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Ray LaMontagne — Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's a shame)
Album: Gossip in the Grain
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Released: 2008
Length: 4:15
Plays (last 30 days): 2
All my life I've been poor boy son, scratching for my meat
I have been kicked in my teeth till the blood run hot and sweet
Seen a lot of living my friends and this I will repeat
Just because you knock a man down don't mean that you got him beat

It's a shame, shame, shame
Baby, it's a crying shame
It's a shame, shame, shame
Baby, it's a crying shame

Henry nearly killed me 'fore they hauled his ass in jail
Slapped me right across my face with a flour sack full o' nails
Nearly broke my head in two with his steel toed boots
Shoving all that money down the laundry chute

Listen, it's a shame, shame, shame
Baby, it's a crying shame
It's a shame, shame, shame
A crying shame

Sweet little Mary Anne with her make up all a mess
Picks herself up off the floor coughs and straightens her dress
Saying please, please daddy, can I have just a little bit more?
I said sorry baby, but I'm heading out
Somehow this town don't feel like home anymore

It's a shame, shame, shame
Baby, it's a crying shame
It's a shame, shame, shame
Baby, it's a crying shame

It's a shame, shame, shame
Baby, it's a crying shame
It's a shame, shame, shame
Baby, it's a crying shame

I've seen a lot of living my friend this I will repeat
Just because you knock a man down don't mean that you got him beat

It's a shame, shame, shame
Baby, it's a crying shame
It's a shame, shame, shame
Baby, it's a crying shame

Shame, shame, shame
It's a shame, shame, shame
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 jchap5 wrote:

LOL, pulled out my DVD of Kelly's Heroes this past weekend. Oddball nearly stole the show. but Ray does bear a striking resemblence, doesn't he?


LMMFAO... yes he does! Bless Donald Sutherland and Ray LaMontagne! 
 countyman wrote:



Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

 

Ayy relax dear brother I don't think that was a stab at anyone...

Great song, driving forward, cool stereo mix, easy 8 from yo boy out here PEACE
 countyman wrote:



Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

 
LOL, pulled out my DVD of Kelly's Heroes this past weekend. Oddball nearly stole the show. but Ray does bear a striking resemblence, doesn't he?
 bombaysaphire wrote:
Ray looks like Donald Sutherland in the Kelly's Heroes days on this album cover.
 


Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

Ray looks like Donald Sutherland in the Kelly's Heroes days on this album cover.
Rythmically it's a train song without the train.
 hbm wrote:

When I look I see Donald Sutherland in Kelly's Heroes....  "Makin with those Negative Waves"
 One of my favourite movies!

Blew my mind when I saw him live in a small venue mere feet away from him. This is more upbeat, but he brought me to tears multiple times during ballads. His writing is amazing.
Cool... Reminds me of Ian Siegal
 hayduke2 wrote:
uh huh, yes indeed, dude is smokin   (his cover photo looks like Donald Sutherland in M*A*S*H)
 
When I look I see Donald Sutherland in Kelly's Heroes....  "Makin with those Negative Waves"
{#Dancingbanana_2}
Awesome playlist Bill!!

Ray LaMontagne — Henry Nearly Killed Me
The Veils — Train with No Name    
Alt-J — Hunger of the Pine    
Bombino — Iyat Ninhay
 AmandaMaria wrote:
Happy to hear something from Ray that made me want to dance, rather than cry my eyes out! nice!
 
I second that. {#Dancingbanana}
A great artist, finally out of his shell
RLM=PSD
Won't you share a common disaster?
Happy to hear something from Ray that made me want to dance, rather than cry my eyes out! nice!
 jupp53 wrote:
Have never heard of him. Great song!

Someone to explore.

  
Ray and band are amazing live!
Have never heard of him. Great song!

Someone to explore.
Ray was born under a a bad sign - https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/ray-lamontagne-born-under-a-bad-sign-8724065.html - which perhaps is why this song resonates.
Usually I'm not too fond of Ray, but his style fits this song.
and into Get Back, nice follow up
For some reason I kept wanting to hear "Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizona" 
 Angelina_Ieraci wrote:

Had to check in and tune mark- love this guy

 

 dexev wrote:
Ha!   Your comment had me scratching my head, but Bill just followed with that again!





 

Ha!   Your comment had me scratching my head, but Bill just followed with that again!

 Blastcat900 wrote:
Daim !!!!!! That is some good musiking ! Way to get back Louretta !

 


 Rotterdam wrote:

Not for me. Joe Cocker is full of life Ray L comes across as a wuss to me. Sorry. I just don't get him. Probably his lyrics are great, but I don't listen to them, so I just go by his gentle, mushy delivery.

 
Don't listen to lyrics? You're missing half the show.
...7 for Ray and a point for the harp =8
6==>7==>8, rocked my day - the right thing in the right time {#Music}{#Bananapiano}
 hayduke2 wrote:
uh huh, yes indeed, dude is smokin   (his cover photo looks like Donald Sutherland in M*A*S*H)

 
Agreed.  And Agree.
 sharkey wrote:

Use the PSD already & stop your  silly comments

 
Stand-alone music players don't have PSD.  Who's silly now?
 chism2 wrote:
LaMentable.
 

Made me laugh (even though I don't necessarily agree).
LaMentable.
 Rotterdam wrote:

Not for me. Joe Cocker is full of life Ray L comes across as a wuss to me. Sorry. I just don't get him. Probably his lyrics are great, but I don't listen to them, so I just go by his gentle, mushy delivery.

 
Ray LaMontagne has pretty good lyrics, I would say they seem to speak to a youngish crowd in general.
 tutakea wrote:
simply unbearable. pls stop!

 
Use the PSD already & stop your  silly comments
Love it!
simply unbearable. pls stop!
 TerryS wrote:
Joe Cocker's heir apparent.

 
Not for me. Joe Cocker is full of life Ray L comes across as a wuss to me. Sorry. I just don't get him. Probably his lyrics are great, but I don't listen to them, so I just go by his gentle, mushy delivery.
When I heard this, I looked and had rated it a 4 whenever. WTF was I thinking!? It's an easy 8 and maybe more, depending how it ages.
uh huh, yes indeed, dude is smokin   (his cover photo looks like Donald Sutherland in M*A*S*H)
 kingfish2004 wrote:
POW!
  ...YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!.......


POW!
Joe Cocker's heir apparent.
 rockstarbro wrote:
Can't get over how cool this guy is.  Or rather, how cool he makes me feel for being a fan of his.
 
Your location made me laugh. Thanks.
Can't get over how cool this guy is.  Or rather, how cool he makes me feel for being a fan of his.
Daim !!!!!! That is some good musiking ! Way to get back Louretta !
Heard this song live, and it blew me away!
 qosforever wrote:
IMHO, a bit disappointed this new album from LaMontagne.
 
 
good for you
When I hear this song, I think..."The Guess Who meets Aretha Franklin. "

The harp licks fit just right and Ray is a rockin'!  Got an 8 right out of the box the first time I heard it.

fit title: "it´s a shame"  - awful!
oooh yeah!  GREAT segue from Chris Isaak's Round & Round
 mandolin wrote:
...sounds like rachael yamagata...  ;)
 
NOT a bad comparison!  I rather love Rachael Yamagata's work. I know I've mentioned this in other threads, but I have her double-CD "Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart" and I absolutely love the way she rocks ("Sidedish Friend" and "Accident" always make me drive too fast.)

...sounds like rachael yamagata...  ;)
This{#Bananajam} boy's puttin' it OUT.
!Nice
Love this one!  Keep it up Ray — putting out some great tunes
I am really enjoying this.  I do believe I like this Ray LaMontagne! {#Dancingbanana}
Love Ray. Be Here Now is a favorite but so is this... I just love Ray.
 Cynaera wrote:
Boy, what a departure from "Be Here Now"!  I like it - Ray can rock! {#Dancingbanana}
 

Agree!! Because of RP I have 2 Ray CDs. Didn't know he could rock. Damn, do I need to buy another CD??
Boy, what a departure from "Be Here Now"!  I like it - Ray can rock! {#Dancingbanana}
uh.
Very Nice {#Jump}
JEEEEZ Bill! wadda mix! PUSS!

Goddamn! I love this man's voice


Get back Loretta !
I typically like upbeat live music concerts.  I didn't go see him play in San Antonio because I thought it would be to mellow/slow.  A friend of mine said 'he really rocked and was very upbeat.'  Go figure.  He has a few songs that I think are really really good toe tappers - this being on of them.
 philbertr wrote:
Spoken by a knowledgeable and, I might add, one hot critic.  {#High-five}
 
why thank you Phil {#Whipit}
{#Drummer}    DIG THIS HARMONICA!
 Tagish_girl wrote:
Hey, is that Ray LaMontagne, or is that a photo of Donald Sutherland from 'Kelly's Heros'?  At least HE played great music out the front of his tank as he blew up the enemy.... no more negative vibes, Moriarty!
 

Oddball:
The Man, the myth, the legend.

I see this title and all I can think of is it should be followed by Pink Floyd's "Careful with that axe, Eugene".
he can play so many kinds of music I love.  I love Ray.  It sounds sooo good.
Anyone see the commercial with Ray LaMontagne's song and the doggy. It's so cute!



 geordiezimmerman wrote:

Sounds a little like the beginning of Tomstone Blues.

 
Thanks. 

i don't usually like this type of music, but somehow i like this one
there should be a law that songs need at least a 2nd chord  {#Cowboy}

A song of the 1930's depression deep south?


IMHO, a bit disappointed this new album from LaMontagne.
 
 lophrequa wrote:

i think he's got a great range in the songs i've heard

 

Spoken by a knowledgeable and, I might add, one hot critic.  {#High-five}
 OldFrenchie wrote:
Its just so damn breathy. Its a shame....
 
The grunting sounds like my friend's bulldog gasping for air. But it's actually a pretty good song otherwise. 
Hey, is that Ray LaMontagne, or is that a photo of Donald Sutherland from 'Kelly's Heros'?  At least HE played great music out the front of his tank as he blew up the enemy.... no more negative vibes, Moriarty!
I like this, it pulls and pushes at the same time....
 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:

I actually got down off a ladder to turn it up.  And I'm not the biggest blues fan in the house.
 
that made me smile {#Mrgreen}
 SusieQ wrote:
Ah Bill, such a "shame" you had to kill the buzz with this depress-er.

I agree with MaryM, this guy's appeal worth thin way too quickly.  One trick pony. 
 
i think he's got a great range in the songs i've heard

Its just so damn breathy. Its a shame....
 SusieQ wrote:
Ah Bill, such a "shame" you had to kill the buzz with this depress-er.

I agree with MaryM, this guy's appeal worth thin way too quickly.  One trick pony. 
 
Yeah - we need some Social Distortion to liven things up! Seriously Ring of Fire would go well now.

Ah Bill, such a "shame" you had to kill the buzz with this depress-er.

I agree with MaryM, this guy's appeal worth thin way too quickly.  One trick pony. 
 ca1vinandhobbes wrote:
diggin' this one.  climb aboard the train!
 
Yeah!!! I couldn't have said it better :-)

 Rich3D wrote:
this is one of those songs that makes you reach over and turn up the volume. That makes it pretty good song, in my book.  I like Ray.
 
I actually got down off a ladder to turn it up.  And I'm not the biggest blues fan in the house.
this is one of those songs that makes you reach over and turn up the volume. That makes it pretty good song, in my book.  I like Ray.
diggin' this one.  climb aboard the train!
His voice gets more annoying to me the more I hear it.  This song less so.  At first I liked him, then the more I listen the more I think that he should be awake a few hours before he heads over to the studio.
 CamLwalk wrote:
I saw this guy this summer.  He's good live!
 

I must have seen another Ray LaMontagne, it was in January 2007 ago in Newcastle (UK) and he looked really depressed, the show was so soporific that the Geordie croud had to tell him to cheer up and crack jokes. "supporting" artist was Leona Naess which I love to listen to, unfortunately she was as depressing as Ray, I felt sorry for them. Because I really like Leona I went to see her live the next year and it was horrible, I will keep listening to her but certainly not live again.
 btt wrote:
I`m not too sure what it is about Rays music . Each time I`ve heard one of his songs for the first time , I`ve been blown away , without exception . But for each song , on subsequent listens , less so . Some have become pretty much ho-hum . I can appreciate the talent and everything , but I think that for me , his stuff may not age well .
 

I think you're right.
I like this and I've liked many of his songs at first. I bought one of his CD's and listened to it once, then put it away. Maybe there is not enough vocal variation for a whole CD's worth of music.
IMHO.
 MrGreg wrote:
"It's a cryin' shame... " 

Ugh, what an awful cliché...

 
Comments like this make me aware of my condition as a no-native speaker - which turns out to be an advantage quite often.


Some one give me a shot of whiskey.

When I jam at work  EVERYONE jams at work.
This one has really grown on me!  No other Ray LaMontagne has ever jumped out at me, despite his frequent airplay.
Jojo was a man whose voice was broke and raspy ... an "8"

 derekd wrote:
This guy gets a lot of airplay on RP. But I have to say, he's grown on me.
 
   6 ==> 7


{#Bananapiano}
 lemmoth wrote:
Somebody please tell me which Dylan song he stole the opening from here?
 
Sounds a little like the beginning of Tomstone Blues.

If a song begs you to crank it up and enjoy, then it's a good song.  turn it up.
Those weird grunts sound like a panting pug-nosed dog. Good song, though. 
It's hard to imagine that pic of a gentle hippie on the album cover has THIS voice?!
Kind of a Joe Cocker grunge
 derekd wrote:
This guy gets a lot of airplay on RP. But I have to say, he's grown on me.
 
I agree with the first part though not the 2nd
This guy gets a lot of airplay on RP. But I have to say, he's grown on me.
I`m not too sure what it is about Rays music . Each time I`ve heard one of his songs for the first time , I`ve been blown away , without exception . But for each song , on subsequent listens , less so . Some have become pretty much ho-hum . I can appreciate the talent and everything , but I think that for me , his stuff may not age well .
 jagdriver wrote:
Hmmmm.....

8:02 amRay LaMontagne
Empty
Till the Sun Turns Black (2006)

1:51 pmRay LaMontagne
Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's a shame)
Gossip in the grain (2008)

I like Ray, but in my opinion we should not hear ANY artist twice in one day on RP given the catalog of music in the library.
 

Yah, I can imagine that 6 hours later it must have been really painful to hear something as awesome as this...{#Bananajam}
 jagdriver wrote:
Hmmmm.....

8:02 amRay LaMontagne
Empty
Till the Sun Turns Black (2006)

1:51 pmRay LaMontagne
Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's a shame)
Gossip in the grain (2008)

I like Ray, but in my opinion we should not hear ANY artist twice in one day on RP given the catalog of music in the library.
 
Ha!  I'm going for 3x a day.  If its good, its good.
i STILL love hearing this mans music........his soul comes thru HUGE.
wow
didn't i just comment on this a day or so ago?
I still love it....
Somebody please tell me which Dylan song he stole the opening from here?
I can't get enough of this performer. The one thing I love about Ray is he brings the Emotional Ride back to folk....and this song is so unique in itself compared to his more melancholy style that I am used to......
however, spread it out a bit more eh? RP has the best variety, overplaying one artist can oversaturate our sensitive listener ears
:)
 jagdriver wrote:
Hmmmm.....

   

  

I like Ray, but in my opinion we should not hear ANY artist twice in one day on RP given the catalog of music in the library.
 

Exceptions should go to this guy. 8 times a day.
Hmmmm.....

8:02 amRay LaMontagne
Empty
Till the Sun Turns Black (2006)

1:51 pmRay LaMontagne
Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's a shame)
Gossip in the grain (2008)

I like Ray, but in my opinion we should not hear ANY artist twice in one day on RP given the catalog of music in the library.
The whole album is a classic

 canadapaul wrote:
this reminds me of something from the 70's...like Ozark Mountain Daredevils or along those lines but Ray has quite the voice though; sandpaper and grief
 

Intro was right outta Bob Dylan.
this reminds me of something from the 70's...like Ozark Mountain Daredevils or along those lines but Ray has quite the voice though; sandpaper and grief
I am seeing him in February! Can't wait!
 Cannon wrote:
Fantastic show on saturday night here in San Diego.  Definetely see him live if you have the chance.
 

Dammit, I wished I had noticed he was playing.  Sigh.