Songs that shouldn't end

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  1. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident Thread Starter

    NYC Man
    What are some songs that are at least, say, three minutes long, where, when you're listening to them, you feel like (a) you'd be happy with them continuing indefinitely, and (b) you think it would feel "natural" for them to continue indefinitely?

    Another way of asking might be this: "What are some songs that are 'Desolation Row'/'Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands'/'Highlands'-worthy?" Those being a couple tracks that are oddly long--they're not prog epics or anything like that, but that feel like they should be that long. (So that should be another requirement--we're just talking about "normal" songs and not prog epics, etc.)

    My first candidate is the Band's "Tears of Rage". It's already over 5 minutes, but to me it seems like it should go on for another 10, at least:

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  2. hi_watt

    hi_watt Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA
    For me it's Supertramp's Goodbye Stranger. I wish it would continue with that amazing solo at the end.
  3. SammyJoe

    SammyJoe Up The Irons!

    Hendrix's Little Wing fades out too early.
  4. JackS

    JackS Then Play On

    Box Scaggs- "Loan Me A Dime " gets my vote , just to keep Duane Allman playing .
  5. BurtThomasWard

    BurtThomasWard Guided by Loke In Memoriam

    I would say that at least two of those are too short and the third just about right. There are many shorter songs I feel get cut off when they probably are just starting to really gather steam, but my pick would have to be another epic one.

    Why couldn't they have let it go on for just a few minutes more? Maybe just one more solo... Then again, that feeling of actually wanting more part of the appeal for me. I'm just greedy, I suppose:

  6. Jeff Kent

    Jeff Kent Forum Resident

    Mt. Kisco, NY
    The studio version of King's X "Cigarettes" fades out during an outro guitar solo that absolutely blazes live.
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  7. stetsonic

    stetsonic Forum Resident

    Dylan's Changing of the Guards, for one. The fade-in and fade-out even seem to give that impression - a perpetual song that one just gets to catch a glimpse of as it passes by. Quite clever.
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  8. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

    MA, USA
    Mr. Soul

    Buffalo Springfield

    Go Your Own Way
    Sands Of Time

    Fleetwood Mac


    Stevie Wonder
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  9. Wounded Land

    Wounded Land Forum Resident

    Damn the Machine’s “The Mission” fades out on Chris Poland’s amazing guitar solo. Wish that one went on for a another minute or two.
  10. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident

    All songs should end. I just wish some were maybe a few minutes longer.
  11. Pastafarian

    Pastafarian Forum Resident

    My immediate thoughts went to all my favorite songs around the 3 minute mark but then I realised they're just perfect, so appropriately
    Talking Heads - Heaven
  12. rogertheshrubber

    rogertheshrubber Forum Resident

    Freehold, NJ, USA!
    Springsteen's "Hard to be a Saint in the City" from Greetings. Fades out just as band really begins to cook - I think Columbia was marketing Springsteen more as a folky (the new Dylan) than a rocker at the outset.
  13. Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  14. Somerset Scholar

    Somerset Scholar Forum Resident

    The Dylan songs mentioned are too long. Great songs, yes. But all need pruning.
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  15. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

    Like the funky bass and drums fadeout on the Jeff Beck Group's "Spanish Boots". Were they THAT worried about keeping the album under 30 minutes??
  16. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    Meant For You, by the Beach Boys and Bob Wilson Anchorman by HMHB could stand being a couple of minutes longer.
  17. applejam101

    applejam101 Humble Fan

    NYC, NY, USA
    Talking Heads - The Great Curve. I just want more of the Belew guitar solo.
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  18. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    This is the answer...don’t Box Boz in! ;)
  19. Picca

    Picca Forum Resident

    Modena, Italy
    Jumpin' Jack Flash studio version
  20. Cream - Pressed Rat And Warthog.
    Clapton is on fire in the outro, but it fades out much too soon.
  21. RogerB

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  22. impalaboy

    impalaboy Forum Resident

    Boise, Idaho
    "Never Ending Story" by Limahl

  23. sparkmeister

    sparkmeister Forum Resident

    Abergavenny UK
    Roxy Music - Ladytron
  24. PJayBe

    PJayBe Forum Resident

    Yes - Starship Trooper. Even the longest live versions never have enough of that great guitar solo for me.
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  25. Thomas Casagranda

    Thomas Casagranda Forum Resident

    There's several, and some of them are currently reissued, or released:

    In The Garden: Bob Dylan quite literally a revelation on the live versions from Trouble No More
    Merry Xmas Baby: Elvis Presley - almost 8 minutes of a great blues jam. I'm also thinking Eddie Hnton is on this as well as other Swampers.
    Chantilly Lace: Jerry Lee Lewis - according to Nick Tosches' Hellfire this was edited down a bit to fit a single
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