Donovan — Please Don't Bend
Album: Sutras
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Released: 1996
Length: 4:06
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Walking, talking along a lonely shore
With your hair blowing soft on the breeze
I do dream you into my life
Gift me your love if you please
Please don't bend my heart
Made of glass
I can't promise to be here for you
Please don't bend my heart
She said to me
I can't promise to be here, be here, be here for you
Oh what a night the moon shining bright
Your kisses are sweeter than wine
Music floats on the breeze from the town
I lead you holding your hand in mine
Now you're trembling beneath my lips
Soon I'll be gone to the south
We say nothing, we two just know
No words of woe from our mouths
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love this one, so calm, gentle and sincere

 pfwashburn9485 wrote:
Many people won't feel the sensitivity in the song !  Connecticut,USA.
 
Today, I am one of those "many people".
saw him perform live recently. the voice is gone but the guitar playing and  stories are better than ever
 {#Meditate}  yes.  coloradojohn wrote:
This always makes me stop and think about all the times I ever let Donovan's melodic folksy wisdom and Celtic Gypsy soul-sight wash over me. Reminds me of his Syd Barrett-like masterpiece "A Flower's Gift to a Garden;" his outlook so real, so pure, and so dang Tao.

 


 onerb wrote:
Love.

 
Many people won't feel the sensitivity in the song !  Connecticut,USA.
 
This always makes me stop and think about all the times I ever let Donovan's melodic folksy wisdom and Celtic Gypsy soul-sight wash over me. Reminds me of his Syd Barrett-like masterpiece "A Flower's Gift to a Garden;" his outlook so real, so pure, and so dang Tao.
{#Meditate}
Mellow Yellow man?
nice 
This man stands for peace. Donovan haters, it's time to exit this page.
Still liking this. Pretty good lyrics, ok yeah, somwhat clichèd, but still. Nice to hear just one guitar and vocals (the intro) then, even with acoustic bass it's still a wonderfullly simple setting.

Walking, talking along a lonely shore
With your hair blowing soft on the breeze
I do dream you into my life
Gift me your love if you please

"Please don't bend my heart, made of glass
I can't promise to be here for you"
"Please don't bend my heart", she said to me
"I can't promise to be here, be here, be here for you"

 
Love.
Next time please play Nirvana from the same album

Rascal wrote:  "Look up Shawn Phillips....just sayin"

I couldn't agree more, 40+ years of music and every album is an adventure. A real find for anyone wondering if there is something great out there that you may have missed.... just sayin'.
I can hear similarities to Agnes Obel Fuel to Fire albeit she plays piano.  Donovan was first of course :)  Message to Bill - what about a seque with these two next time?
a beautiful collection of words and thoughts, shared with strong simple music and near quiet voice      love
8 -> 9     It is so ....  affirming, to hear a fine song from Mr. Leach that he wrote long AFTER his hazy* crazy* heyday!   
        (*well, we all were {#Group-hug} )

{#Music}
I'm turning 57 soon and I've thought Please don't bend a few times.
This guy aged well.
Look up Shawn Phillips....just sayin
nice!  Have enjoyed this song and Donovan's gentle power for a good many years.
Great that younger listeners are discovering him.  Play more.
I'm a Nick Drake fan too but never related the two before but sure hear it now.
For me, no one tops Dylan though…scratchy voice and all.  Loved his Americana tour with Richard Thompson last summer.
And now Francis Cabrel who was just in NYC.  RP rocks!
 
Kind of nice. A little too mellow.
What a sweet PSD :) 7
 Cynaera wrote:

Oh, crap - I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. Mom loved this song (and she was a pretty tough audience.) The video isn't working (slow processor) but the music is here. Thank you, Dave. This is awesome. You totally rock.  Get another cat or two, but adopt, don't shop, okay?

Now, gotta go back and listen to that song again and again. Mom would be smiling beautifically from her sleep. Whatever happens in this uncertain future of various faiths, should we meet, I'll be sure Mom knows who the person was that gave her that song. (Uh, but I'd have to introduce her to Donovan, and I don't know him, so that might be a problem...){#Wink}


 
Donovan is Great, it is also worth while to scroll down to read some letters from the near past...
Wow - I had no idea Donovan was really that good a singer!   I'm impressed...
just beautiful...
 bh1 wrote:
For a minute I thought this was Jethro Tull. But new Donavan? Well good.
 
Whaaa..?  Not sure how you get to Ian Anderson's vocals from Donovan, never mind the paucity of flute.  
Love this song! Wow so surprised to see it was Donovan...I thought at first it was Cat Stevens
Does anyone else hear a cat in heat?  {#Beat}
Didn't anyone see him on the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame concert on HBO this year?   He sounded great and for his acceptance speech he recited a poem.  Such an interesting and gentle  person he seems to be.....still beautiful .... inside and out.   Nice to hear this too.
I like ... off to check out the rest of the CD. I have poloroid picture I took of Donovan back stage in 1969. he still sound good here. he must be close to 70 now.
For a minute I thought this was Jethro Tull. But new Donavan? Well good.
isn't he dead yet? Deathless Delight was the only decent thing he did, and I was stoned when I decided that so even that is self doubted!
A giant frosty glass of "meh"
Never heard this before....I quite like it.
 GrannyO wrote:
Now I remember what's missing from my iTunes.  
 
Stryper?

 crogers wrote:
A Donovan song that I actually like?  Huh; never thought I'd live so long. 

< blatant opinion faucet: ON >

I've always liked Nick Drake very much, an artist who's been compared to early Donovan by many - though I personally have problems with drawing too many lines between them.  However, given the obvious similarities in their vocal styles, I could never quite understand why I could really appreciate one but intensely dislike the other.  

This song has clarified it for me — it is actually well written, carefully rendered and thoughtful.  It is a song written and performed for the sake of the song and its gentle message, rather than as a showcase for the vagaries and innate peculiarites of the performer's voice.  Drake's songwriting and the exquisitely careful presentation of his work encouraged me to both respect him as an artist and sympathize with him as a flawed and hurting human being — ultimately bringing me closer to him and his art.  In contrast, Donovan's efforts, partiuclarly those from the Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy days, chafe me like the proverbial sand-in-the-swim-trunks.

In an effort to avoid further discomfort, I have successfully ignored Donovan since 1973.  Until this evening.  When I heard this song.  It is surprisingly, effortlessly Good.

Perhaps the lesson is simply that people do change.  Not just the performers, but the listeners as well.  My advice, for what it's worth, is to give them both a chance.  Take four minutes out of your busy day and really listen, with fresh ears, to something (or someONE) that has always driven you nuts.  It doesn't have to be a musician — it can even be your bitchy younger sister.  But give it that chance — you just might find that over time, both of you have found your ways when you weren't even paying attention.

I still hate Dylan though...   {#Biggrin}

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YEAH, BUT WHAT DO YOU REALLY THINK?
 


 RedGuitar wrote:

Rick Rubin has recorded several artists lately, and tries to strip their sound down to the basics - Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Donovan are a few.

 


Yeah, funny thing is: they all sound the same now.... Thanks, Rick! You did a "great" job.
 CoYoT51 wrote:
Good to mention that Rick Rubin produced this album, Bill!
When Rick Rubin gets involved, it's good.
Well... I'm a Rubin too. I couldn't be less subjective. :)
 
Rick Rubin has recorded several artists lately, and tries to strip their sound down to the basics - Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Donovan are a few.

I'm working at the computer and RP is quietly in the background...
suddenly I sense Donovan is singing... a new song!  (For me anyway)
Very Nice, Very pleasant surprise.


 crogers wrote:
A Donovan song that I actually like?  Huh; never thought I'd live so long. 

< blatant opinion faucet: ON >

I've always liked Nick Drake very much, an artist who's been compared to early Donovan by many - though I personally have problems with drawing too many lines between them.  However, given the obvious similarities in their vocal styles, I could never quite understand why I could really appreciate one but intensely dislike the other.  

This song has clarified it for me — it is actually well written, carefully rendered and thoughtful.  It is a song written and performed for the sake of the song and its gentle message, rather than as a showcase for the vagaries and innate peculiarites of the performer's voice.  Drake's songwriting and the exquisitely careful presentation of his work encouraged me to both respect him as an artist and sympathize with him as a flawed and hurting human being — ultimately bringing me closer to him and his art.  In contrast, Donovan's efforts, partiuclarly those from the Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy days, chafe me like the proverbial sand-in-the-swim-trunks.

In an effort to avoid further discomfort, I have successfully ignored Donovan since 1973.  Until this evening.  When I heard this song.  It is surprisingly, effortlessly Good.

Perhaps the lesson is simply that people do change.  Not just the performers, but the listeners as well.  My advice, for what it's worth, is to give them both a chance.  Take four minutes out of your busy day and really listen, with fresh ears, to something (or someONE) that has always driven you nuts.  It doesn't have to be a musician — it can even be your bitchy younger sister.  But give it that chance — you just might find that over time, both of you have found your ways when you weren't even paying attention.

I still hate Dylan though...   {#Biggrin}

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  "Like!"


The cellist on this CD is a dear friend of mine. To have her play in my living room is a treat and an honor. And boy does she have great stories! {#Sunny}
Stunningly boring.
A Donovan song that I actually like?  Huh; never thought I'd live so long. 

< blatant opinion faucet: ON >

I've always liked Nick Drake very much, an artist who's been compared to early Donovan by many - though I personally have problems with drawing too many lines between them.  However, given the obvious similarities in their vocal styles, I could never quite understand why I could really appreciate one but intensely dislike the other.  

This song has clarified it for me — it is actually well written, carefully rendered and thoughtful.  It is a song written and performed for the sake of the song and its gentle message, rather than as a showcase for the vagaries and innate peculiarites of the performer's voice.  Drake's songwriting and the exquisitely careful presentation of his work encouraged me to both respect him as an artist and sympathize with him as a flawed and hurting human being — ultimately bringing me closer to him and his art.  In contrast, Donovan's efforts, partiuclarly those from the Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy days, chafe me like the proverbial sand-in-the-swim-trunks.

In an effort to avoid further discomfort, I have successfully ignored Donovan since 1973.  Until this evening.  When I heard this song.  It is surprisingly, effortlessly Good.

Perhaps the lesson is simply that people do change.  Not just the performers, but the listeners as well.  My advice, for what it's worth, is to give them both a chance.  Take four minutes out of your busy day and really listen, with fresh ears, to something (or someONE) that has always driven you nuts.  It doesn't have to be a musician — it can even be your bitchy younger sister.  But give it that chance — you just might find that over time, both of you have found your ways when you weren't even paying attention.

I still hate Dylan though...   {#Biggrin}

< blatant opinion faucet: OFF >


Love it love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
But then I have always thought that Donovan is one of the greatest singer songwriters ever. I want this song! It came out in 1996 .. Why wasn't it ever played? God bless RP now I'm living in musical heaven everyday I am tuned in to this brilliant radio station

Great to hear something from this album again. I think I own it, or did at some point... Have to go dig it up.  These songs are real slow burners, but hearing this again after over a decade, I find that they build to a pretty intense burn.


Now I remember what's missing from my iTunes.  
Good to mention that Rick Rubin produced this album, Bill!
When Rick Rubin gets involved, it's good.
Well... I'm a Rubin too. I couldn't be less subjective. :)
 DaveInVA wrote:

Here is the YouTube video of that song you are looking for. It was recorded in '72 and released in '73 as a single with its "B" side being "Earth Sign Man". It also did come out on side 2 of "Cosmic Wheels" in '73. It was later released on the CD "Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 (disc 2)"

 
Oh, crap - I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. Mom loved this song (and she was a pretty tough audience.) The video isn't working (slow processor) but the music is here. Thank you, Dave. This is awesome. You totally rock.  Get another cat or two, but adopt, don't shop, okay?

Now, gotta go back and listen to that song again and again. Mom would be smiling beautifically from her sleep. Whatever happens in this uncertain future of various faiths, should we meet, I'll be sure Mom knows who the person was that gave her that song. (Uh, but I'd have to introduce her to Donovan, and I don't know him, so that might be a problem...){#Wink}

 Cynaera wrote:
Okay - for all you audiophiles out there - I hope you can help me!  I heard a song by Donovan in about 1972 or 1973. It was called "I Like You." It had strings, and it made me laugh and cry and dance. (No, I wasn't on drugs then - that came after high school.)  My late mom and dad both loved classical music, and when I first heard "I Like You," I knew it was a song they'd both love (and one of very few songs on which we could agree.)  FINALLY, it came on the radio, and I yelled for Mom and Dad to listen.  I turned it up, and watched Mom's face go from skeptical to dreamy.  Dad, of course, was stoic, but I could see in his eyes that he liked it.

It was from the album "Cosmic Wheels," but when I go to various places to see if there's a "listen" link, the song list for the album is completely different! WTF?  This is a pic of the original cover:



Anyway, all I want is to find a link that will let me listen to this song again, so I can have some closure.

Thanks.  We now return you to your regularly-scheduled hootenanny, already in progress.
 
Here is the YouTube video of that song you are looking for. It was recorded in '72 and released in '73 as a single with its "B" side being "Earth Sign Man". It also did come out on side 2 of "Cosmic Wheels" in '73. It was later released on the CD "Troubadour: The Definitive Collection 1964-1976 (disc 2)"