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Elbow — An Audience with The Pope
Album: The Seldom Seen Kid
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Released: 2008
Length: 4:23
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Sweet Jesus, I'm on fire
She has the sweetest, darkest side
And when it comes into her eyes
I know iron and steel couldn't hold me

Good God, I'm easy bruised
But so often a moth to her flame
And the things that she's asked me to do
Would see a senior saint forgetting his name

I have an audience with the Pope
And I'm saving the world at eight
But if she says she needs me, she says she needs me
Everybody's going to have to wait, ah, ah

Where could she be?
Was that a minute or an hour?
Where could she be?
She turns the hours into days
Kill the phone, cover the cage
And wait for the doorbell to ring

Where could she be?
No, she won't come running
Where could she be?
The world is turning at her pace
Gonna kill the phone, cover the cage
And wait for the doorbell to ring

I have an audience with the pope
and I'm saving the world at eight
but if she says she needs me
she says she needs me everybody is going to have to wait

I have an audience with the Pope
And I'm saving the world at eight
But if she says she needs me, she says she needs me
Everybody's going to have to wait

I have an audience with the Pope
And I'm saving the world at eight
But if she says she needs me, she says she needs me
Everybody's going to have to wait, ah, ah

I have an audience with the Pope
And I'm saving the world at eight
But if she says she needs me, she says she needs me
Everybody's going to have to wait
Everybody's going to have to wait, ah, ah
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 memoryboxer wrote:
Always fascinating to see the haters chime in on music I find sublime. How anyone could dislike the eroticism of the lyrics and pacing, the wonky dissonance of the guitar and piano interlude, and the unabashed humour is beyond me. It's the crazy eclecticism of RP that first attracted me and not only keeps me hooked but paying for the pleasure and privilege. Don't like it? Why are you here? Go play somwhere else. Or at least, as my mother admonished, if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all.
 

It has a "spy movie" soundtrack quality to it.  I can't quite explain why! 
Always fascinating to see the haters chime in on music I find sublime. How anyone could dislike the eroticism of the lyrics and pacing, the wonky dissonance of the guitar and piano interlude, and the unabashed humour is beyond me. It's the crazy eclecticism of RP that first attracted me and not only keeps me hooked but paying for the pleasure and privilege. Don't like it? Why are you here? Go play somwhere else. Or at least, as my mother admonished, if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all.
 Stefen wrote:
I wonder how many people grasp how kinky this song is?
 
You just might be misinterpreting the meaning and significance of "the pope".
 Stefen wrote:
Skydog wrote:

it's just about a guy who would drop everything he's doing
no matter how important they are to be with this girl
so when she calls he does (drop everything)
and then she keeps him waiting 
all that Pope stuff is just symbolic of important things to do 
nothing kinky here to see, move along
 

  
He's waiting for his dominatrix. 
 
Naw, just another case of pussy whipped ...
 Skydog wrote:

it's just about a guy who would drop everything he's doing
no matter how important they are to be with this girl
so when she calls he does (drop everything)
and then she keeps him waiting 
all that Pope stuff is just symbolic of important things to do 
nothing kinky here to see, move along
 

 
He's waiting for his dominatrix. 
{#Hearteyes}
She's coming with.
 ick wrote:
There is no pope to have an audience with!

 Paool momolmlk
 Stefen wrote:
I wonder how many people grasp how kinky this song is?

 
it's just about a guy who would drop everything he's doing
no matter how important they are to be with this girl
so when she calls he does (drop everything)
and then she keeps him waiting 
all that Pope stuff is just symbolic of important things to do 
nothing kinky here to see, move along
 
Elbow. They never quite get going, then it's the end of the song. 

even  more boring than radio head.

Not it often I hit the psd button but here I go.  
 midigitguy wrote:
Eternally grateful to RP for may things, but turning me on to Elbow is one of the many things.  I hear them a bunch here right before a trip to the UK, and when I got there everyone was raving about them (they lit up Glastonbury).
Now this tune is the ringtone for my wife. 

 

Lippy Kids is my ringtone. I also was introduced to Elbow by RP, thank you Bill!. Elbow is also my Pandora station of choice which has introduced me to even more good music.
I wonder how many people grasp how kinky this song is?
Not a fan of the Pope {#Sorry}

But Elbow is alright! {#Bounce}
The mix this afternoon is amazing. Its cold here, we're inside cooking, the cats are sleeping and the house is filled with an incredible selection of tunes. Thank you!
 Jack_Jefferson wrote:


"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  It's great to be back at the Basilica!  But seriously, though, folks... My wife ordered something simple at a restaurant, the waiter sent me to her table! (drumroll).... Feel free to save your applause for the end of the show, your holiness!  You might be a redneck if you insist on drinking communion wine with a straw!  Your priest might be a redneck if Boone's Farm is his communion wine of choice!  What's the deal with that Yoko Ono?!  What about all that traffic in Rome?!!  Your holiness, have I got a treat for you!  I'm going to do my impression of Jack Nicholson working at a Taco Bell!...."


 
{#Roflol}
dreamy on the ears
Eternally grateful to RP for may things, but turning me on to Elbow is one of the many things.  I hear them a bunch here right before a trip to the UK, and when I got there everyone was raving about them (they lit up Glastonbury).
Now this tune is the ringtone for my wife. 
"Pope Has Audience With Lead Singer of Elbow"--now that would be news!
There is no pope to have an audience with!
 rachlan wrote:
why is it called audience with the pope.  you have a meeting with the pope.  audience?  I guess he would be your audience...   but why is it said like that?

Audience 

(5) A formal interview with a person in authority

"He demanded an audience with the pope." 

consultation: a conference (usually with someone important); "he had a consultation with the judge"; "he requested an audience with the king" 


wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn


 rachlan wrote:
why is it called audience with the pope.  you have a meeting with the pope.  audience?  I guess he would be your audience...   but why is it said like that?
 

"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  It's great to be back at the Basilica!  But seriously, though, folks... My wife ordered something simple at a restaurant, the waiter sent me to her table! (drumroll).... Feel free to save your applause for the end of the show, your holiness!  You might be a redneck if you insist on drinking communion wine with a straw!  Your priest might be a redneck if Boone's Farm is his communion wine of choice!  What's the deal with that Yoko Ono?!  What about all that traffic in Rome?!!  Your holiness, have I got a treat for you!  I'm going to do my impression of Jack Nicholson working at a Taco Bell!...."

Valley_Boy wrote:
OK, men, a show of hands: How many of you have been in this relationship??
It's been twenty years and I still feel a kinship with those who survived opiates.

{#Wave} and it nearly killed me  Valley_Boy wrote:
  OK, men, a show of hands: How many of you have been in this relationship??
 


 Hippostar wrote:
Sounds like a pretty codependent relationship...
 
LOL - Could probably say the same thing for every great love song. Dig this one mightily, BTW.

Such an Interesting band.
Great band :)
 ncollingridge wrote:
Funny, his voice is one of the greatest strengths of Elbow for me - just shows how subjective taste is. I love the languid and drole nature of it - suits the slightly off-beam nature of the music brilliantly.
 


Sorry, should have been droll, but the spell-checker "corrected" it for me for some reason...
Funny, his voice is one of the greatest strengths of Elbow for me - just shows how subjective taste is. I love the languid and drole nature of it - suits the slightly off-beam nature of the music brilliantly.
I think this is a really great song. Good music. 
But this guys voice just ruins it for me. 
 Valley_Boy wrote:
  OK, men, a show of hands: How many of you have been in this relationship??
 
{#Wave}

Sounds like a pretty codependent relationship...


  OK, men, a show of hands: How many of you have been in this relationship??
 rachlan wrote:
why is it called audience with the pope.  you have a meeting with the pope.  audience?  I guess he would be your audience...   but why is it said like that?
 
He's using this definition:
consultation: a conference (usually with someone important); "he had a consultation with the judge"; "he requested an audience with the king"
There's this thing called the Internet that provides all types of info. {#Devil_pimp}



RedGuitar wrote:

Yeah, they set the bar rather high.  Hope they can top it!

 
Have you heard their cover of "mercy street" (peter gabriel song), elbow scratched back...


I think this is the worst track off of the album.
Sounds like a 78 rpm single played at 33 rpm!
...ooops! I'm showing my age! 
why is it called audience with the pope.  you have a meeting with the pope.  audience?  I guess he would be your audience...   but why is it said like that?
Elbow is such an excellent band.
Nice!!
 Jamunca wrote:
I think the RP community has this rating spot on. Seven seems just perfect for this wonderfully delicioso song. And as an aside, my grandmother loves when I play this on guitar cause she sings and smiles along with the chorus.
 
Grandmas in Asheville tend to be just a little cooler than most. 

I recently bought this disc...I'm enjoying it.  So far I like the last track 'friends of ours' best.
I am very sensitive to his voice, I was doing something else and had to come to the computer to see who was singing. First time I hear this one song by Elbow, it's really nice. As for the lyrics, to associate the girl, the pope and saving the world in one song I must confess, is quite strange but somehow it works for my non native english speaker ears.

I'm sure they will. Can't wait for the next one. 

Thank you Bill for increasing your play of Elbow. Can never get enough of these guys :) 
 boober wrote:
They had a really good run with this album....stakes are high for their next one(in the works).
 
Yeah, they set the bar rather high.  Hope they can top it!

I can name that song in one note! {#Cheesygrin}
They had a really good run with this album....stakes are high for their next one(in the works).
 Marley wrote:

I second that

 
The motion to have more Elbow carries, Mr. President please see to it that this motion is enacted ASAP. . .


 cashcraft wrote:
More Elbow, Please
 
I second that

More Elbow, Please
 lattalo wrote:

This is the best comment for this song, perfect!

 
Thanks! the right picture truly is worth a thousand words..

 ptooey wrote:
I like to sing the chorus of this one with a Jacques Clouseau accent.
"...audience with the Peup..."
 

{#Lol}
I think the RP community has this rating spot on. Seven seems just perfect for this wonderfully delicioso song. And as an aside, my grandmother loves when I play this on guitar cause she sings and smiles along with the chorus.
I like to sing the chorus of this one with a Jacques Clouseau accent.
"...audience with the Peup..."
 jptl wrote:
Elbow playing their Seldom Seen Kid album with the BBC Concert Orchestra.....I think I'm going to really like this one.

The 2 disc CD is out April 7th, and since the first release, it 'aint cheap for those of us across the pond.....Maybe Bill will get hold of this release and let us have a listen.

 
Just bought the box set with the dvd, should arrive in a couple of days... maybe I'll upload a few tracks =)

Domme interesting lyrics.
I've got a bike. You can ride it if you like.
 Valley_Boy wrote:
I see a lot of people saying that Elbow sound like Peter Gabriel
Personally I never heard the likeness until I saw the comparison being drawn by RP listeners. Plus, Elbow's lyrical content is so much cheekier than PG's. I love em both.
 a_genuine_find wrote:

 
This is the best comment for this song, perfect!

 kristinedahms wrote:
Love it and would love to hear more from the album!
 
A must have!!!!!

Love it and would love to hear more from the album!
 woozurbuddy wrote:
This one's just okay for me but Bill played a different one of theirs yesterday sometime (sounded like Peter Gabriel?) that I can't remember that was the bomb!
 

One Day Like This?

I see a lot of people saying that Elbow sound like Peter Gabriel, but the only song that really sounds like Peter to me is One Day Like This.
This band has risen to the top three of my list presently....
this song both drags and repeats itself endlessly.  and its played way too often.
good stuff indeed!!

    

I love this !!!!!!!


 tm wrote:
It's official 9->10 and I love this album...  Every song on it is magical.

  ...well, tm:

On Saturday 17th January 2009 at the world famous Abbey Road studios in London, Elbow performed the entirety of their Mercury Music Prize winning album The Seldom Seen Kid with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Chantage, the winners of Radio 3's Choir Of The Year competition. The unique performance of the album was seen by a select audience and was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on the evening of Saturday 31st January. The show saw the band play new and exclusive versions of the songs from the album in order. They were joined (as on the album) by Richard Hawley for The Fix.

This import features the standard 11-track album along with a DVD of the aformentioned performance, featuring all 11 album tracks.

Elbow playing their Seldom Seen Kid album with the BBC Concert Orchestra.....I think I'm going to really like this one.

The 2 disc CD is out April 7th, and since the first release, it 'aint cheap for those of us across the pond.....Maybe Bill will get hold of this release and let us have a listen.



Wow - Ludovico Einaudi and then Elbow. This is like my MySpace playlist. lol.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - I LOVE ELBOW! This album is simply stellar! A 10 from me!

 jenakle wrote:

sounds like Dave Matthews voice-wise
*ducks and runs*

 
Actually, more like Sting.

Great album.{#Yes}
 tm wrote:
It's official 9->10 and I love this album...  Every song on it is magical.

 

A good alblum indeed. Happy to have it. Especially excellent in a mix with other alblums of equal caliber.
It's official 9->10 and I love this album...  Every song on it is magical.

 HarrO wrote:
Somebody help me. This stuff is starting to grow on me.
 
It's like a fungus isn't it.

Somebody help me. This stuff is starting to grow on me.
 ick wrote:
Gonna have to get me an Elbow or two...
 
All four albums are worth having...most days I think this most recent release is my favorite.

Gonna have to get me an Elbow or two...
I've elevated this from 7 to 8.......I'm really digging some Elbow!
{#Roflol}

 
davezilko wrote:
Is that the NYC Apple Store on the album cover?
 


yep kids - buy the album - potentially best 2008 in my book!
 lmic wrote:
This whole album has got to be a top contender for cleverest lyrics ever.
 
It won some price.
 raelic wrote:
First one to say "sounds like Peter Gabriel" gets a punch in the plums and an ear cleaning with a drill bit.
 
sounds like Dave Matthews voice-wise
*ducks and runs*

 fuh2 wrote:

The band is named after a line in the BBC TV mini-series The Singing Detective;
a character (Philip Marlow) says that the word "elbow" is the most sensuous word in the English language, not for its definition,

 but for how it feels to say it.


 

Mmm.. British humor. {#Tongue-out} Maybe it's a play on the phrase "cellar door", which I never understood.
This whole album has got to be a top contender for cleverest lyrics ever.
 Marley wrote:
The more I hear from this album, the more I like it. Elbow is turning into one of my new favorite bands.
 

Ditto!   {#Roflol}

The band is named after a line in the BBC TV mini-series The Singing Detective;
a character (Philip Marlow) says that the word "elbow" is the most sensuous word in the English language, not for its definition,

 but for how it feels to say it.


I like this - just gave it a 7 - but I feel I'm hearing it too often...
The more I hear from this album, the more I like it. Elbow is turning into one of my new favorite bands.
This gets pretty tedious after a while. Keep waiting for something that never comes. Voice is more lazy than intimate.
Is that the NYC Apple Store on the album cover?
 raelic wrote:
First one to say "sounds like Peter Gabriel" gets a punch in the plums and an ear cleaning with a drill bit.
 
{#Whisper} sounds like Geter Pabriel

First one to say "sounds like Peter Gabriel" gets a punch in the plums and an ear cleaning with a drill bit.
The man has the right idea! He is obviously head over heals, and it's a very sexy thing to say about the woman he loves. 
Hmmm...drags a bit...don't hate it though.
I think this has been played every day for the past week or so.  I don't like it, but even allowing that others think it is good, what justifies playing it that often?
So glad that's over - hopefully the Popey will keep them waiting for a while :-)
Doesn't this remind you of Queens of the Stone Age?
You love this song, don't you Bill?
This particular track is a little ponderous for me right now, (9:17AM - at work) but I like it.  I like most of what I've heard from these guys; they seem to be influenced by many of my favorite artists.
4 > 3
 jptl wrote:

Well put. What's more is that their sound is unique; they can't be mistaken with anyone else. I've been able to associate every song that I've heard to them without hearing their name or clicking on RP "Now Playing".
This will be my next CD purchase.
I've noticed that bc posts a question on the "Grounds for Divorce" comment thread: 
           "How are their other albums?"
I'd like to pose that question again.
Anyone? 


 
I have two others, Cast of Thousands and Leaders of the Free World. Both are excellent, although this one's probably my favorite by a whisker. But you can't go wrong with either of those (there may be one or two that came out before them, but I haven't picked them up yet)

This song is less acceptable the more I hear it, makes me wish I had a next-track button for RP. Seems plodding and affected. Maybe I'm just not crazy about this whole set and am taking my feelings out on this tune. Still...
Once again, RP has introduced me to some great music... you should all check out this CD..
The number of "regular joes" I've met recently raving about this album suggests to me Elbow is about to hit stardom.  Good for them; but be prepared for the elite to suddenly start having second thoughts ;)
 Jazbo wrote:
Really like 'ONE DAY LIKE THIS" off this C .D.. Never would have had this pleasure without R.P.

  

Absolutely right {#High-five}

Thanks RP!
Really like 'ONE DAY LIKE THIS" off this C .D.. Never would have had this pleasure without R.P.

ok, now I get it. This is brilliant.
 thanks
Asleep in the Back is a CD I listened to so many times after I first got it that my friends got sick of me.

Or was it the other way around?

Hmmmm.
...trying not to fall asleep.  Kind of a dull song.  Not bad, just dull.

I bought this album after hearing it on RP, have to say, it's one of my better cd purchases in quite a while.
 ronniegirl wrote:


I agree, it is so subtle.  Each listen is better than the last, for over a week now.  I bought FOUR copies to give as gifts.    I also agree with some of the other posters - when one of their songs come on, I just KNOW it is Elbow.  Of course I check out the playlist to confirm. 
 
Apart from having a great voice mr. Guy Garvey is a talented poet. Luckily the lyrics (poems?) are reprinted interily in the very nice CD cover. Of course, the rest of the band just makes outstanding music. A great discovery on RP for me.

 ncollingridge wrote:
This is SUCH a great album. Every time I listen to a song from it I notice new subtleties. By far the best album of the year (so far - although it's very hard to imagine anything will beat it now).
 

I agree, it is so subtle.  Each listen is better than the last, for over a week now.  I bought FOUR copies to give as gifts.    I also agree with some of the other posters - when one of their songs come on, I just KNOW it is Elbow.  Of course I check out the playlist to confirm. 
 jptl wrote:

Well put. What's more is that their sound is unique; they can't be mistaken with anyone else. I've been able to associate every song that I've heard to them without hearing their name or clicking on RP "Now Playing".
This will be my next CD purchase.
I've noticed that bc posts a question on the "Grounds for Divorce" comment thread: 
           "How are their other albums?"
I'd like to pose that question again.
Anyone? 
i found Asleep Int The Back when it first came out (and uploaded several right away to RP that got added) and loved it. hope that helps.

 


i like it, i don't love it. the rest i've heard from this release have hit me much harder in better ways. this was...decent. that's all. maybe upon another listen i'll like it more.
 adib wrote:

Elbow are one of those bands that creep into your subconscious unawares.
A track comes on and I think "who is *that*, it's fantastic?" only to find it's a track that I have heard before, but not particularly noticed.

 
Well put. What's more is that their sound is unique; they can't be mistaken with anyone else. I've been able to associate every song that I've heard to them without hearing their name or clicking on RP "Now Playing".
This will be my next CD purchase.
I've noticed that bc posts a question on the "Grounds for Divorce" comment thread: 
           "How are their other albums?"
I'd like to pose that question again.
Anyone? 



This is SUCH a great album. Every time I listen to a song from it I notice new subtleties. By far the best album of the year (so far - although it's very hard to imagine anything will beat it now).

  That felt much better the 2nd time around. Still reserve the right to rate spontaniously ,but perhaps the third time
will be a charm. If nothing else their quite eclectic—— in a good way. Thanks Bill .{#Think}



Elbow are one of those bands that creep into your subconscious unawares.
A track comes on and I think "who is *that*, it's fantastic?" only to find it's a track that I have heard before, but not particularly noticed.

Currently a 7, but I have a feeling it will be going up the next time I listen.

 Leslie wrote:
I've got to purchase this album. I like every cut Bill plays.
 

I know I've posted the same thing for all those cuts, but this is a fantastic CD. One of this year's best, IMHO.
7 to 8....with a bullet! A bullet!

{#Cowboy}

8  to 9   {#Bananapiano}
This band is very intriguing. {#Yes}
Awww jeah - gonna put on my best vestments!————— Window

 Aww jeah — ya really look good in-vestments. Mea Culpa ! Couldn't pass on that one. . ,.