"Providence" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
"Watt here
I'm downstairs
F-from your, if you're up
I get tense"

"Thurston, Watt, Thurston!
I think it's ten-thirty, we're calling from Providence, Rhode Island
Did you find your shit?
You gotta watch the motin' Thurston, your fuckin' memory just goes out the window
We couldn't find it in the van at all, we wonderin' if you looked in that trash can
When we threw out that trash, man, was the bag in your hand, did you dump it?
Call later, bye"


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"Providence" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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  • +1
    General Commentif you read the book, confusion is next: the sonic youth story, it explains that this is just a message that was so bizarre that they just had to use it. mike watt and the minutemen (or was it firehose?) were touring with SY and they lost a bag.
    theseuson June 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn the "Confusion is Next" book, they explain that after a gig Thurston came in the van on drugs, where there was Mike Watt and Kim, etc, with lots of tapes and cables and stuff. And there were a pile of garbage on the van, so Mike asked Thurston if he could take them and throw them on the trashcan. Thurston throwed the garbage on the trashcan and, as he was on drugs, he throwed all the stuff he brought, too. Later Thurston asked where he put all the stuff and no one was able to tell him. So what you hear on this song is actually a message Mike let on Thurston's answering machine the day after that, talking about it.
    SyrFoxon July 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgotta agree with toher.. not about the amp burning out, but that piano bit, at least before the message starts playing sounds incredibly sad to me. just reminds me how fast time goes and about everyone dear to me i've lost. pretty odd to me that this track is on a noise rock album, idk why that is.
    stonerbassiston September 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really would wanna know what this song means....it makes a little sense, but not much.
    mikes_konstantineon June 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti guess i should also mention that it was a bag of weed.
    "motin' " = la mota, the spanish slang for marijuana.
    theseuson June 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteven though this song is just two phone messages, it's still made incredibly sad because of the sound of the guitar amp overheating and the piano notes....
    toher.!on February 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty creepy song............
    Lt. Salton May 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's good to get high and listen to DN.
    acmon July 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFucking a, stoner songs...love it. I thought it was an excellent piece to put on the album, the way Fitter Happier was great for OK Computer; not real songs but they fit the album well. Providence is just this confusing, distorted, and unknowingly frightening piece...like Daydream Nation.
    What I See Is Meon November 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, perfect for the album. Now that I think about it, it does make sense.
    rocker27on June 30, 2008   Link

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