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Patty Griffin — Little God (2013 mix)
Album: Silver Bell
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7.1

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Total ratings: 1265









Released: 2000
Length: 5:02
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Good morning little god
I see you've come for me again
With a noose between your teeth
You are not my friend
Pouring little cups of tea
Humming a little tune
You sit across from me
And fill my little room
Little god

Smoke is in the air
From your little cigarette
You tell me to throw the fight
Go and place your little bet
Shake, little god-
Shake your little fists
All the strippers think you're odd
But you leave the biggest tips
Little god

Where oh where did I leave myself today
On the bed, on the chair
Did I send myself away
On a sleepy afternoon
Will I be returning soon

Laugh your little laugh
Stomp your little feet
They sulk behind your back,
All the people that you meet
They say time is running out
And you don't know what to do
And I hear them talk about
Another place without you
Little god
Little god
Little god
Little god
Little god
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Love the dirty guitar on this.
8
Anything Patty Griffin goes right to a 10 in my house. 
 dookie wrote:
Seems as though she has had a bad experience with the music industry.
  Yeah, you could say that...
c.


 Kaisersosay wrote:
Time to take this happy little ditty out of rotation...........

 
time to take you out of rotation...
 dc_zee wrote:

The image has me thinking of an opposite to a Sonic Youth line about Karen Carpenter: "Oh honey, you look so underfed." Not the case with this one! (and I'm not being snarky.)

 
That would apply to the guy behind him to the right...and probably a few million other North Koreans too.
That guitar intro had me thinking of Jimmie Dale Gilmore's tune "Where You Going".   Come to think of it, I don't think I hear JDG on RP too often.  How 'bout it, Bill?
Time to take this happy little ditty out of rotation...........
LOVE Patty & you play perhaps a hand full but terribly tired of this song. Please take it out of the loop & replace it with any other one of hers. It would be much appreciated. 
timely
 kazoo wrote:
kju

This song always reminds me of Kim Jong Un though the lyrics don't quit fit.

 
The image has me thinking of an opposite to a Sonic Youth line about Karen Carpenter: "Oh honey, you look so underfed." Not the case with this one! (and I'm not being snarky.)
 trevc wrote:
Horrible grating voice.

 
Wow, really?  I find her voice pure magic.  We are so apart on this I had to look at your ratings.  Curious thing is that while the actual ratings may differ, I like what you like, pretty much to a song.  
Taste is a fascinating thing.
Have to agree that the earlier version had much more mood to it, but love this tune.  Patty sure is a Chameleon.  The industry always to put artists into a box, but the truth is that most artists want to constantly explore new sounds...and so they should.
 
It's one of those fem vocal-lyric-mood combination that lures me away from the work I have at hand… part of the risk/reward of listening to RP, it seems.  
this is an RP favorite and for a long time I wondered why. the more I listened, the more I agreed, this is a great song. Patty brings more meaning to her lyrics by droning and grating her voice to paint a sureal picture of life. 8.27
Horrible grating voice.
kju

This song always reminds me of Kim Jong Un though the lyrics don't quit fit.
 Sbed wrote:
Imagine Jim Morrison joining in!

 
... Wearing his face from the ancient gallery ...
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Listened to her original version of this again last night and realised just how much emotion is missing from this re-record/remix. Sorry Patty but this is only a 6 where the original, much more disturbing version, was at least an 8.



 
Yep, the original had a whole lot more anger coming through.
 Sbed wrote:
Imagine Jim Morrison joining in!

 
That would be truly spectacular!

8 ——> 9 
lim (t -> infinity)   (life(litte_god, t) / LIFE(IAM, t)) = 0  {#Think} {#Sunny}
 mrsquid wrote:
This one has grown on me. Especially the remix. The drums, progression, melody set up such a peculiar mood.
What is she getting at? In the Dilbert world where I listen, it's the little gods, their agendas, their means to the ends.

Laugh your little laugh
Stomp your little feet
They sulk behind your back
All the people that you meet

They say time is running out
And you don't know what to do
And I hear them talk about
Another place without you

It's resonating a bit more today with my good friend leaving our work group for new horizons after being run off by the local little god.



 
I think the story is she was disgusted with her publisher at the time. Remind me to be nice to her should I ever be in such a position. I think this guys ass went up in flames...
 Sbed wrote:
Imagine Jim Morrison joining in!

 
I can hear that. Nice call.
Imagine Jim Morrison joining in!


"Shine a Different Way"...

Listened to her original version of this again last night and realised just how much emotion is missing from this re-record/remix. Sorry Patty but this is only a 6 where the original, much more disturbing version, was at least an 8.


Wow - I really like this!
one of the best songs on the playlist!
I love this song but this version is too clean. The version with the bagpipes is much more raw. Pure emotion.
oh my goodness what is this nastiness?{#Grumpy}
Its a happy little ditty
PG! Patti always rocks the soul... I rock with u Patti, let us rock together
This one has grown on me. Especially the remix. The drums, progression, melody set up such a peculiar mood.
What is she getting at? In the Dilbert world where I listen, it's the little gods, their agendas, their means to the ends.

Laugh your little laugh
Stomp your little feet
They sulk behind your back
All the people that you meet

They say time is running out
And you don't know what to do
And I hear them talk about
Another place without you

It's resonating a bit more today with my good friend leaving our work group for new horizons after being run off by the local little god.


A little self-indulgent...
Seems as though she has had a bad experience with the music industry.
 
Very cool tune, great guitar work. 

Nice and edgy, which is a welcome change from the usual female singer/songwriters that RP plays so much of.  I am done with soft lament songs by indie women who have been through bad breakups.  This is how you can rock a slow tune.

Very Cippolina-esque guitar work...sigh, I miss his playing.


Oh boy,,,a happy little tune.....
 ekin wrote:


 
Exactly...


 ScottishWillie wrote:
No sure about this version. While I think it is tighter and cleaner than the original I feel it lacks some of the emotion of the original which was an altogether darker piece.
 
Yep, I feel the same way.  The original was much more grittier then this.  This version also seems a bit slower and not nearly as angry considering the subject matter.
Very,very nice song, nice guitar work!
Nice!
she does not sound like she has been around forever...she has.
No sure about this version. While I think it is tighter and cleaner than the original I feel it lacks some of the emotion of the original which was an altogether darker piece.

"Little god"?  I kept hearing "little girl," which didn't make a whole lot of sense either ...
Gawd, I hope they remix / remaster Flaming Red!  If that recording had this kind of dynamics and tone and fidelity, then it would be a 10.
Rather boring
Same here, though this isn't bad. I think the original is a little more powerful.

DaveInVA wrote:
I love this song but after hearing this mix a few times I like the original mix a bit better.

 


Wow, can't believe this is Patty Griffin. What a diverse artist!
I love this song but after hearing this mix a few times I like the original mix a bit better.
 MinMan wrote:
Bill - really - a cat leaves the biggest tips for strippers? Sounds like malarkey to me.

 
I hear ya'


Although I have often wondered with my cat and pets in general whether it was us playing with them, controlling their life, or the other way around...

mezmerising guitar and vocals
 xtalman wrote:

Recorded long before Plant came into her life.

 
But this is definitely has a different sound. I have heard this so many times, never tiring of it, and this does indeed sound like this mix has been altered, for the better I suppose.
 jcorry wrote:
This mix is definitely influenced by Robert Plant. I like it.

 
Recorded long before Plant came into her life.
Bill - really - a cat leaves the biggest tips for strippers? Sounds like malarkey to me.
Truly disturbing music  ------ Right up my ally!
 chaz wrote:
I could listen to her all day long. Both versions of this song are stunning, powerful, poetic and compelling.
 
 
Couldn't agree more.  We all know a little God.
 Alexandra wrote:
Her voice sounds much richer in this version. I really like it. (I like both)
 
Thats you and me both.
 ekin wrote:


 
INAPPROPRIATE.  Remove this please, and, GROW UP!

 k1j2cat wrote:
Awesome mix - I love this song anyway but this is way cool. {#Cheers}

 
ditto
Awesome mix - I love this song anyway but this is way cool. {#Cheers}
Her voice sounds much richer in this version. I really like it. (I like both)
 bh1 wrote:
I think the original mix was for an album that never came out. So I have never been able to find it anyplace. Apparently some stations have copies, but it hasn't been available to the general public. Feel free to correct or inform me.

 

This is the album, though the whole thing was remixed.  The original was tied up with a dispute with her original record company.


I think the original mix was for an album that never came out. So I have never been able to find it anyplace. Apparently some stations have copies, but it hasn't been available to the general public. Feel free to correct or inform me.
This mix is definitely influenced by Robert Plant. I like it.
{#Bananajumprope} Soooooooo V E R Y  good Patty
My goodness...I can actually stand this.  Clearly different production could improve this artist.
Why this remix? There was nothing wrong with the original.
Agree with the other comments, this is lacking the rawness of the original.  Not sure which I like better.
 hschlossberg wrote:
Yes -- raw, gritty, powerful...but I'm afraid not as much so as the original that RP has been playing.  This is still a good mix, but it's lost some of it's power.


I agree it's lost a little of the rawness that made the other version so impressive.

I am going to have to listen to the other version again, but I believe that was a different vocal track a couple of places.


{#Sunny}
I could listen to her all day long. Both versions of this song are stunning, powerful, poetic and compelling.
 
Yes -- raw, gritty, powerful...but I'm afraid not as much so as the original that RP has been playing.  This is still a good mix, but it's lost some of it's power.
It's dark, dark, dark. That's what I think, Bill. And so very excellent. Raw, gritty, and powerful. I feel Patty's music when I listen to it, but this one affects me on a much deeper level than almost all her other work.