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Jonathan Wilson — Desert Raven
Album: Gentle Spirit
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Released: 2011
Length: 7:52
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Fuzzy white haze in the asphalt was a lake
And the sand it was a grayer shade of blue
Spirits held desire while my eyes they did admire
The evening that we only thought we knew

Further out to sea I heard the birds wings over me
the Vibrations in the air to my ears
The sun was rising slinking low the day was saddled up to go
The desert's lonely nightfall disappears

The raven who flies through the desert skies
Is wiser than you or me
The birds have a peace, the stillness a sleeve
And the Desert Raven he has poetry

Close your eyes and fly to let the diamonds make the night
Crystal blue will turn to ruby red
The plants become a maze under the heavens stary hazel
Pegasus he gallops overhead

The buffalo at night they follow close the river's edge while
saffron slowly grows inside the caves
The starry minds of hyacinth the moon below the sun's eclipse
The sandy canyon floats beyond the waves

The raven who flies through the desert skies
Is wiser than you or me
The birds have a peace, the stillness a sleeve
And the Desert Raven he has poetry
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could swear its Crosby and Nash.Just perfect
 scarletdancer wrote:


I get it.  This song has a very classic psychedelic feel.  I was also thinking it seemed familiar, and that it would be much older.  Very unexpected.  Definitely enjoying this.  Trippy!  {#Daisy}


A classic feel, indeed: It feels to me a little like Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green.
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Compared, just on this page, to:

Seals & Crofts, Fleetwood Mac, CSN, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Steve Miller, YES, El Chicano, Camel, Wishbone Ash, Dark Star, Eagles, America, Pablo Cruise, Eels, Moody Blues, Neil Young and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Wow!!!




What about the Allman Brothers (at times)?
 pheavey70 wrote:

Actually, "wiser than you or me" is correct


"I" is correct. Remove the "you" and add the verb and it would clearly read "wiser than I am," not "wiser than me am." The raven would know.
Pretty Cool, and my 26 year old digs this music.  
 Pjesnik wrote:


Is this a conditional clause I or II?  



Grammar police on duty.
by God if this isn't a perfect mix of early Floyd and CSN. 

thank you William!! 
Sounds like someone got into his parent's record collection...and I'm OK with that.  
 gasolin75 wrote:

If i didn't knew it i would thave thought it was something from the 1960's



Is this a conditional clause I or II?  
Television?
 pheavey70 wrote:

Actually, "wiser than you or me" is correct


When the next course in English starts,  pray tell me?  At least 3 persons are interested: me, myself and I.   
 iMario wrote:


I'm very happy I remembered what this song reminded me of... 🌵🐎

America - a horse with no name


I am also very happy you remembered which song this reminds me of.
it would have driven me bonkers...
thank you for sharing!
 scarletdancer wrote:


I get it.  This song has a very classic psychedelic feel.  I was also thinking it seemed familiar, and that it would be much older.  Very unexpected.  Definitely enjoying this.  Trippy!  {#Daisy}


there's a similar hook in another song, the lyric goes "oooo la la la...." and then something about a rainbow...i can't think of the rest. it's driving me crazy.
That guitar line is incredibly musical and flowing. Great stuff
Check him out with Roger Waters on tour. Very young-Gilmour sounding voice. 
 Ihatethissong wrote:

Wait,!  whoah!  I could have sworn I heard this in my childhood!  I am stone cold sober, but this has tripped me the heck out.

Taking me a while to process that Jonathan Spencer Wilson is younger that I am.

Normally I would feel the need for expletives to properly express how this song hit me.
as it is I am using line spacing and any other gimmick I can think of to convey how strongly this song felt like something I heard long ago and many times.  In a good way.

Sorry for the rambling and grammatically incorrect words.



i agree. it's got some kind of - pardon the generalization - "yacht-rock" vibe...in a good way. i thought the exact same thing. it's very familiar, though i've never heard it before.
Nice 60’s hippy vibe in this song✌️
 Montreal_Mort wrote:

Ok, this is a stretch …. But this reminds me of the FEEL of Jakob Dylan’s’Echo in the Canyon’. You gotta listen / watch it - it is an amazing period piece. But young Jakob does a beautiful job of interpreting the late 60s / early 70s in Laurel Canyon. And this has that wonderful vibe



If you like that, check out this 2-part doc on Laurel Canyon!
Ok, this is a stretch …. But this reminds me of the FEEL of Jakob Dylan’s’Echo in the Canyon’. You gotta listen / watch it - it is an amazing period piece. But young Jakob does a beautiful job of interpreting the late 60s / early 70s in Laurel Canyon. And this has that wonderful vibe
 nomnol wrote:


Stop! You're both right.  Than can be used both as a subordinate conjunction or a preposition.

RP is great because of posts like this.
This is wonderful.
I'm sitting here fondly remembering listening to this as a child. It was a rude surprise to learn that this song released when I was 41. Funny how the brain plays tricks like that.
If i didn't knew it i would thave thought it was something from the 1960's
 sajitjacob wrote:

The irony of wanting to listen to this on vinyl via a valve amp and cardboard woofers...




I've set RP to FLAC and am listening on  tiny office computer loudspeakers. I'm trying to push an elephant through the eye of a needle...

You do have a great idea with this song!
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Compared, just on this page, to:

Seals & Crofts, Fleetwood Mac, CSN, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Steve Miller, YES, El Chicano, Camel, Wishbone Ash, Dark Star, Eagles, America, Pablo Cruise, Eels, Moody Blues, Neil Young and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Wow!!!




They're not wrong ....
The irony of wanting to listen to this on vinyl via a valve amp and cardboard woofers...
How about The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) from Yes (Fragile, 1971 album).
My smartwatch just recorded very low levels of stress while listening to this track, Thank you RP! 
Nice, relaxing sound and song, smooth!
 Ihatethissong wrote:

Wait,!  whoah!  I could have sworn I heard this in my childhood!  I am stone cold sober, but this has tripped me the heck out.

Taking me a while to process that Jonathan Spencer Wilson is younger that I am.

Normally I would feel the need for expletives to properly express how this song hit me.
as it is I am using line spacing and any other gimmick I can think of to convey how strongly this song felt like something I heard long ago and many times.  In a good way.

Sorry for the rambling and grammatically incorrect words.



I hear ya.  I'm picking up some Stephen Stills.  This is quite good.
Chanson merveilleuse et album fabuleux 
 rbrise wrote:

reminds me of a bob welch fleetwood mac tune

this exactly, very Bob Welch vibe, me likely very muchy
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Compared, just on this page, to:

Seals & Crofts, Fleetwood Mac, CSN, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Steve Miller, YES, El Chicano, Camel, Wishbone Ash, Dark Star, Eagles, America, Pablo Cruise, Eels, Moody Blues, Neil Young and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Wow!!!




I second the America reference
He's a very interesting artist, in my opinion, ploughing his own furrow.
The opening made me think of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds so surprised when it morphed into this brilliant track and just seemed out of place... or is it just me... 
 pheavey70 wrote:

Actually, "wiser than you or me" is correct

nope. Wiser than you (are) or I (am). seems grammar is becoming irrelevant but correct someone only when you are correct.

...just saw tinypriest got here first. thanks - and we realize that 'me' was used for a rhyme.
 molson wrote:

Such a great song. The lead guitar does remind me a bit of Fleetwood Mac's Sunny Side Of Heaven...and thats a good thing. Mr Wilson is brilliant....



Yep. I keep hearing the Bob Welch version of Fleetwood Mac. 
 pheavey70 wrote:

Actually, "wiser than you or me" is correct

Correct would be "wiser than you or I" -- as in, "she is wiser than I am"; not, "wiser than me is"...
 Phlegmaticman wrote:

This guy is definitely a time traveler from 1972. 



The only thing missing is a nice sax solo and maybe a little more cowbell. 
Such a great song. The lead guitar does remind me a bit of Fleetwood Mac's Sunny Side Of Heaven...and thats a good thing. Mr Wilson is brilliant....
Name that 60's band this is closest to. Spirit?
 iMario wrote:


I'm very happy I remembered what this song reminded me of... 🌵🐎

America - a horse with no name


Reminds me more of Tin Man by America. But yeah, definitely the same vibe...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

distant cousins
 pheavey70 wrote:

Actually, "wiser than you or me" is correct


Thanks - tricky stuff sometimes.  I guess if "than" is a preposition, then "me" is correct as you point out.  However, if "than" is a conjunction, then "I" would be correct with the missing/implied word being "am".  "Wiser than you or I am".
 scarletdancer wrote:


I get it.  This song has a very classic psychedelic feel.  I was also thinking it seemed familiar, and that it would be much older.  Very unexpected.  Definitely enjoying this.  Trippy!  {#Daisy}


I'm very happy I remembered what this song reminded me of... 🌵🐎

America - a horse with no name
 Queue wrote:

I almost hit the skip ahead button!  (Glad I didn't.)


Same here -- just upgraded my rating from 3 to 7 😊
The guitar riff is a gut punch of truth.  Inspiration comes from simple beauty.  

Love it.
Beautifully crafted. 

This is so nice. 
Name those influences:
Melody: Jerry Garcia
Arrangement: Fairport Convention (?)
Vocal: John Martyn
 Phlegmaticman wrote:

This guy is definitely a time traveler from 1972. 



It the Laurel Canyon influence. 
 pheavey70 wrote:

Actually, "wiser than you or me" is correct


Stop! You're both right.  Than can be used both as a subordinate conjunction or a preposition.
fun
 scarletdancer wrote:


I get it.  This song has a very classic psychedelic feel.  I was also thinking it seemed familiar, and that it would be much older.  Very unexpected.  Definitely enjoying this.  Trippy!  {#Daisy}
 
reminds me of a bob welch fleetwood mac tune
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
That intro always trips me hard when it comes on shuffle lol
 
I almost hit the skip ahead button!  (Glad I didn't.)
That intro always trips me hard when it comes on shuffle lol
Reading Jonathan Spencer Wilson's background it says his "Origin" is Laurel Canyon even though he was born in North Carolina. From the first few notes this song could easily have emanated from Laurel Canyon in the late '70s or early '80s. Lovely!
 xkolibuul wrote:

That's knowledge, not wisdom.  
 
A smart person knows a tomato is a fruit, a wise person knows not to put it in fruit salad.
Hmmm....was this recorded in 2011 or 1971? Doesn't matter; I like it.

Reminds me of CSNY.... definitely a laid back late 60s/early 70s vibe!
Saw him with Roger Waters last year. Terrific singer and guitarist. NO WONDER Waters picked him...he sounds like early Gilmour.
 pheavey70 wrote:
The first poster was correct. It is I. Easiest way to know is complete the sentence without "you." "Wiser than I am" (not "wiser than me am"). Rock is full of these substitutions to get the rhyme.
 

It doesn't come as a surprise that he hails from Laurel Canyon. An historical hotbed of talent. 
 ScottishWillie wrote:
Compared, just on this page, to:

Seals & Crofts, Fleetwood Mac, CSN, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Steve Miller, YES, El Chicano, Camel, Wishbone Ash, Dark Star, Eagles, America, Pablo Cruise, Eels, Moody Blues, Neil Young and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Wow!!!
 
I was thinking it would fit nicely onto Pink Floyd's Meddle.
So nice.
And a bit of phrasing from Yes, The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) back in the 70's. 
I was expecting it was someone from either Quicksilver Messenger, or version ONE: Fleetwood Mac ....   Good Though.   It must have made an impression, since I didn't notice I had already rated it, as 8.
 pheavey70 wrote:

Actually, "wiser than you or me" is correct
 
Oooh, beating Proclivities at his own game.
Chalk one up for pheavey70!  ; )
 scarletdancer wrote:


I get it.  This song has a very classic psychedelic feel.  I was also thinking it seemed familiar, and that it would be much older.  Very unexpected.  Definitely enjoying this.  Trippy!  {#Daisy}
 

I hear a lavish dollop of Moody Blues running through it. Justin Hayward-like vocals and the floaty whimsicality redolent of my groovy 70s  experience. Nice.
 scarletdancer schrieb:


Ich verstehe es. Dieses Lied hat ein sehr klassisches psychedelisches Gefühl. Ich dachte auch, dass es mir bekannt vorkam und dass es viel älter sein würde. Sehr unerwartet. Auf jeden Fall genießen. Trippy!  {#Gänseblümchen}
 

 pheavey70 wrote:

Actually, "wiser than you or me" is correct
 
Object of the preposition, just like they taught (some of) us in grammar school. Oh, wait... they don't dare call it that any more, wouldn't be accurate. GRADE school.
 Grammarcop wrote:
I read a journal article this week that documented just how smart ravens are. They are among the few species that can delay a reward for a larger reward and can plan ahead. 

As far as we know, there are only two other groups of species that are capable of this advanced thought: humans and the great apes. 
 

Seems humans might be losing this ability with the advent of one click instant gratification on our mobile devices.  Who needs to delay when you can have it all now?

I like this song. -> 9
 Proclivities wrote:

The raven would probably know that grammatically, the lyric should be "...wiser than you or I".  Maybe that was the songwriter's point though.

 
Actually, "wiser than you or me" is correct
Wow. This is from 2011? Really good song. Classical.
 Ihatethissong wrote:
Wait,!  whoah!  I could have sworn I heard this in my childhood!  I am stone cold sober, but this has tripped me the heck out.

Taking me a while to process that Jonathan Spencer Wilson is younger that I am.

Normally I would feel the need for expletives to properly express how this song hit me.
as it is I am using line spacing and any other gimmick I can think of to convey how strongly this song felt like something I heard long ago and many times.  In a good way.

Sorry for the rambling and grammatically incorrect words.
 
Well FWIW, when I'm humming it a few hours after hearing, my humming sometimes morphs into Fleetwood Mac's Albatross, and sometimes into Neil Young's Down by the River.
 
Part of the reason people here are connecting it to so many different acts is because it has so many elements: strong verse melody, strong chorus melody, and that repeated guitar section, all with their own different moods.
 
Wilson should be very proud of the way he put this together!
another good find ! love love RP
Tell me this gets better...oh wait, it does...
 westslope wrote:
It is fun to read all the comparisons with famous artists of old.

I hear a little CSNY FWIW.  The song grows with additional listens so it cannot be that bad.  
 

I concur with all parallels above and below... and now I'm even hearing David Gilmour singing this with early Floyd
I like this more every time I hear it.
Thanks RP for introducing me to someone I may never have heard otherwise. Again.
You all are missing the Yes influence here. Along with the other 70s threads.
 mread wrote:

You are not the only one!  Nor are we, apparently.  I know I've heard that stringy guitar sound long ago, have never been able to place it ... maybe an old Seals & Crofts B-side or something.  Anyway, it bugs me every time this excellent track comes on.  8.

 
or old, old Fleetwood Mac....
 Ihatethissong wrote:
Wait,!  whoah!  I could have sworn I heard this in my childhood!  I am stone cold sober, but this has tripped me the heck out.

Taking me a while to process that Jonathan Spencer Wilson is younger that I am.

...
 
You are not the only one!  Nor are we, apparently.  I know I've heard that stringy guitar sound long ago, have never been able to place it ... maybe an old Seals & Crofts B-side or something.  Anyway, it bugs me every time this excellent track comes on.  8.
 Ihatethissong wrote:
Wait,!  whoah!  I could have sworn I heard this in my childhood!  I am stone cold sober, but this has tripped me the heck out.

Taking me a while to process that Jonathan Spencer Wilson is younger that I am.

Normally I would feel the need for expletives to properly express how this song hit me.
as it is I am using line spacing and any other gimmick I can think of to convey how strongly this song felt like something I heard long ago and many times.  In a good way.

Sorry for the rambling and grammatically incorrect words.
 

I get it.  This song has a very classic psychedelic feel.  I was also thinking it seemed familiar, and that it would be much older.  Very unexpected.  Definitely enjoying this.  Trippy!  {#Daisy}
 garyalex wrote:
"The raven who flies through the desert skies is wiser than you or me"  Oh yeah?  Let's ask that raven to explain the relationship between entropy and the second law of thermodynamics.  Bet he can't do that.  But then, neither can I.
 
That's knowledge, not wisdom.  
Excellent muscian-craftmanship - the guy is also leader of rogers waters touring-band and therefore part of refreshing but still classic preservation work of classic floyd tunes.
a true genius which slipped from the majorites radar.
 garyalex wrote:
"The raven who flies through the desert skies is wiser than you or me"  Oh yeah?  Let's ask that raven to explain the relationship between entropy and the second law of thermodynamics.  Bet he can't do that.  But then, neither can I.
 
The raven would probably know that grammatically, the lyric should be "...wiser than you or I".  Maybe that was the songwriter's point though.

"The raven who flies through the desert skies is wiser than you or me"  Oh yeah?  Let's ask that raven to explain the relationship between entropy and the second law of thermodynamics.  Bet he can't do that.  But then, neither can I.
Well, certainly something is taken from Robert Charlebois circa 1968 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhXfkXNZ1TI
It is fun to read all the comparisons with famous artists of old.

I hear a little CSNY FWIW.  The song grows with additional listens so it cannot be that bad.  
 sfyi2001 wrote:
Nightmarish flashbacks of riding a nameless horse, in search of a golden haired sister or something   {#Stop}

 
Its all good baby baby, turn on tune in and drop out
 Historys_Fools wrote:
Good tune but that intro harshes my mellow.

 
Yeah I hate it. Took one rating point off for that.
Good tune but that intro harshes my mellow.
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Compared, just on this page, to:

Seals & Crofts, Fleetwood Mac, CSN, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Steve Miller, YES, El Chicano, Camel, Wishbone Ash, Dark Star, Eagles, America, Pablo Cruise, Eels, Moody Blues, Neil Young and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Wow!!!



 
Add Jefferson Airplane/Starship to the list!  But in a good way...
What the heck Jefferson Airplane song does this take me back to??
Per the previous comment very reminiscent of America or for me more like CSN/CSNY but I like it!
Nightmarish flashbacks of riding a nameless horse, in search of a golden haired sister or some shit - stop.
Please make it stop  {#Stop}

For me this feels like comparing Rumer to Karen Carpenter.  She may have a beautiful voice and be surrounded with talent, but it's not real.  The Carpenters were one thing.  Be something else, surely.
Wonderful melody!
Looking at the world
Through the sunset in your eyes
Trying to make the train
Through clear Moroccan skies
Oh look!  It's Pablo Cruise, Jr.!   {#Cheesygrin}
I read a journal article this week that documented just how smart ravens are. They are among the few species that can delay a reward for a larger reward and can plan ahead. 

As far as we know, there are only two other groups of species that are capable of this advanced thought: humans and the great apes. 
{#Sunny}
 i thought i was listing in to seals and crofts??
Segue wrote:


{#Lol} {#Roflol} {#Roflol}

 


really really trippy. love it!
 

coloradojohn wrote:
Such a cool song! It pays homage to all the greats, yet explores new territory. I dig the echoes of Fleetwood Mac and CSN. Trippy, too!

 


 ScottishWillie wrote:

Compared, just on this page, to:

Seals & Crofts, Fleetwood Mac, CSN, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Steve Miller, YES, El Chicano, Camel, Wishbone Ash, Dark Star, Eagles, America, Pablo Cruise, Eels, Moody Blues, Neil Young and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Wow!!!



 
Double Wow!  I'm rating it an 8, +1 for the large number of "sounds like" artists - and it really does sound like it came from the 70s.  Crazy good stuff here!

LONG LIVE RP! TRUTH PEACE LOVE HAPPINESS UNDERSTANDING


Nice. But I would not guess that this is a recent song: thought I was from the '70-s
Yup I'm getting America and Pink Floyd at the end

Compared, just on this page, to:

Seals & Crofts, Fleetwood Mac, CSN, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Steve Miller, YES, El Chicano, Camel, Wishbone Ash, Dark Star, Eagles, America, Pablo Cruise, Eels, Moody Blues, Neil Young and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Wow!!!


Cool.
Familiar while not at the same time.
I'm getting a Pink-Floyd-meets-Seals-&-Crofts vibe from this one.
 jocelynsart wrote:
Has a sort of Seals & Crofts sound, if I recall right. This song is kind of growing on me every time I hear it.

 
"Summer breeze, makes me feel fine..."

Yeah, I hear that. 
Such a cool song! It pays homage to all the greats, yet explores new territory. I dig the echoes of Fleetwood Mac and CSN. Trippy, too!
 DrLex wrote:

Indeed, this must have been distilled from pure 70s essence.

 
Remember when you'd stay up for "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" (after SNL) and you'd hear stuff like this that turned rock music into a punishment? 

This isn't so bad to listen to now, but I have to wonder why JW copied the 70s so slavishly.  
I like all the "sounds like" comments - here's mine: Emerson Lake and Palmer, particularly From the Beginning. Cool song.
 jocelynsart wrote:
I always say that this is a very 70s sounding song.

 
Indeed, this must have been distilled from pure 70s essence.
Reminds me of "Fly like an eagle" by Steve Miller
Reminds me of the signature guitar lines of- YES - The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)    From Fragile 1971
El Chicano riff in there. Tell her she's lovely.
 
 LowPhreak wrote:

Yeah I like it. Reminds me of Camel...or something...{#Think}

 
or Wishbone Ash?
 jocelynsart wrote:
I always say that this is a very 70s sounding song.

 
Yeah I like it. Reminds me of Camel...or something...{#Think}
I always say that this is a very 70s sounding song.