Elbow — Magnificent (She Says)
Album: Little Fictions
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Released: 2017
Length: 4:23
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This is where, this is where the bottle lands
Where all the biggest questions meet
With little feet stood in the sand

This is where the echoes swell to nothing on the tide
And where a tiny pair of hands
Finds a sea-worn piece of glass
And sets it as a sapphire in her mind

And there she stands
Throwing both her arms around the world
The world that doesn't even know
How much it needs this little girl

It's all gonna be magnificent, she says
It's all gonna be magnificent

This is where it all began
To light your mother's cigarette
And I got to touch her hand
And my heart, there defrosting in a gaze
Wasn't built to be that way
Suddenly I understand

There on the sand
Throwing both her arms around the world
The world that doesn't even know
How much it needs this little girl

It's all gonna be magnificent, she says
It's all gonna be magnificent
It's all gonna be magnificent, she says
It's all gonna be magnificent

The echoes slow, the bottle lands
The echoes slow, and there she stands
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Does the pre-vocal opening of this track constitute sampling? 
 ayohn wrote:
Saw them 11/3 at the 9:30 in DC...phenomenal concert, casual, entertaining, great sound, and full on audience participation!  Overall great live show!  (This was the second song played.)

Sometimes, it is wonderful to understand the effect music and good live shows have on a person...

===================================

Distinguished New Communication Major Acceptance Speech

Erika Yohn

I can remember my first time at a concert.

My dad is an avid music junkie, and bombarded my tiny little ears with 80s rock, 90s British underground, and the like since before I could walk. So, naturally, he took me to an Elbow concert. Elbow is a British band of 40-year-old men that was (and still is) pretty popular across the ocean. As a 14-year-old, I was the youngest one in the club. It was a Tuesday night in Washington D.C., three hours from home. Not the prime place for me to be during my bedtime on a school night.

But it was a night I will never forget.

I sang my tiny lungs out, knowing every word by heart. I even wore shoes I colored in the spirit of the band (I still wear them to every concert to this day). The most magical part of the night was when they played my favorite song of all time. My dad had a bruise from the excited pushing and squeezing he endured when I heard the first notes.

I cried a little, I will admit. It was such a pivotal night in my life, and in more ways than I

thought at the time. I kept thinking to myself, like most young kids, wanted to be on stage.

I wanted to give others the same experience. I wanted to be the reason someone buys show tickets months in advance and keeps a countdown calendar like I did.

But I had one slight issue. I could not sing, or play an instrument well enough. And honestly, I had little motivation to learn. 

Music still had a hold on me, though. I realized that there is so much more that goes into making someone's favorite song. There is more than just the instruments or singers. There are sound engineers, and record labels, and producers.

That is what I wanted. I wanted a hand in making the music, without overpowering  the initial creativity of the songwriter. I wanted to be a maker and a listener. And I decided I was going to be a producer.

Throughout high school, I did as much as was possible to learn what was needed to pursue my dream. I did a sound engineering and production workshop, and went to more concerts than I can count. I fell in love with the technology and software in the studio. I found my niche.

College is just a steppingstone to more opportunity. And learning the ins and outs of a multitude of media industries now gives me the chance to bring ingenuity to the table in the future. I finally get to spend time learning about exactly what I love. And to me, that is the greatest part about studying communication. 

I love what I am studying, and the material just ignites my passions further. Degree in hand, I will get to fulfill the original dream of sharing the experience of music with others. The little girl screaming in the crowd will not be me anymore, but someone else. And I will be the one responsible for the favorite song, for the bruises on Dad's shoulder.

I will create the unforgettable night for someone else.

====================

 
Yes. Lovely.  Do it.  
 maxjboxer wrote:
Thanks for introducing me to Elbow.  4 or 5 years ago my son's friend in collage said he had this cool new band's record and my son said yeah my dad likes them. lol

 
Hilarious!  
 
This one is growing on me.
 expatlar wrote:
Stop saying that. No it's not.

 
I was hearing 'It's all going to be like a movie set' before I noted the song title.  Seems more likely....
Stop saying that. No it's not.
{#Clap}

Live Music is Better, Bumper Stickers Should Be issued.

They are indeed a very good live band....
{#Clap}
  ayohn wrote:
Saw them 11/3 at the 9:30 in DC...phenomenal concert, casual, entertaining, great sound, and full on audience participation!  Overall great live show!  (This was the second song played.)

Sometimes, it is wonderful to understand the effect music and good live shows have on a person...

===================================

Distinguished New Communication Major Acceptance Speech

Erika Yohn

I can remember my first time at a concert. ....

... I will create the unforgettable night for someone else.


====================

(Read full below in comments)
 
And this, folks, is what these boards are for.  The love of the music and appreciation of the music.  Sharing positive experiences with the music.  Thanks ayohn!
 ayohn wrote:
Saw them 11/3 at the 9:30 in DC...phenomenal concert, casual, entertaining, great sound, and full on audience participation!  Overall great live show!  (This was the second song played.)

Sometimes, it is wonderful to understand the effect music and good live shows have on a person...

===================================

Distinguished New Communication Major Acceptance Speech

Erika Yohn

I can remember my first time at a concert.

My dad is an avid music junkie, and bombarded my tiny little ears with 80s rock, 90s British underground, and the like since before I could walk. So, naturally, he took me to an Elbow concert. Elbow is a British band of 40-year-old men that was (and still is) pretty popular across the ocean. As a 14-year-old, I was the youngest one in the club. It was a Tuesday night in Washington D.C., three hours from home. Not the prime place for me to be during my bedtime on a school night.

But it was a night I will never forget.

I sang my tiny lungs out, knowing every word by heart. I even wore shoes I colored in the spirit of the band (I still wear them to every concert to this day). The most magical part of the night was when they played my favorite song of all time. My dad had a bruise from the excited pushing and squeezing he endured when I heard the first notes.

I cried a little, I will admit. It was such a pivotal night in my life, and in more ways than I

thought at the time. I kept thinking to myself, like most young kids, wanted to be on stage.

I wanted to give others the same experience. I wanted to be the reason someone buys show tickets months in advance and keeps a countdown calendar like I did.

But I had one slight issue. I could not sing, or play an instrument well enough. And honestly, I had little motivation to learn. 

Music still had a hold on me, though. I realized that there is so much more that goes into making someone's favorite song. There is more than just the instruments or singers. There are sound engineers, and record labels, and producers.

That is what I wanted. I wanted a hand in making the music, without overpowering  the initial creativity of the songwriter. I wanted to be a maker and a listener. And I decided I was going to be a producer.

Throughout high school, I did as much as was possible to learn what was needed to pursue my dream. I did a sound engineering and production workshop, and went to more concerts than I can count. I fell in love with the technology and software in the studio. I found my niche.

College is just a steppingstone to more opportunity. And learning the ins and outs of a multitude of media industries now gives me the chance to bring ingenuity to the table in the future. I finally get to spend time learning about exactly what I love. And to me, that is the greatest part about studying communication. 

I love what I am studying, and the material just ignites my passions further. Degree in hand, I will get to fulfill the original dream of sharing the experience of music with others. The little girl screaming in the crowd will not be me anymore, but someone else. And I will be the one responsible for the favorite song, for the bruises on Dad's shoulder.

I will create the unforgettable night for someone else.

====================

 
Wow, that is a nice piece of writing that really resonated with me. Thanks for sharing!
 ayohn wrote:
Saw them 11/3 at the 9:30 in DC...phenomenal concert, casual, entertaining, great sound, and full on audience participation!  Overall great live show!  (This was the second song played.)

Sometimes, it is wonderful to understand the effect music and good live shows have on a person...

===================================

Distinguished New Communication Major Acceptance Speech

Erika Yohn

I can remember my first time at a concert.

My dad is an avid music junkie, and bombarded my tiny little ears with 80s rock, 90s British underground, and the like since before I could walk. So, naturally, he took me to an Elbow concert. Elbow is a British band of 40-year-old men that was (and still is) pretty popular across the ocean. As a 14-year-old, I was the youngest one in the club. It was a Tuesday night in Washington D.C., three hours from home. Not the prime place for me to be during my bedtime on a school night.

But it was a night I will never forget.

I sang my tiny lungs out, knowing every word by heart. I even wore shoes I colored in the spirit of the band (I still wear them to every concert to this day). The most magical part of the night was when they played my favorite song of all time. My dad had a bruise from the excited pushing and squeezing he endured when I heard the first notes.

I cried a little, I will admit. It was such a pivotal night in my life, and in more ways than I

thought at the time. I kept thinking to myself, like most young kids, wanted to be on stage.

I wanted to give others the same experience. I wanted to be the reason someone buys show tickets months in advance and keeps a countdown calendar like I did.

But I had one slight issue. I could not sing, or play an instrument well enough. And honestly, I had little motivation to learn. 

Music still had a hold on me, though. I realized that there is so much more that goes into making someone's favorite song. There is more than just the instruments or singers. There are sound engineers, and record labels, and producers.

That is what I wanted. I wanted a hand in making the music, without overpowering  the initial creativity of the songwriter. I wanted to be a maker and a listener. And I decided I was going to be a producer.

Throughout high school, I did as much as was possible to learn what was needed to pursue my dream. I did a sound engineering and production workshop, and went to more concerts than I can count. I fell in love with the technology and software in the studio. I found my niche.

College is just a steppingstone to more opportunity. And learning the ins and outs of a multitude of media industries now gives me the chance to bring ingenuity to the table in the future. I finally get to spend time learning about exactly what I love. And to me, that is the greatest part about studying communication. 

I love what I am studying, and the material just ignites my passions further. Degree in hand, I will get to fulfill the original dream of sharing the experience of music with others. The little girl screaming in the crowd will not be me anymore, but someone else. And I will be the one responsible for the favorite song, for the bruises on Dad's shoulder.

I will create the unforgettable night for someone else.

====================

 
Thank you for sharing this... My eldest daughter has really latched on to a lot of my music. It's such a wonderful experience to be able to share closely with one's offspring. She absolutely loves Elbow and in particular, Little Fictions.
Their show at a small Portland venue was magnificent as well. A very engaging and interactive performance, if you like that sort of thing. 
Something about this song really grabs me. It's one of my favorite tracks of 2017, and it's a 9 for me.
Magnifique !!!!
Saw them 11/3 at the 9:30 in DC...phenomenal concert, casual, entertaining, great sound, and full on audience participation!  Overall great live show!  (This was the second song played.)

Sometimes, it is wonderful to understand the effect music and good live shows have on a person...

===================================

Distinguished New Communication Major Acceptance Speech

Erika Yohn

I can remember my first time at a concert.

My dad is an avid music junkie, and bombarded my tiny little ears with 80s rock, 90s British underground, and the like since before I could walk. So, naturally, he took me to an Elbow concert. Elbow is a British band of 40-year-old men that was (and still is) pretty popular across the ocean. As a 14-year-old, I was the youngest one in the club. It was a Tuesday night in Washington D.C., three hours from home. Not the prime place for me to be during my bedtime on a school night.

But it was a night I will never forget.

I sang my tiny lungs out, knowing every word by heart. I even wore shoes I colored in the spirit of the band (I still wear them to every concert to this day). The most magical part of the night was when they played my favorite song of all time. My dad had a bruise from the excited pushing and squeezing he endured when I heard the first notes.

I cried a little, I will admit. It was such a pivotal night in my life, and in more ways than I

thought at the time. I kept thinking to myself, like most young kids, wanted to be on stage.

I wanted to give others the same experience. I wanted to be the reason someone buys show tickets months in advance and keeps a countdown calendar like I did.

But I had one slight issue. I could not sing, or play an instrument well enough. And honestly, I had little motivation to learn. 

Music still had a hold on me, though. I realized that there is so much more that goes into making someone's favorite song. There is more than just the instruments or singers. There are sound engineers, and record labels, and producers.

That is what I wanted. I wanted a hand in making the music, without overpowering  the initial creativity of the songwriter. I wanted to be a maker and a listener. And I decided I was going to be a producer.

Throughout high school, I did as much as was possible to learn what was needed to pursue my dream. I did a sound engineering and production workshop, and went to more concerts than I can count. I fell in love with the technology and software in the studio. I found my niche.

College is just a steppingstone to more opportunity. And learning the ins and outs of a multitude of media industries now gives me the chance to bring ingenuity to the table in the future. I finally get to spend time learning about exactly what I love. And to me, that is the greatest part about studying communication. 

I love what I am studying, and the material just ignites my passions further. Degree in hand, I will get to fulfill the original dream of sharing the experience of music with others. The little girl screaming in the crowd will not be me anymore, but someone else. And I will be the one responsible for the favorite song, for the bruises on Dad's shoulder.

I will create the unforgettable night for someone else.

====================

 maxjboxer wrote:
Thanks for introducing me to Elbow.  4 or 5 years ago my son's friend in collage said he had this cool new band's record and my son said yeah my dad likes them. lol

 
I had a similar small triumph: I came into the kitchen a couple years ago and heard my then preteen daughter listening to "Mirror Ball." She'd added it to her ITunes list.  

Nov. 6th I'm going to their concert in Oakland.  Can't wait
God they are dreadful. 
Quickly becoming my fav Elbow tune. A uniquely tuneful and thoughtful piece. 
Modern classics.  I love a bit of Elbow.
Thanks for introducing me to Elbow.  4 or 5 years ago my son's friend in collage said he had this cool new band's record and my son said yeah my dad likes them. lol