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Regina Spektor — On The Radio
Album: Begin To Hope
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Released: 2006
Length: 3:21
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Ah, ah, ah-duh-ah-uh
Ah, ah, ah-duh-

This is how it works
It feels a little worse
Than when we drove our hearse
Right through that screaming crowd

While laughin' up a storm
Until we were just bone
Until it got so warm
That none of us could sleep

And all the styrofoam
Began to melt away
We tried to find some worms
To aid in the decay

But none of 'em were home
Inside their catacomb
A million ancient bees
Began to sting our knees

While we were on our knees
Prayin' that disease
Would leave the ones we love
And never come again

On the radio
We heard "November Rain"
That solo's real long
But it's a pretty song

We listened to it twice
'Cause the DJ was aslee-eep

Bum-bu-bu-bu-bum

This is how it works
You're young until you're not
You love until you don't
You try until you can't
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breathe
Until their dyin' breath

No, this is how it works
You peer inside yourself
You take the things you like
Then try to love the things you took

And then you take that love you made
And stick it into some
Someone else's heart
Pumpin' someone else's blood

And walking arm in arm
You hope it don't get harmed
But even if it does
You'll just do it all again, and

On the radio
You'll hear "November Rain"
That solo's awful long
But it's a good refrain

You listen to it twice
'Cause the DJ is asleep
On the radio (Oh-oh-oh)
On the radio
On the radio, uh-oh
On the radio, uh-oh
On the radio, uh-oh
On the radio-oh-ohhh
Mmm-mm

Bum-ba-dum-ba-dum-bum
Bum-ba-dum-ba-dum-bum
Ba-da-dum
Ba-da-dum
Ohh-oh
Ah, ah, ah-duh-ah-uh
Ah, ah, ah-duh-ah-uh
Ah, ah, ah-duh-ah-uh
Ah, ah, ah-duh-ah-uh
Ah, ah, ah-duh-ah-uh
Ah, ah, ah-duh-ah-uh
Ah, ah, ah-duh-ah-ah
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Long Live                                                                                                                        Radio Paradise
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Wow, that got annoying *really* fast!
 handyrae wrote:

You underestimate the annoying factor of this horribly, terribly, extremely, awfully annoying song.

 
well, i didn't have a lot of time
 
 dabeyc wrote:
pretty annoying.

 
You underestimate the annoying factor of this horribly, terribly, extremely, awfully annoying song.
pretty annoying.
After Einaudi.. i have to hit the PSD button for this! 
 Dave_Mack wrote:
I like it.  Sue me.
 
You are summoned to court for a hearing. Oh. . . your ears aren't working, so that won't work. 
 laozilover wrote:
god I love radio paradise segways
 


 laozilover wrote:
god I love radio paradise segways
 
And I love my Android, but it's voice-to-text needs some work!

Anyway, it was terrific listening to the segue from Dar Williams's song ARE YOU OUT THERE to this one!


god I love radio paradise segways
 coyotexxx2 wrote:
There are better songs on this cd but regardless Regina is an aquired taste. 
 
Yep, but once you acquire the taste this song goes from annoying to charming!

Hey Bill - take a nap and play November Rain
when EXACTLY did Mister Rogers write this...?

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There are better songs on this cd but regardless Regina is an aquired taste. But I like that the song refers to a Guns and Roses song.  In fact, Bill, play November Rain!

 Tagish_girl wrote:
On the Brady-o?
 
The Variety hour show in My Photos by

I like it.  Sue me.
"On the raydeo, uh-oh". She sounds like a Tellytubby in that one, and the "ah-ah-ad-ah-ah-huh" is quite irritating. Other than that it's a half-decent song.
 dwhayslett wrote:

It does pain me to agree with Barfin' Sarah.
 
Agreed.  This is dreadfully bad.
I normally like RS, but this is really annoying. . . 
awesome
 sarahbean26 wrote:
WTF {#Puke}
 
It does pain me to agree with Barfin' Sarah.

Like the voice, don't like the song!  Hmm... 4.
badbadbadbadbadbadbadbarf
 dwhayslett wrote:
Did she just sing "on the fradio (uh oh)" ?
 
Fraidy so, uh oh.

Song = 6

Comments = 8.73 
Enough with this song already!
oH, stop it please!
I've liked what I've heard from her in the past, but this came through as nothing but fluff. I checked the lyrics, which read like Poe - Edgar, that is - so, I'll try to hear past the irritating vocals next time.
 ubastard wrote:
This is the first time I have heard her and have given her an 8. Thanks Bill and RP
 

Ditto
Did she just sing "on the fradio (uh oh)" ?
 HazzeSwede wrote:
Why oh why does most female singers of today go up the high notes that makes
them sound like one, very hoarse nightingale ?{#Stupid}
 

Finally, someone who understands most female singers today just aren't good.
 splooge wrote:
Piss poor arrangement of an Enya sample. {#Snooty}
 
whut?

 Tagish_girl wrote:
On the Brady-o?
 
Freudian, for sure.

 
This is the first time I have heard her and have given her an 8. Thanks Bill and RP
Why oh why does most female singers of today go up the high notes that makes
them sound like one, very hoarse nightingale ?{#Stupid}
 Mandible wrote:
I like her, but I saw her on SNL a few weeks ago and it was absolutely atrocious. I was disappointed.
 

Crazy! I saw it as well and I thought it was fabulous... expressive and authentic. 

I wanna get on her too. Sexy.
 morgsy67 wrote:
yummmmmy + funnnnn

...like eating a cupcake at a party.
 

It's like a party in your mouth!  And everybody is starting to throw up.

 ick wrote:
no thank you...
 
She may be good, but this song is awful.

I like her, but I saw her on SNL a few weeks ago and it was absolutely atrocious. I was disappointed.
Bill, play "Fidelity"? {#Pray}
<3 Regina.   One of the most talented vocalists out there right now.
no thank you...
On the Brady-o?
One the highlights of this year's Latitude Festival. She was superb.
love regina!
 hippiechick wrote:
Chick rocks! If you like Tori, you will like her.
 
I must be the exception to that rule.

Piss poor arrangement of an Enya sample. {#Snooty}
Just love the sparse arrangement. Simple and beautiful.
Wait...that wasn't Feist?
Chick rocks! If you like Tori, you will like her.
WTF {#Puke}
 jmsmy wrote:
One day play November Rain - Thanks
 
Twice.

We need to hear her song with Ben Folds next time...
One day play November Rain - Thanks
FluorideFreeMN wrote:
Not a fan either...
Yikes! I posted this one year ago and now I'm turned around on Regina. Some things just take a few spins before ya like it.
Sounds nice, pert an' purty too!
Her singing is so cute and precious... It fills me with an intense urge to kick her in the shin and make her cry.
yummmmmy + funnnnn ...like eating a cupcake at a party.
This song is an oh-so-pleasant splinter in my brain. Every time I hear it, I hum it for hours afterward. I love the unexpected melodic twists and turns of Regina's songs. Listening to her is like driving a twisty road entirely too fast.
One day Bill - your gonna surprise me and play November Rain :) But I think your gonna play 1 more radio song :)
good god, we need more of her stuff on here. she is great great great live! just such a presence.
Feist-y.
...weird song..
chordcloud wrote:
Just writing this to add a positive comment: although not my favourite on the album and, admittedly, the song's earwig-like quality is not easy to deal with, it reminded me that it's *me* who decides what goes round and round in my head!
You talk like a Buddhist.
She has a fresh sound, & a few songs which I really do enjoy. :)
Hi Bill, Can you play November Rain - Thanks, James
jenakle wrote:
I love this, I love her minus the ah-ahah-ahah-ah-aaahh bits from her other song those can go
noooooooo, those ah-ahah-ahah-ah-aahh's are exactly why I love her music. just like her mmm'ming and the radio-o-o-oh's from this song. she doesn't just sing the lyrics, she's part of the music, part of the instrumentation. Karen O does similar things with the yeah yeah yeahs. so distinctive, so gosh darn cute! i love it!
Like the lyrics, but not the music.
Hi Bill - you should play November rain after this - you can play it twice and go to sleep
ahh, its not that bad... i guess... too cutesy.
I love this, I love her minus the ah-ahah-ahah-ah-aaahh bits from her other song those can go :bananapiano:
Just writing this to add a positive comment: although not my favourite on the album and, admittedly, the song's earwig-like quality is not easy to deal with, it reminded me that it's *me* who decides what goes round and round in my head! Regina's album is, without a doubt, among the most exciting new records out there. I am particularly impressed with the positive-ness it spreads everytime it plays. I'd love to see Regina live - various mini videos on Youtube hint at the fact that it's a real event. Regina is contagious!
jmsmy wrote:
Hi Bill - It would be nice to hear November Rain
or Fidelity. She has interesting powerful voice and I love a lot Fidelity. Excellent.
Servo wrote:
This one is starting to annoy me. Most of the song is pretty likable, but that "uh-oh" shtick has been stale for decades. The staccato delivery makes it even more annoying. Listening to this song is kind of like trying to hold a conversation with someone with a gigantic zit on the tip of their nose. Try as I might, I just can't maintain eye contact with that big, red and white "third eye" staring me down. Same with this song. When it comes on, all I think is "when is that annoying part going to start?" Sure, it's my bugaboo, but IMHO the songwriter(s) could have been a bit more clever, and found a better device.
Yah, that's pretty much exactly what gets me about it... I mean, maybe the lyrics are all sweet and what-all, but damn if I can't get past the annoying sound of it, I'm not going to appreciate the lyrics. That would be like licking off the dog crap you dropped your ice cream cone into, just to get to the sweet center. No thanks.
Hi Bill - It would be nice to hear November Rain
man, surprised by all the negativity! it is such a sweet meaningful song...trying to cope with something horrifying (cancer) by looking at life as a whole and finding beauty and comfort in the mundane (november rain on the radio) and the will to just keep going: While we were on our knees Praying that disease Would leave the ones we love And never come again On the radio We heard November Rain That solo's really long But it's a pretty song We listened to it twice 'Cause the DJ was asleep This is how it works You're young until you're not You love until you don't You try until you can't You laugh until you cry You cry until you laugh And everyone must breathe Until their dying breath No, this is how it works You peer inside yourself You take the things you like And try to love the things you took And then you take that love you made And stick it into some Someone else's heart Pumping someone else's blood And walking arm in arm You hope it don't get harmed But even if it does You'll just do it all again Jeez. So simple yet it says so much.
Not a fan either...
rachlan wrote:
I like this genre, psycho-folk / anti-folk.
Psycho-folk. I like that. I have to admit the first couple of times I heard this it didn't do much for me. But this morning, hungover, trying to cook some breakfast, it worked and I kinda liked it. Maybe it's just the hangover.
loro wrote:
This one is slowly growing on me...
Metastasizing, maybe?
most impossible to listen to after the Clash.
I'm going to be very unhappy if this "Bradio" song gets stuck in my head.
Not crazy about this. Starts out okay then just gets stupid.
ok, the more I hear this the more it is like having my eardrum fed through a pencil sharpener please make it stop!!
This one is starting to annoy me. Most of the song is pretty likable, but that "uh-oh" shtick has been stale for decades. The staccato delivery makes it even more annoying. Listening to this song is kind of like trying to hold a conversation with someone with a gigantic zit on the tip of their nose. Try as I might, I just can't maintain eye contact with that big, red and white "third eye" staring me down. Same with this song. When it comes on, all I think is "when is that annoying part going to start?" Sure, it's my bugaboo, but IMHO the songwriter(s) could have been a bit more clever, and found a better device.
laozilover wrote:
Wikipedia: November Rain --- musta been out of touch when this came out!
As of several years ago, which was the last time I saw the MTV special on expensive music videos, November Rain was #3, after Michael Jackson's Scream and some Puff Daddy video.
laozilover wrote:
:dance: The more I hear this song, the more I like it! I got the CD for my birthday, and it spent a LONG time in the tray.... :good-vibes: Wikipedia: November Rain --- musta been out of touch when this came out! Video at YouTube (time: 9:11) :eek::
... thanx for sharin' that vid, really good :music: :eek: :music:
:dance: The more I hear this song, the more I like it! I got the CD for my birthday, and it spent a LONG time in the tray.... :good-vibes:
"November Rain" is referenced twice in the chorus of the song "On the Radio" by Regina Spektor: "On the radio/We heard November Rain/The (guitar) solo's awful long/But it's a pretty song" and "And on the radio/You hear November Rain/That solo's awful long/But it's a good refrain"
Wikipedia: November Rain --- musta been out of touch when this came out! Video at YouTube (time: 9:11) :eek::
This one is slowly growing on me...
love it... it really sticks to me... then over time I forget about it.. and WHAM... rp plays it!
I like this genre, psycho-folk / anti-folk.
Like it or hate it, this pesky little ditty gets under your skin and into your veins (like a virus?). Hours from now, you'll find it running laps in your brain.
I like Tori Amos, this is nothing like her this is just irritating I wish it wasn't on the radio uh-oh
I dunno, I feel like Tori's the one who's out of date now.
wow, more negative comments than I'd expect...some earlier Regina was a little weird, even for me...but I felt this album was great, especially this playful song
Monty Python once did a sketch about a joke that was so funny that when it was said the listeners would die of laughter. This song is similar. It's soooooo bad, that I'm sure listeners of RP around the world died, but not of laughter. :stop: :puke:
This is how it works: you hit the mute button, then you don't have to listen to this crappy song on the radio-ah-oh.
For the love of God please make it stop! :stop:
okobojicat wrote:
What if you strongly dislike Tori, but like this song?
Then you're confused...this one's pretty lame, but what do I know...I like Tori Amos..
felix_the_man wrote:
jeez dude, lighten up! I listen to RP to be exposed to a variety of decent music. I don't listen to top40/mtv crap so I wouldn't know if this little ditty was there or not. I kinda' like it. You ever notice that when you go to a restaurant that they hand out menus? We all have different tastes. Speaking of top 40 crap, isn't that where born on the bayou is, I mean, was?
hey felix_the_man, well said, I kinda agree with every word of that, menus an' all, so good on ya, taste for all, yum :hungry: :music: :hungry: :music:
On_The_Beach wrote:
More like "Bradio"; see TexasAggies' comment (& photo) below . . .
radio radio bo bradio fanana fana fo fadio mee mi mo madi-o, RADIO! where's my recording contract? Lol. This girl can definitely play classical piano. I am just not sure this is the "ESL-play" stuff to make a career out of. And I've seen just a little too much buzz via VH1 and CBS news. It reminds me of the fury storm over Norah Jones a few years ago. It's not that the person in question isn't talented, but every other network doing a story over the same person, when so many talented people down at the local bar go unnoticed? WTF?! Thank god for independent labels and the Web. It would be nice if the media didnt seem to read the exact same "how to" guide and "daily news brief" every day. I dont think if you sent five guys and gals into the street of any city in the USA for an afternoon and then told them to report what they saw or what was happening (without watching a TV or hearing the radio) they would all come back with the exact same few stories.
Tygre wrote:
Feck, I listen to RP so that I don't have to hear the shitty Top40/MTV crap that gets played elsewhere. This sounds too much like that other song she does where she does those awful glottal stops. Sweet zombie Jesus, how did she get a record contract? Glottal stops are the WORST!
jeez dude, lighten up! I listen to RP to be exposed to a variety of decent music. I don't listen to top40/mtv crap so I wouldn't know if this little ditty was there or not. I kinda' like it. You ever notice that when you go to a restaurant that they hand out menus? We all have different tastes. Speaking of top 40 crap, isn't that where born on the bayou is, I mean, was?
Feck, I listen to RP so that I don't have to hear the shitty Top40/MTV crap that gets played elsewhere. This sounds too much like that other song she does where she does those awful glottal stops. Sweet zombie Jesus, how did she get a record contract? Glottal stops are the WORST!
What's a bradio?
NHMick wrote:
Is it just me, or does it sound like she's saying "fradio"? WTF is that? Somebody earlier described it as "drippy," and I think that's a good description. Just a little *too* cute for me. Meh, but then I'm a grouchy old man. :razz:
More like "Bradio"; see TexasAggies' comment (& photo) below . . .
Breezy with 6-10 inches of snow
Don't get the Joni/Tori comparisons, but I find this really irritating.
zaknafein wrote:
Something about Regina annoys the bejusus out of me. The comparison to Joni Mitchell may be an indication, as I feel the same way about her.
I think Joni's okay, but this song has started to annoy me. I can't speak for anything else spektor has done, but after hearing this song too many times in a day I don't think I want to. p.s. Is it just me, or does it sound like she's saying "fradio"? WTF is that? Somebody earlier described it as "drippy," and I think that's a good description. Just a little *too* cute for me. Meh, but then I'm a grouchy old man. :razz:
zaknafein wrote:
Something about Regina annoys the bejusus out of me. The comparison to Joni Mitchell may be an indication, as I feel the same way about her.
Don't talk shit about Joni! :naughty:
okobojicat wrote:
What if you strongly dislike Tori, but like this song?
This may be an indication of an open mind. Proceed with caution.
hippiechick wrote:
If you like Tori, you will definitely like this album.
Better than Tori, because Regina's lyrics sometimes actually make sense. Her live concert on NPR is fantastic--check it out: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6161219
This is what I like about RP - to me, "Sicko-Barfo" is a much higher rating than I would like to give. Yet other people believe its wonderful - Vive la differance!
What's a bradio? Is that music for Brady's? :mrgreen:
Something about Regina annoys the bejusus out of me. The comparison to Joni Mitchell may be an indication, as I feel the same way about her.
Feist's sister, separated at birth?
hippiechick wrote:
If you like Tori, you will definitely like this album.
What if you strongly dislike Tori, but like this song?
hippiechick wrote:
If you like Tori, you will definitely like this album.
Maybe, but a closer antecendent I think is Joni Mitchell. Here and there Spektor's lyricism is pretty heartfelt, but doesn't have quite the dripping earnestness of Amos. She, like Mitchell, can be quite a goofball, in a lovely way.
hey! this woman has a swag of talent, no mistake! thanx rp for includin' her here! :clap:
eskles wrote:
While I applaud the influx of women singer/songwriters in music over the past decade, I am so tired of women like this who, for lack of real singing ability, present this self conscious affectation and call it art. Ugh.
Well, feh. I really dig her stuff. Still, when last week ABC used her song "Fidelity" on two (count-'em) of their nite-time soaps--Grey's Anatomy and Brothers & Sisters--I can't say I was all too pleased. (Yeah, I'm a sucker for corny TV...but do they have to drag "my" classy, meaningful music into their escapist little worlds?)
eskles wrote:
While I applaud the influx of women singer/songwriters in music over the past decade, I am so tired of women like this who, for lack of real singing ability, present this self conscious affectation and call it art. Ugh.
you don't think she has singing ability? what about piano ability? who does having singing ability to you? Christina Agulera?
While I applaud the influx of women singer/songwriters in music over the past decade, I am so tired of women like this who, for lack of real singing ability, present this self conscious affectation and call it art. Ugh.