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London Grammar — Strong
Album: If You Wait
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Released: 2013
Length: 4:31
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Excuse me for a while
While I'm wide-eyed
And I'm so down caught in the middle
I've excused you for a while
While I'm wide-eyed
And I'm so down caught in the middle

And a lion, a lion, roars would you not listen?
if a child, a child cries would you not forgive them?

Yeah, I might seem so strong
Yeah, I might speak so long
I've never been so wrong
Yeah, I might seem so strong
Yeah, I might speak so long
I've never been so wrong

Excuse me for a while,
turn a blind eye
With a stare caught right in the middle
Have you wondered for a while
I have a feeling deep down?
You're caught in the middle

if a lion, a lion roars would you not listen?
If a child, a child cries would you not forgive them?

Yeah, I might seem so strong
Yeah, I might speak so long
I've never been so wrong
Yeah, I might seem so strong
Yeah, I might speak so long
I've never been so wrong

Excuse me for a while
While I'm wide-eyed
and I'm so down caught in the middle
Have you wondered for a while
I have a feeling deep down?
You're caught in the middle

Yeah, I might seem so strong
Yeah, I might speak so long
I've never been so wrong
Yeah, I might seem so strong
Yeah, I might speak so long
I've never been so wrong
Comments (179)add comment
Can’t ignore those pipes! 
She takes you up, brings you down gently and lifts you again - I’m fatigued. 
Their music video of the dad turning himself into a self made pyrotechnics show for his daughter is a might powerful moving video to me. Very moving indeed. 
 tm wrote:

Again RadioParadise shines through all the bullshit in life… thanks BillG/Rebecca for YEARS of musical influence and love. I will be finishing my first full length Album this year and I aspire to be played here. The biggest compliment I can give truly.



Did you finish the album? Can we hear it somewhere?
the video for this song is beautiful too
 bhabrown wrote:

I enjoyed hearing this on RP enough to buy the disc. Love her voice but wish I could hear some tracks with half as much echo. What do you think about :  Agnes Obel?









Funny never throught  about the echo untill you said :-)
I enjoyed hearing this on RP enough to buy the disc. Love her voice but wish I could hear some tracks with half as much echo. 
this is quite nice, indeed!
 bctreefarmer wrote:

I love what they do with a 3 piece band. Somehow it never seems the wrong kind of empty. Just beautiful musical space.



She grabs the most attention, clearly, but Dot and Dan are pretty amazing as you look deeper into LG.  Thanks yet again, RP for getting me hooked on this great band.
 BlackBetty wrote:

I can't say enough good things about this group although I do wonder how long its going to be before Hannah figures out that she really doesn't need the two guys. Hope I'm wrong!



OMG, now you've told her...
I'm not crying. You're crying. 
Amazing!
I can't say enough good things about this group although I do wonder how long its going to be before Hannah figures out that she really doesn't need the two guys. Hope I'm wrong!
I like the heartbeat-like, back beat!  Touching lyrics.
Again RadioParadise shines through all the bullshit in life… thanks BillG/Rebecca for YEARS of musical influence and love. I will be finishing my first full length Album this year and I aspire to be played here. The biggest compliment I can give truly.
love her voice - she's pushing a lot of power!
Few groups make me as glad to have ears as this one does.
I love what they do with a 3 piece band. Somehow it never seems the wrong kind of empty. Just beautiful musical space.
 jhorton wrote:

Gorgeous song, the sparse instrumentation lets that voice shine through. Would LOVE to see her sing live...


Her voice is immaculate live. A rare quality in my experience. You don't hear much of it when they play this one though as generally the crowd takes over.
New album? Looks like it. Attractive sleeve. And Hannah's voice is as beautiful as ever!
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

LG is lasting the test of time and Hannah's voice is something other singers should take note of.

Are you listening Florence... 



Both voices are great, just in very different ways.
Here voice makes me all squidgy. 
Love it.
 mrtuba9 wrote:
 

Then take a gander at the official video  and check out what one dad for his daughter 🤗









Oh god. Are you telling me this is a daughter talking to her dad?  (Haven't watched the video yet.)  I've always loved this song and it sometimes brings me to tears, but can't explain why.  I have been alienated from my two oldest daughters since my divorce several years ago and I miss them terribly.  If this is about a daughter being angry with her dad, it may just break me.
 mrtuba9 wrote:
 Matt_Maurer wrote:
Suddenly realised in these lyrics, my daughter’s appeal to me ... ❤️🙏🤗

Then take a gander at the official video  and check out what one dad for his daughter 🤗







Thank you for that link. Definitely bumps this up... :)
Man, that voice.
 Matt_Maurer wrote:
Suddenly realised in these lyrics, my daughter’s appeal to me ... ❤️🙏🤗

Then take a gander at the official video  and check out what one dad for his daughter 🤗






 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
LG is lasting the test of time and Hannah's voice is something other singers should take note of.

Are you listening Florence... 
 
I get your point, but then again - you only have the voice you were born with, right?
Damn she's good.
Incredible voice.  Although they've been around for years, a current fav I just found recently. Thanks RP.
Suddenly realised in these lyrics, my daughter’s appeal to me ... ❤️🙏🤗
Passionate and on point! Gloriously played you folk! Impressive and international. Love it! X matt
Yes it is..she sings it like she's sobbing. Strong    easmann wrote:
Arresting. Every time I hear it.
 

 Gloriastacholy wrote:
Haunting vocals! Beautiful.
 

The best grammar by far.
LG is lasting the test of time and Hannah's voice is something other singers should take note of.

Are you listening Florence... 
 sfyi2001 wrote:
Killin' me 
 

  
 Me too!

kenpdubya wrote:

 Me too!

  
Me three. 

boltonblue242 wrote:

Me three.
 
planet_lizard wrote:

Me four.

 
Me five.
 sfyi2001 wrote:
Killin' me 
 

 
 Me too!kenpdubya wrote:

 Me too!

 
Me three. 
boltonblue242 wrote:

Me three.

 
Me four.
 sfyi2001 wrote:
Killin' me 
 

 
 Me too!kenpdubya wrote:

 Me too!

 
Me three.
 sfyi2001 wrote:
Killin' me 
 

 
 Me too!
Killin' me 
 
Haunting vocals! Beautiful.
Tickets bought today!
If I could I would put a 20 on 10 ! this is amazing music, thanks Bill !
 johnnycache wrote:
Saw them live in Boulder, they were amazing with the deepest bass notes I had ever heard.  And then that voice... dayum
 
Lucky. Just wondering if you'd heard of them or just happened upon the show? This is the first I've heard of them and I'm blown away by her voice. 
 coloradojohn wrote:
This is so amazing, so stunning, so incredibly rich in so many ways! Her voice is much clearer & more powerful than many others, too.

 
Yup

(at times her beautiful sound lays me down in tears, its rich echo gets me remembering lost love)
They've fallen off the face of the Earth. Playing in OZ and that's all? BTW, the accompanying music video of the dad entertaining his daughter the best way he knew how was very moving.
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
This is really masterful the way the instruments provide just the right amount of backing to her voice, particularly the guitar. Really well-rounded package. 

My thought exactly. I heard the song on RP months ago, got the CD and have to confess it's outstanding all through. I like her voice sooo much.
Where do you dig up these gems, Bill?  Or was this The Beck?
 MJdub wrote:
I'm so damn cold in the meadow

 
LOL
What a voice!
I think she must be classically trained. 
Whatever became of this band? A stale website, a Facebook page with a single photo of them shot six months ago and no fresh news at all about them from the music industry. The Facebook page alleges they are recording new material but doesn't elaborate. The music video to this song is rather moving. Where's the new news? The new tunes?
She and her band look like they are 15 years old...amazing!
Gorgeous song, the sparse instrumentation lets that voice shine through. Would LOVE to see her sing live...
This really hits the spot right now.  7 >> 8!
This is really masterful the way the instruments provide just the right amount of backing to her voice, particularly the guitar. Really well-rounded package.
Saw them live in Boulder, they were amazing with the deepest bass notes I had ever heard.  And then that voice... dayum

Wonder if Massive Attack had any influence on these guys...
I have added this to my buy list. ☺
This is so amazing, so stunning, so incredibly rich in so many ways! Her voice is much clearer & more powerful than many others, too.
this song blows me away
I'm so damn cold in the meadow
 sunybuny wrote:
Stops me in my tracks every time. What a voice and they keep the instrumentation so underplayed....wonderful.

 
love this on so many levels, if you have not seen the video do so! I have no words for it lol {#Good-vibes}
Stops me in my tracks every time. What a voice and they keep the instrumentation so underplayed....wonderful.
For a long time, I thought  this was a guy singing. When I think back, I'm not  sure why.
What a rich, lovely voice.
And the accompaniment suits her well.
I likes it, baybeh. 
Y'all can debate all you want-This chick has got THE FREAKING VOICE! So much power, beautiful emotion.

I would have her babies. 

For once, without be example:
So, it's like saying, bad compared, Florence Welch may be closer to Céline Dion. or even Barbra Streisand,
While Hannah Reid can review more in sound and musical aesthetics of Lisa Gerrard or Elizabeth Fraser.
Oh, how i hate doing comparisons ....


.
 
easmann wrote:


No. calypsus_1 is not a native English speaker/writer (French I believe?). I think most of us find his posts worth the effort to decipher. Radio Paradise is enjoyed by an international audience.

 


I assume that this comment is supposed to be funny or ironic in light of the fact that the band has the word "Grammar" in the title... 
calypsus_1 wrote:

At first sight appears, is not it? But i think not. The comparisons between the aesthetics of various artistic models that are proposed, often, or almost always lend themselves to misunderstandings. This is the case of the approach that you do Hannah Reid and London Grammar. It's as valid as any other approach. But you try and take a look again.
But if you want to make comparisons, I'm no fan of it, so here we go.
Florence Welch, I've heard numerous times, in various performances, several songs in audio, video, and inexplicably, never stirred in me any feeling above average, perhaps because i do not adhere to its "musical-aesthetic figure" and voice timbre, their "mise-en-scene", i liken, perhaps unusually, to "sing the cloister." It may be my fault, it is possible. Also the musical aesthetic model of "Florence and the Machine" has never appealed to me (and this is what we speak), or aroused any highlighting in particular. Obviously the effort and commitment of all artists should be observed and respected. The next step is, or deserve our membership or not.
Hannah Reid, with a remarkable depth and eloquence of voice, explores our senses of inexorable form. Hannah Reid, by then a total stranger, with no means of support musical "ostentatious" succeeded on the first approach i made to the music of London Grammar,  a single batch of songs from their only album (and some unedited covers) and an interest adherence to the aesthetic model that was proposed. And could stay only here. But no. In the next phase, this reinforced my feeling and potentiated with more conviction. Was born here something good, unheard of, genuinely differently.
In brief and simplified form, in music there are three important aspects for the keen listener:
1st. - The music that we "touches" and thrills, our membership of the music is complete
2st. - The music does not touch us in particular, but we tolerate
3st. - The music for more attempts, we could not like or tolerate.

Note: there may be "revisions" in the course of the career of an artist.

Now, you choose.

.

 
ploba wrote:

very "Florence and the machine" - love this band
 

 


So simple. So compelling.  9

For once, without be example:
So, it's like saying, bad compared, Florence Welch may be closer to Céline Dion. or even Barbra Streisand,
While Hannah Reid can review more in sound and musical aesthetics of Lisa Gerrard or Elizabeth Fraser.
Oh, how i hate doing comparisons ....

.

calypsus_1 wrote:

At first sight appears, is not it? But i think not. The comparisons between the aesthetics of various artistic models that are proposed, often, or almost always lend themselves to misunderstandings. This is the case of the approach that you do Hannah Reid and London Grammar. It's as valid as any other approach. But you try and take a look again.
But if you want to make comparisons, I'm no fan of it, so here we go.
Florence Welch, I've heard numerous times, in various performances, several songs in audio, video, and inexplicably, never stirred in me any feeling above average, perhaps because i do not adhere to its "musical-aesthetic figure" and voice timbre, their "mise-en-scene", i liken, perhaps unusually, to "sing the cloister." It may be my fault, it is possible. Also the musical aesthetic model of "Florence and the Machine" has never appealed to me (and this is what we speak), or aroused any highlighting in particular. Obviously the effort and commitment of all artists should be observed and respected. The next step is, or deserve our membership or not.
Hannah Reid, with a remarkable depth and eloquence of voice, explores our senses of inexorable form. Hannah Reid, by then a total stranger, with no means of support musical "ostentatious" succeeded on the first approach i made to the music of London Grammar,  a single batch of songs from their only album (and some unedited covers) and an interest adherence to the aesthetic model that was proposed. And could stay only here. But no. In the next phase, this reinforced my feeling and potentiated with more conviction. Was born here something good, unheard of, genuinely differently.
In brief and simplified form, in music there are three important aspects for the keen listener:
1st. - The music that we "touches" and thrills, our membership of the music is complete
2st. - The music does not touch us in particular, but we tolerate
3st. - The music for more attempts, we could not like or tolerate.

Note: there may be "revisions" in the course of the career of an artist.

Now, you choose.

.

 
ploba wrote:

very "Florence and the machine" - love this band
 

 

I love it. Sounds like she's channeling her inner Annie Lenox.
I love it thanks :)
 easmann wrote:
Arresting. Every time I hear it.
 
Perfectly said.
I am highly envious of the dude on the right, because
1) Well, just look at that effin' HAIR; hell, I'd be happy with half of it
2) He's in a band with the angelic Hannah Reid
Arresting. Every time I hear it.

{#Shifty} say what? 

 

calypsus_1 wrote:

At first sight appears, is not it? But i think not. The comparisons between the aesthetics of various artistic models that are proposed, often, or almost always lend themselves to misunderstandings. This is the case of the approach that you do Hannah Reid and London Grammar. It's as valid as any other approach. But you try and take a look again.
But if you want to make comparisons, I'm no fan of it, so here we go.
Florence Welch, I've heard numerous times, in various performances, several songs in audio, video, and inexplicably, never stirred in me any feeling above average, perhaps because i do not adhere to its "musical-aesthetic figure" and voice timbre, their "mise-en-scene", i liken, perhaps unusually, to "sing the cloister." It may be my fault, it is possible. Also the musical aesthetic model of "Florence and the Machine" has never appealed to me (and this is what we speak), or aroused any highlighting in particular. Obviously the effort and commitment of all artists should be observed and respected. The next step is, or deserve our membership or not.
Hannah Reid, with a remarkable depth and eloquence of voice, explores our senses of inexorable form. Hannah Reid, by then a total stranger, with no means of support musical "ostentatious" succeeded on the first approach i made to the music of London Grammar,  a single batch of songs from their only album (and some unedited covers) and an interest adherence to the aesthetic model that was proposed. And could stay only here. But no. In the next phase, this reinforced my feeling and potentiated with more conviction. Was born here something good, unheard of, genuinely differently.
In brief and simplified form, in music there are three important aspects for the keen listener:
1st. - The music that we "touches" and thrills, our membership of the music is complete
2st. - The music does not touch us in particular, but we tolerate
3st. - The music for more attempts, we could not like or tolerate.

Note: there may be "revisions" in the course of the career of an artist.

Now, you choose.

.

 
ploba wrote:

very "Florence and the machine" - love this band
 

 


 calypsus_1 wrote:

At first sight appears, is not it? But i think not. The comparisons between the aesthetics of various artistic models that are proposed, often, or almost always lend themselves to misunderstandings. This is the case of the approach that you do Hannah Reid and London Grammar. It's as valid as any other approach. But you try and take a look again.
But if you want to make comparisons, I'm no fan of it, so here we go.
Florence Welch, I've heard numerous times, in various performances, several songs in audio, video, and inexplicably, never stirred in me any feeling above average, perhaps because i do not adhere to its "musical-aesthetic figure" and voice timbre, their "mise-en-scene", i liken, perhaps unusually, to "sing the cloister." It may be my fault, it is possible. Also the musical aesthetic model of "Florence and the Machine" has never appealed to me (and this is what we speak), or aroused any highlighting in particular. Obviously the effort and commitment of all artists should be observed and respected. The next step is, or deserve our membership or not.
Hannah Reid, with a remarkable depth and eloquence of voice, explores our senses of inexorable form. Hannah Reid, by then a total stranger, with no means of support musical "ostentatious" succeeded on the first approach i made to the music of London Grammar,  a single batch of songs from their only album (and some unedited covers) and an interest adherence to the aesthetic model that was proposed. And could stay only here. But no. In the next phase, this reinforced my feeling and potentiated with more conviction. Was born here something good, unheard of, genuinely differently.
In brief and simplified form, in music there are three important aspects for the keen listener:
1st. - The music that we "touches" and thrills, our membership of the music is complete
2st. - The music does not touch us in particular, but we tolerate
3st. - The music for more attempts, we could not like or tolerate.

Note: there may be "revisions" in the course of the career of an artist.

Now, you choose.

.

 
ploba wrote:

very "Florence and the machine" - love this band
 

 


Reminds me of Florence and the Machine but I prefer London Gramnar. The whole album is amazing!  Truly a "freight train of a voice" as described on iTunes.
Funny, I always thought this sounded like Annie Lennox.  An excellent song and she should be happy to be compared to either of these great artists!
 
skooba wrote:
Every time I hear this song, I think it's Florence (and her machine).  Not a bad thing.

 


 skooba wrote:
Every time I hear this song, I think it's Florence (and her machine).  Not a bad thing.

 
That's what I thought,
Perfect ... :-)
Every time I hear this song, I think it's Florence (and her machine).  Not a bad thing.
 calle01 wrote:
10/20/14...  Still Terrible!!

 
Don't be so hard on yourself. We'll do that for you. 

{#Moon} 
Grammar has proven to be an exceptional singer with little exposure by the music press. I certainly enjoy her more than Gaga or Lorde.
This gal's passion just impressed the hell out of me; must have listened to it in the perfect frame of mind, at the perfect time. Incredible!
this song is like a drug that I cannot get enough of...

Man, I really go for women who let it all hang out.  And this woman does.  I vote 9 on first listen.


This is an 11
 calle01 wrote:
If you never play this awful song again..
The world can finally recover from their depression onset by her terrible voice...
Please.. save us out here.. STOP!!! 

 
Who are the "us" you speaking for?  I'm thinking not for the majority of RPer's who like this song. 
my rating goes higher with each hearing... now a solid 9 and no doubt, it can reach the final "10" . I simply like how powerful her voice is without needed her to shout like so many singers do. This is what powerful is, different from loud :)
 Thanks for this most excellent link. You've also reminded me that I should pay a little more attention to Radio 1.
  
Poacher wrote:


 


 calle01 wrote:
If you never play this awful song again..
The world can finally recover from their depression onset by her terrible voice...
Please.. save us out here.. STOP!!! 

 
I love this song. Can't wait to hear it again.

calle01 - you should look at your ratings distribution... you ranked 83 songs a "1" and less than 50 songs are ranked between 2 and 10. Either you lean towards negativity or this is the wrong station for you.
Man, this song really moves me.
Thank you.
Love the song.{#Eyes} 
Amazing!  Thanks for playing again
STILL INCREDIBLE!  I really dig this song.
 10/20/14....another negative comment from calle01. In other news, water is wet. Why do people like this  even listen? is the urge to troll that strong?
10/20/14...  Still Terrible!!

 


At first sight appears, is not it? But i think not. The comparisons between the aesthetics of various artistic models that are proposed, often, or almost always lend themselves to misunderstandings. This is the case of the approach that you do Hannah Reid and London Grammar. It's as valid as any other approach. But you try and take a look again.
But if you want to make comparisons, I'm no fan of it, so here we go.
Florence Welch, I've heard numerous times, in various performances, several songs in audio, video, and inexplicably, never stirred in me any feeling above average, perhaps because i do not adhere to its "musical-aesthetic figure" and voice timbre, their "mise-en-scene", i liken, perhaps unusually, to "sing the cloister." It may be my fault, it is possible. Also the musical aesthetic model of "Florence and the Machine" has never appealed to me (and this is what we speak), or aroused any highlighting in particular. Obviously the effort and commitment of all artists should be observed and respected. The next step is, or deserve our membership or not.
Hannah Reid, with a remarkable depth and eloquence of voice, explores our senses of inexorable form. Hannah Reid, by then a total stranger, with no means of support musical "ostentatious" succeeded on the first approach i made to the music of London Grammar,  a single batch of songs from their only album (and some unedited covers) and an interest adherence to the aesthetic model that was proposed. And could stay only here. But no. In the next phase, this reinforced my feeling and potentiated with more conviction. Was born here something good, unheard of, genuinely differently.
In brief and simplified form, in music there are three important aspects for the keen listener:
1st. - The music that we "touches" and thrills, our membership of the music is complete
2st. - The music does not touch us in particular, but we tolerate
3st. - The music for more attempts, we could not like or tolerate.

Note: there may be "revisions" in the course of the career of an artist.

Now, you choose.

.

 
ploba wrote:

very "Florence and the machine" - love this band
 


It's like a peanut butter sandwich, made with one fine ingredient. It's pretty good, but it's still just a peanut butter sandwich.

I always like listening to her sing. But their songs are just really, really basic, and not in a zen way. But her voice...!  I'd like to see them push/stretch their musical ability. Or at least hear Hannah sing with a group with more musical imagination, i.e. like Zero7, etc.

Still quite likable.
 
 calle01 wrote:
Sooo Bad! Terrible!

10/9/14...  Still Terrible!!

 
Sooo Good! Fabulous! {#Cheesygrin}
thank you Poacher!  Live Lounge version is a total  treat   : )
This song is a home run but not like the kind where the bat meets the pitch at the center of the plate. More like the kind where the batter just gets enough of it that they are able to muscle it over the outfield wall, with Hanna's voice being the batter in the analogy.
 As always, majority rules and well clown,  you are in a minority but thanks for sharing your hate, doofus! lol calle01 wrote:

Are you out of your mind?? This Band & song totally suck!

 


Love this woman's voice.
London Grammar: A fine choice on National Punctuation Day. Thanks, Bill!
Fine fem vocal. One recognized by RP looooong before terrestrial radio waves played it here in the far west… 
Hannah Reid has quite a set of pipes. Nice tune.
well about enough of that one. 

Seem to like this one more each time I hear it. 
very, very nice, indeed
 calle01 wrote:

Are you out of your mind?? This Band & song totally suck!

 
Bad day at the office, huh?

Go outside and breathe the air, you'll feel better.


very "Florence and the machine" - love this band


The British band "London Grammar" came out of nowhere, with origins in Nottingham, London, England in 2012 with no major advertising campaigns, no screams, published his 1st LP album and only "If You Wait" in 2013, and that was enough to gain the attention, affection, and interest the general public all over the world.
Their musicianship obeys a single, personalized concept, and is implemented in a very unique, serious, genuine way, it is not obvious that they copied his style and his way of being in the music, no other artist or style already known. And therein lies its great interest and its originality.
And i believe it is now at this point already gained popularity, there may be the risk of this band to be seduced and dazzled by the pressure and greed inherent in the music business, and begin to make a more commercial way of approaching your music with obvious targets. On the other hand, i believe that this will not happen, despite his youth, with an average age of 23 years, because of the simple way, sober, living in music, with some ingenuity, but already revealing some maturity and with feet firmly on the ground.
The musical sound produced, basically electronica, minimal support, in its final combination may well be regarded as a "metamorphosis" somewhere between electronica (music) and classical (voice), the great lyrics, the "London Grammar" is serene, serious, something melancholic, but very intense and attractive, very effective, with greater emphasis on their lead-singer Hanna Reid,  the soul of the band, with an attitude , original aesthetic, talented and reliable voice, sobriety, simplicity, discretion and humility even without artificiality or mise-en-scene, i believe it can ensure the future and consolidated the gradual evolution of this band. I say yes. Worth it .


Anyone detect a little Annie Lennox in this woman's voice? Check out you tube video of this song very ah interesting Ty RP  Moving to an 8 {#Devil_pimp}
This is certainly one of the greatest recordings.  One of my favorite songs/recordings.  I saw her performance on Letterman and it was just not the same.  It does not matter.  This recording is what will be remembered a long long time.  Priceless....
RP introduces me to yet more new music.  Thanks for this impressive song.
absolutely gorgeous song...  volume went wayyyy up...
Meh.