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Madeleine Peyroux — Instead
Album: Bare Bones
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Released: 2009
Length: 5:07
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Instead of feelin' bad, be glad
You've got somewhere to go
Instead of feelin' sad, be happy
You're not all alone

Instead of feeling low, get high
On everything that you love
Instead of wastin' time, feel good
'Bout what you're dreamin' of.

Instead of tryin' to win something you never understood
Just play the game you know, eventually you'll love her good
It's silly to pretend that you have something you don't own
Just let her be your woman and you'll be her man

Instead of feelin' broke, buck up
And get yourself in the black
Instead of losin' hope, touch up
The things that feel out of whack

Instead of bein' old, be young
Because you know you are
Instead of feelin' cold
Let sunshine into your heart

Instead of acting crazy chasin' things that make you mad
Keep you heart ahead, it'll lead you back to what you have
With every step you're closer to the place you need to be
It's up to you to let her love you sweetly

Instead of acting crazy chasin' things that make you mad
Keep you heart ahead, it'll lead you back to what you have
With every step you're closer to the place you need to be
It's up to you to let her love you sweetly

Instead of feelin' bad, be glad
You've got someone to love
Instead of feelin' sad, be happy
There's a God above

Instead of feelin' low, remember
You're never on your own
Instead of feelin' sad, be happy
That she's there at home

She's waitin' for you by the phone
So be glad that she's all your own

Instead of feelin' bad, get happy
Waitin' for you be the telephone
So get back home
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 Matt_Maurer wrote:
I hear: 🎶 What a day for a day dream 🎶 Lovely lilt, composition and sensually .,. “Be happy there’s a god above”
 
You hear voices in your head .... American (?) Idiot

The bad news - there is no God above

Always like me some Madelaine

This isn't her best ... try her version of Leonard's "Dance me to the end of love"

Interesting background .... singing on the streets of Paris = street cred


I hear: 🎶 What a day for a day dream 🎶 Lovely lilt, composition and sensually .,. “Be happy there’s a god above”
 peter_james_bond wrote:
Nice! {#Music}
 
I was going to say that.
I like it.  Has a laid back jazz feel.
Great voice, nice music. I'm actually happy that the world appreciates her talent and retro sound. Me? I'm already so retro at my age that I listen to RP to try and stay young and here the new stuff so RP plays Madeleine and othere retro stuff too much for my tastes. I didn't apprecaite Billy Holiday anyway. Oh, heck, sorry for being negative. Just please "don't play it again, Sam !"
Billie Holiday singing lyrics by a 6 year old.
Nice! {#Music}
Feel like I woke up on an elevator. Sixty years ago!
{#Yawn} ho-hum, indeed

{#Stop}
What a segue....
Taj Mahal & Chieftans —  a Black Beauty ...to
Marilyn Peyroux.— a little white sleeper.
My body can't take the gyrations....
A Billie Holiday... incarnate{#Sunny}
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE.  SEXY TOO
I love her voice - somewhere between velvet and alpaca wool {#Innocent}
 cactusjo wrote:

Also get the Billie likeness (just lacks the  . . . .I don't know . gruffness? (Is there such a word?)) But like very much all the same!!


 
agree. a bit too polished. i can already predict that we'll hear it in the next trendy romantic comedy movie.

Also get the Billie likeness (just lacks the  . . . .I don't know . gruffness? (Is there such a word?)) But like very much all the same!!


 gtm256 wrote:
Reminds me of Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine.

 

Exactly!  Just when she gets to the "Instead of acting crazy..." part. 
 fimo wrote:
ahh, there's Billie singing - no, wait - damn - {#Neutral} - the sound q is too good ... {#Cool}

(that was intended to be a compliment, Mrs. Peyroux!)

 
   was thinking the same,,,nice anyhoo

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... Sorry, what? I dozed off there. Don't know exactly why, but Madeleine does nothing for me. Not good, not bad, just dull. Though my opinion doesn't seem to be hurting her career any.  {#Angel}
 unclehud wrote:
I love RP!!!

 Five bucks says this wonderful woman isn't played on any radio stations within 200 miles of here — including the half-dozen college stations in that area.
 
Great Comment! I'm sure your money is safe. I live in Canada, and even with the fairly eclectic music the CBC plays, I hadn't heard of her before Radio Paradise.

I love RP!!!

 Five bucks says this wonderful woman isn't played on any radio stations within 200 miles of here — including the half-dozen college stations in that area.
ahh, there's Billie singing - no, wait - damn - {#Neutral} - the sound q is too good ... {#Cool}

(that was intended to be a compliment, Mrs. Peyroux!)



Skinny dippin in Kentucky
 titanium667 wrote:
OK, but lyrically adolescent. 5
 
So is "High Hopes," but it's still a great Sinatra song. 

Just saw her live at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest...Awesome!!!!
It's times like these I wish I had veto power over the playlist.
Really great acoustic jazz - like Leon Redbone only feminine. {#Angel}

truly great voice...
 gtm256 wrote:
Reminds me of Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine.

 


Oh, I like her. I feel a shopping trip in my near future
Reminds me of Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine.

A double programme on BBC4 (TV) last night, the first was about her life and how she got to Paris and sung on the streets and trains right up to date, second part was her concert in Los Angeles.

It can be seen again on the BBC's iPlayer. Well worth a watch.


meh.
 paulpaar wrote:
what a coo little honey, this one

ITs an 8,  boys and twirls. 

are you awake?

 
 
I am man.  and she's swingin' hain't she? ho yeah...

what a coo little honey, this one

ITs an 8,  boys and twirls. 

are you awake?

 
OK, but lyrically adolescent. 5
She'll be playing this year at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
 Pyro wrote:
I like this...nice vocals, fun steel guitar...sort of a modern day Billie Holliday?
 

i agree, but i actually prefer her voice over billie's. billie's is a little too sad for my liking. madeleine's voice has a happier tone to it.
 Rotterdam wrote:
I like this. And I would really appreciate it if nobody tells me that I have no taste.
 

Who did and Who cares? :-)
 jjbix wrote:

do all her songs sound the same?  they are all "3s" to me . . .

 
I like her music, I really do... but yeah, I was just logging on here to post that they all sure do sound the same. :-/

do all her songs sound the same?  they are all "3s" to me . . .


timeless......
 Rotterdam wrote:
I like this. And I would really appreciate it if nobody tells me that I have no taste.
 
Ditto

 Pyro wrote:
I like this...nice vocals, fun steel guitar...sort of a modern day Billie Holliday?
 
pretty much.  I just about always give her songs a 7.  Which is kind uninteresting but I always kind of like 'em
ch83575 said it well (below).  As I move it down to a 6.  Jack Johnson is a good comparison (one good note), plus her voice is sounding a little too much like a practiced impersonation.


I like this...nice vocals, fun steel guitar...sort of a modern day Billie Holliday?
 ch83575 wrote:
I like it too, but I don't think I could tell any of her songs apart at this point.  Kind of like Jack Johnson... a bit of a one note.  One very nice note, but one note none the less.
 
I know what you mean about not being able to tell the songs apart, but I think it's more of one mood - and right now it's got my foot tapping nicely...

Just discovered this song today on... TV! Is the album getting launched? Anyway a song that instantly gets me in a good mood{#Angel}
I like it too, but I don't think I could tell any of her songs apart at this point.  Kind of like Jack Johnson... a bit of a one note.  One very nice note, but one note none the less.
Nice, sweet
Nice, retro feel. I like it...is has a certain timeless quality to it.
 Rotterdam wrote:
I like this. And I would really appreciate it if nobody tells me that I have no taste.
 
I'm with you. On both counts!   {#Angel}
I like this. And I would really appreciate it if nobody tells me that I have no taste.