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The Waifs — I Learn The Hard Way
Album: Temptation
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Released: 2011
Length: 4:06
Plays (last 30 days): 2
You got me runnin good fever
I'm all shaken up inside
Babe I think you're a keeper
With that wink in your smile

Yeah it's here on my sleeve
Where it'll be worn
I learn the hard way
If I learn at all

You see It is what it is
Without a name
The wind blew you in
And your blowin me away

Don't say you love me
Yet
I won't take to heart
I know all regret

You see the closer I get
The harder I fall
I learn the hard way
If I learn at all

I learn the hard way
Everytime
Baby I know heartache
Like a nursery rhyme

I don't wanna be fooled
By my big old hearts call
I learn the hard way
If I learn at all
I learn the hard way
If I learn at all
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More i hear this fine group the more this song grows on me
Bill I am a big fan of London Still, but also a great song The Bridal Train about the sisters grandmother who met a US navy sailor during WW II and then moved to the states.  Great song.
Always think, yeah!, Bill is finally playing Melissa Ferrick ...
this is reminiscent of her earlier acoustic album
 lizardking wrote:

Nope!  Too bad too cuz I REALLY this track (and Beautiful You too) - heck I'm gonna go 8→9 on this one finally.  (and it's a bumping track too with a good Sub)

- your Reptile Rex - and LONG LIVE RP!!

**EDIT** 3rd time's a charm!!  Pattie forwarded the lyrics, from Donna Waif:

(now posted by RP)
 

Good job! Instructive they are too :-)

Shipp wrote:

How do you find all that great music?
Neighbor asks.
I don't. Bill and all his associates (you guys
does. And thank you for that!


 
Enbee wrote:


I know what you mean. My kids actually think I am cool because of RP.
 

 Shipp wrote:
How do you find all that great music? Neighbor asks. I don't. Bill and all his associates (you guys does. And thank you for that!
 

I know what you mean. My kids actually think I am cool because of RP.
How do you find all that great music? Neighbor asks. I don't. Bill and all his associates (you guys does. And thank you for that!
 Solanus wrote:

Any response, oh King of Lizards?

 
Nope!  Too bad too cuz I REALLY this track (and Beautiful You too) - heck I'm gonna go 8→9 on this one finally.  (and it's a bumping track too with a good Sub)

- your Reptile Rex - and LONG LIVE RP!!

**EDIT** 3rd time's a charm!!  Pattie forwarded the lyrics, from Donna Waif:

(now posted by RP)
 lizardking wrote:

I just emailed the band to see if they'd be willing to help out - any bets on if we get a reply?  I hope so cuz I've become a big fan of their music in the last year and it's ALL because of BillG's inclusion here at RP. LONG LIVE RP!!
 
Any response, oh King of Lizards?
J'adore.
I've heard this a number of times. But I never heard just what a...sexy grinder...it is. 
Love the fine guitar work on this.
Sultry. 
 unclehud wrote:
 Powlean wrote:
..and everytime i come across this song, no lyrics...{#Wall}haha
 
Ten minutes with Google and all its internet-tastical powers reveals the same: this song has no lyrics.

 
I just emailed the band to see if they'd be willing to help out - any bets on if we get a reply?  I hope so cuz I've become a big fan of their music in the last year and it's ALL because of BillG's inclusion here at RP. LONG LIVE RP!!
 Powlean wrote:
..and everytime i come across this song, no lyrics...{#Wall}haha
 
Ten minutes with Google and all its internet-tastical powers reveals the same: this song has no lyrics.
..and everytime i come across this song, no lyrics...{#Wall}haha
Sssooo gooood
 humbled wrote:

S

 
It certainly isn't.  It's just a really nice tune.
 onelittlemoose wrote:

This ain't country.

 
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 josy2 wrote:
RP plays too much country for my taste.

 
This ain't country.
RP plays too much country for my taste.
Been in my head all day, and now it's on my speakers. Solid 8. Like it a lot.
 CHuLoYo wrote:

The best we can do is to donate at least once a month. 5€ in my case, it's not so much but I can't more in this moment 

 
Also, go through the RP link on the Home page whenever you buy anything from Amazon or iTunes, people. This is a noble project that should be sustained.
 Otomi wrote:

There's a "Support RP" tab at the top of the page. Hey, that reminds me...

 
The best we can do is to donate at least once a month. 5€ in my case, it's not so much but I can't more in this moment 
 stokstad wrote:
GREAT music! But with no commercials, how do you get the business running?
 
There's a "Support RP" tab at the top of the page. Hey, that reminds me...
I learn to P-S-D...
do you think they know how much they sound like a Shivaree cover act? ho hum...
GREAT music! But with no commercials, how do you get the business running?
I learn the hard way, too!
 ThePoose wrote:
I thought of Lucinda too when I first heard this.
 
sirdroseph wrote:
Why does this sound like Lucinda Williams? Is there something I should know? I like it.
 

 
Lucinda sounds more stoned.
Great voice
 
Really nice.
 ScottN wrote:
Nice song.  The Waifs are currently "on hiatus" and possibly broken up.  Donna Simpson (currently living here in MN)  says "you never know". 
And, what do ya know but The Waifs are currently reformed and on tour in Oz.
Morose
{#Stop}

Ya know, this is one of the worst songs ever..  in my humble opinion.   I don't use the word "hate" but just typing it makes me feel better....   

So glad the song is over!!!!
{#Clap}
I LOVE RP. I HATE this song....whiney angsty nonsense.
reminds me A LOT of Shivaree
I am fortunate to have a housemate who is very good friends with Donna Simpson, one of The Waifs (now on a long hiatus).  Donna recently visited our home and would sing around the house.   I hope they reunite or at least Donna keeps on.  This is a wonderful song. She's back in Oz.
I thought of Lucinda too when I first heard this.
 
sirdroseph wrote:
Why does this sound like Lucinda Williams? Is there something I should know? I like it.
 


Minimalist perfection.
S l o w
 ScottN wrote:
Nice song.  The Waifs are currently "on hiatus" and possibly broken up.  Donna Simpson (currently living here in MN)  says "you never know".
 
Donna Simpson (co-founder) has left MN, is now back in Freemantle (Australia),  just had a baby and most importantly (for fans) perhaps will get back "in the game". 
The Waifs are so much fun!
 BillG wrote:

Correct.  Erik Koskinen produced the album & plays on 3 other songs, but not this one.
 
My mistake, but IMD the credits on allmusic list Koskinen on slide. They list Cunningham, but not on slide.
My two centavos' worth:  Yep, "it is what it is" .. and that's a fact folks.  BTDT, oh so many times but a man never learns, no he don't. At least this man don't.  Cynaera, you were right all along.
Sizzling slide.
Walking Blues.. Head filled with pain and some thinking to be done... Walk-It-Out... Don't we -all- learn the hard way, if we learn at all...?
Mmmm...I don't like this one—-it's just too much like this old country song; I'll get back to you on which one—-it was already a very basic song
Wonderful basic beat. Love the slide and her vocals. Sweet and simple. No overdubs here
Nice song.  The Waifs are currently "on hiatus" and possibly broken up.  Donna Simpson (currently living here in MN)  says "you never know".

Really find this one annoying....one of those odd ones where I like it less and less each time I hear it.


sounds like what my ex sez to me...'you learn the hard way..IF you learn at all"....i tell her it's not that at all ,it's just that.shes always wrong. .....the nerve of some people
I couldn't swore it was Amy Ray - had to look twice!  Nice deep poignant voice!
 
 yodasan_magoo wrote:
Rather dreary.  Seems to affect me something like a reverse defibrillator.
 
yeah. This could stop the ticker if played enough times in succession.
 cohifi wrote:

Well, I'm speechless !  Thanks y'all !  Not that that means anything or anything

  You are welcome!


nope
 sirdroseph wrote:
Why does this sound like Lucinda Williams? Is there something I should know? I like it.
 
Maybe because the Waifs are ripoff artists, like the rest of us...

Greatness
I like the low end on the acoustic guitar, it really has a really full sound in headphones. 
no socks here either...it's tops.
 
mediamarv wrote:
Heard it for the first time today.... knocked my socks off!! Had no idea that the Waifs could sound like this. Great song and I have made several friends listen to it. All agree, this one is special.
For those who enjoy West Coast Swing dancing, this song is a perfect tempo for a "Nite Club Two Step" dance.
 


Heard it for the first time today.... knocked my socks off!! Had no idea that the Waifs could sound like this. Great song and I have made several friends listen to it. All agree, this one is special.
For those who enjoy West Coast Swing dancing, this song is a perfect tempo for a "Nite Club Two Step" dance.
Rather dreary.  Seems to affect me something like a reverse defibrillator.
Okay, I'm an urban yankee...why the tarp?
 potatomutant wrote:
Oh yeah. Time to head out to the rockin' chair on the porch with a biiiig glass of lemonade.
 
and the 12 gauge...and a tarp...


"Baby I know 'hard way' like a nursery rhyme..." What an awesome line. {#Music}
Thanks RP for another great song. We saw  this band at the Jazz Fest and they were great entertainers on stage - go see them.
Wow! New to me. Whoever this is, I want more. Deelicious tune!...

Why does this sound like Lucinda Williams? Is there something I should know? I like it.
 BillG wrote:

Correct.  Erik Koskinen produced the album & plays on 3 other songs, but not this one.
 
Well, I'm speechless !  Thanks y'all !  Not that that means anything or anything

Oh yeah. Time to head out to the rockin' chair on the porch with a biiiig glass of lemonade.
 kittyhawk wrote:

I believe that is Josh Cunningham, the only guy in this three-some band. Love 'em!
 
Correct.  Erik Koskinen produced the album & plays on 3 other songs, but not this one.
 WonderLizard wrote:

Erik Koskinen. Pretty good, eh?

 
I believe that is Josh Cunningham, the only guy in this three-some band. Love 'em!

 nelamvr6 wrote:
Who is playing that guitar?
 
Erik Koskinen. Pretty good, eh?

Who is playing that guitar?
Nice. Slow, with a bit of heat on the back burner. Love that guitar too.