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The Shins — Those to Come
Album: Chutes too Narrow
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Released: 2003
Length: 4:00
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Eyeless in the morning sun you were
Pale and mild
A modern girl
Taken with thought still prone to care
Making tea
In your underwear
You went out in the yard to find
Something to eat
And clear your mind
And something bad inside me went away

Quaking leaves and broken light
Shifting skin
The coming night
The bearers of all good things arrive
Climb inside us
Twist and cry
A kiss on your molten eyes
Myriad lives
Like blades of grass
Yet to be realized
Bow as they pass

They are cold
Still
Waiting in the
Ether to
Form
Feel
Kill
Propogate
Only to die

They are cold
Still
Waiting in the
Ether to
Form
Feel
Kill
Propogate
Only to die
Dissolve magically
Absurdly
They'll end
Leave
Dissipate
Coldly and
Strangely
Return
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 Zoonhollis wrote:
What is the horribleness going on in this song? Every measure has an ugly, fat static sound that resembles the snore from my asthmatic cat. Stop it.
 
The human heartbeat as heard by ultrasound, I think. Please don't stop it. {#Eek}
What is the horribleness going on in this song? Every measure has an ugly, fat static sound that resembles the snore from my asthmatic cat. Stop it.
My favorite Shins song that isn't on Australia! {#Jump}
 lathyris wrote:

Be careful when you do. . .because in this case, Rebecca agrees with the harsh assessment ;-)

 
A pan from both Bill and Rebecca— James Mercer better sit up and take notice.  Have loved the Shins in their various iterations for years, but this call out from RP gives me pause.



 pvg44 wrote:

I agree, I was sort of half-listening and then was taken aback.  I have heard one track from it and it wasn't great, but I'll try to hear a few more songs.

 
Be careful when you do. . .because in this case, Rebecca agrees with the harsh assessment ;-)
 1000298038 wrote:
The new Shins album is drak? I must have misunderstood.

 
"Dreck," I think.
 lathyris wrote:
Dang, don't usually get such a harsh review of music from Bill :-) But it's pretty clear that I should go into the new Shins album with low expectations. . .

 
I agree, I was sort of half-listening and then was taken aback.  I have heard one track from it and it wasn't great, but I'll try to hear a few more songs.
Dang, don't usually get such a harsh review of music from Bill :-) But it's pretty clear that I should go into the new Shins album with low expectations. . .
Hey, Bill G. Tell us how you really feel about that new Shins record.
very nice
 Proclivities wrote:

?

 
this is very definitely like the Hollie's On A Carousel! 
I remember cooking to this in my kitchen in Setagaya-ku after buying it on a whim in Shinjuku, coming home and slapping it on... It's kind of an almost sci-fi, rather Circle-of-Life philosophical musing, without the trappings or traps of Religion, to boot. LOVE THE SHINS
 boober wrote:

Carousel-The Hollies

 
?
This song (and this set) seem to be rotating every other day or so... what's going on?
 fatcatjb wrote:
what is that strange sound in the background?

 
It's what happens when a band sit around in the studio, it's late, everybody is tired and then and somebody says "I know, why don't we put this in the background..." and nobody says yeah or nay so it stays in the final recording.  I am sure if the Shins thought about it in the clear light of day they would not have put that in. Just my speculation to amuse y'all.
 fatcatjb wrote:
what is that strange sound in the background?

 
Haha, seriously!  I thought my speakers were blown
what is that strange sound in the background?
Love the purring and the life before life lyrics.
 hbs47 wrote:
Sounds like a Hollies track, without the harmonies. This is tedious though.
 
Carousel-The Hollies
 rdo wrote:
If you listen closely, you'll hear this song purrrrring like a kitty cat.

 
 you can
 rdo wrote:
If you listen closely, you'll hear this song purrrrring like a kitty cat.

 
No it is the sound of blood pumping through a heart...
If you listen closely, you'll hear this song purrrrring like a kitty cat.
Sounds like a Hollies track, without the harmonies. This is tedious though.
 MojoJojo wrote:
"Making tea in your underwear"? As a filter, I suppose?

 
What's this floatin' in me cup?
It's a great song.  Mostly real Shins fans will appreciate it.  Most others won't.
This is really pretty. Especially in the morning.
This song has really grown on me. It soothes me much more now than it used to annoy me before.
 DeAun wrote:
{#Naughty} fingerpin wrote:
New here, but shouldn't my little emoticon appear down with the one laughing?
 



{#Naughty} fingerpin wrote:
 MojoJojo wrote:
"Making tea in your underwear"? As a filter, I suppose?

{#Lol} 
 


The Shins always amaze me...love the lyrics. 
A lovely tune.  Not as amazing as many Shins songs, but peaceful.
 vit wrote:
This song reminds me of my garden.
 
Awesome comment! Oh, The secret life of plants...

 MojoJojo wrote:
"Making tea in your underwear"? As a filter, I suppose?

{#Lol} 


 RadioDoc wrote:
 Cruzan wrote:
That repetitive whooshing sound is really annoying on a good system.
 
 
I usually like The Shins but that just kills this song for me.  It sounds like a relentless rock crusher running a few blocks away.
 
Sounds like someone breathing into the mic. Disturbing...
"Making tea in your underwear"? As a filter, I suppose?

Surprising amount of whining in the comments for this one. It's very far from my usual styles, but I gotta say it's actually pretty nice, particularly paired with 'Dear Prudence' as often seems to be the case...
 Blasserman wrote:
This song is putting me to sleep {#Sleep} good night...
 
Yup, me too. Going bye-byes...{#Sleep}
You know the song sucks you when WISH RP would hurry up and play a commercial.

John Lennon is / was a hard act to follow - this Shins tune does it nicely
 Bear1492 wrote:

Amen brother!  (or sister...)
And, what's up with that breathing every other chord?! Ugh.

 
Yeah..why do people breath when they sing?...sheesh.{#Eek}
paraclete
(Citrus Heights, CA)
Posted: May 04, 2009 - 20:23 < Reply >

 Stefen wrote: Channeling Donovan.
 
TOTALLY!   And I like Donovan . . . so I like this. 

Right-e-o!


Nice, seamless transition from Dear Prudence.


VERY MARGINAL!
This song reminds me of my garden.
 badean wrote:
the more i hear the shins, the less i'm liking them
 
Amen brother!  (or sister...)
And, what's up with that breathing every other chord?! Ugh.

The guitar melody reminds me of the music from "Cool Hand Luke."
They played this song at their recent concert in Richmond.  They did a 3-part harmony on the chorus that just blew the place away.  I mean, it was musically spot on both in the pitch and timing.  Fantastic.
 Stefen wrote:
Channeling Donovan.
 
TOTALLY!   And I like Donovan . . . so I like this. 

 Cruzan wrote:
That repetitive whooshing sound is really annoying on a good system.
 
 
I usually like The Shins but that just kills this song for me.  It sounds like a relentless rock crusher running a few blocks away.


Apparently This is usually a transition song to  Dear Prudence by The Beatles..{#Dancingbanana}
 Odyzzeuz wrote:
This is the song they play really loud for the prisoners in Guantanamo.
 

that's classified
Channeling Donovan.

Such a nice relaxing song. {#Sleep}
This song is putting me to sleep {#Sleep} good night...
esotericderek wrote:
Which Pink Floyd song is it that I'm hearing here? Can't quite place it, due to a cerebral chemical imbalance.
I'm thinking maybe A Pillow of Winds, from Meddle?? Also, the untitled solo acoustic guitar track between Is There Anybody Out There and Nobody Home on side 3 of The Wall.
This is pretty ... maybe too pretty...
esotericderek wrote:
Which Pink Floyd song is it that I'm hearing here? Can't quite place it, due to a cerebral chemical imbalance.
The guitar part is a little similar to "Goodbye Blue Sky" in parts.
This is the song they play really loud for the prisoners in Guantanamo.
Which Pink Floyd song is it that I'm hearing here? Can't quite place it, due to a cerebral chemical imbalance.
musikalia wrote:
I know what you're saying, and it's true that, considering the enormous size of the RP library, we hear quite some songs very very regularly, and others all too infrequently. But I notice that those songs do change, and sometimes I'll hear a song I haven't heard in a long time on RP, that used to be in frequent-repeat mode. And more importantly, when I think of how much time it takes to put together the carefully chosen sets that Bill does, it makes sense that he would put some songs in more frequent rotation just to make the job easier. Or....?? I don't know how he does it. Just a guess. Still, I can't really complain about the repeat thing, in comparison to how grateful I am to RP for turning me on to so much excellent music and filling my days with it. I'll happily hear repeats (esp. when I like the songs being repeated!!) :good-vibes: :music:
I think it is just the songs we don't like that seem to get repeated. Unfortuantely this is one of them for me. That repetitive whooshing sound is really annoying on a good system. I don't mind the good ones being repeated. :-)
peter75 wrote:
yeah, well it's sure got that.....
Great segue from Dear Prudence, Bill. Mind if I steal it?
Odyzzeuz wrote:
All this song needs is a maddeningly droning guitar part.
yeah, well it's sure got that.....
That droning guitar becomes a torment after a while. They actually play this song as part of their extremely small repertoire in the third circle of Hell.
the more i hear the shins, the less i'm liking them
hcaudill wrote:
So, this is just a general question about RP, not about this song, which I like a lot. I listen to RP pretty much all day every day, and sometimes I feel like I hear the same damn songs every day. Obviously RP is a big improvement over commercial radio, which I avoid like the plague. And there is very little I hear on RP that I don't enjoy. But sometimes I feel like Bill doesn't dig deep enough into his collection. There must be tens of thousands of tracks on the playlist - couldn't we hear a little more from the back library?
I know what you're saying, and it's true that, considering the enormous size of the RP library, we hear quite some songs very very regularly, and others all too infrequently. But I notice that those songs do change, and sometimes I'll hear a song I haven't heard in a long time on RP, that used to be in frequent-repeat mode. And more importantly, when I think of how much time it takes to put together the carefully chosen sets that Bill does, it makes sense that he would put some songs in more frequent rotation just to make the job easier. Or....?? I don't know how he does it. Just a guess. Still, I can't really complain about the repeat thing, in comparison to how grateful I am to RP for turning me on to so much excellent music and filling my days with it. I'll happily hear repeats (esp. when I like the songs being repeated!!) :good-vibes: :music:
Darkmatter wrote:
I do not find this song depressing at all. Sure, we are all going to pass away at some point in time, but there will be others taking over after us. I find it a very comforting and uplifting thought. All we have to do is make the very best out of the time we are given, the greatest gift of all. :good-vibes:
Brilliant :group-hug:
More Cowbell! :moon:
All this song needs is a maddeningly droning guitar part.
chuck_flacks wrote:
I agree with you! It seems like he has certain "transition songs" that let him move the tempo around and change moods, sometimes, I don't mind the repeats! But, I hear what you're saying!!
What!!?!! I can't hear you!!!!!
bill is taking us to pop school by playing this after dear prudence. beauty=simplicity. i get it.
Sounds somewhat Donovan-esque.
And now, for your listening enjoyment during your stay here in Hell, we've got a little tune by the Shins. So just sit back, relax and enjoy. The song will end... never. Oh, and here's your cup of coffee.
i'm waiting for john lennon to begin singing, "beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy"
I do not find this song depressing at all. Sure, we are all going to pass away at some point in time, but there will be others taking over after us. I find it a very comforting and uplifting thought. All we have to do is make the very best out of the time we are given, the greatest gift of all. :good-vibes:
Better than a kick in the s...oh nevermind.
Well, I like it.
thanks god ,I'm not depressed .....
Masterfully channeling the ghost of Nick Drake...
It is (plenty of) time to go pooing. DJ
.....must.....f....f...find.....mute.....button.............
Odyzzeuz wrote:
This has grown increasingly painful. That droning guitar hurts my ears.
Oh my god. When will it be done?
hcaudill wrote:
So, this is just a general question about RP, not about this song, which I like a lot. I listen to RP pretty much all day every day, and sometimes I feel like I hear the same damn songs every day. Obviously RP is a big improvement over commercial radio, which I avoid like the plague. And there is very little I hear on RP that I don't enjoy. But sometimes I feel like Bill doesn't dig deep enough into his collection. There must be tens of thousands of tracks on the playlist - couldn't we hear a little more from the back library?
I agree with you! It seems like he has certain "transition songs" that let him move the tempo around and change moods, sometimes, I don't mind the repeats! But, I hear what you're saying!!
So, this is just a general question about RP, not about this song, which I like a lot. I listen to RP pretty much all day every day, and sometimes I feel like I hear the same damn songs every day. Obviously RP is a big improvement over commercial radio, which I avoid like the plague. And there is very little I hear on RP that I don't enjoy. But sometimes I feel like Bill doesn't dig deep enough into his collection. There must be tens of thousands of tracks on the playlist - couldn't we hear a little more from the back library?
you are getting very sleepy...
This has grown increasingly painful. That droning guitar hurts my ears.
Gribnif wrote:
I like this song, but whenever I hear the line "making tea in your underwear" it conjures up an image of someone using their tighty-whities as a teabag.
sounds like they're actually using someone else's. :eek:
Hmmmm.... is that a recording of a heartbeat he's using for percussion? :think:
I like this song, but whenever I hear the line "making tea in your underwear" it conjures up an image of someone using their tighty-whities as a teabag.
the redundancy of the guitar gets a little old, otherwise it is a nice song :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist:
Thistle wrote:
The gayest song...
not that there's anything wrong with that...
okay. who's going to sing me to sleep tonight? :eek:
boring
The gayest song on an otherwise stellar album.
honeygirl wrote:
Slowly, softly, rising, falling, carressing, spooning... I like the images this song conjures up in my mind. Strangely gently sad magic.
Well put. :yes:
The repetitive guitar grates after a while.
Slowly, softly, rising, falling, carressing, spooning... I like the images this song conjures up in my mind. Strangely gently sad magic.
swoles wrote:
When you listen to the whole album, this song fits in very well. It's a nice change of pace and blends in quite nice. The album, by the way, is amazing.
Yes, it's brilliant. One of those put-it-on-and-let-it-go albums.
A kiss on your molten eyes
This line kills me every time. Love this song.
When you listen to the whole album, this song fits in very well. It's a nice change of pace and blends in quite nice. The album, by the way, is amazing.
sounds like me tuning a guitar, and playing my first song ever... he has a better voice than me though...
This song reminds me a little of Sebadoh's "Ocean". Can't remember if the Intro is similarly acoustic guitar or if I heard an acoustic version of it.
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Ice to see you!
Everyone, Chill!! Chill!!
This set is making me sleepy......... :yawn: :sleep: help, i'm drooling on my desk!
kazuma wrote:
LMAO. Now that's obscure. Up and at them!
Ice to see you!
UltraNurd wrote:
"Ze goggles! Zey do nothink!"
LMAO. Now that's obscure. Up and at them!
Nuance wrote:
pretty song. nice melodie & pace. I thought the breathing thing was a weird drum sound with lots of reverb...
Personally, that breathing, or reverb, or whatever it is, makes it sound like there is some production problem to me. Like it's a vinyl LP playing on a wobbly floor with someone walking through the room. I like the song just fine, but can't take that "sound" in the background...
Mari wrote:
..." Dissolve Magically, Absurdly, They'll end, Leave, Dissipate, Coldly And strangely Return "... love their lyrics... :heartkiss: ... poetry in gentle flowin' muse ic...
What a strange set of lyrics and such sad but lovely music. I think it's about the future people of the world.
babygirl614 wrote:
A kiss on your molten eyes I don't totally get it, but the image is intriguging (spelling?).
I think "making tea in your underwear" is intriguing
thewiseking wrote:
simple. lovely.
:yes:
not my favorite shins song. There are so many better ones. it's too boring
The repetitive guitar playing begins to eat away at one's brain. My mind is definitely going, Dave.
Ok
A kiss on your molten eyes.
This part of the song is pretty obvious. He is currently in love with a girl (who is making tea in her underwear) and their passion is reflected in "molten" heat through her eyes. If you read deeply into this song, it is about the cycle of life, and of course his relationship. He talks about their feelings after making love (shifting skin) and the possiblilty of having a baby (refered to in "climb inside us, twist and cry"). He also speaks of relationships, which eventually die like everything else in the world, including their -possible- baby. His girlfriend has not come to terms with this (as she is "still prone to care"). The Shins music and lyrics are fantastic. Love em! :)
babygirl614 wrote:
A kiss on your molten eyes I don't totally get it, but the image is intriguging (spelling?).
"Ze goggles! Zey do nothink!" P.S. "intriguing"
A kiss on your molten eyes I don't totally get it, but the image is intriguging (spelling?).
meloman wrote:
Music to slit your wrists by!
Not having that effect on me. It's very medatative for me, I feel my hyped up heart rate slowing down and I really need that.
It'd been a while since I'd heard this - I had forgotten how enchanting it is. Simply a beautiful song. It made me drift ...........
Eyeless in the morning sun you were pale and mild, a modern girl taken with thought, still prone to care makin tea in your underwear you went out in the yard to find
I always hear "Alison" at the beginning of this song. Alison, the morning sun you were Pale and mild, a modern girl Taken with thought, still prone to care Makin tea in your underwear you went out in the yard to find... :lol: It might make sense. I might be the morning sun. I am definitely prone to finding underwear in the yard, or at least on my laundry drying rack and not in the drawer. :lol:
Music to slit your wrists by!
Very nice. This song somehow emptys my head - so nothing more to say.