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The National — Bloodbuzz Ohio
Album: High Violet
Avg rating:
7.4

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Total ratings: 2915









Released: 2010
Length: 4:32
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Stand up straight at the foot of your love, I
Lift my shirt up
Stand up straight at the foot of your love, I
Lift my shirt up

I was carried
To Ohio in a swarm of bees
I never married
But Ohio don't remember me

Lay my head on the hood of your car, I
Take it too far
Lay my head on the hood of your car, I
Take it too far

I still owe money to the money, to the money I owe
I never thought about love when I thought about home
I still owe money to the money, to the money I owe
The floors are falling out from everybody I know

I'm on a bloodbuzz, yes, I am
I'm on a bloodbuzz
I'm on a bloodbuzz, God, I am
I'm on a bloodbuzz

I was carried
To Ohio in a swarm of bees
I never married
But Ohio don't remember me

I still owe money to the money, to the money I owe
I never thought about love when I thought about home
I still owe money to the money, to the money I owe
The floors are falling out from everybody I know

I'm on a bloodbuzz, yes, I am
I'm on a bloodbuzz
I'm on a bloodbuzz, God, I am
I'm on a bloodbuzz
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People criticizing this song should learn how to drink red wine!
 NelsonBlack wrote:
1] I hit a pheasant in Ohio while in a Lincoln.
2] My uncle lived next door to the bass player from The James Gang in Ohio and after I was introduced, he recommended I go see the Leon Russell concert playing that night.
3] I saw Jackson Browne in concert in Ohio once.
4] My aunt was an English teacher who lived in Ohio and was a great influence on me.
5] A good friend of my played bass for a late punk band in Ohio. His future wife used to come watch him.
6] Over the Rhine is from Ohio. And I like them.

See: it's easy to be nice about Ohio.
 

And my husband is from Ohio, so there's that ...
 kevrey wrote:
How low can I go.
 how low is the limbo pole?

This is the first National tune I heard and I was an instant fan. Have continued to enjoy them - love the music and his vocals.
I always stop what I'm doing and listen when this comes on. And I always think the same thing: haunting.
 jp33442 wrote:

Maybe you suck 
 
Perhaps he should blow! I feel sure we could come up with an RP-specific alternative to the acronym FIFO (and I'm not talking in the computing sense here!).  If you know what you like, tune in to the appropriate station. If you want to hear anything and everything, have your noodle expanded and tastes challenged, then stick around... I enjoy the esoteric programming - and  the esoteric intelligent comments, debates and exchange of views.
 snitramc wrote:
I only visit the comments section so that I know which songs to hate. Apparently it's all of them.
 
sometimes seems that way, does it not.
 LoudshirtsBand wrote:
This has me hooked but, for the life of me, I can't think what it reminds me of?
Crash Test Dummies and Pink Floyd mentioned in earlier comments but I'm veering towards 80s new romantic or offshoot
 
Yeah, I'm getting the vibe that it's about to launch into INXS's "Don't Change".
This has me hooked but, for the life of me, I can't think what it reminds me of?
Crash Test Dummies and Pink Floyd mentioned in earlier comments but I'm veering towards 80s new romantic or offshoot
How low can I go.
 jp33442 wrote:

Maybe you suck 
 
actually, i don't
glad you said maybe
I can’t get to the point of listening to this band because this drummer is just so ham handed and lacking in nuance. I can tell when they come on a mile away and it’s just so unpleasant.
 dmcanany wrote:

Oberlin College, my Alma Mater. The first college to integrate black and white students. The first college to be coed. A critical point on the underground railroad. Still pushing limits today.
 
Please don't leave out Antioch College, also an Ohio original. When it opened in 1848 (or thereabouts), also admitted women and black and white, and well, anyone who qualified. I had no intention of attending college in Ohio until the Antioch option appeared. Never had the Oberlin level of endowment, but was pathbreaking. Still alive also. Ohio has a lot of ordinariness and stultifying aspects, but considering the large native American population that thrived there before Europeans decided to exploit everything until virtually nothing was left, denigrating an entire state makes no sense.And yes, I left.
voce pazzesca molto interessante + bel ritmo
this song sounds like a flat tire
One of the greatest indie songs of all times. It just...transports me.
 rpdevotee wrote:
Am I the only one who hears a resemblance to The Crash Test Dummies?
 

Baritone of voice does that (~_^) bit different timbre to the voices though
Am I the only one who hears a resemblance to The Crash Test Dummies?
The beginning of this song always reminds me a bit of Pink Floyd's Learning to Fly. 
1] I hit a pheasant in Ohio while in a Lincoln.
2] My uncle lived next door to the bass player from The James Gang in Ohio and after I was introduced, he recommended I go see the Leon Russell concert playing that night.
3] I saw Jackson Browne in concert in Ohio once.
4] My aunt was an English teacher who lived in Ohio and was a great influence on me.
5] A good friend of my played bass for a late punk band in Ohio. His future wife used to come watch him.
6] Over the Rhine is from Ohio. And I like them.

See: it's easy to be nice about Ohio.
 Grammarcop wrote:


Okay, I will say something nice about Ohio: A few years ago Ohio raised the speed limit on I-75 from 65 to 70. That means I can spend even less time there when passing through. 
 
Oberlin College, my Alma Mater. The first college to integrate black and white students. The first college to be coed. A critical point on the underground railroad. Still pushing limits today.
 Grammarcop wrote:


Okay, I will say something nice about Ohio: A few years ago Ohio raised the speed limit on I-75 from 65 to 70. That means I can spend even less time there when passing through. 
 
As a kid I used to have to do car trips from Virginia to Missouri, the stretch through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois (eastern half) was unbearable. Nothing but corn and straight roads. Just mind-numbing caused by the bloodbuzz.
 jonahboo wrote:
overtime i hear this shit - i drop it lower

these guys suck
 
Maybe you suck 
overtime i hear this shit - i drop it lower

these guys suck
 snitramc wrote:
I only visit the comments section so that I know which songs to hate. Apparently it's all of them.
 

People who h8 want everyone to feel their pain.  It's a hard life for them.
 Grammarcop wrote:


Okay, I will say something nice about Ohio: A few years ago Ohio raised the speed limit on I-75 from 65 to 70. That means I can spend even less time there when passing through. 
 

 snitramc wrote:
I only visit the comments section so that I know which songs to hate. Apparently it's all of them.

  


Is this playing on the wrong speed?
 bam23 wrote:

Unless you live there, this is a remarkably stupid statement. I suppose the anonymity of the comments section gives you the confidence to express this about yourself without any concern that anyone else will call you on it directly. I grew up there, could not wait to leave, and left ages ago, but your comment is ludicrous. Maybe your goal?
 

Okay, I will say something nice about Ohio: A few years ago Ohio raised the speed limit on I-75 from 65 to 70. That means I can spend even less time there when passing through. 
The brothers from the National produced a dead cover album called day of the dead, definitely worth checking out, would be cool for Bill to play some tracks off that!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead_(2016_album)
I only visit the comments section so that I know which songs to hate. Apparently it's all of them.
 blotto wrote:
thump thump, mumble mumble, thump thump, mumble mumble 

 
You realize you just described Rock and Roll, right?
so boring, make it stop
This band is growing on me, like their version of Morning Dew and The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness, even his voice sometimes sounds nice when he kicks up to a higher octave once in a while, guitarist is pretty inventive putting unique riffs in unusual places that are refreshing to my ears
 jonahboo wrote:

yes!
 
Ha ha! But I like his voice.
 jonahboo wrote:
a new generation of artist who cannot sing nor invent a a melody - fucking boring
 
His "singing" may leave much to be desired by some (especially since it now seems more like some hipster gimmick), but this song has a clear melody, as do most of their songs.  You may not care for the melody, but it's definitely there.
As much as Bill likes The National... you'd think he'd like this from EL VY...

Return To the Moon

Matt Berninger (lead singer of The National).
Brent Knopf (founding member of Ramona Falls and Menomena), Andy Stack (of Wye Oak) and Matt Sheehy (of Lost Lander).

I submitted it a while back... it was rejected immediately.
I love the quirky lyrics and the music of this song!
 deepwoodskev wrote:


 
yes!
a new generation of artist who cannot sing nor invent a a melody - fucking boring
 treatment_bound wrote:

Ain't never been there, they tell me it's nice.

 
About 15 miles west of Cincinnati, Bloodbuzz is around Bridgetown and South Rds. and heading west out Bridgetown..

Some people call it Mack, some call it Miami Heights, some call it BFE. It's home to a lot of great people.
Pure genius!
Voice like a dirty doona.
 blotto wrote:

Yeah, I think he's been mixing his quaaludes with alcohol again.
o n
No need in trying to be nasty
I would rate this a minus 10 if I could
This song has really caught my ear.  It was a 7 in my opinion, which I've boosted to a 10 today.  Thanks for sharing it, RP!
 GTT wrote:
This guy has a great voice.  Only a few rock singers have this kind of gift.

 
Yeah, I think he's been mixing his quaaludes with alcohol again.
This guy has a great voice.  Only a few rock singers have this kind of gift.
 blotto wrote:
Still horrible
thump thump, mumble mumble, thump thump, mumble mumble 

 
and the singer is just to,...um, serious? gimmicky? in love with his voice?
he could take some lessons from Sivert Hoyem


Still horrible
thump thump, mumble mumble, thump thump, mumble mumble 
 bill-1956 wrote:
Is it just me, or does the beginning of this song sound like it was, let's say, "inspired" by Pink Floyd's - Momentary Lapse of Reason - Learning to Fly?

 
It must be you.

Great segue William....Plastic Fantastic Lover to Bloodbuzz Ohio.

GENIUS (as is the choice of tunes)!!!


Amazing band.. amazing song...and that drumming..oof.

 

10/10


Hate to be negative, even slightly, but for me this definitely drops the ball after Jefferson Airplane's jammer; nice AS ballad next though
 TerryS wrote:
Good drumming, deep voice to get you past the strangled gonadical voice of David Byrne, all is good.

 
See, every time I hear this ham handed awkward pounding I think, "Oh geez. The National."
 deepwoodskev wrote:


 
Hillbilly Bears!
 bill-1956 wrote:
Is it just me, or does the beginning of this song sound like it was, let's say, "inspired" by Pink Floyd's - Momentary Lapse of Reason - Learning to Fly?

 
I thought that when I first heard it too, thought WTF is this cover ;)  I quite like it though.
Absolutely agree!  An awesome track.
 

jhorton wrote:
FANFREAKINGTASTIC drumming on this gem!{#Drummer} {#Drummer}

 



For a second I thought it was Joy Division. Like it!
FANFREAKINGTASTIC drumming on this gem!{#Drummer} {#Drummer}
{#Drummer} great track!
OK, enough, go away.
 paofkoi wrote:

Have you been to Bloodbuzz, OH?  
 
Ain't never been there, they tell me it's nice.
 paofkoi wrote:

Have you been to Bloodbuzz, OH?  It really does make sense.  Drive down Main St (both lights) and all you see are people with their heads on cars.  Don't be so quick to judge.

 
And this improves this drone-O-saurus how?
 thewiseking wrote:
buzz? more like buzz kill

 
{#Roflol}
buzz? more like buzz kill
Is it just me, or does the beginning of this song sound like it was, let's say, "inspired" by Pink Floyd's - Momentary Lapse of Reason - Learning to Fly?


don't remember the song but I do remember the album cover, I like it, the album cover that is
 S-curvy wrote:

Ah yes, ye olde "dazzle 'em w/ obscurity to make things seem richer than they actually are" trick.

Thank goodness for the PSD button!

 
Have you been to Bloodbuzz, OH?  It really does make sense.  Drive down Main St (both lights) and all you see are people with their heads on cars.  Don't be so quick to judge.
 NorthernLad wrote:

That is a very good question.  It is a very opaque set of lyrics.  Great song, Lurch!

 
Ah yes, ye olde "dazzle 'em w/ obscurity to make things seem richer than they actually are" trick.

Thank goodness for the PSD button!
 SmackDaddy wrote:
Does anyone know what this song is about?

 
I think its about a drug fueled trip from somewhere....to Ohio
{#Stupid}
These guys are great live - the lead singer has issues{#Roflol}{#Stupid}{#Roflol}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}
 blotto wrote:
If it sucks and sounds like thump thump mumble mumble thump thump mumble mumble it's the National

 
Triquel67 wrote:
 and I will be keeping my ear open for more from The National.

 


 
Hehehehe yeah the National eats it off my shoe..
Love it. {#Bananajam}
Hooked from the first listen.
 SmackDaddy wrote:
Does anyone know what this song is about?

Just 'cause I feel it, doesn't mean it's there.

 SmackDaddy wrote:
Does anyone know what this song is about?

 
That is a very good question.  It is a very opaque set of lyrics.  Great song, Lurch!
Does anyone know what this song is about?
 TerryS wrote:
Good drumming, deep voice to get you past the strangled gonadical voice of David Byrne, all is good.

 
What?  Wrong band.
Saw the National @ Santa Barbara bowl. Concert was ok, then it started to rain... and these guys kicked it up a extra notch or two and turned it into a fantastic concert.
Good drumming, deep voice to get you past the strangled gonadical voice of David Byrne, all is good.
 clwguy wrote:
Another great song.

p.s. Where do all these people who do nothing but complain about every song come from? And why are they here?

 
I know. It's a travesty. The vocal negative minority, just getting everyone down.
I gave it an 8. 
Pretty much the melody of Pink Floyd Learning to Fly through the first minute before venturing on its own melody more or less. Nothing spectacular here.
 thewiseking wrote:

I miss Lurch.

 

You RANG?  He was pretty ripped back in the day, but Paul Newman IS NOT A FAIR FIGHTER!

Picture of Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Another great song.

p.s. Where do all these people who do nothing but complain about every song come from? And why are they here?

If Lurch fronted a hipster combo it would sound like this.

I miss Lurch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCAUY_ewptw


Love the kind of backward beat
 
Love the music, dislike the vocals.
If it sucks and sounds like thump thump mumble mumble thump thump mumble mumble it's the National

 
Triquel67 wrote:
 and I will be keeping my ear open for more from The National.

 

 GTT wrote:
like his voice, delivery ... moody, evocative, and deep.

 
The National is having unfortunate success re-treading the path laid by Morphine.  The National is just another modern day producer's rehash of past creativity.  Hip-hip-hooray for the sequel movie/band/book/car/big idea....  Long live mediocrity!!

Jaded ear is sitting back down.
Please stop the madness.  Just unfortunate drivel.  3  >  1.
What an awesome, unmistakable drum intro.!
 ShaunJ wrote:

I watched a concert on PBS (Artists Den Series) with The National filmed in New York at the Park Avenue Armory. This band totally rocks live. {#Drummer}
 
That sounds great, ShaunJ...

everybody in my alien space craft loves this bloodbuzz song...  life is such a trip...

hope life is grand for you right this minute, ShaunJ... 
For me, this is one of those songs that seems to get better the more I hear it. 
I like this one, it reminds me of Iggy Pop and the energy is from the 80's. That's not a bad thing at all. English Beat meets Iggy with some Psychedelic Furs drama thrown in. Thing I like about RP is when I hear one that grabs me I slam the one click .Mp3 buy at Amazon. I've gotten some cool stuff that way and I will be keeping my ear open for more from The National.
 blotto wrote:
they just are.

 
:+:_DL wrote:
How can this band be this bad?
 

 



 
RP needs a dildo emoticon for songs like this one.
 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps be dancing buck ass naked all over the corporate farmlands like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this bloodbuzz...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

 
I watched a concert on PBS (Artists Den Series) with The National filmed in New York at the Park Avenue Armory. This band totally rocks live. {#Drummer}
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps be dancing buck ass naked all over the corporate farmlands like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this bloodbuzz...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
Can't play too much The National for me.
 I think he's one of the best in the business.

WonderLizard wrote:
Damn, that drummer is good.

 


like his voice, delivery ... moody, evocative, and deep.
This doesn't get any better with repeated listenings ...
Sounds like a strictly average 80's tribute act
Need to give The National's whole album a chance.  
Yes it's sleepy. My morning radio show ( clock radio ) played this frequently.  The strange lyrics... a very dreamy way to wake up.

I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees
I never married but Ohio don't remember me

...

I still owe money to the money to the money I owe
I never thought about love when I thought about home
I still owe money to the money to the money I owe
The floors are falling out from everybody I know
argh, what is the lameo garbage.
 Amyjacksoncc wrote:
not sure how they do it, but similar to the way that Neil Young is ABLE to but not HOW, they have an expansiveness that describes FIELDS

 
Interesting comment. I'll have to think about that...
not sure how they do it, but similar to the way that Neil Young is ABLE to but not HOW, they have an expansiveness that describes FIELDS
 oldfart48 wrote:

kinda like some posts here, yes?

 
You can read?
 Stingray wrote:
BORING + MONOTONE!

 
kinda like some posts here, yes?
Just saw their documentary, Mistaken for Strangers, this weekend.  It is as good as their music and a must to see for any fan of The National.
Sleepy, boring
Love this album, the version of this by Julia Stone is very good too.
INXS  'Don't Change' is playing in my head
Pure genious!
Damn, that drummer is good.
 PFM wrote:
Dedicated to Lance Armstrong? Blood Buzz indeed.

LOL  {#Roflol}


 Stingray wrote:
BORING + MONOTONE!

 
It's all about the rhythm dude....
 Stingray wrote:
BORING + MONOTONE!

 
I know you are but what am I? (d'you see what I did there..?)
BORING + MONOTONE!
 Highlowsel wrote:

Indeed there's a certain modern truth in that career path comment.  Slaves still exist today....matter of fact more than a few fall into that category.  Wage Slaves.

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 
just calling a spade a spade...higher education is buying access...and yes, it can be like slavery if you are not from a rich family...I am sick of the lie that says we need to pay old farts loads of cash to listen to their drivel so we can have a good job...the time has come for education reform..drain the swamps of the Marxists...end the hypocracy of big time athletics which is just professional sports league...we need affordable job training