What song is this?
May 28, 2008 8:29 PM   Subscribe

What song is this? Ethereal and moody vocals (not quite spy, not quite gothic, but leaning ecletic), jazz rock background, sounds a bit like early Goldfrapp, or Morphine, or maybe even Darling Violetta. (All pretty approximate.) Very rough lyrics: I call you Tracy, You get along, You lovely... sing me your song. I call you darling, I know it's strong. I bet... ...and on. Show goes on. Show goes on. I call you ... ... I call you Liza B. I wish I could see That maybe it's only my dream. It's only my dream. Show goes on. Show goes on. I miss... ...queen of bees (beasts?). That honey Suzie, bewitched by me. I think you're... what else can be? ... ... Be my promise breaker, ... delusion maker, ... I wish I could see, It's only my dream. Show goes on, The show goes on.
posted by brownbat to Media & Arts (21 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
 
Wow, all my paragraph breaks survived to the preview, but got tossed with the question.
posted by brownbat at 8:29 PM on May 28, 2008


Also, how can I edit my posts, so they are less ugly?

(The preview lied to me, I swear.)
posted by brownbat at 9:14 PM on May 28, 2008


Can't edit. But you can preserve line breaks if you put them in the "extended explaination" text box instead of loading your entire question in the first box. The first box is supposed to be a teaser so the front AskMe page isn't cluttered with lots of question text.

As to your question, MusicBrainz doesn't turn up anything from an audio fingerprint (and google is useless, as you already know). Closest thing I've heard is Émilie Simon, but yours seems more lo-fi. Where'd you get it?
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:40 PM on May 28, 2008


I've heard Jarboe sing like this, and it also sounds a little like the chick from Made Out Of Babies/Battle Of Mice, but I don't think it's either. Sure would like to know as it's pretty awesome.
posted by turgid dahlia at 9:56 PM on May 28, 2008


I think before she calls her Liza B., she says something about whiskey sour. Which just makes it even better.
posted by turgid dahlia at 10:00 PM on May 28, 2008


It's also vaguely Blonde Redhead. But I'll stop now.
posted by turgid dahlia at 10:01 PM on May 28, 2008


It sounds a lot like Portishead to me. Perhaps something by Beth Gibbons?
posted by numinous at 10:16 PM on May 28, 2008


Perhaps something by Beth Gibbons?

Certainly not. This singer seems to be a non-native english speaker.
posted by cowbellemoo at 10:35 PM on May 28, 2008


I'm 90% sure it's not Portishead, Beth Gibbons or even Goldfrapp. Hope we get an answer as I really like this tune.
posted by dantodd at 11:46 PM on May 28, 2008


Could it be Martina Topley-Bird?
posted by tiny crocodile at 12:26 AM on May 29, 2008


I can clearly make out a line, "I need your tragedy for me", but no search engines can find anything with that specific line. The singer's intonation reminds me a lot of Bjork, so perhaps she's Icelandic?
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 4:05 AM on May 29, 2008


Definitely not her, but this kind of reminds me of Poe, albeit less produced. I want more!
posted by owtytrof at 8:27 AM on May 29, 2008


It's a Japanese-English accent.
posted by herrdoktor at 10:59 AM on May 29, 2008


I apologize for messing up the front page, I did all this right on my first question. I feel dumb. Almost feel like folks like me should have to pay again.

Glad everyone likes the song, I found it on the Song Identification Society on Last.fm, he found it on a mix CD someone made for him.
posted by brownbat at 6:41 PM on May 29, 2008


User on Last.fm seems to be from Germany, perhaps a German band?
posted by brownbat at 6:42 PM on May 29, 2008


While I can't further the conclusion in any way, here's the lyrics as I'm hearing them. Square brackets denote things I'm pretty uncertain on.

I call you tracey,
you get along,
your lovely [witchy],
I don't know what this could be.
sing me a song,
I call you darlin'
I know its strong,
bet your [???] pills,
again, no idea, could be a specific brand name, if it is pills.
must have gone on and on, intriguing intonation, this is the best I can come up with.

a show goes on,
a show goes on,

I call you frankie,
[well] whiskey [sour/satin/saturn?],
yeah, I lean towards sour, but its pronounced properly weird, if so.
I call you [Liza B./laser beam], laser beam only thrown in because it fits phonetically, tbh.
I wish I could say,
that maybe,
its only my dream,
its only my dream,

a show goes on,
a show goes on,

I miss your money,
you queen of [bees/beasts]
bees makes more sense, as in 'queen bee'.
that honey suzie,
bewitched by me,
I think you're [maudlin?],
this is indistinguishable, to me.
what else can be?
I need your tragedy,
for me,
so be my promise breaker,
your [son-ny/sunday],
sunday would seem to make grammatical sense, but there's not a hint of a 'd' consonant sound.
delusion maker,
freak me,
are you [happy?],
very muffled, can't really tell.
I wish,
I could see,
its only my dream,
its only my dream

a show goes on,
a show goes on


Anyone able to shed further light? Anyone hearing something different?
posted by Smoosh Faced Lion at 3:01 PM on May 30, 2008


Also sounds a little like Martina Topley-Bird.
posted by brownbat at 3:24 PM on March 29, 2009


still no luck, hmm? I'll enlist my partner when she comes home, she is easily part of the 'most musically nerdy' clique, maybe between them they'll know.
posted by Smoosh Faced Lion at 7:43 AM on April 9, 2009


Upon presenting it to said people, the initial reactions were that it could be Queen Adreena, or Daisy Chainsaw. Caveats apply, and these are: they may be wrong.
posted by Smoosh Faced Lion at 11:44 AM on April 9, 2009


Ha! I just played the song into Shazam on my iPhone and it came up with the answer. The song is called Tracy, the band is Goldfish. Google brought me to this compilation it appeared on.
posted by the duck by the oboe at 5:16 PM on April 25, 2009


Goldfish's myspace page.
posted by the duck by the oboe at 5:25 PM on April 25, 2009


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