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Ryan Adams — Easy Plateau
Album: Cold Roses
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Released: 2005
Length: 5:07
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Let's take a ride to the easy plateau
Where the cold don't come and the wind don't blow
Moonlight flickers on the water below
The orange grove blossoms in the orange grove
Bad nights lead to better days
It doesn't matter but I think about it anyway

I want an easy plateau, some place to rest my head
I want an easy plateau, some place to rest my head
For a while, for a while, for a while, for a little while

Sleepyhead, come on let's take a ride
To the easy plateau in the back of your mind
Up through the alley, take the door under the stairs
My head ain't feeling nothing but cats and rocking chairs
Bad nights lead to better days
It never happens but I think about it anyway

I want an easy plateau, some place to rest my head
I want an easy plateau, some place to rest my head
For a while, for a while, for a while, for a little while

How do I hold on to you
If I can't hold on to me
How do I hold on to you

I want an easy plateau, some place to rest my head
For a little while

I want an easy plateau, some place to rest my head
I want an easy plateau, some place to rest my head
An easy plateau
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Love the Jefferson Airplane meets Roy Orbison sound of this song.  
Saw him at Red Rocks earlier this year.  Outstanding show!  This song deserves a higher rating, but to each their own I suppose.
OutStanding!
It's painful, OhhhhuhhhOhhh, sliver I can't reach!
and I just saw him live...
{#Hearteyes} 
my new hero{#Cool} 
 daigoro wrote:
How is 2 out of 10 "Marginal" in the rating system? Assuming marginal means "marginally good", shouldn't that be more like a 4 or 5 out of 10? 2 out of 10 is pretty awful. 1 out of 10 is an automatic turn it off/leave the room/throw a shoe at the computer bad. Just sayin.

 
"Marginal" by some definitions can mean "close to the lower limit of qualification, acceptability, or function" or "of questionable or minimal quality", which is probably why the word is used for a "2" rating.
 daigoro wrote:
How is 2 out of 10 "Marginal" in the rating system? Assuming marginal means "marginally good", shouldn't that be more like a 4 or 5 out of 10? 2 out of 10 is pretty awful. 1 out of 10 is an automatic turn it off/leave the room/throw a shoe at the computer bad. Just sayin.

 
If 2 meant "marginally good", wouldn't it be labeled "marginally good"?  In context, "marginally listenable" seems more likely.  

If you weren't "Just sayin", what would you be doing instead? 
nice song  : )
How is 2 out of 10 "Marginal" in the rating system? Assuming marginal means "marginally good", shouldn't that be more like a 4 or 5 out of 10? 2 out of 10 is pretty awful. 1 out of 10 is an automatic turn it off/leave the room/throw a shoe at the computer bad. Just sayin.
Weak beer.
This time hearing the lines "nothing but cats and rocking chairs" and "moonlight flickers on the water below" reminds me of playing it from my MacBook on the balcony of my beachfront bungalow at Ngapali Beach, Burma, where there was no Internet, no TV, nothing but simple pleasures. A pile of shrimp was a dollar, a lobster was three; the sand was white, the coconuts free; Life was Easy Plateau.
 h8rhater wrote:

Agreed!  This perfectly describes H8rhaters raison d'etre.  Thanks for that Lazaerus.

 
Wait a minute here - you write about yourself in the third person?  Someone will have to advise Bill of this grievous indiscretion.

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 rdo wrote:

Wonderbun.  This perfectly describes an idiot's paradise.{#Clap}

 
Original post:  "Interesting how some people like to point out what they don't like, as if it really matters to others... I wonder? Is there some hidden power for those who make others wrong?  Does it make them feel good?  I have a superior sense of ________ (fill in the blank) and here are the things I don't like about you!  Too bad they can't just enjoy the ride."

The original poster forgot to mention name calling, which would also not be part of this "idiot's paradise".    Maybe it's not such a bad place if poorly named.

A kind of rollicking rhythm that makes you like to rock in your would be rocking chair!
 Lazarus wrote:

This song is marvelous...

 

Well said !
 
I love hearing this at all the major crossroads of my life...seems to make a good marker, over the years, wired into the RP Stream...
Lovely blend of Turin Brakes, Youngbloods etc as pointed out below.  It must be wonderful to be talented enough to develop your own sound whilst paying your respects to others that have come before.
 Carl wrote:
Everyone seems to hear someone different here — for me it's Turin Brakes.

 
For me it's Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter (and long before both of them, something I can't quite put a finger on. Late '60s guitar? Buffalo Springfield?)
 h8rhater wrote:

Agreed!  This perfectly describes H8rhaters raison d'etre.  Thanks for that Lazaerus.

 
Wonderbun.  This perfectly describes an idiot's paradise.{#Clap}
 Carl wrote:
Everyone seems to hear someone different here — for me it's Turin Brakes.

 
Yes - I'm reminded of Jefferson Airplane.
 merkin_muffley wrote:
Great to see this back in rotation. Can we have some more Ryan Adams.

Ok he can be a bit patchy but 90% of his output is very good. Always like his instrumentation especially with the Cardinals and playing with Neal Casal.

 
Agreed. I miss the awesome rapport between RA and NC (and the rest of the Cardinals!)

This song is marvelous...
One of his best post Wiskytown CDs!
 Lazaerus wrote:
 
Interesting how some people like to point out what they don't like, as if it really matters to others... I wonder? Is there some hidden power for those who make others wrong?  Does it make them feel good?  I have a superior sense of ________ (fill in the blank) and here are the things I don't like about you!  Too bad they can't just enjoy the ride.


 
I wonder about this myself.  I like or love almost every song played on RP.  Occasionally I will hear song I don't particularly like.  Maybe I will turn down the volume, or switch music sources, but I never feel the need to express my dislike to anyone else.  I don't understand why someone would bother with the negative energy.

BTW, good to hear a little RA on RP.
I like
Great to see this back in rotation. Can we have some more Ryan Adams.

Ok he can be a bit patchy but 90% of his output is very good. Always like his instrumentation especially with the Cardinals and playing with Neal Casal.
 TerryS wrote:
Why oh why does his noodling have to disintegrate just at the end?
 
Because he's Jerry Garcia.
 Lazaerus wrote:
 
Interesting how some people like to point out what they don't like, as if it really matters to others... I wonder? Is there some hidden power for those who make others wrong?  Does it make them feel good?  I have a superior sense of ________ (fill in the blank) and here are the things I don't like about you!  Too bad they can't just enjoy the ride.

 
Agreed!  This perfectly describes H8rhaters raison d'etre.  Thanks for that Lazaerus.
nice...can't tell whether this reminds me of Panteras 'Walk'......Burning Spears 'Black Disciples'...or White Zombies 'Thunder Kiss 65'....
Sounds like... early jefferson airplane. I give it a 7, but I liked that era.
Why oh why does his noodling have to disintegrate just at the end?
Thought this was Lindsey Buckingham.

Love the surf guitar.

7 first listen.
 nelfter wrote:
so i know i'm a little late. but i caught this because i googled, "ryan adams grateful dead".  in the grateful deads "Truckin'" can anyone tell me what is the name of the song ryan sings that copies the tone and rhythm?

 
The song you are looking for is, 29, the title track from the CD of the same name.

Everyone seems to hear someone different here — for me it's Turin Brakes.
the guitar sounded great to me —-Ryan playing?
 walter_sintenie wrote:
sorry to see this rated so low, it's a perfect song !!!
 
I just heard this and thought, "This is cool!" Then checked in and saw that I'd already rated it a 4 way back when. Maybe there were hundreds of us who just need to hear it in a different mood. (Obviously, I upped my rating several points.)

MEH {#Frown}
sorry to see this rated so low, it's a perfect song !!!


An easy Batou?

so i know i'm a little late. but i caught this because i googled, "ryan adams grateful dead".  in the grateful deads "Truckin'" can anyone tell me what is the name of the song ryan sings that copies the tone and rhythm?

I guess it's not just me that hears the Garcia influences in the guitar playing (there are probably 5 other such comments below and this will show that I didn't bother to check). My comment is based on Bill's segue from here into Sugar Magnolia (8/15/09).
Simply a great song!
The whole album is terrific. I know he gets, and maybe earns, a lot of crapola 'cos he's a tad arrogant about his talent—so we shouldn't like his music? That's sorta like saying you shouldn't like Jerry Lee Lewis 'cos he's also an arrogant SOB. Pay attention to the music and let the folks close to them deal with their personalities, right?
 bindi wrote:
Another artist that I only hear here - I like this one a lot.
 
Mr. Mandy Moore. {#Eek}   Who woulda thought?

Another artist that I only hear here - I like this one a lot.
 californiatwin wrote:
Almost pure SHIT!
  
Interesting how some people like to point out what they don't like, as if it really matters to others... I wonder? Is there some hidden power for those who make others wrong?  Does it make them feel good?  I have a superior sense of ________ (fill in the blank) and here are the things I don't like about you!  Too bad they can't just enjoy the ride.

 bam23 wrote:
Obviously there is a Garcia-inspired guitar drive and general sound, similar to their 1970s sound....
 


I always think that I should like Ryan Adams, I love alt-country in general and liked Wiskeytown but his solo songs just leave me flat.  I even bought this album and I couldn't tell you a single song off it after listening to it a few times.
me too . I second that. {#Whistle}
This thing is growing on me...creepy
Almost pure SHIT!
JerrBear wrote:
Anyone else hear Roy Orbison?
Much more accurate than all the Grateful Dead comparisons. And, in my opinion, much more of a compliment.
why isnt the artist including the cardinals? after all i don't think ryan adams (for now anyway) is going to release anything under his name, but just as the cardinals.
Obviously there is a Garcia-inspired guitar drive and general sound, similar to their 1970s sound, to my ear. However, I cannot see how anyone is likely to confuse Ryan Adams with the Dead or any components thereof.
KublaKhan wrote:
I'm also hearing some sections that sound like the Dead, albeit a poor-man's Dead. Fortunately it is followed by the real thing!
There you go! Awesome.
Sounds like Robert Plant? Care to share your drugs?
KublaKhan wrote:
I'm also hearing some sections that sound like the Dead, albeit a poor-man's Dead. Fortunately it is followed by the real thing!
Sounds like Ryan Adams to me... :rolleyes:
I'm also hearing some sections that sound like the Dead, albeit a poor-man's Dead. Fortunately it is followed by the real thing!
Definitely a bit of Zeppelin going on here. I like it.
Great room sound
Bit of Robert Plant goin' on here ...
yuk
Has anyone ever seen Ryan Adams, Ben Folds, and Dana Carvey in the same room? I sense a conspiracy here. bb
JerrBear wrote:
Anyone else hear Roy Orbison?
Good call. Heavily dig this track. An 8.
Anyone else hear Roy Orbison?
o2bnsv wrote:
It sounds like Chris Isaac. :puke:
Not at all. This is definitely a lesser Ryan song, but it's still Ryan. Or a reasonable facsimilie.
ThePoose wrote:
I keep hearing Jerry and the Dead.
I listen to a lot of Grateful Dead and that is the one thing I here none of in this song. It sounds like Chris Isaac. :puke:
Quite likeable. But if RA could talk Ry Cooder into handling the steel pedal line on this cut, it would be godlike.
lilmisskaleena wrote:
thank you so much for playing something from cold roses... for the last two years, it's all i listen to...
you poor thing!
thank you so much for playing something from cold roses... for the last two years, it's all i listen to...
the_om wrote:
The voice here sounds like what you'd get if you combined Jerry Garcia and KD Lang.
Ryan was going through a Grateful Dead phase when he recorded/toured this record --- in Toronto he did a 15 minute version of Wharf Rat that I would kill to have in my jukebox.
the_om wrote:
The voice here sounds like what you'd get if you combined Jerry Garcia and KD Lang.
You're mentioning those 2 in the same breath?My God!!!
The voice here sounds like what you'd get if you combined Jerry Garcia and KD Lang. Sounds alright, but not a very good visual.
I love this song... :yes:
Yay, I just sang this song out loud in the office and my co-worker is watching me in silence and smiling sweetly :)
Ryand Adams and the Kansas City Royals...
Ryan Adams has been and continues to be underrated...very cool.
ThePoose wrote:
I keep hearing Jerry and the Dead.
Then turn off your 8-track player.
Superb song.
:bounce: I love Ryan's voice...and the style of this song.
Ryan and the Cardinals are terrific!!
nwskinner wrote:
The Dead without talent?
Is there any other kind?
The Dead without talent?
Marr wrote:
Ditto
just thinking the same thing
Fortunately my stream stopped in the middle...
Them there is some bad vocals. And yes,I agree with the comments that say this is almost bad enough to be the Dead. However since the artists seem somewhat conscious and interested it doesn't sink to that level of non-music.
ThePoose wrote:
I keep hearing Jerry and the Dead.
Ditto
Incredibly haunting pedal steel here. Nice.
Cranky (but happy?) Jefferson Airplane. Gotta get this one!
I keep hearing Jerry and the Dead.
Very 60s. Not bad.
Mary_Read wrote:
This is the song that won me over the dark side evidently. Thanks to Easy Plateau, I am now officially a swooning fan of Ryan Adams :music:
All I know is that I'm a swooning fan of this song. There's something about it that's just so sexy......
When I heard the vocals at the beginning of this track I thought this was McCartney...Not sure why.
:yawn:
beelzebubba wrote:
Hey, it has cool pedal steel, and I'm a sucker for that, so we have a winner by default here.....
:clap: :clap: :clap:
please, something from "love is hell" or "rock n roll"!!!
Sounds like he's crying throughout the song. Too whiny for me.
jbtidwell wrote:
Jerry Lives! in this song :meditate:
My thoughts exactly...there's such a GD vibe on a couple songs from this album...not always a good thing for an artist.
This is the song that won me over the dark side evidently. Thanks to Easy Plateau, I am now officially a swooning fan of Ryan Adams :music:
Here I am, again, happily finding myself and RP up here on this Easy Plateau... Yes, always and ever, please take me back up to that Easy Plateau! Groove on, Bill and RP... THANKS!
All RIGHT! I was wondering when I could get back up to Easy Plateau...been a couple months... LOVE IT! and thanks, Bill and RP! :music: :cowboy: :hearteyes: :daisy:
Thanks for the update on your status there orpheus. Ryan Adams is great.
still a putz :mrgreen:
Jerry Lives! in this song :meditate:
This song just never fails to put me in a fabulous mood... It evokes peaceful vistas of grassy meadows and Flatirons and lenticular clouds and the scent of red pines after a mountain-top squall... Keep on digging, Bill!
Sounds way too much like the Dead for me to like it....guess that's probably a good thing for some people.
huebdoo wrote:
I have to admit Ryan has grown on me (not like a mullet... more like a nice shiny toenail) He is quite the artist
:lol: I swear I hadn't read your comment when I left mine! :lol:
I so much wanted to hate this song, but it has grown on me. Kind of like that plantar wart that I loved to pick at.
I have to admit Ryan has grown on me (not like a mullet... more like a nice shiny toenail) He is quite the artist
Oh whatta lovely day, I have been dying to hear some Ryan Adams and well guess who gave me a helping hand: RP. It saved me. Thanks. My working day finished smoothly. Cheers!
I find Ryan such a fascinating character.. and going to see him in Nottingham and Manchester on his recent small UK solo tour just made his music even more magical to me... yum!!
Ryan & the Cardinals are good at what they do... the three guitars going has quite an effect, add in the steel guitar... and for those of us who grew up listening to and digging the Grateful Dead, this music takes you places... i bought the cd for a friend, borrowed it, and been listening to it a lot... it's another vein of muscianship from muscians doing what they love - some appreciate it, others do not... :cowboy:
Gribnif wrote:
This guy sings so poorly he makes Neil Young sound like Pavarotti.
Hey, is this a backhanded Neil Young compliment?! If so, it may be a first. Cool! (Guess you can tell I don't really want to get back to cleaning the office...)
hobiejoe wrote:
Listening to this in the background I got a distinct hint of Elmer Fudd. Or was that just me? Hey look everyone! a wabbit!
For me the lyrics sound like a rewrite of Nirvana's all-timer "On a Plain."
Listening to this in the background I got a distinct hint of Elmer Fudd. Or was that just me? Hey look everyone! a wabbit!
i can hear why some people might compare Ryan to Chris Isaak - they both owe a tip of the hat to Roy Orbison ... Ryan is Northern California, Chris is more South
xxdaisymae wrote:
Its a shame someone compared Ryan to Chris Issak, they are nothing alike. I love the Easy Plateau song. New CD isnt bad at all, but i love his older CD's Heartbreaker and demolition.
Thanks for the tips. I liked this song too - I'll check out his other albums! :music:
th3boon wrote:
I'd actually say the whole cd is quite good. Not the catchiest stuff, but it grows on you.
So do fungi and warts!
ceebeedubya wrote:
Not a bad song but those high notes are making dogs bark all over the neighborhood.
I'm thinking they sound as if they've got something to do with testicles and Vise-Grips. . . .
This is a great song that's about as far removed from Chris Isaak as you can get.