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Ben Howard — Oats In the Water
Album: The Burgh Island EP
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7.6

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Total ratings: 2181









Released: 2012
Length: 4:51
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Go your way
I'll take the long way 'round
I'll find my own way down
As I should

And hold your gaze
There's coke in the Midas touch
A joke in the way that we rust
And breathe again

And you'll find loss
And you'll fear what you found
When weather comes
Tearing down

There'll be oats in the water
There'll be birds on the ground
There'll be things you never asked her
Oh how they tear at you now

Go your way
I'll take the long way 'round
I'll find my own way down
As I should

And hold your gaze
There's coke in the Midas touch
A joke in the way that we rust
And breathe again

And you'll find loss
And you'll fear what you found
When weather comes
Tearing down

There'll be oats in the water
There'll be birds on the ground
There'll be things you never asked her
Oh how they tear at you now
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 tinypriest wrote:
The words are beyond his age. Maybe if he was 57 he'd know what he's singing about.
 

" age is just a number "
- Mickey Rourke
The words are beyond his age. Maybe if he was 57 he'd know what he's singing about.
I like this.
Especially as I live near Burgh Island ( South Devon, UK)
 baronsylte wrote:

That's not an accent, it's a dialect.
But yes, very cool.

 
Ben Howard may speak in an identifiable dialect (I don't know), though I believe that DChas was correct in that all that comes across in this song is his accent (pronunciation), i.e., there is nothing about the grammar or vocabulary of these lyrics that is characteristic to a particular group of English speakers.

It's certainly not a Richmond, Surrey, accent/dialect. Maybe a merge with more than a heavy dose of West Country - but that would depend on his age when he upped sticks?

 
kbs wrote:
 baronsylte wrote:

That's not an accent, it's a dialect.
But yes, very cool.

I hear no dialect (e.g. Geordie is a Newcastle dialect, c.f. Jimmy Nail, using regional words, phrases and pronunciation), nor do I hear any significant West Country accent - sounds standard English to me! Try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyyT2jmVPAk as a guide, or maybe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8mzWkuOxz8 which I think is better.
 

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 baronsylte wrote:

That's not an accent, it's a dialect.
But yes, very cool.

I hear no dialect (e.g. Geordie is a Newcastle dialect, c.f. Jimmy Nail, using regional words, phrases and pronunciation), nor do I hear any significant West Country accent - sounds standard English to me! Try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyyT2jmVPAk as a guide, or maybe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8mzWkuOxz8 which I think is better.
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
Can we stop playing this song already?  Its such a downer and it seems like it is played every other day.  
 
Totally agree. Sounds like a suicidal Garfield French (no, not the cartoon cat). And it's boring.
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
Can we stop playing this song already?  Its such a downer and it seems like it is played every other day.  

 Plays (last 30 days): 2


 DChas wrote:
love his accent
 
That's not an accent, it's a dialect.
But yes, very cool.

love his accent
 flyboy wrote:
Believe it should be "There's coke in the Midas touch." Not what the lyrics here say, "As croak in the Midas touch."  Possibly a reference to an imperfect smelting where coke (not the soda) gets in the gold, or something about smelting gold requiring air pollution from burning coke.
 

I see that over the years, a few people have made this comment. I sent a PM to BillG and he changed it immediately. 
Believe it should be "There's coke in the Midas touch." Not what the lyrics here say, "As croak in the Midas touch."  Possibly a reference to an imperfect smelting where coke (not the soda) gets in the gold, or something about smelting gold requiring air pollution from burning coke.
Most excellent, love the atmosphere of this song
(song starts with guitar riff)

Me: "YES, it's the 'Peaches Come In A Can' song! Yeah, let's rock!"

(guitar gets more noodly and depressing)

Me: "Damn."
this dude is intense
Nothing new here.
Can we stop playing this song already?  Its such a downer and it seems like it is played every other day.  
Nice fade from Jesse Cook - Byzantium Underground to this song {#Clap}
J'aime pas j'adore !!!! Quel talent !!!!!!!!! New Jeff B. ???
               
Ben Howard has some incredibly powerful songs. Depth Over Distance, I Forget Where We Were, and Black Flies are some of my favorites. Even if his voice wasn't as beautiful and haunting, his lyrics are still amazing...
Nice gloomy song
 {#Yes}jhorton wrote:
Love it.

Atmospheric. 

 


Go your way
I'll take the long way 'round
I'll find my own way down
As I should
And hold your gaze
There's coke in the Midas touch
A joke in the way that we rust
And breathe again
And you'll find loss
And you'll fear what you found
When weather comes
Tearing down
There'll be oats in the water
There'll be birds on the ground
There'll be things you never asked her
Oh how they tear at you now
Go your way
I'll take the long way 'round
I'll find my own way down
As I should
And hold your gaze
There's coke in the Midas touch
A joke…

I thought this was something from a long time ago, especially with the descending bass chords at the end
me like

 
Ere, this is good.  My ears like this a lot.
Porridge. Good porridge is a rare commodity.
Proggy, I dare say.

Not bad....  
Love it.

Atmospheric. 
Very nice!
Excellent - instant 8!
 1wolfy wrote:
The guitar player sounds like Sivert Hoyem band

 
And that's a compliment.
The guitar player(solo) sounds like Sivert Hoyem band
I like this song... when it finally gets started.
 ShamanManu wrote:
me too
I like this guy, period 
{#Daisy}

I'm with you. Something intriguing about his art.
If you give a go, and you know,  may come what may, even rust.

             It's a peculiar song, reads backward.
This whole EP is pretty solid.  This song was also used in a great trailer for one of the best video games, I'd argue, of all time, the Witcher III. 
Nice sound...
me too
I like this guy, period 
{#Daisy} 
I like it...
I'm getting a touch of Barclay James Harvest from this... Allmusic lists his other influences. I like!