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Neko Case — Star Witness
Album: Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
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Released: 2006
Length: 5:11
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My true love drowned in a dirty old pan
Of oil that did run from the block
Of a Falcon sedan 1969
The paper said '75
There were no survivors
None found alive

Trees break the sidewalk
And the sidewalk skins my knees
There's glass in my thermos
And blood on my jeans
Nickels and dimes of the Fourth of July
Roll off in a crooked line
To the chain-link lots where the red tails dive
Oh, how I forgot what it's like

Hey when she sings, when she sings, when she sings like she runs
Moves like she runs
Hey when she moves, when she moves, when she moves like she runs
Moves like she runs
Hey there, there's such deadly wolves 'round town tonight
Round the town tonight
Hey there, there's such deadly wolves 'round town tonight
Round the town tonight

Hey pretty baby get high with me
We can go to my sister's if we say we'll watch the baby
The look on your face yanks my neck on the chain
And I would do anything
I would do anything
To see you again

So I've fallen behind

Hey when she sing, when she sing, when she sing like she runs
Move like she runs
Hey when she move, when she moves, when she moves like she runs
Moves like she runs
Hey there, there's such deadly wolves 'round town tonight
Round the town tonight
Hey there, there's such deadly wolves 'round town tonight
Round the town tonight

Go on, go on and scream and cry
You're miles from where anyone will find you
This is nothing new, no television crew
They don't even put on the sirens
My nightgown sweeps the pavement
Please don't let her die

Oh how I forgot
Comments (403)add comment
 Proclivities wrote:

"Amongst"?  Jeez, that's almost as bad as "whilst".
{#Propeller}
Thanks for that link though.

 
Pshaw.
Neko Case could sing the list of ingredients of a randomly-selected processed foodstuff, and I'd provide the rapt attention.
 Grammarcop wrote:
Believe it or not, Fox Confessor was released 10 years ago this week...

There's a really good piece on this album on Billboard.com: 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6898382/neko-case-fox-confessor-brings-the-flood-at-10-year-anniversary-track-by-track-review

 
More than 11 years ago now.  It wasn't my favorite Neko album when it came out, but it continues to grow on me.
"Glass in the Thermos" immediately freezes this into a particular time for me.

and the complacency of - "They don't even put on the siren."
The lyrics are so bleak, matched to such a sweet tune. One of my all-time favorites.
Chills on the beautiful piano at the end of that one. Love it.
Still amazing.
Stunning voice. A favorite.
Believe it or not, Fox Confessor was released 10 years ago this week...

There's a really good piece on this album on Billboard.com: 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6898382/neko-case-fox-confessor-brings-the-flood-at-10-year-anniversary-track-by-track-review
 kcar wrote:

I thought Grammarcop was kidding, but no: it is about a murder in Chicago, amongst other things I think. 

Great interview with Neko here:

https://pitchfork.com/features/interviews/6306-neko-case/

Didn't read the whole thing but you might like. 

 
"Amongst"?  Jeez, that's almost as bad as "whilst".
{#Propeller}
Thanks for that link though.
fab voice. 
 ick wrote:
This never fails to make me stop, take a moment, and just listen.

 
Same with me.  
 onelittlemoose wrote:
Love this.

I've often wondered, what's this song about, what's the story?  Can anyone enlighten?

 
I thought Grammarcop was kidding, but no: it is about a murder in Chicago, amongst other things I think. 

Great interview with Neko here:

https://pitchfork.com/features/interviews/6306-neko-case/

Didn't read the whole thing but you might like. 
This never fails to make me stop, take a moment, and just listen.

I'm in love with this song.
a sigh & a whoosh !
 ziakut wrote:
I need a cigarette...and I have never smoked a day in my life.

 
I need a tissue
 onelittlemoose wrote:
Love this.

I've often wondered, what's this song about, what's the story?  Can anyone enlighten?

 
A murder in Chicago.
Love this.

I've often wondered, what's this song about, what's the story?  Can anyone enlighten?
 mutepoint wrote:
Want to see her in a small-ish soft seater once again.

What a fab voice. 

 
I've seen her in small venues twice.  Love her!


Can't wait for radio city show...
Thank you, Bill.
I'll be seeing Neko for the first time Sept. 19th. Looking forward to it!
 jhorton wrote:
This one makes everyone in my trailer park put the pipe down for a few minutes.....
 

Hope you are having a blast right this minute...  love this song...
 
Hey RP, Thanks, thanks a lot.
non-survivors are typically almost 100% never found alive.
I need a cigarette...and I have never smoked a day in my life.
This is such a great album overall...a must own if you like her.

absolutely awesome...  sigh...
 

wonderful...  sigh...


I have an insatiable appetite for this song.

love it...
 

marvelous...  sigh...
 
My one and only complaint with RP: When songs overlap in transition and the first few notes of the next song mingle with the final few notes of the song that is ending. On most songs it doesn't matter. On this one, to me at least, it does.
 when is it nothe case?
plaid wrote:
Sometimes I'm just not in the mood for Neko, and when that's the case, she grates on me. Most of the time I love it though.
 


Sometimes I'm just not in the mood for Neko, and when that's the case, she grates on me. Most of the time I love it though.
I cannot get enough of Neko and especially this song.  The amazing lyrics could only be matched by her performance.

This, my friends, is the best antidote for the pap that passes for music on corporate FM radio and shows like American Idol.

It's music like this that motivates my monthly support to this station. 

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Very funny, Rabbi Phil.  Kudos.
so nice
 rabbi_phil wrote:


ok, it goes like this...the most current ex. is also my (ex) therapist....in a brief, final,and curtly worded text she refered to it as obsessive destructive disorder..(the nerve of some people)...she said that....and...lay off the gefilte fish...a girl can only take so much (she may be right there).  Now then, it wasn't stalking....I just saw her at Starbucks, she was hot...so I merely followed her (from a distance) back to her office and signed up for the "inability to resolve emotional distance" seminar. (to which she now refers to me as the Poster Boy for)....??.... don't see it personally.      plus, stalking has such a negative connotation...i prefer to see it as actualizing ones goals..it's important to always follow through, no?

Now then,  regarding the Torah, I have recently received notification from the Chief Rabbinate that Temple is NOT a singles bar,and that that type of behavior is best reserved for TGI Fridays..or the produce section at Wegmans...my personal favorite,actually.   Further it appears that i may have violated..on  multiple levels.. the Shulchan Aruch......but as a presbyterian I didn't see how that was pertinate..at which point i was 'invited' never to return.......party poopers!!
 
{#Roflol}{#Roflol}{#Roflol}{#Roflol}

And I thought I was crazy. How anyone could get hooked on gefilte fish is beyond me. (Is there a Groucho emoticon?)

Good luck with the Neko yearnings! Just make sure that your unattainable love is always 500 yards away...as specified in the permanent restraining order.  

We be naked...  love this song...  sigh..
 

This song is soooo good it makes us tear off our clothes and dance...
 
 rabbi_phil wrote:
NEKO...... I love u why won't u answer my text,emails,tweets,letters,phone calls,smoke signals, hollow log drum beats? is it the chick magnet ford taurus station wagon that smells of cigar and lysol? the excessively sharp toe nails...i can fix that.....at least they're not thick and yellow . I have everything you need...except for looks, charm, money...i know u can see past that can't u? we could be truly unhappy together...can't u give me a chance. i know my future looks grim and thats the good part....but with u by my side i'm sure i could get that good table at the mexican restaurant....I'll be waiting for your call...the authorities have my number if you need it. honestly,honey,baby sweetheart,darling.. the needy and clingy only masks the lack of self esteem and insecurity

 
Stevie Nicks saw something in Joe Walsh... so there is hope.
When each piece of this amazing gal's work emerged on RP as if a fully-formed glowing planetary system from a new and rapidly expanding galaxy, I found that I just couldn't get enough...and I must say that over the years since, each of these songs can still bring such a swoon and swirl of images, feelings, mysteries and enigmas that I can get nothing done but must sit and listen, rapt, as ever, by that voice, that music, that talent!
I love this song.
I hate Neko Case and it seems I hear her at least once a day on RP. 


This song is just soooo gorgeous it melts me...  love this song so much... sigh...

 


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this summer night...

 
This one makes everyone in my trailer park put the pipe down for a few minutes.....
Love this song, and this cover of it that Neko posted on Facebook a while back:

https://youtu.be/vindfGQuC-4?hd=1
Um...my audible heart is in love again today. Anyone who enjoys this song...should take my hand and let's sway and sing. I'm thinking of Cynaera right now and wishing her well in her new path. Sun is shining, but the rain is happening and so is my heart.
 kcar wrote:

Rabbi_phil, does the Torah have words of advice about OCD and stalking? ;-0

Best wishes and caviar dreams! 
 

ok, it goes like this...the most current ex. is also my (ex) therapist....in a brief, final,and curtly worded text she refered to it as obsessive destructive disorder..(the nerve of some people)...she said that....and...lay off the gefilte fish...a girl can only take so much (she may be right there).  Now then, it wasn't stalking....I just saw her at Starbucks, she was hot...so I merely followed her (from a distance) back to her office and signed up for the "inability to resolve emotional distance" seminar. (to which she now refers to me as the Poster Boy for)....??.... don't see it personally.      plus, stalking has such a negative connotation...i prefer to see it as actualizing ones goals..it's important to always follow through, no?

Now then,  regarding the Torah, I have recently received notification from the Chief Rabbinate that Temple is NOT a singles bar,and that that type of behavior is best reserved for TGI Fridays..or the produce section at Wegmans...my personal favorite,actually.   Further it appears that i may have violated..on  multiple levels.. the Shulchan Aruch......but as a presbyterian I didn't see how that was pertinate..at which point i was 'invited' never to return.......party poopers!!
 ziakut wrote:
I could hear Patsy Cline singing this tune...but I am glad its Neko. Oh man this is good!
 
Yes, this album gets better the more I listen to it!
I could hear Patsy Cline singing this tune...but I am glad its Neko. Oh man this is good!
Love her voice lyrics music. She's not friendly on The Twitters, though, so I stopped following.


This song is so good it puts a spring in my step this spring morning...

 
The best female vocalist of all time. And such wonderful lyrics. Unnnngh Neko forever!!!!
 rabbi_phil wrote:
NEKO...... I love u why won't u answer my text,emails,tweets,letters,phone calls,smoke signals, hollow log drum beats? is it the chick magnet ford taurus station wagon that smells of cigar and lysol? the excessively sharp toe nails...i can fix that.....at least they're not thick and yellow . I have everything you need...except for looks, charm, money...i know u can see past that can't u? we could be truly unhappy together...can't u give me a chance. i know my future looks grim and thats the good part....but with u by my side i'm sure i could get that good table at the mexican restaurant....I'll be waiting for your call...the authorities have my number if you need it. honestly,honey,baby sweetheart,darling.. the needy and clingy only masks the lack of self esteem and insecurity

 
Rabbi_phil, does the Torah have words of advice about OCD and stalking? ;-0

Best wishes and caviar dreams! 

14.

nickels roll off in a crooked line... 


I love this song soooo much... sigh...

 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
Just something bout that sexy, twangy, country, sultry-ish voice that always gets my attention.~
 rabbi_phil wrote:
NEKO...... I love u why won't u answer my text,emails,tweets,letters,phone calls,smoke signals, hollow log drum beats? is it the chick magnet ford taurus station wagon that smells of cigar and lysol? the excessively sharp toe nails...i can fix that.....at least they're not thick and yellow . I have everything you need...except for looks, charm, money...i know u can see past that can't u? we could be truly unhappy together...can't u give me a chance. i know my future looks grim and thats the good part....but with u by my side i'm sure i could get that good table at the mexican restaurant....I'll be waiting for your call...the authorities have my number if you need it. honestly,honey,baby sweetheart,darling.. the needy and clingy only masks the lack of self esteem and insecurity
 
:)

lovely images. Thx. I send the same tweets, emails and phone calls ....she is goddess like. My three favourite female voices today are still, Neko, Sarah Jarosz and, of course, Alsion Krauss. 

creepy and dark and still my favorite (even though this tornado loves the new stuff too...)


N  E  K  O    C  A  S  E !  !  !  !   Yipppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee - eeeoooooooooow! {#Dancingbanana}
Great!
She is awesome...
I love Neko on record but was disappointed when I saw The New Pornographers live
M-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m...

(Sigh of satisfaction.)
neko case........my absolute favorite!  more please, this whole album is awesome!
NEKO...... I love u why won't u answer my text,emails,tweets,letters,phone calls,smoke signals, hollow log drum beats? is it the chick magnet ford taurus station wagon that smells of cigar and lysol? the excessively sharp toe nails...i can fix that.....at least they're not thick and yellow . I have everything you need...except for looks, charm, money...i know u can see past that can't u? we could be truly unhappy together...can't u give me a chance. i know my future looks grim and thats the good part....but with u by my side i'm sure i could get that good table at the mexican restaurant....I'll be waiting for your call...the authorities have my number if you need it. honestly,honey,baby sweetheart,darling.. the needy and clingy only masks the lack of self esteem and insecurity

 Vinni_NL wrote:
Her voice always gives me instant eargasms! It's almost unreal.
 
I heard dat ..... I've already had 3 eargasms in a row this morning, thanks to RP.

My favorite song from this album.  RP introduced me to Neko — saw her a few years ago and she was great live as well.{#Bounce}
Her voice always gives me instant eargasms! It's almost unreal.
She sounds good but way too much of her is played here. Just remove every 4th or 5th with a little Sam Phillips or Nina Gordon.

absolutely beautiful song...


Wow, the lyrics of this song reminds me of growing up on the western plains, on the east slope of the rockies.  Perfect.
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
Where is he?
Oh well, I'll take his place...

This song is so good on the ears.
 

I be here!  And I agree!  Love this song...
 
Where is he?
Oh well, I'll take his place...

This song is so good on the ears.

ga ga ga
Neko has it all!
 d-don wrote:


I seriously love it that you dance to so many of these songs. I dig!
 

Thank you!  Love this song...


 
Sweetness! Awesome tune!

Wow!
1001 votes on this one.
Amazing.
I hear Patsy Cline loud and clear on this one.
Love this song. It's kind of forgotten on that album for me. Nice to hear it again.

I've been a little disappointed in her subsequent releases. Hope she pulls it together. 
 romeotuma wrote:


I'll dance to this...


 
 

I seriously love it that you dance to so many of these songs. I dig!


I'll dance to this...


 
 rabbi_phil wrote:
Yikes,another redhead to send marriage proposals to.  Another mailbox full of restraining orders.       oh well.
 
Rabbi Phil, do you have a bulk mail business or something? ;-0




I love this song soooo much...  sigh...

 
This is such a good song.  Her voice is captivating, and she ain't bad lookin' either.
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
The drummer's shuffle-step makes this song for me. Thanks for the new music!
 
Agreed. The brush drumming in the intro sets the tone for the entire song. 

 Papernapkin wrote:

You can go to an ear doctor and they'll fix that for you.
 


I want her to marry me...  love this song...

 
 rabbi_phil wrote:
Yikes,another redhead to send marriage proposals to.  Another mailbox full of restraining orders.       oh well.
  Patty Griffin won't return YOUR calls either? Glad I'm not the only one, I thought she was snubbing me.

Neko... drool... and that's just for the voice...


 james_of_tucson wrote:
Neko has single-handedly returned the Tenor Guitar to popular music, and for that alone she has my total respect.
 
And the reverb box, too. Lots and lots of reverb.
July 4 in the lyrics. Happy B-day, you Southerners! (We had ours on Friday!)
 romeotuma wrote:


Neko's voice melts me into a large wax deposit...  I love this song...  sigh...

 
 
You can go to an ear doctor and they'll fix that for you.
<3
Just found out my nephew saw Neko this last semester with his college crew.  Perhaps all is not lost with this generation.  


Neko's voice melts me into a large wax deposit...  I love this song...  sigh...

 
wow - lucky you!  

 
Darlington wrote:
Going to see Neko opening for My Morning Jacket in Charlotte, NC in August (hopefully). Can't decide who I am looking foward to the most, MMJ or Neko.

 


 rabbi_phil wrote:
Yikes,another redhead to send marriage proposals to.  Another mailbox full of restraining orders.       oh well.
 
Best comment I've ever seen here. Maybe she'll just date ya.
She seems to have an unusual relationship with the ground.
Going to see Neko opening for My Morning Jacket in Charlotte, NC in August (hopefully). Can't decide who I am looking foward to the most, MMJ or Neko.

There were no survivors.....la la la....love it


Love it!!!!



 rabbi_phil wrote:
Yikes,another redhead to send marriage proposals to.  Another mailbox full of restraining orders.       oh well.

 

Hahaha!
and:

The look on your face yanks my neck on the chain
And I would do anything
To see you again

 
bindi wrote:
 Don't forget:

Nickels and dimes
Of the 4th of July
Roll off in a crooked line

Amazing imagery - and such poetry - with that amazing voice!  Love it!
Proclivities wrote:

 

Yikes,another redhead to send marriage proposals to.  Another mailbox full of restraining orders.       oh well.

Neko can serve as a hood ornament on any of my vehicles ANYTIME!  I do like the Merc, tho.


love this song...  sigh...

Neko Case on 1967 Mercury Cougar 

 

Neko is just scorchingly hot . . . in oh so many ways.
 Don't forget:

Nickels and dimes
Of the 4th of July
Roll off in a crooked line

Amazing imagery - and such poetry - with that amazing voice!  Love it!
Proclivities wrote:
 dmax wrote:
What a series of images, with the tree roots breaking the pavement,
the glass in the thermos, and then
"go on, go on. scream and cry. you're miles from where anyone will find you..."

Yes.  Excellent lyrics and imagery.

my true love drowned in a dirty old pan of oil
that had run from the block
of a falcon sedan, 1969
the paper said '75
there were no survivors
none found alive



 



 
peter_james_bond wrote:

Soulful moaning....{#Hearteyes} {#Tongue} Now you've done it, how am I supposed to concentrate on work with the pictures you've just conjured in my mind. Please be careful with the provocative language. {#Wink}

 Papernapkin wrote:
It's machine assisted moaning.
 
 peter_james_bond wrote:

Ohhh! Man! You just added gasoline to the fire! {#Tongue-out} {#Drool} {#Redface}....

 
Now, Children!!!!

I have to say, I think Neko has a great voice.  And I that rasp she gets in her voice.....
 Peter_James_Bond!  You stop that, right now, young man!!!

Neko is a delight {#Daisy}
I love Neko!

She really is fantastic. She's gritty, soulful, and her voice just has a timbre like no one else's. I can't take her in huge doses but that's because the medicine's just that strong. :)
When I was on the  fence about liking Neko, this was the song that sealed the deal. Now Im in love with her and everything she does.{#Hearteyes}


Neko has single-handedly returned the Tenor Guitar to popular music, and for that alone she has my total respect.