Portishead — Glory Box
Album: Dummy
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Released: 1994
Length: 3:31
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'm so tired
Of playing
Playing with this bow and arrow
Gonna give my heart away
Leave it to the other girls to play
For I've been a temptress too long
Just

Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be
A woman
I just wanna be a woman

From this time, unchained
We're all looking at a different picture
Through this new frame of mind
A thousand flowers could bloom
Move over, and give us some room
Yeah

Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be
A woman
I just wanna be a woman

So don't you stop bein' a man
Just take a little look from our side when you can
Sow a little tenderness
No matter if you cry

Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be here
A woman
It's all I wanna be is a woman

For this is the beginning of forever and ever
Its time to move over

I'm so tired, of playing
Playing with this bow and arrow
Gonna give my heart away
Leave it to the other girls to play
For I've been a temptress too long
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To me this is 8 - Most Excellent  
 BCarn wrote:
Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh....what's a "glory box"? (He says mouth agape and drooling)

 
I've been wondering the same thing... but I don't dare to google it.
 VH1 wrote:
"Give me a reason to be a woman"?

Geez what a lot of bull....{#Frustrated}{#Beat}{#Razz}{#Skull}{#Moon} 

Lady, if you need a reason, get an operation! 

 
(This is basically the long version of Stefen's reply)

That's a completely awful misread of the lyric.

She wants him to treat her as more than a thing to have, more of an equal. She wants respect, romantic affection, etc. She wants him to try looking at things from her perspective. She wants to be in love with him, she wants to settle down, but she wants him to be worthy of her attentions.

She wants him to be a man. Otherwise, she'll just be a memory, a regret,
 VH1 wrote:
"Give me a reason to be a woman"?

Geez what a lot of bull....{#Frustrated}{#Beat}{#Razz}{#Skull}{#Moon} 

Lady, if you need a reason, get an operation! 

 
Translation:  "Be a man."
Still love this song, although 1994 feels like it was yesterday{#Hearteyes}
When she sings this one, even my ancient Klipsches stand fully erect.
 
 dubberdan wrote:
 Skydog wrote:

i haven't heard that sound in decades
is Bill playing vinyl?
or is it an add-on for effect? 

Its on the original recording, so most likely an effect added, or from a vinyl record being mixed in

 
Its definitely from a record mixed in.

I remastered this song and took all the pops and clicks out just to hear it without.  Like it either way.
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"Give me a reason to be a woman"?

Geez what a lot of bull....{#Frustrated}{#Beat}{#Razz}{#Skull}{#Moon} 

Lady, if you need a reason, get an operation! 
My favorite Portishead song, and that's saying something since I like them all.
Not wearing well over time....getting really sick of the refrain. 
SiniLMan wrote:
God! I LOVE this song!! I always said if, God forbid, I should ever do drag, I would use this as my lip synch. Move over and give us some room... It would be so on fire!

This is the first comment I ever remember reading on RP and I still laugh about it...
 BlueHeronDruid wrote:
Enjoyed the first thousand times heard. Now I want to know what's keeping the whiny woman from being, uh, a woman.

 
{#Lol} It's fairly new to my ears. I just bumped it from 7 to 9.
Enjoyed the first thousand times heard. Now I want to know what's keeping the whiny woman from being, uh, a woman.
This song sounds younger than its 22 years. I would push its rating from 7->8 but the last 30 seconds are a bit crap.
 dubberdan wrote:

Its on the original recording, so most likely an effect added, or from a vinyl record being mixed in

 
...imagine the chagrin of someone back in '94 bringing it home from the record store (remember those?) on a brand new shiny digitally remastered Compact Disc {#Roflol}
Hmm.. would love to hear Alessia Cara's "Here" after this.
 Skydog wrote:

i haven't heard that sound in decades
is Bill playing vinyl?
or is it an add-on for effect? 

 
Its on the original recording, so most likely an effect added, or from a vinyl record being mixed in
 Timbo080 wrote:
Absolutely love the sound of the vinyl "pop"  

 
i haven't heard that sound in decades
is Bill playing vinyl?
or is it an add-on for effect? 
Absolutely love the sound of the vinyl "pop"