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Sarah McLachlan — Possession (live)
Album: Mirror Ball
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Released: 1999
Length: 4:55
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Listen as the wind blows from across the great divide
Voices trapped in yearning, memories trapped in time
The night is my companion, and solitude my guide
Would I spend forever here and not be satisfied?

And I would be the one
To hold you down
Kiss you so hard
I'll take your breath away
And after, I'd wipe away the tears
Just close your eyes dear

Through this world I've stumbled
So many times betrayed
Trying to find an honest word to find
The truth enslaved
Oh you speak to me in riddles
And you speak to me in rhymes
My body aches to breathe your breath
Your words keep me alive

And I would be the one
To hold you down
Kiss you so hard
I'll take your breath away
And after, I'd wipe away the tears
Just close your eyes dear

Into this night I wander
It's morning that I dread
Another day of knowing of
The path I fear to tread
Oh into the sea of waking dreams
I follow without pride
Cause nothing stands between us here
And I won't be denied

And I would be the one
To hold you down
Kiss you so hard
I'll take your breath away
And after, I'd wipe away the tears
Just close your eyes...
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No, sorry only  5 -Decent
Never thought of Sarah as a belter",  but this version fills the air.  AND, as usual, Sarah grabs you.  Love it.
The piano-only version of this song is even better. I heard it first in the sound track of that Canadian cop-comedy series "Due South",which had so many good Canadian songs in it...
 jerdoggie wrote:
This was "our song" in a very tortured and failed relationship many years ago. So, though it's a great song, I have mixed feelings about it.

 
This song has absolutely nothing to do with failed relationships or difficult moments during a relationship.

It has everything to do with the man who was stalking Sarah at the time.  
Sarah can Rock
Not bad, this one song!
 loveyourmusic! wrote:
Police, they're ok...... not quite my style.....

 
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Must have been quite the concert.
Police, they're ok...... not quite my style.....
OMG! Thank you RP for delivering this to me. I have searched far and wide and I believe this is truly is the finest example of female yarling ever recorded.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHvpxjQsy9c 
tres belle decouverte
 jerdoggie wrote:
This was "our song" in a very tortured and failed relationship many years ago. So, though it's a great song, I have mixed feelings about it.

 
I suggest that these (we can all relate) can sometimes be the best of the failed relationships.    The poor ones are the boring forgettable ones we cant be bothered to put the effort in on.
Kind of shrill.
oh geez, just make it stop .. I think my mom even hates this, so why bother.
 jerdoggie wrote:
This was "our song" in a very tortured and failed relationship many years ago. So, though it's a great song, I have mixed feelings about it.

 
I think that might apply to a few of us, my friend.  I love this song but find it troubling to listen to these days due to the memories attached to it.
 BBoyes wrote:

I think you have touched on the dark side of having so much polished studio music so readily available: a live performance isn't going to be the same. It will rarely be as artifically perfect, made up from a billion tweaked, tuned, and combined tracks. On the other hand, as you said, there can be a spontaneity and energy often absent in the studio. An exception is if the studio recording is done as one single take, no layering and separate multi-tracking, recorded just as if it was live. This is what made some of the early analog recordings which came out of Sound CIty so spectacular. Check out the 2013 Sundance winner https://buy.soundcitymovie.com/ for a fun look at this. It's startling how many of the early "classic" rock recordings which have endured were recorded there in that manner.

 
I've seen her live three times, always great, never felt a lack of the studio. I like the studio stuff just fine, but she does well on stage.
To add to the discussion of live recording, I think it is sort of like seeing someone else's vacation movies. They just don't mean as much to those who were not there. But I'm a fan of Sarah so I dig this. Didn't hit the PSD. (I wonder if Bill can tell when people hit PSD?)
 NicJohn wrote:


I agree.  She is sour on this recording.  If the fidelity isn't there why play a live version?  I understand that a S McLachlan fan may find the energy of the song or the memories it brings back appealing.  But for the casual listener why not the studio version?

 
I think you have touched on the dark side of having so much polished studio music so readily available: a live performance isn't going to be the same. It will rarely be as artifically perfect, made up from a billion tweaked, tuned, and combined tracks. On the other hand, as you said, there can be a spontaneity and energy often absent in the studio. An exception is if the studio recording is done as one single take, no layering and separate multi-tracking, recorded just as if it was live. This is what made some of the early analog recordings which came out of Sound CIty so spectacular. Check out the 2013 Sundance winner https://buy.soundcitymovie.com/ for a fun look at this. It's startling how many of the early "classic" rock recordings which have endured were recorded there in that manner.
Amazing song. The subject matter (and back story) of this song just gives me the creeps!
I agree that the sound quality on this is not good, but I like it anyway -- it's more overtly menacing, which is fitting for the subject matter.
Never knew she was a yarler
She sure gets her mileage out of this song...
 LeonZA wrote:
There is something seriously wrong with the sound quality on this song. I haven't heard the original.

 

I agree.  She is sour on this recording.  If the fidelity isn't there why play a live version?  I understand that a S McLachlan fan may find the energy of the song or the memories it brings back appealing.  But for the casual listener why not the studio version?
Love this as much as the original studio take.

Maybe more over time.
Love this version. Really rocking, but with all the emotion and passion of the original. Lyrics are also a little clearer and easier to understand. Camille Henderson was performing the background vocals on this track and tour. 
This was "our song" in a very tortured and failed relationship many years ago. So, though it's a great song, I have mixed feelings about it.
There is something seriously wrong with the sound quality on this song. I haven't heard the original.
One of a kind.  Speaks to the lost souls among us.
That was fantastic.
Dig the searing geetar solo. I think this really improves on the original.
She does this song so well live. Check out this version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UgPeBjHIjE 
{#Sunny}
...nice!..