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Cowboy Junkies — Idle Tales
Album: The Wilderness
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Released: 2012
Length: 4:00
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Whether it starts with an earthquake
Or the tears of a few grieving women
I don't know

On the road to gathering
Looking for someone to roll away the stone
He stands alone in her room
As the commotion slowly decays
I don't know
She's on her way to somewhere new
Looking for someone to roll away the stone

It's these idle tales that we need to keep us moving
These tales keep us going
It's these idle tales that we need to tell our children
These tales are for our children

She stands upon an empty stage with a song she was born to sing
She's on the road again

It's these idle tales that we need to keep us moving
These tales to keep us going
It's these idle tales that we need to tell our children
These tales are for our children
Whether it starts with an earthquake
Or the tears of a few grieving women
I don't know
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Why, oh why, followup a Joe Jackson gem with yet another meh song from this overrated band? I just don't understand their appeal.{#Wall}
Another growers, pulls me into their world.
 Count me in please,  even if you won't let me fly but you might let me sing.
 akdavey wrote:
Nice to hear this over the other ones that get heavy rotation on RP. Kudoz

 
Rubbish!
 handyrae wrote:

I was just thinking the same thing. This one is rather bland.

 
ya mean bland er
Just the right at just the right time. 
Thanks Bill & Rebeca
Radios Paradise is a GIANT!
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...

time flies when we're having fun...


Nice to hear this over the other ones that get heavy rotation on RP. Kudoz
This link

https://www.motherjones.com/photoessays/2011/10/60s-remembered/kent-state-comics#

will give ya a little more background to the comic. It's a juxtaposition of the May 4, 1970 Kent State shootings with the more innocent joys of early-60s college. The other comics in the Mother Jones photoessay slideshow are pretty cool and trippy...


ThePoose wrote:
You don't get it? Listen to Ohio by CSNY. Those four students were demonstrators killed by overzealous National Guardsmen.

 
MojoJojo wrote:
Not sure I get this... 

(former member) wrote:


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 wbeaver wrote:
Love the Junkies.  Not sure this one stands out among their other work, though.

 
I was just thinking the same thing. This one is rather bland.
Love the Junkies.  Not sure this one stands out among their other work, though.
Zzzzzzzzzzz.

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
Usually I don't rate Cowboy Junkies songs above 6, but this is an exception.

This song really is incredible...  love it...
 
{#Group-hug} Love this!

love this marvelous song...
 


Everybody in my church loves this song...


You don't get it? Listen to Ohio by CSNY. Those four students were demonstrators killed by overzealous National Guardsmen.

 
MojoJojo wrote:
Not sure I get this... 

(former member) wrote:


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It's OK, thanks. I'm fascinated by it. I have been looking at it for quite a while, which speaks to it telling a tale. Trying to figure out if it has one central message or it's one of those things where each person sees something different.  I like the mixed perspectives and how well they are contrasted with the art work. The Archie comic-like bold colors and "Father Knows Best" world contrasted with the Che Guevara poster in a disheveled apartment with the "counter culture" Gary and then the flashback to the Gary in Chuck Taylors watching TV at his parents house, presumably 9 years earlier.  Two different worlds. The TV announcer saying, "... where administration officials have confirmed that four students…", I have to think that is statement of foreshadowing to 1970.

 

Lazarus wrote:

It's an "idle tale"...  I should have been clearer—  sorry about that...
 
 


 MojoJojo wrote:
Not sure I get this... 
 
It's an "idle tale"...  I should have been clearer—  sorry about that...
 
Not sure I get this... 

(former member) wrote:


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beautiful song...  love it...
 
 cShaggy wrote:

{#Chef} ..thx for post..really cookin', ain't it?..
 

Yes, I love this song!  Hope you are having a marvelous day...

 
 romeotuma wrote:


This is a beautiful song... downright poetic—

"Idle Tales"

Whether it starts with an earthquake
Or the tears of a few grieving women
I don't know

On the road to gathering
Looking for someone to roll away the stone
He stands alone in her room
As the commotion slowly decays
I don't know
She's on her way to somewhere new
Looking for someone to roll away the stone

It's these idle tales that we need to keep us moving
These tales keep us going
It's these idle tales that we need to tell our children
These tales are for our children

She stands upon an empty stage with a song she was born to sing
She's on the road again

It's these idle tales that we need to keep us moving
These tales to keep us going
It's these idle tales that we need to tell our children
These tales are for our children
Whether it starts with an earthquake
Or the tears of a few grieving women
I don't know

 
 
 
{#Chef} ..thx for post..really cookin', ain't it?..


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join the 'cowboy junkie' clubhouse, get every song they ever recorded, studio and live, bootlegs, the works!
 i did, wonderful deal! https://latentrecordings.com/cowboyjunkies/clubhouse/
   {#Music}
 tulfan wrote:
What would a few cups of strong java in the recording session do for them? Just wondering...
 

Then they would be the Cafinated Cowboy Junkies...Look Out!
Lovely, thoughtful song and music. But we won't party down to this, a'right? 
What would a few cups of strong java in the recording session do for them? Just wondering...


This really is a wonderful song...  everybody in my hotel room is singing along with it right now...

 


WE BE DANCING SLOWLY...  LOVE THIS SONG...



 
 coyote620 wrote:
Their music always makes me want to take a nap.
 
Me and my womens like to put on a Cowboy Junkies album and make love...

 
 coyote620 wrote:
Their music always makes me want to take a nap.
 
Quite. Snoozissimo {#Sleep}
Their music always makes me want to take a nap.


This is a beautiful song... downright poetic—

"Idle Tales"

Whether it starts with an earthquake
Or the tears of a few grieving women
I don't know

On the road to gathering
Looking for someone to roll away the stone
He stands alone in her room
As the commotion slowly decays
I don't know
She's on her way to somewhere new
Looking for someone to roll away the stone

It's these idle tales that we need to keep us moving
These tales keep us going
It's these idle tales that we need to tell our children
These tales are for our children

She stands upon an empty stage with a song she was born to sing
She's on the road again

It's these idle tales that we need to keep us moving
These tales to keep us going
It's these idle tales that we need to tell our children
These tales are for our children
Whether it starts with an earthquake
Or the tears of a few grieving women
I don't know

 
 
 agkagk wrote:
I think her voice is just fine. What falls short is the emotional range. All of their songs are sad. No happy tunes. No high energy rocking tunes. They're fine in small doses. Couldn't listen to an entire album.
 
yep
bland with no edge 
I think her voice is just fine. What falls short is the emotional range. All of their songs are sad. No happy tunes. No high energy rocking tunes. They're fine in small doses. Couldn't listen to an entire album.
Yay! I love being on an island as the only person seemingly in the world who cannot stand this woman's voice!{#Lol}


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 

This song is soooo good for the heart!!!
 
Saw this band for the first time a couple of weeks ago...had kicked myself for not seeing them at a local pub up in Albany, NY about 25 years ago while I was a student, and before they got (relatively) big.  It was a very good show/performance in a small theater of about 500, although I admittedly did feel myself nodding off at points.  Even Margo joked about the "depressing" themes throughout many of their songs. 


This song is soooo good for the ears!!!!

 
All 4 albums in the 'Nomad Series' are excellent!
I just became a Cowboy Junkies junkie. 
 Stratocaster wrote:
New Cowboy Junkies...and I like it!
 
They are always interesting with a layered blusey sound and Margo's smooth voice, generally with a little hope in the sadness she is singing about.  While Margo gets the most attention, the complexity of the music behind her is what attracts me.  My wife, just loves them, no analysis needed!!!  Maybe she has something more right than I do.

New Cowboy Junkies...and I like it!