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Neko Case — Stinging Velvet
Album: Blacklisted
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Released: 2002
Length: 2:48
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Rain falls, I fix my eyes
Let go of the focus
And I blur out all the lines
Just to remember, remember

Crying 'cause it's not my fault
Water through my lashes
Look just like Christmas lights
And I still remember, remember

Cold and shivering
Cold and shivering
Cold and shivering warm

Ooh, ooh

Sing please, rock me to sleep
Quiet as a canyon
Up under heaven's eaves
I surrender, surrender

Downstairs the furnace swells
Safe from all the horrors
In your stinging velvet arms
And I surrender, surrender

Cold and shivering
Cold and shivering
Cold and shivering warm

Cold and shivering
Cold and shivering
Cold and shivering warm
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senseless lyrics for what sounds like a train song.  either very impressionistic or very bad.  Good thing I like Ms. Case.
 TerryS wrote:
Repeat after me....I detest Country..I detest country.......yeah, well, I like Neko anyway
 
I could learn to love more country if that meant more Neko...and tasteful uses of steel pedal guitar. 

Neko Case on 1967 Mercury Cougar
 
 
Gaah! Footprints on the hood!  
 
That awful "Deep Red Bells" amped up a bit.  No thanks...
 shakitten wrote:
Haha! AND it just happens to be Neko, right, Romeo? ;)
 
I love her soooo much...  she is an incredible artist...  sigh...

I hope you are having a very nice evening right this minute, shakitten...

 
 romeotuma wrote:

This song is soooo marvelous...  love it...  sigh...

 
 



Haha! AND it just happens to be Neko, right, Romeo?

;)

This song is soooo marvelous...  love it...  sigh...

 
Yeah baby! Great stuff.
 meinthecorner wrote:

Wow! My dad had a Cougar of this very vintage!
 

Neko Case gave away her beloved 1967 Mercury Cougar for a charity raffle on March 18, 2011 to benefit 826 National, which provides free tutoring and literacy programs to more than 24,000 students in eight cities nationwide... I love her...

love this song...



OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love Neko Case!!!!!!!
{#Notworthy} 
 romeotuma wrote:


This is such a fantastic song!  Love it!


Neko Case on 1967 Mercury Cougar
 
 
Wow! My dad had a Cougar of this very vintage!

Meh... Good stuff... As someone else said, I could listen to her read a phone book... : ) 
No, no...that's Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies who is stuck deeply in the ''lonesome whippoorwill'' motif.

jjbix wrote:
neko, all your songs sound very similar . . .
 


"Safe from all the horrors in your stinging velvet arms
And I surrender, surrender!"

{#Dancingbanana_2}


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 


We  be dancing...  love this song!




This is such a fantastic song!  Love it!


Neko Case on 1967 Mercury Cougar
 


rtb wrote:
I think I'm falling in love with Neko's voice....
 

 
Papernapkin wrote:

What voice? It's all computer synthesized echo chamber.
 
Obviously  you haven't had the pleasure of hearing her live yet.

Sends chills up my back! {#Good-vibes}
Love this woman's voice. the song, on first listen, is so-so. might grow on me
Something about Neko that just gets to me.

In a good way.

Think its the lyrics and the delivery.



Now we´re talking.. this is good.

LOVE her voice!  It kind of reminds me of Bernadette Peters - a touch nasally, in a good way.

Was Calexico backing her on this one?  Awesome guitars / drums - sounds like John's trademark thunder drum at the end.
 rtb wrote:
I think I'm falling in love with Neko's voice....

 I fell long ago.....{#Heartkiss}

 rtb wrote:
I think I'm falling in love with Neko's voice....
 
What voice? It's all computer synthesized echo chamber.
I think I'm falling in love with Neko's voice....
neko, all your songs sound very similar . . .
Oh no! Mo' Neko!
ctdfalconer wrote:
Oh, holy sweet cannoli! I just have got to get that album. One just isn't enough. Someone please tell me she's working hard on another. :notworthy:
I know what you mean. I'm waiting for the follow up to "Fox Confessor". If it's half as good as that one, I'll be happy!
Oh, holy sweet cannoli! I just have got to get that album. One just isn't enough. Someone please tell me she's working hard on another. :notworthy:
favrood wrote:
I really like her voice, but it is so distinct and powerful that it's hard to hear anything else in her songs. They all tend to sound the same. Norah Jones has the same effect.
LOL- Nora has a lower gear she can use. Neko just grabs it and goes. She must have gills or something, because she never runs out of breath. I think if she tried to back off her hair would explode or something from all the stifled energy.
Repeat after me....I detest Country..I detest country.......yeah, well, I like Neko anyway
firerytrigon wrote:
Very Jethro Tull.......thats a good thing :)
Whoops wrong song my radio was behind the website....please disregard.....like you weren't going to anyway :) :frustrated:
Very Jethro Tull.......thats a good thing :)
my 3rd old seriously loves this song, but mistakes the lyrics, i.e., "Can we listen to 'Corn & Sugar'?" This album is great.
electronicthroat wrote:
One of the best album covers ever! And the song is great too.
Yeah, the cover picture pushed my rating up a little, if that makes any sense. Good song. I also like the "stinging velvet" comment. She makes me want to hear Tammy Wynette though.....
chasech5 wrote:
Great stuff. But I tell ya, its a good think I like Neko, 'cause not a day seems to go by without it being played. Sometimes I think its actually "Radio Neko." :cowboy:
We could do worse! I love her voice. I could listen to her sing a phone book. c.
gotta' luv it!
"Stinging Velvet" is a great description of her voice
is that a dulcimer?
One of the best album covers ever! And the song is great too.
favrood wrote:
I really like her voice, but it is so distinct and powerful that it's hard to hear anything else in her songs. They all tend to sound the same. Norah Jones has the same effect.
oh, ditto! I thought I was the only person not in love with one, the other, or both. Her voice doesn't do it for me, which I understand is personal and to each his or her own, but her songs sound redundant to me because of that whine/nasality (?).
Love me some Neko on a Monday afternoon.
Great stuff. But I tell ya, its a good think I like Neko, 'cause not a day seems to go by without it being played. Sometimes I think its actually "Radio Neko." :cowboy:
luv it
oldsinger wrote:
This is a rockin' song!
The semitone-change hook is identical to the one used by Roy Orbison in Leah.
This is a rockin' song!
Man, I knew when I heard this what, already a few years back, here on RP, that this was no ordinary radio station. Sing it, Neko, sing it! Give me that Furnace Room lullaby, that train-whistle harmonic, make me twist and wiggle while I'm supposed to be making a list of kanji and romaji for the new entries in the Kyushu chapter! BTW it's a damn shame about Ray...isn't it? Nice set you got going here, Bill!
I really like her voice, but it is so distinct and powerful that it's hard to hear anything else in her songs. They all tend to sound the same. Norah Jones has the same effect.
kurtster wrote:
good stuff, maynard!
Too funny! I always say that, too. The younger generation just stares at me like I'm crazy.
apd wrote:
the links broken. Guh!
Try this one: (click here)
fatport wrote:
https://www.kutie.com/html/fotos/neko.html
the links broken. Guh!
what a siren!
the closest to buying a country album a girl from jersey ever gets. go neko!
good stuff, maynard!
:wall: :wall: :yawn: :yawn:
Niiiiccceeee.....
mrmojorisin wrote:
I think the Cd is stuck.
Yes, what s/he said!
Yes!!! More Neko! This is one of my favorite songs from my favorite album of hers.
I think the Cd is stuck.
mattcol99 wrote:
I thought it was The Indigo Girls as first
It's got a riff identical to "Apple Scruffs" from George Harrison. But that's okay; he admitted to borrowing a riff or two himself. What musician doesn't?
KevDogRedux wrote:
Reminiscent of Lone Justice.
I thought it was The Indigo Girls as first
Imkirok wrote:
ditto!!! I also bought a two of her albums after hearing her on RP. I see the New Pornographers are touring. Anyone know if she is singing with them on this tour?
She was with the New Pornographers here in DC last week, but I've read she's on and off the tour so be sure to check locally!
999_99_999 wrote:
I'm so in love with Neko. :hearteyes:
ditto!!! I also bought a two of her albums after hearing her on RP. I see the New Pornographers are touring. Anyone know if she is singing with them on this tour?
Neko kicks butt in any genre!
ooh I like this, not normally my cup o' tea
Reminiscent of Lone Justice.
I'm so in love with Neko. :hearteyes:
beelzebubba wrote:
"10" does not do this song justice!
yep, just went from a 9 to a 10 for me...
sorry, but her voice has too much of a country twang....it does nothing for me
"10" does not do this song justice!
beelzebubba wrote:
It's not just the voice (but that's the main reason). It's also the rolling-thunder bass. The pedal-steel. And some intangible haunting quality that I can't put my finger on, but sucks me in no matter how many times I hear it. Hearing this album has virtually launched me into an whole new exploration of a genre I never really new about. The connections she has on this album are striking, and next thing I know, I'm picking up Calexico and Sadies (both of whom contributed to Blacklisted) albums. Sadies especially are real tight with Neko, and if you like the instrumentation on Blacklisted, you might like the Sadies as well. They're actually touring with her right now and backing her up. I was so pissed that I couldn't get to NYC to see her/them last month.
:yes: :yes: :yes:
Help, I'm being sucked into another universe and I can't get up
Trustocity wrote:
I agree completely. Don't you just love that voice?
It's not just the voice (but that's the main reason). It's also the rolling-thunder bass. The pedal-steel. And some intangible haunting quality that I can't put my finger on, but sucks me in no matter how many times I hear it. Hearing this album has virtually launched me into an whole new exploration of a genre I never really new about. The connections she has on this album are striking, and next thing I know, I'm picking up Calexico and Sadies (both of whom contributed to Blacklisted) albums. Sadies especially are real tight with Neko, and if you like the instrumentation on Blacklisted, you might like the Sadies as well. They're actually touring with her right now and backing her up. I was so pissed that I couldn't get to NYC to see her/them last month.
beelzebubba wrote:
Easily my favorite song of the past 3-5 years. What a gem. I'll never forget the day I heard it on RP. Been in love with this song, this album and Neko ever since.
I agree completely. Don't you just love that voice?
Easily my favorite song of the past 3-5 years. What a gem. I'll never forget the day I heard it on RP. Been in love with this song, this album and Neko ever since. And now that I think about it, it's time to send some $ to RP again. It's been awhile, and without RP I would have never been turned on to this. There's alot on RP that I can't stand, but I listen for these diamonds in the rough.
I bought this album after hearing Neko here on RP. (through the link on the site I might add). Really really good cd.
After seeing the pix, I got a cue as to why she's a cold and a shiverin. Put some damn clothes on, woman! Not only can she sing, but she appears pretty handy with a...um...er... stick. One woman I wouldn't mind getting hustled by...at least I'd could blame my sloppy play on the distractions.
My high praises to RP for introducing me to Neko. What a shining gem in a vast field of music tripe.
Neko is a golden throated goddess...need more of her with New Pornographers though.
mc wrote:
Gawd, I love this song... makes me want to get in my car with the windows down and head through east texas. Anyone see the website for that magazine that had the (very tasteful) semi-nekkid photos of ms. Case? Hotchalita Enchilada, she's smokin'!!!!
https://www.kutie.com/html/fotos/neko.html
Neko's a huge talent. And, having seen her perform live, I can tell you that the voice is the real deal. Great tune.
Perfect description. First time I heard "Deep Red Bells" I thought it was a song from the 60's. s ANNE_MARIE wrote:
she has the rare ability to craft songs that sound authentically old.
beelzebubba wrote:
Holy effin crap..... Why have I never heard this before? I'm a leaving work early to go to the record store....
holly effin crap indeed...we actually agreed on an artist! cheers!
mc wrote:
Gawd, I love this song... makes me want to get in my car with the windows down and head through east texas.
Sure do. mc wrote:
Anyone see the website for that magazine that had the (very tasteful) semi-nekkid photos of ms. Case? Hotchalita Enchilada, she's smokin'!!!!
Missed the mag, but no doubt 'bout it............she's smokin!!!! beelzebubba wrote:
Holy effin crap.....Why have I never heard this before? I'm a leaving work early to go to the record store....
Hold on! It's a DYNOMITE CD, so hit the amazon button and make sure RP gets the buy credit!
Holy effin crap..... Why have I never heard this before? I'm a leaving work early to go to the record store....
redeyespy wrote:
I'm beginning to think they are the same person.... :ask:
:whisper: I think so, too.
Alanur wrote:
Dude are you VV's cousin?
I'm beginning to think they are the same person.... :ask:
JokesandJokesandJokes wrote:
There was this one time she farted in a large restaurant, so I guess you could call that doing wrong
Dude are you VV's cousin?
Me love Neko.
Monkeysdad wrote:
Can Neko do wrong?! I think not!
There was this one time she farted in a large restaurant, so I guess you could call that doing wrong
Monkeysdad wrote:
Can Neko do wrong?! I think not!
*recording date in notebook* We agree!! What a great sound she has...a real throw-back to a long gone time.
Can Neko do wrong?! I think not!
>>this song is obviously about abuse Er.... no, it isn't. It's about missing the rain. Not obvious, I know, but that's what Neko says.
Gawd, I love this song... makes me want to get in my car with the windows down and head through east texas. Anyone see the website for that magazine that had the (very tasteful) semi-nekkid photos of ms. Case? Hotchalita Enchilada, she's smokin'!!!!
I just can't get over the fact that someone named their kid Neko. Especially with a last name of Case. The music's good though. :)
Try listening to this in the dark for maximum impact. The entire album. Aces, Neko.
oldslabsides wrote:
i think Neko had a rather difficult childhood...this song is obviously about abuse, and there are a couple of others on "blacklisted" that also seem to indicate such a past as well, then there's the cover of "furnace room lullaby," scary.....it's great that she is able to extract something positive from such
and why can't I find any of her lyrics :stupid:
i think Neko had a rather difficult childhood...this song is obviously about abuse, and there are a couple of others on "blacklisted" that also seem to indicate such a past as well, then there's the cover of "furnace room lullaby," scary.....it's great that she is able to extract something positive from such
she has the rare ability to craft songs that sound authentically old.
I love this chick.
i bought it awhile back, and i love it! good rootsy sound!
Good stuff. May have to fork out some $ for the CD.
can you hear the calexico boys on this cut as well as deep red bells?
Neko has been added to my fav female singers list....defenitly a fav tune :jump:
Fan-freakin-tastic show here in the Old Pueblo last night. :clap: Thanks for offering a new cut, Bill. Really good tune.
good to hear this in the mix, more neko please.