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Massive Attack — Protection
Album: Protection
Avg rating:
7.9

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Total ratings: 2819









Released: 1995
Length: 7:46
Plays (last 30 days): 1
This girl I know needs some shelter
She don't believe anyone can help her
She's doing so much harm, doing so much damage
But you don't want to get involved, you tell her she can manage
And you can't change the way she feels
But you could put your arms around her
I know you want to live yourself, but could you forgive yourself
If you left her just the way, you found her

I stand in front of you, I'll take the force of the blow, protection
I stand in front of you, I'll take the force of the blow, protection

You're a boy and I'm a girl
But you know you can lean on me
And I don't have no fear, I'll take on any man here
Who says that's not the way it should be

I stand in front of you, I'll take the force of the blow, protection
I stand in front of you, I'll take the force of the blow, protection

She's a girl and you're a boy
Sometimes you look so small, look so small
You've got a baby of your own when your baby's grown
She'll be the one to catch you when you fall

I stand in front of you, I'll take the force of the blow, protection
I stand in front of you, I'll take the force of the blow, protection
You're a girl and I'm a boy, you're a girl and I'm a boy, yeah
You're a girl and I'm a boy, you're a girl and I'm a boy, hey
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Thanks Bill for taking GEMS like this one out of the box where they were sitting for too long... 
I've been trying to enjoy this music for years, but it's hopeless, I can not help but find it annoying and boring
their best.
stunning. have always love Massive Attack
Tracey Thorn!  I had no idea this is the singer from "Everything But the Girl"
8 to 9. Thanks Bill for turning me on to this band. Long live RP.
<3 Tracey. 
On the heels of Stand or Fall from the Fixx; nice one, Bill. Another beautiful and bleak song about our deeply broken world.
This was our wedding waltz song in January 1995....still married.
Loving this on a California Sunday afternoon!
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..........truly brilliant 
Blue Lines and Mezzanine exist on a very different plane. A much higher one.
Yet another early entry in my RP Favorites playlist. My friends love it almost as much as I. And wonder where I came up with such wonderful music!
Groups like Massive Attack and Portishead were truly what trip-hop was all about. Like just about every other genre, they inspired a lot of dreck masquerading as good music by grafting on those beats. But, others - like EBTG - were inspired by the two giants and crafted some great songs themselves. Some good stuff here.
Tracey Thorn and Poe only a few hours apart on the playlist. Can't ask for anything better. Thanks BillG.
 Lemonhead wrote:
Never ages. Always sounds as fresh as first day I heard.{#Notworthy} 

 
And no preservatives either. How do they do it?!
 kcar wrote:

Huh?

What are you getting up to in Nassau?

ear-pulling contest with two people and rubber band

 
Brilliant.
Never ages. Always sounds as fresh as first day I heard.{#Notworthy} 
 maxjboxer wrote:
Thanks Bill and Rebecca for a terrific run of music over the last several hours.

 
...or should one say "a terrific run of music over the last" 17 years?

Funny thing is the 1st song I remember hearing on RP was James Blunt's "Wiseman" about 11 years ago now.

 


Said it before, this takes me to a horizontal position from the past.
Hi Pam. {#Hug} 
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:

So do I. But this is Tracey Thorn {#Shifty}

 
Yep. Her voice is unmistakable.
cool on the JB wah piece....until it becomes super irritating
like Chinese water torture  
The mix this morning is mind-blowing. That is all
Yeah this has been a good stretch of music and I love this song
Solid.
Thanks Bill and Rebeca for a terrific run of music over the last several hours.
Tracey:

"Beautiful and sophifisticated woman that will probably never give you the time of day. Generally Traceys have advanced degrees, wear very high heels and know that you are not worthy.  "
Rubbed from some reference or t'other. 

 Stratocaster wrote:
If I hold my ears just right, this sounds like George Michael.

 
{#Roflol}
This album is incredible and may even be better than their excellent début Blue Lines.

 
 Stratocaster wrote:
If I hold my ears just right, this sounds like George Michael.

 
Huh?

What are you getting up to in Nassau?

ear-pulling contest with two people and rubber band
Perfect song to write to... Have always loved this; what a great voice, and what a nice, slow, chillin' groove... smooth as silk, for sure...
No doubt that is Tracy Thorn from Everything But the Girl.  Lovin it.
Very easy 9 from a very easy 10 band. They're the Midas of trip-hop.
{#Hearteyes}
{#Cowboy}
 ckcotton wrote:
Truly not their best

 
well, it's not. It was an 'Everything but the girl' thing they remixed....it's nice. These guys really don't do anything that's not nice.

If I hold my ears just right, this sounds like George Michael.
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:

So do I. But this is Tracey Thorn {#Shifty}

 
"Everything But The Girl" sound confirmed. :)
Sounds a lot like the group "Everything But The Girl".  
 Piranga wrote:
Incredibly beautiful.

 
Agreed! Her voice enchants me!
Incredibly beautiful.
 hempmandan wrote:
Love Beth Orton
 
So do I. But this is Tracey Thorn {#Shifty}
Love Beth Orton
 
 fitmartin wrote:
Always loved this womans voice, has a quality very unique and soothing!

Thanks Bill! solid 9

 
Yes
This IS my wife... {#Hearteyes}
For a male, I'm a romantic sap - this song is gorgeous!! {#Kiss}
Always loved this womans voice, has a quality very unique and soothing!

Thanks Bill! solid 9
Can tell that's Tracey Thorn, all right.
Truly not their best


Just.  So.  Good...
 NeuroGeek wrote:
First song all day that made me look up....liking this.  Can't believe I've not heard it before now (on RP).

 
This song is so good for the ears on this sunny September afternoon. {#Cheers}
First song all day that made me look up....liking this.  Can't believe I've not heard it before now (on RP).
A stunningly beautiful song that is not widely known. 10.
I had to mark this back to 9. . . just so I had the satisfaction of giving it a 10 again. 
 ncollingridge wrote:
This IS the original song from the original album it first appeared on. It is a Massive Attack song featuring Tracey Thorn, who is also half of Everything But The Girl. It is (IMHV) a great song with a great vocal performance from a great band.
 
Absolutely.
 leafmold wrote:
Does it sound to anyone else that she says "Your're a boy, and I'm a man?"

 
No.
Incredibly powerful and beautiful.
Does it sound to anyone else that she says "Your're a boy, and I'm a man?"
{#Clap}    {#Clap}    {#Clap}     OUTSTANDING song from a OUTSTANDING album
 jnhashmi wrote:
Please make it stop. This is repetitive, boring and LONG.

 
You are moving through life way too quickly.....slow down. 
This IS the original song from the original album it first appeared on. It is a Massive Attack song featuring Tracey Thorn, who is also half of Everything But The Girl. It is (IMHV) a great song with a great vocal performance from a great band.
As far as I knew this was Tracey Thorn on vocals from Everything but the girl.  It sounds like the original song?  I apologize for my ignorance but did Massive Attack re mix the song?
 
 rdo wrote:
It is unfortunate that the CD listed is Blue Lines.  I own a copy of Blue Lines, and this is not on it.  If I go to Amazon or Wiki right now, I still do not see it on Blue Lines.


As far a music taste goes...this song is better than any of the songs on Blue Lines.


Score one for RP?  Not sure.       {#Confused}

 
Edit:  mission accomplished.  CD cover art and title updated based on my post. (this happens a lot -- the power of good journalism)
 merrickw wrote:
Sade?

 
{#No}
 AndyJ wrote:
Sounds like Tracey Thorn of EBTG and her own efforts...

Hypnotic... Listening to her makes the machine fly faster and rise abover the roadway by a few feet...
Just so smooth and so much human emotion...

 
Yeah, I came here with the same thought.  I totally agree on her voice too, always a nice listen...
 Webfoot wrote:
Tracey Thorn I believe...EBTG.

 

Woops. I'm a little slow on the draw. Story of my life. 

Seductive voice though. 
Tracey Thorn I believe...EBTG.
Sounds like Tracey Thorn of EBTG and her own efforts...

Hypnotic... Listening to her makes the machine fly faster and rise abover the roadway by a few feet...
Just so smooth and so much human emotion...
I've heard this quite a few times here and always assumed it was EBTG.
 yahig wrote:
Imogen   ?

 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracey_Thorn
Imogen   ?
Sade...ish...
 BazH wrote:
Thats what is playing today, so its all repeats?
 
Welcome, BazH!
    
Yes, occasionally short playlists repeat.  Without posts from other listeners, it's hard to discover when.  Bill has this whole DJ-mixed radio format, portions recorded, some live, automated internet radio thing down pretty well.
 
There are song comments here and a wide variety of forums under the "Community" tab.  AND, there's a global map showing listener locations on the Home Page.  (That feature is way cool.)
It is unfortunate that the CD listed is Blue Lines.  I own a copy of Blue Lines, and this is not on it.  If I go to Amazon or Wiki right now, I still do not see it on Blue Lines.


As far a music taste goes...this song is better than any of the songs on Blue Lines.


Score one for RP?  Not sure.       {#Confused}
Hypnotic with a slight tinge of Everything But the Girl...really like this. Chord changes are absolutely stellar.
 merrickw wrote:
Sade?

 
Has it ever occurred to you that there may be more than one female singer in the world?
 BCarn wrote:
We be dancin'. Everybody in my hotel room loves this song! ....just kidding. I'm not in a hotel room and only a few people like this song. And I'm not romeotuna.{#Lol}
 
Ha!! What is up with those posts anyway? 
 posworld wrote:
This is the tune that got me into Massive Attack.
 
yeah. THE SHIT in 94.
Sweet youth memories... good musicians with brains... nice female vocals
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
This is why I love RP... Lots of excellent songs better then any compouter will ever choose.

Massive Attack - Protection
U2 - In God's Country
Broken Bells - The High Road
Elvis Costello - Everyday I Write the Book

 
 
Thats what is playing today, so its all repeats?
Sade?
We be dancin'. Everybody in my hotel room loves this song! ....just kidding. I'm not in a hotel room and only a few people like this song. And I'm not romeotuna.{#Lol}
 unclehud wrote:
Guitar twang reminds me of "The Big Payback," from James Brown.  OK, so what if my ears work weird?
 

that's a sample - that's it
the big pyback - revenge - i need some get back - hit me!  
I thought this sounded a lot like Everything but the Girl (EBTG) so I did a little digging and found this.

"In the 1990s, she(Tracey Thorn from EBTG) collaborated with Massive Attack on several projects, including the soundtrack for the motion picture Batman Forever where she contributed with "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game". Their first project together was the song "Protection" from the album by Massive Attack of the same name. She also sings on the track "Better Things". -Wikipedia


 PeteyGreens wrote:
Tracey, my love!
 
What a wonderful voice. I understand her decision to retire in order to raise her children, but that's our loss sadly.

I was just telling a young student about "emotional involvement" in a voice. I wish I had used Tracey as an example, but I did use Patty Griffin and a few others. 
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
This is why I love RP... Lots of excellent songs better then any compouter will ever choose.

Massive Attack - Protection
U2 - In God's Country
Broken Bells - The High Road
Elvis Costello - Everyday I Write the Book

 

 
And exactly why I hate Pandora and other "radio" apps!  Randomly chosen songs based on "preference" will never replace good taste and an even better ear!


 PeteyGreens wrote:
Tracey, my love!
 
Love her voice—evocative. 
This is why I love RP... Lots of excellent songs better then any compouter will ever choose.

Massive Attack - Protection
U2 - In God's Country
Broken Bells - The High Road
Elvis Costello - Everyday I Write the Book

 

Tracey, my love!
 Great song.  
First time I've heard this and I like it.
echoes of Corinne Drewery in Tracey's vocal style and range too...
very nice...

Please make it stop. This is repetitive, boring and LONG.
 Cynaera wrote:

Maybe, in light of this song, I should re-submit a couple of EBTG songs. I really love their stuff. My friend sent me the CD of "Amplified Heart," and it's STILL in my CD player, in rotation.

I like this song, too - Ms. Thorn's vocals are wonderful when backed with Massive Attack's instruments and quirky timing. Yep - good song. To quote Romeotuma (who has been scarily absent lately!), this song is SO good for the ears....{#Bounce}
 

Yeah, actually pulled up the playlist to see if this was EBTG... Looks like they've been played recently!  Throw my vote in for more EBTG.

 Cynaera wrote:

Maybe, in light of this song, I should re-submit a couple of EBTG songs. I really love their stuff. My friend sent me the CD of "Amplified Heart," and it's STILL in my CD player, in rotation.

I like this song, too - Ms. Thorn's vocals are wonderful when backed with Massive Attack's instruments and quirky timing. Yep - good song. To quote Romeotuma (who has been scarily absent lately!), this song is SO good for the ears....{#Bounce}
  Agree 100%!

Massive Attack over the years has significantly different sounds depending on when the track was recording.  I love Protection and Danny the Dog, but am not too fond of some of their newer tracks (which I'm guessing is what the concert you went to was covering).  So to answer your question, while there is a fair number of songs that bear some resemblance to this, they have some that certainly don't as well.  I'd suggest seeing what you can hear of some of their older work.

Also, still love this song.  I think it was my introduction to the general world of Trip Hop back when I first heard it.
OK, I'm really confused here and would appreciate some help.  I recently saw Massive Attack live (November 2010) and they were nothing like this

I saw an incredibly loud band with fast-beat trance music and no singer.  (Maybe one or two songs had lyrics out of the ten-song set.)  Only good thing: Their backdrop was an ingenious lightboard that appealed to a geek like me.  It displayed lots of politically motivated stuff, but I couldn't connect the text with anything played or sung, so it lost value rapidly and began to distract me from the music — alleged music.

Didn't like them when I saw them, but like this a BUNCH.  Is this song a glimpse of their former musical tastes?
 Aegean wrote:

It's good to see the Consistency Police is on the beat...  the lyrics of the two songs are miles apart on the "depth" scale...  that said, I don't know how "Teardrop" got tagged with an "8"...  I stand corrected...  that will be downgraded forthwith, perhaps to a "5"...  feel better now, Tex?  {#Cowboy}

My original comment on this song more than a year ago (you can see how rarely I revisit songs which - er - do not appeal to me!) was unnecessarily harsh.  Every song has its enthusiasts (I see you rated the two songs "10" and "9", respectively).  There is no need to step on that enthusiasm.

Sorry!  When time permits, I will go through my ratings history and delete such comments in general.

In the future, I will reach for the MUTE button rather than my keyboard...  although it is going to be tough to stifle myself with most jazz! 
{#Rolleyes}

 
I don't give two shits what you do, Pardner. I just thought, and still do think, that liking the one and hating the other was strange. I didn't realize you were the only one entitled to opinions around here. {#Umbrella}

Mmmm...great, relaxing groove.
 ziggytrix (Dallas, TX) wrote:


You gave Teardrop an 8, yet you hate this song?

That's just bizarre. 
 
It's good to see the Consistency Police is on the beat...  the lyrics of the two songs are miles apart on the "depth" scale...  that said, I don't know how "Teardrop" got tagged with an "8"...  I stand corrected...  that will be downgraded forthwith, perhaps to a "5"...  feel better now, Tex?  {#Cowboy}

My original comment on this song more than a year ago (you can see how rarely I revisit songs which - er - do not appeal to me!) was unnecessarily harsh.  Every song has its enthusiasts (I see you rated the two songs "10" and "9", respectively).  There is no need to step on that enthusiasm.

Sorry!  When time permits, I will go through my ratings history and delete such comments in general.

In the future, I will reach for the MUTE button rather than my keyboard...  although it is going to be tough to stifle myself with most jazz! 
{#Rolleyes}

Guitar twang reminds me of "The Big Payback," from James Brown.  OK, so what if my ears work weird?
 KeithT wrote:
Love the song and most of Massive Attack's work.  A technicality on this listing, though.  I believe this song was available only on the albums "Protection" and "Collected".  As I recall, "Blue Lines" (as credited here), was the debut album and wasn't recorded with Tracy Thorne, who (I think) is the singer here.

Perhaps an edit to the song details is needed?
 
Yes, the CD depicted is Protection.

 ziakut wrote:

Totally hear what you're hearing. 
 

Tracey Thorne - the same in both.
 Jonathan_pa wrote:
Anybody else getting tones of "Everything but The Girl?"
 
Totally hear what you're hearing. 
 Jonathan_pa wrote:
Anybody else getting tones of "Everything but The Girl?"
 
I have no idea what you're talking about.

j/k...

Love the song and most of Massive Attack's work.  A technicality on this listing, though.  I believe this song was available only on the albums "Protection" and "Collected".  As I recall, "Blue Lines" (as credited here), was the debut album and wasn't recorded with Tracy Thorne, who (I think) is the singer here.

Perhaps an edit to the song details is needed?
Anybody else getting tones of "Everything but The Girl?"
Somewhat repetitive, but the beautiful voice and flow make up for it. Very easy to listen to.

Like it when RP plays music like this. 
 Spud wrote:
That song has very special memories for me, I am also a big fan of EBTG.  I read recently that Tracey Thorn is back in the studio.

 
Maybe, in light of this song, I should re-submit a couple of EBTG songs. I really love their stuff. My friend sent me the CD of "Amplified Heart," and it's STILL in my CD player, in rotation.

I like this song, too - Ms. Thorn's vocals are wonderful when backed with Massive Attack's instruments and quirky timing. Yep - good song. To quote Romeotuma (who has been scarily absent lately!), this song is SO good for the ears....{#Bounce}
That song has very special memories for me, I am also a big fan of EBTG.  I read recently that Tracey Thorn is back in the studio.

 daigoro wrote:
One of the ultimate make out songs and one of my favorite MA tunes.
 
Agreed, to both points : )

Love This Song! Love This Album!
 Aegean wrote:

I had to go SEVEN MONTHS BACK to find a perceptive comment...  this is repetitive and BOOOOORING, and it never ends!!!  {#Puke}
 

You gave Teardrop an 8, yet you hate this song?

That's just bizarre. 
 ambrebalte wrote:

Nice to hear this now, trying to emerge from last night party. We are in the New Year. The first day is already in its afternoon when you guys, over there, far away, opposite side of the planet, are just about to make your wishes. Strange planet...
Happy new year, best wishes to everybody. May this year bring peace, wisdom and love.

Blue Moon


  Amen, Bro!! (nice moon btw)


Nice to hear this now, trying to emerge from last night party. We are in the New Year. The first day is already in its afternoon when you guys, over there, far away, opposite side of the planet, are just about to make your wishes. Strange planet...
Happy new year, best wishes to everybody. May this year bring peace, wisdom and love.

Blue Moon


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf6xxjqPKmw&feature=fvst

The film clip is wonderful
 Aegean wrote:

I had to go SEVEN MONTHS BACK to find a perceptive comment...  this is repetitive and BOOOOORING, and it never ends!!!  {#Puke}
 
Another one joining the AdyMiles - Excelsior crew {#Wink}

 derekd wrote:
Own this album. Every track great. Not only is Everything But the Girl singer on it (that you're hearing now), so is Sinead and the lead singer of Cocteau Twins.
 
Tracey Thorn, Sinead O'Connor and Elizabeth Fraser...now that's a triple play!

Own this album. Every track great. Not only is Everything But the Girl singer on it (that you're hearing now), so is Sinead and the lead singer of Cocteau Twins.