I saw the river playing in the valley
Rushing 'round a bend and skipping stones
I saw the meadow wobble in the moonlight
I've come to get my girl and take her home

Her doorbell plays a bar of Stephen Foster
Her sister never left and look what it cost her
We're gonna live in Nashville and I'll make a career
Out of writing sad songs and getting paid by the tear

Marry me and leave Kentucky
Come to Tennessee
'Cause you're the only ten I see
You're the only ten I see

I've looked through offices and honky-tonks for men man enough to be
Mr. and Mrs. Tennessee
Mr. and Mrs. Tennessee

Punk rock died when the first kid said
"Punk's not dead, punk's not dead"
You know Louisville is death, we've got to up and move
Because the dead do not improve

Goodbye users and suckers, steady bad luckers
We're off to the land of club soda unbridled
We're off to the land of hot middle-aged women
Off to the land whose blood runneth orange

Marry me and leave Kentucky
Come to Tennessee
'Cause you're the only ten I see
You're the only ten I see

I've looked through offices and honky-tonks for men man enough to be
Mr. and Mrs. Tennessee
Mr. and Mrs. Tennessee


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    i think she sounds great. thiis song is the sweetest.

    forthefatladyon December 29, 2005   Link
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    Memory

    I don't agree with loudobbs - and of course don't agree with the first post - having seen the Jews a few times live performing the excellent "Strange Victory, Strange Defeat", "We Could Be Looking For The Same Thing", and "Suffering Jukebox" from their last album ('Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea'), I love Cassie Berman's voice as usual. No excuses need to be made for her "untrained" faltering simplicity. It adds immeasurably to their song's authenticity and sweetness of spirit. Frankly, I don't know what David would have done without her, musically and well as personally. She's a G^dsend. I think some of the superfans typically underrated 'Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea' because it's more <gasp!> "accessible" or "polished" than previous Jews releases. Same stuff they said when 'Terror Twilight' came out.

    Maybe the two bands sacrificed a little free-wheeling creative spirit for a more accomplished overall discipline; is that so bad? ("no" is the right answer)... There's a somber quality to both those records, and maybe that's what turns some off: it's a melancholy end.

    ApesMaon January 21, 2011   Link
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    ^^ i agree.... and it's his wife thier vioces really compliment each others'

    lost_in_twlighton January 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    the wife is awesome. this song would be terrible if the female part was all slick or something...

    elizabethemilyon February 23, 2006   Link
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    wife's voice is perfect here. i have to admit i sometimes don't like it (especially on lookout moutnain), but here it's essential that she doesn't have a polished, groomed singing voice.

    loudobbson July 02, 2008   Link
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    Lyric Correction

    This is one of my favorite Silver Jews songs. I've seen them live a few times and I think that he says "Goodbye users and suckers, steady bad luckers." When he's performing it live sometimes it's unclear whether there is a less enunciated "and" before "steady bad luckers."

    Memento22Morion September 09, 2011   Link
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    General Comment

    i think she sounds great. thiis song is the sweetest.

    forthefatladyon December 29, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    Pretty straightforward and autobiographical. Berman lived in Louisville, met his wife there and then moved to Nashville. Great song and leave the man's wife alone. She does fine and shouldn't be shortchanged because of her proximity to the songwriter. This isn't a public service job, it's a rock band and nepotism is OK as long as it doesn't spoil the product...and it doesn't.

    Lyric correction: it's definitely "Goodbye users and suckers" fitting in with Berman's past with smoking crack, PCP, fentanyl patches, Keith Richards' dad's remains, moose scat and whatever else. OK, I made up a few of those.

    supposablethumbson July 14, 2007   Link
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    I think this song is kinda autobiographical, but then it feels like he's making fun of Nashville and the whole county music industry.

    myironlungon August 14, 2009   Link
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    I am pretty sure it is "goodbye uterine suckers and steady bad luckers"

    great song though

    Cortez_08on August 04, 2011   Link

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