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Sunday, August 19, 2007

okkervil river

i've been, i guess, a bit at a loss for words the past few weeks. mostly just from being busy, also some from just not really knowing what to say. i was beginning to feel my lament to far-away lovers came off as sounding trite, so i was trying to avoid that topic. unfortunately, that's about all that's been left in the well, so instead of that you get...silence. and that's okay too. but after 8 months of blockbuster (well, relatively) releases from favorite bands like bright eyes, wilco, spoon, andrew bird, the white stripes, etc., i think i may (may!--ga ga ga ga ga is still revealing itself to me and, well, i know there is a certain power in familiarity that earlier albums may just need to regain) have heard the album that trumps them all--okkervil river's the stage names. i don't know why, but i still can't put together any coherent opinion about anything these days, so let's just say that this album rocks, brah. and i can't stop listening to it. part of the fun in listening to a great album is deconstructing all the parts of it that make it great, and my current obsession with the stage names has to do with will sheff's lyrical genius. how many different songs can you reference in a less-than-four-minute song about a crumbling relationship and still have it make sense in a completely indignant way. maybe i'll have more to say about this album as i keep discovering it's many facets, but for now try not to be amazed by "plus ones"

okkervil river : "plus ones" mp3
from the lp the stage names (jagjaguwar, 2007)
no one wants to hear about your 97th tear
so dry your eyes or let it go uncried, my dear
i am all out of love to mouth into your ear
and not above letting a love song disappear before it's written

and no one wants a tune about the 100th luftballoon
that was seen shooting from the window of your room
to be a spot against the sky's colossal gloom
and land deflated in some neighbor's state that's strewn with 99 others

8 chinese brothers
well, there's a reason why the last is smiling wide
and sitting higher than the others
swinging his arms

you would probably die before you shot up 9 miles high
your eyes dilated as light played upon the sight
of tvc16 as it sings you goodnight
relaxed as hell and locked up in cell 45
well i hope you're feeling better

51st way to leave your lover
admittedly, it doesn't seem to be as gentle or as clean as all the others
even a scar's all in the after hours of some greenpoint bar

i told you, i can't listen, baby, 'bout the 4th time you were a lady
and how your forthrightness betrayed a secret shyness
stripped away by days of being hailed as "your highness"
and what's new pussycat, as you were once a lionness
they cut your claws out

kitten, not everyone's keen on lighting candle 17
the party's done, the cake's all gone, the plates are clean
the chauffeur's near and from the cheerless mezzanine
and in just one year, this straight world could pay to see what they have been missing

you were caught kissing 8 chinese brothers
well, there's a reason why the last is smiling wide
and sitting higher than the others
stinking with charm

and he says, "let's get lost, let them send out alarms"
he says, "let's get crossed out and come to harm"
"let's make the world's stupidest stand and truly mean it
lets hit the limit of loss over lover's arms
no, lets exceed it"

1 Comments:

Anonymous tim said...

I've listened to this tune over and over and I never paid attention to the words until now. Just brilliant. Thank you.

October 8, 2007 at 7:08 AM  

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