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Gomez — How We Operate
Album: How We Operate
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Released: 2006
Length: 5:21
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Calm down
And get straight
It's in our eyes
It's how we operate

You're true
You are
I'd apologize but it won't go very far

Please come here
Come right on over
And when we collide we'll see what gets left over

A little joy
A little sorrow
And a little pride so we won't have to borrow
Wherever you lead, I'll follow

Turn me inside out and upside down
And try to see things my way
Turn a new page, tear the old one out
And I'll try to see things your way

Please come here
Please come on over

There is no line that you can't step right over
Without you well I'm left hollow
So can we decide to try a little joy tomorrow
'Cos baby tonight I'll follow

Turn me inside out and upside down
And try to see things my way
Turn a new page, tear the old one out
And I'll try to see things your way

The way that we've been speaking now
I swear that we'd be friends, I swear
'Cos all these little deals go down with
Little consequences, we share, we share

Turn me inside out and upside down
And try to see things my way
Turn a new page, tear the old one out
And I'll try to see things your way

And I'm gonna love you anyway
Try to see things your way
Try to see things your way
Try to see things your way
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Je t’aime, mon Cherie! Gomez, that’s French!
 skyhigh_71 wrote:
Fantastic band that never achieved the recognition they deserve.


 
Still out there. Saw this band at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass last October. Very enjoyable, although the crowd was too self-absorbed to listen much. This is a weakness of outdoors festivals, but the band was great (when I could hear above the chatter).
Fantastic band that never achieved the recognition they deserve.

Whoa!  I know what you did there, Bill...I smell what you're steppin' in.
Love this song, great music, very good lyrics.  Shame Gomez seems to have disappeared, it has been 7 years since their last album.   In Our Gun is one of my all time favorite albums.  
Excellent ! it's the city of Agel n°2 ?? Where are you Alanis {#Biggrin}
 Pjesnik wrote:

Some do, some don't. Similar to sine function, like pretty much everything in the world.   

 
Awesome! 
It's a rare occasion when someone makes a math reference that most people might understand.  
I'm also impressed with the high number of quality "BillG Rocks!" comments on this song. Bravo to BILLG again, always! 
dunno why I love this one. it's just got a beat to it. 
Bill has the taste and broad scope of time on his  side to choose exquisite music and transitions of all periods and types of music.
This song is one of my all time favorites!!!!! Gooooo mez... {#Crown}
 guthrieandme wrote:
Whoa... never heard the similarities between Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited" and this before. Kinda cool.

 
Neither had I... why?
Does Bill have some sort of a gift to be able to do this... to have this kind of intelligence (inter legere... being able to make relations between things)?
Anyway, that's why I have been listening to RP for about 15 years now.
TYVM Bill!   {#Notworthy}


Whoa... never heard the similarities between Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited" and this before. Kinda cool.
I bought this for my iPod as soon as I heard it and never get sick of it.
Come to think of it, most of the stuff on my iPod I discovered on RP.
Bill, you are the professor of my musical education {#Motor}
{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}
 jbuhl wrote:
 
NirvJam

 
Sounds painful!
I wouldn't know Gomez existed if it wasn't for RP. Thanks Bill!
  Pioneer_Sing wrote:
My missus always says this is Pearl Jam when she hears it.....even I am starting to believe it!!!

dragon1952 wrote:

Kinda has a Nirvana feel to it also.

 
NirvJam
 fatcatjb wrote:
unbelievably...this song is starting to make sense to me. Went from 1 to 5 in one fell swoop

 
You've started to see things his way!
unbelievably...this song is starting to make sense to me. Went from 1 to 5 in one fell swoop
 luk4zen wrote:
Nice to hear this here... Hounted me for a wile ..{#Bananajam}

 
It did what now?
Nice to hear this here... Hounted me for a wile ..{#Bananajam}
 stevetheshoe wrote:
Reading the good and bad comments on this song reminds me of why I hate the internet. For some reason it fools people into thinking that the world cares what they think.

 
Some do, some don't. Similar to sine function, like pretty much everything in the world.   
That is definitely a great voice and delivery to start, and when the bass and drums kick in, this baby takes off and flies the skies ablaze!
What a segue (sp. "seg way")!!!


 Webfoot wrote:

You can't reach it through the ear canal?  {#Wave}

 
don't I wish Webfoot! This song gets big points and accolades. I am missing something...
Great band, little known

Glad to hear it on RP 
RP should propose different songs of Gomez as well, this one is in heavy rotation but it's boring when you hear always one single song of a band.
The voice is very irritating and the plucking strings blow.
 
Wicked segue fr Alanis uninvited to gomez  how we operate. Love your transitions. 
IMHO Ben ranks high for rock voices. See them live if you have the chance. 
 Pioneer_Sing wrote:
My missus always says this is Pearl Jam when she hears it.....even I am starting to believe it!!!

 
Kinda has a Nirvana feel to it also.
Diggin' it!
 
 Steely_D wrote:
Every time I hear the banjo figure kick in, I think how much I like these guys. I've done a lot of driving with Gomez as the soundtrack.
Thanks to BillG for turning me on to them! 

 
Absolutely.  Great band, rarely heard over here.  This track is just up to a solid 9 from this part of the world.  Thanks RP.
Really nice segue from Alanis Morissette...
Couple years back my granddaughter and her cousins wanted to do the "Disneyland Experience" in Anaheim.  I'd just as soon stick an ice pick in my eye, but since the kids really wanted to go, I tagged along.  It was as weird as I feared, but then I saw there was a House of Blues in Disneytown.  There on the marquee: Gomez, Thursday Night!  Let's just say that seeing them was the high point of the visit for me. They were fabulous live.   My granddaughter loved Disneyland.  A good week.
 fatcatjb wrote:
for those who admire this song, more power to you. I hit pause until it's over. This song gets stuck in my head and it becomes an itch I cannot scratch. I don't have to like everything!

 
You can't reach it through the ear canal?  {#Wave}
 ench wrote:

comment
noun Ëˆ/kä-ˌment/

: a spoken or written statement that expresses an opinion about someone or something

: a written note that explains or discusses the meaning of something (such as a piece of writing)

: spoken or written discussion about something (such as an event in the news)



 
{#Clap}  {#Yes}
 stevetheshoe wrote:
Reading the good and bad comments on this song reminds me of why I hate the internet. For some reason it fools people into thinking that the world cares what they think.

 
comment
noun Ëˆ/kä-ˌment/

: a spoken or written statement that expresses an opinion about someone or something

: a written note that explains or discusses the meaning of something (such as a piece of writing)

: spoken or written discussion about something (such as an event in the news)


Foot tapping under my desk......................
 fatcatjb wrote:
2nd time today I have taken a pause from RP

 

Poor baby. Too bad you can't just permanently pause and take your negative comments with you....
2nd time today I have taken a pause from RP
for those who admire this song, more power to you. I hit pause until it's over. This song gets stuck in my head and it becomes an itch I cannot scratch. I don't have to like everything!
Reading the good and bad comments on this song reminds me of why I hate the internet. For some reason it fools people into thinking that the world cares what they think.
I always think I'm about to hear Andrew Bird... then it turns to 90s regurg. 
 Hippostar wrote:

There there... just take a deep breath.  It'll be okay.

 
{#Clap}
My missus always says this is Pearl Jam when she hears it.....even I am starting to believe it!!!
 aaronm wrote:
Hippostar wrote:
Sounds like run-of-the-mill, forgettable 90's rock.  This would stack up nicely against Seven Mary Tree, the Toadies, Nickelback or Creed.

 
It's not just that I disagree with you (though I do, in the strongest possible terms). I'm legitimately afraid for your legal and financial future. Comparing Gomez to Nickelback or Creed could, and should, land you some sort of enormous defamation lawsuit.

 
There there... just take a deep breath.  It'll be okay.
Every time I hear the banjo figure kick in, I think how much I like these guys. I've done a lot of driving with Gomez as the soundtrack.
Thanks to BillG for turning me on to them! 
 RandomousJam wrote:
I'm still struggling to understand the music of Gomez. I know some devoted fans, but personally I haven't quite got it yet.

 
I'm with you. I'm generally willing to give any song that's well received by the RP audience the benefit of the doubt, but this just sounds a little too much like the complaint rock I didn't care for in the late 90s and early 2000s. 
 Aud wrote:


You think he sounds like Peter Lorre???!!!!
HUH?
Even if I was drunk, stoned, drugged, hallucinating, delerious,etc I would never think of those two together in one concept.....

{#Eh}  {#No} 

 
You must have never heard Peter Lorre singing.  He did a kick-ass version of 'My Old Flame"*.
{#Propeller}

*actually, it was Spike Jones and his band.
I'm pretty sure that's Earl Scruggs on banjo...right?
 ThePoose wrote:
Sounds more like Eddie Vedder, dontcha think?

Aud wrote:


You think he sounds like Peter Lorre???!!!!
HUH?
Even if I was drunk, stoned, drugged, hallucinating, delerious,etc I would never think of those two together in one concept.....

{#Eh}  {#No} 
 



 
Ed Vedder could only dream of having a voice like Ben's
 danoodles wrote:
Uninvited and How We Operate sound just a LITTLE to much alike. I can't be the only one that hears it.

 
oh, you're not alone! If you scroll through the comments, you'll see that a few of us have already noticed this... I think this is the fourth time I've heard Radio Paradise play these back-to-back... I'll just let that speak for itself.
 danoodles wrote:
Uninvited and How We Operate sound just a LITTLE to much alike. I can't be the only one that hears it.

 

I hadn't noticed it before... but I can certainly hear it now!

I still love this song (actually, I really like Uninvited too).
I'm still struggling to understand the music of Gomez. I know some devoted fans, but personally I haven't quite got it yet.
I can no longer tolerate this song...it gets stuck in my head and I cannot get rid of it
Uninvited and How We Operate sound just a LITTLE to much alike. I can't be the only one that hears it.
 aaronm wrote:
Hippostar wrote:
Sounds like run-of-the-mill, forgettable 90's rock.  This would stack up nicely against Seven Mary Tree, the Toadies, Nickelback or Creed.

 
It's not just that I disagree with you (though I do, in the strongest possible terms). I'm legitimately afraid for your legal and financial future. Comparing Gomez to Nickelback or Creed could, and should, land you some sort of enormous defamation lawsuit.

 
Creed?  Bwaaaaaaaaaaa-hahahaaaaa!!!!!
{#Heartkiss} 8 >>>> 9
Not bad - sounds a little like Pearl Jam, for some reason that amounts to a sin in certain circles (less so today).
Hippostar wrote:
Sounds like run-of-the-mill, forgettable 90's rock.  This would stack up nicely against Seven Mary Tree, the Toadies, Nickelback or Creed.

 
It's not just that I disagree with you (though I do, in the strongest possible terms). I'm legitimately afraid for your legal and financial future. Comparing Gomez to Nickelback or Creed could, and should, land you some sort of enormous defamation lawsuit.
Sounds more like Eddie Vedder, dontcha think?

Aud wrote:


You think he sounds like Peter Lorre???!!!!
HUH?
Even if I was drunk, stoned, drugged, hallucinating, delerious,etc I would never think of those two together in one concept.....

{#Eh}  {#No} 
 


Sounds like run-of-the-mill, forgettable 90's rock.  This would stack up nicely against Seven Mary Tree, the Toadies, Nickelback or Creed.

 Hannio wrote:
Never cared for the Peter Lorre voice.

 

You think he sounds like Peter Lorre???!!!!
HUH?
Even if I was drunk, stoned, drugged, hallucinating, delerious,etc I would never think of those two together in one concept.....

{#Eh}  {#No} 

I love this song!

So true...such a sad commentary on how some of us deal with relationships in general.

"Without you I'm left hollow"...just a small example of the wisdom of the lyrics in this beautifully written song.  

I'll try to see things your way though..     


so good!

Like a hybrib between hoobastank and everlast.
I daresay that is too narrow an interpretation by Stevo: the bango can sound alternately jaunty and fun—-then ominous and haunting. Listen to Zep's Gallows Pole. The mandolin also falls into this category of being alternately upbeat/sorrowful.

 Nerubo wrote:
Gomez answers Steve Martin's assertion that you can't have a sad banjo...
 



''Je t'aime, Gomez.''

''(gasp) Morticia, that's French!''
 rdo wrote:


I am not talking about songs with Ben Ottewell on vocals, but a lot of recent Gomez songs sound just as if they were performed by Michael Buble, crazy as that may sound.  Thankfully we don't hear them on RP.

 

That is fair.  This is another one of those enigma bands where they can make a great song like this and then the next song on the album you will be like this is turrible!{#Eek}
it is GOOD
This song is an example of a tune that I LOVED SO MUCH at first and it slowly grew somewhat stale for me. Seems as though the songs that have more longevity to me are the ones that I slowly like more and more as I hear them...This one was great right away...and it has since succumbed to the fate I just mentioned. 
it IS good.
it is good
A great pop tune for sure, but Archie hit the nail. Alanis must be a little curious about this one. It than becomes a STP inspired piece, all hail the Vedderites...
Another great band that rp turned me on to.
Good song, not my favourite, but good, nice vocals.

But I would agree that musically the verse is...uhm, inspired? by Uninvited by Alanis Morisette.  I just find it a little too close for comfort...
After some ups and downs on my life I should say that I'm getting to it again, but I think I'm not yet - this song is really a good one. Congratulations for radioparadise for sharing this with us, and most of all - thank you very much! You're the best!
Gomez in here...

 
 cShaggy wrote:
..i'd display one of those bumper stickers myownself..this song is strong!..Gomez is a "good"..
 
Radio Paradise t-shirts. Radio Paradise stickers. Radio Paradise patches. Yes, please!

OUTSTANDING—> 9


7 > 8.
 unclehud wrote:
Like this. 

Hey, Bill:  What happened to RadioParadise bumper stickers?  I had a few once upon a time, but don't see them on the "Stuff" page.  Spreadin' the word, you know.

 

..i'd display one of those bumper stickers myownself..this song is strong!..Gomez is a "good"..
Still love these guys!
Like this. 

Hey, Bill:  What happened to RadioParadise bumper stickers?  I had a few once upon a time, but don't see them on the "Stuff" page.  Spreadin' the word, you know.
isterimpatient wrote:
I like this more each time I hear it. 
 

Yes....indeed...8>9
Finally bought his latest...really like it. 
 Marzz_13 wrote:


I agree about the live thing. Palladia runs an older festival where Gomez performs this live sans the banjo and it takes the song to another level- makes this version seem tame by comparison.
 
YES! I have a video of one of their live concerts....Outstanding version of this song live....Ben cranks it up several thousand notches st the end of the song......yep!
I need an 11 button for this song!!!
I like this more each time I hear it. 
This is really growing on me.  And in a good way, not fungus like.
Dave, we're dying out here.  Give us a break or just come shoot us.  No mas!
Really liking this after a couple of listens. Album is awsome. 9
Trust me, this is a damn good ringtone. gentle, forceful, never tiring!
Love Gomez! 
 lkovathana wrote:
To Creed or not to Creed ..
 

I am not talking about songs with Ben Ottewell on vocals, but a lot of recent Gomez songs sound just as if they were performed by Michael Buble, crazy as that may sound.  Thankfully we don't hear them on RP.
This song and some great headphones got me through some bad stuff...solid ten from me 
 Byronape wrote:

You have a noodle shop?  Like all they sell is noodles?

 
We do, Pho sho we do!
 jules44 wrote:
btw....BEST GOMEZ SONG EVER.....especially live!!!
 



I agree about the live thing. Palladia runs an older festival where Gomez performs this live sans the banjo and it takes the song to another level- makes this version seem tame by comparison.
Never cared for the Peter Lorre voice.
 lkovathana wrote:
To Creed or not to Creed ..
 

How bout not? Why didn't you just say Mozart? This sounds like Creed about as much as it does Mozart which is not very much.
everyone in my office just wolf whistled :)
To Creed or not to Creed ..
8 > 9
I need an 11 to rate this song.......soooooooo good.
Loved them in concert a few weeks ago!
I somehow thought this was a 7. Silly me. Totally an 8!
 
Next time I hear it, maybe it'll go even higher. I found myself turning it WAY up today...!  {#Music}
Super group, super album, great song. After all the years, and the number of times I've listened to this, I still get goosebumps and a thrill. Good thing RP didn't play anything from their last few albums. I love this driving, I love this in the evening, I love it with red wine, her shoes thrown off under the table lit with candles ...
Gomez answers Steve Martin's assertion that you can't have a sad banjo...


ok ENOUGH.
 HeilNizar wrote:
PLEASE less looping, and not only for this song, for all songs, you have a huge library, why all the looping all the time?!!
{#Headache}

 
RP is basically Bill deciding what sounds or segues well together. Two big reasons you see the looping: he did a good job putting the songs together the first time, and he probably wants to sleep on occasion. Besides, the loops are days long, not top 40. If it really bugs you they've added a really cool PSD button. I hardly use it though. I love this station.
Been a long while gone.... so glad to come back to the fold with this song in my ears.  Yummy.
 jt1 wrote:

perhaps a little unfair...I did find his voice a little jarring when he started singing over that excellent intro, but it very quickly formed into an excellent song. Not sure that it would work as well with a 'smoother' voice.

 

You do not need to apologize for this voice.  The best in my opinion, so far as good, real Rock goes.  I would give Karen O 2nd place.
MORE PLEASE!!!! Snazzy song! :)
 coloradojohn wrote:
Maybe one of the coolest, baddest, sneakiest killer intros ever; love it, what a ride this song is! and YES, all thanks and praise to RP for turning me and countless others onto this unique band way before almost anyone else got a taste of 'em!
 
Fully second that!  I've been a fan for years due to exposure from RP.  Got to see them in August in Anaheim (Disneytown, actually).  Wow! What a band.


 vit wrote:
Hey Gomez, here is how some other people operate. It might help that voice.
 
perhaps a little unfair...I did find his voice a little jarring when he started singing over that excellent intro, but it very quickly formed into an excellent song. Not sure that it would work as well with a 'smoother' voice.

{#Music}
Maybe one of the coolest, baddest, sneakiest killer intros ever; love it, what a ride this song is! and YES, all thanks and praise to RP for turning me and countless others onto this unique band way before almost anyone else got a taste of 'em!
Hey Gomez, here is how some other people operate. It might help that voice.


We can all see where your head—as it were—is at!

 
d-don wrote:
Love the song, but I better clean out the ears. I thought Bill introduced the band as "Gonads."