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Diane Birch — Staring at You
Album: Speak a Little Louder
Avg rating:
7.1

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2098









Released: 2013
Length: 5:19
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Staring at you
Staring at me
It's a slow dance
But I believe

Mona Lisa
Who do you see
It's your one chance
Do you believe

Let's get naked
Under the knife
We are dreamers
Larger than life
Staring at you
Staring at me
It's a slow dance
But I believe

Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can't escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me

'Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
'Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside

There's an ocean
Inside of your head
With all the words
You wish you had said
We are broken
We have no pain
You're the needle
I am the vein

Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can't escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me

'Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
'Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
Comments (102)add comment
Always get a jolt when this comes on, like electricity through the veins. Really a fabulous song.
 costoonces wrote:
Cranberries, Souxiee and Sinead all rolled into one! Love it.
 
...and some Stevie Nicks for good measure!  
Makes addiction birch?
And she had to overcome being both a preacher's kid (pk) and a missionary's kid (mk), glad she's made it this far.
 costoonces wrote:
Cranberries, Souxiee and Sinead all rolled into one! Love it.
 
Right on! 
I can dig it! Solid 8
Cranberries, Souxiee and Sinead all rolled into one! Love it.
I've heard this occasionally on RP and liked it. I finally got around to rating it.. I'd like to hear more Diane Birch .. maybe I'll 'YouTube' 😉
my rating 7 
7 -=> 8
Another "quote" from "Computer World" by Kraftwerk, not only the Coldplays of the world are into this computer world melody....
Staring at shoes. I hear it
Always liked this one. Poppy but solid.
 LPCity wrote:
The Human League from 1983 called...
 

This song may have some '80s sounds to it, but it doesn't really sound like Human League to me.  
could have done with a cleaner drum beat, detracts from an otherwise great song
A few minutes ago I was wishing this song would play.  And now here it is!!!   (my android phone is 20 minutes behind live).  Thanks!!
Anyone else hearing "staring at the shoes staring at me"?

Just me?

OK. {#Foot-in-mouth}
I started by profoundly disliking the singing style on the first 8 measures. But then the song revealed very good.
Brilliant song. Luv it.
This one has legs. Great pop song!
{#Dancingbanana_2}Now THIS works!!!
Seriously digging this song: the beat, the voice, the backing sound.
 reminiscent of Voices Carry  Til Tuesday 
The Human League from 1983 called...
One of the rare songs that moves from a 3 to a 4 .......
 aspicer wrote:

A KEEN observation - I like this but happily pass on Florence's yelling.

 
Thank you for this, I've also never quite understood that Florency hype, so annoying.
This is interesting, which is always a complement, IMO.
Pop crap on RP? Decent for me. {#Neutral}
 palatin8 wrote:
Has everything Florence misses.

 
A KEEN observation - I like this but happily pass on Florence's yelling.
 jnhashmi wrote:
Why is this song not on this album in Spotify?

 
Because it's one of the bonus tracks on the deluxe version of the album. I ran into the same problem trying to add this to one of my playlists.
Why is this song not on this album in Spotify?
 onelittlemoose wrote:

Yeah, and a good road with lot of hills and curves. 

 
https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/107302185/q%3D80_m%3D1500/927d27dc04eeda7b4811c6b6299c7a0f

Take MoHaw, you'll love the curves! :-)
Good Crossfit music. She evidently has Blood ( that's Native, not Gang).
zesty !
 V12Silly wrote:

I want a convertible with a really good sound system 



 
Yeah, and a good road with lot of hills and curves. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
I like it!
Well, hmmm, maybe I don't . . .
OK, yes I do . . .

 
Eggs Ackley
this song's great imo
(what a bad joke you pulled with the leftover cuties, then Paul and Linda mccartney poop, yuck : ( 
7 > 8
I like it!
Well, hmmm, maybe I don't . . .
OK, yes I do . . .
Has everything Florence misses.
Not bad!!
Birches
By Robert Frost

When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy's been swinging them.
But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay
As ice-storms do.
Often you must have seen them
Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning
After a rain. They click upon themselves
As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored
As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel.
 aszx wrote:
A harvester of pop n' 80's tune phrases
 
And this is not for me as was not much of the dreck of the 80-s - 3

I want a convertible with a really good sound system 


A harvester of pop n' 80's tune phrases
very cool voice, wicked lyrics too (could be followed by Bauhaus's Bela Lugosi to keep the creepy vibe, the needle in the vein)
The girl has Blood, knew it with that 4/4 beat!
 flatop wrote:
I love this song, pop at it's best, classic driving song rolling down some coastal highway at dusk.

 
Nice!
 fredriley wrote:

Of what? And so what? After millennia of human music-making, all music is derivative. As adjectives go, it's the bleedin' obvious; as insults go, it's pretty weak. It would be better to just write "it sucks" rather than trying to ponce up subjective dislike of a song with an intellectual word.

 
Well, I suppose it's a slight step up from "soooooooo booooooring", or variations thereof.  All of which amount to the same thing.
I like the song and I think she's pretty.
 NeilBlanchard wrote:

Maybe it is a lace curtain?  She just jumped up and grabbed it?

 
She saw it in the window and just had to have it.
 rdo wrote:
Can anybody explain why she is wearing a parachute?
 
It's a giant bao (Chinese dumpling).....dang, those things are tasty!
Naw, it's an old Easter tablecloth.
 rdo wrote:
Can anybody explain why she is wearing a parachute?
 
Maybe it is a lace curtain?  She just jumped up and grabbed it?
 rdo wrote:
Can anybody explain why she is wearing a parachute?
 
i was thinking the same thing.
 msymmes wrote:
CeeLo Green meets Sinead O'Connor

 
lol

Sinead has the pipes on Diane though. 
I love this song, pop at it's best, classic driving song rolling down some coastal highway at dusk.
Nice intensity. I like it. 7 for now.
CeeLo Green meets Sinead O'Connor
 zubeneschamli wrote:
Very derivative.
 
What music isn't?

Even Beethoven was influenced by Vivaldi, for crying out loud.

As for Diane, in certain poses she definitely has that "Agent 99" thing goin' on. 
 misterbearbaby wrote:
There was a similar time in about 1967 or so where every "new" band sounded like a cross between the Young Rascals and Herman's Hermits. It was a Slough of Despond, musically, Pilgrim! This gal is enmired in the same unconscious blur- trying to differentiate herself by rearranging the minute inner details of other girl singers' sounds. The result is ...boring. Too bad- she has a nice voice.

 
I suppose it depends on one's perspective, but  your opening assertion is not particularly accurate.  Bands or artists with debut albums in 1967 included Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground, The Doors, David Bowie, Traffic, The Grateful Dead, Sly & The Family Stone, Vanilla Fudge, among others who did not sound like that combination you mentioned.  The Pilgrim's Progress reference is cool; I'm surprised there has yet to be a band called "Slough Of Despond".
 misterbearbaby wrote:
There was a similar time in about 1967 or so where every "new" band sounded like a cross between the Young Rascals and Herman's Hermits. It was a Slough of Despond, musically, Pilgrim! This gal is enmired in the same unconscious blur- trying to differentiate herself by rearranging the minute inner details of other girl singers' sounds. The result is ...boring. Too bad- she has a nice voice.

 
On first half-listen, I lean towards dismissing this as forgettable pop. "But it's on RP! So...there must (well, might) be something to it." 

Need another spin. Does this really belong on our beloved RP? 

5/17/14 update: no, this is pretty forgettable. 
What's with the lyrics, they are copy-pasted all over the internet with glaring mistakes:

Staring at you
Staring at me
It’s a slow dance
But I believe

Mona Lisa
Who do you see
It’s your one chance
Do you believe

Let’s get naked
Under the knife
We are dreamers
Larger than life
Staring at you
Staring at me
It’s a slow dance
But I believe

Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can’t escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me

‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside

There’s an ocean
Inside of your head
With all the words
You wish you had said
We are broken
We have no pain
You’re the needle
I am the vein

Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can’t escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me

‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
Read more at https://www.songlyrics.com/diane-birch/staring-at-you-lyrics/#SARUelx71Dwx4AYB.99
Staring at you
Staring at me
It’s a slow dance
But I believe

Mona Lisa
Who do you see
It’s your one chance
Do you believe

Let’s get naked
Under the knife
We are dreamers
Larger than life
Staring at you
Staring at me
It’s a slow dance
But I believe

Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can’t escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me

‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside

There’s an ocean
Inside of your head
With all the words
You wish you had said
We are broken
We have no pain
You’re the needle
I am the vein

Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can’t escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me

‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
Read more at https://www.songlyrics.com/diane-birch/staring-at-you-lyrics/#SARUelx71Dwx4AYB.99
Staring at you
Staring at me
It’s a slow dance
But I believe

Mona Lisa
Who do you see
It’s your one chance
Do you believe

Let’s get naked
Under the knife
We are dreamers
Larger than life
Staring at you
Staring at me
It’s a slow dance
But I believe

Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can’t escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me

‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside

There’s an ocean
Inside of your head
With all the words
You wish you had said
We are broken
We have no pain
You’re the needle
I am the vein

Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can’t escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me

‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
Read more at https://www.songlyrics.com/diane-birch/staring-at-you-lyrics/#SARUelx71Dwx4AYB.99
Staring at you
Staring at me
It’s a slow dance
But I believe

Mona Lisa
Who do you see
It’s your one chance
Do you believe

Let’s get naked
Under the knife
We are dreamers
Larger than life
Staring at you
Staring at me
It’s a slow dance
But I believe

Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can’t escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me

‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
-- ‘Cos your love creeps slow -- {You creep slow}
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside

There’s an ocean
Inside of your head
With all the words
You wish you had said
We are broken
We have no pain
You’re the needle
I am the vein

Lock up all the doors
-- Better seal your heart up tight -- {Gonna seal them out tonight}
Block out all the noise
-- But you can’t escape the light -- {'Cause the only place that's right}
{Is} Staring at you
Staring at me

‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
-- ‘Cos your love creeps slow -- {You creep slow}
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside

{Oh you hold it inside

Lock up all the doors
Gonna seal them out tonight - oh, oh, oh
Block out all the noise
'Cause the only place that's right
Is staring at you
Staring at me

‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
You creep slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside

You creep slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside

You creep slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside

Oh you hold it inside
Oh you hold it inside
Oh you hold it inside}
 MojoJojo wrote:
Likely a song I'll never PSD but also never purchase. The average rating at the time of going to press is 6.9. S'bout right.

 
Still a 6.9.  S'bout right, still.
 Highlowsel wrote:
"Staring At You" Staring at you
Staring at me
It’s a slow dance
But I believe Mona Lisa
Who do you see
It’s your one chance
Do you believe Let’s get naked
Under the knife
We are dreamers
Larger than life
Staring at you
Staring at me
It’s a slow dance
But I believe Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can’t escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me ‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside There’s an ocean
Inside of your head
With all the words
You wish you had said
We are broken
We have no pain
You’re the needle
I am the vein Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can’t escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me ‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
 
Thanx for this and i like the song!
Excellent!
Joining the "reminds me of" bandwagon with Empire of the Sun.
And there is nothing wrong with that. 
 MJMJ wrote:
Cranberry-ish

 
Yup - crap
Love her voice....
 rdo wrote:
Can anybody explain why she is wearing a parachute?
 
It's a long way down
Likely a song I'll never PSD but also never purchase. The average rating at the time of going to press is 6.9. S'bout right.
"Staring At You"

Staring at you
Staring at me
It’s a slow dance
But I believe

Mona Lisa
Who do you see
It’s your one chance
Do you believe

Let’s get naked
Under the knife
We are dreamers
Larger than life
Staring at you
Staring at me
It’s a slow dance
But I believe

Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can’t escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me

‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside

There’s an ocean
Inside of your head
With all the words
You wish you had said
We are broken
We have no pain
You’re the needle
I am the vein

Lock up all the doors
Better seal your heart up tight
Block out all the noise
But you can’t escape the light
Staring at you
Staring at me

‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
‘Cos your love creeps slow
Like a thief in the night
You take my breath
And you hold it inside
 Grammarcop wrote:
Birch was born in Michigan, and she lived here about five minutes, but we still claim her as ours.

Good to hear her on RP. 

 

Another former Michiganian, err, Michigander, ah, former resident...
 fredriley wrote:

Of what? And so what? After millennia of human music-making, all music is derivative. As adjectives go, it's the bleedin' obvious; as insults go, it's pretty weak. It would be better to just write "it sucks" rather than trying to ponce up subjective dislike of a song with an intellectual word.

 
I sincerely could not sgree more. There are some fascinating, illuminating and hilarious critiques that appear in the comments section and I enjoy reading them even if I hold a completely different view. But I do dislike derogatory remarks where someone has been dismissive in a lazy manner. That just smacks of being more interested in having other people cultivate an opinion about the writer of the comment than being anything to do with the music itsself.

Come on some of you, if you're going to diss a song at least put a little effort and sincerity into it. 
 rdo wrote:
Can anybody explain why she is wearing a parachute?
  Best laugh of the night....


 zubeneschamli wrote:
Very derivative.

 
Of what? And so what? After millennia of human music-making, all music is derivative. As adjectives go, it's the bleedin' obvious; as insults go, it's pretty weak. It would be better to just write "it sucks" rather than trying to ponce up subjective dislike of a song with an intellectual word.
 berrydoo wrote:
I thought this was Andrew Bird

 
{#Lol} - I'm assuming this is a funny--and a riff on too many song comments, "I thought this was Andrew Bird."
rdo wrote:
Can anybody explain why she is wearing a parachute?

 
That's easy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw6hdhVw48Y

{#Dancingbanana}


Can anybody explain why she is wearing a parachute?
Maybe this shows how shallow I am, but I think I prefer her song "Superstars" with its David Bowie references.
Very derivative.
I echo the 'reminds me of Siouxie & the Banshees' comment below, and I like it; seems to have a lot going on...I'll want to hear it again.
Cranberry-ish
 Nenelena wrote:
Sounds like '80s... First listen, 6 {#Rolleyes}

 
That was my exact though, this sounds like and 80's movie soundtrack special.
Please sir, can I have some more?



 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

First Sounds Like Florence comment?
 
A lot going on here that seems familiar, but it's pretty interesting anyway. 7
 

 

She has a bigger range the Florence and it not shouting just a powerful singer.  Does sound similar to someone else but I can't come up with who it is. 

Liking it so far also giving it a 7.


 berrydoo wrote:
I thought this was Andrew Bird

 
Really? Why?
Now this is a Birch I'd happily be struck with. Be still my beating heart {#Hearteyes}
I thought this was Andrew Bird
Wow!
Before I looked at the playlist, I was thinking this was Sinead O'connor
I got a shovel & I'm Digg'n!
Discarded urge to  give comparison and just enjoyed
Can't help but be disappointed every time this song begins-- because I was expecting to hear Broken Bells instead.
Birch was born in Michigan, and she lived here about five minutes, but we still claim her as ours.

Good to hear her on RP. 
I like it but I have heard some of her other stuff and she appears to be searching for a sound. Basically her other stuff may not sound like this. its a shame cause this is a groovy little track.
 Nenelena wrote:
Sounds like '80s... First listen, 6 {#Rolleyes}

 

I never bitch about Birch. 
There was a similar time in about 1967 or so where every "new" band sounded like a cross between the Young Rascals and Herman's Hermits. It was a Slough of Despond, musically, Pilgrim! This gal is enmired in the same unconscious blur- trying to differentiate herself by rearranging the minute inner details of other girl singers' sounds. The result is ...boring. Too bad- she has a nice voice.
Sounds like '80s... First listen, 6 {#Rolleyes}
Reminds me of Siouxsie and the banshees.
Nice. 

First Sounds Like Florence comment?
 
A lot going on here that seems familiar, but it's pretty interesting anyway. 7