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The Decemberists — The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid
Album: The Hazards of Love
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Total ratings: 953









Released: 2009
Length: 6:24
Plays (last 30 days): 1
[Colin:]
Mother I can hear your foot-fall now
Soft disturbance in the dead-fall how
It proceeds you like a black smoke pall
Still the wanting comes in waves
And you delivered me from danger then
Pulled my cradle from the reedy glen
Swore to save me from the world of men

Still the wanting comes in waves
In waves
And waves
And the wanting comes in waves
And the wanting comes in waves

And I want this night
And I want this night
Oh

[Shara:]
How I made you
I wrought you, I pulled you
From war I labored you
From cancer I cradled you
And now

This is how I am repaid
This is how I am repaid

Remember when I found you
The miseries that hounded you
And I gave you motion
Anointed with lotions
And now

This is how I am repaid
This is how I am repaid

[Colin:]
Mother hear this proposition right
Grant me freedom to enjoy this night
And I'll return to you at break of light
For the wanting comes in waves
And waves
And waves
Still the wanting comes in waves
Still the wanting comes in waves
Still the wanting comes in waves
And you owe me life
And you owe me life

[Shara:]
And if I grant you this favor to hand you
Your life for the evening
I will retake by morning
And so
Consider it your debt repaid
Consider it your debt repaid
Repaid
Repaid
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I still remember the first time I heard this. A Saturday afternoon on RP in 2009. Still a Great song.
Outstanding! Thanks, RP!
I'm just not sure you can listen to this song on it's own and get it. You have to hear the whole rock opera. 
I like the female vocalists on this album - the guys voice leaves me cold though
Man this Concept Album/Rock Opera was hard to listen to.  We walked out 1/2 way through the concert for it, but hey - were mainly there for the opening act: Andrew Bird.
As Casey Kasem might say, "ponderous, man!"
 jimmunn wrote:
Man, this just goes on forever, doesn't it...

 
Yeah, buddy!!
Man, this just goes on forever, doesn't it...

 newbolddrive wrote:
I first heard this album pulling an all-nighter for work. It was 4 am and Bill played it from start to finish. It was fabulous. 
 
It's nice to know somebody is making 'rock operas' again. I always liked having a narrative throughout the whole album. Often pretty weird stuff (Tommy, Lamb Lies Down, et al.), but it's nice to hear a theme running through.
c.
I first heard this album pulling an all-nighter for work. It was 4 am and Bill played it from start to finish. It was fabulous. 
WHOA! i LIKE IT!!!! Haven't heard that Decemberist tune before.
Challenging. I like it.
This is hard on the ears!
 gubbin wrote:
9->10.  I saw this performed at Marymoor Park in 2008.  This recording captures the fire and triumph in what I experienced.
DO NOT DOUBLE CROSS THE ANGRY WOMAN.
(And we only went to see Andrew Bird, who was really good.)
(And the cover of Heart's "Crazy on You" was for the gods.  Really!)

 
(And the cover of Heart's "Crazy on You" was for the gods.  Really!)  ABSOLUTELY!!  I only saw on YouTube but what a set of lungs!  Wonderful cover.
 jtherieau wrote:
Yikes. Then I looked up the background.

"The Hazards of Love is a rock opera, with all songs contributing to a unified narrative, similar to the use of recurring stories on the band's previous album, The Crane Wife. The plot is a love story: a woman named Margaret (voiced by Stark) falls in love with a shape-shifting boreal forest dweller named William (voiced by Meloy). William's mother, the jealous Forest Queen (voiced by Nova), and the villainous Rake (also voiced by Meloy) bring conflict to the album's story arc.

While riding through the taiga, Margaret finds an injured fawn. When she stops to help it, the fawn changes into a young man named William, and the two make love ("The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone)"). Margaret soon learns she is pregnant ("A Bower Scene") and flees to the forest to find William ("Won't Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)"). William comes to Margaret and proclaims his love for her ("The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)"), but a short, mysterious instrumental announces the threat of William's mother, the Forest Queen ("The Queen's Approach") and the end of the first act.

William and Margaret reminisce about their first meeting and anticipate the birth of their child ("Isn't It a Lovely Night?") when they are discovered by the Forest Queen. William begs the Queen to allow him to be with Margaret, but the Queen accuses him of being ungrateful, pointing out that she rescued him from the human world when he was a baby and bestowed on him immortality. Their exchange continues until the Queen resolves to allow William one night as a mortal man with Margaret, but afterwards reclaim him forever ("The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid"). Another short instrumental ("An Interlude") marks the end of the second act."

Double yikes!!!



 
I love her powerful voice.  Want to hear more.  Love the story, picked up a lot on my own but appreciate your cliff notes so to speak.
Yikes. Then I looked up the background.

"The Hazards of Love is a rock opera, with all songs contributing to a unified narrative, similar to the use of recurring stories on the band's previous album, The Crane Wife. The plot is a love story: a woman named Margaret (voiced by Stark) falls in love with a shape-shifting boreal forest dweller named William (voiced by Meloy). William's mother, the jealous Forest Queen (voiced by Nova), and the villainous Rake (also voiced by Meloy) bring conflict to the album's story arc.

While riding through the taiga, Margaret finds an injured fawn. When she stops to help it, the fawn changes into a young man named William, and the two make love ("The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone)"). Margaret soon learns she is pregnant ("A Bower Scene") and flees to the forest to find William ("Won't Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)"). William comes to Margaret and proclaims his love for her ("The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)"), but a short, mysterious instrumental announces the threat of William's mother, the Forest Queen ("The Queen's Approach") and the end of the first act.

William and Margaret reminisce about their first meeting and anticipate the birth of their child ("Isn't It a Lovely Night?") when they are discovered by the Forest Queen. William begs the Queen to allow him to be with Margaret, but the Queen accuses him of being ungrateful, pointing out that she rescued him from the human world when he was a baby and bestowed on him immortality. Their exchange continues until the Queen resolves to allow William one night as a mortal man with Margaret, but afterwards reclaim him forever ("The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid"). Another short instrumental ("An Interlude") marks the end of the second act."

Double yikes!!!


Didn't recognize this when it came on but found I had graded it a solid 6. Listening now, I've upgraded to a 7. I like this.
yuck what a joke this "singer" is, time to vacuum the dusty corners and turn off my essential RP (psd isn't working : (

ooh Beta! that's nice too
If you really want to appreciate this song, read Edgar Allan Poe's "The Bells."  I've always thought Poe was as much musician as poet.


They tricked me. The middle part was great!
9->10.  I saw this performed at Marymoor Park in 2008.  This recording captures the fire and triumph in what I experienced.
DO NOT DOUBLE CROSS THE ANGRY WOMAN.
(And we only went to see Andrew Bird, who was really good.)
(And the cover of Heart's "Crazy on You" was for the gods.  Really!)
 revsully wrote:
Pretentious crap.
 
I must admit, I don't like this song as much as I did before.  4

Pretentious crap.
If you like this song, you should check out the live performance on the Jools Holland show.  Scorching guitar, didn't even really appreciate it on the studio version.  He's got some pitch problems but she really kicks it.   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOEsVMvWz04&feature=PlayList&p=65088D17926105B1&index=0&playnext=1
 ick wrote:
Palladia had the Decemberists on one of there live festival broadcasts.  They performed this and it was quite good.  I would go see them play live based on that performance.  They were actually pretty heavy.
 
There are some great performance clips at thier web site as well.
The Song part "The wanting..." is cool, but the Repaid-part simply sucks, annoying voice of that girl. And on her climax I get bleeding ears...
 F1 wrote:
{#Puke} horrible singing, horrible guitar. total crap.
 

Sounds bout right.{#Yes}
 tutakea wrote:
how NOT to love this song is over my limits. such a gem!
 
Exactly! I can play this song on and on and love it!

how NOT to love this song is over my limits. such a gem!
there are parts of this i like a lot, yet also parts i can't stand.
Decongestants would kill this band.
beginning sounds just like "She's a Rainbow" (Rolling Stones)
Airplane.
"reedy glen"
"anointed you with lotions"
"break of light"

Trying to channel Keats, perhaps?
I gave it a "4" only because the 4-votes seemed under-represented (upgraded from a "2").

 rickhoran wrote:
ok. i have listened to this song. i considered myself to have repaid my debt to society.
 
{#Lol}  I happen to like this piece, but I can understand how others might find it an ordeal!

Palladia had the Decemberists on one of there live festival broadcasts.  They performed this and it was quite good.  I would go see them play live based on that performance.  They were actually pretty heavy.
What's the Rollings Stones song that sounds (in the intro) like the part this guy sings along with the keyboards?

ok. i have listened to this song. i considered myself to have repaid my debt to society.
Please make the pain stop.....no more of this horrible crap
mute
{#Puke} horrible singing, horrible guitar. total crap.
Giving it an 8 on Shara's vocals alone. {#Clap}
nice eclectic one
Loving this. 

Gonna run out and get this record
These guys were in Sydney AU recently as part of the festival of Sydney. I went and saw them. Damn they are excellent.
Thanks, from across the room listening on my Mac I thought it might be PJ Harvey...
 
Frater_Kork wrote:
Damn, what pipes she has!
Does she yell the paint off stuff in Lavender Diamond as well?

(edit)
My bad! Its Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond.
 


Really strong!
Saw this live - it was interesting and non-traditional...this was part of a story that the album is based on, dress, music style and so on...I prefer other bodies of work by the band and Colin...
8

De no ser por la técnica de la voz masculina, el tema iría bien pero ... les falta un buen cantante.

 
hdaisy wrote:


yeah it is very nerve jangling int the office!
 


Unas clases de técnica vocal!! Pero ya!!

 hdaisy wrote:

yeah it is very nerve jangling int the office!
 

Bah! I kept my finger on the dial an turned it UP (in my office) every time the Queen yelled.
bleeeccchhhhh!  Puke
7 {#Arrow} 8

WOW MOM

 VicEdee wrote:
please NEVER play this song again!
(we have had to SHUT off Radio Paradise in our office, which we have never had to do)
it is un-listenable in our office.......
 

yeah it is very nerve jangling int the office!
 muxz0r wrote:
i dont like this song
 
i do

I guess I need to tune in more — first time i ever heard this.  i thought it was a duet of rufus wainwright and pj harvey, which was intriguing on the surface....
Damn, what pipes she has!
Does she yell the paint off stuff in Lavender Diamond as well?

(edit)
My bad! Its Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond.

I like it just fine


 drews wrote:
Reminded me of Muse, but without the exaggerated whiney voice; great stuff
 
Far beyond Muse

please NEVER play this song again!
(we have had to SHUT off Radio Paradise in our office, which we have never had to do)
it is un-listenable in our office.......
I do not like this band, no Sir!{#Frustrated}
I bought this CD—VERY creative, hot energy, highly recommended.
Reminded me of Muse, but without the exaggerated whiney voice; great stuff
Crank it - the guitar bridge and playing only feels right that way. I enjoy this entire CD and discovered it right here on RP.
 papaman wrote:
I sense this is not going to end in a good way.
 

Turning down the volume helped enormously.
I sense this is not going to end in a good way.
 lysisphere wrote:
You know, I like The Decemberists.  I like HIS voice.  I like the way they rock. 
This woman wailing, however, is terrible. {#Evil}
 

I agree with lysisphere on all counts. This song is ghastly. I started out thinking "oooh, new Decemberists, automatic 8." My rating slid all the way down to 2 as the song progressed.
 shape5 wrote:
This song is very very long. Deep comment is deep.
 
Veranda band make non-veranda song. Ack.
I like The Decemberists. I hate this song.

You know, I like The Decemberists.  I like HIS voice.  I like the way they rock. 
This banshee woman, however, is terrible. {#Evil}
Absolutely terrible.

Throw them onto my veranda.  Great song!!
{#Wall}   not one redeeming thing on this horrible, horrible song.
Let's throw these guys off of some vast veranda.
 Jelani wrote:
I"m truly frustrated here. I don't know how/what to rate this song.
the music and the female singers voice is great! The guys voice though, is so overpoweringly grating on my ears it wrecks it all for me.
So, do I trim the rating because it's partly good, or do I totally trash it, because it's like trying to ride a bike with square wheels?

 
I so agree with you on this.

10, like the rest of this great album.
Please stop broadcasting this song!!! 10000000 times every day is enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 revsully wrote:
I can't quite put my finger on the exact reason, but The Decemberists give me the creeps. Makes my skin crawl.
 
Could be the album cover art.
I can't quite put my finger on the exact reason, but The Decemberists give me the creeps. Makes my skin crawl.
I"m truly frustrated here. I don't know how/what to rate this song.
the music and the female singers voice is great! The guys voice though, is so overpoweringly grating on my ears it wrecks it all for me.
So, do I trim the rating because it's partly good, or do I totally trash it, because it's like trying to ride a bike with square wheels?
The Puking Comes in Waves/RealPain
Do you think the horribly overwrought woman's singing is to make up for the fact the guy just can't pull off the emotion needed to convey the "wanting comes in waves" idea?
Initially, I loved this track. But everytime I hear it, it grates a little more. Down to a 4 (from probably an 8 initially). I think it's the creepy mother/son conversation element that bugs me, but I'm not sure.
This song is very very long. Deep comment is deep.
 cohifi wrote:

I think the "snobbier-than-thou" comment sums up the band perfectly.  Thanks for the feedback.  I think.

  Yeah, but they have put out two very good discs lately. Some of the greatest musicians are jerks, so what?! 


 jonahboo wrote:
MY FAVORITE ALBUM OF 2009

 

It was on my top 10 list for sure....
i dont like this song
MY FAVORITE ALBUM OF 2009

 lwilkinson wrote:
MY GOD WOULD SOMEONE PUT THAT SCREECHING CAT OUT OF ITS/MY MISERY?

I normally don't get excited but jesus............

{#Eek}
 

{#Smile} love this comment - I feel the same. Second time I hear it, wanted to give it a chance, but nope, next time I'll mute the poor cat-diva
Harsh, but a great CD nevertheless.
6 -> 7 and possibly going up.
 Oregoncoast wrote:
awfull..
 
You're too kind.

awfull..
 Jelani wrote:
Kind of Grace Slick-ish vocals...
 
Quite! I dug those parts of the song extra much.
Meloy, a bit less so.

/Ed
       Ah, I see that Bill noted the similarity to. ;)
Love the entire hazards of love cd - especially "the drowned".....awesome tune
Simply....annoying.
 mcYammer wrote:
I would have called myself a Decemberists fan once upon a time (was floored by their live show in 2004, shortly after the release of their still-excellent The Tain EP, an 18-minute song cycle based on a Celtic epic — with Sabbath-y touches!), but after another five years of hyperliterate rock-opera bombast and Colin Meloy whinging about scrimshaw, organza and, I dunno, vestibules, I'm kind of done.
I don't begrudge them their reasonably successful move to a major, it's just that this stuff has a shelf life...

Nicely worded, ScotAlic...

there IS some kinda Portland snobbier-than-thou about these guys: "yeah it rains all the time here, so we read more than you, please suffer our grandiloquent weltanschaung! We have the monoply on meretricious depressive ballads..."
 
I think the "snobbier-than-thou" comment sums up the band perfectly.  Thanks for the feedback.  I think.

I would have called myself a Decemberists fan once upon a time (was floored by their live show in 2004, shortly after the release of their still-excellent The Tain EP, an 18-minute song cycle based on a Celtic epic — with Sabbath-y touches!), but after another five years of hyperliterate rock-opera bombast and Colin Meloy whinging about scrimshaw, organza and, I dunno, vestibules, I'm kind of done.
I don't begrudge them their reasonably successful move to a major, it's just that this stuff has a shelf life...

Nicely worded, ScotAlic...

there IS some kinda Portland snobbier-than-thou about these guys: "yeah it rains all the time here, so we read more than you, please suffer our grandiloquent weltanschaung! We have the monopoly on meretricious depressive ballads..."

 Jelani wrote:
Kind of Grace Slick-ish vocals...
 
I thought it was Johnette Napolitano but hey.

 Scott_Alic wrote:
after another five years of hyperliterate rock-opera bombast and Colin Meloy whinging about scrimshaw, organza and, I dunno, vestibules, I'm kind of done.
I don't begrudge them their reasonably successful move to a major, it's just that this stuff has a shelf life...

 
S'trewth!

The first time I listened to Picaresque I quite enjoyed it, but the more times I listened, the more songs I'd press skip, until one time I was listening and skipped most of the album!  I don't think I've queued it up since.

But I still like them at RP dosage levels. :)

MY GOD WOULD SOMEONE PUT THAT SCREECHING CAT OUT OF ITS/MY MISERY?

I normally don't get excited but jesus............

{#Eek}
 Baby_M wrote:
I love a good extended prog-rock epic as much as the next guy, but this man's voice is just . . . excrutiating.
 
i totally agree
i love everything about this song except the parts where he sings and plays harpsichord. 
They were fantastic live in Oakland, especially Shara Worden (Brightest Diamond).  The last song on this album (The Drowned) is also a great song, different style, so don't rule out the album based on this song alone.  Most Decemberist's albums take a few listens to appreciate.
I love a good extended prog-rock epic as much as the next guy, but this man's voice is just . . . excrutiating.
As good at the Repaid portion of the song is, that's how bad the Wanting Comes in Waves song portion is.
I'd normally argue against people who say concept albums are a BAD idea and bands should never do them, but I'll have to admit that this album presents a strong case against my side of the argument.
Kind of Grace Slick-ish vocals...
I DVR'd this when they were on Jay Leno last summer.  I like the harpsichord.

When I watched it on a Saturday morning, my brother and his two young children came in to visit.  My 6-year-old neice blurted out that the woman singing looked like a boy.

Funny memories.

I think that I am going to comment each and every time that I hear this song; here goes for today: THIS SONG SUCKS!!!!!!{#Puke} There, I feel better for now; until next time; buh bye!{#Wave}


One of my favorite albums of all time. Anyone see them on Embedded last night? 
ALBUM OF THE DECADE - remember when an album was a collection of songs and not just singles


Geez, there are a bunch of commentors on here that sound like a bunch of old fogies! It's not always about the voice. Sometimes what is attractive about a song is the content, atmosphere and/or story.
The end of this song is just painful.
 TobalMoreno wrote:
Shocking, Par for the course,  a Decemberists song that I am actually enjoying... sucks ass!
 

There, fixed it for ya!{#Lol}
Uh.....No!
 Scoogs wrote:

Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond. She used to be a backup singer for Sufjan Stevens.
 
Thanks! I knew she sang with SS, but I did not know she was with the Decemberists.

I really loved The Crane Wife; this one hasn't really turned me on at all.

Disjointed claptrap I am sorry to say