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Fleet Foxes — Your Protector
Album: Fleet Foxes
Avg rating:
7.3

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Total ratings: 2915









Released: 2008
Length: 4:07
Plays (last 30 days): 3
She left a week to roam
Your protector's coming home
Keep your secrets with you, girl
Safe from the outside world

You walk along the stream
Your head caught in a waking dream
Your protector's coming home
Coming home

As you lay to die beside me, baby
On the morning that you came
Would you wait for me?
The other one would wait for me

As you lay to die beside me, baby
On the morning that you came
Would you wait for me?
The other one would wait for me

You run with the devil
You run with the devil

Tell your brother to be good
Tell your sister not to go
Tell your mother not to wait
Tell your father I was good

As you lay to die beside me, baby
On the morning that you came
Would you wait for me?
The other one would wait for me
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Really like Father John Misty. This, not so much. 
 ace-marc wrote:


Seriously? Who is the ignorant one here?
 
Seriously? Perhaps you.
Oh the drama. 
 BCarn wrote:

Seriously? This is your take? Ever heard a Rap song?
 

Seriously? Who is the ignorant one here?
 jahgirl8 wrote:
I love this song and the lyrics... I want to die just like this... spooning with someone I love who feels la meme chose.  Now I need to find that special person. Planning how to die in synch is even more difficult.  Maybe never 
 
I concur.
On all accounts.
From loving the song, the lyrics, to wanting to die like this... with finding someone special, and being in sync.

It's sometimes all I can do to only spoon my dreams.
Ram Jam to Fleet Foxes. It's like suddenly seeing a cop in a speed trap when you're cruising down the highway
I love this song and the lyrics... I want to die just like this... spooning with someone I love who feels la meme chose.  Now I need to find that special person. Planning how to die in synch is even more difficult.  Maybe never

Image result for spooning
Okay song, but the subtonic played over and over by the oboe is irritating.
I like 'em!
When I first started to listen to RP, this was on frequent rotation. I remember thinking, wow! No need to look further for the soundtrack of good nights, days at work, and time spent cooking. Thanks Rebecca and Bill, and thanks all for the funny, wacky, and insightful comments. Alone and yet not lonely 🙂 P.S. Sorry for being extra cheesy
Father John Fleety
 Proclivities wrote:

You trained your cat how to click the PSD button - and he runs to it?

 
{#Roflol} really this should be on YouTube...
 Grayson wrote:
I really liked this song, a lot, but the more I listen to it the more it reeks of male privilege and assumption and superiority. So I'm finding it hard to... keep on liking it so much. Pity. 
 
Seriously? This is your take? Ever heard a Rap song?
https://media.giphy.com/media/1BbZSlosdpXVMKrB9w/giphy.gif
 WhiteWater wrote:
Tripped over the cat running for the PSD button.
 
You trained your cat how to click the PSD button - and he runs to it?
 Grayson wrote:
I really liked this song, a lot, but the more I listen to it the more it reeks of male privilege and assumption and superiority. So I'm finding it hard to... keep on liking it so much. Pity. 
 
Seriously? You get that from some obscure lyrics that only the author really understands? I wouldn't be so quick to take offence until you're sure you're right.
 Grayson wrote:
I really liked this song, a lot, but the more I listen to it the more it reeks of male privilege and assumption and superiority. So I'm finding it hard to... keep on liking it so much. Pity. 
 
Your observation is spot-on.  Why should the girls always wait?   Why should the girls always die?   Reminds me of a 70's comment by Steinum;  "(In the movies, books, plays, etc) the end always includes the beautiful girls die.  They don't triumph, the males do that, they don't get the blue ribbon (guess who?), their function is to gin up the grief.... well temporarily, there's always another pretty girl in the queue.
I really liked this song, a lot, but the more I listen to it the more it reeks of male privilege and assumption and superiority. So I'm finding it hard to... keep on liking it so much. Pity. 
Are there still diners and dive places that give free refills in Seattle? I lived there in the mid 90s, and nearly all of the places I used to go are no longer there or have been mega-gentrified. Still a good city for sure...but different than the one I lived in back then.
 

Chumbawamba-1984 wrote:

LOL!  You almost made me spill my coffee at the local joint!  I've asked for a refill (free) and some cream.  

 


{#Umbrella} {#Naughty}
 thewiseking wrote:
If you decorate a coffee shop with Edison bulbs, reclaimed wood and Mason Jars and put these guys on the soundtrack on continuous loop, you can then charge the millenials $6.00 per cup with no free refills. 

 
LOL!  You almost made me spill my coffee at the local joint!  I've asked for a refill (free) and some cream.  
If you decorate a coffee shop with Edison bulbs, reclaimed wood and Mason Jars and put these guys on the soundtrack on continuous loop, you can then charge the millenials $6.00 per cup with no free refills. 
lovely — a great song for running
I kinda like his voice in this one and enjoy this piece (those war drums always get me), it is off the beaten track but really kinda cool   : )
Excellent band. Too bad they split.
 coccyx wrote:
Have we done the "lay vs. lie" on this one yet?

 
He seems to be using "lay" as a past tense of the (intransitive) verb "lie", since the next line is in past tense: 

...As you lay to die beside me, baby
On the morning that you came...

If so, then the grammar is correct, but the tenses are a little garbled in these lyrics.  Maybe he just guessed and got lucky.


Have we done the "lay vs. lie" on this one yet?
Yet again, I reiterate my wish that Fleet Foxes would put out some new stuff. 
"Your protector" Geez isn't he just full of himself!!?

The other would wait? Well, then shove off , what do you want here then? {#Whistle}
Thoroughly sick of this one.
Soon it's going to happen again, and the volume of songs in active playlists goes into equation, which will make it no less spookier.

Carl wrote:
When this song came on, my desktop picture transitioned to Bruegel - Netherlandish Proverbs, which is the cover art of this album! What are the chances? (My desktop picture is a collection of 253 classic artworks that sequence randomly every 5 minutes, so I guess the chances are 1:253; still spooky, though.)

 

 Carl wrote:
When this song came on, my desktop picture transitioned to Bruegel - Netherlandish Proverbs, which is the cover art of this album! What are the chances? (My desktop picture is a collection of 253 classic artworks that sequence randomly every 5 minutes, so I guess the chances are 1:253; still spooky, though.)

 

That is super cool Carl.  I LIKE that story
My Morning Jacket.  A bit of Coldplay.  Snow Patrol. 
When this song came on, my desktop picture transitioned to Bruegel - Netherlandish Proverbs, which is the cover art of this album! What are the chances? (My desktop picture is a collection of 253 classic artworks that sequence randomly every 5 minutes, so I guess the chances are 1:253; still spooky, though.)
Pecknold singing flat may well be part of the overall charm of the Fleet Foxes, and to be honest, I didn't mind the first 100 or so hearings.

However, now I can't help thinking how wonderful these songs would've sounded with a better singer. 
Heard a little Paul Simon in the opening of this song.
7 >>> 8  

     {#Cowboy} 
yeah, and Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Patti Smith can't hold a tune either  . . . and it's all so beautiful!
 Highspirits wrote:

And even if so, sooooooo what?    good music isn't about being in tune or whatever.  it's about the emotion and moods!!!

 
Way cool art... Thanks!
 moodfood wrote:
{#Stop}  this guy can't hold a tune, singing outta tune.{#Arghhh}.

 
And even if so, sooooooo what?    good music isn't about being in tune or whatever.  it's about the emotion and moods!!!
Well, I like it. Got it's own good thing going. Besides, the cover art is one of my favorite Breugals.
 moodfood wrote:
{#Stop}  this guy can't hold a tune, singing outta tune.{#Arghhh}.

 
Uh, no, that's incorrect.
Definetly one of their weakest songs!
 Baketown wrote:
I love this song, I never get tired of it.  Sounds like it belongs in Game of Thrones!

 
Yeah, with a goblet of poisoned wine in its hand.
Catalytic wrote:
Every time I hear this tune I keep thinking it's "My Morning Jacket".

  
hschlossberg wrote:

Yes, and neither one a particular favorite!

 

Much as I hate autotune, I wish some was applied here
 peregrin wrote:
Arg ... I wish there was a PSD button on Winamp.

Oooo ooo oopo
Oooo ooo oooo
Oooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo

Enough already.

 
Your version is entirely different to the one I am listening to, my version has a full lyric score... best change to MMJB that I am using as it appears your Wnamp is malfunctioniung..
Arg ... I wish there was a PSD button on Winamp.

Oooo ooo oopo
Oooo ooo oooo
Oooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo

Enough already.
 bmo wrote:
Appeals to my inner tweeness.
 
Elegantly expressed.
I love this song, I never get tired of it.  Sounds like it belongs in Game of Thrones!
  {#Hearteyes}       There's always something grand and ceremonial about FF work - I love it...   {#Bananapiano}   {#Clap}  
A cracking song, and more than that a great track to follow the camp hippyness of Scarborough fair. 
 ico wrote:
horrible voice, raw and unfinished...

 
I could see how people could find his voice annoying (as I sometimes do) or even "horrible", but it is neither raw nor unfinished.
Appeals to my inner tweeness.
horrible voice, raw and unfinished...
 Catalytic wrote:
Every time I hear this tune I keep thinking it's "My Morning Jacket".

 
Yes, and neither one a particular favorite!
{#Sleep}
 Even the voice...


Catalytic wrote:
Every time I hear this tune I keep thinking it's "My Morning Jacket".

 

I always mistake the beginning of this song for Lana Del Rey...   I think it would work.
Sounds like Coldplay playing in an aircraft hanger, but still likeable somehow. 
 MusiqueMusique wrote:

Oh, come on, boys. The chorus reminds me of something.


 
Bison - Switzerland?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oFzxw8hRWA
Reminds me of Boy & Bear, or vice versa. I like it.
Every time I hear this tune I keep thinking it's "My Morning Jacket".
Nice for a 1st november, mémorial day ! 
I like it a lot and it does remind me of MMJ (and I like them too!).{#Sunny}
Too much reverb!!!! But still not as much as My Morning Jacket. Yuck!!!!
I enjoy this piece (those war drums always get me), it is off the beaten track but really kinda cool 
Just a bit too twee and precious for me.
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote: Oh, come on, boys. The chorus reminds me of something.

Not to mention the production is muddy.

 


 thrdmnkrcrds wrote:
Pretty bland track.  Sort of Arcade Fire sounding with a Coldplay-style vocal.  Tempo drags, melody is 30% focused.  Nothing happening lyrically that brings any kind of new insight.

 
Not to mention the production is muddy.
Pretty bland track.  Sort of Arcade Fire sounding with a Coldplay-style vocal.  Tempo drags, melody is 30% focused.  Nothing happening lyrically that brings any kind of new insight.
This song is adorable. 10 from me
Yuk.
Really love this song ... had to give it a 10.
 robertdi8 wrote:


Forgive my ignorance....what is a "PSD button"?

 
PSD button is for skipping a song... so don't use it on this great song!
Not my taste, turne to 3,
 WhiteWater wrote:
Tripped over the cat running for the PSD button.

 

Forgive my ignorance....what is a "PSD button"?
 pcicatar wrote:
Who knew it was possible to wish for autotune!?

 
lol. Too true.


aah more u listen better  it gets
 WhiteWater wrote:
Tripped over the cat running for the PSD button.
 
Too funny, but I do hope the kitty is okay.
Tripped over the cat running for the PSD button.
 Byronape wrote:

I think all the good band names have been taken since about '72.
 
Ok, so I had to make a list: Best band names of 1972 (based on their hits of that year):
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Deep Purple
Steely Dan
Chi-Lites
Spinners
Mott the Hoople
Doobie Brothers
Stealers Wheel
Stylistics
Roxy Music
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
King Harvest
Uriah Heep
Tower of Power
Dramatics
Pure Prairie League
Thin Lizzy


This song rates much higher than a mere 10.
love  {#Cowboy}

As you lay to die beside me, baby,
On the morning that you came
Would you wait for me? The other one ...
Would wait for me
Is this the guy from Boy and Bear ???
Who knew it was possible to wish for autotune!?
 leathepea wrote:
"Moody Blues" meets "My Morning Jacket"
 


Yes! That's a perfect description. I like the blend.
"Moody Blues" meets "My Morning Jacket"
 horstman wrote:

But let me ask you this, Stingray. Are you willing to sacrifice our love. You never take advice. Someday, you'll pay the price.

I know.
 
...I've seen it before; it happens all the time...

Thanks for the earworm.  {#Headache}
 Stingray wrote:

LEAVES ME COLD AS ICE!

Actually I find it boring!

 
But let me ask you this, Stingray. Are you willing to sacrifice our love. You never take advice. Someday, you'll pay the price.

I know.
 smackiepipe wrote:
My Fleet Morning's Foxes Jacket.
 
lmfao.. kings of reverb! Wait I'm copywriting that name!
A decent song, but overoverplayed!  It's good, but not *that* good.  Could we have a vacation from it for a week or three?
 Proclivities wrote:

In some of their tunes he does yodel a bit too much for my tastes, but I like this song - his voice adds a nice quality to it for me.  Wonderful Brueghel painting on the cover - I guess this could be called "Serf Music".

 
Reminds me a fair amount of The Moody Blues...which might not be a good thing for many people. 

"Serf Music"—really? Painful chuckling follows

That was a very nice transition from New Order's Ceremony into this song... Nice Job Bill!  {#Notworthy}
 ratdog55 wrote:
Fleet Foxes, Frightened Rabbits, Modest Mouse, Danger Mouse...what is it with the newer bands and their names?
 
You forgot deadmau5... and of course for any Parcs & Rec fans out there, Mouse Rat.

LEAVES ME COLD AS ICE!

Actually I find it boring!


 Byronape wrote:

I think all the good band names have been taken since about '72.
 
Makes a good transition tune, as well.  {#Shhh}
 ratdog55 wrote:
Fleet Foxes, Frightened Rabbits, Modest Mouse, Danger Mouse...what is it with the newer bands and their names?
 
I think all the good band names have been taken since about '72.
you forgot Cancer Bats :)
 ratdog55 wrote:
Fleet Foxes, Frightened Rabbits, Modest Mouse, Danger Mouse...what is it with the newer bands and their names?
 
Rat Dog ?  What is it with these new listeners and their names?
Fleet Foxes, Frightened Rabbits, Modest Mouse, Danger Mouse...what is it with the newer bands and their names?
Exquisite!
 WayUpNorth wrote:
They were just on Austin City Limits — really impressive vocals and musicianship. 
 
Yep, here is the video https://video.pbs.org/video/2186238787


They were just on Austin City Limits — really impressive vocals and musicianship. 
What a great album!
 vandal wrote:
vomiting
 
Are you hinting at narcissism?  

love this song.
That was an awesome segue from Joni Mitchell's "Cold Blue Steel" ... inspired brilliance.
 Byronape wrote:
The only reason I can think of ... was that you were with a girl and were trying to get laid. 
 
Ladies please take note: This is sufficient motivation for a man to do almost anything.
 Byronape wrote:

So this begs the question...  why did you see them twice if you think they are unlistenable?  The only reason I can think of (which is the same reason I saw Titanic twice in the theater) was that you were with a girl and were trying to get laid. 
 
If only. . . No, they were one of the many bands at two different festivals; my friends were interested in seeing them so I tried to be a good sport. . . 
 vandal wrote:
I've seen them live twice, listened to both CDs and still find FF to be unlistenable.
 
 
So this begs the question...  why did you see them twice if you think they are unlistenable?  The only reason I can think of (which is the same reason I saw Titanic twice in the theater) was that you were with a girl and were trying to get laid. 


Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold palylist: Folk Songs

"I started in high school with the big dogs: Dylan, Neil and Joni," says Pecknold, who went on to discover subgenres from Appalachian ballads to Australian work songs. "My favorite folk songs have melodies so amazing you don't even need a chorus."

1. "Mama, You Been on My Mind" | Bob Dylan, 1964
I would listen to this after breakups. He tries to seem nonchalant - but you can tell he gives a shit about the girl.
2. "Me and My Woman" | Roy Harper, 1971
He's a virtuosic guitarist. This song is on Stormcock, this great, densely layered folk opus.
3. "Where Is My Wild Rose?" | Chris Thompson, 1977
I love covering this. He plays simply, but with little licks to show he kicks ass at guitar.
4. "My Only Son" | Duncan Browne, 1973
I found Duncan on a folk blog. He's from a classical-guitar background, but he writes McCartney-esque melodies.
5. "Lord Bateman and the Turkish Lady" | John Jacob Niles, 1956
This is a ballad about a lord who travels to Turkey and ends up in prison. You listen just to hear what happens.
6. "The Humpback Whale" | Nic Jones, 1980
It's an Australian whaling song, kind of a travelogue of one season on the sea.
7. "Lady-O" | Judee Sill, 1971
She was a folk singer in California in the early 1970s who had this really unique style. Her lyrics are like a book of tarot cards, and her pitch is amazing.
8. "The End of the Rainbow" | Richard and Linda Thompson, 1973
The music is so well matched to the lyrics - it has these weird diminished chords, and the lyrics have creepy twists that match them in such a great way.
9. "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" | Pete Seeger, 1956
It's the perfect poetic protest song, and broad enough that it can apply to almost anything. I love how it starts as wishful thinking and turns into full-on empowerment at the end. The Peter, Paul and Mary version has rad energy too.
10. "Parasite" | Nick Drake, 1972
A great example of how much you can do with a guitar and a voice. That whole Pink Moon record is pretty bleak. I would listen to him and Elliott Smith constantly in high school - I feel like they are kindred spirits.
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 Toke wrote:


Take the wax out of your ears and try again .. may I ask of you who you regard as having a beautiful voice apart from whom you mentioned prior to the ear cleansing. This track and in particular the lead singer has such a calming/pleasing sound I am at a loss to understand your comment,
 
My recommendation to you: pull your head out of your ass and read my previous posts where I explain that I've seen them live twice, listened to both CDs and still find FF to be unlistenable. . . just a suggestion. . . 
 
 dmax wrote:
That singer is overwhelming anything positive about the musicianship.
 
In some of their tunes he does yodel a bit too much for my tastes, but I like this song - his voice adds a nice quality to it for me.  Wonderful Brueghel painting on the cover - I guess this could be called "Serf Music".

 vandal wrote:

IMHO: the singer reminds me of an older gentleman I once heard, groaning his way through physical therapy for an obviously painful hernia. . . 

 

Take the wax out of your ears and try again .. may I ask of you who you regard as having a beautiful voice apart from whom you mentioned prior to the ear cleansing. This track and in particular the lead singer has such a calming/pleasing sound I am at a loss to understand your comment,

My brother did a magnificent music video for broadcasting class, it was about a couple and the woman died cause of drugs.
fleet foxes
Still delightful.
This and Mykonos remain my favourite tracks from the first two albums, but i have to admit, those albums don't see the CD-player a lot...
My Fleet Morning's Foxes Jacket.