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The Black Keys — Things Ain't Like They Used to Be
Album: Attack And Release
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Released: 2008
Length: 4:26
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I went around the way for you
Did all the things you asked me to
I thought it was the perfect day
'til she just opened up to say

It doesn't mean a thing to me
It doesn't mean a thing to me
And it's about time you see
Things ain't like they used to be

I headed out to Lester Hill
But that just made me weaker still
She's got the kind of love I need
The kind that's never good on me

It doesn't mean a thing to me
It doesn't mean a thing to me
And it's about time you see
That things ain't like they used to be

Walked into the battle blind
It happens almost all the time
The yard is kinda overgrown
And all those happy times are gone

But it doesn't mean a thing to me
It doesn't mean a thing to me
And it's about time you see
That things ain't like they used to be

It doesn't mean a thing to me
It doesn't mean a thing to me
And it's about time you see
Things ain't like they used to be
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1st time in 3.5 years.  Nice to hear some old stuff from the Keys, as I never really was aware of them until "El Camino" blew up.
Dan sure had a rockin' Fleet Foxes-esque beard 10 years ago.
"Don't let me down" 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqw59HyrV3M 

Tell me you don't hear it - seriously, it's clearly a *massive* influence on this song, which isn't a bad thing, as this song is rather good.
am i noticing how people seem to write songs about when things have gone bust
but not so much when they're cruising ? or is it just me 
Hahahaha!!  and now I am hearing it again 20 minutes later...  good thing I like it
Nice!  One of my faves — and I landed here from PSD today.  Much prefer this to Elvis Costello....
This is the first cut by the BKs that I didn't think was just butt-kicking.  This is tedious, plodding and tritely lyriced.
 icemang wrote:
Definitely hear  "Don't Bring Me Down" to a degree but it's hardly copyright infringement by any means. Good tune. 

 
It's a traditional chord progression; and I think you are referring to "Don't Let Me Down" by The Beatles, not "Don't Bring Me Down" by E.L.O.  
friggin sloppy guitars...makes Kurt Cobain sound like a technical genius.
I don't get the hype - although I guess I really haven't given them a fair chance - just doesn't appeal to me.  I liked it the first time around when it was called The White Stripes {#Stupid}


Today at Lollapalooza, Grant Park in downtown Chicago, Illinois:

1st  seems that copied the damn lights scene of another band that now is a bit "lost in itself."
2st: I do not like the drummer style.
3st do not like the scratchy sound of distorted guitars and too yellow lead-guitar, voice seems ok. 

4st  do not like the overall sound produced, is even worse live than in studio.
5st  What at first may seem a sound energetic and attractive, it becomes tiresome after a while (like a garage band), and becomes a great nuisance.
6st  seems that some members of the band are "dazzled" in themselves.
7st  have in fact some interesting songs, but far from the fame that allegedly are assigned to them.
8st  A band full of "automatic", a very basic way of playing, no place to recreate, improvise, far away from what I consider to be a virtuoso musicians.
9st  I'm sorry to say this: but what happens is that many of the songs of this band is a dish you do not like to repeat.

 


Definitely hear  "Don't Bring Me Down" to a degree but it's hardly copyright infringement by any means. Good tune. 

 helgigermany wrote:
Like this music! Who is playing the organ?
 
The grinder.
i wish i could say to who i want to say what i want to say.
usually like this band enough..can't get my brain around this tune tho...
Everybody seem to talk about the beatles-resemblance,
am I the only one hearing a lot of neil young guitar in this (dead man soundtrack)?

Ps. love this tune. 
 coomerfan wrote:
Too many Black Keys songs in RP.
 
You know, this is not a musical request programme!

Like this music! Who is playing the organ?
killergrovinorgan playin right there

how about some stuff from Thickfreakness ?

 o_unico wrote:
Why I never found a version of this song live on youtube?
 

Not sure.  Saw them at Bonnaroo and I think they played this song.  Fantastic show. 
 coomerfan wrote:
Too many Black Keys songs in RP.
 
COUGH ... not enough!!
 Felix_The_Cat wrote:

No, I wouldn't shoot them..  But this just is a total lack of originality, this song has taken another's identity
 
IMHO, I disagree.  It vaguely resembles "Don't Let Me Down," and only where the Keys sing, ". . .doesn't mean a thing to me."  Otherwise, your assertion begins to fade between stanzas. . . 
 
Great song. Rip off conspiracy theorists: Get over yourselves, haters.
 vandal wrote:

Like OMG!  Take them out and have them shot!  They took influence from the holy and sacred Beatles!  Die, Die, Die!!!

I've said it before: You deconstructionists need to get over yourselves. . . 
 
 
No, I wouldn't shoot them..  But this just is a total lack of originality, this song has taken another's identity

I like the song, but that's because it sounds just like Don't Bring Me Down, and I love that song
Why I never found a version of this song live on youtube?
heartbreaking for me. love this.
 vandal wrote:

Like OMG!  Take them out and have them shot!  They took influence from the holy and sacred Beatles!  Die, Die, Die!!!

I've said it before: You deconstructionists need to get over yourselves. . . 
 
 

Ditto!!
 Felix_The_Cat wrote:


{#Roflol} total rip off.......
 
Like OMG!  Take them out and have them shot!  They took influence from the holy and sacred Beatles!  Die, Die, Die!!!

I've said it before: You deconstructionists need to get over yourselves. . . 
 
 ice-9 wrote:
Don't let me down...

Don't let me down...
 

{#Roflol} total rip off.......
 WonderLizard wrote:

Hmm, I thought it was Ryan Adams...
 
And I thought it sounded like both Ryan Adams and Robert Plant.

Lets start with a 5 and go from there!
Don't let me down...

Don't let me down...
Is this really the only song worth listening to off of this album?
Damn, I love this band.  Something about them....original and edgy.  Another 10.
Too many Black Keys songs in RP.
BILL'S LIVE (now)...
and on a good roll!

HOMEGROWN, I assume!


This band never disappoints...things may not be the way they used to be, but this band keeps getting better. {#Cowboy}{#Chillpill}{#Motor}{#Fire}
Repetitive and boring. 
Pretty good. I've seen their name about, I'll have to check them out.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
"She's got the kind of love I need
The kind that's never good on me"

What a great line! {#Drunk}


 Jazbo wrote:
Wow...I thought it was Robert Plant at first. More coffee....
 
Hmm, I thought it was Ryan Adams...

Really diggin it.  Thanks!
Been following these guys since ThickFreakness back in like 04....they are OUTSTANDING and after 5+ shows they are even better live. 

Glad you got The BK in your rotation Bill...humbly request to hear some of their more "lively" tunes as well.

{#Drummer}

 
Wow...I thought it was Robert Plant at first. More coffee....
likin some Black Keys
Bill, Thank you for introducing me to groups like Mazzy Star to the Black Keys,
Oh and Stevie's little wing and lots more.
This is where i go to get off the beaten path.

Wonderful.
Thank You !


9 {#Arrow} 10

 Cynaera wrote:
SURPRISE!  We finally have The Black Keys.  Good song, Bill - thanks for putting it on RP!{#Dancingbanana_2}
 

thank goodness! since i first heard them i'd been hoping they'd get on RP. i think they're a good fit here. lots of their stuff, anyways. LOVE it.
I think I'm going to have to raid the piggy bank for this.
AMAZING.

8 {#Arrow} 9

Liking this a lot.
I love this!!!!
{#Hearteyes} 
 nerakdon wrote:
I can literally feel this pull my heart rate down.
 
I know what you mean - isn't it freaking great?

8

{#Meditate}

If you're diggin on their vibe now just wait till you see them live cause the keys really kick arse!

I can literally feel this pull my heart rate down.
 scrubbrush wrote:
Nice segue from "while my guitar...". Sounds Beatles-esque ("Don't bring me down"? anyone else?)
 
Yep, I hear "Don't Bring Me Down" as well.  Good call!

 jkamm14 wrote:
Hey, I submitted this one.  Thanks Bill!  I love these guys.  
 
Great submission!  saaaWEET song.  Thanks for sharing.

 greenvelour wrote:
Thanks RP—love the Black Keys.  Akron Ohio Rocks!!!  Just ask DEVO.
 

...or Rachel Sweet
 greenvelour wrote:
Thanks RP—love the Black Keys.  Akron Ohio Rocks!!!  Just ask DEVO.
 
I used to live in Akron. "Rocks" isn't the word I would use for it. Can you still catch the fine odor of rubber on a good day? I didn't know they were from Akron!

Hey, I submitted this one.  Thanks Bill!  I love these guys.  
Thanks RP—love the Black Keys.  Akron Ohio Rocks!!!  Just ask DEVO.
Nice segue from "while my guitar...". Sounds Beatles-esque ("Don't bring me down"? anyone else?)
Their new album is excellent.
Ooooh!  Yay!!
I am surprised to see this group here, usually a little too rough around the edges for here; but this is one of their slower songs.{#Meditate}


SURPRISE!  We finally have The Black Keys.  Good song, Bill - thanks for putting it on RP!{#Dancingbanana_2}
Why not?