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Sarah McLachlan — Elsewhere
Album: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
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Released: 1993
Length: 4:39
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I love the time
and inbetween
the calm inside me in the space
where I can breathe

I believe there is a distance
I have wandered to touch upon the years of
reaching out
and reaching in
holding out
holding in.

I believe
this is heaven
to no one else but me
and I'll defend it as long as
I can be
left here to linger
in silence
if I
choose to
would you
try to
understand.

I know this love
is passing time
passing through like liquid
I am drunk in my desire
but I love the way you smile at me
I love the way your hands reach out and
hold me near..

I believe..

I believe
this is heaven
to no one else but me
and I'll defend it as long as
I can be
left here to linger
in silence
if I
choose to
would you
try to
understand.

Oh the quiet child
awaits the day
when she can break free
the mold that clings like desperation.

Mother
can't you see I've got to
live my life the way I feel is
right for me
might not be right for you but it's
right for me..

I believe...

I believe
this is heaven
to no one else but me
and I'll defend it as long as
I can be
left here to linger
in silence
if I
choose to
would you
try to
understand it.

I would
like to
linger
here in
silence
if I
choose to
would you
try to
understand...
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Is this song terrible or am I just too tired to hear it?
 fatcatjb wrote:
so many negative comments! I have always loved this song...Sarah came along at the perfect time as a strong female singer with a message
 

 
couldn't agree more.  She was ruined by the "radio".  This album was so poignant and so important for so many women when it came out.  
so many negative comments! I have always loved this song...Sarah came along at the perfect time as a strong female singer with a message
 
 ThePoose wrote:


Canada apologizes for nothing.

Remember who got their ass kicked in the War of 1812.
My favourite moment? When we flushed the President out of the White House, went in and ate his dinner ready on the table, then torched the place.

Bet they don't teach you about that in US history class, do they?

 
{#Redface}

Well...OK...but, but...your beer sucks!


TV ad showing
"Where's the dumpster?"

 
please stop, this is so bad it actually hurts my ears at certain moments in the song,{#Beat}  
 On_The_Beach wrote:

That's what your wife's always telling you.

 
Now,,,, That's really funny. I love how the comments of the past create moments of opportunity here. Funny, good, bad, whatever. 
 akdavey wrote:
Blech. Wake me when it's over.
 
That's what your wife's always telling you.
Gorgeous. Lovely song from a great album, stuns me each time.
 Sunman wrote:

Ack, i'm with you.

 

Simply beautiful, that is all I can say. Thank you Sarah.
 akdavey wrote:
Blech. Wake me when it's over.

 
Ack, i'm with you.
Blech. Wake me when it's over.
Her voice raises gooesbumps on my arm and derails my train of thought. 

"Would you try to understand?"  Yes, I would.
i believe
 
 drivingunit103 wrote:
 ThePoose wrote:


Canada apologizes for nothing.

Remember who got their ass kicked in the War of 1812.
My favourite moment? When we flushed the President out of the White House, went in and ate his dinner ready on the table, then torched the place.

Bet they don't teach you about that in US history class, do they?

We even hung around for a couple of days after, waiting for you to come back out of the woods. You didn't, so we got drunk and went home. History bites!!!

 

 lazylemming wrote:
I didn't care for too much of her stuff after this album... but that may only be because this was such an outstanding album!
 


Great album...weak song
Yes, the whole album was pretty good! {#Cheers}
I didn't care for too much of her stuff after this album... but that may only be because this was such an outstanding album!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Take Rush! Please!!
 
We'll take yours if you take ours!
William Shatner will host the Juno awards this weekend. Our equivalent to the Grammy's. The guy ends up in the strangest places.
Interested in what is award worthy up here?

https://junoawards.ca/2012-juno-awards/ 
 ThePoose wrote:


Canada apologizes for nothing.

Remember who got their ass kicked in the War of 1812.
My favourite moment? When we flushed the President out of the White House, went in and ate his dinner ready on the table, then torched the place.

Bet they don't teach you about that in US history class, do they?

We even hung around for a couple of days after, waiting for you to come back out of the woods. You didn't, so we got drunk and went home. History bites!!!

 RadioDoc wrote:

Yet, you give William Shatner an 8.
 
Don't be busting on Captain Kirk. 

This mopey weepy tune does nothing. 

Such poetic artistry and such a beautiful song.....


 raerae333 wrote:

i was 15, this was one of maybe 8 CDs I owned - the enitire album still holds up quite well 17 years later
 
You were 15 17 years ago?
Man I'm old. 
 
 ThePoose wrote:


Canada apologizes for nothing.

Remember who got their ass kicked in the War of 1812.
My favourite moment? When we flushed the President out of the White House, went in and ate his dinner ready on the table, then torched the place.

Bet they don't teach you about that in US history class, do they?
 

not even for  The Arrogant Worms ?
 yodasan_magoo wrote:
Anytime you and that soft rock band called Rush decide to escape the repressive culture of Canada by becoming illegal aliens, you are welcomed in the U.S.
 
Take Rush! Please!!
Anytime you and that soft rock band called Rush decide to escape the repressive culture of Canada by becoming illegal aliens, you are welcomed in the U.S.

 th3boon wrote:
Yeah she's one of those that makes me turn off the RP. :(

Canada apologizes, again.
 

Canada apologizes for nothing.

Remember who got their ass kicked in the War of 1812.
My favourite moment? When we flushed the President out of the White House, went in and ate his dinner ready on the table, then torched the place.

Bet they don't teach you about that in US history class, do they?


From an 8, to a 9!
elsewhere, please.
Skin tingling!

Sasssy!
"I'm drunk on my desire" - nice line :). This song expresses what it must be to fall completely head over heels in love. Lovely, 8 from the Nottingham jury.
 raerae333 wrote:

i was 15, this was one of maybe 8 CDs I owned - the enitire album still holds up quite well 17 years later

 
one of the all time GREAT albums

Personally, I wish she would just go... Elsewhere. Except for the rare song of hers, she grates on my nerves.
 aquadonia wrote:
Hmmm... {#Ask}  Maybe I ought to finally pick up this album? I rather like this song...
 
If you like this, go for it; you won't be disappointed. This is probably one of the weaker songs on the album.
 aquadonia wrote:
Hmmm... {#Ask}  Maybe I ought to finally pick up this album? I rather like this song...

 
i was 15, this was one of maybe 8 CDs I owned - the enitire album still holds up quite well 17 years later

Hmmm... {#Ask}  Maybe I ought to finally pick up this album? I rather like this song...

Yay Bill!  Thanks for the extended classic girly music set and balancing out all this masculine rock. :-D
I love the harmonies in this song.  Brilliant album.  Brilliant singer/songerwriter.
 shmuelman wrote:
I have always felt Sarah McLachlan's whole-hearted earnestness and straightforward tunes typify a kind of mediocrity best represented by the completely unlistenable Indigo Girls.

 
Agreed.


{#Angel}

This is godlike.  The perfect song for my day.
Also one of my favorite songs and albums.
I can't believe I found a radio station that plays the likes of Stones, Pearl Jam, Beck, AND Sarah McLachlan.
I'm in heaven... no, PARADISE!
 secretsauce wrote:
This entire CD is as close to perfect as you can get.  (Breaks my heart every time.)
 

I agree. One of my favorite CDs. Every track is solid, I think, and a couple ("Possession", in particular) are absolutely amazing.
 RadioDoc wrote:
If this album doesn't get you laid, nothing will.

8+
 

That's pretty much true.  But besides that, I really like her music and song style.  Smooth as honey.
 shmuelman wrote:
I have always felt Sarah McLachlan's whole-hearted earnestness and straightforward tunes typify a kind of mediocrity best represented by the completely unlistenable Indigo Girls.


 
Yet, you give William Shatner an 8.

 californiatwin wrote:
Great song - like it better live, but this is good too.

 
Agreed.  Saw her shortly after this was released in 1994 at Skyline Stage in Chicago (before they screwed up the view of the actual skyline), and she melted the entire audience of 500 or so of us. 

I have always felt Sarah McLachlan's whole-hearted earnestness and straightforward tunes typify a kind of mediocrity best represented by the completely unlistenable Indigo Girls.

This entire CD is as close to perfect as you can get.  (Breaks my heart every time.)
If this album doesn't get you laid, nothing will.

8+
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is a magnificent album.
One of her best.
I love her voice. Cool how she does her own harmonies.
Great song - like it better live, but this is good too.
th3boon wrote:
Yeah she's one of those that makes me turn off the RP. :( Canada apologizes, again.
No, we don't. Or rather, I don't. Don't let the virtual door hit your ass on the way out.
maxmox wrote:
Olympian? What is/was her sport? I couldn't see a mention on the Wiki site.
Weight-lifting. Not. It's the Order of British Columbia medal.
Yes, she is the musical equivalent of a chick flick. But damn she has a beautiful voice and sings some moving songs.
Awesome song. Thanks Alvaro
Puke? Now come on. I would think there are alot more songs that would qualify as puke. I mean, I could name quite a few others before I would get down to this one.
bdblinux wrote:
puke
My thoughts exactly.
Get me the bucket!
puke
Josephine wrote:
sarah, you're words, emotive voice, incredible. you pour out your heart in your songs, no other way to do it :notworthy:
I agree.
sarah, you're words, emotive voice, incredible. you pour out your heart in your songs, no other way to do it :notworthy:
The best thing I can say about this song is that it isn't Adia.
Fiji5555 wrote:
I love this album the most too. Her music helped me through some rough times with grace and beauty :cheers: :yes: :sunny:
me too.
I loved this album and still like some of the songs, but I think we are dipping too much into this album lately - just my opinion.....
Yeah she's one of those that makes me turn off the RP. :( Canada apologizes, again.
Boooorrring - what a way to bring down the high resulting from PT.
NorthernLad wrote:
Here is Sarah with her Olympic medal.
Olympian? What is/was her sport? I couldn't see a mention on the Wiki site.
This particular playing does not seem like the album cut. Is it possible that it is from a different source than Fumbling?
I had to turn this off... Its been months since I did that...
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Mirrorball are my two favorites and she is fabulous in a live performance. :music: Sarah is also a lovely person, both inside and out.
ladybinnath wrote:
This album and Solace are her best IMO. Speaking of Solace, I am at a loss to explain why Bill and Rebecca have added the excellent "Path of Thorns" to the library but never actually played it.
I love this album the most too. Her music helped me through some rough times with grace and beauty :cheers: :yes: :sunny:
This probably is my favorite SML song, but something about it bothers me each time I hear it... I think it's because I hear the seeds of something spectacular in it, and as soon as I do, it heads off in another direction. Hard to explain, but it's a personal quirk. Nice to hear this on RP every time.
whoah... this is pretty jarring right after hearing zappa!
Always been one of my favorite SM tunes. Thanks!
impressing voice, impressing music, what else does a good song need? voted 8
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
My ex-gf loved Sarah and she dumped me therefore I hate her and McLachlan. Irrational, I know. She gets a "1".
:moon: Um.....just a guess here, but maybe it's you.
bokey wrote:
She makes me just want to hug her but she'd probaly call the cops and write a song about it.
:lol: :lol: That is so funny! Someone who can sing like that is not of this Earth. But I bet JoJo makes more money. Strange world...
:cheers:
kmh wrote:
You can't deny that this is a beautiful song? Can you?
Its awful....when will it stop?
She makes me just want to hug her but she'd probaly call the cops and write a song about it.
djinnthespazz wrote:
I like her early stuff much better than the later.
This album and Solace are her best IMO. Speaking of Solace, I am at a loss to explain why Bill and Rebecca have added the excellent "Path of Thorns" to the library but never actually played it.
Love this woman, really dig the album, the album cover, and the title: Stumbling Towards Ecstacy is just how I feel it, live it, Elsewhere, :meditate: ah! or rather, om!
Again, I adore her singing voice... but this one drags a bit. Her more intense stuff (like "Fear") is more enjoyable to me.
NorthernLad wrote:
Here is Sarah with her Olympic medal.
Special Olympics? :ask:
Here is Sarah with her Olympic medal.
I love this song. It doesn't make much sense, but then when does a great song need to?
whoa this takes me back!
I like her early stuff much better than the later.
Fumbling toward xtc, it's the way to go :meditate: Much more of Sarah and I'll be in Nirvana, well, Elsewhere at least :wink:
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
She gets a "1".
Your ex gets a 1? :wink:
MojoJojo wrote:
Yes, unfortunately I can. When I heard this song start I thought, oh cool, a Sarah McLachlan song! There are a lot of Sarah's songs that are so beautiful and moving, but this one seemed disjointed. I guess it disappointed me because it let down my high expectations when I first heard her voice.
disjointed but beautifully disjointed..... IMO
Yes, unfortunately I can. When I heard this song start I thought, oh cool, a Sarah McLachlan song! There are a lot of Sarah's songs that are so beautiful and moving, but this one seemed disjointed. I guess it disappointed me because it let down my high expectations when I first heard her voice. kmh wrote:
You can't deny that this is a beautiful song? Can you?
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
My ex-gf loved Sarah and she dumped me therefore I hate her and McLachlan. Irrational, I know.
Bad karma, man. Get a grip of your mind, for your own sake if not for anyone else's.....
horstman wrote:
Let me explain something to you. Your rationale for hating Sarah McLachlan is flawed. But then your girlfriend found this out; and now we have too. :clap:
Your reading of his microstory is flawed. He didn't say anything about why his girlfriend dumped him. As to the song...eh, call it 6.
You can't deny that this is a beautiful song? Can you?
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
My ex-gf loved Sarah and she dumped me therefore I hate her and McLachlan. Irrational, I know. She gets a "1".
Let me explain something to you. Your rationale for hating Sarah McLachlan is flawed. But then your girlfriend found this out; and now we have too. :clap:
My ex-gf loved Sarah and she dumped me therefore I hate her and McLachlan. Irrational, I know. She gets a "1".
coding_to_music wrote:
Um, 11 ?
Not even close. Time to go do the laundry...
i'm destined to associated this album with my strange, interesting, crazy college years. not such a bad thing, methinks. the live version of this song is great too-completely different feel.
i prefer the version by Chingy
coding_to_music wrote:
Um, 11 ?
No.
Um, 11 ?
:heartkiss:
This was my song with my first love. I still think this is Sarah's best album, and where I kind of fell off liking her stuff as much. But this song still gets me, dead on target.
...thing about Sarah is that she has a hard time writing/recording anything I don't like. She shall live among the greats. Top notch in many ways, Beautiful* :clap: :cheers: :clap: *very pleasing and impressive to listen to, touch(?) or especially to look at. Encarta┬« World English Dictionary ┬ę 1999
Bought the album. It was a mistake. Close to muzak!
Once again simply outstanding and the reason I listen to Radio Paradise, keep up the good work Bill. :clap: :yes: :notworthy:
halfgazo wrote:
Every song on this CD was absolutely brilliant and I'm not saying that because she's Canadian.
...but rather because she's from Vancouver. :lol: I agree, though, about the album. (Except for "Good Enough".)
Every song on this CD was absolutely brilliant and I'm not saying that because she's Canadian.
This song brings back great memories! Not a sad song at all-- passionate, rather.
pianocomposer wrote:
As an artist, I can definitely attest that melancholy is a good medium for getting people to think deeply about worthy subjects. Her "sound" is wistful and sad, but the lyrics in this case aren't particularly sad...just longing. Kind've like a k.d. lang song. Isn't Sarah gay? (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
Nope, married to her drummer, I believe (Ashwin Sood), with a daughter named India.
meghan89 wrote:
someone needs to give her a balloon and take her to the park or something. Is she ever happy?
As an artist, I can definitely attest that melancholy is a good medium for getting people to think deeply about worthy subjects. Her "sound" is wistful and sad, but the lyrics in this case aren't particularly sad...just longing. Kind've like a k.d. lang song. Isn't Sarah gay? (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
meghan89 wrote:
someone needs to give her a balloon and take her to the park or something. Is she ever happy?
"I know this love is passing time Passing through like liquid I am drunk in my desire... But I love the way you smile at me I love the way your hands reach out and hold me near... I believe... I believe This is heaven to no one else but me And I'll defend it as long as I can be..." this song doesn't strike me as particularly sad. Poignant, maybe, and certainly not balloons and clowns happy, but I think there's some element of joy in it.
Hannio wrote:
And so the children refuse to learn from their parents' painfully acquired wisdom, as it has always been.
and the children will also teach their parents, with the lessons they will learn.
someone needs to give her a balloon and take her to the park or something. Is she ever happy?