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Elbow — Weather To Fly
Album: The Seldom Seen Kid
Avg rating:
6.8

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Total ratings: 617









Released: 2008
Length: 4:26
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we coming across clear?
Are we coming across fine?
Are we part of the plan here?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we coming across clear?
Are we coming across fine?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we part of the plan here?

We had the drive and the time on our hands
One little room and the biggest of plans
The days were shaping up frosty and bright
Perfect weather to fly
Perfect weather to fly

Poundin' the streets where my father's feet
Still ring from the walls
We'd sing in the doorways or bicker and row
Just figuring how we were wired inside
Perfect weather to fly

So in looking to stray from the line
We decided instead we should pull out the thread
That was stitching us into this tapestry vile
And why wouldn't you try?
Perfect weather to fly

We had the drive and the time on our hands
One little room and the biggest of plans
The days were shaping up frosty and bright
Perfect weather to fly
Perfect weather to fly

Poundin' the streets where my father's feet
Still ring from the walls
We'd sing in the doorways or bicker and row
Just figuring how we were wired inside
Perfect weather to fly

So in looking to stray from the line
We decided instead we should pull out the thread
That was stitching us into this tapestry vile
And why wouldn't you try?
Perfect weather to fly
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Just improves with time. Such a talented band.
Still a beautiful song. great band great singer great personality like Peter Gabriel.
 
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
This entire album is fantastic and this is one of my favorites on it. The lyrics are wonderful.

 
Innit? It's a masterclass in songwriting and production.
This entire album is fantastic and this is one of my favorites on it. The lyrics are wonderful.
 ms-test wrote:
123
 
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 VernonVinyl wrote:
The greatest band in the world today. Period.

 
2 years later and certainly one of them.


The greatest band in the world today. Period.
One of my favorite bands.
https://youtu.be/VAhgnRSYn08 

Sounds WAY too much like he's consciously imitating Peter Gabriel, almost to the point of plagiarism. It's not just the voice. It's also the composition. Dude needs to find his OWN song.

5.
 boober wrote:

No it's Guy Garvey hitting the high notes.Beautiful voice.

 
heh heh.....I thought it was the guy from the band at first.

 Frater_Kork wrote:
Annie Lennox, is that you?
 
No it's Guy Garvey hitting the high notes.Beautiful voice.

Holy cow, I love this song!
I picked the album up a few weeks ago.  If you like this song, then you will like the album.  This is one of my favorite tracks (along with the bluesy rock track Grounds for Divorce).  The lyrics are like a fine tea, you need to steep in them a little to really get them.  At first listen, the lyrics appear to be disjointed and have no cohesion, but after several listens the story that is built into each song comes to the surface. 
 Frater_Kork wrote:
Annie Lennox, is that you?
 
No, but I trust you meant that as a compliment.

This sounds like it could be a Peter Gabriel tune if it had more aggressive percussion and syncopation and a ton more airplay here at RP.
Annie Lennox, is that you?
This is growing on me. I think it has the Peter Gabriel sound as well - and I like that.
I'd add that they seem to know their ass from their name. (sorry, couldn't help it)


hearing Moby and Peter Gabriel influences
 kaybee wrote:
Am I the only one here who notices an annoying hiss in the singer's voice that causes me to give this a 6 instead of a 7? {#Ask}
 
Probably. But then, I'm still absorbing the lyrics, so maybe after a few more listens, I'll notice that hiss and it might annoy me. For now, though, I really am enjoying the whole of the song. Call me "absorption-girl." {#Roflol}
hmm... odd.. when even I hear this guy's voice I'm immediately creeped out... it's like he's ALL depressed.. voice & music... yucky.
I don't buy a lot of CDs, and this might be the only one I've acquired this year... I love it more and more every song I hear.  Unique style and such rich and varied songs.  Outstanding!
I was thinking the same thing.

 
derekd wrote:
Have a feeling this band is influenced by Peter Gabriel (not a bad thing).
 


 posworld wrote:


I believe Elbow is slang for a pound of weed.
 

I believe you are correct!
This guys slurring vocals are starting to get on my nerves. This song is really repetitive.
 EssexTex wrote:

I saw that too....amazing, the guy has perfect pitch, the band and orchestra were stunning.

 
Amazing...his name is Guy(Garvey)!And yes,he has a great voice.

Have a feeling this band is influenced by Peter Gabriel (not a bad thing).
 RedGuitar wrote:

I think I prefer Elbow.  (A good group name for the game in "Still Crazy" where you had to name a band with a body part in their name.)

 

I believe Elbow is slang for a pound of weed.
 Tana wrote:
I'm telling you, folks, if you think this is good, you gotta hear the live version with the BBC Concert Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
 
I saw that too....amazing, the guy has perfect pitch, the band and orchestra were stunning.

 Tana wrote:
I'm telling you, folks, if you think this is good, you gotta hear the live version with the BBC Concert Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
 
I saw the video this weekend - good, really good.
 AdyMiles wrote:
Coldplay rip-off and just as bad, though good in parts near the end

 
I think I prefer Elbow.  (A good group name for the game in "Still Crazy" where you had to name a band with a body part in their name.)

Haunting, sublime, damaged.
 kaybee wrote:
Am I the only one here who notices an annoying hiss in the singer's voice that causes me to give this a 6 instead of a 7? {#Ask}
 

No you're not.  He'll be whistling like Yosemite Sam before he hits his forties.
CaptainPicard wrote:
.... Elbow totally outplayed Coldplay.

 
Jelani wrote:

You make this sound as if it's some kind of achievement.
I outplayed them in the bathroom this morning. 
 

One of the funniest comments I have seen recently...master of the flute?
Are we having the time of our life?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we coming across clear?
Are we coming across fine?
Are we part of the plan here?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we coming across clear?
Are we coming across fine?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we part of the plan here?

We have the driver and time on our hands
One little room and the biggest of plans.
The days were shaping up,
Frosty and bright.
Perfect weather to fly.

Perfect weather to fly.

Pounding the streets where my fathers feet still
Ring from the walls,
we'd sing in the doorways,
or bicker and row
Just figuring how we were wired inside
Perfect weather to fly.

So in looking to stray from the line
we decided instead
we should pull out the thread that was
stitching us into this tapestry vile,
And why wouldn't you try?
Perfect weather to fly.

We have the driver and time on our hands
One little room and the biggest of plans.
The days were shaping up,
Frosty and bright.
Perfect weather to fly.

Perfect weather to fly.

Pounding the streets where my fathers feet still
Ring from the walls,
we'd sing in the doorways,
or bicker and row
Just figuring how we were wired inside
Perfect weather to fly.

So in looking to stray from the line
we decided instead
we should pull out the thread that was
stitching us into this tapestry vile,
And why wouldn't you try?
Perfect weather to fly.
Am I the only one here who notices an annoying hiss in the singer's voice that causes me to give this a 6 instead of a 7? {#Ask}
I'm telling you, folks, if you think this is good, you gotta hear the live version with the BBC Concert Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
Haha, ditto schitfitz!

 
schitfitz wrote:
Between Elbow and Porcupine Tree, RP has cost me a small fortune in CD's. IMO "Weather to Fly" is an excellent song and oddly one of the weakest efforts on "Sledom Seen Kid". I'm okay so long as "Grounds for Divorce" doesn't play while I'm driving. Pushes the Tach into the insane range.
 


Fantastic song and album!  I got the album from hearing it on RP and is one of my favorites!  Great job guys!  Can't wait for the next album!
Very cool website:

https://www.elbow.co.uk/
 CaptainPicard wrote:

.... Elbow totally outplayed Coldplay.

 
You make this sound as if it's some kind of achievement.
I outplayed them in the bathroom this morning. 
 malvey254 wrote:


This song is beautiful live - saw them play it twice this summer.  They start this song by gathering around and doing a toast of some brown alcohol that makes the violinists grimace.  The opening bit where they do the acoustic version is great. It's easy to find on YouTube. 

Sadly the band says they are going to disappear for two years to write their next album.  In the meantime, someone please upload The Bones Of You so we can hear in on Radio Paradise to pass the time!
 
Two years?!? That is much too long!!! 

I was just thinking of uploading Bones of You today. I just may do that.

Also, Asleep in the Back is being re-released with bonus tracks and a DVD. Don't know if it will be available in the US- as of now, you can pre-order on HMV. It comes out late next month.  
 Deadwing wrote:
I recently got this CD too. really enjoying it so far   {#Music}
 

Make sure to check out the BBC Orchestra sessions for this album on YouTube.  They really elevate the songs - particularly Tower Crane Driver.
 CaptainPicard wrote:

I saw both Elbow and Coldplay at Rock Werchter in Belgium this summer and Elbow totally outplayed Coldplay.
Love the song, love the album, love the live performances!
 

This song is beautiful live - saw them play it twice this summer.  They start this song by gathering around and doing a toast of some brown alcohol that makes the violinists grimace.  The opening bit where they do the acoustic version is great. It's easy to find on YouTube. 

Sadly the band says they are going to disappear for two years to write their next album.  In the meantime, someone please upload The Bones Of You so we can hear in on Radio Paradise to pass the time!
Sublime :)  {#Meditate}
Hmmm...Undecided. Still good to be exposed to artists I wouldn't have heard otherwise.
I recently got this CD too. really enjoying it so far   {#Music}
Entire album is fantastic! 
 AdyMiles wrote:
Coldplay rip-off and just as bad, though good in parts near the end

 
I saw both Elbow and Coldplay at Rock Werchter in Belgium this summer and Elbow totally outplayed Coldplay.
Love the song, love the album, love the live performances!


 bobringer wrote:
Who knew Bowie and Gabriel had a kid together back in the 70's.  I didn't think they had that technology back then...
 

More like gene splicing with Bowie, Gabriel and Sting.

And it looks like I will have to buy yet another CD because of RP. I was hoping internet radio would curb my music addiction not feed it.
Coldplay rip-off and just as bad, though good in parts near the end

Between Elbow and Porcupine Tree, RP has cost me a small fortune in CD's. IMO "Weather to Fly" is an excellent song and oddly one of the weakest efforts on "Sledom Seen Kid". I'm okay so long as "Grounds for Divorce" doesn't play while I'm driving. Pushes the Tach into the insane range.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
 One of the best of 2008.

 
It is an excellent CD with a range of moods.

Just listened to this flying over Calis. insane terrain with 3 marts. and a zanax starring from the window thinking what a wonder to fly.

I love Elbow and Seldom Seen Kid is an amazing CD. One of my top CDs of 2008.

{#Daisy}

Who knew Bowie and Gabriel had a kid together back in the 70's.  I didn't think they had that technology back then...
Perfect weather to fly - Perfect Song! I bought this cd based on what I heard on RP and I was not disappointed. One of the best of 2008.

Elbow reminds me of Duncan Sheik. I wonder why RP doesn't have any Duncan Sheik in its playlist?
perfect weather to whine.....

sounds like a near-suicidal peter gabriel.. maybe what'd happen if you forced peter gabriel to tour with the indigo girls...

{#Cry}



Leathpea wrote —— > > "A new favorite. First it was Porcupine Tree, now it looks like Elbow.
Thanks RP". 

 I agree,  I would also add "Snow Patrol" ...  (another group that never grace the American shores)


 Sloggydog wrote:
If you like any of the elbow songs you hear on RP why not try sealing your ears with candle wax or even having them surgically removed
 
Nice opinion, dude.  Hope you're not a teacher.  I'll just enjoy listening to all the Elbow I can, with my ears intact.


If you like any of the elbow songs you hear on RP why not try sealing your ears with candle wax or even having them surgically removed
 cashcraft wrote:
If you like any of the Elbow songs you hear on RP, then pick up their earlier album "Asleep in the Back".  You won't be disappointed.  It's unfortunate that they don't get a larger following here in the US.  They are excellent live.
 
I picked up "Seldom Seen KId" over Christmas after hearing it here and I'm very pleased with it, it's in heavy rotation in my car cd player.

If you like any of the Elbow songs you hear on RP, then pick up their earlier album "Asleep in the Back".  You won't be disappointed.  It's unfortunate that they don't get a larger following here in the US.  They are excellent live.
 drife wrote:
Dude is seriously channeling Gabriel.
 

I was going to say "what the hell are you talking about?" and then the main vocal started.  Totally...

love his voice so much.
Thanks RP for turning me on to Elbow.  This is one of my top albums of 2008, and I've since picked up "Station Approach", which is another solid effort.  Elbow to me is Peter Gabriel meets Pink Floyd.
Dude is seriously channeling Gabriel.
ooh go away, go back to bed, go see a shrink, take a deep dive in the ocean,
whatever,
but don't sing songs when you are so bored!!!!

i *do* think the vocal is peter gabriel-ish, but i have to say, this song destroys me every time i hear it.

i love this song.
 Limpopoking wrote:
Shades of Peter Gabriel! Nice
 
...played at a slower speed (maybe 16rpm) than 33 1/3rpm.  Not bad at all.  7

So who's been listening to too much Moby then?

one of the lesser briliant songs an otherwise spectacular album.

JK

 

but listen to those awesome lyrics.


Dig {#Meditate}
very nice...
 sub-arctic wrote:
7 -> 8

Getting better with every listen.
 
Agree
 I like it better every time I hear it

7 -> 8

Getting better with every listen.
pattiecovert wrote:
I don't understand the "sounds like..." thing people do on this site. Guy Garvey is from Manchester and has a completely different accent than Peter Gabriel. Go see Elbow if you can, they are so good on this tour.

i understand the "sounds like" stuff around here. i do it, too. yet, i so don't hear any gabriel at all in elbow. voice sounds completely different to me. love both elbow and gabriel, too. but i'm with you on completely different accent. i'm dying to see this tour.

The beginning of this song sounds like when you have those bitewings in your mouth for a dental x-ray.

Even though they aren't new they are my new fav band thanks to RP.


 bmeador wrote:
Sting, is that you?
 
Sting? Sting?

this band "grasps"; in some occasions it seems a voice Peter-style...... -  ** 7 **




Interesting.
Shades of Peter Gabriel! Nice
I'm starting to really like this group, they remind me the Blue Nile on some of their songs.

very pretty tune.  first time I'm hearing this.
I have GOT to get some Elbow.  I like everything I hear!

*wonders if Great Expectations is in the RP library*

Sting, is that you?
A new favorite. First it was Porcupine Tree, now it looks like Elbow.
Thanks RP. 
I was introduced to Elbow by my son, who found a video of cats singing their cover of Independent Woman. I've since fallen in love with their sound. Scattered Black and Whites, Station Approach, Red, their cover of August & September — all brilliant.

I loved Elbow's song My Very Best, this one is okay too.
Nice.  Mellow yet cool.

Feels a bit slowed down like Strawberry Fields...........
Mugro wrote:
People comment that this singer sounds like Peter Gabriel because HE DOES.


OK, I think he sounds like  Mark Sandman from Morphine or Christina Aguilera or Tom Waits.  i can't decide.

good song and beautiful voice!!!{#Daisy}
BOOOOOOOOOOOORING! Nearly fell asleep! STINGRAY
cmrump wrote:
The high falsetto voice always strikes me as "In the Year 2000" futuristic voice from Conan O'Brien.
Oh that made me laugh, thanks!
This is painfully awful. Stinkeroo. Bad sounds.
Thats tooo close to Peter Gabriel...its a good song though
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago > Elbow - Weather to Fly Flawless
The high falsetto voice always strikes me as "In the Year 2000" futuristic voice from Conan O'Brien.
pattiecovert wrote:
I don't understand the "sounds like..." thing people do on this site. Guy Garvey is from Manchester and has a completely different accent than Peter Gabriel. Go see Elbow if you can, they are so good on this tour.
People comment that this singer sounds like Peter Gabriel because HE DOES.
Silly, nerdy, pilots :P
ziggytrix wrote:
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umm...ya
BagelBoy wrote:
Huh?
GoGo Google! https://www.weather.gov/view/validProds.php?prod=TAF
I'd like to thank RP for about the millionth time for mixing some of my old favorites with new favorites so flawlessly.
quesarah wrote:
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Huh?
JohnBauer wrote:
Hahaha. Peter's on the line. He wants his vocoder back. Nice track.
HAHA Yeah!
renlat wrote:
I always think of Annie Lennox when I hear this song.
Is that a guy doing the background? If so it sounds a bit like a kick in the nootz...
I always think of Annie Lennox when I hear this song.
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ThePoose wrote:
Exhoes of Peter Gabriel's We Do What We're Told from the So LP.
So true, The Poose!
favourite song of month. Reminds me of THe Blue Nile. Stunning intro CLearo
aragon wrote:
No doubt...there's echoes of Peter Gabriel there.
Indeed, but it's not as though he's plagiarizing the man. There's nothing wrong with wearing your influences on your sleeve, just make sure you're not wearing your influence's jacket.
Reminds me a bit of Dave Matthews...
I don't understand the "sounds like..." thing people do on this site. Guy Garvey is from Manchester and has a completely different accent than Peter Gabriel. Go see Elbow if you can, they are so good on this tour.
"The townsfolk shrugged in bewilderment at the sudden appearance of the largest, easiest Rubik's Cube ever."
thought this was a new name for an Annie Lenox/Peter Gabriel duet....
You know, it's not a crime to "sound" like somebody. Particularly, Gabriel. Or any legend, for that matter. I don't think artists purposely aim to "sound" like anybody. It's their influences. My daughter (getting a CD ready, cheap plug - myspace/listentojessicamitchell) has been told she "sounds' like a mix between Alanis, Sheryl Crow, and Chantal K. - and why not? They've all influenced her along the way. It happens. It's not punishable by death on this continent, last I checked. It's getting harder and harder NOT to sound like somebody. Look at list of new artists on RP. I haven't heard of half of them, and I considered myself to be fairly music-savvy.
aragon wrote:
No doubt...there's echoes of Peter Gabriel there.
And maybe a little of Talk Talk? One could do worse . . .
aragon wrote:
No doubt...there's echoes of Peter Gabriel there.
Yes, if by "echoes" you mean "sounds almost exactly like." Breathing control notwithstanding.