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Suzanne Vega — Solitude Standing
Album: Solitude Standing
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Released: 1987
Length: 4:33
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Solitude stands by the window
She turns her head as I walk in the room
I can see by her eyes she's been waiting
Standing in the slant of the late afternoon

And she turns to me with her hand extended
Her palm is split with a flower with a flame

Solitude stands in the doorway
And I'm struck once again by her black silhouette
By her long cool stare and her silence
I suddenly remember each time we've met

And she turns to me with her hand extended
Her palm is split with a flower with a flame

And she says "I've come to set a twisted thing straight"
And she says "I've come to lighten this dark heart"
And she takes my wrist, I feel her imprint of fear
And I say "I've never thought of finding you here"

I turn to the crowd as they're watching
They're sitting all together in the dark in the warm
I wanted to be in there among them
I see how their eyes are gathered into one

And then she turns to me with her hand extended
Her palm is split with a flower with a flame

And she says "I've come to set a twisted thing straight"
And she says"l've come to lighten this dark heart"
And she takes my wrist, I feel her imprint of fear
And I say "I've never thought of finding you here"

Solitude stands in the doorway
And I'm struck once again by her black silhouette
By her long cool stare and her silence
I suddenly remember each time we've met

And she turns to me with her hand extended
Her palm is split with a flower with a flame
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 69Grace_M wrote:

why do female artists get compared to other female singers constantly? Women stand as individuals and should be assessed in their own right ALONE. This doesn't happen to the same degree with male singers. This is sexism at it's worst. We are not in the 1984 anymore.

play your part folks....let's make this right..be aware of isms when you're thinking



Lol! Everybody just gets compared to everybody but if you're referring to a particular incident maybe. . Literally, the previous song I was listening to people were comparing John Mayer to Eric Clapton which I thought was way off!
why do female artists get compared to other female singers constantly? Women stand as individuals and should be assessed in their own right ALONE. This doesn't happen to the same degree with male singers. This is sexism at it's worst. We are not in the 1984 anymore.

play your part folks....let's make this right..be aware of isms when you're thinking
Am I the only one getting Eleanor Rigby vibes from this?
Days of open Hand is probably just as good.
 Kdagerman wrote:

HEY RP! Love you guys but please, stop with the Suzanne Vega all the time. Her voice is grating and you play her a lot. Too much.



Suzanne's voice isn't grating. What about Florence and the Machine? Straight PSD for me.
 sonicsurfer wrote:

After decades of listening and loving RP I finally realized the key magnet is that no "rap" is played!  It totally makes the monthly contribution worth it on that issue alone!



Rap is cancer.
 easmann wrote:

Yep. I was just thinking while listening to this that her songs really are very good, but possibly not best served by that overly slick and polished production style, in my opinion, that was pretty common in the eighties for some reason.

I think that "too-slick" style might have spawned, by way of reaction, a lot of the grittier and more "rustic" production styles that followed and are now a staple.

I think it's a mark of the quality of her songwriting that her songs still shine despite that slick production. Could just be me...
 
I think that was caused by the digitalization and more widespread use of synthesizers in pop music back then.
 easmann wrote:

Yep. I was just thinking while listening to this that her songs really are very good, but possibly not best served by that overly slick and polished production style, in my opinion, that was pretty common in the eighties for some reason.

I think that "too-slick" style might have spawned, by way of reaction, a lot of the grittier and more "rustic" production styles that followed and are now a staple.

I think it's a mark of the quality of her songwriting that her songs still shine despite that slick production. Could just be me...
 
You hit the nail on the head.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Another great song from her best album, IMO.
 
Yep. I was just thinking while listening to this that her songs really are very good, but possibly not best served by that overly slick and polished production style, in my opinion, that was pretty common in the eighties for some reason.

I think that "too-slick" style might have spawned, by way of reaction, a lot of the grittier and more "rustic" production styles that followed and are now a staple.

I think it's a mark of the quality of her songwriting that her songs still shine despite that slick production. Could just be me...
This is a real ripper, I had no idea Suzanne Vega could rock like this. As always, thank you, RP, that's why I'm here.
 mrtuba9 wrote:
 sonicsurfer wrote:
After decades of listening and loving RP I finally realized the key magnet is that no "rap" is played!  It totally makes the monthly contribution worth it on that issue alone!
 


The other day while listening to RP, I hit some button the phone, and the explicit version of "Straight Outta Compton" came on and I'm hells yeah BillG!!!

Turns out, I just switched music sources. But I do thing there is something to be said for the genre from the 90's.
 

I dunno about NWA, but I think some De La Soul or ATCQ would be just fine in the mix here. BillG already plays trip hop a fair bit, so why not a little proper hip hop?
The nostalgia is strong with me today. 8 > 9
 sonicsurfer wrote:
After decades of listening and loving RP I finally realized the key magnet is that no "rap" is played!  It totally makes the monthly contribution worth it on that issue alone!
 


The other day while listening to RP, I hit some button the phone, and the explicit version of "Straight Outta Compton" came on and I'm hells yeah BillG!!!

Turns out, I just switched music sources. But I do thing there is something to be said for the genre from the 90's.
After decades of listening and loving RP I finally realized the key magnet is that no "rap" is played!  It totally makes the monthly contribution worth it on that issue alone!
Another great song from her best album, IMO.
 Tom_Price wrote:
She's great. Good production. The daughter of a famous writer. Good DNA.
 
Step-daughter - no DNA there.  She is great though.
       Soooo great !!!!!

   
Wow. What a time machine this song is...
I can close my eyes and see the people in and the colour of the room, in which I first heard this song, in 1987.
Absolutely wonderful.
Thank you, Bill.
She's great. Good production. The daughter of a famous writer. Good DNA.
This reminds me of why I've always loved her. Still works!
Wow, haven't heard this in a long time. It's sounding pretty good after 30 years. 

30 years!? {#Surprised}
HEY RP! Love you guys but please, stop with the Suzanne Vega all the time. Her voice is grating and you play her a lot. Too much.
Much better song than Luka, for me
 DavidFromHouston wrote:
I remember buying all of her albums in the late 90's. I love her narrative style.

 
...And - uh - she's wonderful!
 wtango wrote:
My first PSD.  Sorry.

 
Tapped accidentally? Shit happens...
I remember liking this back in my college days when it was playing on FM radio.  Sounds better on Radio Paradise!  
 
I remember buying all of her albums in the late 90's. I love her narrative style.
There is a nice, dark chord progression sprinkled throughout this song, that I think really elevates it.
A Vega tune I kind of like....!
My first PSD.  Sorry.