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Cake — Shadow Stabbing
Album: Comfort Eagle
Avg rating:
6.9

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Total ratings: 1597









Released: 2002
Length: 3:02
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Adjectives on the typewriter
He moves his words like a prize fighter
The frenzied pace of the mind inside the cell

The man on the street might just as well be
The man on the street might just as well
The man on the street might just as well be

Outside, outside the walls
Out there you don't hear the echoes and calls

But the steel eye, tight jaw
Say it all, say it all
But the white paint
Plastic saints
Say it all, say it all
Say it all, say it all, say it all, say it all
Say it all, Say it
Somebody has got to say it all
Somebody has got to say it all

I'm so nervous
I'm so tense
My heart can't forget about this self defense
The air is so hot
And my breath comes fast
I thumb the cool blade
But I know this can't last
(so nervous)
(so tense)
I thumb the cool blade
But I know this can't last
(so nervous)
(so tense)

Outside, outside the walls
Out there you don't hear the echoes and calls

But the steel eye, tight jaw
Say it all, say it all
But the white paint
Plastic saints
Say it all, say it all
Say it all, say it all, say it all, say it all
Say it all, say it
Somebody has got to say it all
Somebody has got to say it all

Adjectives on the typewriter
He moves his words like a prize fighter
The frenzied pace of the mind inside the cell

The man on the street might just as well be
The man on the street might just as well
The man on the street might just as well be...
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*almost* backed up to the Old 97s
 Laptopdog wrote:
Any song that rhymes type-writer with prize fighter gets at least an 8 from me.
 
as long as I live, every time I hear this song I am going to think of this comment.
 apparatuspdx wrote:
I think the opening lines of this song are brilliant!
 
Agreed.
I think the opening lines of this song are brilliant!
 jhorton wrote:

And just startlingly terrible.

It's not even music-It's rythmic noise. 

I'd rather listen to a lawn mower for three minutes. 
 
oh come on! this is good catchy upbeat pop!
 ppopp wrote:
Melody eludes this band.
 

yes, a different kind of music for sure.
 the_jake wrote:
:D I'm with Leslie, I keep hearing Marcus Welby as the man on the corner.
 
My comment above says it was posted 18 years ago (below).  And in my comment I mention an earlier comment from Leslie for this song.  Leslie's comment is not on this songs earlier comments.   This time frame is when the "glitch" happened and RP history was lost. 

But I digress and still hear Marcus Welby.
 ppopp wrote:
Melody eludes this band.
 
And?
 cely wrote:
Cake is great but hard to rate (Byron).  I like them so much more for their sound and their collection of songs than for any particular song.  Any individual song is very good but not classic, and yet as a whole the band is classic.
 

SO TRUE
Melody eludes this band.
 jhorton wrote:

And just startlingly terrible.

It's not even music-It's rythmic noise. 

I'd rather listen to a lawn mower for three minutes. 
 

while i don't agree, i understand
Just  saw them live  in Z├╝rich two weeks ago.

Great band!
Any song that rhymes type-writer with prize fighter gets at least an 8 from me.
 jacopo777 wrote:


Hey do you know my brother Dan?  He works at the same place.
 
Well I do work with a Dan, though not at the transit center where the Tweaker Cam was filming (I think the cam feed is dead though....) just a bit north of there.  It's another reminder to me to NOT DO the 'bad' drugs....people be doing some CRAZY shit high on meth...makes for interesting lunch hours of people watching.  Long Live RP!!
 lizardking wrote:

CAKE is great! 

I actually came to comment on what I think this song is about, at least some of the lyrics seem to point towards it being a song about tweakers.  Maybe due to where I work (in the city of Everett, WA) with a large tweaker population (https://youtu.be/aniMsN8mc4Q N. Everett Tweaker Cam...seriously!!) I sense that "shadow stabbing" could be what some of the crazy activities I see these folks doing on a far too regular basis. 

 

Hey do you know my brother Dan?  He works at the same place.
 jhorton wrote:

And just startlingly terrible.

It's not even music-It's rythmic noise. 

I'd rather listen to a lawn mower for three minutes. 
 
The whole concept of Cake is 99.999...% tongue & cheek.
Cake is great but hard to rate (Byron).  I like them so much more for their sound and their collection of songs than for any particular song.  Any individual song is very good but not classic, and yet as a whole the band is classic.
 Thin_Air wrote:
Grate

 
CAKE is great! 

I actually came to comment on what I think this song is about, at least some of the lyrics seem to point towards it being a song about tweakers.  Maybe due to where I work (in the city of Everett, WA) with a large tweaker population (https://youtu.be/aniMsN8mc4Q N. Everett Tweaker Cam...seriously!!) I sense that "shadow stabbing" could be what some of the crazy activities I see these folks doing on a far too regular basis. 

Grate
There are very few musical groups that I really don't like, Cake is one of them. There is something about the music and singing I find very annoying....
 
 coloradojohn wrote:
Yeah, baby, gonna see 'em play The Boulder Theater Oct. 14! One of the tightest, wildest, tongue-in-cheekiest bands ever. ~Say it all~

 
I'd love to see a CAKE show...and damn if you aren't showing even more similarities between us.  I first heard CAKE from a friend, who played "stick shifts and safety belts" for me; I was sold in one listening.

I'm also a HUGE fan of the "I will Survive" cover they did.  Something to do with the incongruous vocal style and passionate lyrics.

 misterbearbaby wrote:

Cake is akways witty and amusing... 7 or so... Someday they'll hit on a Rock Standard; they have real potential like mabye Jethro Tull at the point they issued "Benefit." 


One would imagine if they were going to aspire to have the "real potential" of a band who came before them they would select a band that was moderately relevant at some time.
 TerryS wrote:
Good back porch music, provided you have a 40 pounder handy.

 
Now I really want to buy a 40 of OE on the way home on this Friday.  Alas, I have a hockey game at 9 so it might have to wait till after.  Or maybe it'll make me play better if it's before.
 misterbearbaby wrote:

Cake is akways witty and amusing... 7 or so... Someday they'll hit on a Rock Standard; they have real potential like mabye Jethro Tull at the point they issued "Benefit."



 
I remember "Going the Distance" getting a lot of airplay, does that count as a "Rock Standard"?
I'm still wearing my onion-head-hat! ~rrrrrrrrrrr~
Yeah, baby, gonna see 'em play The Boulder Theater Oct. 14! One of the tightest, wildest, tongue-in-cheekiest bands ever. ~Say it all~
 ezzyme wrote:
Awesome CD. One of those you can listen to over and over again for a long time.

 
And I do. 
 dt12101 wrote:
Cake is good.

 
..... yes it is
Better Than Ezra -erri
Cake is good.
 ppopp wrote:
This is the kind of music which inspired the glorious PSD feature.

 
Maybe you should use the "Top 20 Pop" button.
This is the kind of music which inspired the glorious PSD feature.
Awesome CD. One of those you can listen to over and over again for a long time.
I really must have been in a bad mood that day that I rated this song low,,,,,for this I am sorry to the RP world ,,it is now a 7 so its ok...
 jahrap wrote:
How the buggery could you Not like Cake!
 
..... totally agree
 ziakut wrote:
The music of this tune is passable. The phrasing of the lyrics are also passable. Not a terrible song when you consider that this is CAKE. Normally, I have something negative to say about this band or a tune of theirs...but today being Friday...I'll just say...I dislike the song, but not nearly as much as some of their other stuff. I must be in a good mood. Must be.

 
LOL -- I am sure they appreciate that feedback

Cake is akways witty and amusing... 7 or so... Someday they'll hit on a Rock Standard; they have real potential like mabye Jethro Tull at the point they issued "Benefit."


Love me some CAKE!
The music of this tune is passable. The phrasing of the lyrics are also passable. Not a terrible song when you consider that this is CAKE. Normally, I have something negative to say about this band or a tune of theirs...but today being Friday...I'll just say...I dislike the song, but not nearly as much as some of their other stuff. I must be in a good mood. Must be.
 TerryS wrote:
Good back porch music, provided you have a 40 ouncer handy.

 
FTFY
How the buggery could you Not like Cake!
 BikeCoachDave wrote:
Easily my highest rated Cake song. Of course that rating is a 4, so I guess its all relative.

 
My 2nd fave Cake song after Comfort Eagle. But overall, I'm with you...don't like this band. 
 flyboy wrote:

What sort of church is your church?
 

It is actually several churches now—  we be franchising faster than McDonald's...  we be dancing...  love this song...
 
But is it a manual, electric, or gas-powered lawnmower?

Further, do you sit on it?


Your lawnmower is better than Cake? Dude - your lawnmower must be awesome


 




Everybody in my cake shop loves this song.
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 
What sort of church is your church?

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Easily my highest rated Cake song. Of course that rating is a 4, so I guess its all relative.
 pallasathene82 wrote:
When you hear 2 Imogen Heap songs and 2 Cake songs on RP in one day, it's prolly time to stop listening.
 

sounds like a pretty good day in paradise to me...
Welcome to Geezers for Cake:  LOTS of good cuts on Comfort Eagle, esp. the eponymous cut and "Girl with a Short Skirt".  This one is good as well.  There are LOTS of folks on this publog who don't think they're cute unless they are being snide.  They're wrong:  the aren't cute then, either.
Good back porch music, provided you have a 40 pounder handy.
Good track off a real good album. I prefer Symphony in C, but this is a fun one.
 sirdroseph wrote:
Not a huge Cake fan, but I really this one.

 
I really this one too! {#Cheesygrin}
REALLY enjoy Cake.... this one though.... NOT so much
I like Cake! For a "top 30" type group, they have a distinct sound and I enjoy listening to it.{#Daisy}
Love me some Cake with my grits!
Not a huge Cake fan, but I really this one.

Cake or death?




Wow...  my last comment on this song was in September, 2008...  this song is good for the ears...

 
Soooo Agree!
 
jhorton wrote:

And just startlingly terrible.

It's not even music-It's rythmic noise. 

I'd rather listen to a lawn mower for three minutes. 
 


wow, what a great book, prolly and all
 scmerriam wrote:

The last time I ran across the word "prolly" was where it was used as New Orleans dialect in the book, Confederacy of Dunces.
 


I can't say it any better than that...9

 Businessgypsy wrote:


Your lawnmower is better than Cake? Dude - your lawnmower must be awesome
 


 pallasathene82 wrote:
When you hear 2 Imogen Heap songs and 2 Cake songs on RP in one day, it's prolly time to stop listening.
If you're not listening, you might enjoy this entertaining blog!

 pallasathene82 wrote:
When you hear 2 Imogen Heap songs and 2 Cake songs on RP in one day, it's prolly time to stop listening.
 
The last time I ran across the word "prolly" was where it was used as New Orleans dialect in the book, Confederacy of Dunces.

I like that word 'prolly': pallasathene82 wrote:
When you hear 2 Imogen Heap songs and 2 Cake songs on RP in one day, it's prolly time to stop listening.
 


When you hear 2 Imogen Heap songs and 2 Cake songs on RP in one day, it's prolly time to stop listening.
Guitar, bass, drums, vocals—and just a skosh of keys. Quiet, clean, great rock'n'roll.
 jhorton wrote:

And just startlingly terrible.

It's not even music-It's rythmic noise. 

I'd rather listen to a lawn mower for three minutes. 
 
Come to think of it, me too. Or maybe a leafblower, at least.


 SantaFeGrace wrote:


{#Dancingbanana}  I love Cake and I'm not afraid to admit it!  (I guess it is easier for a girl...)
 
I saw a pretty even mix of guys and gals at the last Cake show in Dallas.

And every one of us was singing along! :)

Love, baby, love.
just fun

jhorton wrote:
...It's not even music-It's rythmic noise.
I'd rather listen to a lawn mower for three minutes.



Your lawnmower is better than Cake? Dude - your lawnmower must be awesome

Okay, the whole Cake thing was fun for a while, but it's gone on way too long now.
McCrea's voice sounds uncharacteristically sweet in this one. Nice. {#Hearteyes}
You are welcome to my piece.... not my cup of tea and cake......
 jhorton wrote:

And just startlingly terrible.

It's not even music-It's rythmic noise. 

I'd rather listen to a lawn mower for three minutes. 
 
I know... Its just plain awesome.  More Cake!

 Odyzzeuz wrote:
Amazingly horrible.
 
And just startlingly terrible.

It's not even music-It's rythmic noise. 

I'd rather listen to a lawn mower for three minutes. 
 bbryan wrote:
I completely agree. Let's bring some focus to this conversation and all agree that Tori Amos is bad.

 
smdeeg wrote:

Nah.  Cake controversy can't hold a candle to Talking Heads/David Byrne, Radiohead, or Tori Amos.  There's barely a tail on this songs ratings!

I wouldn't call them brilliant, but I like Cake.

 
  I will respond you your suggestion with a hearty 'Go F&%k yourself!'  Anywho, have a nice day.

 bbryan wrote:
I completely agree. Let's bring some focus to this conversation and all agree that Tori Amos is bad.

 
smdeeg wrote:

Nah.  Cake controversy can't hold a candle to Talking Heads/David Byrne, Radiohead, or Tori Amos.  There's barely a tail on this songs ratings!

I wouldn't call them brilliant, but I like Cake.

 
 
I'm right there with you.

 Odyzzeuz wrote:
Amazingly horrible.
 
Shut your cake hole! .......{#Embarassed} Not really, I was just using the band's name in what I hope was a funny reply. I meant no offense. {#Smile}

I completely agree. Let's bring some focus to this conversation and all agree that Tori Amos is bad.

 
smdeeg wrote:

Nah.  Cake controversy can't hold a candle to Talking Heads/David Byrne, Radiohead, or Tori Amos.  There's barely a tail on this songs ratings!

I wouldn't call them brilliant, but I like Cake.

 


 RobK wrote:
Cake...second most polarising group on RP (after R.E.M. of course)? Maybe, maybe not. But it sure seems like every comment here is either "I love Cake" or "I hate Cake". I love Cake.
 
Nah.  Cake controversy can't hold a candle to Talking Heads/David Byrne, Radiohead, or Tori Amos.  There's barely a tail on this songs ratings!

I wouldn't call them brilliant, but I like Cake.

{#Dancingbanana}{#Clap}{#Hug}{#Jump}{#Cheers}
I'm not embarrassed, I love Cake!!! {#Dancingbanana}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}
Like many here never thought myself to be a Cake fan, sort of Cake indifferent.  Since I began listening to RP beginning to really like them!  Might have to buy an album ...
 conglif wrote:

Didn't recognize this song, so I hit the RP playlist page to check.

Dammit, Its Cake Again!

Damn, it's embarrassing to like their stuff.

(Still no dancing banana, though...a guys gotta have his standards, ya know.)

 

{#Dancingbanana}  I love Cake and I'm not afraid to admit it!  (I guess it is easier for a girl...)

Didn't recognize this song, so I hit the RP playlist page to check.

Dammit, Its Cake Again!

Damn, it's embarrassing to like their stuff.

(Still no dancing banana, though...a guys gotta have his standards, ya know.)

they're OK, but all their songs sound the same
Cake constantly surprises me.  Not sure why, but as a band I've never been willing to say I "like" Cake, and yet I can see their value in tidbits like this (surprise!).  I've had several people tell me they're brilliant, so I'll assume I'm just missing the big picture, even though I see hints of forest through the attractive trees every occasionally.  I guess its because my first few exposures to them looked like stunted scrub oaks rather than redwoods ;)  Ahh, I love the smell of overused metaphor in the morning.
See, I got this album because I heard "long line of cars" on RP of course!

I'll have my Cake and eat it too!
The only thing better than Cake is...

...more Cake.
 heathenchild wrote:
MMMMmmmm.... Cake!  Very groovy.

 

Yeah, this is a good song...


MMMMmmmm.... Cake!  Very groovy.

Odyzzeuz wrote:
My gut reaction when I hear this: Ugh. I just hate this treacly (but aptly named) band.
Your location is apt for you, brotha'! Got a good music scene, tho.
RobK wrote:
Cake...second most polarising group on RP (after R.E.M. of course)? Maybe, maybe not. But it sure seems like every comment here is either "I love Cake" or "I hate Cake". I love Cake.
I love CAKE!
Love this song! This and Love You Madly are my favorites from this LP. All the songs are great...Pretty Pink Ribbon is my least favorite but the SFX make it up for me. CAKE was fantastic at Wakarusa, btw.
ekeyte wrote:
I just saw these guys last Wednesday at the Merrill Auditorium in downtown Portland Maine... Best show I've ever gone to.
First one, huh!
Let 'em eat cake...
I don't usually like these guys but this is pretty good. None of the seemingly obligatory "ay-oh" or "all-right" calls, which is a help.
oh, this makes me happy, just when i need it the most! :dancingbanana:
redeyespy wrote:
Obscure factoid: a variation of a mutation in the connexin-24 molecule (gap junction protein, gene GJB3) has accounted for certain individual's lack of appreciation for this band. So any attempts to sell the worth of Cake may well just be lost on these poor souls.
that's a paper I would like to read :cheesygrin:
Love Cake -- Valentines Cake ..mmm
Odyzzeuz wrote:
Amazingly horrible.
Perfectly said.
Amazingly horrible.
The cover art always cracks me up :lol:
I just saw these guys last Wednesday at the Merrill Auditorium in downtown Portland Maine... Best show I've ever gone to.
Nabla wrote:
Exactly! More precisely, it's acoustic cheese:
Mmmmmm. Cheesecake. :)
Love CAKE, and they are also wonderful live. Sound exactly like album tracks (understandable with the musical style, of course). They also do some amazing set lists with their hits but always mix it up with some lesser knowns as well.
Cake...second most polarising group on RP (after R.E.M. of course)? Maybe, maybe not. But it sure seems like every comment here is either "I love Cake" or "I hate Cake". I love Cake.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
Insipid.
Exactly! More precisely, it's acoustic cheese:
Cake is a made up drug!
There\'ll always be a soft spot in my musical heart for Cake.
dousto wrote:
I just requested this song. It's stuck in my head, and that is just not enough!
Exactly!
Insipid.
Cake is good. Thank you :chef:
I just requested this song. It's stuck in my head, and that is just not enough!
My gut reaction when I hear this: Ugh. I just hate this treacly (but aptly named) band.
Yummy cake for sure! :chef:
seiferth wrote:
I can't get enough cake, nope not no how, not never. New album- coming soon. Let's home they have lots of original material. It's been a while...
They put up 30 second samples of their songs for their new album on their site, under the music link.