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Eliza Gilkyson — Is It Like Today
Album: Paradise Hotel
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Total ratings: 2440









Released: 2005
Length: 5:38
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Many years ago he looked out through a glassless window.
All that he could see was Babylon.
Beautiful green fields and dreams,
And learn to measure the stars.
But there was a worry in his heart.

He said,
How could it come to this?
I'm really worried about living.
How could it come to this?
Yeah I really want to know about this.
Is it like today?

Then there came a day.
It moved out 'cross the Mediterranean.
Came to western isles and the Greek young men.
And with their silver beards they laughed
At the unknown universe.
They could sit and guess God's name.

But they said,
How could it come to this?
We're really worried about living.
How could it come to this.
Yeah, we really want to know about this.
Is it like today?

Then there followed days of Kings, Empires and revolution.
Blood just looks the same when you open the veins.
But sometijmes it was faith, power or reason as the cornerstone.
But the furrowed brow has never left his face.

He said,
How could it come to this?
We've been living in a landslide!
How could it come to this?
Yeah, we really want to know about this.
Is it like today?

Then there came a day, man packed up,
Flew off from the planet.
He went to the moon,
Now he's out in space,
Hey, fixing all the problems.
He comes face to face with God.

How could it come to this?
I'm really worried 'bout my creation.
How did it comes to this?
You 're really killing me, you know.
It isn't just today?
Is it like today?
Is it like today?
Bang!
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I find this considerably better than the oringinal.  I appreciate the original, but it felt like they had a folk song and didn't realize they had a folk song.  Gilkyson got that and fixed it.
I can't work out why atheists are often even more preachy and evangelistic than those with a faith.  I always think that absence of proof is not proof of absence, so just relax and enjoy it all.  Toleration in all things.
 bitbanger wrote:
Not much of a god.

I imagine this is the kind of god atheists believe in so that they can deny the existence of god.


 
No need to deny the existence of something for which there is no proof. Zero, zip, zilch. 
I love her music.  My dad introduced me to her dads music - Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders when I was about 3.  I still have his copy of the vinyl.
 bruceandjenna wrote:

Either you are being wry or you have no imagination. It is not incumbent upon atheists to disprove the existence of God. Deists must prove God's existence. I know, it's faith. In that case, atheists need not deny anything.
 
There is no need to argue about God and his wherabouts , the fact is that just about any creativ person I have met in my life believes in a higher power regardless what you might call it
Good rich guitar sound , it has a very American appeal even though i hear of the Greek islands
 tutakea wrote:
Extremely boring cover of an extremely boring song
 
What?? The original is wonderful and this version is beautiful.  Read the words.  
 tutakea wrote:
Extremely boring cover of an extremely boring song
 
Feel sorry for you. This is one hell of a tune. Great story, Great vocals, Great music.
Extremely boring cover of an extremely boring song
My rating  7 - Quite Likeable 
but that is not enough     
I lower my rating to 3 and skip     
Just missing the whispered.....'BANG'...that WP have at the end of the original
 westslope wrote:

LOL!  Good one.  

That is the lovely thing about 'faith' — the ways it can be infinitely tuned.

Yes, atheists are a curious lot.  Even the atheists in British Columbia call the place God's finest creation.  
 
Turn of the phrase signifying nothing.
 bitbanger wrote:
Not much of a god.

I imagine this is the kind of god atheists believe in so that they can deny the existence of god.
 
Either you are being wry or you have no imagination. It is not incumbent upon atheists to disprove the existence of God. Deists must prove God's existence. I know, it's faith. In that case, atheists need not deny anything.
SUBLIME. 
And She was 55 when this was recorded. Cool.
Much better than the original but proves Karl is no slouch at writing tunes.
Great cover of a great song
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

Could that SF movie be "Silent Running" starring Bruce Dern?

Silent Running viewpoint 
 

Good suggestion. The image has the right feel, but "Silent Running" is  not it.
 An image of a rabbit and a faun a la "Bambi" keeps appearing. It's very frustrating.
Seems like quite the Song Du Jour. Just wish I was at that space ship part a lot lately. 
I very much like this version.
Is she checking for a run in her stockings? 
 AnchorMan wrote:
There is a Science Fiction story with a similar theme. Every time this song is played I try to remember it's name, without success!
 
Could that SF movie be "Silent Running" starring Bruce Dern?

Silent Running viewpoint 
Wonderous, beautiful voice and arrangement. Now, please, as an answer, play Wildewood Spring one day!
Prefer this to the WP version - 9 vs 8.
Tempted to go 9 -> 10 each time i hear it but theres something about the 2nd half that holds me back {#Ask}
There is a Science Fiction story with a similar theme. Every time this song is played I try to remember it's name, without success!
 denisecerniglia wrote:
Such a great song. great cover

 
Agreed!  Always loved World Party's original but this is one fine cover!
Such a great song. great cover
Great song. World Party still tops it but the cover is very good.
the gods
die
and take the world
with them
how did it come
to this

dr strangelove

{#Bananajam}
Love this! I thought it was Lucinda Williams.
Pretty good.  I VERY much prefer the World Party (Karl Wallinger) version, however.

You might be missing the point of the humor.

Deists haven't believed in a god this paltry since the development of monotheism.

I agree, it is a nice tune. Gave it a 7.

 

 ElCamoteLoco wrote:


Um, atheists don't 'believe' in any kind of god. That's what the 'a-' prefix means. The sentiments in this song are more along the lines of what a deist might believe in. It's a good version of a good song; no need to interject prickly ad hominems.

 

 


 ncollingridge wrote:
One of the best cover versions of a song IMHV. I love the WP original but she really brings something fresh to it. Very expressive vocal performance. Lovely..

 
I agree 100%.  Well said.
Perfect for today.
 westslope wrote:

LOL!  Good one.  

That is the lovely thing about 'faith' — the ways it can be infinitely tuned.

Yes, atheists are a curious lot.  Even the atheists in British Columbia call the place God's finest creation.  

 

Well, our provincial motto is Supernatural British Columbia. If anyone's in doubt, spend an afternoon deep in the west coast rainforest and let all the ambient sounds and light seep inside you. It's not like other forests. ;-)  We even have our own Spirit Bear (white Kermode bears), found nowhere outside BC. /gush

This song is one of those cases where I like the cover as much as the original.
One of the best cover versions of a song IMHV. I love the WP original but she really brings something fresh to it. Very expressive vocal performance. Lovely..
 Skydog wrote:
Ms Gilkyson has released 22 albums from 1969 to 2014 and this is the first time I have heard of her, 
a pleasure to meet you Ms Gilkyson

 
Hear hear.  Nice post, my friend.
 bitbanger wrote:

Not much of a god.

I imagine this is the kind of god atheists believe in so that they can deny the existence of god.



 
Um, atheists don't 'believe' in any kind of god. That's what the 'a-' prefix means. The sentiments in this song are more along the lines of what a deist might believe in. It's a good version of a good song; no need to interject prickly ad hominems.
REALLY NICE
I am really liking this more the more I hear it {#Hearteyes}
Ms Gilkyson has released 22 albums from 1969 to 2014 and this is the first time I have heard of her, 
a pleasure to meet you Ms Gilkyson
If I were teaching history in junior high or high school, this song would be on the exam.
Yeah, World Party preferable, but nice to know that others appreciate a song enough to do their own version. Wonderful song, my kids have been brain washed with this. Lovely
Reminds you of what a poet Karl Wallinger is. Great song
Prefer the original 
 bitbanger wrote:

Not much of a god.

I imagine this is the kind of god atheists believe in so that they can deny the existence of god.



 
LOL!  Good one.  

That is the lovely thing about 'faith' — the ways it can be infinitely tuned.

Yes, atheists are a curious lot.  Even the atheists in British Columbia call the place God's finest creation.  
 dragon1952 wrote:

Sorry, but you are bonkers. This is a pretty darn good cover of a great song. In fact, I like this version almost as well as the original.

 
I agree. World Party version beautiful - and sits within a really, really good album.
This version is pleasantly beautiful too :)
 
 FatPants wrote:
Sorry to be like this but this is awful.  World Party is a criminally underplayed band and this cover is dreck.

 
Sorry, but you are bonkers. This is a pretty darn good cover of a great song. In fact, I like this version almost as well as the original.
Sorry to be like this but this is awful.  World Party is a criminally underplayed band and this cover is dreck.
Loses a point for the excessive use of the word 'this'. 
My opinion is, if you can't cover a song at least or better than the original then don't. This version nails it.
pretty much perfect
V-nice.... cover....{#Roflol}

Not much of a god.

I imagine this is the kind of god atheists believe in so that they can deny the existence of god.


I prefer original work to covers 99,99%, Common Peopler is better than it's covers for sure. But I tolerate, and sometimes like, their flawed new renditions. 
All I can say it's "thanks Bill for implementing PSD button!" I just PSD-ed overplayed Arcade Fire {#Biggrin}

rdo wrote:

Well, this is a real sore spot for me, one of the big beefs I have with this station.  That Pulp song is very dear to me and to hear the William Shatner parody of it is very depressing.  I wish it were not played here.
 

 ShamanManu wrote:

I wouldn't go that far and say it's superior to original but it's a decent rendition. Just as the other two you mentioned. Shatner made it a close call with his cover, maybe because Pulp's singer has nasal & whiny voice? :P
Annie Lennox did quite a few good covers.

 
Well, this is a real sore spot for me, one of the big beefs I have with this station.  That Pulp song is very dear to me and to hear the William Shatner parody of it is very depressing.  I wish it were not played here.
 DavidS_UK wrote:
I sort of remember the original but think this is superior, in the same way that Gary Jules delivers 'Mad World', and my eternal favourite, William Shatner's 'Common People'

Some covers DO work and sometimes from the most unlikely people.

 
I wouldn't go that far and say it's superior to original but it's a decent rendition. Just as the other two you mentioned. Shatner made it a close call with his cover, maybe because Pulp's singer has nasal & whiny voice? :P
Annie Lennox did quite a few good covers.
I sort of remember the original but think this is superior, in the same way that Gary Jules delivers 'Mad World', and my eternal favourite, William Shatner's 'Common People'

Some covers DO work and sometimes from the most unlikely people.
 CopyrightX wrote:
Doesn't she sing with Andreas Vollenweider sometimes?
 
{#Yes} 
Wasn't quite sure about the 'edge' to both Eliza's voice and the guitar on this one when I first heard it - think it really flows though, really love it.{#Angel}
Doesn't she sing with Andreas Vollenweider sometimes?
Bill, this is one of many evenings I've planned to watch TV, in this case it is a Sharks hockey game. But I cannot turn RP OFF. You are the soundtrack tonight. Thank you.
This is actually one of the few times when I like the cover better than the original. Excellent!
 Agreed

I'd just rather hear the World Party version. Better tempo. But its always nice to get some variety via cover tunes.

 


I'd just rather hear the World Party version. Better tempo. But its always nice to get some variety via cover tunes.
 Hannio wrote:
They were so bummed with what Eliza did to their song that the party just spontaneously ended and everybody went home.
 
Bru. Tal.
Doesn't do justice to World Party.

This is poigniant for this moment in my time.

Right on time.


 Charlie_rijsel wrote:

Trying to remember who did original.

Anyway to me this is wonderful to the ears - but the comments show some who love and some who hate.

Amazing the polarity of human taste for musical art (maybe its the same for spinach though!)

In the end 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'

 

I see beauty.

 
I like spinach and this version of the World Party song. Eliza Gilkyson is a very good live performer. also.

Trying to remember who did original.

Anyway to me this is wonderful to the ears - but the comments show some who love and some who hate.

Amazing the polarity of human taste for musical art (maybe its the same for spinach though!)

In the end 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'

 

I see beauty.


 curufinwe wrote:
Boring cover of an already-boring song. IMHO.
 
Probably the wrong question asked of the wrong person, but why do you find this boring? Teenagers spend a lot of time stating that things are boring, as if the statement alone says it all. 
Second that from another Nottm jury...she's amazing live.
 curufinwe wrote:
Boring cover of an already-boring song. IMHO.
 
The original was ok, though I could see how some folk would see it as boring, but IMO this cover adds layers to the original and refreshes it. Which is what a good cover version should do. 9 from the Nottingham jury.
I was thinking of this song last monday for the anniversary of the battle of Antietam.She gets her own "wall of sound " going.Interesting Lady.
 curufinwe wrote:
Boring cover of an already-boring song. IMHO.
 
I disagree. Wonderful melody.
More people around here need to think like artists rather than analysts... It's a beautiful cover of a powerful song and guess what, that's what artists do, relax and listen and see the beauty in it.   But the banter is fun...
 Art_Carnage wrote:
I had the pleasure of meeting Eliza a few years ago. For one of her encore songs at the end of her show, she sang "Bear Necessities" from "The Jungle Book". Her father worked for Disney, and had written that song for the movie.
 
Wow. Very cool. I beat that soundtrack to death as a kid. 

I always thought Baloo the Bear was voiced by Forrest Tucker (Sarge from F Troop) but then I looked at Wikipedia and realized that Al Harris was the guy. Quite a career... 
Absolutely sublime....
 curufinwe wrote:
Boring cover of an already-boring song. IMHO.
 
Do you listen? This is a great version of a fantastic song. IMHO


Boring cover of an already-boring song. IMHO.
 Dillinquent wrote:
Whatever happened to World Party?
 

They were so bummed with what Eliza did to their song that the party just spontaneously ended and everybody went home.
Bringa absolutely nothing new to the table - a redundant exercise!
I like both, sometimes one better than the other.

This version was most excellent today.
Very nice! =) 
Lyrics reminds me of the movie "A Man From Earth"..... 

I love this. Have to remember to pick it up when I'm back on my itoonz-purchasin' machine.
engaging
Nice guitar
Wow this Blows
I had the pleasure of meeting Eliza a few years ago. For one of her encore songs at the end of her show, she sang "Bear Necessities" from "The Jungle Book". Her father worked for Disney, and had written that song for the movie.
{#Roflol}  What a hoot!

I wondered how The Mugro Doctrine could have missed an example where the cover exceeded the original (according to Trent Reznor himself):  Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt".  No anachronism here, the doctrine was formulated four years after JC's cover!

Personally, I always give the original artist the inside track on any song, but mrrob has a point, I think Eliza Gilkyson's cover is just as good.

Oh, and I never liked "Watchtower" by Hendrix.  OMG!  A heretic!!



I've had this tune stuck in my head for weeks! {#Frustrated}
Now I know the name... Finally, a cure for the common ear worm. Now I can rest. {#Sleep}

I listened to both versions for the first time, and I liked Eliza G's much better.
That's the only Doctrine I need.

 Mugro wrote:
The Mugro Doctrine applies here and tells us that this song sucks.

Mugro Doctrine:

In order for a cover song to be worthy of wasting precious airwaves (or bandwith), it must do one of the following:
1. Be a completely taken out of one genre and put into another (the Red Hot Chilis taking on Steveie Wonder's Higher Ground, for example; another example is Hendrix's version of All Along the Watchtower)
2. Be a completely new song through the sheer talent of the cover artist. Examples of this are Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah, or the Allman Bros covering Stormy Monday.

This cover is not a new genre from the World Party version, so this cover's only hope is under #2. This artist cannot qualify for overwhelming talent, so the World Party version must stand as the only acceptable version of this song.
 
I have to agree with the Mugro Doctrine.


I see that Bill insists on this song, rather than others by her.   Oh well....{#Rolleyes}
A nice cover with her earthy voice, complimentary to Karl Wallinger's. ^..^~
 Rooney wrote:


I totally agree, so much more to choose from.  C'mon Bill!!!  (When the Great Correction Comes)....beautiful, haunting.

 
Someone needs to upload When the Great Correction Comes and get it into reviewing. (Although, when I checked to see if it was there, even this one didn't show up, so it may have been uploaded already and just doesn't show for some reason. Hmmm...)

It's a fine song, but I think it's on rotation a bit too much. I'm starting to get tired of it.
Nice tune...well done!
yeah, I think I like this better than the original version...
She played Blue Rock Studio here in Wimberley Texas a few months back....loved the Texas Hill Country so much she bought a house here....Welcome to Wimberley, Eliza! 
 Sjaaks wrote:
I'm totally in love with the CD Red Horse. Red Horse is a collective of Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky.

Eliza is one talented songwriter!
This one: 8
 

Well - if that's the case, I'd like to hear a song she wrote.
This stays in my ear for hours! Nice groove!
I'm totally in love with the CD Red Horse. Red Horse is a collective of Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky.

Eliza is one talented songwriter!
This one: 8
 Shesdifferent wrote:
You know Bill, you should really choose another song from this CD...I mean seriously! This girls gotta collection of stuff.
 

I totally agree, so much more to choose from.  C'mon Bill!!!  (When the Great Correction Comes)....beautiful, haunting.

Nice cover of the World Party tune. Her version doesn't ape the original, which is the problem with most covers. Thanks for playing it.
You know Bill, you should really choose another song from this CD...I mean seriously! This girls gotta collection of stuff.
OK, now I'm at the point where I thoroughly dislike that this is taking up my airspace.

More World Party instead, plz.
 DaveInVA wrote:
I like the Whirled Potty version but I like this better {#Music}
 

Is that similar to Whirled Peas? {#Whistle}
I like her version.  Not as good as WP's but still good.
 Dillinquent wrote:
Whatever happened to World Party?
 
What happened to the rest of the songs from her album? Come on Bill!
World Party - 10
Eliza Gilkyson - 7
Nice Cover 
Whatever happened to World Party?
I like the Whirled Potty version but I like this better {#Music}
Hear it first time - like it!
GREAT SONG ANYWAY!!!
Really, can we add some of her other songs? This one is overplayed and flat and I LOVE Eliza!!
Nice version, respectful of the fine lyric. You didn't have to show a bit of leg to gain my approval, but the effort is noted and appreciated.
Then there came a day.

It moved out 'cross the Mediterranean.
Came to western isles and the Greek young men.
And with their silver beards they laughed
At the unknown universe.
They could sit and guess God's name.

But they said,
How could it come to this?
We're really worried about living.
How could it come to this.
Yeah, we really want to know about this.
Is it like today?


The perfect song for Greece's current troubles...?

like the message, good stuff!{#Guitarist}
 HazzeSwede wrote:
Lately,I have been using my headphones a little more and some songs
is there by getting a bumb up or down,,this is going up to nine !
That Eliza can sing I have noted before,today the music was the reason for the extra point !    {#Guitarist}
 

hee hee 'bumb up'
good version, i just discovered I love this song by hearing the World Party version on here a lot.
Then there followed days of Kings, Empires and revolution
Blood just looks the same when you open the veins
But sometimes it was faith, power or reason as the cornerstone
But the furrowed brow has never left his face
He said,
How could it come to this?
We've living in a landslide
How could it come to this?
Yeah, we really want to know about this
Is it like today?
Then there came a day
Man packed up flew off from the planet
He went to the moon, to the moon
Now he's out in space
Hey, fixing all the problems
He comes face to face with God
He says,
How could it come to this?
I'm really worried about my creation
How did it comes to this?
You're really killing me, you know
It isn't just today
Is it like today?
Is it like today?