Portishead — Glory Box
Album: Dummy
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Released: 1994
Length: 3:31
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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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 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"  
That guitar - so tasty.
Still lovely.
 MojoJojo wrote:
GoldPhonicPortisFrappHooverHead!

 
Shouldn't that be ' Gold HOOVER Portis Frapp PHONIC Head '?
Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh....what's a "glory box"? (He says mouth agape and drooling)
 Kaw wrote:
I think this song tops the play count on RP. I hear this song for years now every few days.
Not complaining though. It's still good. 

 
This scores a 10 on my scale, which basically means: “it is impossible to play this too often,” within limits of reasonable behaviour of course. This was last played five days ago, which is perfectly reasonable. Once every day would still be reasonable. Once every 30 minutes would not be reasonable, as I experienced first-hand through a colleague who once had a 7-song playlist on endless repeat… Which actually was what made me search for a good internet radio to escape from it, and then I found RP, so at least one good thing came out of it.
I think this song tops the play count on RP. I hear this song for years now every few days.
Not complaining though. It's still good. 
 scrubbrush wrote:


seems like it faded out early...

 
Leave them wanting more.   you can always buy it and put it on repeat, Musical business sense, y'see?
vanmas wrote:
Nice... but again?
It is like Dire Straits... a little to much on RP.

 
 
jruhnke wrote:

I understand each of your words individually, but they don't make any sense when put together in that order.  {#Smile}

 

"I'm playing all the right notes,
just not necssarily in the right order, Mr Preview"
- Morecambe & Wise

(with Andre Previn)
(mis-quoted, but it was from 1970something)
 bowmusic wrote:
Would love to hear the John Martyn version more.

 
It gets played now and then.
stunix wrote:
Ahhh but I remember the gigs and the vibe around Bristol Uni around 1996, bands like Morcheeba and Portishead were plenty and triphoped potheads ruled.
I'm still here, I just got older.

DaidyBoy wrote:

Pleased to hear it my friend.  I spent my time at Bristol Poly from '87 - '92 and they were great times.  My regards.

 
Hi there fellow ex Bristol-Poly&Uni-ites. i was at Bristol Poly '85 - '88 (HND Electronic Engineering)
Loved that city and its people, The Granary, The Crown, The Mardyke, etc etc
If i'd known then what i know now, i'd've stayed there too!
PS used to cover Glorybox in my last band (with a female singer). I liked playing that one.
Brilliant! Portishead's debut is just unequalled
 vanmas wrote:
Nice... but again?
It is like Dire Straits... a little to much on RP.

 
I understand each of your words individually, but they don't make any sense when put together in that order.  {#Smile}
Nice... but again?
It is like Dire Straits... a little to much on RP.
Really nice guitar work - listen with headphones. Also interesting (from Wiki) the main melody was sampled from "Ike's Rap II" -
 stunix wrote:

Ahhh but I remember the gigs and the vibe around Bristol Uni around 1996, bands like Morcheeba and Portishead were plenty and triphoped potheads ruled.
I'm still here, I just got older.

 
Pleased to hear it my friend.  I spent my time at Bristol Poly from '87 - '92 and they were great times.  My regards.
I love the "pops" like we used to hear with vinyl 
 JasondotG wrote:
Holy Fuck! This albums 20 years old!

 
Ahhh but I remember the gigs and the vibe around Bristol Uni around 1996, bands like Morcheeba and Portishead were plenty and triphoped potheads ruled.
I'm still here, I just got older.
 PaoloManana wrote:
Almost perfect, dont like the end.

 

seems like it faded out early...
 JasondotG wrote:
Holy Fuck! This albums 20 years old!

 
Portis Head and Beth Gibbons, they are divine beings or maybe  extraterrestrial....or both?!!!!!
Holy Fuck! This albums 20 years old!
{#Sleep}
This is a good song to use when testing the effectiveness of your bass speakers.
A 10 from us. 
Almost perfect, dont like the end.
Another big fat 10 from me.
I can honestly admit that no matter how many times I hear this, I will be stopped dead in my tracks.
{#Hearteyes} love this song!
{#Notworthy} I simply adore this song
Love it..such a stunning song..both in composition and execution
 {#Yes}Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

.... lots more of any John Martyn please
 


 bowmusic wrote:
Would love to hear the John Martyn version more.

 
.... lots more of any John Martyn please