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Placebo — Beautiful James
Album: Beautiful James
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 1528









Released: 2021
Length: 4:07
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Bring me back to life
Never let me go
Your troubles and your hard strife
I saw them
Take me by the hand
As we cross through battlefields
Nobody understands
'Cause there's nobody at the wheel

Beautiful James
I don't wanna wake you
Beautiful James
I don't wanna wake you

Everybody lies
One hundred times a day
The silence in your hard eyes
Is far too rare to give away
And it's exactly why I stay

Beautiful James
I don't wanna wake you
Beautiful James
I don't wanna wake you
(Don't wanna wake you)
Beautiful James
(Don't wanna wake you)
I don't wanna wake you
(Don't wanna wake you)
Beautiful James
(Don't wanna wake you)
I don't wanna wake you

Though I may have to
I may have to
I may have to

(Don't wanna wake you)
Beautiful James
(Don't wanna wake you)
I don't wanna wake you
(Don't wanna wake you)
Beautiful James
(Don't wanna wake you)
I don't wanna wake you
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....sounds like Marianne Faithfull....
 William wrote:
I can't be the only Southern Californian that pictures this face when he's singing the chorus:



Just WTF is going on out there? "Oh, I have a personal injury! I think I'll hire a lawyer named 'Sweet James' 'cuz he's got a cool name and an 800 number!" 

This feels like a bad in-joke. 

Reminds me of a guy I knew in high school. Dayton was a natural comic and had the whole goofy stoner act down pat. He was also voted president of his class because of this Ferris-Bueller-OTL schtick. 

So he went off to college. Once again, class president. Then a so-so law school where yeah you guessed it he was class president. 

A nice guy, got along with everyone. But I remember thinking, "You've done this 'dude, for sure bro' act all your life. And now you expect people to take you seriously and pay big money for your careful diligence and legal expertise?" 

Maybe Dayton's a partner in LA. PT Barnum was right, I guess. 
Malko's lyrics are amazing. Pure rhyming poetry.  And great melodies. He loves mentioning Snowflakes, and not ones from the sky.  Saw them live in 2007 and met them at a meet and greet after. Not many were in line, so we chatted a while. Nice guys. 
Another beatiful transition from ELO's Can't get it out of my head.   Just lovely.
 Hippostar wrote:

"Everybody lies 100 times a day"

[citation needed]



Here's one
So I saw Placebo at Festival Nyon in Switzerland and they fucking crushed it… One of the best shows of my life and I have seen a lot of shows.
 vandal wrote:

I really love Brian Molko's voice, his cadence, and the reedy quality that underpins his delivery. 


well articulated vandal, agree 100%
 glowworm wrote:
Love the sound, big fan of Placebo. Less of a fan of Brian's 'tash :D


Total porn stache. But Brian is like a chameleon, He looks totally different every time you see him. Shaved head, long hair, wearing a skirt, Page Boy  etc. Everything changes but his vocals!
i hope he didn't wake james.

this song is terribly annoying. 
gay?
 Hippostar wrote:

"Everybody lies 100 times a day"

[citation needed]


Yeah, seems a dodgy claim to me.

I'd put it much higher. 
A very good song. Thanks R.P. (florin.from.transsylvania)
Placebo are always a treat!
"Everybody lies 100 times a day"

[citation needed]
Beautiful James, I don't wanna wake you
Beautiful James, I don't wanna wake you
Beautiful James, I don't wanna wake you
Beautiful James, I don't wanna wake you
 
Poor James, he can't get any sleep!
 
BTW, this sounds an awful lot like the band "James".
I find this band has the same effect on me as the real one. Very nice.
 Jelani wrote:

I"m trying to figure this song out. It sounds tragic, and I really like it, but don't quite get what it might be referencing. Any insights are welcome...


some people are simply so much easier to be around when they're sleeping! i may be one of them...heehee

I"m trying to figure this song out. It sounds tragic, and I really like it, but don't quite get what it might be referencing. Any insights are welcome...
Way overplayed lately....good song...not a Great song
Seeing them this year for the first time. Just love love love
Josh Joplinesque
More 10 on top of the 10 I gave already. Thank you.
10

My name is James
Love the sound, big fan of Placebo. Less of a fan of Brian's 'tash :D
A new Placebo album and i did'nt even know it? Thank's radio Paradise to let me be informed.
I can't be the only Southern Californian that pictures this face when he's singing the chorus:

Really digging this wall of sound piercing intensity and the reedy voice!
 cinzia1026 wrote:


I thought it was A Perfect Circle... sounded like Maynard James Keenan's vocal to me



Now that you mention it there is a similar tone there, but I knew it was Placebo immediately.  Good to see a new one from them. 
 the_jake wrote:

His voice is familiar to me, but I can't recall from where.
Definitely like his voice.   Going with a 7 rating on first listen.


Alpine Stars for one.


I thought it was A Perfect Circle... sounded like Maynard James Keenan's vocal to me

Full speed ahead with Placebo and similar please!
 vandal wrote:

I really love Brian Molko's voice, his cadence, and the reedy quality that underpins his delivery. 

His voice is familiar to me, but I can't recall from where.
Definitely like his voice.   Going with a 7 rating on first listen.


Alpine Stars for one.
Such a long break since the last album! Very excited to hear the whole thing -- even their weaker albums have some song that totally blows me away. "Too Many Friends" on the last one I listened to constantly after my grandmother died.
Cool song. I like the driving feel and the synth hook.
Great to see them back.  Immediate 7 straight out of the box and sure to climb.  Thanks again RP.
Good Tune! I never heard of them before. Thanx RP!

I really love Brian Molko's voice, his cadence, and the reedy quality that underpins his delivery.