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Band of Horses — On My Way Back Home
Album: Infinite Arms
Avg rating:
7.3

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Total ratings: 1435








Released: 2010
Length: 3:24
Plays (last 30 days): 2
On my way back home, by chance I thought of
All my favorite songs, where I'd gone wrong
The only words that I could think of
I'm pissing my life away in the form of a song
On my way back home

Every step, a victory it was
I was cheating death, just in time I woke
My memories start to wander off
Come to me, the remembrance of
On my way back home

I came in this way and here now I'll stay
If the unknown have to wait one more day
There's often times that it comes out wrong
But luckily I, I got a mind to know
On my way back home
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 Proclivities wrote:

Amazingly, no one else noticed this song's similarity to that 100-year-old folk song.
 
Most of us noticed it, and some of us have already commented on it.  

I bumped up my rating... and am wondering why I only gave it a 6 before...
Love this album. It was one of my anchors that year.  
Not sure where you folks get the Sloop John B thing as a comparison to this. 
 thewiseking wrote:
Sloop John B,Beach Boys...............anyone?              
 
try listening to the general specific, then wouldn't it be nice. all great homage songs. 
Wistful tone underscored with some happy banjo. Like it!
I don't know the name of this band's singer, but his voice is amazing, like a new kind of musical instrument.
 Grayson wrote:
Yeah. What he/she say in that last comment. Let's catch that headed back home on a long road trip across winter America (with a bigtime RP cache for the car of course) for the holidays and it's gonna be good and I won't get so wasted with old friends/family that I don't make it to Xmas Eve service this year wave-vibe. 
 
Really like that visual... now I feel like I have a memory of being there.
"I'm pissing my life away in the form of a song "

Yup. That's one reason I love RP.
 Grayson wrote:
Regretting I co-enabled all the If Neil Young Were A Beach Boys folly 3 years ago on this one. Kinda. 
 
Huh...I wonder how NY and BW would have gotten along...probably not at all....kinda like CSNY then, eh? 
I'm only at a 7 on this one although I'll mentally bump it to a 7.4 now that I have the interesting hypothetical to go with it.  Long Live RP!!
Yeah. What he/she say in that last comment. Let's catch that headed back home on a long road trip across winter America (with a bigtime RP cache for the car of course) for the holidays and it's gonna be good and I won't get so wasted with old friends/family that I don't make it to Xmas Eve service this year wave-vibe. 
Here we go, time to sit back and let it flow.
Regretting I co-enabled all the If Neil Young Were A Beach Boys folly 3 years ago on this one. Kinda. 
 thewiseking wrote:
Sloop John B,Beach Boys...............anyone?              

 
Amazingly, no one else noticed this song's similarity to that 100-year-old folk song.
When I tuned in, I too thought someone was covering Sloop John B.
Yacht rock — wonderful! Sounds like it is from another time.

{#Dance}
 thewiseking wrote:
Sloop John B,Beach Boys...............anyone?              

 


but also, aside from one song i've heard, all they do sounds the same.
Sloop John B,Beach Boys...............anyone?              
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
In a parallel universe if Neil Young had been one of the Beach Boys and left to start up his own band this would be it. I think I would like to be in that universe.
 
Fun, Fun, Fun!
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
In a parallel universe if Neil Young had been one of the Beach Boys and left to start up his own band this would be it. I think I would like to be in that universe.

 
Insightful comment Mr Phillips - you've struck a chord with listeners here.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
In a parallel universe if Neil Young had been one of the Beach Boys and left to start up his own band this would be it. I think I would like to be in that universe.

 
Great idea. I think in that parallel universe Neil has a little more vocal talent. These guys have a great sound and keep me listening around for new bands. 
I did laugh out loud at your Neil Young comment - good one.  And Good Song!!!
 Grayson wrote:

What he say. 
 
Bingo

 
Not bad but - to me - very reminiscent of Lindesfarne's "Run for Home"
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
In a parallel universe if Neil Young had been one of the Beach Boys and left to start up his own band this would be it. I think I would like to be in that universe.

 
What he say. 
Damn, 300 posts about Sloop John B. And here I thought I was clever....
So so so good on stage.  They rocked Beale Street Music Fest :) 
7 —> 8
Weird voice but original and quite likeable.
In a parallel universe if Neil Young had been one of the Beach Boys and left to start up his own band this would be it. I think I would like to be in that universe.
Love it....His voice is from Space...what this guy looks like?? Mmmh.....will google for it. But plz more of it.....
 Grammarcop wrote:
Saw Mr. Ed while growing up, so I know horses can talk, and I assume sing. But it's amazing how well they play without opposing thumbs.

  
Terry wrote:  Their guitars require only opposable strums.

See, I was thinking about this too. All I came up with was stomping the stage.
 
nice, thought it was MMJ until i read
 ThePoose wrote:
My parents bought me the Beach Boys 45 record Sloop John B. when I was 13 in 1966.
Skill-testing question: What was on the B side? Hint: Y.S.G.T.M.

 
I spent 10 minutes trying to suss this out without looiking it up.

Th B side was indeed another great tune written from the point of view of a kid with a lack of self-confidence.

"Your So Good to Me" how come you are.... 
This is one of their less offensive to the ears tracks, which at least bumps it up to a marginal. 
 DeeCee1109 wrote:

Yep. Ripoff of The Beach Boys. 
 
As noted below, numerous times, The Beach Boys version is a cover of a Caribbean folk song which was written before the 1920s.  The Kingston Trio recorded a version in the 1950s.  Were these guys influenced by The Beach Boys?  It's very likely, but it's a traditional chord progression and the original song is about 100 years old.
 scrubbrush wrote:
So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the mainsail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home,
let me go home
I wanna go home,
Well I feel so broke up
I wanna go home

 
I just logged in to make the same comment.


needs more cowbell
 Grammarcop wrote:
Saw Mr. Ed while growing up, so I know horses can talk, and I assume sing. But it's amazing how well they play without opposing thumbs.

 
Their guitars require only opposable strums.
They sound very much like the Shins (which is not a bad thing).
 scrubbrush wrote:
So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the mainsail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home,
let me go home
I wanna go home,
Well I feel so broke up
I wanna go home

 
Yep. Ripoff of The Beach Boys. 
Saw Mr. Ed while growing up, so I know horses can talk, and I assume sing. But it's amazing how well they play without opposing thumbs.
So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the mainsail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home,
let me go home
I wanna go home,
Well I feel so broke up
I wanna go home
My parents bought me the Beach Boys 45 record Sloop John B. when I was 13 in 1966.
Skill-testing question: What was on the B side? Hint: Y.S.G.T.M.
 Isabeau wrote:
I like it, but it seems to have stolen "I wanna go Home" by ... can't remember. But I never forget a good Riff... and when its 'copied.' Not bad, but not original.

 

Sloop John B
I always liked this Beach Boys' tune.
 
I like it, but it seems to have stolen "I wanna go Home" by ... can't remember. But I never forget a good Riff... and when its 'copied.' Not bad, but not original.
 SheRidesABeemer wrote:
I think they are channeling REO Speedwagon {#Sick}

 

I think that is a good analogy. They do remind me of the wagon.{#Yes}
I love it - it kicks the biggest turds in the yard for me :) hugs


Band of Whiners...
7 ==> 8

I haven't followed the lyrics yet, but musically this piece is delicious!
never enough BoH!  {#Cowboy}
Thanks AndyJ, Giselle69, Proclivities and others for your comments on this song.  They definitely increase my openness to it.  And that's what this forum is all about, right?  And THANKS to Bill and Rebecca for RP!
why don't we retire this one and look for some other songs from this album. we need some new blood in the playlist.
I like this song...
I guess the next song will be one of the Beach Boys just to do them right.
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
Sorry, just can't let go of the fact that it's a lesser Sloop John B.. They must have heard it the night before writing the song. Have to mark it down.
 
I completely agree.
Thanks for putting some lyrics in the song info. Great idea.
Not many songs are unlike any others and this is quite nice in its own right (not damning by faint praise) quite nice.
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
Sorry, just can't let go of the fact that it's a lesser Sloop John B.. They must have heard it the night before writing the song. Have to mark it down.
 

Funny, I just clicked in to ask if anyone else was getting strong "Sloop John B" vibes. got my answer
Sorry, just can't let go of the fact that it's a lesser Sloop John B.. They must have heard it the night before writing the song. Have to mark it down.
A lovely melody that evokes a lot of pleasant images and emotions. One of my favorite RP songs. Unlike some other, good tunes, I might not ever get tired of this one. 
 AndyJ wrote:
Only the young believe there is a place called "home" they can return to.

Everything changes and there is no going back. You're always here or there or you stay home.

Home becomes something you carry with you and re-create whetrever you go.
 


  richlister wrote:
All together now... "I want to go home..."
 
 
Thanks, bro...
Beautiful...just beautiful.
If you like this song...you'll love the whole album.
At some point I had this on replay in the car for a long time.... 
Sandberg is worth reading for everyone... What he wrote so long ago seems appropriate to so much of today.
 I'm one who has always taken the "one less traveled". 


  Giselle62 wrote:
It was originally a traditional West Indies folk song, "The John B. Sails," taken from a collection by Carl Sandburg (1927).
 


Only the young believe there is a place called "home" they can return to.

Everything changes and there is no going back. You're always here or there or you stay home.

Home becomes something you carry with you and re-create whetrever you go.
 


  richlister wrote:
All together now... "I want to go home..."
 


All together now... "I want to go home..."
 Giselle62 wrote:
It was originally a traditional West Indies folk song, "The John B. Sails," taken from a collection by Carl Sandburg (1927).
 
Thanks for that.  It often seems that many of the "music critics" who post in these threads apparently fail to acknowledge that any music even existed before the 1960s.  There is a strange delusion that everything musical can only be traced back as far as Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Pink Floyd, etc., and that traditional chord progressions, which have existed for centuries, were miraculously "invented" less than 50 years ago.  If the only tool one has is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
{#Music}so love this song, so love Band of Horses! 

X  {#Hug} X


It was originally a traditional West Indies folk song, "The John B. Sails," taken from a collection by Carl Sandburg (1927).
Sloop John B is probably an old Jamaican song.
I think they are channeling REO Speedwagon {#Sick}
Yes, its totally Sloop John B. And that is what makes this song so great. It's an update, a remix... oh those blessed days.. and now, so new again. If I had never heard of the Beach Boys, I would sit crossed legged on the floor, in awe. As it is, I fell down, and thought I'd just sit down here for a bit while this played. My butt hurts.
 imklammer wrote:
I hear "Sloop John B"
  

scraig wrote:

sweet mother of rip offs
 
That Beach Boysong is almost 50 years old. Don't think it has perpetual rights to a certain rhythm and sound. And it probably borrowed from an even older song itself. 
 Toke wrote:

Then you aint trying hard enough..... sit back and enjoy the ride.
 
Toke up some Sloop John B
 Shimmer wrote:
This is the worst trip I've ever been on.
 
Then you aint trying hard enough..... sit back and enjoy the ride.
Biets Boys!

I really enjoy this group. Thanks for playing it.


Great band.
"Evening Kitchen," from this album, MUST be added to the play list.


wondering if this qualifies as "horse whispering"... {#Whistle}
This is the worst trip I've ever been on.
Going to see them Sunday.  Yea!
 daveshel4 wrote:


Sounds like you have another to warm up to — there's three of them (and they're all great)

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms Infinite Arms (May 18, 2010) Band of Horses - Cease To Begin Cease to Begin (October 9, 2007) Band of Horses - Everything All The Time Everything All the Time (March 21, 2006)
 
I did get the third and love it!  Next is to see them live!

 ozzie1313 wrote:
Never like the Beachboys at all even though they were musically sound - same with this song.
 

Sorry you do not like the Beach Boys.  I don't like Aerosmith but I fail to see how either of these facts have anything to do with Band of Horses cause I know you weren't trying to compare this lame band with the Beach Boys, right.......right?{#Eek}

Never like the Beachboys at all even though they were musically sound - same with this song.
I really like "Laredo" off of this CD.
To bad it got The Boot off the LRC.
 sharkey wrote:

Still rec'd 26million views on Utube as backdrop to Danny MacAskill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19zFlPah-o&feature=email

 

Bet they did not receive as many hits as Lil Wayne or Lady GaGa latest videos.
 imklammer wrote:
I hear "Sloop John B"
 
sweet mother of rip offs
 Brian_S wrote:
Sasha, go pack a bowl.
 
Bump
 stratrjb wrote:
Love both of their albums! They took some warming up to, but well worth it.
 

Sounds like you have another to warm up to — there's three of them (and they're all great)

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms Infinite Arms (May 18, 2010) Band of Horses - Cease To Begin Cease to Begin (October 9, 2007) Band of Horses - Everything All The Time Everything All the Time (March 21, 2006)


Just right for a mellow Sunday morning.
Love both of their albums! They took some warming up to, but well worth it.
 Cynaera wrote:

Remember that if you slice horizontally, the flesh will close up. You need to do it vertically, along the vein, as if you're slitting open a vanilla bean.  Sorry.  Just trying to be helpful.

 

Thank you, anything to stop the noise! However, I just hit mute whenever this horrible band comes on. I am a simple man.
 Brian_S wrote:
Sasha, go pack a bowl.
 
A BIG one. And hey - once it's lit, pass it this way. {#Daisy}
 murraybula wrote:


I agree %100, as I slowly slit my wrists....

 
Remember that if you slice horizontally, the flesh will close up. You need to do it vertically, along the vein, as if you're slitting open a vanilla bean.  Sorry.  Just trying to be helpful.

 hikeupit wrote:
Huge Beach Boys influence on this song
 
Yes.  Gets me paying attention but not sure I want to keep paying attention...

 scraig wrote:

Boy, you nailed that one.
 
Exactly Sloop John B- I was waitning for them to break into the exciting Beach Boys bit.


 Brian_S wrote:
Sasha, go pack a bowl.
 

{#Lol}..good one, Brian!
 sirdroseph wrote:


{#Yes}This band is in the dicitonary next to bland.
 
Still rec'd 26million views on Utube as backdrop to Danny MacAskill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19zFlPah-o&feature=email

 imklammer wrote:
I hear "Sloop John B"
 
I thought the same thing so I played these two songs back to back the other day; I enjoyed them both. Sloop John B is a vicious ear worm. O_o
 fredriley wrote:
They shoot horses, don't they? Dullsville from the first sung note, IMO. 3 from the soporific Nottingham jury {#Sleep}
 

{#Yes}This band is in the dicitonary next to bland.
 imklammer wrote:
I hear "Sloop John B"
 
Boy, you nailed that one.
I hear "Sloop John B"
Sasha, go pack a bowl.
Love this group, especially this fine album. But somethings been gnawing at me about their name. Technically speaking, their name should be "A Team, Stable, or Harras of Horses" because that's what the scientific term is. You could also call them "A Stud of Horses" if they were all owned by a single person.

In Nature, or on a farm, horses simply don't band together as if to fight a common foe nor would they pick up instruments and begin playing a recognizable tune with their hooves?  

I am really warming up to these guys — love this whole album
sliding up... 7 > 8

really liking these guys. 
Growing on me....a lot...
They're really Wayne Coyne's and Brian Wilson's super group. Pass it on.
 murraybula wrote:
...as I slowly slit my wrists....
 
Thank you.

 fredriley wrote:
They shoot horses, don't they? Dullsville from the first sung note, IMO. 3 from the soporific Nottingham jury {#Sleep}
 

I agree %100, as I slowly slit my wrists....

These guys are growing on me.
My favourite band {#Angel}
We want more!
They shoot horses, don't they? Dullsville from the first sung note, IMO. 3 from the soporific Nottingham jury {#Sleep}
Lekker tune. Tot ziens!

 Cynaera wrote:
I really love Band of Horses, and this song in particular.  So melodic and good for the ears. Solid 9. {#Sunny}
 
I entirely agree. Love it!!

 hikeupit wrote:
Huge Beach Boys influence on this song
 
Yep. I keep expecting him to burst out into "Sloop John B".

I really love Band of Horses, and this song in particular.  So melodic and good for the ears. Solid 9. {#Sunny}
 sirdroseph wrote:

They enrage me with their bland wimpiness.{#Arghhh}

 
This song isn't rage-worthy. I'm not sure any song is actually. Life is too short for mindless rage.
 sirdroseph wrote:

They enrage me with their bland wimpiness.{#Arghhh}


 

Indeed! {#Whipit} a whip for bland wimpiness.