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Rachael Yamagata — Elephants
Album: Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart
Avg rating:
6.8

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Total ratings: 187









Released: 2008
Length: 4:11
Plays (last 30 days): 0
If the elephants have past lives
Yet are destined to always remember
It's no wonder how they scream
Like you and I, they must have some temper

And I am dreaming of them in the plains
Dirtying up their beds
Watching for some sign of rain
To cool their hot heads

And how dare that you send me that card
When I'm doing all that I can do
You are forcing me to remember
When all I want is to just forget you

If the tiger shall protect her young
Then, tell me, how did you slip by?
Oh my instincts have failed me for once
I must have somehow slept the whole night

And I am dreaming of them with their kill
Tearing it all apart
Blood dripping from their lips
Teeth sinking into heart

And how dare that you say you will call
When you know I need some peace of mind
If you had to take sides with the animals
Won't you do it with one who is kind?

If the hawks in the trees need the dead
If you're living you don't stand a chance
For a time, though you share the same bed
There are only two ends to this dance

You can flee with your wounds just in time
Or lie there as he feeds
Watching yourself ripped to shreds
Laughing as you bleed

So, for those of you falling in love
Keep it kind, keep it good, keep it right
Throw yourself in the midst of danger
But keep one eye open at night
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Her voice makes me want to strip naked and try to be as good looking as possible for her as she walks into the room. Don't think she'll approve...but great tune.
 mandolin wrote:
...c'mon folks, calypsus is obviously working across a language barrier and making an admirable effort at that - a little good-natured ribbing is one thing, but his sincere attempt at dialog deserves better reception than it's getting here...
 
Nicely put.
It's hard to find love.................... It's even harder to keep it.

One day you realize that life has just passed you by and the person you loved is gone ...............
 
Hard is life when tears are not shared. 
 fredriley wrote:
I've really gone for the other Rachael Yamagata tracks played on RP, but this was a solid 1 right from the first breathy syllable. I'm sure it's very heartfelt, but IMO it sounds seriously dire. Once the violins kick in and she actually starts singing the rating moves up a coupla points, but the damage has already been done.
 
Yup, 1 —-> 5

I told myself I wouldn't cry for the fourth time today.  It's so hard.  Oh..look that old man just missed the bus...oh no...

she told the audience the story of behind this song last time i saw her:

she was running down a hill in the sun and had just kind of emerged from a dark place in her life.  she began running and the song just started coming to her and by the time she was at the bottom of the hill she had her song.  she said it was a great rush of words and almost instantaneous.

interesting and strange.  i like it.
This song always makes me cry. Thanks! I'm at work. super.
I've really gone for the other Rachael Yamagata tracks played on RP, but this was a solid 1 right from the first breathy syllable. I'm sure it's very heartfelt, but IMO it sounds seriously dire. Once the violins kick in and she actually starts singing the rating moves up a coupla points, but the damage has already been done.
...c'mon folks, calypsus is obviously working across a language barrier and making an admirable effort at that - a little good-natured ribbing is one thing, but his sincere attempt at dialog deserves better reception than it's getting here...


I LOVE this! And I've never heard it before. Thanks Bill! You da bomb.
She has sexy voice!!!
Rachael can definitely rock. I wish she would more often.
 calypsus_1 wrote:

mandolin (...drifting...);   ScottN (An inch above the K/T boundary layer);   Lyndra_Ski

new version by request:

to the times songs exist that it seems equal to as much others;
 

"Elephants" it is an example; with certainty i cannot be a fan of music of Ms. Rachel Yamagata for obvious reasons, i think that it is useless to explain here;  certainly she is a nice lady! and i understand and respect the enthusiasm and the illusion of the youthful hearing concerning this singer;   but my commentary is exclusively concerning the aesthetic musical work in question;  this type of boarding of music proliferates and has a proper space, is good in raves with much excellent excitement and drinks etc. to the mixture; perhaps in this context until it could like;  tankyou anyway for allowing me to correct a lamentable error of language.

** 3 / 4 **

 
Only thing obvious is I don't have a clue as to what you are talking about and would bet I'm not in the minority. I also don't drink or go to raves nor am I youthful and I liked the song. Oh, and you are quite welcome for being allowed to correct that lamentable error, we damn sure don't want any of those running around.


 calypsus_1 wrote:

mandolin (...drifting...);   ScottN (An inch above the K/T boundary layer);   Lyndra_Ski

new version by request:

to the times songs exist that it seems equal to as much others;
 

"Elephants" it is an example; with certainty i cannot be a fan of music of Ms. Rachel Yamagata for obvious reasons, i think that it is useless to explain here;  certainly she is a nice lady! and i understand and respect the enthusiasm and the illusion of the youthful hearing concerning this singer;   but my commentary is exclusively concerning the aesthetic musical work in question;  this type of boarding of music proliferates and has a proper space, is good in raves with much excellent excitement and drinks etc. to the mixture; perhaps in this context until it could like;  tankyou anyway for allowing me to correct a lamentable error of language.

** 3 / 4 **

  WOW ! ! ! ! ! !
??....  and what were you actually trying to say, that didnt seem to happen?
...umm...huh again?...
 
calypsus_1 wrote:

mandolin (...drifting...);   ScottN (An inch above the K/T boundary layer);   Lyndra_Ski

new version by request:

to the times songs exist that it seems equal to as much others;
 

"Elephants" it is an example; with certainty i cannot be a fan of music of Ms. Rachel Yamagata for obvious reasons, i think that it is useless to explain here;  certainly she is a nice lady! and i understand and respect the enthusiasm and the illusion of the youthful hearing concerning this singer;   but my commentary is exclusively concerning the aesthetic musical work in question;  this type of boarding of music proliferates and has a proper space, is good in raves with much excellent excitement and drinks etc. to the mixture; perhaps in this context until it could like;  tankyou anyway for allowing me to correct a lamentable error of language.

** 3 / 4 **

 


This is stunning and beautiful
when I get chill bumps and tears in my eyes then it's worth a 10 to me. :)
If the elephants have past lives yet all destined to always remember
It's no wonder how they scream
Like you and I they must have some temper

And I am dreaming of them on the plains
Dirtying up their beds
Watching for some sign of rain to cool their hot heads

And how dare that you send me that card when I am doing all that I can do
You are forcing me to remember when all I want is to just forget you

If the tiger shall protect her young then tell me how did you slip by
All my instincts have failed me for once
I must have somehow slept the whole night

And I am dreaming of them with their kill
Tearing it all apart
Blood dripping from their lips and teeth sinking into heart

And how dare that you say you'll call
When you know I need some peace of mind
If you have to take sides with the animals
Won't you do it with one who is kind

And if the hawks in the trees need the dead
If you're living you don't stand a chance
For a time though you share the same bed
There are only two ends to this dance

You can flee with your wounds just in time or lie there as he feeds
Watching yourself ripped to shreds and laughing as you bleed

So for those of you falling in love keep it kind
Keep it good
Keep it right
Throw yourself in the midst of danger but keep one eye open at night


what the gay...?
WAKE UP!   {#Beat}
Starting with an 8. Then we will see..
Nice and slow.

Omg. Shes a brilliant singer, and Yes... I do love her

mandolin (...drifting...);   ScottN (An inch above the K/T boundary layer);   Lyndra_Ski

new version by request:

to the times songs exist that it seems equal to as much others;
 

"Elephants" it is an example; with certainty i cannot be a fan of music of Ms. Rachel Yamagata for obvious reasons, i think that it is useless to explain here;  certainly she is a nice lady! and i understand and respect the enthusiasm and the illusion of the youthful hearing concerning this singer;   but my commentary is exclusively concerning the aesthetic musical work in question;  this type of boarding of music proliferates and has a proper space, is good in raves with much excellent excitement and drinks etc. to the mixture; perhaps in this context until it could like;  tankyou anyway for allowing me to correct a lamentable error of language.

** 3 / 4 **



...the sincere feeling carries by the borders of the language just now as the tonality and the expression make...unfortunately the play of the plays with babelfish things smears so upward much that it is; to understanding puzzle...*

*english -> french -> german -> english
 calypsus_1 wrote:

 

to the times songs exist that perish equal to as much others.......


 
Twenty-First Century Children: The future will soon be here.



...huh?...

 
calypsus_1 wrote:

 

to the times songs exist that perish equal to as much others.......


 


 

to the times songs exist that perish equal to as much others.......


Sounds brilliant
This one's going on the "buy" list...
...just stunning, truly...


Mudcrutch, Pink Floyd, Wilco, The Who, Beck into this train wreck? Sorry, I don't get it.

I can't follow what the heck she's singing about. Her voice is too soft and breathy for my taste.
...nice to hear more of her...
good stuff fo sho...

saw her a few nights before her new album dropped in pdx and she was a bit under the weather.  she still put on an unbelievably engaging show.  showcased a bunch of new tunes and pleased us all with a bunch of really good old stuff too.  quite a lady for sure.
{#Skull} ooo, Parental Warning, must be good...