guard duty, and you're standing on the precipice thinking about some lovely companions who you know back home and the long distance in time and space to them. You're feeling homesick after 7 months in the Gulf. You feel the weight of what you've just gone through. The loss of life, and loss of a part of your soul. You reach for the walkman in your cargo pocket, feeling the need of an embrace. Needing someone to hold you close, and whisper love into your ear. You slide in a tape mix of Crowded House, click play, and look out across the flickering city lights of the Eastern Province. If you can imagine all of that, then you can imagine the power a song like "When You Come" can have on a 20-year-old kid stranding on the roof of Khobar Towers deep in the Gulf, far from home. Crowded House opened the heavens to me like a shot of warm whisky. It electrified my soul like the intimate touch of a new love. Listening to songs like "Better Be Home Soon" and "Something So Strong" carried me home on a magic carpet of day dreams. I miss the 20-year old kid I used to be and the power such feelings once held. Sadly, Khobar Towers was hit by a truck bomb in 1996, killing 19 Americans and one Saudi. A decade later, war continues in the Gulf region. I pray that every soldier over there has something to listen to that moves them as powerfully as CH did for me. :meditate:
OK, so it seems not many are a fan of this one. I am a huge CH fan and this CD is the 1st one that made me take notice to them. I can see why this song may not be a huge fan favorite, but it congers up some great memeories for me. :)
"Alive and kickin..." - anybody else hear this?
A solid ten!!!
This song makes me want to puke. No offense. Well, actually, why would anyone say anything like that unless offense was intended? So okay, go ahead and take offense.
UP goes the volume!!!
The Bodeans called. They want their sound back. (I don't care who came first)
Mark1970 wrote:
Correction: Radio Paradise plays a Crowded House track you don't like. There is no such thing as a bad CH song, IMHO. The lyrics are fantastic, but Neil's passion behind them and his ability to vocally dance around a very discernible melody (only a moron couldn't pick out the damn melody) is what makes this song brilliant.
Correction: I don't think there is a CH, Finn, Finn brothers track I do like. They are all bad songs, IMHO.
first Neil Finn/Crowded House song I've come across that I don't care for.
I love New Zealand
kazuma wrote:
On behalf of all the morons, thank you so much for that "correction."
Funny.... you're previous comment didn't mention anything about not picking out the vocal melody, but if you feel the need to lump yourself into that category, so be it! LOL
Mark1970 wrote:
Correction: Radio Paradise plays a Crowded House track you don't like. There is no such thing as a bad CH song, IMHO. The lyrics are fantastic, but Neil's passion behind them and his ability to vocally dance around a very discernible melody (only a moron couldn't pick out the damn melody) is what makes this song brilliant.
On behalf of all the morons, thank you so much for that "correction."
jah_blessed wrote:
Breaking news: Radio Paradise plays bad Crowded House track.
Correction: Radio Paradise plays a Crowded House track you don't like. There is no such thing as a bad CH song, IMHO. The lyrics are fantastic, but Neil's passion behind them and his ability to vocally dance around a very discernible melody (only a moron couldn't pick out the damn melody) is what makes this song brilliant.
ah damn. I just came. :tongue:
jah_blessed wrote:
Breaking news: Radio Paradise plays bad Crowded House track. I dig most CH songs, but this is a weak effort.
I agree. Not one of their best, of which there are many.
brilliant lyrics
Really like the lyrics... think someone else should have done them... someone with more edge to his voice... & with different music.
Breaking news: Radio Paradise plays bad Crowded House track. I dig most CH songs, but this is a weak effort.
Finally, a Crowded House song that I find less than Most Excellent! :o
There seems to be a lot of love for the lyrics...I can't get past the lack of discernable melody, bombastic vocal tones, wayyyy too many crashing cymbals...to even want to hear the lyrics.
flandersdog wrote:
smashing, burning, exploding...all the ingredients of a good love song!
You got that right.
smashing, burning, exploding...all the ingredients of a good love song!
Love this song. Amazing!
Drummer4soul wrote:
You need to put this guy's song with Norah Jones' "don't know why I didn't come". :roflol:
Very droll ... still a brilliant song ...
Great song. Fantastic band. But it's a shame about Paul. :cry:
one of my most favorite Crowded House songs...thanks for playing it, RP!
hmmmm, can't seem to get into it.
noyou wrote:
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Crowded House - When You Come sorry 0/0 my attempt was refused (??)
You need to put this guy's song with Norah Jones' "don't know why I didn't come". :roflol:
one of my faves...most excellente!
mrselfdestruct wrote:
Pretty cool, Bill. I haven't heard this song anywhere but out of my own stereo. The only song I've ever heard with cumulonimbus in the lyrics.
I was driving home listening to a live version of this the other night and thought the same thing. Cumulonimbus isn't used very often in songs..... come to think of it, this might be the only time I've heard it. Neil is at an all-time high with his imagery in this song.
lotus_65 wrote:
not for me, sorry.
Nor for me, and I'm not sorry. It sounds like Gino Vanelli or somethin'. :-&
Pretty cool, Bill. I haven't heard this song anywhere but out of my own stereo. The only song I've ever heard with cumulonimbus in the lyrics.
My favourite song from Temple of Low Men. Thank you, Bill.
not for me, sorry.
Next to "Into Temptation", this is my favorite song from Temple Of Low Men. Beautiful imagery in this song....
Even a weak Crowded House song kicks butt
Glorious. One of my favorites.
Uploaded April 02, 2004