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Gotye — Coming Back
Album: Like Drawing Blood
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6.8

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Total ratings: 1764









Released: 2004
Length: 5:54
Plays (last 30 days): 1
You've been gone much longer
Than you ever said you had the plan to
I'm just gonna wait 'till you come home

Though I count the days, they're grey without you
The weather's much better when I think about you
I'm just gonna wait till you come home

Empty glasses, burnt out matches
Curtains drawn on near-full blackness
I'm sleeping through the day
You're coming home
To reclaim this heart you owned

Lover
Leave me
Make me burn
You're coming back!
You're coming back!

I'll wait patiently
For your return
You're coming back!
You're coming back!

I'm clutching at straws
I'm climbing up the walls
But every time I fall
Back into my hole
I'm feeling like a wretch
I'm looking for a catch
But you're an itch that I can't scratch
I know you're coming back

You've been gone so long you're fading
And it takes all the time I can find just retaining
Thoughts of things we did while you were here
But I know you will return my dear
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 Pilsenaaa wrote:

But isn't this bit depressing?
 

No.
 eileenomurphy wrote:
I never heard of him before this. ......THANX RP!!!!
 
Gotye 'made it' in the UK with Somebody That I Used To Know - a very clever, lyrically, break up song. Don't remember them having much further success since although I like everything I hear by them.
Gotye
Yes and Clint Eastwood Alexandra wrote:
One could absolutely do Argentine Tango to this song....there is even a hint of bandoneons in it!
 

 stevesaw wrote:
I love it when someone new comes along and shakes things up just a bit. Gotye and Alt-J fall into this. Both I discovered thanks to Bill.  Keep 'em coming!
 
But isn't this bit depressing?
The enemy is marching so get the bacon
I never heard of him before this. ......THANX RP!!!!
I should have looked at the lyrics long ago.  His wretch/catch reference is so much better than 'I feel like a rat looking for a cat'.
I love it when someone new comes along and shakes things up just a bit. Gotye and Alt-J fall into this. Both I discovered thanks to Bill.  Keep 'em coming!
Love the classic textures in the mix
This is quite catchy! Lovely & fun. I could dance all night~
Singer has an Al Stewart voice.
The delicious, intoxicating intro makes me want to put on Gotan Project and bite a rose! (Thx Bootstrap Insane Rush IPA & legal weed)
One could absolutely do Argentine Tango to this song....there is even a hint of bandoneons in it!
 Proclivities wrote:

  There was a two-minute TV commercial which ran incessantly in much of the U.S. in the 1970s and ' 80s, which started with the dignified, British actor, John Williams reciting this opening line:
"I'm sure you recognize this lovely melody as 'Stranger In Paradise', but did you know that the original theme is from the 'Polovtsian Dance #2' by Borodin? So many of the tunes of our well-known popular songs were actually written by the great masters—like these familiar themes..."
I imagine few people here are familiar with the ad, but it's funny seeing a similar point in a thread here after all those years.

 

Love it!  I remember that commercial as well.  It was on so much, I almost had it memorized.

I also remember one of Steve Martin's TV specials (he had one every Thanksgiving eve for a stretch in the late 1970's and early 1980's) having a small string quartet on where their banter before playing was those line above.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12f7PdLJKtE

 


Damn, this song is long. I really like it, but I still ended up hitting PSD before it was over.
I have 8mm film my father shot of me in nappies bopping to Borodin in front of our mono record player way back when.
 annoffalese wrote:
the beginning sounds like "Stranger in Paradise"

 

Yes, in several places actually.

A curious little piece, but I don't understand why anybody would be drawn to it. 
 Proclivities wrote:

  There was a two-minute TV commercial which ran incessantly in much of the U.S. in the 1970s and ' 80s, which started with the dignified, British actor, John Williams reciting this opening line:
"I'm sure you recognize this lovely melody as 'Stranger In Paradise', but did you know that the original theme is from the 'Polovtsian Dance #2' by Borodin? So many of the tunes of our well-known popular songs were actually written by the great masters—like these familiar themes..."
I imagine few people here are familiar with the ad, but it's funny seeing a similar point in a thread here after all those years.

 
"A priceless introduction to the classics that will enrich every home...Here's a unique opportunity to own a complete library of the world's most beautiful music."

Yes, that ad did run incessantly. My brothers and I made fun of it all the time, but even then the musical snippets were appealing. Did not know that John Williams replaced Sebastian Cabot in "Family Affair." 
 annoffalese wrote:
the beginning sounds like "Stranger in Paradise"
 
 justin4kick wrote:
The theme in the beginning, which returns halfway the song, is indeed the one you mention. This in turn was borrowed from Borodin's Prince Igor (Polovtsian Dances).
 
  There was a two-minute TV commercial which ran incessantly in much of the U.S. in the 1970s and ' 80s, which started with the dignified, British actor, John Williams reciting this opening line:
"I'm sure you recognize this lovely melody as 'Stranger In Paradise', but did you know that the original theme is from the 'Polovtsian Dance #2' by Borodin? So many of the tunes of our well-known popular songs were actually written by the great masters—like these familiar themes..."
I imagine few people here are familiar with the ad, but it's funny seeing a similar point in a thread here after all those years.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Well yah, but I'm pretty sure Borodin ripped it off from Limp Bizkit.

 
This made me laugh...really hard. Thank you. I needed that. {#Roflol}
 justin4kick wrote:
The theme in the beginning, which returns halfway the song, is indeed the one you mention. This in turn was borrowed from Borodin's Prince Igor (Polovtsian Dances).
 
Well yah, but I'm pretty sure Borodin ripped it off from Limp Bizkit.
 annoffalese wrote:
the beginning sounds like "Stranger in Paradise"

 
The theme in the beginning, which returns halfway the song, is indeed the one you mention. This in turn was borrowed from Borodin's Prince Igor (Polovtsian Dances).
... "La composition" ...
ChrisVIII wrote:
I would never have guessed that this is Gotye {#Eek}  so much better than the singles we've heard so far ! This is actually good and his voice is not half as irritating as in the other songs... 

 
Would y'all say 1st tenor or 2nd alto on this one??
I would never have guessed that this is Gotye {#Eek}  so much better than the singles we've heard so far ! This is actually good and his voice is not half as irritating as in the other songs... 


 Poacher wrote:
After hearing Gotye here a while ago, I bought this cd. It is a great album. Also bear in mind it is the work of one man, unsigned, and doing all the writing, playing all the instruments and mixing and releasing it himself. Quite an achievement I think and well worth considering when evaluating this piece. 

Anyway, I often email artists if I like their stuff and did so to him. . . he mailed back and we had a bit of a chat. He seems a top bloke and is about to release another cd he has been slaving over.

So. If you like this, go and buy a copy and help keep an artist in funds, I think he deserves it. 

 
Found a video of "All the best Covers of 'Somebody That I Used To Know' except Tay Zonday's" and it was done by Gotye himself.
He seemed like a rather down to earth guy in his comments and other postings.
Love this song, Friday afternoon at my work, sun in my face, RP playing loudly
This is great, and VERY different from his work with THE BASICS whom I had the pleasure to see in July {#Music}
{#Arrow} 8
 Poacher wrote:
After hearing Gotye here a while ago, I bought this cd. It is a great album. Also bear in mind it is the work of one man, unsigned, and doing all the writing, playing all the instruments and mixing and releasing it himself. Quite an achievement I think and well worth considering when evaluating this piece. 

Anyway, I often email artists if I like their stuff and did so to him. . . he mailed back and we had a bit of a chat. He seems a top bloke and is about to release another cd he has been slaving over.

So. If you like this, go and buy a copy and help keep an artist in funds, I think he deserves it. 

 
Sigmon and Mocean Worker are two more virtual solo artists with distinctive vision and chops.
Truly extraordinary segue, Bill... Unforgettable Fire into this.
The Unforgettable Fire lead-in to this was outstanding.  Time to contribute more money.
I can't believe this album is almost 10 years old now! It still sounds really fresh to me.
Gotye is so 2012.
 Poacher wrote:
After hearing Gotye here a while ago, I bought this cd. It is a great album. Also bear in mind it is the work of one man, unsigned, and doing all the writing, playing all the instruments and mixing and releasing it himself. Quite an achievement I think and well worth considering when evaluating this piece. 

Anyway, I often email artists if I like their stuff and did so to him. . . he mailed back and we had a bit of a chat. He seems a top bloke and is about to release another cd he has been slaving over.

So. If you like this, go and buy a copy and help keep an artist in funds, I think he deserves it. 
 
Wally also emailed me when I ordered this cd several years ago. He's incredibly creative.
 bvdw wrote:
Great song indeed, special. Also take a listen at "Somebody that I used to know" from the album "Making Mirrors.
 
when I first heard that song being played on the radio, I swore Peter Gabriel released a new album. This song "Coming Back" does not sound Gabrielish though.

Gotye is growing on me 
 annoffalese wrote:
the beginning sounds like "Stranger in Paradise"
 
+1
Fun vibe. Should be a movie soundtrack - opening credits. Silly detective story.
 vandal wrote:

Schadenfreude. . .
 
Ha !  Not really, though.  My joy comes not from Stave's sadness, but from the song itself.  I'd be even happier if he/she liked the song too, but I can't change that...
Qui est l'homme que dit "le composition"?
 Poacher wrote:
After hearing Gotye here a while ago, I bought this cd. It is a great album. Also bear in mind it is the work of one man, unsigned, and doing all the writing, playing all the instruments and mixing and releasing it himself. Quite an achievement I think and well worth considering when evaluating this piece. 

Anyway, I often email artists if I like their stuff and did so to him. . . he mailed back and we had a bit of a chat. He seems a top bloke and is about to release another cd he has been slaving over.

So. If you like this, go and buy a copy and help keep an artist in funds, I think he deserves it. 
 

That's how Steven Wilson got his start. Singing all the songs, writing all the music, everything. It is on "The Sunday of Life".

Go figure. Now his an international Pop Star and Lead singer of Porcupine Tree.

I like Gotye. Friend turned me on to them at a party a couple of weeks ago. Nice sound!

:)
 Poacher wrote:
After hearing Gotye here a while ago, I bought this cd. It is a great album. Also bear in mind it is the work of one man, unsigned, and doing all the writing, playing all the instruments and mixing and releasing it himself. Quite an achievement I think and well worth considering when evaluating this piece. 

Anyway, I often email artists if I like their stuff and did so to him. . . he mailed back and we had a bit of a chat. He seems a top bloke and is about to release another cd he has been slaving over.

So. If you like this, go and buy a copy and help keep an artist in funds, I think he deserves it. 
 
nice job poacher
 
10.10 just for the opening
 
Somebody fix that squeaky wheel.
Great song indeed, special. Also take a listen at "Somebody that I used to know" from the album "Making Mirrors.
Oh, man, great, great song!!
I have bought two of his tracks. He strikes me as a very interesting and multifaceted artist. The tango rhythm and intensity+urgency of this tune is captivating. {#Devil_pimp}
After hearing Gotye here a while ago, I bought this cd. It is a great album. Also bear in mind it is the work of one man, unsigned, and doing all the writing, playing all the instruments and mixing and releasing it himself. Quite an achievement I think and well worth considering when evaluating this piece. 

Anyway, I often email artists if I like their stuff and did so to him. . . he mailed back and we had a bit of a chat. He seems a top bloke and is about to release another cd he has been slaving over.

So. If you like this, go and buy a copy and help keep an artist in funds, I think he deserves it. 
 alanthecowboy wrote:

Your sadness is my joy. 

 
Schadenfreude. . .


In the beginning of this song,,, I thought Spock and Kirk were battling on Vulcan for a minute or two there.
 SirLars wrote:
right with you...
blecchhh
 
Completely agree, and I continue to insist that she is not coming back to that keening.  She's probably boffing Michael Bublé or something.


I like the intro music, but the lyrics and the rest of the song are a let down
 rtrudeau wrote:


Put me in the "love it" camp. Please play more Gotye, Bill!

 
yeah me too {#High-five}{#Crowded}
 Chi_Guy wrote:
{#Stupid} What am I missing here? This just plain annoys...
 

right with you...
blecchhh
Interesting... {#Cowboy}
Not one of my personal favorites from this CD.

There's enough good stuff on it to make it worth buying, though.

 Stave wrote:
Sadly, we can all be sure that this song really is "coming back", and we'll have to hear it again and again.

 
Your sadness is my joy. 

I like this genre but this one doesnt quite do it.
Sadly, we can all be sure that this song really is "coming back", and we'll have to hear it again and again.

 MM_Prague wrote:

Love it or hate it I guess... I happen to love it {#Jump}
 

Put me in the "love it" camp. Please play more Gotye, Bill!

Chi_Guy wrote:
{#Stupid} What am I missing here? This just plain annoys...

Love it or hate it I guess... I happen to love it {#Jump}
.. I think that opening phrase is borrowed from Borodin
the beginning sounds like "Stranger in Paradise"
{#Stupid} What am I missing here? This just plain annoys...
this is cool

 mountainman wrote:

I actually hear Goldie in the intro.... almost note for note from this album
 

I love Goldie, saw him 2 times live and danced my ass of. Its a shame that i only know the Song "Inner City life" from this album.
To be ontopic, imo the the Intro of this song is the best part of it.


The very beginning sounds like the intro for the Cristo Redentor (single version) by Harvey Mandel...  then it goes into that tango-ish groove... and flirts with lots of other trippy stuff that made me not like it so much when it was in heavy rotation but gives me a kick when I hear it only once in a while...  At any rate, it's just the type of stuff (interesting, diverse, nicely WEIRD) that I wonder if it'd get airplay anywhere else but here, the greatest station in this quadrant of the cosmos... LOVE THIS RP!
 prickelpit96 wrote:

even in europe a quarter to 4 p.m. appears to be a little bit to early for the attempt to shoot out your lights...

 

skdenfeld wrote:

 


I guess it is beer time in the UK. It's still orange juice time here in Oregon!
 
yeah, in Europe . . . but not in the UK {#Umbrella}
 Gotye
Coming Back
Like Drawing Blood (2004)6.7

12:45 pmBlackfield
End of the World
Blackfield II (2007)6.6

12:39 pmPJ Harvey
We Float
tories From The City, Stories From The Sea (2000)7.1

12:32 pmElbow
One Day Like This
The Seldom Seen Kid (2008)6.9

12:27 pmMidnight Oil
Tone Poem
Capricornia (2002)5.6

12:20 pmPorcupine Tree
Start of Something Beautiful
Deadwing (2005)7.6

12:16 pmPropellerheads
History Repeating (w/ Shirley Bassey)
Decksandrumsandrockandroll7.4


Almost identical to:

Posted: Jul 03, 2008 - 07:34
7:31 am - Gotye - Coming Back
7:26 am - Blackfield - End of the World
7:20 am - PJ Harvey - We Float
7:15 am - Goldfrapp - Cologne Cerrone Houdini
7:10 am - Midnight Oil - Tone Poem
7:02 am - Porcupine Tree - Start of Something Beautiful
6:58 am - Propellerheads - History Repeating (w/ Shirley Bassey)

Put us out of our misery...This one is WAY annoying{#Yell}
Like drawing blood....or pulling teeth.
Sorry, but uncharacteristically I can't stand this song — overblown, pretentious production. Overblown, pretentious singer. Really grates. I too must mute (almost never happens for me on RP!)

Unbelievably annoying vocal. 
mandolin wrote:
...does anyone else hear a hint of this mortal coil in the intro?..

I actually hear Goldie in the intro.... almost note for note from this album


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfV2iVJqwwU

bizzarre video

even in europe a quarter to 4 p.m. appears to be a little bit to early for the attempt to shoot out your lights...

 

skdenfeld wrote:

 


I guess it is beer time in the UK. It's still orange juice time here in Oregon!
more dysrhythmia and warbling a la Radiohead and Sigur Ross
Wow, I've never muted RP 5 minutes after turning it on before.
...does anyone else hear a hint of this mortal coil in the intro?..
ianmoff wrote:
I'll second that. And raise a toast with a cold bottle of Samuel Adams! Cheers, Ian
I guess it is beer time in the UK. It's still orange juice time here in Oregon!
skdenfeld wrote:
7:31 am - Gotye - Coming Back 7:26 am - Blackfield - End of the World 7:20 am - PJ Harvey - We Float 7:15 am - Goldfrapp - Cologne Cerrone Houdini 7:10 am - Midnight Oil - Tone Poem 7:02 am - Porcupine Tree - Start of Something Beautiful 6:58 am - Propellerheads - History Repeating (w/ Shirley Bassey) This has been an outstanding set of music. Thanks, Bill!
I'll second that. And raise a toast with a cold bottle of Samuel Adams! Cheers, Ian
7:31 am - Gotye - Coming Back 7:26 am - Blackfield - End of the World 7:20 am - PJ Harvey - We Float 7:15 am - Goldfrapp - Cologne Cerrone Houdini 7:10 am - Midnight Oil - Tone Poem 7:02 am - Porcupine Tree - Start of Something Beautiful 6:58 am - Propellerheads - History Repeating (w/ Shirley Bassey) This has been an outstanding set of music. Thanks, Bill!
Thanks Done ... Antigone wrote:
You can order it directly from his website for around $16US. It's worth it! And you'll probably get an email from Wally (Goyte) thanking you.
silverghost57 wrote:
Love this album. Can't seem to find it anywhere in the states for less than $35.... been looking in shops even they wouldn't do it for less than $40...
You can order it directly from his website for around $16US. It's worth it! And you'll probably get an email from Wally (Goyte) thanking you.
Love this album. Can't seem to find it anywhere in the states for less than $35.... been looking in shops even they wouldn't do it for less than $40...
Love the atmosphere of this song!
Inamorato wrote:
The sequence of notes at the beginning of this song and sampled elsewhere in the piece sounds like something from Polovetsian Dances by Alexander Borodin, a melody which is better known as "Stranger in Paradise" from the musical and movie, Kismet.
I remember someone saying this in a TV ad for a classical music album several years ago. Does anyone else remember that?
Everytime i hear this, i think it's the beginning to something off of the Cocteau Twins Garland or Victorialand albums. Very pretty intro.
Every time I hear this, my rating goes up. Is there an 11?
I'm not so sure about that transition between Baba O'Riley and this... :think:
"Poke out my eye Set fire to my tie As we dance to the Masochism Tango" Tom Lehrer The lyrics fit perfectly! The
My first song rating was a 6. Three minutes into the song and I changed it to a 7. I wonder what would happen if it lasted much longer?
colt4x5 wrote:
kirsty maccoll meets jeff buckley?
:lol:
kirsty maccoll meets jeff buckley?
dont know what it is about this guy's music , but I like it just seems to get under my skin ... just Like it
Pharlap wrote:
there are no Tinderhooks songs listed. Am I the only one who feels that's a void that should be remedied?
Best way to do that is to upload it. https://www.radioparadise.com/content.php?name=musicupload
When I heard the first few chords of the guitar strumming opening, I thought it was the Tinderhooks. Then when I realized it wasn't , I checked the RP library and found that there are no Tinderhooks songs listed. Am I the only one who feels that's a void that should be remedied?
joshfm wrote:
The shorter the better with this crap.
Nope.
try radio cowboy Cheney instead, see ya!!! joshfm wrote:
The shorter the better with this crap.
queenjill wrote:
I always imagine that it should be pronounced "gotcha". Does "Gotye" mean anything, or is it someone's name?
Origins of gore-ti-yeah
gvan wrote:
I like this guy's music, but all of his songs are about two minutes too long.
The shorter the better with this crap.
8 :arrow: 10 Save the last dance for me!
7 :arrow: 8
dstrimbu wrote:
Bill just said "Gor-tie-yah". I like it, but I'm a sucker, I bought the album... :-)
I always imagine that it should be pronounced "gotcha". Does "Gotye" mean anything, or is it someone's name?
Every time I hear the opening of this, I think it's going to be Brothers in Arms. I'm always disappointed. Not that there's anything wrong with this song.
I like this guy's music, but all of his songs are about two minutes too long.
Jack_Jefferson wrote:
This would be great marching band fare.
Minus the vocals, this reminds me of European circus music. It's weird, but I like!
sdn wrote:
La Composition
Ha ha! Yes. Like that part.
La Composition
Great intro.
al_the_x wrote:
Anyone know where I can actually buy this track digitally? iTunes doesn't have it that I've found... :(
No, not digitally, but you can buy the CD from their homepage for a very fair price, I think it was app. 16 AUD! At least one other song is worth it (Hearts a mess). Werner
This would be great marching band fare.
I picture Mr Gotye prancing around with a feather boa and mugging to the camera in this track.
:tongue:
Bill, excellent run this evening, Porc Tree, Gotye, Blackfields, B R M C, Peter G, Pj Harvey, keep it up!!
Bill just said "Gor-tie-yah". I like it, but I'm a sucker, I bought the album... :-)
Those opening notes make me want to stand up and do a marching band dance. :clap: :dancingbanana:
Supreme Transition!
nigelr wrote:
"Take my hand, I'm a Stranger in Paradise........"
The sequence of notes at the beginning of this song and sampled elsewhere in the piece sounds like something from Polovetsian Dances by Alexander Borodin, a melody which is better known as "Stranger in Paradise" from the musical and movie, Kismet.
Darkmatter wrote:
Whoa, this track is sexy. Sounds like Thom Yorke moonlighting in a tango band, strangely enough. Makes me want to dance with reckless abandon, if only I could! Anyone care to join me? :whipit:
Shall we?
Anyone know where I can actually buy this track digitally? iTunes doesn't have it that I've found... :(