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Iron & Wine — Such Great Heights
Album: Garden State Soundtrack
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Released: 2004
Length: 4:07
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I am thinking it's a sign
That the freckles in our eyes are mirror images
And when we kiss they're perfectly aligned

And I have to speculate
That God himself did make us into corresponding shapes
Like puzzle pieces from the clay

And true, it may seem like a stretch
But it's thoughts like this that catch my troubled head when you're away
When I am missing you to death

When you are out there on the road
For several weeks of shows and when you scan the radio
I hope this song will guide you home

They will see us waving from such great heights
"Come down now," they'll say
But everything looks perfect from far away
"Come down now," but we'll stay

I tried my best to leave
This all on your machine but the persistent beat
It sounded thin upon listening

And that frankly will not fly
You'll hear the shrillest highs and lowest lows with the windows down
And this is guiding you home

They will see us waving from such great heights
"Come down now," they'll say
But everything looks perfect from far away
"Come down now," but we'll stay
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Hey, isn't this that M & M's tune from the pseudo 60's commercial?
No. First of all, the original is 100x better. Secondly, the original is only like 2 years old--not time for a cover.
Seems undeserving of the vitriol it has attracted here I think. It actually gave me a new sense of the mood of the lyrics, which do get swallowed up in the PS production, as much as I like it.
:puke:
:frustrated:
this is an absolute SuckFest for an already crappy saturday morning!! :stop: <-o<
enough already with this song
diane wrote:
"Iron" must be taking a holiday. Totally wimpy.
Return to sender: One (1) understanding of metaphor -- No "diane" at this address
annanyc wrote:
"insane"? "insult"? That seems harsh. I think this is a very intelligent re-arrangement. It actually matches the lyrics in sentiment. I like the original just as much as this (or vice versa?)
Yikes, I must agree with annanyc... For my money, the PS version is nothing to write home about -- energetic and compelling, but not wholly appropriate to the tone of the lyrics, and frankly, sort of annoying with the keyboard overkill. IMHO, Iron and Wine can do no wrong.
"Iron" must be taking a holiday. Totally wimpy.
abbefaith wrote:
you're insane!!! i like iron & wine, but this cover is an insult to the original.
"insane"? "insult"? That seems harsh. I think this is a very intelligent re-arrangement. It actually matches the lyrics in sentiment. I like the original just as much as this (or vice versa?)
tiger_town_trumpet wrote:
Love it. I never heard the PS version before hearing about it here, and -brace yourselves - I like this one WAY better. That 80's synth beat is awfully harsh and obnoxioius against the tender lyrics, and I can barely detect the melody over the noise. Kind of strange since that's the way it was intended, huh?
you're insane!!! i like iron & wine, but this cover is an insult to the original.
I love this band! It's nice and relaxing here at work...
GregK wrote:
Blech
Ditto! And I like some I&W songs
Love it. I never heard the PS version before hearing about it here, and -brace yourselves - I like this one WAY better. That 80's synth beat is awfully harsh and obnoxioius against the tender lyrics, and I can barely detect the melody over the noise. Kind of strange since that's the way it was intended, huh?
Blech
I like this song alot, I don't think I have even heard the original 8O Im going to try and find it now.
katzendogs wrote:
I'm waiting for something to bust loose here.Gawd,what the f*uck was that? No rate
I Highly Agree LOL 8O :stop: :stop: :stop: !!!!!
i keep waiting for tiny tim to come in with his ukelele ...
Either version, but I hold his dearer...
can I get a wakeup call... please!
The original is by Postal Service - which is one of my all time favorite bands right now. It lacks the luster of Postal Service, but Iron and Wine is the antipolish of the indie-pop world.
I like the original better. My acupuncturist played some of I&W's other stuff though, and it is nice edge-of-consciousness music.
DrLex wrote:
I don't know how they produced this, but when listening with headphones it's like I'm locked up with the musicians in a very small restroom.
And they're dead.
Like a sinking ship.
8)
heywood wrote:
This is bloody awful. These guys managed to take a great song and suck the life out of it completely. This version sounds like Mr. Rogers on horse tranquilizers. And I disagree, by the way, that it's overplayed -- here in the Bay Area, which is relatively progressive as far as radio stations go -- I hear this song (the original version, that is) maybe once a week on the radio, at most.
I'm waiting for something to bust loose here.Gawd,what the f*uck was that? No rate
This is bloody awful. These guys managed to take a great song and suck the life out of it completely. This version sounds like Mr. Rogers on horse tranquilizers. And I disagree, by the way, that it's overplayed -- here in the Bay Area, which is relatively progressive as far as radio stations go -- I hear this song (the original version, that is) maybe once a week on the radio, at most.
this is an unexpected & interesting spin on a great tune
Gregorama wrote:
Just heard this weekend that the Postal Service is being required by the U.S. Postal Service to quit using it's registered name.
The Postal Service settles with the United States Postal Service over bandname
To that end, part of the deal involves the possibility of Postal Service tunes being used in USPS ad campaigns and promotions. In turn, Sub Pop is considering, under the auspices of their newly minted licensing deal, using local postal outlets as distribution points for Give Up. Additionally, Tamborello and Gibbard will be tapped to play a gig at an annual USPS conference.
:lol: too much.
I don't know how they produced this, but when listening with headphones it's like I'm locked up with the musicians in a very small restroom.
:chillpill.gif:
Gregorama wrote:
Just heard this weekend that the Postal Service is being required by the U.S. Postal Service to quit using it's registered name.
Only in the USA...
the mark of a great song is its endless interpretability.
Just heard this weekend that the Postal Service is being required by the U.S. Postal Service to quit using it's registered name. As if someone might confuse the two...
barf - switching stations now!
asparklinggirl wrote:
what is up with this trend of remaking songs that a) still pretty new and b) don't really need to be redone?
you seem to imply that "remaking" or covering a song means that there was something wrong with the original, and i don't think so at all. some people may like one version over the other -- i happen to appreciate both for different reasons -- but i don't think the newer version was ever meant as a correction of the first. it's just different.
JCEntMan wrote:
Joseph Arthur meets Nick Drake? Nice and smooth-I like it!
My thoughts exactly! Neat cover.
Oooh -- I was hoping to hear this today. I have it on the Garden State soundtrack. (GREAT movie by the way.) I haven't heard any other version so I'm surprised to see all the posts about that. (I must say I NEVER listen to FM radio anymore -- can't take the commercials and stupid DJs.) Anyway, I thought this song was a little weird the first time I heard it, but I find it strangely addictive. I find myself singing it to myself all the time.
twiggy77 wrote:
yay for it not being the overplayed version plastered all over commercial radio
Chunnamark wrote:
That's a wierd thing to say.
well, maybe not "all over" but i've heard it probably 3 or 4 days in a row (twice on one of those days) on my way to and from work on a commercial radio station based in hanover, new hampshire (99.3 -- WFRD) anywhoo, i like this version better.
Another selection from the wonderful Garden State soundtrack. See the movie while it's still out!
what is up with this trend of remaking songs that a) still pretty new and b) don't really need to be redone?
twiggy77 wrote:
yay for it not being the overplayed version plastered all over commercial radio
That's a wierd thing to say. I only heard the Postal Service on one station here in Boston; that one station being an independent one. I think Ben Gibbard and Co. don't get nearly enough credit for their work. But maybe they don't get as much press here as on the left coast. But anyway, I wish they did get played a lot more on commercial radio here... Now that I'm done talking about the Postal Service, I also want to say that Iron and Wine have such a cool, eerie sound... more please? :clap:
Joseph Arthur meets Nick Drake? Nice and smooth-I like it!
A reviewer said ," It's sad to hear great music for the first time." That captures this well for me. Thinking we will hear more from I&W.
i like this! an unfamiliar spin on a very familiar tune. nicely done.
I like the Postal Service better, but this version actually makes me listen to the words :chillpill.gif:
yay for it not being the overplayed version plastered all over commercial radio
oooh nice.