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Beth Orton — Don't Wanna Know 'bout Evil
Album: Pass In Time
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Released: 2004
Length: 5:21
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(Knowledge is power)

Sometimes it gets so hard to listen
Hard for me to use my eyes
And all around the gold is glistening
Making sure it keeps me down to size

I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know a thing about evil
Only wanna know about love

(Knowledge is power)

I'm waitin' for the planes to tumble
Waitin' for the towns to fall
I'm waitin' for the cities to crumble
Waitin' till I see you crawl

I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know a thing about evil

Only wanna know about love

I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love

And yes it's getting hard to listen
Hard for me to use my eyes
And all around the gold is glistening
Making sure it keeps us hyp-n-o-tized

I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know a thing about evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know a thing about evil
Only wanna know about love
I don't wanna know 'bout evil
Only wanna know about love...
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I know this by Dr. John, but Beth's came out first.
Another John Martyn cover this morning, added him to my list of artists to purchase.
Ya know, I have to agree about the repeats. It's a good-sounding song, but way, way repetitive.
 Emwolb wrote:
starting off liking this song, but it QUICKLY dropped to a "5" after the hundredth repeat of the chorus...kinda like a lengthy car chase in a movie to make it 2 hours long - just a lotta filler
 
A repeating chorus?!?!?  Sacrilege!
"And yes it's getting hard to listen"
Prefer John Martyn tbh
Any idea what she wants to know about? She's not being very clear on the subject.
I'm a huge John Martyn fan and I like this a lot.
very good just about as good as John martyn
A nice adaption. John Martyn's original is a great favourite of mine.
 Emwolb wrote:
starting off liking this song, but it QUICKLY dropped to a "5" after the hundredth repeat of the chorus...kinda like a lengthy car chase in a movie to make it 2 hours long - just a lotta filler
 
Dunno about a car chase - more like a leisurely drive in the country...
Is that William Orbit backing?
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
Jon Secada called, he wants the beat back from his hit, 'Just Another Day'.
 
It's a pretty standard, programmable,  electronic back beat which was probably used in hundreds of recordings.
Great track murdered. 
I think. .....she doesn't want to know about evil and only wants to know about love...but I'd need to hear it for another 10 minutes until I'm sure
Jon Secada called, he wants the beat back from his hit, 'Just Another Day'.
Good, but not exactly the All on Along the Watchtower conversion of another's song
Another endlessly repetitive banality begging to be muted! Sign of the times?
A very bland and poor pastiche of the original with no new interpretation.
So great !!!


 forestcowboy wrote:
First John Martyn cover I ever
heard. Definitly not as good as the original. But worth a try.. 
 
Then you've never heard Eric Clapton do "May You Never?" 
 mrgus wrote:
You can't have one without the other.

 
Good one!

You can't have one without the other.
It takes way too long to get to the actual lyrics.  If the vocal arrangement had been better thought out this could have been really good.
I really want to like this song. It has a really nice trance thing going and is really relaxing but it does get too repetitious. It needs some more verses. Her voice is fine, I like Beth when she is not H overdosing. Maybe too much of a good thing?
I don't like this at all and I normally like her work.
This is awful.


I guess if you're gonna be up all night, you might as well right a song, eh?
Thanx Beth.



That synthy triangle jangling around the periphery of this track is very early 2000s to me. Still a nice tune if not a little too long {#Whistle}
starting off liking this song, but it QUICKLY dropped to a "5" after the hundredth repeat of the chorus...kinda like a lengthy car chase in a movie to make it 2 hours long - just a lotta filler
No Pout Evil
Psychic playlist ...
 Grammarcop wrote:
This is just a guess on my part, but I don't think she wants to know about evil. 

 
I take it that she only wants to know about love.
 CDextrous wrote:
Not a terrible version. John Martyn's original is far, far better, though.

 
 Having watched JM perform the original, BO stinks.

OK that's too harsh, she is redolent of mediocrity. At least she isn't aspirating every word with an H.

Y'know, I keep waiting for her to bring it all to the table..........I do think she has the talent.
 CDextrous wrote:
Not a terrible version. John Martyn's original is far, far better, though.

 
This is the only version I've heard so it takes the top! {#Biggrin}



What I have with this track is one of my favourite vocalists singing one of my favourite artists songs and combining to create a decidedly mediocre cover.
This is just a guess on my part, but I don't think she wants to know about evil. 
 TomSweetwater wrote:
 
 
That was profound 
 Jelani wrote:
This sounds very reminiscent of that Vine Leaf tune she did with William Orbit.

 
It's probably from the same recording sessions; William Orbit is on this tune as well.
Not a terrible version. John Martyn's original is far, far better, though.
Buy the girl some lyrics. 
 
Nice chill vibe, and Beth's voice is more silky smooth than usual. Agreed a bit repetitive, which can often bug me, but it doesn't so much on this track.
This sounds very reminiscent of that Vine Leaf tune she did with William Orbit.
Big JM fan here, and i like this one too.
I really liked the start of this song, then Beth Orton's voice (surprisingly as I usually like her singing) put me off.  But it started picking up as the song went on.  Not sure what to think of this, except I definitely prefer John Martyn's original.
 AlanF wrote:
Really? Did someone run out of ideas for lyrics?

Really liked the first minute; pity it never moved on from the simplistic, repetitive idea.

 
Ask John Martyn, he wrote it.  Heaven forbid a piece of music have repetition.
Someone needs to buy her more lyrics for Christmas.  
 
Are you under the delusion that anybody gives a shit about your negative outlook?

jimtyrrell wrote:
i can t believe RP would play this. It can t get any worse than this ! rating 1.1
 


i can t believe RP would play this. It can t get any worse than this ! rating 1.1
Nowhere as good as the John Martin version
Hypnotic bliss with an angelic voice. Perfect song for starting my Saturday morning.
Don't read THIS  !  It's bad news.

The Milgram experiment
, with its chilling results, occurred in the early '60's.
Have things changed since the Milgram experiment?
Lest readers still think such events are flukes, current psychology research evidence also supports the idea that people are still basically about as obedient to authority as they were in the 1960's.
It’s inspired songs by Peter Gabriel (lyrics: “We do what we’re told/We do what we’re told/Told to do”) and Dar Williams (“When I knew it was wrong, I played it just like a game/I pressed the buzzer”);

                                                                     Some voodoo dolls cooked up
                                                                      In some Bollywood basement.
                                                                       You lay down with the blind
                                                                        You may wake up to,  Err?
                                                                             Thyself cockeyed.

 That's funny as hell 
wtango wrote:
"I don't want a  Nopalito..."

 


Really? Did someone run out of ideas for lyrics?

Really liked the first minute; pity it never moved on from the simplistic, repetitive idea.
Repetitive much? please just stop.
Ostrich from AnimateIt.net
Not bad but Beth...a bit heavy on the fuzz there ain't it? 

No real criticism but me thinks I like John Martyn's version a bit better....

Highlow
American Net'Zen
First John Martyn cover I ever
heard. Definitly not as good as the original. But worth a try.. 
"I don't want a  Nopalito..."
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quite nice!
Too nuanced and subtle for me. Just not sure what she wanna know 'bout.


Not John but very good.
Shocked it was Beth Orton,
Why not?
i think i get the point
Ok, Nice flow to the song...but I tell ya, ITS ALL EVIL....and we don't don't really know what LOVE is anyway...not living under the laws of man in the human condition. No no.... 
I like Beth Orton but I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy this album.
I'd like the 12th floor, please.


This is cool...  I want her for the maze...


 Typesbad wrote:
Is she working with William Orbit again on this?  It sounds like his instrumental work in the back.
 
The album information says "featuring William Orbit from Japanese only album "Superpinkymandy". Someone has a sense of humor...



love it...


"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"
Edmund Burke (allegedly) 
I like Beth Orton but don't feel that this is her best work.
Love the original, had more conviction somehow, this is a bit smooth? Ok though 5
very smooth track. excellent
Is she working with William Orbit again on this?  It sounds like his instrumental work in the back.
Nice textures. My elevator sounds great!

(And I like where it takes me.)
Elevator music. Doesn't even touch John Martyn's original.
It's not nice to relentlessly repeat yourself.

s {#Shhh}

 
Mike_Sneade wrote:
{#No} I've said it before and I will say it again. This woman cannot sing !
 


{#No} I've said it before and I will say it again. This woman cannot sing !
most excellent
I has to come over and check this

I've never heard this before - love at first listen - it's not even done yet! I hear Annie Lennox in here, but with more layers.
Never heard of this album. Love Beth!
This is a very nice cover but I think I like the John Martyn original better.
 MojoJojo wrote:
The three monkeys...
 
I didn't mind it so much...  until the endless repetition of that verse forced me to reach for the Mute button!  {#Beat}


I love Beth!
 gandalfbmg wrote:
Her voice sounds different (deeper?) than usual here...
 
She seems to choose her register in a manner similar to Joni Mitchell. I've always like the variance.

Orton and Martyn… sweet, thanks for expanding my musical universe.


Orton is one of the most intriguing artists around today.

Thanks for playing, RP!
Her voice sounds different (deeper?) than usual here...