Song of the Day: Glory Box by Portishead

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“Glory Box” is a single by English trip hop group Portishead, released in 1995.

Lyrics:

I’m so tired of playing
Playin’ with this bow and arrow
I 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 lookin’ at a different picture
Through this new frame of mind
A thousand flowers could bloom
Move over and give us some room, yea

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, being a man
Just take a little look
From our side when you can
Show a little tenderness
No matter if you cry

Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be a woman
I just wanna be a woman
‘Cause it’s all I wanna be is all a woman, yea

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

So tired of playing
Playin’ with this bow and arrow
I 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

……

The title song samples “Ike’s Rap II” by Isaac Hayes(as does Tricky’s “Hell Is Around The Corner” from Maxinquaye, released the same year). The song is a love song, featuring the frequent refrain, “I just want to be a woman.”. The main repeating melody of the song is sampled from the 1960s TV series The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.

The music video is set in the 1950s, featuring lead singer Beth Gibbons as a jazz singer at a club while various office workers watch her perform. Sexual tension begins to rise between certain characters, as eventually, all of the workers, as separate couples, attend the club where Beth is performing. Apart from the band members, the entire cast of the video appear in drag.

The song can be heard in several films, such as Stealing Beauty (1996), When the Cat’s Away (1996),The Craft (1996), B. Monkey(1998), Tout pour plaire (2005), Lord of War (2005), and Antichrist (2009).

The song has also been used in several TV series episodes, such as Rescue Me (episode #61), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation(episode #25 titled as “Chaos Theory”) Daria (Episode #8), Numb3rs (season #6 episode #14 titled as “And The Winner Is…” ) and Ringer (episode #3).

In France, the song featured in early 2000s in a TV advert for fr:Candia milk. It was also used in a Levi’s Jeans commercial.

The 1998 cover by John Martyn was used in the film Colombiana (2011).

Portishead

Origin Bristol, England
Genres Trip hop, experimental rock, electronica,downtempo, alternative rock
Years active 1991–present
(Hiatus: 1999–2005)
Labels Go!, London, Island / Mercury
Associated acts BEAK>, Get the Blessing, Massive Attack,Tricky
Website http://www.portishead.co.uk
Members Beth Gibbons
Geoff Barrow
Adrian Utley
Dave McDonald

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