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Neko Case — Things That Scare Me
Album: Blacklisted
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Released: 2002
Length: 2:24
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Fluorescent lights engage
Blackbirds frying on a wire
Same birds that followed me to school when I was young
Were they trying to tell me something?
Were they telling me to run?

The hammer clicks in place
The world's gonna pay
Right down in the face of God and his saints
Claim your soul's not for sale
I'm a dying breed who still believes
Haunted by American dreams
Haunted by American dreams
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Released in 2002, with this line:

The hammer clicks in place
The world's gonna pay

 

Prescient.

The instrumentation on this song is overdone.  The banjo is unnecessary and only repeats itself without changes or adding anything the guitars haven't already done.  That voice, however, makes up for an awful lot.
I'm crazy nuts for this song! Haunted/ hunted by the American Dream!
One day Neko...you and me...one day. *sigh*

This'll be my last post on RP from my Dallas residence as later this week I take a long drive and occupy a new residence in McLean, Va. where I once lived decades ago during the mid 70's- late 80's. Hello northern Virginia, hello D.C. ....I'm baaaaaack!!!  Hey, where'd HardArt and D.C. Space and the Ontario go? And 9:30 is now in the former WUST Hall? Who rearranged the furniture? In pairing down for this move I had to toss hundreds of old original WGTB and WHFS and WDCU broadcast recordings on cassette. Oh well.
 chinaski wrote:
I got to see the Case Lang Veirs concert here in Dallas two weeks ago. They performed their album interspersed with some of their own individual tracks.I had no idea that kd lang could belt out tunes like that. Three encores too. I dunno who had more fun that night, they up on stage or we in the audience.

 
Oh gawd they give a great show.  Not a one of them gives a poot, they're just having fun sharing tunes with the audience. Laura's gonna chirp, k.d. is all about the belting (she tracked down Patsy Cline's old producer for her best album) and Neko has no fucks (or boyfriends) left to give.
I got to see the Case Lang Veirs concert here in Dallas two weeks ago. They performed their album interspersed with some of their own individual tracks.I had no idea that kd lang could belt out tunes like that. Three encores too. I dunno who had more fun that night, they up on stage or we in the audience.
One of my favorite Neko Case songs
Just Great Stuff!
Brilliant. Love the mandolins and fiddle. Sounds like Appalachia folk music.
Love that scary edge that Neko brings to her songs.
 Reweth wrote:
Oh wow, following the Grapes of Wrath's "All the things I wasn't" with this was uncannily perfect. That last strum of the GoW with the first strum of Neko. It was jarring, but worked perfectly!

 
It's one of those great RP segues, worth repeating - and it is right now.
Music great, singing not. 
Oh wow, following the Grapes of Wrath's "All the things I wasn't" with this was uncannily perfect. That last strum of the GoW with the first strum of Neko. It was jarring, but worked perfectly!
At least it was pretty short.

beautiful song...  sigh...
 
Wow - I can't believe I haven't rated this one yet!  An easy 8
That is one scary little ditty, that is.
Nice.
Hey Bill: Thanks, Thanks a lot.

This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this spring night...
 
"Seriously honey, we'll get the boys at Midas to take a look at it."
 ziakut wrote:
Welcome to the Romeotuma shrine for Neko Case!  I do, however, feel the same way...I must admit.
 

I still want Neko Case to have my baby...
 
Nice segue, Bill...Neko Case: Things that scare me - Hey Rosetta's Young Glass!!
 Flipmode wrote:
{#Sick} Her voice hurts my ears. 
 
Not me...wish I had surround sound headphones on right now... 
 Flipmode wrote:
{#Sick} Her voice hurts my ears. 
 
Perhaps you need some new ears... 
{#Sick} Her voice hurts my ears. 
 jagdriver wrote: 
Thanks for that.
 Propayne wrote:
Neko put on a wonderful show here in Richmond week before last.

She performed this song beautifully. 
 
That is fantastic...  I'll bet that whole show was incredible...

 
 Tamster wrote:
Wonderful song to send me off to sleep !
 
If you want nightmares, maybe. :)


Neko put on a wonderful show here in Richmond week before last.

She performed this song beautifully. 
Wonderful song to send me off to sleep !
 LizK wrote:
Oh, my, this is so very good.
 
I agree...  love this song...

 
Oh, my, this is so very good.


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this summer night...

 
 Robbiem65 wrote:
Neko at her finest. Warming my spirits on a chilly Sydney winter's morn. Thanks.
 
I know what you mean...  love this song...

but we are very warm up here!

 
Neko at her finest. Warming my spirits on a chilly Sydney winter's morn. Thanks.
 Darbuka88 wrote:
Great tune.  Hey I think I beat Romeotuma this time.
 
Yes, you did!  I agree that this is a great tune...

hope you are having a good time right this minute...

 
Great tune.  Hey I think I beat Romeotuna this time.
Love how she starts this thing like a Dylan tune, then does things almost no one else can do with that ethereal and very sultry voice...plus, the lyrics she writes — Haunted by an American Dream INDEED!
Welcome to the Romeotuma shrine for Neko Case!  I do, however, feel the same way...I must admit.
Swoon.
Her voice gets me..it is so very beautiful
 philinnz wrote:


didn't you already tell us this 20 times! I do agree with you though, but not 20 times
 
Actually, I have said it 642 times...  love this song...  thank you for agreeing...

 
 

romeotuma wrote:


Love this song...  love Neko Case...  sigh...

 
 

didn't you already tell us this 20 times! I do agree with you though, but not 20 times


Love this song...  love Neko Case...  sigh...

 
 barbaraporto wrote:
Could you recommend other songs (or albums) by this artist?
 
Who me? Oh, OK! Her album "Fox Confessor Brings The Flood" is a stand-out. Not a dull track on that one!
Could you recommend other songs (or albums) by this artist?


love this song soooo much... sigh...
 
 Proclivities wrote:

I don't think that would "limit" her audience - it would theoretically expand it.  Most adult fans are already inflamed by her.

 
Most notably men who write comments in green.

And in black also.
Freaking awesome


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this winter day...

 
Weird, sounds like straight from the 70s


wonderful...  simply wonderful...  love this song...

 


absolutely marvelous...  love this song...

 
as is w/ most of Neko's tunes , lovely...(except that horrible thing w/ Nick Cave)
 photolew wrote:
Couldn't agree more
 

Yes, isn't this song wonderful?  Love it...



 
Couldn't agree more

 
romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo beautiful...  just like Neko and her angelic voice...  I love her...  I love this song...
 
 




This song is soooo beautiful...  just like Neko and her angelic voice...  I love her...  I love this song...
 


love this song... sigh...

 

This song is soooo beautiful...


 
Saw her perform in a small venue here in the Capital of Canada two nights ago (Dec. 7, 2011). She is a ballsy, kick-ass lady, with amazing vocal control. But she needs to expand her vocal range. Scream and whisper a bit, Neko.

 mcYammer wrote:
tuma, yes!
neko, yes yes yes.
Her voice somehow judges me and calls me at the same time
 

I agree!  Love this song...


 
 Proclivities wrote:

Did you send the 17th person out for beverages?
 


Yes, actually the 17th and 18th—  they got a LOT of beverages...  love this song...



 


 romeotuma wrote:

This is such an incredible song...  I have 16 people in my hotel room right now, and they all stopped chattering and asked me to turn up the volume...  love it...


 
 
Did you send the 17th person out for beverages?

tuma, yes!
neko, yes yes yes.
Her voice somehow judges me and calls me at the same time
Her voice is ethereal.
 romeotuma wrote:

This is such an incredible song...  I have 16 people in my hotel room right now, and they all stopped chattering and asked me to turn up the volume...  love it...


 
 

Been following your party from afar via RP...sounds like a blow out! DITTO ON NEKO!
{#Sunny}




This is such an incredible song...  I have 16 people in my hotel room right now, and they all stopped chattering and asked me to turn up the volume...  love it...


 



love it... sigh...
 

My ears just perked up all of the sudden...  love this song...




This really is a brilliant song...  love it...


 

Everybody in my hotel room loves this great song...


 
 TerryS wrote:
I saw her interviewed on the topic of the cover and she said that the intent was to inflame the passions of a young men in their mid-teens. Now why would she have limited her audience to such wet-behind -the-ears guys?
 
I don't think that would "limit" her audience - it would theoretically expand it.  Most adult fans are already inflamed by her.



I'll dance to this...

 
 fredriley wrote:

Hell, she could stand on me any day {#Hearteyes}
 

I saw her interviewed on the topic of the cover and she said that the intent was to inflame the passions of a young men in their mid-teens. Now why would she have limited her audience to such wet-behind -the-ears guys?



This is very apropos with what is happening with the Stock Market and the American Dream right this minute...  love this great song...

 
 misterbearbaby wrote:
Fine car too— I think it's a '67 (the 68's had front side marker lamps). Yeah, she could stand on my hood any day.
 
Hell, she could stand on me any day {#Hearteyes}
 cc_rider wrote:

You make a good point, but it is HER car after all. Not to mention the hood of that thing is thick as armor plate, she's not particularly zaftig, AND she's barefoot so as not to scratch the paint. No damage done, and it's a great pic that probably helped sell more CDs, which in turn allows her to restore more Mercurys!

 

Fine car too— I think it's a '67 (the 68's had front side marker lamps). Yeah, she could stand on my hood any day.
 Sjaaks wrote:
Well, if that was my Mercury, i wouldn't like her standing on the hood and swinging a sword like that. You can stand and swing your sword 5 meters away from that car as much as you like but you don't stand on a Mercury... ... ...in my very humble opinion of course... {#Mrgreen}
 
You make a good point, but it is HER car after all. Not to mention the hood of that thing is thick as armor plate, she's not particularly zaftig, AND she's barefoot so as not to scratch the paint. No damage done, and it's a great pic that probably helped sell more CDs, which in turn allows her to restore more Mercurys!

 gypsyman wrote:
What's not to like?

 

Well, if that was my Mercury, i wouldn't like her standing on the hood and swinging a sword like that. You can stand and swing your sword 5 meters away from that car as much as you like but you don't stand on a Mercury... ... ...in my very humble opinion of course... {#Mrgreen}
What's not to like?


 rbigelo wrote:
INCREDIBLE songwriter. BRILLIANT voice.
 
Absolutely! On both accounts.

And love Neko Case
 
 rbigelo wrote:
INCREDIBLE songwriter. BRILLIANT voice.
 


I agree completely...  love this song...

 
INCREDIBLE songwriter. BRILLIANT voice.


love this song...  brilliant lyrics—


Fluorescent lights engage
Blackbirds frying on a wire
Same birds that followed me to school when I was young
Were they trying to tell me something
Were they telling me to run

The hammer clicks in place
The world's gonna pay
Right down in the face of God and his saints
Claim your soul's not for sale
I'm a dying breed who still believes
Haunted by American dreams
Haunted by American dreams

 

 Cynaera wrote:
Sometimes, I just embrace Neko Case's voice and music, and other times, it drives me mad as a mudfly.  Those soaring, ringing vocals don't even need backup music.  Today, though, I wish she could just breathe her vocals and go for finesse over force...

I'll probably change my mind tomorrow (well, I'm a woman, so I'm allowed to change my mind as many times as I change my mind. And yes, I meant to word it that way.) {#Daisy}
 


This song is beautiful, and so fitting today...  love it...

 
Sometimes, I just embrace Neko Case's voice and music, and other times, it drives me mad as a mudfly.  Those soaring, ringing vocals don't even need backup music.  Today, though, I wish she could just breathe her vocals and go for finesse over force...

I'll probably change my mind tomorrow (well, I'm a woman, so I'm allowed to change my mind as many times as I change my mind. And yes, I meant to word it that way.) {#Daisy}
 daveesh wrote:
for those who think neko's a poseur, you might want to read this interview
 
Really funny stuff.

 romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo good for the ears...

 
 
...and reaches my soul at the moment...



This song is soooo good for the ears...

 
 daveesh wrote:
for those who think neko's a poseur, you might want to read this interview
 
ok, that made my day.
 RadioDoc wrote:
That may be true, but as a recording artist she's Friday night karaoke at a sleazy bar.
 
I wouldn't know; I guess I'll have to take your word for that scenario.

Neko Case and Giliian Welsh the two finest singers/songwriters in this genre
I'm in love with both of them.
 
 daveesh wrote:
for those who think neko's a poseur, you might want to read this interview
 
"Yet there they are, all over the radio, jizzing saccharine all over you."

I love it.

I totally disagree with her, and I don't think her heavy-handed use of simpler effects makes her more legitimate, BUT the fact that she thinks it'd be dishonest and won't touch it, well, I can respect the position and strength of artistic conviction even if I don't agree with it.
Folk me! I love her voice.
 oldslabsides wrote:
Neko could barf her lunch and it would still be at least an eight.
 
That's what she's been doing all along, right?
 Foot wrote:
OK tune but clearly rips Quicksilver's "Shady Grove," a far superior song.
 

Shady Grove ripped off the English folk tune Matty Groves so all is well
OK tune but clearly rips Quicksilver's "Shady Grove," a far superior song.
 oldslabsides wrote:
Neko could barf her lunch and it would still be at least an eight.
 
LOL!  Seriously, got a belly laugh out of that one - and I couldn't agree more.


 oldslabsides wrote:
Neko could barf her lunch and it would still be at least an eight.
 
Um, well - I wouldn't actually go THAT far, but I get the sentiment, and I agree.  I'm totally sick of "Deep Red Bells", but only because it haunts my dreams. She's got such a strong, confident voice, and a conviction that compels a listener to believe in whatever her subject...

I better shut up. {#Embarassed}
 oldslabsides wrote:
Neko could barf her lunch and it would still be at least an eight.
 
yep. her voice resonates in a way that few others do

Neko could barf her lunch and it would still be at least an eight.
I just wished that I discovered Neko earlier. . . LOVE this whole CD!
Carries on the great tradition of female American folk singers, and with great style and talent at that.
for those who think neko's a poseur, you might want to read this interview
 JavaJones wrote:
Saw her at Hardly, Strictly Bluegrass fest in San Fran this past weekend. Great live show! She's got *shockingly* red hair and the sun was behind her. Looked like her head was on fire. Sound wasn't the greatest, but she still came through nicely. Her "sidekick" backup singer is fantastic and very funny and cute as well.
 
Thats Kelly Hogan.
A great singer with a lot of talent.

Saw her at Hardly, Strictly Bluegrass fest in San Fran this past weekend. Great live show! She's got *shockingly* red hair and the sun was behind her. Looked like her head was on fire. Sound wasn't the greatest, but she still came through nicely. Her "sidekick" backup singer is fantastic and very funny and cute as well.
 nimesay wrote:
Oh RadioDoc I dont like her music either (even though she is critically acclaimed).  She annoys me.
 
That's it! You're Blacklisted! {#Wink}

 alux wrote:
Most of this comment thread is juvenile rubbish.  Neko is a star and the real deal.  
 

{#Clap} Totaly agree!
Most of this comment thread is juvenile rubbish.  Neko is a star and the real deal.  
 nagsheadlocal wrote:

Heh - when I hear the phrase "she's got stage presence" I figure that translates out to "she's got a nice rack." So I hit the googles to see what she looks like and, well, don't do that at work, folks.

/not a hater, just don't care for her stuff

 

WOW! NO KIDDING!

But damn, does she ever have stage presence!
This truly is a fabulous song.
Im in loooooooooooooove with her!!!!!!!!

 RadioDoc wrote:
That may be true, but as a recording artist she's Friday night karaoke at a sleazy bar.
 
Oh RadioDoc I dont like her music either (even though she is critically acclaimed).  She annoys me.

 RadioDoc wrote:
That may be true, but as a recording artist she's Friday night karaoke at a sleazy bar.
RadioDoc were you dumped once by a red haired beauty? Maybe that would explain you illogical tirades against this critically acclaimed artist.{#Think}
The more of Neko Case I hear, the more of a fan I become. 
 vandal wrote:

You should hear/see her live - she's got a set of pipes and that eerily captivating stage presence. . . an amazingly talented performer.
 
Heh - when I hear the phrase "she's got stage presence" I figure that translates out to "she's got a nice rack." So I hit the googles to see what she looks like and, well, don't do that at work, folks.

/not a hater, just don't care for her stuff

vandal wrote:

You should hear/see her live - she's got a set of pipes and that eerily captivating stage presence. . . an amazingly talented performer.

That may be true, but as a recording artist she's Friday night karaoke at a sleazy bar.