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  • agentzigzag

    beautifully brilliant .......

    13 Jun 2014 Responder
  • ShaggyAlonso

    Suede's version is fucking wank. This is of course the definitive version of a spellbinding song. Graham Coxon did a great live cover of this on a John Peel session in 2004. Similarities with Wyatt's wonderful voice, same accent, always appearing to be on the cusp of cracking...not technically a great singer but who gives a fuck when its beauty is so fragile, so human and so moving.

    17 Nov 2013 Responder
  • fxofxs


    19 Jan 2012 Responder
  • rakefromspace

    I love this - it's just his voice... stunning. (I know I'm saying exactly the same as everyone else on here by the way! ^_^)

    7 Set 2011 Responder
  • coeurtatouer

    Man after Robert's voice nobody can pass... It leaves far behind mr Costello version ... not much people can make you forget the original... This is so amazing and yes that Voice is so Amazingly human... One of my 5 top voices of course.... I dive in it just for fun

    21 Mar 2011 Responder
  • bobgreen623

    Plaintive fragility. Nice turn of phrase Owen, also agree with the Billy Bragg comment. "Instead of diving for dear life, we could be diving for pearls" And of course, this version isn't blighted by (the usually good) cheese-trumpet of Chet Baker

    30 Jan 2011 Responder
  • emiliopraga


    24 Dez 2010 Responder
  • chinneths

    this is one of the strangest songs i have ever heard disguised as a normal one... i am always dumbfounded when it comes on radio

    9 Dez 2010 Responder
  • owen54

    There's a wonderful plaintive fragility in Robert Wyatt's voice that is so haunting. Ranks with Billy Bragg's Between the Wars as one of the best anti-war songs.

    27 Nov 2010 Responder
  • bobgreen623

    Mr Costello, who others have posited may be a bit of a musical chancer. Not sure myself but give me Robert any day

    22 Out 2010 Responder

    Elvis who ?!?!?

    19 Set 2010 Responder
  • bobgreen623

    Sublime, and better than the original with its almost-cheesy trumpet from Chet Baker. Not that I don't respect Elvis and Chet, but I love the humanity of Robert Wyatt, and that voice is wonderful

    27 Jul 2010 Responder
  • polymorphous71

    borra_cuervo, who are you talking to? Ahhh, the internet; a plaform for people to shout at the world.

    19 Jun 2010 Responder
  • borra_cuervo

    You're welcome, dear shipbuilders, and sorry for that bombs that failed to explode... but hey, that wouldn't have happened if you had also built those nasty MK-17. Oh, and the ''Frogs'' did a hell of a good job with the Exocets (BTW, you should thank'em too): what a pity the ''Iron Lady'' and the Hollywood Star wouldn't let us ''Argies'' get more of them, that would've granted you work... And who would've cared about those far away islands, anyway?

    3 Jun 2010 Responder
  • Elodave

    Don't know about that-but he's had a cracking career!!!!!

    19 Mai 2010 Responder
  • daverichards99

    d'you ever get the feeling that elvis costello was a bit of a chancer?

    6 Mai 2010 Responder
  • daverichards99

    Thank you Elodave (?) - out of the mouths of babes.... There's only this guy and Danny Baker left,.

    2 Mai 2010 Responder
  • Elodave

    What a wonderful song-another classic from the pen of Elvis Costello.It was written around the time of the Falklands war,about the government only giving shipbuilders work to build war machines,that their own sons will be sent away in,not all of them to return.

    23 Abr 2010 Responder
  • pollepet

    Shipbuilding is going on all over the world.

    18 Mar 2010 Responder
  • nixatlast


    24 Fev 2010 Responder
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