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Patty Griffin — One Big Love
Album: Flaming Red
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Released: 1998
Length: 4:02
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Let's take a ride to the seaside
We can go out swimming in the high tide
Just wear your shorts and your long hair
Don't forget the lawn chair

Everybody's gone to the movies
Everybody's gone and it's groovy
They went to the one about the big war
I didn't, I'd seen it before

I guess I'm taking my chances
Giving up the ring, throwing in the gloves
I guess I'm taking my chances
Trading in my things, for a couple wings, on a little white dove
And one big love, one big love

Everybody do like a monkey
If you want to go on and be funky
No need to talk like a hero
Talk a walk and count down to zero

No sense defending your honour
Just go on and kiss him if you want to
Everything before is gone
Or is going somewhere

I guess I'm taking my chances
Giving up the ring, throwing in the gloves
I guess I'm taking my chances
Trading in my things, for a couple wings, on a little white dove
And one big love, one big love

I don't know where we are and I don't care
And now we're out of gas and riding on air
And one big love, one big love

Everybody run till you're flying
Touch a star without even trying
Everybody's swinging from the big star
Everybody's riding in the cool car

Let's take a ride to the seaside
We can go out swimming in the high tide
Everybody do like a monkey
Everybody go on and be funky
Everybody go on and be funky
Let's take a ride to the seaside

Let's take a ride to the seaside
Let's take a ride to the seaside
Let's take a ride to the seaside
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Sounds really like Harriet Wheeler here... from The Sundays.
 Alafia wrote:
One of my fave Emmylou songs.  This version is pretty cool.  Like it.

 
Noooo, this is not Emmylou's. She covered it. Patty wrote it. And I prefer the original.
 Gloriastacholy wrote:
Very vintage Cheryl Crow-ish

 
I hear that here.
Kinda dig all her work, and appreciate the variations in her style. 
Everybody do like a monkey
If you want to go on and be funky

Honestly, Patty, I am embarrassed for you. 
Very vintage Cheryl Crow-ish
What a horrid “little girl’ voice.
 socalhol wrote:
LOVE Patty's version over EmmyLou's

 
Agreed.  Been nearly 2 decades and I never, ever, ever get tired of this album.  Wonderful change of pace from much of PG's work.  Either way, she can't go wrong.   
THAT VOICE IS THE BOMB. 
 phlattop wrote:

yep.
it's not even close.

 
Well maybe kind of close.  I love and have them both. Ask me to choose one voice over the other and I'll fall into some infinite cognitive loop and freeze up like those androids in the original Star Trek.  I think the production in Emmy Lou's version is better.
 socalhol wrote:
LOVE Patty's version over EmmyLou's

 
yep.
it's not even close.
The curator is in fine form this evening. That said, Ms Griffin goes with everything.
Love this song! Remember it being a track on the free CD they handed out at Lilith Fair 'back in the day'.  I think I still have that CD somewhere... 
{#Dance}
All the Deadhead hippie chicks be spinnin' an' twirl dancin' to this. So cool.
 Imkirok wrote:

Agreed.  There are a couple of jewels on it, but not compared to some of her other albums which are chock full of gems.

 
TOTALLY disagree! Her best by far. Really soulful rock. Great lyrics and guitar. All the others are too bland. MHO.
LOVE Patty's version over EmmyLou's
Love it!
It's beautiful.
Far from her best. Her best is pretty damn good but this is mediocre. The rhyming is especially forced.
 BazH wrote:
I like Patty Griffin but this album and song are not her best IMHO.

 
Agreed.  There are a couple of jewels on it, but not compared to some of her other albums which are chock full of gems.


Perfect summer song -- cruisin' along...
Started off sounding like the Sundays and then it got more, er, Griffinny.
 jnesser wrote:
Wish she would do more stuff like her Flaming Red album. I think it's her best!

 
Maybe not her "best", she has such a great body of work.

Love this album though, and would like to se another rock album from her.
I don't know if it's her best or not, and I don't much really care.  I do know this lady has a great voice.
Love Patty--but this song, not so much.
 TerryS wrote:
Just wait until some Plant rubs off on her.......

 

I'm pretty sure he's already rubbed off on her more than a few times.
Just wait until some Plant rubs off on her.......
Solid song, but more Cheryl Crowesque than Patty Griffin, lyrics, tune, singing style.
I like Patty Griffin but this album and song are not her best IMHO.
 swell_sailor wrote:
It's not Patty Griffin's best song, but it reminds me of someone, and it always will. So I can't help but stop and listen. 
 
yeah reminds me of Sheryl Crowe!
This is lacklustre.. {#Rolleyes}
It's not Patty Griffin's best song, but it reminds me of someone, and it always will. So I can't help but stop and listen. 
 Byronape wrote:

Gotta love the obscure Discworld reference...

 
Yup.
Wish she would do more stuff like her Flaming Red album. I think it's her best!
The more I hear the more I love - really tough to stay sitted when this one plays
weeee i'm here !! :)
I love Patty Griffin, she is a star !{#Angel}    (small star deliberate)
 RobRyan wrote:
I love Patty, I think she's one of the great singer songwriters of our time. That said, it seems to me like she phoned this one in.
 

If this is phoning it in, then I sure wish Patty had my number.
 musickat wrote:

Well I am ashamed to say I was not too familiar with her before RP.   I love this and Changes, both off this album.   Hard to believe she has "better" stuff than this.   What do you all recommend?
 
Ditto re discovering her here. As for recommendations: just click on "Patty Griffin" in the now-viewing bar to get a list of most of her better output. Personally, my favorites are Change and Mad Mission.
Super tune. I love hearing her with all plugged in and playing loud. Wish she'd do it more.
 cc_rider wrote:
 ScottN wrote:
Yes, I agree.  Lots of better PG songs from which to choose.
bump:

For Patty Griffin, it's merely okay. Which means it towers over 99% of what passes for popular music these days. We say this is ho-hum because, compared with her other work, it is. But her other work is so incredible, so 'stop what you're doing and just listen' amazing, this suffers by comparison.

Can you tell I'm a fan of Ms. Griffin?

 
Well I am ashamed to say I was not too familiar with her before RP.   I love this and Changes, both off this album.   Hard to believe she has "better" stuff than this.   What do you all recommend?


 fredriley wrote:
 Businessgypsy wrote:
 fredriley wrote:
...Ook ook!...
 Librarians do the monkey? Excellent!


Never use the M word around the Librarian.


 
Gotta love the obscure Discworld reference...

 Love this song!
 ScottN wrote:
Yes, I agree.  Lots of better PG songs from which to choose.
bump:

For Patty Griffin, it's merely okay. Which means it towers over 99% of what passes for popular music these days. We say this is ho-hum because, compared with her other work, it is. But her other work is so incredible, so 'stop what you're doing and just listen' amazing, this suffers by comparison.

Can you tell I'm a fan of Ms. Griffin?

{#Dancingbanana_2}
This song feels really, really good right now.  How awesome is this song!!
 RobRyan wrote:
I love Patty, I think she's one of the great singer songwriters of our time. That said, it seems to me like she phoned this one in.
  Yes, I agree.  Lots of better PG songs from which to choose.


What a happy song.  I love Patty and her work. 
150,000% agree. 

I *love* "Little God". This is the first concert I went to by myself after my divorce. It was a "I can do this by myself" moment. Very necessary and empowering. 

 
Nerubo wrote:
One of my absolute favorites. When I heard this song, I had never heard any other Patti Griffin. Now that I have, I'm even more impressed with her - it shows her range that she can sing a more pop-like song like this and then bust loose on a raw in-your-face song like "Change" or "Little God". 

 


 Ja300Mes wrote:

I hear shades of "Into The Mystic" in the introduction - cool song.

 
yup, i can hear that, too.
 michaelc wrote:
why does this have a an old Sheryl Crow  feel to me.
 
yup, i can hear that.
Very nice! but heavenly day is still my all time favorite of hers
 Businessgypsy wrote:
 fredriley wrote:
...Ook ook!...
 Librarians do the monkey? Excellent!


Never use the M word around the Librarian.


One big 9...........

I love Patty, I think she's one of the great singer songwriters of our time. That said, it seems to me like she phoned this one in.
One of my absolute favorites. When I heard this song, I had never heard any other Patti Griffin. Now that I have, I'm even more impressed with her - it shows her range that she can sing a more pop-like song like this and then bust loose on a raw in-your-face song like "Change" or "Little God". 

Patty sings beside Robert Plant on his Band of Joy tour and he introduced her as "the best singer in America."   The two of them together were truly amazing.  Listen to this lady.  Robert says so, and I believe.
 fredriley wrote:
...Ook ook!...
 Librarians do the monkey? Excellent!

 cc_rider wrote:

For Patty Griffin, it's merely okay. Which means it towers over 99% of what passes for popular music these days. We say this is ho-hum because, compared with her other work, it is. But her other work is so incredible, so 'stop what you're doing and just listen' amazing, this suffers by comparison.

Can you tell I'm a fan of Ms. Griffin?

 
Wow, I completely agree. When this first came out, I didn't know her music. I thought the song was OK, but nothing great. Then I heard the rest of the album and I'm now in awe of her.

She got great lungs, reminds me of the Sundays

Patty = Gift to humanity {#Bounce}{#Sunny}{#Kiss}
Volume {#Arrowu}
That withdrawn frosty voice is so recognizable. Nice
A fine song, with bang-on lyrics: make love, not aggro. The album's pretty damn good too, the rocky bits at least - I'm not so keen on the country stuff, but I guess she needs to keep her feet in both camps. 7 from the Nottingham jury doing like the monkey. Ook ook!


Man...you guys are tough!  Thank you m'am, may I have another?
 djblitz wrote:
I was shocked to see this was done by Patty Griffin....I never expected I would rate one of her songs so low. It just isn't that great.
 
For Patty Griffin, it's merely okay. Which means it towers over 99% of what passes for popular music these days. We say this is ho-hum because, compared with her other work, it is. But her other work is so incredible, so 'stop what you're doing and just listen' amazing, this suffers by comparison.

Can you tell I'm a fan of Ms. Griffin?

 MinMan wrote:

Neophites might also enjoy the album "Silver Bell" for more of this genre from Ms. Griffin.
Unfortunately, it's a little tricky to get a copy - try the web.
The opening track is "Little God" which plays frequently on RP.
 
Oh, yes, also contains "Boston" which proves that Patty can rock.

 "Mary" off "Flaming Red" is poignant to the point of hearthbreak.
Still a great album, love it!
 Mandible wrote:
holy crap this is patty griffin!??? cool 
Neophites might also enjoy the album "Silver Bell" for more of this genre from Ms. Griffin.
Unfortunately, it's a little tricky to get a copy - try the web.
The opening track is "Little God" which plays frequently on RP.
 Mandible wrote:
holy crap this is patty griffin!??? cool 
 
I couldn't believe it either - niiice!

 nalle wrote:
It´s a great album, love it.
 
Yep - me too!  I really love "Flaming Red" because it's so balls-to-the-wall. Doesn't give you room to analyze or back out - it's just all right there, in your face.  Patty Griffin is rather amazing.

It´s a great album, love it.
 Mandible wrote:
holy crap this is patty griffin!??? cool 
 
Yes... it's her sort of rock album.  There are some really nice cuts on it too... but some songs are really depressing too.
But hey, it's Patty...  
Wow a poppy country-ish song I like! This could be a first for me :-)

I hear shades of "Into The Mystic" in the introduction - cool song.


Simple.  Feels good.  I like it.
holy crap this is patty griffin!??? cool 
 bill-1956 wrote:
Non-offensive in a bland, generic elevator music sort of way.
 
Whit?{#Moon}

Open thy ears ppplease!

Fab track, may well go buy this album, quAlity {#Whistle}
Vocals sound like The Sundays.
Beautiful transition Bill!  I was hearing the same thing in the last song.....Thanks
why does this have a an old Sheryl Crow  feel to me.
Try singing like Patty....buy a helium tank..
Joking aside.....I love her

Oh.... How I wanna...
 jarrudy wrote:
I think I have to agree that this song doesn't do Emmylou's original justice at all.
 
This is not an Emmylou original, it's a Patty Griffin original, as are many of the
songs on Emmylou's CDs.  I don't know of any Emmylou "original" songs.

One of my fave Emmylou songs.  This version is pretty cool.  Like it.

I dig this chick.  Her voice is pretty and powerful.  Go on with your bad self Ms. Griffin!


I love her other stuff too, but I agree... she can also rock & I would love to hear more stuff like this album.

 
cathenley wrote:
I got turned on to Patty by this album...none of her other stuff is like it, wish she did more ROCK...{#Yell}{#Hearteyes}
 


I got turned on to Patty by this album...none of her other stuff is like it, wish she did more ROCK...{#Yell}{#Hearteyes}
 EssexTex wrote:
That's crazy!..In that case so do the Beatles lyrics and hundreds of other's
 
Many of them do...

This song sounds like so many other typical country rock crap.  I'm a fan 'o Patti, but this ain't one of her better songs....
 lmic wrote:

Some of the greatest poetry is deceptively simple. I'm curious how you would interpret the lyrics.

 
sure you want to go there?

 UUMike wrote:
Despite all the preceding comments, this tune STILL brightens my day every time I hear it.

"Flaming Red" was the first Patty Griffin album I ever heard, and it is STILL my favorite... damn the critics!
 

Ditto....

There's something very catchy and uplifting about this tune.
Non-offensive in a bland, generic elevator music sort of way.
First of all, I personally like this song.

I know, this sounds more like a Sheryl Crow vehicle, but that's only because Patty has evolved into such a tremendous songwriter.  I think she would have been very successful had she decided to keep turning out cool pop albums like this, but the world would have been deprived of the songwriting treasure that she has grown into.  I can't wait to see where she goes from here...
 Excelsior wrote:
I concur. Lyrics sound like they were written by a 3rd grader.
 
Analysis by a 3rd grader too.

 Excelsior wrote:
I concur. Lyrics sound like they were written by a 3rd grader.
 
Some of the greatest poetry is deceptively simple. I'm curious how you would interpret the lyrics.

Despite all the preceding comments, this tune STILL brightens my day every time I hear it.

"Flaming Red" was the first Patty Griffin album I ever heard, and it is STILL my favorite... damn the critics!
Oh boy, it's the funky monkey song again.  {#Puke}
not a huge fan.. she's got a nice voice, and its got funkey potential.
but the sound seems so generic, with the same kind of "generic" chord progressions and the feel of the song seems so overdone
 slickdh wrote:
Calling Miss Crow... Miss Cheryl Crow...
oh, wait.. damn.. Calling Miss Griffin...

Im so confused.
 

Hmmm, interesting comment there slick, considering Sheryl Crow's "Soak up the Sun", which I believe is the song making you so confused, came out on her C'Mon C'Mon album in 2002 and Patty's "One Big Love" came out 4 years earlier in 1998 on this album. 

Hope that clears things up for you.

Excelsior wrote:
I concur. Lyrics sound like they were written by a 3rd grader.
That's crazy!..In that case so do the Beatles lyrics and hundreds of other's
cmon Patty, you don't need to do this formulaic manufactured for adult contemporary crap. Leave it to the master. leave it for Cheryl Crowe.
LOOOOVEEE HER.
Rej_P wrote:
Any song that rhymes Hero with Zero, can't get get a higher rating than 5. In this case, extra -3 for rhyming Monkey with Funky
I concur. Lyrics sound like they were written by a 3rd grader.
How am I gonna get any work done?? :rolleyes: :lol: :notworthy: :clap:
Rej_P wrote:
Any song that rhymes Hero with Zero, can't get get a higher rating than 5. In this case, extra -3 for rhyming Monkey with Funky
Strange reasoning...
jarrudy wrote:
I think I have to agree that this song doesn't do Emmylou's original justice at all.
I think the tough thing here is that it's originally by Patty Griffin (from Flaming Red, 1998), then was covered by Emmylou (from Red Dirt Girl, 2000).
Any song that rhymes Hero with Zero, can't get get a higher rating than 5. In this case, extra -3 for rhyming Monkey with Funky
a_genuine_find wrote:
Everybody do like a Monkey If you want to go on and be funky
LOL! Hilarious!
Everybody do like a Monkey
If you want to go on and be funky



I was shocked to see this was done by Patty Griffin....I never expected I would rate one of her songs so low. It just isn't that great.
phlattop wrote:
Really? go tell to that to Emmylou-she's quite a fan of PG. While I like Emmylou, I don't think she's as good a songwriter as Griffin. Yeah, these are weak lyrics but I like the spirit and optimism of the song.
I think I have to agree that this song doesn't do Emmylou's original justice at all.
Jelani wrote:
got nothin on Emmylou....
Really? go tell to that to Emmylou-she's quite a fan of PG. While I like Emmylou, I don't think she's as good a songwriter as Griffin. Yeah, these are weak lyrics but I like the spirit and optimism of the song.
Sounds pretty uninspired.
Calling Miss Crow... Miss Cheryl Crow... oh, wait.. damn.. Calling Miss Griffin... Im so confused. :wall:
I got 3 PG CDs for Christmas and they are all GREAT! I agree with others that this isn't her strongest work, but even the weak stuff is pretty good.
The Emmylou version sounds more earthy, more professional, and it has that extraordinary telephone busy signal rhythmic break.
Ive said it before, will say it again, the best album I have bought in the last 5 years.
got nothin on Emmylou....