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Pearls Before Swine – The Jeweler Lyrics 13 years ago
Wonderful song. This version and the cover by This Mortal Coil are different, both great.

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Pearls Before Swine – Riegal Lyrics 13 years ago
This is a wonderful narrative. It's a bit like Conrad's Typhoon.

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The Magnetic Fields – Crowd Of Drifters Lyrics 13 years ago
I love the photo book with the vanishing visages...

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The Gothic Archies – Scream And Run Away Lyrics 13 years ago
Great song. See the video on youtube. Lemony Snicket brought out an excellent side in Stephin Merritt.

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Saint Etienne – Split Screen Lyrics 13 years ago
A lot of their songs suggest movie story-lines, but remain obscure and suggestive. This one really is a treatment for a movie scene.

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Saint Etienne – Dutch TV Lyrics 13 years ago
"Don't know who you are
But you can't come in
Turn the TV down
Kick the TV in"

Classic pop poetry.

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Saint Etienne – Erica America Lyrics 13 years ago
This is a beautiful song. The lyrics are simple and straightforward, but the narrative remains obscure.

"Sweet Jane" would make more sense, the Velvet Underground being an American band, but it sure sounds like "I gotta see Jane" to me.

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Saint Etienne – Heart Failed (In The Back Of A Taxi) Lyrics 13 years ago
Yes -- Like in "I was born on Christmas day" -- "Did you know they pulled the townhall down? I don't think you'll recognize this town." There's a lot of nostalgia in Saint Etienne songs. It's a little like that old Kinks song, "Come Dancing."

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Saint Etienne – Sylvie Lyrics 13 years ago
This is a beautiful song. It's sort of atypical of the group because it's so tight, especially the lyrics.

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Saint Etienne – He's On The Phone Lyrics 13 years ago
The remix of this song by Primax on "Casino Classics" is ecstatic.

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Saint Etienne – Like A Motorway Lyrics 13 years ago
What's a thrill hostess?

This song is typical of this band -- the lyrics are pretty dumb and aggressively refuse to rhyme, but it's so beautiful that it doesn't matter.

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Blonde Redhead – Doll Is Mine Lyrics 14 years ago
Lyric correction: "I must have seen too much skin / Much more than I needed to win."

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Blonde Redhead – Melody Lyrics 14 years ago
The dream-scenarios in these songs' lyrics don't always gel, for me. Here they really do. The descending scale melody also is lovely.

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Blonde Redhead – Melody Lyrics 14 years ago
My favorite of these songs.

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Blonde Redhead – Messenger Lyrics 14 years ago
Wow.

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Blonde Redhead – Publisher Lyrics 14 years ago
Are you sure the words say "say it like a cat"? What in the world does that mean?

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Blonde Redhead – Silently Lyrics 14 years ago
Notes of Supremes' "Baby Love"

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Blonde Redhead – Spring And By Summer Fall Lyrics 14 years ago
The beginning of this song reminds me of Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men."

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Throwing Muses – Him Dancing Lyrics 14 years ago
I wonder whether as "the cooker" she has to cook his dinner or prepare his heroin? It makes a difference for how to understand their relationship!

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Throwing Muses – Dizzy Lyrics 14 years ago
My favorite Throwing Muses song. The story it tells is just lightly evoked but so full of atmosphere. It's like a montage of stills from a movie you loved but can't remember very well.

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Throwing Muses – Devil's Roof Lyrics 14 years ago
I love "for instance - where's my husband?" Wonderfully surprising change in mood, as in many of her songs.

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Throwing Muses – Dragonhead Lyrics 14 years ago
That sounds like a great song you are writing.

I agree that this and other Tanya Donnelly songs really capture the savage amoral innocent violence of childhood and dreams.

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Throwing Muses – Counting Backwards Lyrics 14 years ago
One of my favorite Throwing Muses songs.

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David Bowie – Diamond Dogs Lyrics 14 years ago
I think that the person who referred to "The Omega Man" was right. The Richard Matheson novel "I am Legend" influenced a lot of people's imaginations during the 1960s and inspired several different film adaptations including "The Omega Man," a wonderfully kitchy film. The images of a post-apocalyptic world with all the material luxuries of our own world, abandoned and free for the scavenging, in a world of degradation, filth, loneliness, danger, and absence of purpose: Diamonds + dogs, luxury high-rise + broken elevator, boardwalk + ditch, furs and jewels on mutants.

The manniquins with kill appeal seems to be a direct reference to a running theme in "The Omega Man" where manniquins in an apparently empty store (symbol of the abandoned modern world) might be dangerous people or mutants pretending to be manniquins -- a motif which influenced other post-apocalyptic or similar films like Blade Runner and Dawn of the Dead.

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Fairport Convention – Matty Groves Lyrics 14 years ago
The end of this song is great, because it seems at first so anticlimactic -- after everything that's happened, what difference does it make that that the dead wife was of nobler kin than the dead lover? But of course it's at the heart of the story.

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Elliott Smith – Coast to Coast Lyrics 14 years ago
I find these words beautiful and mysterious:

So I wait for confirmation
That you're never going to use your starting gun

I love the way he uses the rhythm of simple speech as a powerful instrument. The rhythm and the melody build to a powerful resolution in

never be -- good enough for you

and

Leave me alone -- yeah -- just forget it

I am so sad that he's dead.

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Sufjan Stevens – The Lord God Bird Lyrics 14 years ago
This is my favorite song. It is so beautiful.

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Future Bible Heroes – She-Devils Of The Deep Lyrics 14 years ago
Where can I meet these ladies?

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Future Bible Heroes – Losing Your Affection Lyrics 14 years ago
I never knew what language frogs spoke until now.

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Belly (US) – Someone To Die For Lyrics 15 years ago
It is so succinct and clear. She still is a gifted poet. It is sad that she lost the ability to compose music.

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Belly (US) – Angel Lyrics 15 years ago
I love the line "bad dreams / so bad I threw my pillow away"!

This has been one of my favorite songs for years. Heart-breakingly sad but it's impossible to pin it down -- images from a dream.

I thought the words were "I'd still rather have them here."

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The Delgados – Accused Of Stealing Lyrics 15 years ago
This is a beautiful song and the language is evocative; I'd just like to understand it better. When I first heard it I thought it was "accused of stealing all your friends," which I thought was a good theme to explore!

Now that I read the words and listen more carefully, it seems to be about stealing someone else's identity, their stories and thoughts, maybe out of infatuation?

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Underworld – Moaner Lyrics 16 years ago
The song is beautiful and urgent. With Underworld lyrics I can't help wondering: are they full of encoded meanings or just ecstatic word salad and glossalalia?

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