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The War On Drugs — Thinking Of A Place
Album: A Deeper Understanding
Avg rating:
7.7

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2965









Released: 2017
Length: 11:06
Plays (last 30 days): 4
It was back in Little Bend that I saw you
Light was changing on the water
Where birds above it flown
There was pain in your eyes
So you vanished in the night
Missouri River in the distance
So I lied upon the lawn

I remember walking against the darkness of the beach
Love is like a ghost in the distance, ever-reached
Travel through the night because there is no fear
Alone but right behind until I watched you disappear

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night
Just moving with the moon
And the light it shines
And I'm thinking of a place
And it feels so very real
Just moving through the dark

Once I had a dream I was falling from the sky
Coming down like running water
Passing by myself alight
In the morning, I would wake to the sound of summer falls
Like little whispers through the signs

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night
And I'm looking at the moon
And the light it shines
But I'm thinking of a place
And it feels so very real
Oh, it was so full of love!

Come and take my hand, babe
There's a turn in the road that we've been taking
But it'll set you free
Because there's a rhythm in the way that we've been moving
Yeah, there's a darkness over there, but we ain't going

See it through through my eyes
Walk me to the water
Hold my hand and something turns to me
Love me every night
Drown me in the water
Hold my hand and there's something turning me
See it through my eyes
Love me like no other
And hold my hand and something turns to me
And turns me into you

Lead me through the light
Pull me from the water
Hold my hand and something turns to me
Turns me into you
Just see it through my eyes
Love me like no there
Hold my hand and something turns to me
Turns me into you
Turn to me
Into you
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 Proclivities wrote:

In general, when people refer to "harmonies" in a song, they are referring to the harmonized vocals.   I believe Laptopdog was referring to "vocal harmony" or "harmonies", which would require more than one voice singing - and this song does not have.   I don't believe he was referring to the broader definition of "harmony", though perhaps the post he was responding to was referring to the "harmonious" arrangement of the song.
 And I find it odd that 'in general' ends up meaning "more specifically."  All OP said was "beautiful harmony" which is rather generic sounding, and seems to fit the broader harmony than vocal harmony.  At least we're not talking about it being cacophonic.  LLRP!!
 jimtyrrell wrote:
I have the album but RP is playing it way to often for those of us not on Prozac. Move on. 7
 
I'm not on Prozac and it's not played enough.
Still love it.
 jimtyrrell wrote:
I have the album but RP is playing it way to often for those of us not on Prozac. Move on. 7
 

Totally resent that. Not on so much as some orange juice & apple butter on toast, but can ALWAYS go... here. Bugger off. 
I have the album but RP is playing it way to often for those of us not on Prozac. Move on. 7
Haunting dreamlike song with a jarring nightmare (in a good way) guitar solo. I love it
 lizardking wrote:

In music, harmony considers the process by which the composition of individual sounds, or superpositions of sounds, is analysed by hearing. Usually, this means simultaneously occurring frequencies, pitches (tones, notes), or chords.[1]

The study of harmony involves chords and their construction and chord progressions and the principles of connection that govern them.[2]

Harmony is often said to refer to the "vertical" aspect of music, as distinguished from melodic line, or the "horizontal" aspect.[3]
 
In general, when people refer to "harmonies" in a song, they are referring to the harmonized vocals.   I believe Laptopdog was referring to "vocal harmony" or "harmonies", which would require more than one voice singing - and this song does not have.   I don't believe he was referring to the broader definition of "harmony", though perhaps the post he was responding to was referring to the "harmonious" arrangement of the song.
Yes, the music mix is absolutely superb. 


 Laptopdog wrote:

Really?! There's only guy singing. Unless maybe you can hear something they recorded in the dog-hearing range?
 

In music, harmony considers the process by which the composition of individual sounds, or superpositions of sounds, is analysed by hearing. Usually, this means simultaneously occurring frequencies, pitches (tones, notes), or chords.[1]

The study of harmony involves chords and their construction and chord progressions and the principles of connection that govern them.[2]

Harmony is often said to refer to the "vertical" aspect of music, as distinguished from melodic line, or the "horizontal" aspect.[3]


 MrStatenIsle wrote:

Fair enough, lizardking, I concur. 11 would be a stretch, but indeed, long live RP!
 
Well if we all like everything exactly as everyone else does....this world would be boring has hell, right?  Still, I ADAMantly rate this one beyond the charts; it's a transformative piece of music for me, for when it found me and how it's entered my consciousness....I guess that's what I like about it....stay cool MrStatenIsle...and LLRP!!
Another awesome segue from Moody Blues to War on Drugs. Thanks Bill and Rebecca
Is a great album 
 lizardking wrote:

probably cuz they're in the moment, in the groove, in the place they're thinking of...a wonderful place based on how awesome the tune about it is....where's the 11 rating at?
Long Live RP!!
 
Fair enough, lizardking, I concur. 11 would be a stretch, but indeed, long live RP!
 MrStatenIsle wrote:


And how the band just doesn't fall asleep after two minutes of playing it.
 
probably cuz they're in the moment, in the groove, in the place they're thinking of...a wonderful place based on how awesome the tune about it is....where's the 11 rating at?
Long Live RP!!
 Peace_tode wrote:


Liquid kazoo-like guitar. Hmmmm.  I think you are right. Never heard a description like that!
 
Glad you liked it!   Several other artists use an electric guitar to create a liquid kazoo-like guitar sound.  Notably Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame.

It is jaw-dropping amazing the sounds that electric guitars can produce these days.  Many of us, count me in too, often believe that sound x is coming from a keyboard synthesizer when the sound is actually coming from an electric guitar 'synthesizer'.
 westslope wrote:
Earnest vocals.  Liquid kazoo-like guitar.  Layered guitars.  A harmonica.  Some sounds inspired by Talk Talk.  A nice mid-song hook.  

Dreamy, lush.   
 
I dunno....  this one should catch on and garner a bit of a following.   Looking forward to the new album.
 

Liquid kazoo-like guitar. Hmmmm.  I think you are right. Never heard a description like that!
Their most likable tune, but still some sleepy, boring stuff.
 123heyaho! wrote:
Can someone please give them a new drum pattern...?
 

And how the band just doesn't fall asleep after two minutes of playing it.
 user4176 wrote:

Yeah... I was thinking who it was that his voice reminds me of. Now I know :)
 
I get hints of Bryan Adams
 123heyaho! wrote:
Can someone please give them a new drum pattern...?
 
No, please no. I love percussion on this album.
The War on Drugs = DEA resting with a big joint.
 Grammarcop wrote:
I was on a lonely, dark road in central Michigan last night when this came on the RP app. 

Snow swirling hypnotically around the car. Farmhouse lights in the distance. A blinking amber light above an intersection. And this playing loud.

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night

It was transcendent.
 
Living in Ontario, Canada, I know these transcendent winter/fall driving moments well. For me these occurred with the albums "Deep" by Peter Murphy and "Mind Bomb" by The the.
Can someone please give them a new drum pattern...?
Can somebody please give them a new drum pattern...?
Few songs make me feel how this song makes me feel.

I love it.

Don't ever stop playing this
 dbezemek1 wrote:
beautiful harmony
 
Really?! There's only guy singing. Unless maybe you can hear something they recorded in the dog-hearing range?
Every time I hear them, I like them more. You know how something gets better the more you hear it, sometimes? Not for everyone, via the single comment below.
Absolute crap! This played just a day or two ago, at around the same time of day. It crosses the threshold from boring to irritating, so I couldn't just ignore it and tune it out, had to mute both times.

This much airplay and a 7.7 rating - clearly RP & its audience are on a divergent track from mine. After 10+ years of listening, that's too bad, it's impossible to contribute when the need to mute is actually increasing!
 justin4kick wrote:
Good musicians, decent song and cleverly made but it doesn't hit me. None of their songs so far. The new Toto?
 
I wouldn't go that far.  Musically, pretty much everything I've heard from these guys sounds pretty generic and almost interchangeable.  They at least seem sincere however - especially their lyrics; nothing about Toto ever seemed sincere to me.
 user4176 wrote:

Yeah... I was thinking who it was that his voice reminds me of. Now I know :)
 
I can hear that too, but I think this might actually be a top secret government experiment to determine what would happen if Bob Dylan actually could carry a tune.
 Orphan wrote:
Does anyone else hear Al Stewart?
 
Yeah... I was thinking who it was that his voice reminds me of. Now I know :)
Cool.  I grew up in Michigan and I can relate.  Go Blue!
Grammarcop wrote:

I was on a lonely, dark road in central Michigan last night when this came on the RP app. 

Snow swirling hypnotically around the car. Farmhouse lights in the distance. A blinking amber light above an intersection. And this playing loud.

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night

It was transcendent.
 

beautiful harmony
Thank you RP for introducing this amazing group back in 2014 or thereabouts.  I feel so lucky to know of their fine music, and wouldn't have without RP.  The best station, streaming or otherwise, ever.  You have blessed my days and nights since I first discovered you and helped me through so many tough times.  Thank you for being such a beautiful gift!
This one gives me goosebumps everytime I here it. 10... what else :)
This is such a lovely number. The Dylan impression is a little daft and the drumming is a flat and repetitive, to my ears only of course.  Having said that, it's just churlish to look negatively at such lovely music.  Thanks for bringing them to me, RP.
I'm not sure that I've ever heard a song that quite so perfectly captures the essence of how nostalgia - the bittersweet, melancholic longing that sits somewhere between your stomach and your heart.
Just moved it to a 10! This song moves me to tears. Not often I hear a song I get tottally lost in.
 Yep that's right!!!!! bobcouch wrote:
This is another great group that I would never have heard of if it weren't for RP. I love RP!! I'll be making my donation when I get home from work tonight. Gotta keep this station up and running!!
 

this is why i love this awesome radio! this song is always takes me to the my childhood memories and gives me peace 
 birdland wrote:Remembering
Recalling of something important and the telling - to someone - or anyone.
It’s a journey - it’s remarkable and beautiful.  Wow, made me think of a lot of places, times, and people that forever sparked my soul.

Follow this - take some time - commit - listen through.
There is a stream of thought -
The evolution of a dream -
A guitar feature that is less a solo and more a human voice from the other side of something.
Pieces of poetry
A falling further into sleep
Remembering
Recalling of something important and the telling - to someone - or anyone.
It’s a journey - it’s remarkable and beautiful.



 

 rlr511 wrote:
love, love , love this song.  
 
. . . All 11 minutes of it!
 PLezam9109 wrote:
Surpirse, surpise!. Very likeable song
 
No surprise here man. This is a good band.
love, love , love this song.  
Every time I hear this I like it more! 
 stevied07 wrote:
 
 
boom tic boom boom tic......
Surpirse, surpise!. Very likeable song
I like this easy flowing style
The imagery he portrays in his songs is wonderful. Has found his 'sound' especially on the last couple of albums, which are both brilliant.
This is another great group that I would never have heard of if it weren't for RP. I love RP!! I'll be making my donation when I get home from work tonight. Gotta keep this station up and running!!
Sounds equal parts new and equal parts retro all at once.
 
Ages well... like fine wine.
3M 79 !!!
A Dylan who can hit the higher notes ?
 Grammarcop wrote:
I was on a lonely, dark road in central Michigan last night when this came on the RP app. 

Snow swirling hypnotically around the car. Farmhouse lights in the distance. A blinking amber light above an intersection. And this playing loud.

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night

It was transcendent.
 
i love this image. thank you again RP for making this kind of connection - this took me out of my small world for a second. nice.
Too high in rotation.. .can almost predict the next time it will come up... 
What a fabulous song ... all elements.
Totally feeling this song. Always had and always will. 
 westslope wrote:
Earnest vocals.  Liquid kazoo-like guitar.  Layered guitars.  A harmonica.  Some sounds inspired by Talk Talk.  A nice mid-song hook.  

Dreamy, lush.   
 
I dunno....  this one should catch on and garner a bit of a following.   Looking forward to the new album.

 
you were SO RIGHT about this, westslope - a year + later and well....7.7 avg with 2057 total ratings!! 

And I haven't heard it in a bit, several months maybe, and as soon as I heard it start up this morning, well work be DAMNED....I found myself Thinking of a Place again, just so WOW.  Long Live RP!!

 Grammarcop wrote:
I was on a lonely, dark road in central Michigan last night when this came on the RP app. 

Snow swirling hypnotically around the car. Farmhouse lights in the distance. A blinking amber light above an intersection. And this playing loud.

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night

It was transcendent.
 
That's real nice. As it should be. It's like this band was created for our own thoughts and ways. 
I was on a lonely, dark road in central Michigan last night when this came on the RP app. 

Snow swirling hypnotically around the car. Farmhouse lights in the distance. A blinking amber light above an intersection. And this playing loud.

I'm moving through the dark
Of a long black night

It was transcendent.
superb ... the best of the USA IMHO
Way too long. Needed PSD button twice.


{#Crown}
 justin4kick wrote:
Good musicians, decent song and cleverly made but it doesn't hit me. None of their songs so far. The new Toto?

 
I know what you mean, but I like that, it's good music you can listen too without it being in your face.
Good musicians, decent song and cleverly made but it doesn't hit me. None of their songs so far. The new Toto?
Does anyone else hear Al Stewart?
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Better still, quit whining and hit the PSD button.

 
Yes
 ekin wrote:
this song takes me to the somewhere i feel myself uplifted and makes me dream about endless spring feelings... it's feels like my childhood memories {#Jump}

 
I'm with you.
 cgrove wrote:
The War on Drugs.....ugh.  Terrible. Every song sounds the same and they're all terrible.  Take them out of the rotation.
 
Better still, quit whining and hit the PSD button.
The War on Drugs.....ugh.  Terrible. Every song sounds the same and they're all terrible.  Take them out of the rotation.
This song has become ingrained into my mind and I'm glad- sounds a lot like a classic already. love this album. love this band.
 westslope wrote:

Agreed.  Though the designation is odd to say the least as Petty, Springsteen, Mellencamp, and Adam Granduciel are very much urban artists.  

 
Like most genre labels, it's somewhat vague and inaccurate, though I believe it may have first been applied to Mellencamp, who was not urban - he was a very small-town, rural guy - or at least played up that image.

Really good song but the production quality seems to be wanting.  I wonder what would have happened had they worked with an A list producer.

Follow this - take some time - commit - listen through.
There is a stream of thought -
The evolution of a dream -
A guitar feature that is less a solo and more a human voice from the other side of something.
Pieces of poetry
A falling further into sleep
Remembering
Recalling of something important and the telling - to someone - or anyone.
It’s a journey - it’s remarkable and beautiful.


has to be one of my favorite bands of modern time
 FatPants wrote:
Such a great song from a great album. As a Philadelphian, it makes me happy to see the success of The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile.

 
Gotta say both are recent discoveries for me and make me a happier listener than before I knew them. Thanks, Philly

both know how to play electric guitar
 Jenecho wrote:

AMEN! I had to double check to make sure that I hadn't written this comment, because I think it every single time I have to suffer through this dreck.

 
Booo, this band rips!  
 dlarsen66 wrote:
OMG. If I could make it through one whole day of RP and not hear a single War on Drugs song....if only. Sigh.

 
AMEN! I had to double check to make sure that I hadn't written this comment, because I think it every single time I have to suffer through this dreck.
 Proclivities wrote:

It sounds very much in that vein of the so-called "heartland" or "roots" rock: Petty, Springsteen, Mellencamp, etc.

 
Agreed.  Though the designation is odd to say the least as Petty, Springsteen, Mellencamp, and Adam Granduciel are very much urban artists.  
I love the Waterboys!
 BCarn wrote:
Had to check, this almost sounded like old Bob Dylan or if Dylan had a voice today.Nice tune.

 
Actually sounds like 14yo Bryan Adams to me. Which means great, of course.
What would Bob think?
 dlarsen66 wrote:
OMG. If I could make it through one whole day of RP and not hear a single War on Drugs song....if only. Sigh.

 
No no no no .... thow shall not diss TWOT   {#Naughty}
                          
 dlarsen66 wrote:
OMG. If I could make it through one whole day of RP and not hear a single War on Drugs song....if only. Sigh.

 

                                  Great Band. You're Welcome {#Biggrin}

OMG. If I could make it through one whole day of RP and not hear a single War on Drugs song....if only. Sigh.
Had to check, this almost sounded like old Bob Dylan or if Dylan had a voice today.Nice tune.
Aye, that guitar sounds like it hurts.
Such a great song from a great album. As a Philadelphian, it makes me happy to see the success of The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile.
 Marley wrote:
I liked the first song RP played from these guys, but they have failed to impress since then. I saw them on some late night talk show and they were so boring. Generic, boring, dull and barely tolerable. I could do with hearing less of these guys. Time to hit the PSD button.
 
Generic is spot on. Its formula rock.
I liked the first song RP played from these guys, but they have failed to impress since then. I saw them on some late night talk show and they were so boring. Generic, boring, dull and barely tolerable. I could do with hearing less of these guys. Time to hit the PSD button.
Love this guys voice....makes my head turn everytime I hear something from them.
this song takes me to the somewhere i feel myself uplifted and makes me dream about endless spring feelings... it's feels like my childhood memories {#Jump}
Gotta love the soul-wrenching kazoo-like guitar.
I like the style of this music.....smooth & unique.
Like this band...reminds me of the Waterboys
first time listen......liked it.  where they came from?
 
 
great, I will be going later this month....! Not sure I told you guys....! 

Spots_Stew wrote:
I was fortunate to see them at the Summer Stage in Central Park last month.  I hope you get the chance to see them live, too.

 


Really great music, but after listening to more of their songs and albums for a whleI can't escape the impression that their songs are all somewhat alike.
OK, this is fantastic.
I was fortunate to see them at the Summer Stage in Central Park last month.  I hope you get the chance to see them live, too.
 sfyi2001 wrote:

'A Deeper Understanding', their fourth studio album, released 6 weeks ago, is great. 

They are also fantastic live - a must see.
Thanx for playing, Bill.
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Anyone that feels like they hear anything too often here, needs to either hit psd - ('play something different' - next to the play button above), or take at least a song-long break from their arduous task of listening to music all night and day, which is what they must be doing to hear a song twice in two days.

Whatever you do, please don't whine hear. I listen to RP to get AWAY from that kind of shit. {#Laughing}

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Every station I've ever listened to has had songs in heavy rotation.  No big deal.
 sfyi2001 wrote:

'A Deeper Understanding', their fourth studio album, released 6 weeks ago, is great. 

They are also fantastic live - a must see.
Thanx for playing, Bill.
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Anyone that feels like they hear anything too often here, needs to either hit psd - ('play something different' - next to the play button above), or take at least a song-long break from their arduous task of listening to music all night and day, which is what they must be doing to hear a song twice in two days.

Whatever you do, please don't whine hear. I listen to RP to get AWAY from that kind of shit. {#Laughing}

.

 
Every station I've ever listened to has had songs in heavy rotation.  Big deal.
 TJOpootertoot wrote:
Took me a few listens to figure out what the vibe reminded me of. It's a bit up-tempo but it's got the same kind of groove as Tom Petty's "Face in the Crowd," which is a good thing. Also sounds like Daniel Lanois-era Bob Dylan (e.g. OH MERCY). Also just fine.
 
It sounds very much in that vein of the so-called "heartland" or "roots" rock: Petty, Springsteen, Mellencamp, etc.
Took me a few listens to figure out what the vibe reminded me of. It's a bit up-tempo but it's got the same kind of groove as Tom Petty's "Face in the Crowd," which is a good thing. Also sounds like Daniel Lanois-era Bob Dylan (e.g. OH MERCY). Also just fine.
This song's pretty good but the band name is just awful! {#Snooty}
 scadawizard wrote:
Play it again and again, Thanks Bill.
 
And again
Play it again and again, Thanks Bill.
Overplayed and underwhelming.
AGAIN ?
This band is just awesome
Flew to Atlanta last month for their show. I got there a day early and this album was my soundtrack as I walked the city. The show, and this music, could not have been better. 
I love it
Thanks RP for this wonderful piece.
Got the new album after hearing it.
Simply beautiful lyrics and melody.
 westslope wrote:
15 plays in the last 30 days?   All right!  

 
That was early June 2017.

Now 12 plays in the last 30 days.  No problem here as I stop what I am doing and turn it up.  The album gets played often on road trips.



'A Deeper Understanding', their fourth studio album, released 6 weeks ago, is great. 

They are also fantastic live - a must see.
Thanx for playing, Bill.
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Anyone that feels like they hear anything too often here, needs to either hit psd - ('play something different' - next to the play button above), or take at least a song-long break from their arduous task of listening to music all night and day, which is what they must be doing to hear a song twice in two days.

Whatever you do, please don't whine hear. I listen to RP to get AWAY from that kind of shit. {#Laughing}



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I just Love this track, its able to transport me somewhere nice in moments and lasts so long, half way through you start thinking its finishing and it picks up again. Best thing they have done and set to be a classic. 9/10
 mememu wrote:
I like this, but it is played way too often. Almost every other day.

 
Funny, but I could easily hear it every day and enjoy it as much as I do right now.  S_M_O_O_T_H and EASY on the ears.