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Patty Griffin — One Big Love
Album: Flaming Red
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Total ratings: 2815









Released: 1998
Length: 4:03
Plays (last 30 days): 3
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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No sense defending Your Honor, just go on and kiss him if you want to
 
That's 7 days in jail.
 tm wrote:

Every time…  Jane Siberry should probably be played here too.

never heard of her, here is hoping RP will play it
Nice song. For a moment thought she was Sherryl Crow
A rollicking good time this song is
She is just...  It.
 jp33442 wrote:
can’t hear her enough


Every time…  Jane Siberry should probably be played here too.
 lily34 wrote:

i swear this was just played yesterday....idk.

anyway, always nice to hear patty. 

can’t hear her enough

 tm wrote:

dear misogynists - fuck off


amen to that 
That one big love is tangled up in blue while you all just sway and twirl and dance Deadhead style. Yes you are. I see you! Cool song.

This lady is just amazing.
i swear this was just played yesterday....idk.

anyway, always nice to hear patty. 
Patty with Robert..Band of Joy
Sa voix ressemble à celle de la chanteuse des Sundays
dear misogynists - fuck off
Such a good track, surprised it never took off back in the day.
Still great 25 years later.
The "little girl" voice comments are kind of ridiculous, she was 34.  A lot of country singers like Dolly Parton have that sound too.
Everybody do like a monkey - I'll second that. Ook! Ook! :o)
 erwinphoto wrote:

What's the charm of singing like a ten-year-old?


Sounds to me like she's at least 25 years old on this recording.  (Math says she 34 or 35.)

And somebody else thinks Sheryl Crow sounds like a little girl?  Y'all should clean the wax outta your ears.
This is a "Summer" song to me...
Just makes you nostalgic and warm,
Youth, remembered....
9 - OutStanding
 erwinphoto wrote:

What's the charm of singing like a ten-year-old?




There's only one person being immature now. Patty Griffin is well respected in the music industry.
What's the charm of singing like a ten-year-old?
Similar little-girl voice as Sheryl Crow
 cc_rider wrote:

She could set a grocery list to music, I'd still listen.
c.



Ha! Exactly. PG is crazy talented and always a pleasure to hear.
Voice is reminiscent of the Sundays' lead singer.
thorn1947 wrote:

What a horrid “little girl’ voice.


What?  Given the other comments here and hear,  mine among them, your view seems to be in a tiny minority.  Au contraire, Ms. Griffin has one of the most distinctive and enthralling voices to be enjoyed on RP. 
 thorn1947 wrote:
What a horrid “little girl’ voice.
 
Bang on.
Even her happy songs make me cry. Wow
 doktorkev wrote:

Good Lord what a voice...... Goosebumps.

All the comparisons to Crow? This was released 23 years ago. I think Griffin was just being herself.



seriously. And no knock on Crow, but Patty is a much better songwriter. I'll take this over Crow's "Soak up the Sun" any day of the week.
 Grammarcop wrote:
Everybody do like a monkey
If you want to go on and be funky

Honestly, Patty, I am embarrassed for you. 
Hey, not every song is 'Goodbye' - a tearful tribute to a fallen friend, from the same album.

She could set a grocery list to music, I'd still listen.
c.

Good Lord what a voice...... Goosebumps.

All the comparisons to Crow? This was released 23 years ago. I think Griffin was just being herself.
 Gee_Aiche wrote:



I don't think I've ever heard Sheryl Crow belt it out like this.



I agree with jacopo777, is a little Sheryl Crow - but irritating.  Belt it out? Listen to some Crow man.
 jacopo777 wrote:

Sounds like a Sheryl Crow song...




I don't think I've ever heard Sheryl Crow belt it out like this.
Sounds like a Sheryl Crow song...
 Gloriastacholy wrote:

Very vintage Cheryl Crow-ish

I wonder if this was Patty's attempt at a hit single like Crow or Shawn Colvin (who broke through to the masses around this time with "A Few Small Repairs").

She may have little interest in a hit single except that it guarantees future income through royalties and maybe leads to a better contract from the record company.

 Gloriastacholy wrote:

Very vintage Cheryl Crow-ish




Thought this was Cheryl until I looked up the RP play stream info
 kingart wrote:

THAT VOICE IS THE BOMB. 

Agreed!! As is she and, the tune!!

 forge wrote:
Have I not heard this track sung by a male performer I swear I had. Wiki doesn't mention a cover by anyone with a male singer.
 

I hear ya...might you be thinking of John Hiatt?  His song "Cry Love" sounds quite a bit like this as does his song with Little Village  "Big Love"....at least that's what popped into my head.  I'm not a musician but all three songs have that groove and chord progression/tome...in my opinion, anyway.

And BTW...I am a Patty Griffin fan as well; no knock on her wonderful song here.
Have I not heard this track sung by a male performer I swear I had. Wiki doesn't mention a cover by anyone with a male singer.
I am singing along and chair dancing twirling and spinning to this like the Deadhead I am. Love her!
Thanks RP. 
Love me some Patty Griffin!  
Good catch. Show a gal from Maine some respect.

phlattop wrote:
 
 

Beautiful segue from The Wailin Jenny's, Bill. Thanks! :)
8 -=> 9
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 :-)