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Uncle Tupelo — Still Be Around
Album: 89/93: An Anthology
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Released: 2002
Length: 2:38
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I don't see you through the windshield
I don't see you in faces looking back at me
alcohol doesn't have much that matters to say
can't imagine where you and time to kill will stay

when the bible is a bottle
and the hardwood floor is home
when morning comes twice a day or not at all
if I break in two will you put me back together
when this puzzle's figured out will you still be around
to say you've just been there
walking the line upside down

walked and breathed many a cancerous mile
where the bat of an eye is too slow to beat the coffin
they won't tell it on the TV
they can't say it on the radio
they pay to move it off the shelf and into our minds
until you can't tell the truth
when it's right in front of your eyes

when the bible is a bottle
and the hardwood floor is home
when morning comes twice a day or not at all
if I break in two will you put me back together
when this puzzle's figured out will you still be around
to say you've just been there
walking the line upside down
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Saw one of their last shows at the Blue Note in Columbia, MO.  Still holds up well for me. 
wow, great memories of this band planing the midwest college bar circuit....Lawrence, KS one night then Manhattan, KS the next....we'd go to both....great to hear the beginnings of Son Volt and Wilco. 
 Rafter101 wrote:

Which came first—Uncle Tupelo or Indigo Girls?

 
This turned out to be pretty close.

I'm not sure what year each "band" actually formed, but Indigo Girls released their self-titled debut album in 1989, and Uncle Tupe's 1st release, the absolutely fantastic "No Depression", came out the next year.
This band always sounds great when it gets a shot here.  I'd love to hear more.

I'm gonna' upload Graveyard Shift RIGHT NOW! 

What are the chances it gets added? 
 idiot_wind wrote:
Ah....the band from Belleville, IL (across the river from St. Louis). Singing about love, and sex, and hope, and dreams.

No depression.   

 
I lived there from 1965 to 1973, a bit before their time.
Great to hear this.  One of the real pleasures of RP, always something different and unexpected. Thanks! 
Ah....the band from Belleville, IL (across the river from St. Louis). Singing about love, and sex, and hope, and dreams.

No depression.   
Awesome.  Love my Son Volt as well. 
Tupelo was Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy....Tweedy was was more commercial, after they split he formed Wilco.  Jay (singing on this track) was/is the activist who is more concerned with getting a message across than if the song is popular.  Great music.
Ahhhh. You can hear the southern Illinois influence of love, sex, and hope, and dreams, and despair. Belleville IL being southern Illinois.   
This kind of out-of-nowhere stuff is why I listen to Radio Paradise.  Never heard of this guy.  Off to hit the "buy now" button ...
one of the greatest by a great songwriter. well played, Bill
If Westerberg and Cash had a son, he'd be Jay Farrar. Right on...
I am always amazed/humbled/reassured when a poem or song captures something I thought was mine alone.
Oh well, I needed a pee break.
12

marvelous...  love it...

 
 WonderLizard wrote:

"Closer to Fine" was released on Indigo Girls in 1985. This was released in 1992.

 

Is there a connection? They both have acoustic guitars.
when the bible is a bottle
and the hardwood floor is home
when morning comes twice a day or not at all

Cool song.

Everybody in my church loves this song...

 Rafter101 wrote:
And I went to see a doctor of philosphy
with a poster of Rasputin and a beard down to his knees....
Which came first—Uncle Tupelo or Indigo Girls?
 
"Closer to Fine" was released on Indigo Girls in 1985. This was released in 1992.


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
That's a nicely composed cover photo, which could be called 'a study in lines'. Very American - you certainly wouldn't get roads as straight and long in the UK, or in any other European nation, I suspect. The photo just screams 'road movie'. Song's a bit dull, mind.

 Rafter101 wrote:
And I went to see a doctor of philosphy
with a poster of Rasputin and a beard down to his knees....
Which came first—Uncle Tupelo or Indigo Girls?
 
Don't know but what a cool lyric and one things for sure - the less you seek your source from some definitive the closer you are to fine.
 Biscobret wrote:
when the bible is a bottle
and the hardwood floor is home
when morning comes twice a day or not at all
if I break in two will you put me back together
when this puzzle's figured out will you still be around

Easily one of Farar's best - and that's saying A LOT!
 

BTDT
ROAD tRIP     /1/! 
when the bible is a bottle
and the hardwood floor is home
when morning comes twice a day or not at all
if I break in two will you put me back together
when this puzzle's figured out will you still be around

Easily one of Farar's best - and that's saying A LOT!
And I went to see a doctor of philosphy
with a poster of Rasputin and a beard down to his knees....
Which came first—Uncle Tupelo or Indigo Girls?
I also forgot about this.  What a great song for right now.
Totally forgot about this one. Don't know why, because i always loved it.

8
ZING!

 
Zep wrote:
No wonder you're broke.

 


 treatment_bound wrote:

He wouldn't be smiling if he'd ever actually tasted Milwaukee's Best..

 

They changed the photo for this cut on RP, making my lame joke even lamer...
superb!  great song writing
Great to hear one of my favorite songs from Uncle Tupelo here on RP!
 Darlington wrote:
Personally I would start with March 16-20, 1992. Peter Buck produced it. Its very much an accoustic driven album. Its my favorite Uncle Tupelo by far.
 
I agree, thats a great album. The song "Sandusky" is fantastic. I have the marble-ized vinyl version and its consistantly good tunes all the way through.

I really love this band.
 Darlington wrote:


Personally I would start with March 16-20, 1992. Peter Buck produced it. Its very much an accoustic driven album. Its my favorite Uncle Tupelo by far.
 

Yeah, that is very cool... this song is soooo good for the ears...


...funny how much this sounds like a collaboration between wilco and son volt...  ;)

One of the great unsung American bands - It's always great to hear Uncle Tupelo on RP.
 garthwb wrote:

For that privelige I'd happily donate the other kidney!
 
"All right, let's not panic. I'll make the money by selling one of my livers. I can get by with one." Homer Simpson.


Excelsior wrote:




If that reunion tour ever happens, put me on a plane to somewhere far, far away.





For that privelige I'd happily donate the other kidney!
 a_genuine_find wrote:
......likey...............8

 
He wouldn't be smiling if he'd ever actually tasted Milwaukee's Best..

There really should be way more cuts played from U.T. on RP, starting with No Depression.
Don't know much about this band but I like the openness and frankness of their songs that I hear on RP.
Love this.
Excelsior wrote:
If that reunion tour ever happens, put me on a plane to somewhere far, far away. :puke:
Me too!
garthwb wrote:
Imagine a reunion tour... They could play tracks from Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Son Volt, Golden Smog, Loose Fur...
If that reunion tour ever happens, put me on a plane to somewhere far, far away. :puke:
:guitarist:...:yes:...likey.......:think:...:arrowu:.....8
vvlee wrote:
Every time I hear this song I like it even more. Does the whole album have the feel of this one? (or, I should say, what album would be a good place to start?)
start from the beginning and enjoy the ride.... 1) "No Depression"; 2) "Still Feel Gone"; 3) "March 16-20, 1992"; 4) "Anodyne" there are NO bad Uncle Tupelo songs...they range from excellent to classic. despite having a relatively small body of work (4 albums over about 5 or 6 years), they are one of the best and most influential bands of all time.
Imagine a reunion tour... They could play tracks from Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Son Volt, Golden Smog, Loose Fur... Wow, I'd miss that one kidney, but it'd be worth it!
vvlee wrote:
Every time I hear this song I like it even more. Does the whole album have the feel of this one? (or, I should say, what album would be a good place to start?)
Personally I would start with March 16-20, 1992. Peter Buck produced it. Its very much an accoustic driven album. Its my favorite Uncle Tupelo by far.
Oh my!This is good.Lovely in fact.Mmmmmmmmm
Easily one of Jay Farrar's finest songs. Truly moving lyrics with a wonderful acoustic guitar melody. And those classic Farrar vocals.
vvlee wrote:
Every time I hear this song I like it even more. Does the whole album have the feel of this one? (or, I should say, what album would be a good place to start?)
Most of the album does, but there are a few tracks with loud electric guitar that I personally don't really like. I suppose this compilation album is a good place to start. I don't know the band very well, but I bought this album from a sale-bin. It still consider it a good sale :smile:.
Thanks RP!
8. Lyrics remind me a little of Bob Dylan back when he was still good.
brokemusician wrote:
This crap is overrated. :snooty:
Brokecrapmusician, huh?
Every time I hear this song I like it even more. Does the whole album have the feel of this one? (or, I should say, what album would be a good place to start?)
Great tune!
brokemusician wrote:
This crap is overrated. :snooty:
No wonder you're broke.
yesssssssssssssss... :music:
brokemusician wrote:
This crap is overrated. :snooty:
You're overrated.
This crap is overrated. :snooty:
BKardon wrote:
I really hope Santa brings me some Tupelo for Christmas! Or maybe that new Son Volt DVD!
That Christmas is past, and it's too far to wait until next Christmas: a new Son Volt DVD is due next Tuesday (5/23/06)! From the Asheville NC show last September. I was there, and it was awesome!!!!
My Favorite Uncle. RIP Uncle Tupelo.
I really hope Santa brings me some Tupelo for Christmas! Or maybe that new Son Volt DVD!
Smooth. Simple. Beautiful
One of my favorite Tupelo songs. Thanks Bill!
More please. :whistle: :music:
Can't relate, especially after U2
Just upgraded this from 9 to 10. Awesome. I am sure that this would piss Jeff Tweedy off, but much as I like what he is doing with Wilco nowadays, none of it speaks to me like Uncle Tupelo did.
For that (too brief) time, they made heavenly music like this. The strumming alone always gets me.
In my Top 10 favorite songs of all time.
Roto wrote:
I don't really care what Jay sings. I always love that voice. Tweedy on the other hand is like a rollercoaster.
yeah, love that voice too. Tweety is a roller coaster for sure...it's a real thrill ride...imho. oh, great tune btw.
How can anybody rank this a 1? I would love to hear someone explain why this is "sucko-barfo." And I don't mean that because I'm looking for a fight. I would love to hear something beyond "it sucks."
This is music bliss at its best...its what music is all about in my opinion! :D
holyguster wrote:
hmm... indigo girls "closer to fine" shares many of these chords at the beginning of this song. which came first? maybe its a chickenman and egg problem. :p
Not that it matters, but just for the sake of posterity, "Still be Around" preceeds "Closer to Fine" by about 3 years (if you are basing it on when the songs first appeared on released albums).
I don't really care what Jay sings. I always love that voice. Tweedy on the other hand is like a rollercoaster.
This song makes me get butterflies everytime I hear it.
A theme for holiday blues. Simple and true. More please.
hcg11 wrote:
Wow, haven't heard Uncle Tupelo in years! :bounce:
unmistakable. its good to hear it again.
Originally Posted by holyguster: hmm... indigo girls "closer to fine" shares many of these chords at the beginning of this song. which came first? maybe its a chickenman and egg problem. :p
Chickenman!! That's a song we NEED to hear on RP!! But I love this tune. I love Uncle Tupelo!! :bounce:
Wow, haven\'t heard Uncle Tupelo in years! :bounce:
More Uncle Tupelo and less Velveeta Girls, please.
Wish they were still around. They are now more or less Wilco and Son Volt, both bands are solid but not nearly as strong as the original Tupelo lineup. :cool:
Uhhh...this is WAY different than "Closer to Fine". :frustrated: More Uncle Tupelo, please! -Geo
hmm... indigo girls \"closer to fine\" shares many of these chords at the beginning of this song. which came first? maybe its a chickenman and egg problem. :p