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Cake — Opera Singer
Album: Comfort Eagle
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Released: 2002
Length: 4:04
Plays (last 30 days): 0
I am an opera singer
I stand on painted tape
It tells me where I'm going
And where to throw my cape

I call my co-stars "brother"
I call my co-stars "knave"
I play both good and evil parts
I sing to Verdi's grave

And every single morning
By 10 AM I'm dressed
My rehearsals last for hours and hours
With diligence I have been blessed

Some people, they call me monster
Some people, they call me saint
My talent feeds my darker side
Yet no one will complain

I am an opera singer
I sing in foreign lands
I've sung for kings in Europe
And emperors in Japan

And after each performance
People stand around and wait
Just to tell me that they love my voice
Just to tell me that I'm great

I am an opera singer
I will sing when you're all dead
I sing the mountains crumbling apart
I sing what can't be said

I am an opera singer
I sing in foreign lands
Most people seem to know my name
Or at least know who I am
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So done with Cake. Just not for me.
 TerryS wrote:
Let them eat brioche.
 


I like not hearing opera!
Let them eat brioche.
Okay, so what's Bill's fascination with Cake? If I hear a new song that really annoys me, I can be pretty sure it's Cake. The only group that makes me turn the volume off until I see the next song pop up.
Well now you have to play "Opera Star" by Neil young. On the Reactor album.

I think I'd rather have had the opera, Bill. And I hate opera almost as much as I hate C&W. This isn't one of Cake's finest, IMO. Muting until the fat lady sings...
Cake is ok, but less is better for you. I feel like I have been eating (hearing) too much of it lately. {#Confused}
Can't even throw them a crumb. This band is stale.
 grouchygreg wrote:
High art? Probably not.
Fun? Absolutely.

 
On the nose.  More, please!

 Radiohead-head wrote:
Great band but singer is a total tool...saw them live once...never again. Played barely an hour long set...guy talked to us like we were children...no encore. Lame. I'll pass on the Cake thanks.
 
Whereas the show I saw was full audience-involvement, and they did 4 encores.

This is nice, good work!
 jhorton wrote:
This has to be the worst band I have ever heard.

Just fuc*ing terrible. Everything they do is worse than the last thing.

Can't believe there are people who like this.

It's like everyone associated with this band has had a full lobotomy.

" I am an opera singer." I sing what can't be said.

Everything they do sounds like a sitcom jingle from the seventies. 

" Well we're movin' on up, to the east side, gonna call ourselves cake and be freaking millionaires." 

Where is the puke smilie? 
 
Yup.

 jhorton wrote:
This has to be the worst band I have ever heard.

Just fuc*ing terrible. Everything they do is worse than the last thing.

Can't believe there are people who like this.

It's like everyone associated with this band has had a full lobotomy.

" I am an opera singer." I sing what can't be said.

Everything they do sounds like a sitcom jingle from the seventies. 

" Well we're movin' on up, to the east side, gonna call ourselves cake and be freaking millionaires." 

Where is the puke smilie? 
 
Here's to free speech, and the right to have one's own opinion! I LOVE Cake! And hey, that line about "movin' on up" just might give them a great idea for their next song!  ;)

 jhorton wrote:
This has to be the worst band I have ever heard.

Just fuc*ing terrible. Everything they do is worse than the last thing.

Can't believe there are people who like this.

It's like everyone associated with this band has had a full lobotomy.

" I am an opera singer." I sing what can't be said.

Everything they do sounds like a sitcom jingle from the seventies. 

" Well we're movin' on up, to the east side, gonna call ourselves cake and be freaking millionaires." 

Where is the puke smilie? 
 

Tell me how you really feel.
This has to be the worst band I have ever heard.

Just fuc*ing terrible. Everything they do is worse than the last thing.

Can't believe there are people who like this.

It's like everyone associated with this band has had a full lobotomy.

" I am an opera singer." I sing what can't be said.

Everything they do sounds like a sitcom jingle from the seventies. 

" Well we're movin' on up, to the east side, gonna call ourselves cake and be freaking millionaires." 

Where is the puke smilie? 
YOU CALL THIS MUSIC?  GET REAL!
Great band but singer is a total tool...saw them live once...never again. Played barely an hour long set...guy talked to us like we were children...no encore. Lame. I'll pass on the Cake thanks.
It was difficult to listen to through my own laughter--much fun, indeed! I never heard of them, but look forward to moremoremore :jump: :tongue: :jump: Oh, let's not forget the dark side :twisted:
Indeed, fun music. Some very unexpected musical themes. I like Cake.
algrif wrote:
Boooooooooooooooooooooring
How the hell can Cake ever be called boring? they are tight...funny...talented...quirky....etc...but never boring...have some fun man :bananasplit:
High art? Probably not. Fun? Absolutely.
Painfully awful.
mongoose01ca wrote:
What's with all the nay-sayers? Cake is great and this is a great example of Cake!?
Agreed. :good-vibes:
ChrisInAZ wrote:
Comfort Eagle is a great album. What should be my next couple Cake CDs to buy?
I'd say Prolonging the Magic and Fashion Nugget. I'd avoid Pressure Chief though.
This and Long Shirt Short Jacket are my 2 fave Cake songs. I wouldn't call myself a Cake fan but those 2 songs really hit it. Also I love the cover art on this album.
I'm a BIG Cake fan, and this may be my favorite. This and Comfort Eagle. Fun band in concert and extremely tight and they rock out! :guitarist:
Comfort Eagle is a great album. What should be my next couple Cake CDs to buy?
Anyone ever hear the material that warrants the EXPLICIT CONTENT labels ? Curious how they could be so different from what we get here.
yummy!
The musical equivalent of an instruction manual.
:yell: honk if you love cake! :motor:
Question: Do these guys rock Answer: YES! :dancingbanana:
Oops! Cake's on, gotta go :puke:
What's with all the nay-sayers? Cake is great and this is a great example of Cake!? Unique rhythms and instrumentation? Check Clever lyrics with multiple interpretations? Check Comfort Eagle, as an album, is so full of great lyrical moments that it boggles the mind, not least of which is this song's opening verse... Sad to see this getting pummeled so badly when even the dregs of Neil Young's catalogue are afforded near-hero status. Sigh.
Boooooooooooooooooooooring
WOW!!!!! Check the artists website. Completely in Dutch and you can buy a cake there! haha
New one for me. As with all cake songs, it takes some getting used to... But I think I like it.. Yes, I do. Different than the other cake songs I've heard, but cool.
mamashannon wrote:
O.M.G. this may have killed my Bob Dylan buzz. Cake is simple and sucky.
Simple and sucky!! Check to see your ears haven't fallen off...
:clap:
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Wow, it really creeps me out when I hop into a forum and say something, only to see that I said the exact same thing a couple months previous. 8O
It's creepier when someone else has said it. Then you have to go back and edit your comment so you don't look like a dork. Or accept your dorkness and leave it alone.
ziggytrix wrote:
It's just simple, straightforward pop music guys, why all the hate?
...with a sense of humor...Exactly! Why all the Hate?
Cake? Yeah, yeah, I'll have some more please. Who would have thought. Mmmmm, excellent.
It's just simple, straightforward pop music guys, why all the hate?
O.M.G. this may have killed my Bob Dylan buzz. Cake is simple and sucky.
Cake? Yes please.
Cake is tasty! I like it!
Cake? No, Thank You.
Old_Pink wrote:
Rating it a 1 because I am sick to death of hearing them every freaking time I listen to RP.
AYE!
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Wow, it really creeps me out when I hop into a forum and say something, only to see that I said the exact same thing a couple months previous. 8O
I do the same thing, or haven't you noticed?
I'm with Old Pink on this one. Cake is completely vapid. Reminds me of the time in high school when the assistant manager at the Mr. Burger tried to convince me that ''Stairway to Heaven'' was really deep, as opposed to psuedo-deep. As if. I know, I know. Cake is supposed to be all ironic and humorous and stuff. Stop. Just stop. It's tiresome. So, so tiresome.
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Wow, it really creeps me out when I hop into a forum and say something, only to see that I said the exact same thing a couple months previous. 8O
Another case of Vujade.
Point for Cake!
Rating it a 1 because I am sick to death of hearing them every freaking time I listen to RP.
I LOVE CAKE!!!!! :bounce: (both kinds)
alniebel wrote:
I try to like them but just can't. No cake for me, thanks.
Me too ... for awhile ... just didn't get it ... then, while not even being aware of it, found myself singing along and turning it up. Now, dem my boys!
Oh yeah. :wink: That's right. :lol: Love em!
Gotta love a rock band who can write songs about opera singers.
I hate the band cake.....but I love eating home baked cake, yum....this band Y U C K!!!!!!
jerseygirl wrote:
hate this band yuck!!!!!!!!!!
I try to like them but just can't. No cake for me, thanks.
The only thing better than Cake is more Cake! \:D/ :hungry:
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
I like the hand claps.
Wow, it really creeps me out when I hop into a forum and say something, only to see that I said the exact same thing a couple months previous. 8O
I like the hand claps.
I used to love this band, but John McCrea's vocal style has started to grind on me. He's too dispassionate, too ironic, too cool for his own art.
jerseygirl wrote:
hate this band yuck!!!!!!!!!!
Why why why must they try to do this?? Sure it's a weird Neil song, and you have to at least wish you were there, but I don't think they were.
hate this band yuck!!!!!!!!!!
just once, I'd like to hear this singer cut it loose on a song rather than do his usual chanting-to-music thing. I'm not saying it would be good, but I'd like to hear it.
Trustocity wrote:
TO DO LIST FOR TODAY: - Build doomsday device. - Build time machine. - Take doomsday device back in time. - Attach device to Neil Young. - Flip device to "on." - Return to present, content in the knowledge that evil is destroyed and no one need know how close they came to annihilation. - Drink some tea, call mother.
Sounds about right. Cake rules.
God i love Cake! And this whole album is just amazing. For anyone who thinks this is musically unchallenging, try the one without any words on this cd--i think it's called "Arco Arena." That one just freaking GROOVES.
Is this like Barry Manilow? Do they sing the songs too?
I dig Cake, despite the fact that every song sounds pretty much the same. In this case, though, I just can't figure out why the hell they're singing about this.
TO DO LIST FOR TODAY: - Build doomsday device. - Build time machine. - Take doomsday device back in time. - Attach device to Cake. - Flip device to "on." - Return to present, content in the knowledge that evil is destroyed and no one need know how close they came to annihilation. - Drink some tea, call mother.
I like the handclaps.
I agree that this music isn't as fluid as others, but I think that's deliberate. It's like they took a song and chopped it into tiny pieces, then removed every other one. Pointilist music.
Leetzy wrote:
Asinine, lyrically and melodically.
yeah, great huh? my favorite album from Cake...thanks RP!
Asinine, lyrically and melodically.
Cute, but not music!
masterhead wrote:
This song may be funny but very disppointing in musical terms...
I agree. Love the lyrics here, but the arrangement seems concocted rather than composed. Many better tracks in the Cake library.
skeeter wrote:
Me either... until now. :-s I don't think this one's that bad... just not the delicious Cake I'm used to.
Yes, this Cake is somehow rancid to my taste
Saw them last weekend at ACL fest and they rocked. Sounded great, played a bunch of new material too off of their upcoming album.
MMMMMM....Cake...
billca42 wrote:
This reminds me of They Might be Giants. I mean that in a good way. :)
Please do not disparage They Might Be Giants in this way. There is no similarity. 9/22/04: Okay, it's a week or so later. I actually like this song a lot more today for some reason.
drover wrote:
... I haven't heard a Cake song I don't like yet.
Me either... until now. :-s I don't think this one's that bad... just not the delicious Cake I'm used to.
newwavegurly wrote:
Like Italian Leather Sofas? :bounce: :bounce:
I love 'em! Especially, when she wears a Short Skirt and a Long Jacket! (pimp)
This song may be funny but very disppointing in musical terms... Like Comanche from their first CD is very poor... Sorry but this Cake is sickening...empalagoso(spanish) And I really enjoy Cake..believe me
bothanesque wrote:
This also reminds me of They Might Be Giants but this sucks beyond belief!
Cake is what TMBG wishes they were.
sleepless wrote:
Cake RULES.... :mrgreen:
agreed :bounce:
rgj13 wrote:
Part of what I enjoy about Cake is their ability to make pretty fun songs out of really odd subjects.
Like Italian Leather Sofas? :bounce: :bounce:
This also reminds me of They Might Be Giants but this sucks beyond belief!
heh heh heh....i'm in :jump: :jump: \:D/ :guitarist:
"My talent feeds my darker side but no one will complain" Reminds me of some rancher from santa barbara who's in the news these days!
Part of what I enjoy about Cake is their ability to make pretty fun songs out of really odd subjects.
Cake RULES.... :mrgreen:
I generally dont like such stuff, but this one has sort of grown on me. :jump:
Gah! No more Cake! Please!
billca42 wrote:
This reminds me of They Might be Giants. I mean that in a good way. :)
???? You've got to be kidding!! 8O Patti M 8^)
:dancingbanana: This kind of music isn't really up my alley, but I like it anyway.....
I gotta say, this one gets me attention (and a smile) every time with them playful horns! Bill, you have once again made me add another band/CD to my "must buy (someday)" list. :nodhead:
This reminds me of They Might be Giants. I mean that in a good way. :)
Schmackdown wrote:
This is one Cake selection RP got right. Hard to go wrong with the whole "Comfort Eagle" CD, it's outstanding.
I second that Motion! Great CD! Cruising on a hot summer day with the windows rolled down and this CD blasting :yell: Believe me. Up here in da nort dere ! (If you speak french, you'll get that last yuk) We appreciate our summer days.
:jump:
Originally Posted by mperry: sorry "dangerboy", your music bearings seem a bit suspect: a "1" ("Barfo-Sucko") for Lennon's "Imagine, U2's "One", The Beatles "A Day In The Life", among others betrays your "sensibility" for music - along, it would seem, with a few other concepts of relative importance. i dunno, maybe your sense of the world reflects reality - but i will do everything in my being to reject such a reality. peace. :cool:
God, if there's one thing I can't abide, it's poncey lefty "enlightened types" who feel the need to criticize others for their musical taste and then act superior with a wispy little "peace". Even worse are the ones who waste words. You think the guy's an idiot. SAY SO, j*rkstain. Peace. PS - I like Cake. Except for that wretched "I Will Survive" cover.
Yum........Cake!
Tasty Cake... :D
This is one Cake selection RP got right. Hard to go wrong with the whole \"Comfort Eagle\" CD, it\'s outstanding.
How exciting! A song about me! :lol:
These guys are very talented.... I'm really liking most of thier work now. :mrgreen:
Nice juxtoposition of cheezy beats and operatic reference. A toe-tappin\' fun fest. I need to look into Cake.
Originally Posted by mogulmaster: This song is mental. For some reason, I like it. :rolleyes:
My thoughts exactly. I'll always give a band points for having original lyrics like this.
Again I\'m a sucker for the trumpet! Cake = Delicious :cool:
Originally Posted by mperry: This song gives me a completely different impression of this band. I have only heard the usual few Cake songs and they were only "ok" to me. This one is outstanding. Which is more representative of Cake? "Opera Singer" or the most familar/played Cake songs?
It's tough to say... the album this is off of, Comfort Eagle, is outstanding. By far their best, in my opinion. And this song is representative of the quality of that album. Their earlier albums all have some high points, but are truly only "ok" to me, too.
Originally Posted by ndanger666: Sorry, guys. This is dreadful. :cry:
sorry "dangerboy", your music bearings seem a bit suspect: a "1" ("Barfo-Sucko") for Lennon's "Imagine, U2's "One", The Beatles "A Day In The Life", among others betrays your "sensibility" for music - along, it would seem, with a few other concepts of relative importance. i dunno, maybe your sense of the world reflects reality - but i will do everything in my being to reject such a reality. peace. :cool:
Originally Posted by Arden: I'm going to start calling this place radiocake.com But I think it's funny that you often back them up with the Dead and Phish, since all the local Cake heads I know can't stand the tie-dyed set. :)
too bad those "local Cake heads" you know are so rigid in their thinking.
This song gives me a completely different impression of this band. I have only heard the usual few Cake songs and they were only \"ok\" to me. This one is outstanding. Which is more representative of Cake? \"Opera Singer\" or the most familar/played Cake songs?
I'm going to start calling this place radiocake.com But I think it's funny that you often back them up with the Dead and Phish, since all the local Cake heads I know can't stand the tie-dyed set. :)
I\'m upset that I like this band, and I can\'t explain why or say anything intelligent about them.
This speaks to me in places I didn\'t know I had ears! It touches me in places I only touch myself! :eek:
Sorry, guys. This is dreadful. :cry:
Love it, although the drum machine is a bit tedious.
Originally Posted by Terror-Tubby: pop bliss. (well pop in the universe I want to live in anyway) :D
Really well put Terror-Tubby (hehe, one of my friends is in a popduo called Terrorskater)! More Cake to the people! :notworthy: