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Steve Winwood — I'm Not Drowning
Album: Nine Lives
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Released: 2008
Length: 3:25
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Black night down heavy on my weary brow
Light shining in the pouring rain
Can see somehow cold comfort in the broken trees
But I won't let it bring me to my knees
I'm not flying, but I'm not drowning now
Keep driving, don't matter if the highway's lost
Keep running, never turn your head
Count the cost ghost waiting where the roads all cross
Big deal waiting when you get to meet the boss
Clouds are breaking, I'm not drowning now, drowning now
Flying, but I'm not drowning now

Sad old man smiling with a shameful grin
He thinks that we never can lose
Never beat the dealer when he cuts the pack
First back to front, then deal front to back
Now I'm flying, I'm not drowning now, drowning now
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 dublanica wrote:

Wow; what a GREATY photo!  Know them all but Carl Wayne.  Who did he paly with?
 

The Move (along with Roy Wood & Jeff Lynne).
"Fahr'n auf der Autobahn" Get off the freeway?!

Just upped my rating to a 9!
 dublanica wrote:

Wow; what a GREATY photo!  Know them all but Carl Wayne.  Who did he paly with?
 
Had to add SORRY for the bad speeling!
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Eric Burdon & John Mayall & Jimi Hendrix & Steve Winwood & Carl Wayne by bp fallon
 
Wow; what a GREATY photo!  Know them all but Carl Wayne.  Who did he paly with?
 h8rhater wrote:
It warms my heart to see a song thread, for one of the greatest rockers of ALL TIME, that contains no h8.  Not that it should.  Winwood is timeless.

 
Still true 3 years later!
This is a good album.  I can't believe it came out in '08 seems like only couple years ago.  Pretty much love everything this man puts out.
There isn't a bad track on either of his most recent albums: Nine Lives in 08 or About Time in 04. Apart from that I am gob smacked by this radio station.  I bought a Naim Mu-So QB for the lady of the house in January, RP came up and said Naim hasn't been tuned to anything else since. (apart from a brief spell when panic we thought we had lost it - this because RP came on before we had read the instructions.  Clearly after we has been snared who needed the instructions?  It's been a couple of months and I now twitch if I miss my RDA...) If Bob reads these strings what about some Dream Gerrard
Saw him open for Tom Petty back in 2014.  TP was great, but we would have appreciated more Steve Winwood.
I once heard Jim Capaldi describe him as "pound for pound, the finest musician England has produced." Hard to dispute that. Saw him last month, still going very strong.
 Albert1967 wrote:

On of the finest musicians of pop . . . IMO.

reminds me of John Lee Hooker a bit . . . 

 
Funny how John Lee Hooker came on after this...

Bill must be listening! 
Wow - so good.  Thanks Steve.
Simple. Perfect.
It warms my heart to see a song thread, for one of the greatest rockers of ALL TIME, that contains no h8.  Not that it should.  Winwood is timeless.
I'm glad he's the same boy he used to be — and so am I! Infused with the timeless, ageless Spirit of Music, we are all Immortal Beings!
excellent man
He's certainly a more talented musician than a speaker.
very nice!
WOW!  I love Stevie Winwood, but wasn't familiar with this one.  This is what I tune in to RP for.........THANK YOU!
And many thanks to the person who posted the photo!
Fantastic for the begin of my day!!!{#Bananapiano}
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Eric Burdon & John Mayall & Jimi Hendrix & Steve Winwood & Carl Wayne by bp fallon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bpfallon/

Photographer unknown

Copyright All rights reserved
 
That's one bad-ass Mothaf*er!

Okay, I have to bump this one up. I love the groove, and Winwood's voice has mellowed a bit. Crap - more music I can't afford but can't afford to live without... {#Bounce}

Eric Burdon & John Mayall & Jimi Hendrix & Steve Winwood & Carl Wayne by bp fallon
Little Stevie Winwood hasn't aged much, has he?
So easy to listen to this song & the entire CD. He was fabulous in concert this past summer.

{#Roflol}hadn't heard this before... sounds great!

Very nice!
Yay!  Someone told him the 80's are over.  It's ok to come back home.
Freakish talent, so much feeling. Can´t say enough about the man.
 howardzb wrote:
Love that tune. Looking forward to seeing him open for Santana on July 11

 


Sounds like a great show!
But for ultimate video using Stevie's music, then Eric Prydz's sampling from "Valerie", as used in the basically near-pornographic "Call on Me" is probably the best video....

I like this more every time I hear it. Great hook.
Majestic, as you'd expect. Old fans will enjoy checking out some of the youtube footage of SW & EC.
Personally I love his 80's stuff as well.

Wow, can that guy sing. no wonder he was considered for lead singer in practically every band that was formed in england between 67 and...


I'm only twelve bars into this song, and I already love it!  Good to hear some newer stuff from him. {#Bounce}{#Sunny}
Love that tune. Looking forward to seeing him open for Santana on July 11

This makes me very happy.
 crockydile wrote:
Very nice. Love the simple guitar work. That Winwood guy ain't half bad...
 
On of the finest musicians of pop . . . IMO.

reminds me of John Lee Hooker a bit . . . 
Very nice. Love the simple guitar work. That Winwood guy ain't half bad...
 michaelgmitchell wrote:

 

Yea, what he said.
 sharkartist wrote:
So good to see Steve Winwood back in good form again after the dreck he was churning out in the 80's. His last two releases are excellent efforts and puts him firmly back into the venerable postion he deserves. Thanks Bill for putting this one in rotation, I was waiting to hear some of this new record turn up on RP.





Venerated indeed. Steve is generally regarded as one of the most talented musicians in the business.




Wow, this guy got so overplayed in the 1980s that it was hard to imagine hearing him again without groaning.  (Kind of like John Travolta after the 1970s.)  But this isn't bad at all.
Wow. Ok. That's how it's done.

Sweet, groove blues.

Very cool.

I didnot see the song title, but knew, that this song is so nice for me!


Another in a long long series of fantastic Winwood tunes. Sweet and simple.



Outstanding!
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nine lives cover
Good song from a good album.
Perhaps you meant "venerated." Venerable means something that has merit largely by virtue of age, which, of course Winwood does at this point, but I don't think he'd really like that being his chief attribute. (And, of course, he first showed up at about age 10 or something doing a mean sendup of Ray Charles, so he couldn't have been venerable at that point.)

Venerated means that something is revered or held in high esteem, which Winwood generally is, although some crab suggested he was dragging down Clapton on that great remake of Can't Find My Way Home that's been getting some play. No accounting for taste, I suppose. (To wit: I thought this song dragged—maybe a 5—and it rates over a 7 with RPers.)

 
sharkartist wrote:
So good to see Steve Winwood back in good form again after the dreck he was churning out in the 80's. His last two releases are excellent efforts and puts him firmly back into the venerable postion he deserves. Thanks Bill for putting this one in rotation, I was waiting to hear some of this new record turn up on RP.
 

Never heard this before . So now you know the reason because i was looking for RP. In Germany I could not find one station that plays such good stuff as this is. Thank you !

Irresistable foot tapping blues.
So good to see Steve Winwood back in good form again after the dreck he was churning out in the 80's. His last two releases are excellent efforts and puts him firmly back into the venerable postion he deserves. Thanks Bill for putting this one in rotation, I was waiting to hear some of this new record turn up on RP.
{#Whisper}Bill, I think the needle's stuck.

Doesn't this song sound a bit repetitive?
I think R L Burnside might have liked this.
I just got the PMaPoL joke. :-)
 vit wrote:
this is a long way from Bake me a pie of love.
 


Smooth, exquisite  down-to-earth bluesy sound. Liked it a lot.
this is a long way from Bake me a pie of love.
 Gardenho wrote:
This is an awesome side of him I've never heard before....love it.
 

I was thinking the same thing. Like hearing his bluesy side. Really digging this.
One of the purest white-soul voices ever!
Road Tested. He still sounds great!
This is an awesome side of him I've never heard before....love it.
I regret that I didn't appreciate or recognize Steve Winwood enough in the day. Grateful to RP for doing opening my ears now. Thanks Bill, Rebecca and crew. 


This guy has put out a ton of good music over the years.  About Time, Refugees of the Heart, and this one are good albums pretty much beginning to end.

Steve is always a treat to here. check out his performance on the Crossroads 2007 DVD.
Hmm, his voice has aged.  Better for a bluesy song like this, of course.
WOW I love it what a great simplistic tune by a great musician Go Stevie

uh, i'm the first one who comments on this song. :-)

i thought i've heard this song already today?