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The War on Drugs — An Ocean In Between The Waves
Album: Lost in the Dream
Avg rating:
7.6

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2774









Released: 2014
Length: 7:10
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Run away, I'm a travellin' man
Been working every day
I watch you as you hesitate
Walking through the rain

I bet against the company again
Been trying to redefine
Everything that I know and love
Gotta know you're mine, yeah

Feel the way that the wild wind blows through the room
Like a nail gun through the heart
That just don't beat the same anymore
That might as well be gone

I'm in my finest hour
Can I be more than just a fool?
It always gets so hard to seem bright
Before the moon

Far away ma, there's a black sun risin' overhead
There's a moon through the midnight rain
How can I surround myself in time and time again?
How can I be free?

Just wanna lay in the moonlight
See the light shine in, see you in the outline
It never gets too dark to find
Anybody at anytime

I'm at the darkened hillside
And there's a haze right between the trees
And I can barely see you
You're like an ocean in between the waves
Comments (240)add comment
This track is a clinic on how to build suspense in a song.  Absolutely masterful.
Waves appreciate the Ocean.
If you will ever get a chance, watch them live! I saw TWOD in Hamburg / Germany in a middle sized Club about a year ago, what an outstanding performance was that? RP made me becoming a fan, thx thx thx!

 
Man is not giving this one a 10 like the hardest thing to do. Like the last chapter of the last Harry Potter, just saving the 10 for a later need. 
Summer time driving music.  It does not get better than this.
 MattP wrote:
The "wooo!" gets me *every* time!  Lovin' this song...
 

Yeah, never ever heard such "wooo" before; it incredibly original!!
Can somebody please give him a new drum machine for the next album...? Please.....?
Super, cette musique apaise l´esprit et donne  vraiment envie d´aller balader en vélo.
 MattP wrote:
The "wooo!" gets me *every* time!  Lovin' this song...
 
yeah you right, love it !
absolutly amazing!
Another band I discovered here.
Love it
Overplayed!
Thanks, RP, for introducing me to a band I never knew, and now truly love.  My donation of support comes with a big THANK YOU for that
Bumped from 8 to 9. Rockin’ for the road!
The "wooo!" gets me *every* time!  Lovin' this song...
Etcetera etcetera
I friggin love this group.  Never get tired of hearing them.  Thanks Bill!
Thank you RP for all the music you provide in it’s variety. The BEST streaming quality of any source.
 nickmetalx3317 wrote:

This is the band I like listening to when I'm reading.
 
You listen to rock music while reading?   And I thought that's what folks used Classical or Jazz for....to each their own...and Long Live RP!!

 gregmu8370 wrote:
This is getting better each time I hear it
I totally agree.  My concert of the year for 2018.   Lord Huron is 2019’s.   

Saw them last night at the O2, London. Terrific!
love this band! thanks again RP ... as the saying goes on here .... LONG LIVE RP !!
 thewiseking wrote:
extremely cheezy '80s style drum machinery
 

Even if it's "live" drums it doesn't make a lot of difference; they seem to have pretty much the same beat in every song, sometimes different tempos.  Nice guitar work though.
 gregmu8370 wrote:
This is getting better each time I hear it

I agree... I really like their sound...

This is getting better each time I hear it
Did not know TWOD before RP.  Now I own their entire output.
Kick ass guitar work.
Live version from KEXP is even better.
Opening passages of the song: 6
Closing passages of the song: 8
Simple math: 7
This is the band I like listening to when I'm reading.
Thank you, Radio Paradise, for introducing me to this extraordinary band! What a way to get me going in the morning :)
 Gubs wrote:
Is it just me, or does every song from this band sound the same? 
 yeah, you could get this impression at first, but for example Pearl Jam sounded the same to me as well. Once you get a deeper understanding you're on a roll ;)

radio paradise made me love this band. thanks!
You're like an ocean in between the waves
 thewiseking wrote:
extremely cheezy '80s style drum machinery
 
Yes, but it works with this song. 
Really liking this band.
extremely cheezy '80s style drum machinery
 h8rhater wrote:

I really h8 when a band sounds like themselves.  You know... has their own sound.  One that makes them unique.
 
They should try sounding like someone else.  Until they do.
 
Until they do....ROFL
 h8rhater wrote:

I really h8 when a band sounds like themselves.  You know... has their own sound.  One that makes them unique.
 
They should try sounding like someone else.  Until they do.

 
I don't know, man, this sounds a lot like The War on Drugs to me.  LOL

I'm not sure if my 9 rating on this track was made after Thinking of a Place took me by surprise (it's one of my fav pieces of music of all time) or if I need to adjust the rating....although beings that I have another 3.5 minutes left of this tune maybe I should wait to re-rate....

....OK - still a 9 in my mind...Long Live RP!!

 SuperWeh wrote:

Although it is a great song/album and a fresh sound, I have to agree, I hope they find some new inspiration.
 
I really h8 when a band sounds like themselves.  You know... has their own sound.  One that makes them unique.
 
They should try sounding like someone else.  Until they do.
 Gubs wrote:
Is it just me, or does every song from this band sound the same? 
 
Although it is a great song/album and a fresh sound, I have to agree, I hope they find some new inspiration.
Mental Hopscotch !
Is it just me, or does every song from this band sound the same? 
For some reason, at this moment unknown to me, I previously rated this a 2. I didn't even realize that I'd rated it.
Sitting here now, I'm really enjoying this tune, and only recall having enjoyed it the previous times I'd heard it.
It's a tune I don't really notice as much as feel....the way it builds...has a sort of subliminally good feel to it.
I came to rate it and saw that 2 there...I'm now compelled to change that to an 8.
YEEEEEEEEEAH! WAR ON DRUGS!!! {#Bananajam}
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}{#Drummer}
 ciarataylor wrote:
please stop with your fascination with The War ON Drugs.  It rates 1 every time and gets played waaaayyyy too much.  Also some morbid fascination with The Cowboy Junkies.  They suck.
 
You rate virtually every song on RP sucko barfo so this is just more of your tedious whining.
Poor baby.
 ciarataylor wrote:
please stop with your fascination with The War ON Drugs.  It rates 1 every time and gets played waaaayyyy too much.  Also some morbid fascination with The Cowboy Junkies.  They suck.

 
please purchase a Clue.
Hey did Bob Dylan copy this band years ago?
Sure has been a lot of War on Drugs played over the last couple of years.  Its ok, but like songs in the days of top 40 radio, gets old after daily plays.
Downrated to 8 from 9: getting tired of the repetitive drumming after a while
Great Band -
Link to a live performance of this song here in Seattle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOfIN7XBl-4

You'll need to copy and paste it - I don't know how to post it otherwise.
(well worth the effort though)
 
please stop with your fascination with The War ON Drugs.  It rates 1 every time and gets played waaaayyyy too much.  Also some morbid fascination with The Cowboy Junkies.  They suck.
Ugh. Same beat, voice, length. Every song. PSD
 Proclivities wrote:

Rhythm sections are generally "repetitive" by necessity, but I know what you mean, that there are no breaks or fills really.  The bass line doesn't vary much either.  I guess they know what to expect and probably don't get bored.  

 
I love this song, the album is great for long drives.  But it is so different from what I usually listen to most of the time in that there are no spaces between the notes.  :-)   
 ziggytrix wrote:

He drums like Lol Tolhurst.

 
Had to look Tohurst hup.  Former Cure drummer.  Good to know.
Saw them last week, this song was amazing live!!
I think I did mention I just got tickets....
{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Guitarist}
{#Sunny}
 Proclivities wrote:

Rhythm sections are generally "repetitive" by necessity, but I know what you mean, that there are no breaks or fills really.  The bass line doesn't vary much either.  I guess they know what to expect and probably don't get bored.  

 

      You want fills and breaks, wait for a WHO tune.
      The link two comments back (below) is to a video of the
       band playing this song in the KEXP Studio here in Seattle. 

       It's worth checking out.  
       You'll have to copy and paste the link, 
       I don't know yet how to post a link here that one can just click on. 
                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                             - Keith Moon



 agkagk wrote:
I really like this song. Great guitar riffs in particular. But I always wonder if their drummer gets bored. He could have put this on a loop and gone out for coffee. Strangely, though, the repetitive nature of the drumming is soothing and appealing.
 
Rhythm sections are generally "repetitive" by necessity, but I know what you mean, that there are no breaks or fills really.  The bass line doesn't vary much either.  I guess they know what to expect and probably don't get bored.  
 sfyi2001 wrote:


                                        Yeah.
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                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOfIN7XBl-4

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I've watched this clip at least a dozen time. Love how the intensity slowly increases throughout the performance. Love these guys. 
{#Guitarist}Can't wait to see them live November 1st Amsterdam... !
 agkagk wrote:
I really like this song. Great guitar riffs in particular. But I always wonder if their drummer gets bored. He could have put this on a loop and gone out for coffee. Strangely, though, the repetitive nature of the drumming is soothing and appealing.

 
That's because he's so dedicated and happy to hit the drums. Actually he's fun to watch, check the band's live sessions on YouTube  {#Drummer}
I really like this song. Great guitar riffs in particular. But I always wonder if their drummer gets bored. He could have put this on a loop and gone out for coffee. Strangely, though, the repetitive nature of the drumming is soothing and appealing.
 kanariezwart wrote:
Great song, love the album. I sometimes find myself looping this song all day.
Also a great song for driving ...

 
me too!{#Bananajam}
Bumping to an 8. Feets a tappin'....
Great song, love the album. I sometimes find myself looping this song all day.
Also a great song for driving ...
{#Guitarist} smoking!
 westslope wrote:
The 'techno-drumming' style works for this song.  It is a real drummer BTW. 

 
He drums like Lol Tolhurst.
Great pop.
Super balance between hooks, guitars and synth background
Reminds me of everything, yet totally original
so fine ......... {#Moon}{#Whipit}
The whole album is just great!  Can't get enough of this one.
check out their prior effort, Slave Ambient. It's pretty damn good.
 

jgriffin56 wrote:
I finally had time to sit down and listen to this album and it is really a strong effort.  This is just one of several very well done songs.

 

 


.Going to 9 just because I wouldn't have missed having this be part of my soundtrack.
    
Very enjoyable album.  I nominate him for the Nobel Prize for the best Dylan impression, though.
yep...moving up...7 to 8 for me.
 {#Yes}


                                                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOfIN7XBl-4

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 westslope wrote:
The 'techno-drumming' style works for this song.  It is a real drummer BTW. 

 
Agreed, the drumming work on all of their tracks is outstanding. 
Eight to a nine for now.  Maybe 11 later!  Fantastic!
Actually, I have to take this one up from 9 to 10, damn it {#Dancingbanana}{#Music}{#Boohoo}{#Bananasplit}{#Sunny}{#Bananajumprope}{#Guitarist}{#Jump}
The 'techno-drumming' style works for this song.  It is a real drummer BTW. 
What an interesting 21st century jam. Upgraded to an 9
Thanks for the Philly shoutout!
 westslope wrote:
.......   Perhaps I'll burn this and Metric and the Doves on the same road CD. ....  

 
OK, so back in 2014 I was still burning mp3 road CDs.  Now the mp3 files go on a tiny USB stick.  

I finally had time to sit down and listen to this album and it is really a strong effort.  This is just one of several very well done songs.

 
Took a while.... 9 => 10.

Once again a terrific set!  {#Notworthy} 
Better and better every time. Great band {#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}
My fav. album of the last 5 years easily and maybe even beyond that. What an atmosphere this album has. Can vividly remember time and place when I first listened to it. 

Great band!{#Roflol} 
 yes...the drums sound like Mental Hopscotch by Missing Persons Redpoint wrote:
Always love the moment the real drums kick in at 1:50. Excellent song. Excellent CD.  Excellent band. 

 

 sfyi2001 wrote:

Live performance in the Seattle KEXP Radio Studio:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOfIN7XBl-4

 
That was awesome. Thanks for the link.
I love this groove.  Top song of 2014 in my book!

Reminds me of family road trips to Lake Berryessa and the SF Giants World Series run.

Good times... 

Live performance in the Seattle KEXP Radio Studio:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOfIN7XBl-4
Nail gun through my heart today, most definitely.
 
{#Drummer}
 zair99 wrote:

When they've got a groove like that going, I think they can go on for a while. Just the right length to me!

 
      INDEED, zair99 {#Yes}
9 -> 10
a cross of bob dylan with bruce springteen and who knows what else, but sounds familiar, and it's good {#Bananajam}
 Redpoint wrote:
Always love the moment the real drums kick in at 1:50. Excellent song. Excellent CD.  Excellent band. 

 
Exactly! Very good for some nighttime highway driving... 
 bubbadub wrote:
Does anyone know what he's mumbling at the end?  

 
No but mumbling never sounded so good! 
Always love the moment the real drums kick in at 1:50. Excellent song. Excellent CD.  Excellent band. 
Does anyone know what he's mumbling at the end?  
 kayumann wrote:
Great Groove {#Bananajam}

 
INDEED :-)
 VH1 wrote:
A typical song where the artists didn't know when its time to stop the song and drag it unbearably on and on and on and on! Dreadful! {#Stop}

 
When they've got a groove like that going, I think they can go on for a while. Just the right length to me!
A typical song where the artists didn't know when its time to stop the song and drag it unbearably on and on and on and on! Dreadful! {#Stop}
 Pristina wrote:
My Camino de Santiago song!

 
Past or future?
Love the energy and driving beat of this song.  Just the right length in my opinion.  {#War}

The whole CD is excellent in my opinion.   Top notch road music at high volume.  Music to compliment the terrific landscapes of  the northern tip of the Sonoran desert

I have to think that War on Drugs would be a terrific live act. 
 dt12101 wrote:
sounds a little like Gaye Delorme, but not as good. 

 
Welcome to the RP community!

It's pretty cool to see a spontaneous reference to Gaye Delorme. I knew him quite well, having been solely responsible for financing his first album, "Blue Wave Sessions" in Vancouver in the late 80s.  

Totally...awesome...guitarist. He could do pop, rock, blues, classical, flamenco, and jazz, and make them all sound effortless. He should have been a lot more successful.

RIP Gaye. 
Thanks Bill & Rebecca for turning me on to this awesome group!

{#Cheers} 
My Camino de Santiago song!
I love this song, specially now in the morning (CET!) puts me in the right mood {#Bananajam}


W: That was wonderful!
S: Bravo!
W: I loved it!
S: That was great!
W: Well, it was pretty good.
S: Well, It wasn't bad.
W: There were parts that weren't pretty good, though.
S: It could've been a lot better.
W: I didn't really like it.
S: It was pretty terrible.
W: It was bad.
S: It was awful!
S & W: Terrible! Eh, boo!
sounds a little like Gaye Delorme, but not as good. 
This song makes me want to go on a road trip, a really long road trip.
Thanks a lot...such a Great band....Love their tunes...Great Sound for getting up over here in Germany on a Winds Wednesday....
Just returned to RP after being away for awhile..... what a song to start with.  I won't stray again.
Good stuff for a Friday lunchtime with the buds in.
In the immortal words of Joe Strummer: "Fuckin' long, innit?". The first few minutes were decent enough, but after that the longeurs set in.
 Ha I thought this just now planet_lizard wrote:
That drum intro is very nearly A-Ha's Take on Me....

 


 idiot_wind wrote:
Hey RP...keep this guitar groove going for a Friday afternoon...
 
But you said there were no good new guitar bands.
Oh well, it was a nice theory while it lasted.
Sonic ecstasy the last thirty minutes or so...great New Years evening treat!