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The Waterboys — Long Strange Golden Road
Album: Modern Blues
Avg rating:
6.9

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Total ratings: 2279









Released: 2015
Length: 10:14
Plays (last 30 days): 3
I was longing to be wooed
I was ready to be humbled
by the words that you had written
by the syllables you mumbled

Yeah, I was ready in my heart
to have my heart invaded
by the fervor of your passion
yes, I came to be persuaded

But when I heard your ragged voice
something switched in my perception
and I knew I was the victim
of a beautiful deception

All my once exact beliefs
like tangled threads unraveled
I walked out stunned and liberated
and so began my travels

CHORUS:
Keep the river on your right
and the highway at your shoulder
and the front line in your sights, Pioneer
keep your eye on the road
remember what you told her
this is all in code, my dear

"You better get yourself a coat"
said the handsome taxi driver
and he sighed like seven bridges
like a natural-born survivor

As we drove into the night
I could feel the forest jangling
all the choices laid before me
and their consequences dangling

We came upon a stricken ship
that must have once been splendid
the captain as he died said
"Boys, our revels now have ended"

I heard a wild holy band
playing jazz that was outrageous
that recalled the days of rapture
when our love was still young and contagious

[CHORUS]

In a dim-lit motel room
two sad lovers were discoursing
on the dignity of exile
and the merits of divorcing

She said "All certainty is gone"
but he leapt up, still denying
cried, "I won't believe the flame I lit
is dead or even dying"

She left him drooling in the dust
and with rucksack packed begun her
bitter journey to the border
which is where I wooed and won her

She was Aphrodite, Helen, Thetis
Eve among the satyrs
she was Venus in a v-neck sweater
she was all that ever mattered

[CHORUS]

Like Dean Moriarty's ghost
I came in quest of secret knowledge
in the winter of my journey
to a crumbling Druid college

There I read the books of lore
and contemplated in seclusion
but I took my leave embittered
still in love with my illusions

In the drizzling Irish rain
as a tender dawn was breaking
in a doorway I stood spellbound by
the ancient music they were making

I took my breakfast with the gods
on a blushing summer morning
to a wind blew them all away
without a moment's warning

[CHORUS]

Under cold electric light
I watched the scenes mutating
like an old-time frontier ballad
or a carousel rotating

As if in a moment from a film
with astonishing precision
the camera zooms in closer
and a figure comes into vision

I'm in Tokyo; it's dawn
and it's raining hallelujahs
down the bright-lit neon canyons
along the sidewalks of Shibuya

I'm trying to take a stance
and rise above my contradictions
but I'm just a bunch of words in pants
most of those are fiction

[CHORUS x2]
Comments (280)add comment
I just applied the lyrics to Trump and his supporters.  What a mind trip that set me on

I still love the song, however!
11 outta 10
Very underrated 
suuuuper song
 grhorn wrote:
what is this song about?
 
About learning to love one's partner when the relationship moves into old age.
Seriously, this is an 11, over the top. I have to crank it up no matter what I'm doing. And I came into this century thinking I didn't like The Waterboys. Time to dig back.
what is this song about?
This must be some of the strangest lyrics ever written, but I like it. 8 -> 9!

10
 skibbenr wrote:


I wish I could delete your emoji but I just don't see that option here. So why not just skip instead of subjecting us to your lame stinker of a comment?
 
Why not? 
1) I can’t skip ahead on Tune-in
2) I’m part of “us.”
3) You can always choose NOT to comment or provide a music-related counter criticism
4) it’s called “free speech” and not everyone has the same likes/dislikes..

Any other questions?
 Grammarcop wrote:
Interminable.
 
And that song crescendo is not nearly long enough...  
-1,000!
4 years ago I said this song was about 8 mins too long.  It still is.  pxd
 flatop wrote:
your right  "genius"  ...if the  author of the lyrics was   4 years old  jimlandwehr2582 wrote:
The lyrics are genius. Love this tune. 
 

 
Man, you must hang out with some spectacular four year olds, I don't know any who know about this stuff:

She was Aphrodite, Helen, Thetis
Eve among the satyrs
she was Venus in a v-neck sweater
she was all that ever mattered

 kbs wrote:

Comment attached to the wrong song? I can't see (hear) the connection...
 
You can't hear the spitting lisp, a la Sylvester? Thufferin' Thuccotash!

I still like it, it's just funny.
c.
I thought I liked the waterboys, now I'm not so sure.
Not really liking this song too much.
One Bruce Springsteen is enough, thank you.
your right  "genius"  ...if the  author of the lyrics was   4 years old  jimlandwehr2582 wrote:
The lyrics are genius. Love this tune. 
 

  1983  : This used to be a good band  
now:   cheesy  cliche  packed   music  
shame on you Mike Scott 
 Jelani wrote:
 
 
Here: (- - - 1)!!

ugh! What a turd. He’s got that dopey “raspy” delivery. Mock rock junk.
Is there a minus one for this?
I had to go to the nine on ‘‘on this one
9
 skibbenr wrote:


I wish I could delete your emoji but I just don't see that option here. So why not just skip instead of subjecting us to your lame stinker of a comment?
 
Ok, skinbenr, from now on, let’s ALL just post positive comments about EVERY song — and only the ones YOU like...especially the lame ones like THIS turd.

Or you COULD just roll with the flow and let others posit their views without you getting butt-hurt about it.

and yet... the song persists as I type this witty retort. Ooo! A guitar solo among the “BOOM-CHICK-BOOM-CHICK” drone. 

smh

Mike, Brother Paul, Steve,  some of my favorite musicians, performances from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019!
I was a big Waterboys fan but this song just doesn't do it for me. It sounds like one long cliche to me. 
I can't stop to listen it great song,  I give a 10 +++++++
This is a great song to whistle to with an epic guitar solo at the end. Love it. 10+
Ten minutes of sheer song-writing brilliance. I loved the Waterboys in the 80s, this is miles better than anything they did back then. And this is all in code, my dear.
 cc_rider wrote:
I bet Sylvester the Cat says 'Me? Speath impedimenth? THAT guy hath a speath impedimenth!'

I still like the song, it's just kind of funny.
c.
 
Comment attached to the wrong song? I can't see (hear) the connection...
I bet Sylvester the Cat says 'Me? Speath impedimenth? THAT guy hath a speath impedimenth!'

I still like the song, it's just kind of funny.
c.
Yowza! The list of FORMER members of The Waterboys is a looooooooooooong one:

Anthony Thistlethwaite[8] – saxophone, bass, mandolin, harmonica (1982–91, 2013) Kevin Wilkinson[8] – drums (1982–85) Norman Rodger – bass (1983) Preston Hayman – drums (1983) Adrian Johnston - drums, piano (1983, 1985) Karl Wallinger[8] – keyboards (1983–85) Roddy Lorimer[9] – trumpet (1983–90, 2007) Martyn Swain – bass (1984–85) John Caldwell[10] – guitar (1984) Eddi Reader[10] – backing vocals (1984) Chris Whitten[11] – drums (1984–85) Frank Biddulph – fiddle (1985) Marco Sin[10] – bass (1985) Lu Edmonds – bass (1985) Max Edie – vocals (1985) Guy Chambers[10] – piano (1985–86) Dave Ruffy[10] – drums (1985–86) Trevor Hutchinson[12] – bass, bouzouki (1986–91, 2013) Peter McKinney[12] – drums (1986–88) Fran Breen[13] – drums (1986-8) Liam O'Connor – accordion (1987) Vinnie Kilduff[13] – uilleann pipes, tin whistle (1987–89) Colin Blakey[13] – flute, whistle, piano (1987–90) Tomas Mac Eoin[13] – vocals (1988–89) Jay Dee Daugherty[13] – drums (1988–89, 2001) Sharon Shannon[13] – accordion, fiddle (1989–90, 2004)

Noel Bridgeman[13] – drums (1989–90) Ken Blevins[13] – drums (1990–91) Tim Sanders – sax (1990) Simon Clarke – sax (1990) Chris Bruce – lead guitar (1992–93) Carla Azar – drums (1992–93) Scott Thunes – bass (1992–93) Jeremy Stacey[14] – drums (1999-2000, 2006, 2008) Richard Naiff[14] – keyboards, flute (1999-2008, 2014) Livingstone Brown[14] – bass (1999-2000) Gordon Davis – bass (2000) Adam Snyder – keyboards (2000) John Baggot – keyboards (2000) Tom Windriff – drums (2000–01) Jo Wadeson – bass (2000–01) Ray Fean – drums (2001) Ian McNabb – keyboards, bass (2001, 2002) Geoff Dugmore – drums (2001–03) Paul Beavis – drums (2002) Brad Waissman – bass (2002–03) Carlos Hercules[15] – drums (2003-6, 2009) Steve Walters[15] – bass (2003–06) Liam Ó Maonlaí[16] – keyboards (2005) Mark Smith – bass (2006–09) Damon Wilson – drums (2007–08) John McCullough – keyboards (2009)

Katie Kim[17] – vocals (2009–12) Ash Soan – drums (2009–10) Joe Chester[17] – lead guitar (2009–12, 2014) Simon Wallace – keyboards (2009–10) Marc Arciero – bass (2009–13) Blaise Margail[17] – trombone (2010–11) Ruby Ashley – oboe, cor anglais (2010) Sarah Allen[17] – flute (2010–12) Paul "Binzer" Brennan – drums (2010–12) James Hallawell – keyboards (2010–13) Kate St John[17] – oboe, cor anglais (2011–12) Melvin Duffy – pedal steel, guitar (2011–13) Sarah Calderwood[18] – flute, vocals (2013) Elizabeth Ziman[18] – vocals (2013) Chris Layer[18] – flute (2013) Malcolm Gold - bass (2013) Daniel Mintseris - keyboards (2013) Chris Benelli - drums (2013) Jay Barclay – guitar (2013–14) Shane Fitzsimons – bass (2014) Niall C. Lawlor – lap steel (2014)[3] Zach Ernst – guitar (2014-16)[19] David Hood – bass (2014-16)[20] Jon Green – drums (2017)[21] Bart Walker – guitar (2017)[21] Neil Mahony - bass (2016, 2019)[22] Jeff Adams – bass (2019)[3]
The groove or drive amazes me every time. The drummer just goes and goes, but so leaned back. 
Just missed them at the Mundaka Festival 2016, that must have been stellar
That album cover is as spooky as some imagery appearing in the first season of "True Detective".... not a bad association.
Tiresome, and repetitive.

And repetitive. 

And tiresome..
Can’t put my finger on it, but I just love this. One of the few non-classic tunes that get a 10 from me.
RP listeners are a tough crowd.

For me, this song is an easy 8. Maybe more.
It never wears out. Just keeps getting better.
9 -> 10 after realizing for the past year every time it comes on I stop what I'm doing turn it up and sing the chorus at the top of my lungs. Only now I realized it's a 10 minute song.
I took my breakfast with the gods
on a blushing summer morning
to a wind blew them all away
*without a moment's* warning
I misread every warning
just about 8 minutes too long...


Mike Scott is a poet who always tells a story. This a good one. 
Had to up my rating having heard this a few times now.  Just gets better each listening.
 davinson110 wrote:


Maybe your ears are about 20 minutes too long lol
 
Hahahahahahahaha!
Better every time. 
That album cover always reminds me of  "True Detectives" Season 1.... Spooky!
Love the songwriting in this tune.  It just goes on and on and never wavers.



she was Venus in a v-neck sweater
she was all that ever mattered
Interminable.
This track has gotten under my skin. My most listened-to song on Spotify two years running. Always something new to discovery. Ambitious, playful, magnificent, flawed.

Thank you Mike Scott.

- Just a guy with a bunch of words, in pants
It's really growing on me! This is probably the seventh time I have heard this and it gets better and better!
 eyeball wrote:
I don't see what the problem is. I find this quite enjoyable.
And I like a song with a bit of length, as well as girth. 
 
Some people are afraid of heights...I'm afraid of widths...;-(

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.
The lyrics are genius. Love this tune. 
Heard this for the first time yesterday.... melody, lyrics grabbed me right away. Need to hear it again!!!
 spinslps wrote:
This song is about 20 minutes too long.
 

Maybe your ears are about 20 minutes too long lol
 spinslps wrote:
 This song is about 20 minutes too long.
 
I know, it is hard to believe it came out in 2015. Feels like its being going on since at least 2011.
Sort of Dylanesque with it multitude of lyrics and verses, but with a "turn it up to 11" ass kicking tempo    
This song is about 20 minutes too long.
I don't see what the problem is. I find this quite enjoyable.
And I like a song with a bit of length, as well as girth. 
 emcibulka wrote:
My goodness, this is a gloriously long song!
 

Fixed 
My goodness, this is a painfully long song!
What a great song. As long as the Golden Road. 10
 otschihorst wrote:
geht das ne Stunde? :)p
 
Nö, 10 Minuten
Lots of words interestingly put together.  And he admits, he is just a bunch of words in pants. 
 Roguewarer wrote:
2 Questions:
1) Is there a statute of limitations re: how many verses a song can have?

2) Why won’t this lame stinker end?

This is for what “Skip” & “Delete” were made. 
 

I wish I could delete your emoji but I just don't see that option here. So why not just skip instead of subjecting us to your lame stinker of a comment?
2 Questions:
1) Is there a statute of limitations re: how many verses a song can have?

2) Why won’t this lame stinker end?

This is for what “Skip” & “Delete” were made. 
 nickmetalx3317 wrote:
Awesome ending. Bumping it up to 9
 
I went +1 to 7, mostly due to the ending....maybe that's why I had it low before...not allowing the tune to finish.  I recently listened to the entire album, and found I like this one enough to not skip it.  November tales is still the best track to me, and I've rated that one a 10...so yeah...LLRP!!
 kingart wrote:
This track deserves a higher rating. It's strange, epic, engaging, and the last couple minutes are high octane. Let's go, RPers, plug it in. 
 

5 seems about right.
This is still on?? I left the room to do a chore hoping to come back to this being over.
I had no idea it was so long!!!
 ziggytrix wrote:
"We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you'd say.Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones..."

 

Why doesn't this have more likes? 
I made it 3 (。♥‿♥。)
10 and prob 15, yeah  lv it
 ziggytrix wrote:
"We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you'd say.Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones..."

 
LOL LOL


Woww!!! Excellent, c'est d'la bombe! 
"We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you'd say.

Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones..."

Quite boring.
Awesome ending. Bumping it up to 9
Hell would freeze and palm trees grow on the moon before anyone would hear this track on commercial radio. 
Should be, Quicker this song ends the better
Quicker this song the better
geht das ne Stunde? :)p
 chris.m.shields wrote:
I'm sorry, but this song drives me crazy... it ambles around all over the place and reminds me of Midnight Oil.
 What’s  the matter with midnight  oil

 master_betty wrote:
Pretty ordinary. Does this song ever end?
 

HOPEFULLY
Man, I love that B-3...
I like the contagious, outrageous rhyme.  Like it in Isis, too.
I'm sorry, but this song drives me crazy... it ambles around all over the place and reminds me of Midnight Oil.
Man, just really do not like this song. No big fan of the band either, always sound like they are just trying way too hard to be deep and meaningful, but all they can come up with is drivel that grates like nails on a chalk board. Really wish there was a "0" rating.
I like the line, 'keep the river on your right', but 'Venus in a v-neck sweater' is a bit much.
It doesn't half go on, and on, and on ...
Pretty ordinary. Does this song ever end?
Music's not bad - but the lyrics make it an 8 for me.
love this album, can't wait to dress as Elvis for the Danforth show
 dlee3737 wrote:
Totally agree- my favorite as well
So many great lines here - picking these 2 from this listen - fantastic!

but I'm just a bunch of words in pants 
and most of those are fiction
 

 
Reminiscent of Leonard Cohen's "Going Home" lyrics from 3 years earlier:

"I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit"


 kingart wrote:
This track deserves a higher rating. It's strange, epic, engaging, and the last couple minutes are high octane. Let's go, RPers, plug it in. 
 
A bunch of words in pants rates a 5 at best, IMO.
 kingart wrote:
I took my breakfast with the gods 
on a blushing summer morning 
to a wind blew them all away 
without a moment's warning 

Correction, as per what is actually sung

I took my breakfast with the gods 
on a blushing summer morning 
to a wind blew them all away 
I had misread every warning 
 
Yes, I noticed that too.  And here's a possible correction to the correction: I don't think it's "to a wind blew them all away" - " 'til a wind blew them all away" makes more sense. 
Awesome. Never getting tired of it.
We (I) need more Dyllanesque ballads like this. Reminds me of The Band anyway.
 Jakethemuss wrote:
Will this ever end?
 
It's still going. OMG, I thought it was winding down just now, BUT NO. Another verse. 
Really basic rock tune. Waay too long
Will this ever end?
Love it ...
I like the Waterboys, but this is not amongst their best.
I took my breakfast with the gods 
on a blushing summer morning 
to a wind blew them all away 
without a moment's warning 

Correction, as per what is actually sung

I took my breakfast with the gods 
on a blushing summer morning 
to a wind blew them all away 
I had misread every warning 
Lots of words,  brevity is not in his breviary.
It's 9 for sure.  Off topic in this context but I heard Over The Hill from John Hiatt's Eclipse Sessions a sure 10.
Totally agree- my favorite as well
So many great lines here - picking these 2 from this listen - fantastic!

but I'm just a bunch of words in pants 
and most of those are fiction
 

So many great lines here - picking these 2 from this listen - fantastic!

but I'm just a bunch of words in pants 
and most of those are fiction
Jack Kerouack would have loved it.
 kingart wrote:
As if in a moment from a film 
with astonishing precision 

For a moment there he sounded like Looney Tunes Sylvester....

But that's alright. I dig this whacky tabacky track. 
 
Goddammit. 

Suffering Succotash

Ruined for ever...  Hilarious.

Still gets an 8 from me, though.
As if in a moment from a film 
with astonishing precision 

For a moment there he sounded like Looney Tunes Sylvester....

But that's alright. I dig this whacky tabacky track. 
It's a rare cloudy day in the great american southwest.  This track really lays it down how the world looks on my giant wind farm in the heart of the high desert.  There is a god.
Sounds like this guy needs a spit guard.
This track deserves a higher rating. It's strange, epic, engaging, and the last couple minutes are high octane. Let's go, RPers, plug it in. 
bang
on
my
ear
{#Bananajam}
The ghost of Dean Moriarty in a ghillie suit passes by who've not the appetite for the path of acquiring wisdom; it's a long strange road.
This is all in code, my dear
This is the way to tell a life story, with zest, humour, joie de vivre, and of course a cracking tune.
 Redpoint wrote:
6.2!!! What is wrong here?
 
Yeah, way too much for this mediocrity prototype.
 Redpoint wrote:
6.2!!! What is wrong here?
 
Yeah, way too much for this medocrity prototype.
There are a lot of great Waterboys songs, but this is not one of them.  I used to be a big fan, back when they toured as U2's opening act, both on Island Records.  Just can't get into this one, and PSD is not working right now for some reason.
Good to hear these guys again, but is there a short version?
 rtrt wrote:

Yep - some of the best Waterboys lyrics/lines in a long time are in there

 
They must really be awful lyricists.  This tune is just verbal hash, like they threw a dictionary into a high-speed blender and put to music whatever popped out.  A MUCH DESERVED SUCKO-BARFO!!