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Hem — Stupid Mouth Shut
Album: Rabbit Songs
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Released: 2000
Length: 3:19
Plays (last 30 days): 0
The sidewalk bends where your house ends
Like the neighborhood is on its knees
You're surrounded by a chain-link fence
That keeps me out but lets me see

Well I come by most every night
The shutters pounding in the breeze
A clothesline strung like paper kites
That blow my words right back at me

But someday when my heart exhales
I'll tell you everything
These sweet words spilling all about us
I'll say please please be with me
And I'll breathe so easily
But instead I'm turning blue
I look at you
And keep my stupid mouth shut

The hall light streams out through the screens
And the shadows capture me in webs
Just tangled up in what I've seen
And every word I have not said
I have not said

Cuz the sidewalk bends where your house ends
Like the neighborhood is on its knees
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Just read the lyrics; kinda sweet and heartbreaking at the same time.
Nice tune.
 hencini wrote:
Such a great album.  I bought it a few years back on a friend's recommendation, but that's all I've ever heard from these guys.  This isn't my favorite song on there, but it's no slouch.  
 
There most recent 2 albums (Funnel Cloud - 2009 and Departure & Farewell - 2013) are as good as this one and available on Amazon.
This is factually true:

 
vaiodon wrote:
So much want some more Hem music.
 

So much want some more Hem music.
Try going to the dentist.  This is tasty!
 

leafmold wrote:

Me too. My teeth are hurting.

 


Loved this album.  None of their others quite hooked me like "Rabbit Songs" did, however.
 seiferth wrote:
Sally Ellyson's voice always sounds like a lover's lullaby whispered in your ear as you fall asleep at the end of a summer day. Wow. Love HEM
 
Ahhhh... very nicely put. And I agree. {#Good-vibes}
 jagdriver wrote:
Gah!

 Insta-PSD

 
Me too. My teeth are hurting.
 jagdriver wrote:
Gah!

 Insta-PSD

 
FFS.  What isn't, with you?
 posworld wrote:
RP introduced me to Hem and I am so thankful.

 
Me too.  I first heard it when I was in the process of getting a divorce, and it is one of the albums that helped get me through a bad spot in my life.
Ty­pog­ra­pher Fred­eric Goudy is fa­mously cred­ited with opin­ing that “Any­one who would let­ter­space low­er­case would steal sheep.” But a few sources claim that his orig­i­nal com­ment con­cerned black­let­ter fonts, not low­er­case, and that he used a more col­or­ful verb than “steal.”

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This album's cover is not one of Fred's favorites.
 jagdriver wrote:
Gah!

 Insta-PSD

 
As with all crap neocountry.  I'm right with you.
Gah!

 Insta-PSD

This song has been likened to Sandy Denny and the Smiths (two of my favorite artists) but other than all three produce fantastic music I don’t see the similarity between them.


 hencini wrote:
Such a great album.  I bought it a few years back on a friend's recommendation, but that's all I've ever heard from these guys.  This isn't my favorite song on there, but it's no slouch.  

 

Yes I fully agree with you but their other album I have '' No Word From Tom'' released 2004  just doesn't come up to the standard of this one....
such a sweet song. love it!
Sweeeet.  Nice vibe. 

I've looked at clouds from both sides now...


Such a great album.  I bought it a few years back on a friend's recommendation, but that's all I've ever heard from these guys.  This isn't my favorite song on there, but it's no slouch.  
I just love her voice. Kind of a breathy Sandy Denny.
I normally don't like things like this but... there're always exceptions. It's really cute!
More Hem. Ho-Hum {#Sleep}. Cute bunny, though :)

I like this!  Only recently heard of them and they're growing on me, thanks to RP!
oh. this is good in the morning.
RP introduced me to Hem and I am so thankful.
 rtrudeau wrote:
This entire album is excellent. Thank you, RP, for another great find!

 
Yes, it is along with pretty much all of their songs. HEM are excellent.

This entire album is excellent. Thank you, RP, for another great find!

Heavenly Ellyson Music. Love HEM.

Simply delish. 7 {#Arrow} 8
Sally Ellyson's voice always sounds like a lover's lullaby whispered in your ear as you fall asleep at the end of a summer day. Wow. Love HEM
HEM are great.
passsion8 wrote:
First I loved them with "Half Acre", so I bought this album. Then I found them a bit pasty, so I sold it. Now, every listen draws me back in deeper & deeper and I will be buying it again. Probably should have copied it!
I've had the same feeling listening to Hem by the album. I think the enjoyment of hearing tHem increases by having their songs interspersed with other music.
No, they do all their own stuff. But I can see the Smiths reference.
Always feel good hearing this...and almost every HEM song.
First had to check to see if this was an obscure Smiths cover...
First I loved them with "Half Acre", so I bought this album. Then I found them a bit pasty, so I sold it. Now, every listen draws me back in deeper & deeper and I will be buying it again. Probably should have copied it!
She has such a beautiful voice meeting her in person could only lead to disappointment. Lovely.
~heavy sigh~ !! I'll say please please be with me And I'll breathe so easily But instead I'm turning blue I look at you And keep my stupid mouth shut
bindi wrote:
Love the opening line. I don't think I have had a "favorite album" for this long since we were buying vinyl! Yummy, yummy stuff.
What is this "vinyl" that you speak of?
A bit sing songy but nice
Love the opening line. I don't think I have had a "favorite album" for this long since we were buying vinyl! Yummy, yummy stuff.