"Finer Feelings" as written by and Britt Daniel....
Memphis comes creeping down my back
Somehow this place tastes just like an attack
A hundred-yard-stare of a kiss
Lord, I know I'll never miss it

They told me stop scouting the field
They told me have a look in Commercial Appeal
And start getting that hair cut sharp

Sometimes I think that I'll find a love
One that's gonna change my heart
I'll find it in Commercial Appeal
And then this heartache will get chased away

I was part-time at the Tasty Prawn
That and moving furniture and cutting lawns
Covered in newsprint, staying up real late
Just holding out for some fate

Sometimes I think that I'll find a love
One that's gonna change my heart
I'll find it in Commercial Appeal
And then this heartache will get chased away

Sometimes I think that I'll find a love
One that's gonna change my heart
I'll find it in Commercial Appeal
And then this heartache will get chased away

I was dreaming in the driver's seat
When the right words just came to me
And all my finer feelings came up

Always out on some witch's hunt
For the one who never lets me want
Before you know it it's all fuss

Sometimes I think that I'll find a love
One that's gonna change my heart
I'll find it in Commercial Appeal
And then this heartache will get chased away

Sometimes I think that I'll find a love
One that's gonna change my heart
I'll find it in Commercial Appeal
And then this heartache will get chased away


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"Finer Feelings" as written by Britt Daniel

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    General Commentits a bit of a story - the narrator starts out a frantic, hopeless romantic desperately seeking love, but by the end he sees that its foolish to try so hard to find love and that he'll just have to wait and he'll find the right person when he least expects it:


    -he was constantly looking for the right girl in memphis (which is described negatively: since it "creeps" and "tastes like an attack,"
    -people told him to stop "scouting the field" but he starts his frantic newspaper search and stresses himself out working at a bunch of part-time places probably to meet new people and just tries to "hold out for some fate"....he even gets a "sharp" new hair cut in hopes of finding the perfect girl
    -then one day while he was "dreaming in the drivers seat," he realized he shouldnt look so hard for love since it was like a "witch hunt" and was just all "fuss[y]"... so by the end he has a revelation and he realizes that its foolish to look for love and that itll just have to come to you...


    probably overanalyzing but i like to think the repetition of the twangy tune in the beginning in the background kinda reflects how it was a forced, impatient mechanism --trying to find love- but in then in the end it is just a happy skippy repetition... its like finding love is a bitch, but when its not forced and cluttered with trying to plan it and track it down, the random and unpredictable nature of it is what makes it enjoyable and exciting....

    really really great in concert
    c4r4me1on July 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has most of my favorite lines from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. I like:

    I was part-time at the Tasty Prawn
    That and moving furniture and cutting lawns

    I also really like the bit about dreaming in the driver's seat and:

    Always out on some witch's hunt
    For the one who never lets me want

    I also like the guitar bridge and the handclaps and pace of this song. It sounds like a driving through the desert song.
    LoserNo1on August 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI enjoy this song, one of my favorites from the record
    dosbodeon August 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me it's Obvious that this is about getting a Major Label record deal. They thought Memphis Record Co's were attacking them. Knowing they are out in the audience scouting then was horrible, and the execs telling the band to stop looking for a better deal and go with them. He had crappy part time Jobs, but held out for the best match.

    Chorus: Sometimes he thinks he'll find a record company that will make him change his mind and not long for someone better.

    Then, one day while driving, he realized, He's always looking out for the bad label, who will hold him back, but all that worrying isn't worth it; it's all fuss.

    In general - It's about their struggle with "Selling Out"
    Losing_Th_Arms_Raceon August 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you're right, but I think the chorus is about his yearning for the widespread adoration that will make him feel complete,

    Sometimes I think that I'll find a love
    One that's gonna change my heart
    I'll find it in Commercial Appeal
    And then this heartache'll get chased away

    if you think of Commercial Appeal as actual commercial appeal instead of a music magazine. So to me it's about more than finding the right label, it's about him wanting to be recognized for his greatness on his own terms.
    LoserNo1on August 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought this song was about the music business, but then it struck a chord with me after a party with an ex. We were on good terms, and possibly headed back to being together, but the situation was such that he could flirt with others guilt free, and I couldn't. To me, it describes a situation that everyone is in favor of, but you knew it wasn't right despite popular opinion, and when push comes to shove in the aftermath, it STILL wasn't right.
    tarantula33on December 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song could go both ways,
    being about the music business
    or about finding love.

    But, this is a key fact:

    The Commercial Appeal is the
    daily newspaper for Memphis.
    It is not a music magazine.

    (I'm from the area, I read the
    Commercial Appeal.)

    That reference is making an allusion
    to the fact that people are telling him
    to look in the classifieds for a girl.
    gold_soundzon December 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow! That changes things! It does make complete sence that he is looking for a girl, but I never would have known, but maybe I should have with Commercial Appeal capped each time.

    Thanks Gold.
    Losing_Th_Arms_Raceon December 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe wrote this song on the road, when his finer feelings came up: he's always looking for something/someone to love, but nothing really fills him or takes away his heartache.
    GodSavethePreenon January 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like this song quite a lot, but what do they say around 3:10, right after the last "And then this heartache'll get chased away"?
    neolandeson March 06, 2008   Link

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