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Joan Osborne — Brokedown Palace
Album: Pretty Little Stranger
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6.6

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Total ratings: 975









Released: 2006
Length: 3:55
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Fare you well, my honey, fare you well my only true one.
All the birds that were singing are flown, except you alone.

Going to leave this brokedown palace,
On my hand and knees, I will roll, roll, roll.
Make myself a bed in the waterside,
In my time, I will roll, roll roll.

Make myself a bed by the waterside I will lay my head.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul.

River going to take me, sing sweet and sleepy,
Sing me sweet and sleepy all the way back home.
Its a far gone lullaby, sung many years ago.
Mama, mama many worlds I've come since I first left home.

Goin home, goin home, by the riverside I will rest my bones,
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul.

Going to plant a weeping willow,
On the banks green edge it will grow, grow, grow.
Sing a lullaby beside the water,
Lovers come and go, the river roll, roll, roll.

Fare you well, fare you well, I love you more than words can tell,
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul.
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Jerry didnt do it Better. Joan Owns it!
 dyharenas wrote:
That's what I call a truthful voice...and nothing beats the truth
 
Well said.  I could listen to Joan sing all day long.
Wow! She does a great version of this Dead classic. I love it.
 gatorade wrote:
Good song, and I'm happy that other artists realize the importance of the songs the GD wrote and yes, I inc. Robert Hunter in that. But love this song. Always think of this as Jerry's farewell song. He's still rockin my soul.
 
It was the last song that I ever heard Jerry sing live at RFK in '95.  Bittersweet.
This is a sweet cover
 ckcotton wrote:
please.... No more....

 

Love the way the drums are recorded on this song.
Play some Dead already, enough of these too perfect covers. Yea yea, Lyle Lovett can play dead too.
That's what I call a truthful voice...and nothing beats the truth
please.... No more....
Thank you for that.
Just sublime
Just sublime 
Beautiful cover.
Not sure why but this version irritates me. Perhaps I identify too much with the original.
Saw Joan this week with Mavis Staples. Spectacular and drop-dead sexy! And Mavis was great too.
This is one of the most sublime Dead covers I've heard. It sounds perfect to this head!
Meh, the vocals dont fit the beautiful music and lyrics.
 
Best of both worlds....Jerry and Joan. Thanks RP. Please play more Joan.
So stylized as to drain any real feeling from this beautiful song. Instrumentals are lovely, though.
Uhhhhh....... no.

No.  Just...No..

Is this as bad as Merchant covering Bowie?   

Both choices are intolerable.


Nice treat Bill..
Joan is awesome.
Jerry plz.
 allenrudd wrote:
She gets an 8 for her taste in music
 



Yeah...but would rather hear the original every time
She gets an 8 for her taste in music
Blah.  No really - blah. {#Neutral}
I saw Joan live doing a few Dead tunes.   Was absolutely amazing...  nothing like this overproduced stuff, although I give it a high rating just because it's Joan <3

Wish I could have seen this live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CchPrgRNb0

Joan Osborne playing Drums by tshahady
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She does OK with this gem.  Not nearly as good as the original.  The original is from what I consider one of the Dead's two best albums.

A soulful rendition of one of Jerry's "anthems".....if any woman is gonna sing it, I think he'd be happy to sit back and listen to Joan.


Yea, this is pretty good.
Good song, and I'm happy that other artists realize the importance of the songs the GD wrote and yes, I inc. Robert Hunter in that. But love this song. Always think of this as Jerry's farewell song. He's still rockin my soul.
NOOO... make it stop. Just play some dead already!
Under rated: bumping up for one of Jerry and The Boys of Summer's best. Always brings tears to my eyes...
 ch83575 wrote:
I like Joan...

I LOVE the Dead...

Not a big fan of this cover...

But most of all, I HATE that cover image!  What was she thinking?

 
Agree on all counts.  I think she is smirking at us?

I like Joan...

I LOVE the Dead...

Not a big fan of this cover...

But most of all, I HATE that cover image!  What was she thinking?

Well done Joan! Great version of this great tune.


I forget just how good a vocalist Joan Osborne is.  Great cover of a classic.
fare you well, my honey
fare you well, my only true one
all the birds that were singing
are flown except you alone

going to leave this brokedown palace
on my hands and my knees
i will roll, roll, roll
make myself a bed by the waterside
in my time, in my time
i will roll, roll, roll

in a bed, in a bed
by the waterside i will lay my head
listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul

river gonna take me
sing me sweet and sleepy
sing me sweet and sleepy all the way back home
it's a far gone lullaby i sang many years ago
mamma mamma many worlds are come
since i first left home

going home, going home
by the waterside i will rest my bones
listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul

going to plant a weeping willow
on the banks clean edge
it will grow grow grow
sing a lullaby beside the water
lovers come and go
the river roll, roll, roll

fare you well, fare you well,
i love you more than words can tell
listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul

in album Pretty Little Stranger (2006)

** 8  /  9 **


The magic of what Jerry and the boys did lives on. 9
{#Meditate} Love her, love this CD . . . {#Meditate}
horstman wrote:


Time to quit your job . . . or at least put on headphones and spare others your listening choices.

To all those who don't understand the Dead and the message in their voices, songs, and compositions, it's kinda of a lost language.

You had to be there.


They can all kiss my ass!

very nice...and I'm very picky about dead covers.  This works on all levels.
 savoyard wrote:
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo Horrible!!!! I just got the "what the hell are you listening to?" from all of my coworkers...

 

Time to quit your job . . . or at least put on headphones and spare others your listening choices.

To all those who don't understand the Dead and the message in their voices, songs, and compositions, it's kinda of a lost language.

You had to be there.

What a singer this girl is. I'd heard her doing a few songs on R.P. I caught her on TV on The Transatlantic Sessions (BBC Scotland), what a wonderfull singer. I'll be buying, even if it's just the aforementioned Sessions.(3 CDs apparently)For anyone interested, I haven't seen all of the programs, missed most to be honest, but I've seen Joanie, Eddie Reeder, Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg,Emmylou,Ally Bain, and many more. ......... Check it out.
I usually don't say this but, great cover. She makes it her own.
:sleep:
how did this song get through LRC? terrible.
Joan was outstanding when she toured with the Dead a few years ago. Too bad the studio version lost some of the beauty.
lilmisskaleena wrote:
so why isn't the original even played on RP? it's absolutely amazing... this is not.
Truer words were never spoken Batman
YA_MAN wrote:
Saw Joan in the video "Standing in the shadows of Motown" She did "What becomes of the broken hearted " and blew the place away! What emotion, she's absolutely fabulous!
Excellant Film!!!!!!
so why isn't the original even played on RP? it's absolutely amazing... this is not.
Saw Joan in the video "Standing in the shadows of Motown" She did "What becomes of the broken hearted " and blew the place away! What emotion, she's absolutely fabulous!
just a slob, like one of us?
milehighYinzer wrote:
...Jerry had one of the most emotional voices I ever heard. He wasn't a great singer by any way, but that guy could bring tears to your eyes in this song by the emotion in his voice.
Well said. This is a great summary of how I feel about his voice too, and something that lots of Dead-dissers seem to miss. This song, or when he hits the "dust off those dusty strings just one more time" in Stella Blue: so much emotion in a delicate scratchy voice.
milehighYinzer wrote:
For some strange reason, I would rather hear Jerry sing this. Mainly for the reason that Jerry had one of the most emotional voices I ever heard. He wasn't a great singer by any way, but that guy could bring tears to your eyes in this song by the emotion in his voice. I don't get that with her. She has a beautiful voice, but the emotion isn't the same.
I havent heard much dead, or Jerry, but I would agree about the pretty voice but a lack of feeling being communicated. I get the same vibes from a lot of the "Divas" of the past 10-20 years. You can sing? You're not bad looking? Gee, wow. We havent seen that before...(cough cough cough) --------------------------- 2/7/07--I prefer other stuff on this album that I've heard on RP. To each his/her own.
It's ok. It's pretty, but it's kinda dry. Doesn't move me like the original. 5.
blech...
It's not her best stuff, but it was decent enough for me to get this album and I find myself adding it to the play list (when im not listening to RP) quite frequently. Solid.
:think: Odd that RP doesn't have a version of this by either the Grateful Dead or Jerry Garcia! ...or anyone else...
milehighYinzer wrote:
This is one of my favorite Dead songs. It reminds me of everybody I lost in life. Can only listen to it when feeling down. It is a beautiful sadness feal to it though. Robert Hunter wrote amazing lyrics.
It was a treat to see Osborne singing with Phil Lesh & Friends last summer (tho this song wasn't performed). Lesh brings more refinement and expertise than ever to the improvisational interplay he helped pioneer with the Dead.
RP Needs to play more Culture Club. Yep. And maybe some Whitney Houston, for good measure... milehighYinzer wrote:
Who cares what your coworkers think. My one coworker was playing a radio station with the Culture club playing on it once. Do you think I would care what that chump thought of what I listen to?
I'm not a fan of hers but I'm picking up this cd, I've heard a few songs off it now and I really like.
savoyard wrote:
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo Horrible!!!! I just got the "what the hell are you listening to?" from all of my coworkers...
Who cares what your coworkers think. My one coworker was playing a radio station with the Culture club playing on it once. Do you think I would care what that chump thought of what I listen to?
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo Horrible!!!! I just got the "what the hell are you listening to?" from all of my coworkers...
Argh. Just play the original.
milehighYinzer wrote:
For some strange reason, I would rather hear Jerry sing this. Mainly for the reason that Jerry had one of the most emotional voices I ever heard. He wasn't a great singer by any way, but that guy could bring tears to your eyes in this song by the emotion in his voice. I don't get that with her. She has a beautiful voice, but the emotion isn't the same.
While I like this version, I agree with you on this. Maybe this is the Geezer phenotype revealing itself, but to me Jerry seems to reach a little deeper on this.
What if god were one of us?
jbtidwell wrote:
Its ok, but it lacks the feeling that Jerry's world-weary voice brought to this song
dag on right.....
milehighYinzer wrote:
For some strange reason, I would rather hear Jerry sing this. Mainly for the reason that Jerry had one of the most emotional voices I ever heard. He wasn't a great singer by any way, but that guy could bring tears to your eyes in this song by the emotion in his voice. I don't get that with her. She has a beautiful voice, but the emotion isn't the same.
I agree, but would say that normally Joan Osborne DOES bring a lot of emotion to her singing. Maybe it just seems like she is singing someone else's song, not her own. Sorry, Joan, but this doesn't pass the Mugro Doctrine of Covers test....
milehighYinzer wrote:
For some strange reason, I would rather hear Jerry sing this. Mainly for the reason that Jerry had one of the most emotional voices I ever heard. He wasn't a great singer by any way, but that guy could bring tears to your eyes in this song by the emotion in his voice. I don't get that with her. She has a beautiful voice, but the emotion isn't the same.
I just signed in to say exactly the opposite. This is sooooo much better than the Dead. I like the Dead, but this is better. EDIT: excuse folks. Just scrolled down to see I made the same comment earlier. Just shows how much I like this version, I suppose :yes:
Beautiful. Love this. Can't say enough about it.
i'd listen to her sing anything... one of the few female artists i enjoy.
milehighYinzer wrote:
For some strange reason, I would rather hear Jerry sing this. Mainly for the reason that Jerry had one of the most emotional voices I ever heard. He wasn't a great singer by any way, but that guy could bring tears to your eyes in this song by the emotion in his voice. I don't get that with her. She has a beautiful voice, but the emotion isn't the same.
It's like the difference between hearing Streisand sing "Somewhere" and hearing Tom Waits sing "Somewhere". I remember a skit they did on SNL featuring Ray Charles back in 1977. Charles was hired to play piano to back up a group called "The Young Caucasians" performing "What'd I Say". It was a smart lampooning of the "vanilla" versions of soul and R&B songs being covered by white artists like the Everly Brothers who expressed little emotional connection to the words they were singing. To drive home the point, Ray sung his own version of the song, much to the delight of the audience.
For some strange reason, I would rather hear Jerry sing this. Mainly for the reason that Jerry had one of the most emotional voices I ever heard. He wasn't a great singer by any way, but that guy could bring tears to your eyes in this song by the emotion in his voice. I don't get that with her. She has a beautiful voice, but the emotion isn't the same.
djeneba wrote:
my favorite Dead song: sounds great
Indeed so!
my favorite Dead song: sounds great
Nice singing, Joan!
:group-hug: What voice !
Straight 8. I've always liked this song a lot. But this is better than Dead !!
savoyard wrote:
:wall: Very Boring Song. -1 She's had one song and had to cover someone else to get on the radio. She's no more than a one hit wonder.
Actually, she's had several big hits, though not for quite a few years. This woman has pipes!
What a great cover of one of my favorite Dead songs!! She gives me the chills... :clap:
savoyard wrote:
:wall: Very Boring Song. -1 She's had one song and had to cover someone else to get on the radio. She's no more than a one hit wonder.
I hate to break it to you, but being on the radio isn't necessarily the measure of good music. :ask:
Looking forward to her new stuff.
Beautiful hearfelt rendition by Joan here :music:
I had no idea Joan did this, wow. I saw her a few years ago on tour with the Dead. The very idea sounded odd to me. After I actually saw and heard them together, I was blown away by the combination of her voice and the sounds of our beloved "Other Ones". She really surprised a lot of folks. Oh and, rest in peace Jerry.
not feeling it today...
Its ok, but it lacks the feeling that Jerry's world-weary voice brought to this song
I see my light come shining From the west down to the east Any day now Any way now I shall be released
Love this block of dead covers, keep it going, Bill... how many u got here? Play 'em all :bananajam:
anniebear wrote:
One of my all time favorite songs. I had them play this song (GD live version) at my dad's funeral 10 years ago. I miss Jerry, but I miss my dad more. :(
This is one of my favorite Dead songs. It reminds me of everybody I lost in life. Can only listen to it when feeling down. It is a beautiful sadness feal to it though. Robert Hunter wrote amazing lyrics.
One of my all time favorite songs. I had them play this song (GD live version) at my dad's funeral 10 years ago. I miss Jerry, but I miss my dad more. :(
:wall: Very Boring Song. -1 She's had one song and had to cover someone else to get on the radio. She's no more than a one hit wonder.
I like Joan Osborne's voice a lot. She sings with such a passion and talent, which is quiet hard to find in most singers today. Thanks for playing this, Bill!
a nice rendering of this standard into joan's more soul-oriented style. not so sure it's the timing, but finding a convincing vocal line is tricky here; in the orginial the wonky harmonies add lots of dimension. good work, little Joanie!
CCinSB wrote:
GD better on this one
I dunno. I've always thought the Dead version of this (at least the studio version) was curiously lifeless and mechanical-sounding. Not this one. Not at all.
Nice, but I don't think that you can do a bad version of this song. The Wild Colonials did a cool one a few years ago too. Oh yea and miss Jerry too.
Not bad. I miss Jerry too :cry:
I miss Jerry.
GD better on this one
sounds like she's really struggling with the timing of this song...comes off flat
She's good...