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Darlingside — The God of Loss
Album: Darlingside
Avg rating:
7.2

Your rating:
Total ratings: 914









Released: 2015
Length: 3:46
Plays (last 30 days): 3
My father was a carpenter
My mother she died young
I'm the eldest of my brothers
You're the trouble in my blood
Trouble in my blood

I swore that I'd stay humble
Like my father was before
He built the home I live in
Of sand and mud and smoke
Sand and mud and smoke

Yes, we will leave here without a trace
Take a new name and an old shape
I'll be no outlaw, no renegade
Just your faithful god of loss

So meet me by the river
On a boat-shaped piece of earth
We press our bones together
And the spider does its work

With flakes of garlic
And petals from a rose
If it's small enough to carry
You and I can call it home
You and I can call it home

Yes, we will leave here without a trace
Take a new name and an old shape
I'll be no outlaw, no renegade
Just your faithful god of loss
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 LPCity wrote:
Someone listened to John Prine's "Grandpa was a carpenter".


Grandpa was a carpenter
Built houses, stores and banks
Chain smoked camel cigarettes
Hammered nails in planks.
 

Who could blame them if they did?  That's a good song.  The sentiment and feeling of this song seem different than those of John's song though, maybe less direct or personal.
Go see them live if you have a chance. Beautiful harmonies, and friendly guys too!
A beautiful song with poetic depth . There's a gorgeous "paper cut" animation to accompany the song, worth your time. "If it's small enough to carry, you and I can call it home."

https://youtu.be/28KduHrvCxM
Yes, they can pull it off live, too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAtPeX6Xuxo
Saw these guys at the Vancouver Folk Festival. They almost got lost finding the gig. They were awesome. Loved how they all played around the same mic.
Still beautiful.
Near  tears.   A song about loss indeed.
Someone listened to John Prine's "Grandpa was a carpenter".


Grandpa was a carpenter
Built houses, stores and banks
Chain smoked camel cigarettes
Hammered nails in planks.
ohhh
the
feels
{#Daisy}
(bumped 8 to 9)
Actually thought this was an old Paul McCartney song post Beatles.  Not necessarily a compliment...
There is something reminiscent of an old Irish ballad about this melody - I think that might be why I like it.
Bumped from an 8 up to a 9 for making me feel feelings at work.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Somewhat reminiscent of Gregory Alan Isakov in that beautiful/melancholy kinda way.

 
Or the Barr Brothers.
First time I've heard this one.  Beautiful harmonies, nice production.
I REALLY needed to hear this song today!  Thank you for playing it at just the right time, RP!
Hear this way too often.
songs like 1970s — beautiful{#Daisy}
Somewhat reminiscent of Gregory Alan Isakov in that beautiful/melancholy kinda way.
Heard this band first here on RP and am so glad I did! Saw them in San Francisco last month, and really loved the show. Great harmonies, and friendly guys too. 
Superb harmony.
 Depends  if you're mountain biking or sitting at a quiet lake

ecomaniac wrote:

I believe the median might be a better measure of 'popularity' of a given track than the mean.  This song is a good example.  The arithmetic mean is 6.85, but the median is just 3 votes shy of an 8 (out of 112 total votes).  So the mean of 6.85, a value that represents "pretty good", is undervaluing this song's apparent appreciation. 

The median has the effect of dampening those extreme votes.  I kinda like the idea of chronic "1"  and "10" voters getting somewhat muted by this approach as they seem to be less perceptive or experienced or open-minded wrt music, imho.  But RP's well balanced, eclectic mix might change that in time. {#Cheers}

I'll give a track 2 or 3 listens before voting, but I find this one pretty enjoyable so far.

 


 bmccaul wrote:
So far there are 7 ratings.  7s, 8, 9s...  but one 1 rating, bringing down the average to 6. something.  Really?  A 1?  What can possibly inspire such dislike for at worst, an innocuous song, and at best, a cool-harmony ballad?

 
I believe the median might be a better measure of 'popularity' of a given track than the mean.  This song is a good example.  The arithmetic mean is 6.85, but the median is just 3 votes shy of an 8 (out of 112 total votes).  So the mean of 6.85, a value that represents "pretty good", is undervaluing this song's apparent appreciation. 

The median has the effect of dampening those extreme votes.  I kinda like the idea of chronic "1"  and "10" voters getting somewhat muted by this approach as they seem to be less perceptive or experienced or open-minded wrt music, imho.  But RP's well balanced, eclectic mix might change that in time. {#Cheers}

I'll give a track 2 or 3 listens before voting, but I find this one pretty enjoyable so far.
I'm upgrading this one from a 9 to a 10.  Yes, I like it that much.
 bmccaul wrote:
So far there are 7 ratings.  7s, 8, 9s...  but one 1 rating, bringing down the average to 6. something.  Really?  A 1?  What can possibly inspire such dislike for at worst, an innocuous song, and at best, a cool-harmony ballad?
 
Some people don't like acoustic guitar stuff, some people cringe at the sound of a banjo, some people don't like songs with a tempo below 150 bpm.  Who knows?
That's a lovely and uplifting piece of work, even on a subject that's a bit melancholy. 
Love them.  Keep playing Darlingside, Bill.
 bmccaul wrote:
So far there are 7 ratings.  7s, 8, 9s...  but one 1 rating, bringing down the average to 6. something.  Really?  A 1?  What can possibly inspire such dislike for at worst, an innocuous song, and at best, a cool-harmony ballad?

 
Maybe someone has a complete hatred of 'cool-harmony', or even of ballads in general.

...or perhaps they just do binary ratings.


saw these guys open for Patty Griffin this spring and I thought they were pretty good opening act
sweet strong little song, it got me just at that melancholy moment and sure is appreciated, thank you
They're on tour - 
https://www.darlingside.com/shows/
I've already put their San Francisco show in November on my calendar.  
So far there are 7 ratings.  7s, 8, 9s...  but one 1 rating, bringing down the average to 6. something.  Really?  A 1?  What can possibly inspire such dislike for at worst, an innocuous song, and at best, a cool-harmony ballad?
Shame there isn't a "request song" option. This is actually a very good song. C'mon Bill....there's lots of decent newer songs in the library that haven't been played yet. Please find the time to play some of them.
I realize the genre is getting crowded, but I really like the sounds on this album.