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The New Pornographers — The Bleeding Heart Show
Album: Twin Cinema
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Released: 2005
Length: 4:21
Plays (last 30 days): 3
I leapt across three or four beds into your arms
Where I had hidden myself somewhere in your charm
Our golden handshake has been smashed into this shape
It's taken magic to a primitive new place

Watch 'em run
Although it's the minimum
Heroic

We hunched together in one chair out on the deck
In snow that froze and fell down on the modern set
It looked as if I picked your name out of a hat
Next thing you know, you are asleep in someone's lap

Watch 'em run
Although it's the minimum
Heroic

We quit the room
Quit so our thoughts could rest
Rest them, I'll never move
That's when we grab ahold
Of whatever it is we fell into

Lousy with your kept time
With what the majestic cannot find
In the business of your lives
The perception, it is wrong
Mile after mile
The phantom taste drinking wine from your heels

Hey-la, hey-la, hey-la, hey-la
Hey-la, hey-la, hey-la, hey-la
Hey-la, hey-la, hey-la, hey-la
Hey-la, hey-la, hey-la, hey-la (We have arrived too late to play the bleeding heart show)
Hey-la, hey-la, hey-la, hey-la (We have arrived too late to play the bleeding heart show)
Hey-la, hey-la, hey-la, hey-la (We have arrived too late to play the bleeding heart show)
Hey-la, hey-la, hey-la, hey-la (We have arrived too late to play the bleeding heart show)
Hey-la, hey-la, hey-la, hey-la (We have arrived)
Hey-la, hey-la, hey-la, hey-la (We have arrived)
Hey-la, hey-la, hey-la, hey-la
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 LaurieinTucson wrote:
is that Neko Case?
 
Oh yeah.
 I love Neko Case's voice
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Yep, I'm almost to that point, too.
 
The part where they go into the hey-la hey-la is pretty great.  
 
Edit: That didn't take long. It simmered at an 8 for years, bumped it to a 9 a while back, and 2 weeks after posting this, I made it a 10. Just thought I should let everyone know.  
 

Slow to the show there Scott.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
is that Neko Case?
 
Yes. She does vocals on all the NP albums.
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
It's taken years to solidify its position but this might be the tennest ten of all my tens.
 Possibly tendentious.

 newbolddrive wrote:
I never understand their lyrics, but I love how this song builds and builds.
 
It's a bit opaque, but I think these guys sussed it out.
https://genius.com/14627495
I never understand their lyrics, but I love how this song builds and builds.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
is that Neko Case?
 

Yes, indeed, that is she.
Because-Drumming!
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
is that Neko Case?
 
yes
On drums Kurt Dahle...
is that Neko Case?
Love this tune!
 rocklandlove wrote:
That ending of this song is freaking GLORIOUS! I've seen the band live up close, and yes, that drummer is off the charts.

Strange: does it remind anyone else of the ending of Chicago's "Feeling Stronger Every Day"?

 
Agree, the song is high quality, but that ending part is just over the top amazing.  And yea, I do hear a bit of "Feeling Stronger Everyday" in there.  Not ripping them off,but the same type of transition and ending.
That ending of this song is freaking GLORIOUS! I've seen the band live up close, and yes, that drummer is off the charts.

Strange: does it remind anyone else of the ending of Chicago's "Feeling Stronger Every Day"?
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
It's taken years to solidify its position but this might be the tennest ten of all my tens.

 
Hey-La
It's taken years to solidify its position but this might be the tennest ten of all my tens.
I just now realized, after hearing this song maybe 100 times on RP, that that is Neko Case singing.  I don't know why this didn't click with me before.  Love Neko, don't like this song that much.
Let's Do The Time Warp Again. 

I said it before, but incorrectly, when I swapped Again for Dance.

That drummer is a maniac.  Channeling Keith Moon. 

  
Exuberant to my ears
 Hannio wrote:

rocklandlove wrote:
The pure joy of rock and roll, passion, love and exuberance!

  

And yet it comes across as a very empty expression of joy, an imitation of joy.  I'm not sure why, it just impresses me that way.  Lack of exuberance in the singing, perhaps.

 
Sophist {#Bounce}

this is outstanding pop. it really is.
 rocklandlove wrote:
The pure joy of rock and roll, passion, love and exuberance!

 

And yet it comes across as a very empty expression of joy, an imitation of joy.  I'm not sure why, it just impresses me that way.  Lack of exuberance in the singing, perhaps.
Great drummer...
Not enough "hey lah"s in modern music IMHO
The pure joy of rock and roll, passion, love and exuberance!
 izycrzy wrote:
Starts off kind of Ho-hum and then gets to the good part

 
You mean the annoyingly repetitious part?

A song that captures some essence of 60s-00s and sounds great today.


Way to test a brand new 25 years old set of speakers.

Thanks RP and thank you Y. for the free huge stereo system! 
{#Bananajam} Excellent
2 awesome songs in a row!  Why would I ever listen to any other station?
Starts off kind of Ho-hum and then gets to the good part
Holy Moses! Very cheerful song! {#Dancingbanana_2}
 Ableragtacker wrote:
cool new sound, very busy drummer {#Drummer}

 
I believe he was paid by the beat.


GOOOOOD MORNING, RADIO PARADISE!!!!  {#Daisy}
Rock
 roibersam wrote:
if just the ending wasn't soooooo long and repetitive...
 
You need to be listening to the drums.  
I love this song! Can't explain why, I just do. 
That's what I'm talking  about... Loves me some foot stomping music, bring it down! Bust it up!
chair dancing- can't help it!
if just the ending wasn't soooooo long and repetitive...
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Refreshing lift after the Junkies.

 
Refreshing lift after Reg Dwight.
Refreshing lift after the Junkies.
 PA1749 wrote:
I love the drums at the end!

 
Me too! I think every fill is different - love it.
The new album, Brill Bruisers is fantabulous.

Can't get enough of the song "Backstairs". 
Kurt Dahl is the groove meister on the drums.
       {#Daisy}  ..... a good sound
Some of the best music to come out of my town.
Favorite song from the band.  Saw them live and was disappointed.  Have become a bigger fan of Neco's solo work.
 jessesteinen wrote:
9 -> 10 damnit
 
Yep, I'm almost to that point, too.
 
The part where they go into the hey-la hey-la is pretty great.  
 
Edit: That didn't take long. It simmered at an 8 for years, bumped it to a 9 a while back, and 2 weeks after posting this, I made it a 10. Just thought I should let everyone know.  
9 -> 10 damnit
love!
I love the drums at the end!
Catchy pop, fer sher...{#Bananajumprope}
Neko and the Canadians. That can only be a near miss.
Yay - always loved the production in this one  {#Cheers}
Bill played this one day while I was riding my bike to work, and I was cranking down a long hill during the outro.

It was a beautiful day and the perfect music for the moment, so I flash back to it every time I hear the song!

Thanks RP...
 coachc wrote:
Perfect Power Pop!

 
Well put.
Perfect Power Pop!
 oceansurf wrote:
The drummer is insanely awesome, really drives this song.

 
Yep, bang on {#Clap}. Makes me want to 'air drum' but that wouldn't go down right well in the office.
The harmonies, the great drumming, Neko's vocal...a great song to play at full blast in the car.  Or anywhere.
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:

And the harmonies

 
Not to mention the overall structure…sublime, IMHO.
 oceansurf wrote:
The drummer is insanely awesome, really drives this song.

 
And the harmonies
 oceansurf wrote:
The drummer is insanely awesome, really drives this song.

 
was just thinking that....


The drummer is insanely awesome, really drives this song.
Second bad set since yesterday! Second time this happen since i am on RP.
Love it !!
turn(ed) it up
Neko crush going on...
 lunatic wrote:
I follow Case on twitter. She is an absolute hoot, charming and a wit as well. She can do no wrong. As for Bill wanting her to place her feet on his bare chest, I still haven't been able to mind bleach that image out.
 
I am liking Neko. A lot.

fyt
this song is getting a lot of airplay lately.
 lunatic wrote:
I follow Case on twitter. She is an absolute hoot, charming and a wit as well. She can do no wrong. As for Billwanting her to place her feet on his nare chest, I still haven't been able to mind bleach that image out.




 



Bare not nare.
Man, I need coffee.
I follow Case on twitter. She is an absolute hoot, charming and a wit as well. She can do no wrong. As for Billwanting her to place her feet on his nare chest, I still haven't been able to mind bleach that image out.


8 to 9 today. feelin the drums!
 lemmoth wrote:
My intro to this band and I quite like it.  Haven't enjoyed other stuff as much and was disappointed when I saw them live.

Do quite enjoy Neko's solo work.
 
Same here.
(Edit, half a year later: except for the second statement, I can't listen to her.)
Hey Bill. do you know what time it is here? Now a song I don't like, OK, otherwise I'll never get to bed...
{#Sunny}{#Sunny}{#Sunny}{#Bananasplit}
Turn it up and sing along, you will feel great!
My intro to this band and I quite like it.  Haven't enjoyed other stuff as much and was disappointed when I saw them live.

Do quite enjoy Neko's solo work.
Neko, I still want to have your babies.

wait.  what? 
The drumming is just outstanding. Never get tired of it.
 
It's Kurt Dahle, also played in Age of Electric and then Limblifter before the Pornographers. I didn't care for AoE, but liked Limblifter a lot, especially their first album. He's one of those few drummers with the ability to seriously transform a song and add emotion without overpowering everything.

Yes, indeed! Somebody give that drummer a drink, he's earned it!
 


Gosh

I do love this song!
 jhorton wrote:
Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, good drummer!{#Drummer}{#Drummer}
 
Yes, indeed! Somebody give that drummer a drink, he's earned it!
Perhaps my favorite band right now. I've hoarded all their albums and they are so good.
The feel good song for the hour! It has won that honor from me. Isn't that amazing?
 jhorton wrote:
Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, good drummer!{#Drummer}{#Drummer}
 

Not to mention Neko's crazy good contralto voice! {#Music}
Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, good drummer!{#Drummer}{#Drummer}
 rjewyo wrote:
What recent commercial was this song featured in??
 
University of Phoenix
 kingart wrote:
I love this track. It's a 9. The drums are a sensation, especially at the end.  
Don't know if anyone else has commented or noticed, but the melody of the second half has more than a passing resemblance to Rocky Horror Picture Shows "Let's Do The Time Warp Dance."  
{#Drummer}
   
 
Interesting !
Drums
Neko
Goood 
 justin4kick wrote:

Here in Holland we think Santorum is a standup comedian. He has very funny thoughts about our country.

 
Well, he is a joke.  He dropped out of the Presidential race today, but there are still plenty of clowns on the Republican side to give us comedy relief.
 justin4kick wrote:

Here in Holland we think Santorum is a standup comedian. He has very funny thoughts about our country.

 
Santorum also has some pretty funny, if not strange thoughts about his home country as well. Thankfully, the comic has left the election stage today. The heavens above have graced us with his exit.
 mrtuba9 wrote:

Ugh... Was talking with MrsTuba about the lyrics in today's music compared to gems like George Michael's  I Want Your Sex.  Did we really "pull back" so much in the late 90's-2000's??

BTW, I'm in Normal, IL! 
 

Yes we did.  It's terrifying to me how quickly we are backpedaling into puritanism again.  I thik that with the rise of the Internet and the access people have to information, religion is really starting to seem hokey.  So, the churches, knowing that they're losing control, are pulling all the stops in a desperate act of survival.
I love hearing this one every time, and only 20 min after my favorite Neko Case song
 TJS wrote:
Do you think that Santorum will shut these guys down?
 
Ugh... Was talking with MrsTuba about the lyrics in today's music compared to gems like George Michael's  I Want Your Sex.  Did we really "pull back" so much in the late 90's-2000's??

BTW, I'm in Normal, IL! 
I love this track. It's a 9. The drums are a sensation, especially at the end.  
Don't know if anyone else has commented or noticed, but the melody of the second half has more than a passing resemblance to Rocky Horror Picture Shows "Let's Do The Time Warp Dance."  
{#Drummer}
   
 TJS wrote:
Do you think that Santorum will shut these guys down?
 
Here in Holland we think Santorum is a standup comedian. He has very funny thoughts about our country.

Do you think that Santorum will shut these guys down?
What recent commercial was this song featured in??
It's funny how music can bring back such memories to my feeble little brain.  This one reminds me of an old girlfriend that I have talked to in years.
 Cynaera wrote:
We just went up to the end of Lamoille Canyon last summer.  Still a lot of snow!  Very beautiful.  My niece lives in Lamoille.  Jealous of her view of the mountains which are so close.
It's still called that!  Nothing has really changed in that time (I was married there in 1982, and didn't even have to work very hard to get a reservation.)  The road still branches to the left and right, and if you follow it left, you end up at Fort Halleck, and if you follow it right, you end up driving past Rancho Sustacha (that's what I call it - miles of farmland and homesteads, almost all of which belong to the Sustacha family.)

The Canyon hasn't changed, either. One can still only drive up to the end of the road. The various hiking trails are there, but if anyone want to go deeper into the canyon, it's hiking or horseback only.  Cool that some places are still pristine.

This song would have sounded good from the Boy Scout Camp at the base of the glacier... {#Sunny}
 


 GuiltyFeat wrote:
I only came to this song through the TV ad that it appeared in. I used to catch it on TV during business trips to the States. The great thing is that the ad is long forgotten and I still have this song. Hey la.
 
Can you imagine the ad guy that said " I have the perfect song for your product, It's called 'The bleeding heart show' by The New Pornographers". Thrown right out on his ear I would guess. 
I get it, the drums!
 stub30 wrote:
I was intrigued with your story about your trip up Lamoille Canyon.  My wife and I were married at the little church in Lamoille 37 years ago.  I believe it was called The Little Church of the Crossroads.  Lamoille Canyon is truly a beautiful place and the music echoing in the canyon would have been fun.  
It's still called that!  Nothing has really changed in that time (I was married there in 1982, and didn't even have to work very hard to get a reservation.)  The road still branches to the left and right, and if you follow it left, you end up at Fort Halleck, and if you follow it right, you end up driving past Rancho Sustacha (that's what I call it - miles of farmland and homesteads, almost all of which belong to the Sustacha family.)

The Canyon hasn't changed, either. One can still only drive up to the end of the road. The various hiking trails are there, but if anyone want to go deeper into the canyon, it's hiking or horseback only.  Cool that some places are still pristine.

This song would have sounded good from the Boy Scout Camp at the base of the glacier... {#Sunny}
Even though this song is in pretty heavy RP rotation, I still turn it up every time.  A great little anthem-ditty.
Just getting ready to go home from work on this Friday the 13th and this is comes on.  Have to stay a bit longer now. 
 seven7 wrote:
great TGIF song!
 

Yes on this Friday the 13th, especially.

9 to 10
great TGIF song!
I was intrigued with your story about your trip up Lamoille Canyon.  My wife and I were married at the little church in Lamoille 37 years ago.  I believe it was called The Little Church of the Crossroads.  Lamoille Canyon is truly a beautiful place and the music echoing in the canyon would have been fun.

 
Cynaera wrote:
I was still in high school, and the Presbyterian church had a youth group that was comprised of a lot of teens who normally would never have hung around together in school.  We'd get together on Saturdays for picnics and general goofiness, and one summer Saturday afternoon, a couple of carloads of us drove up Lamoille Canyon, to the boy scout camp, which was nestled at the base of the glacier. It was a gorgeous day - no clouds in the sky and temperatures in the upper seventies.  One of the guys had parked his Mustang on a small hill and had cranked the stereo loud. The music echoed through the canyon, and it was as if we'd all been transformed into much better versions of ourselves.  Someone began tossing a frisbee, and pretty soon, it was a fully-involved game with leaping, tumbling, and sometimes all-out insanity.  The stereo was playing "Feelin' Stronger Every Day."  Something about the combination of music and freedom just made the day magical.  So much laughter and fun... I'll never forget that day, and even now when I hear that Chicago song, I sit and grin and reminisce... and wish I was 35 years younger. {#Sunny}
 


 unclehud wrote:

Long story?  Please tell it!  I've got the time; I'm at work.
 

 
Good story too  

Where's the replay button!?


 Cynaera wrote:
I was still in high school, and the Presbyterian church had a youth group that was comprised of a lot of teens who normally would never have hung around together in school.  We'd get together on Saturdays for picnics and general goofiness, and one summer Saturday afternoon, a couple of carloads of us drove up Lamoille Canyon, to the boy scout camp, which was nestled at the base of the glacier. It was a gorgeous day - no clouds in the sky and temperatures in the upper seventies.  One of the guys had parked his Mustang on a small hill and had cranked the stereo loud. The music echoed through the canyon, and it was as if we'd all been transformed into much better versions of ourselves.  Someone began tossing a frisbee, and pretty soon, it was a fully-involved game with leaping, tumbling, and sometimes all-out insanity.  The stereo was playing "Feelin' Stronger Every Day."  Something about the combination of music and freedom just made the day magical.  So much laughter and fun... I'll never forget that day, and even now when I hear that Chicago song, I sit and grin and reminisce... and wish I was 35 years younger. {#Sunny}
 
A gem. Thank you

I have a couple of those... wish there were more.  But I guess by definition you can't script them.  Thanks for sharing.

 Cynaera wrote:
I was still in high school, and the Presbyterian church had a youth group that was comprised of a lot of teens who normally would never have hung around together in school.  We'd get together on Saturdays for picnics and general goofiness, and one summer Saturday afternoon, a couple of carloads of us drove up Lamoille Canyon, to the boy scout camp, which was nestled at the base of the glacier. It was a gorgeous day - no clouds in the sky and temperatures in the upper seventies.  One of the guys had parked his Mustang on a small hill and had cranked the stereo loud. The music echoed through the canyon, and it was as if we'd all been transformed into much better versions of ourselves.  Someone began tossing a frisbee, and pretty soon, it was a fully-involved game with leaping, tumbling, and sometimes all-out insanity.  The stereo was playing "Feelin' Stronger Every Day."  Something about the combination of music and freedom just made the day magical.  So much laughter and fun... I'll never forget that day, and even now when I hear that Chicago song, I sit and grin and reminisce... and wish I was 35 years younger. {#Sunny}
 


I was still in high school, and the Presbyterian church had a youth group that was comprised of a lot of teens who normally would never have hung around together in school.  We'd get together on Saturdays for picnics and general goofiness, and one summer Saturday afternoon, a couple of carloads of us drove up Lamoille Canyon, to the boy scout camp, which was nestled at the base of the glacier. It was a gorgeous day - no clouds in the sky and temperatures in the upper seventies.  One of the guys had parked his Mustang on a small hill and had cranked the stereo loud. The music echoed through the canyon, and it was as if we'd all been transformed into much better versions of ourselves.  Someone began tossing a frisbee, and pretty soon, it was a fully-involved game with leaping, tumbling, and sometimes all-out insanity.  The stereo was playing "Feelin' Stronger Every Day."  Something about the combination of music and freedom just made the day magical.  So much laughter and fun... I'll never forget that day, and even now when I hear that Chicago song, I sit and grin and reminisce... and wish I was 35 years younger. {#Sunny}
 Cynaera wrote:
Ooooo - good catch!  I love "Feeling Stronger Every Day" - I have a story about that, but it's long and boring and involves a clear summer day and a frisbee in the mountains. Wanna play? {#Mrgreen}
 
Long story?  Please tell it!  I've got the time; I'm at work.
 Cynaera wrote:

Ooooo - good catch!  I love "Feeling Stronger Every Day" - I have a story about that, but it's long and boring and involves a clear summer day and a frisbee in the mountains. Wanna play? {#Mrgreen}
 
Yes—I'd love to read a story about tossing "the friz" at high altitude. Please post it.

This drummer is incredible   {#Drummer}

Neko always seems to on key in her group work liking it.


This song will be a classic in 10-15 years!... it is just great! {#Dancingbanana_2}
 WakeUpWorld wrote:
Don't know who influenced these guys when writing this song, and I am pretty sure the band Chicago was not on their mind, but this song just reminds me of "Feeling Stronger Every Day". Regard that as a compliment as I like the way both tunes build toward the end. The drum work is similar and drives the song. good stuff... 
 
Ooooo - good catch!  I love "Feeling Stronger Every Day" - I have a story about that, but it's long and boring and involves a clear summer day and a frisbee in the mountains. Wanna play? {#Mrgreen}