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Elbow — Mirrorball
Album: The Seldom Seen Kid
Avg rating:
7.6

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Total ratings: 3165









Released: 2008
Length: 5:48
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I plant the kind of kiss that wouldn't wake a baby
On the self-same face that wouldn't let me sleep
And the street is singing with my feet
And dawn gives me a shadow I know to be taller

All down to you, dear
Everything has changed

My sorry name has made it to graffiti
I was looking for someone to complete me

Not anymore, dear
Everything has changed

And we made the moon our mirrorball
The streets, an empty stage
The city sirens violins
Everything has changed

So lift off love
Lift off love

We took the town to town last night
We kissed like we invented it
And now I know what every step is for
To lead me to your door

Know that while you sleep
Everything has changed

We made the moon our mirrorball
The streets, an empty stage
The city sirens violins
Everything has changed
Everything has changed
Everything has changed

So lift off love
Lift off love ''(down to you, dear)''
Lift off love ''(down to you, dear)''
Lift off love ''(down to you, dear)''
Lift off love ''(down to you, dear)''
Lift off love ''(down to you, dear)''
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starting to really enjoy this band
 dboseman wrote:
Incredible.  I hope I get to see these guys live someday.  What beautiful lyrics.
 
Yes. My wife and I saw them in Portland, OR a couple of years ago. We met a couple at a bar pre-show who had traveled from Ohio to see them! They did not disappoint.
 memoryboxer wrote:
Anyone who doesn't get this song... well, you've either never been in love or have somehow managed to do so without a romantic bone in your body. Guy Garvey somehow manages to balance the street smarts of a bar room bruiser with the eye, heart, and soul of a poet and the whole band raises the results to heavenly heights. Mirrorball, The Bones of You, A Day Like This... sublime. No such thing as too much Elbow.
 
I really like the second part of your comment:
"Guy Garvey somehow manages to balance the street smarts of a bar room bruiser with the eye, heart, and soul of a poet and the whole band raises the results to heavenly heights. Mirrorball, The Bones of You, A Day Like This... sublime. No such thing as too much Elbow."

It's a great comment which I appreciate even though I'm not an Elbow fan.

Respectfully, I object to the whole "If you don't get a song I like it's because there's something wrong with you" theme though. First, it's just not correct, and second, it's indicative of a general attitude we need to somehow overcome if folks of differing viewpoints are going to work together, which, hey, we're in dire need of these days.
great slow dance song...
Another exceptional band introduced to me by Bill & Co. LLRP.
Rubik's cube... will never forget the day I showed my siblings that I had solved it.
Hopeful/wishing teachers could figure out how to bring joy to learning. Not an easy task.
My heart goes out to the teachers with rooms full of cell phones. I would find a way to get those out of their hands. A challenged brain is a happy brain. I absolutely LOVE that Willie sings to me as I write this. He would too if he knew.
seriously one of the best bands. Garvey's voice is delicious. MORE please.  'Magnificent She Says' !!
Too bad 11 cannot be selected. But 'godlike' is a pretty good description.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
maybe a little overplayed?
 
No to me, though I chuckled to myself when I thought "a little overplayed is like not dry enough" - it's more about flow than anything on RP, and I'm sure this will be followed by something else that's great and if not....the one after that....etc.  LLRP!!
 OlderGentleman wrote:
Were it not for RP, never would have heard Elbow and life would have been lacking. Thank you Bill and Rebecca.
 
Same, same.  

First came to RP in 2009 and this was in heavy rotation.  It's part of the reason that I'm still here (sorry h8rs, blame Bill and Elbow).
Really glad to have been introduced to Elbow by RP.   Elbow sounds as much like Peter Gabriel as Vienna Teng sounds like Tori Amos.  It's uncanny in both cases, and since I like both Peter Gabriel and Tori Amos, Vienna Teng and Elbow work for me. :)
Were it not for RP, never would have heard Elbow and life would have been lacking. Thank you Bill and Rebecca.
I know this song well.  I just heard the lines

"The streets, an empty stage
The city sirens violins"

and thought did he get that from "Juke Box Love Song"?  I just reread the poem.  No, he didn't borrow from Langston Hughes--no sirens in the Hughes poem.  But the Elbow song and the Hughes poem have things in common: similar tones, similar ways they celebrate urban landscapes, transform them in light of new love.

Juke Box Love Song

I could take the Harlem night
and wrap around you,
Take the neon lights and make a crown,
Take the Lenox Avenue busses,
Taxis, subways,
And for your love song tone their rumble down.
Take Harlem's heartbeat,
Make a drumbeat,
Put it on a record, let it whirl,
And while we listen to it play,
Dance with you till day—
Dance with you, my sweet brown Harlem girl.

by Langston Hughes
maybe a little overplayed?
More rim shot!!!
Anyone who doesn't get this song... well, you've either never been in love or have somehow managed to do so without a romantic bone in your body. Guy Garvey somehow manages to balance the street smarts of a bar room bruiser with the eye, heart, and soul of a poet and the whole band raises the results to heavenly heights. Mirrorball, The Bones of You, A Day Like This... sublime. No such thing as too much Elbow.
"We kiss like we invented it" - great line, bumping my 8 to 9 now.....Long Live RP!!
I saw them open for the Doves at the Great American in San Francisco years ago. Great show!
monotonous dirge  
It's the first time I have heard this song. It is beautiful. I've been missing a lot.
I love two songs by Elbow - this one and a very early one called "Newborn" from the album "Asleep at the back".

Mirrorball is softly beautiful the whole way through - almost dreamlike whereas Newborn starts in a similar vein but the difference is it builds gradually to a crescendo and as such I prefer the later.

I have a feeling that these two great songs will last the test of time which is a good thing in my book.
 
Guy Garvey is such a poet
A very solid set in the last hour!
TY
 dboseman wrote:
Incredible.  I hope I get to see these guys live someday.  What beautiful lyrics.
 
I love this song... At first, just today, I was reading the lyrics and at first I was like "what do the lyrics mean?" I never wanted to be one of those RP'ers. But once I read the whole set of lyrics, I totally agree... I have my wife in mind imagining us in them... 
Incredible.  I hope I get to see these guys live someday.  What beautiful lyrics.
So romantic!  Elbow is awesome.
Gets an Eight just for the line "We kissed like we invented it" 
O, to be the person that inspires these lyrics be written...
 rpdevotee wrote:
Why does this sound like Coldplay?

 
...or Mozez (Zero 7)...
Brilliant...I use the intro as my wake up alarm....{#Meditate}
 haresfur wrote:
Give that boy a testosterone shot!

 
Have you seen him? Check out the vid for 'grounds for divorce'
Sublime. A band at the top of their game on this. Thanks for reminding me. This is what's great about curated Radio, I'm very aware of Elbow, but they have drifted off my Radar (probably in favour of contemporary Motorik) but I'll go back for a visit for sure.
 Limpopoking wrote:
An unbelievably good song... Elbow is probably my number 1 band for the decade. Thanks to RP.


Same here. See them live if you can.
 fedtho wrote:
That album title, "The seldom seen kid".
If there was a movie with that title, I would want to see it. If it was a book, I'd want to read it. (Yes, if it was painting... you know!)
 
It's about a dead friend of theirs.
Tickets for the 13th. Second time seeing them - first was amazing. Recommended.
Give that boy a testosterone shot!

Pure  joy to my ears  ....... :o)~       Connecticut.

 
An unbelievably good song... Elbow is probably my number 1 band for the decade. Thanks to RP.
 Ihatethissong wrote:
 rpdevotee wrote:
Why does this sound like Coldplay?


IMHO:

Probably because Coldplay was heavily influenced by Elbow.

Coldplay is more commercially successful probably because they have less artistic integrity.

Elbow is vastly susperior to Coldplay, again, in my opinion.  And of course, opinions are like farts.

 
My ears can't detect any comparisons, sorry friends.
 rpdevotee wrote:
Why does this sound like Coldplay?


IMHO:

Probably because Coldplay was heavily influenced by Elbow.

Coldplay is more commercially successful probably because they have less artistic integrity.

Elbow is vastly susperior to Coldplay, again, in my opinion.  And of course, opinions are like farts.
That album title, "The seldom seen kid". If there was a movie with that title, I would want to see it. If it was a book, I'd want to read it. (Yes, if it was painting... you know!)
Going to see Elbow at Terminal 5 in NYC on Nov 2! {#Roflol}
Why does this sound like Coldplay?
Poignant, beautiful music and poetry.  Especially now, given yesterdays events in Manchester.
This song make me irrationally happy. 

One song at a time, I am adding Elbow to my music library. 
Makes my spine shiver.  What a beautiful song.
Love Guy Garvey's singing...so cool...so warm. 
Beautiful song, thanks Bill!
 
Like the way the keys are dancing about..{#Cheers}
Starts Very Simon&Garfunkelly.
 papersitter wrote:
The sound of beginning to fall in love

 Yeah, what a thing!


sukhramkaur
Posted: Jan 25, 2015 - 04:38
 

"We kissed like we invented it"{#Kiss}
That line get's me every time.  I've had "Take off and Landing" playing in my car for weeks now, I can't even begin to get tired of Elbow.


Love this one
The sound of beginning to fall in love
Wedding waltz material....in the best way.
Something very irritating about his voice... "so LiFFT oFF loooove, IFT oFF love"
Great music though... but sounds like it was sung by some ~70 year old man with teeth problems.
What a masterpiece!
Whoops--wrong song!
 Sorry I missed it.  No string section?

stevesaw wrote:
I must have been standing about 10 people to your left. What a great concert - time for another one.

ayohn wrote:
Phenomenal concert last night at the 9:30 Club in DC...Great Expectations Acoustic

 

 


The more I hear of Elbow the more I appreciate their sound; speaking of which, it's distinctive in a subtle way, with certain chord transitions and sonic qualities carrying through but not dominating their sound. One of my favorite bands I wouldn't have known about were it not for Bill & Rebecca. So, much obliged once again!
I must have been standing about 10 people to your left. What a great concert - time for another one.

ayohn wrote:
Phenomenal concert last night at the 9:30 Club in DC...Great Expectations Acoustic

 


Easy listening. Pleasant and engaging!
What a sweet voice. Solid 8. Interested to check out the album.{#Clap}
Beautiful song from an almost perfect album. From the first listen I was hooked and I love the kick drum...
I do like his Man-U slang. Very nice tune!
Dito
I'm a big Elbow fan....but I think their latest efforts can't match this album.

 


 leathepea wrote:
Nice mellow groove. Smoke if you got-em.

{#Chillpill} 

 
Want to send me one?
thankx for da mello
Nice mellow groove. Smoke if you got-em.

{#Chillpill} 
Beware...
almost wearing this out on RP
 KevinM wrote:
8 —> 9

 
Gone one better... fantastic piece of artistry
Live at Manchester Cathedral on BBC....check out the magic 
I'm a big Elbow fan....but I think their latest efforts can't match this album.
 Middleton wrote:

Funny ... I just did the exact same thing.

 
Couldn't believe that I hadn't rate this one yet.  Straight to 9.

Love this tune. Very soothing.


 KevinM wrote:
8 —> 9

 
Funny ... I just did the exact same thing.
dreamy and delicious
Love that sus2 chord or whatever it is, the rhythm, the vocals and piano just oozing with Elbow style, the mix...awesome song.
8 —> 9
"We kissed like we invented it"{#Kiss}
Phillip Glass and Sting reincarnated and held captive in Rubik's cube.
Cars to Elbow, does it get any better? Bill you are playing the good Santa today. 
 Bacadiar wrote:
Huh. No emote-y face for "yawn".

 
It's subtle and slow. Can't really listen to it passively, but it takes a good stop and full attention and then the flow takes you along as it builds.
 Limpopoking wrote:

Watching tennis again?
 
Ditto...zzzzzzzzzzzzz{#Sleep}
 Bacadiar wrote:
{#No}

 
Watching tennis again?
 expertTexpert wrote:
Yet another band that BillG has turned me onto. Saw them in Oakland last month.
I had a lovely time! 

{#Music} 

 
was there, too.  fabulous, for sure.  love this track!
Yet another band that BillG has turned me onto. Saw them in Oakland last month.
I had a lovely time! 

{#Music} 
 jmkate wrote:

This is so lovely. It stops me in my tracks.



 
Perfect comment.  When this starts I try to drum on my desk before the drums come in and, no matter how many times I hear it, I always get it wrong.
Phenomenal concert last night at the 9:30 Club in DC...Great Expectations Acoustic
{#No}
 jmkate wrote:

This is so lovely. It stops me in my tracks.



 
absolutely!   this and Porcupine Tree and I'd be blissed out
the night train's got a full head of steam and is making good time
You guys got me hooked on Elbow. Guy Garvey's vocals are haunting and wonderful. The music is often contagious. Brilliant.
the greatest love song... {#Good-vibes}

This is so lovely. It stops me in my tracks.


 OHMish wrote:
Makes me.. so... sleepy...

 
It's not your fault.
Subtle and beautiful 
 boober wrote:

If Elbow needs management support in the USA......I'm available.

C'mon boys....more gigs in the U.S.



 
They'd be a good act for Austin City Limits. 
Sublime
 
Great song.  The live version recorded with the BBC is even better
Thanks RP!

If Elbow needs management support in the USA......I'm available.

C'mon boys....more gigs in the U.S.


 Majestic wrote:

Me too, and haven't regretted it.

 
This was the first song I bought of Elbow and have bought many more since. Lots of good stuff from these guys.
 stephw wrote:
 i bought this cd after hearing here on RP{#Good-vibes}

 
Me too, and haven't regretted it.
"We kissed like we invented it," is a fabulous line. {#Hug}
still one of my favorite tunes on RP...
Makes me.. so... sleepy...
Right now this is coming on the heals of the Cars pairing of Moving and Mixed ... I think he is going to take the place next to Ben in my list of favorite male voices.
wonderful song, fantastic album. Amazing live-band. 
 i bought this cd after hearing here on RP{#Good-vibes}
 malvey254 wrote:
Maybe it's the tequila talking, but I wish there was an 11 I could give this song right now.  I challenge the RP community to name a better love song from the new millennium.

 
"New" millennium?  Good tune in any time.
Good,sky-soul atmosphere...
 Bacadiar wrote:
Huh. No emote-y face for "yawn".

 

{#Sleep}  I thought there was one, but this usually works for me.
 oldsaxon wrote:
Ah....they're playing "our song"

 

One Facebook-style "Like" for you, Mr/s Saxon.

Wish this song existed when I got married in 2005.
Huh. No emote-y face for "yawn".
E X Q U I S I T E
 zoopmama wrote:
Truly a wonderful song. I would like to hear more variety in Elbow offerings though. How about 'Grace Under Pressure' or 'Mexican Standoff' for starters?

 
Mexican Standoff would definitely convince those saying that Elbow only has dreary, slow songs. I like them, but yes, a little variety would increase their appeal even more.
Truly a wonderful song. I would like to hear more variety in Elbow offerings though. How about 'Grace Under Pressure' or 'Mexican Standoff' for starters?
Ah....they're playing "our song"
7 X in 30 days that's a good rotation. 
I like this very much, as well; reminds me of Massive Attack a little.
 MassivRuss wrote:
Ok OK!!! Elbow is fine. But enough already!!! Too Much ELBOW Bill!!!

{#Mad}{#Wall}{#Stop}

 
I must respectfully agree. Also, I find this track somewhat boring.