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The Wailin' Jennys — Devil's Paintbrush Road
Album: Firecracker
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Released: 2006
Length: 3:38
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I held on for so long
Dusty quaint old song
Things attch with glue
Live and die and gone

June flowers are so bold
On the devil's paintbrush road
The devil paints a double life
And there I dare not go

Live and die and gone
Live and die and gone
The devil paints a double life
Live and die and gone

I'm not the cheating kind
It snuck from behind
Kicked in the door to someday
I can't get her off my mind

All or nothing now
Might as well be true
Leave the dream of hearth and home
That never will come true

Live and die and gone
Live and die and gone
Leave the dream of hearth and home
Live and die and gone

Sweet wild road ahead
Sweet wild road ahead
If I lied and said that all was well
I might as well be dead

Single I was born
And single I will die
I'll marry myself to the whole wide world
And never make her cry

Live and die and gone
Live and die and gone
I'll marry myself to the whole wide world
Live and die and gone

Live and die and gone
Live and die and gone
The devil paints a double life
Live and die and gone
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 jp33442 wrote:
Help me sitting in Barnes and noble and trying not to dance
 

I say go ahead and dance in the B&N. I worked at a couple of them for a while (totally enjoyable, btw) and believe me, we saw much weirder things going on. At least dancing is relatable. 
Long Live                                                                                                                                Radio Paradise
To me                                                                                                                                    8 - Most Excellent
No.
Help me sitting in Barnes and noble and trying not to dance
Help! My legs have taken a life of their own under my desk :-)
Nice. Hard-to-sit-still-to kind of music
This is not the Wailin' Jennys.

Bad link?
They just sold out immediately at Old Town School of Folk Music.  Bummer.
 johnk3go wrote:
Nice piece good will get the album
 
A little bit of this goes a long way with me.  But it's quite good.  Thanks Bill
I am increasing from 7 - Quite Likeable to 8 - Most Excellent
 ziggytrix wrote:

Uh... so like, if I start singing Tuvan throat music, it would be dixie music because I'm from the American south?

So silly.

This IS bluegrass through and through, even if it's being performed by Canucks. {#Cheesygrin}

 
I used to work — in Toronto — with a guy — a Canadian — who was obsessed with Bluegrass to the point of people avoiding talking to him other than work issues. I remember once him being surprised that I wasn't interested in getting travel information for a bluegrass festival in the American South. He had his nose out of joint for days over that apparent slight.

Which is a long way of saying "bluegrass isn't just for Southerners anymore" and it does have a following in Canada. Probably every country if you look for it.

BTW #1: Waillin' Jennys are awesome.

BTW #2: I would be willing listen to a Tuvan Throat Music - Dixie fusion song. It may not be any good but I'm willing to listen to anything once. Then again, it could be the next Yat-Kha. 
 xkolibuul wrote:

Jennys are Canadian.  Please adjust your stereotype.

 
Uh... so like, if I start singing Tuvan throat music, it would be dixie music because I'm from the American south?

So silly.

This IS bluegrass through and through, even if it's being performed by Canucks. {#Cheesygrin}
makes me feel like rooting out some David Grisman tunes
annoying — not their best

YES!!  I was hoping someone had already added a pic of Pilosella aurantiaca...as an avid hiker in the great Cascades, I see, and enjoy, a lot of Devil's Paintbrush on hikes.  Heck....I'm sure there are places locally known as "Devil's Paintbrush Road" too.  And at least on hikes they're beautiful 'wildflowers' although I'm sure farmers consider them weeds.  Add'l fun facts include:

Other names attributed to devil's paintbrush include orange hawkweed. This flower was given the name "hawkweed" by the Roman naturalist Pliny who thought the bllom was eaten by hawks as a means of strengthening eyesight.

Devil's paintbrush earns its name from its brilliant color and prolific reproduction; it is a highly visible and extremely pesky weed that can overcome croplands and irritate farmers.

 

taken from: https://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/Wildflowers_Kimonis_Kramer/PAGES/DEVILSPAINTBRUSH_PAGE_FINAL.html

 unclehud wrote:

Devil's Paintbrush:

Devil's Paintbrush
 

 


{#Dancingbanana}  {#Dancingbanana}  {#Dancingbanana}
Love how this song builds up!
Winnipeg, MB, Canada. The Wailin' Jennys are fantastic. Ruth Moody's work with Mark Knopfler is fantastic as well.
 
{#Dancingbanana_2}                              {#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}
 Easyrider wrote:
Just love my Dixie music,coo,coo!
 
 xkolibuul wrote:

Jennys are Canadian.  Please adjust your stereotype.

 
Well, they're from southern Manitoba; does that count for "Southern"?  Nah, I guess not.
This has the most lovely harmonies.
 ppopp wrote:
Lovely song, fine voices. Vocal engineering however, is much too aggressive/forward in the mix. I imagine even Niko Case would agree. 

 
I'm not hearing that at all. Very nicely recorded & mixed, I'd say.
Don't miss these guys if you have a chance to see them live.  Saw them 2-3 years ago in a small venue in Portland...just a wonderful, sweet, gorgeous experience.
Love Annabelle. Too bad she moved on.
Lovely song, fine voices. Vocal engineering however, is much too aggressive/forward in the mix. I imagine even Niko Case would agree. 
Vocal harmonies are among the best,,,,,,so smooth........I'm entertained       {#Dancingbanana_2}
 Easyrider wrote:
Just love my Dixie music,coo,coo!
 
Jennys are Canadian.  Please adjust your stereotype.
Nice piece good will get the album
DRUMS!
 ziakut wrote:

well put.

 
👍💚
I'm tired of this one. 5
 
Would love to see them live, tho.  
Devil's Paintbrush:

Devil's Paintbrush 
 Easyrider wrote:
Just love my Dixie music,coo,coo!
 
esp. the Chicks  {#Boohoo}{#Guitarist}
Proof that I can like a Wailin' Jennys song despite the sacrilegious use of the homophone--usually hoping it's a Waylon song when I hear their intro.
 johnjconn wrote:
 I feel bad for anyone who doesn't smile, drink or like the Jennys


 
well put.
You felt Mouseketeer Annette! Lucky stiff! She was my first crush.
And I believe that her face was in my mind as I went into my first manually produced orgasm.


 
JesseDewey wrote:


So right.
Me to. Haven't felt like this since Annette Funicello.

 


 ginger wrote:

Me too!
 
classic
I used to enjoy this song, now it just grates.{#Beat}

The Jenny-Twins!

Like them, but certainly not this song!


 sajitjacob wrote:
Dapper Dan (George)
 
"We thought you was a toad!"
Dapper Dan (George)
Just love my Dixie music,coo,coo!
From the period when their harmonies were sweet/tart, seen 'em on 3 continents and love every incarnation.
Never get tired of the Jennys!
 johnjconn wrote:
 I feel bad for anyone who doesn't smile, drink or like the Jennys

 
I smile and I drink and don't like the Jennys all that much so your sympathy is appreciated.  I like this one a lot so maybe it's just the Bright Morning Star album that I have personal issues with.

Their current lineup (adding Heather Masse, both vocally and songwriting) really kicks their potential up a notch for longevity. Not that they had any worries to begin with.

 
WonderLizard wrote:
This was newcomer Annabelle Chvostek's first contribution to the Jennys. She lasted one album. Sigh.
 

 gatorade wrote:
Love all their music...but the lyrics on this is killer. Bumpin it to an 8.
 
Me too!
Make that 11
 NeilBlanchard wrote:
Hi,

Yes, and unfortunately, they did not play this song, or any other songs that were written by Ms. Chvostek, in the concert we saw at the Somerville Theater last year.

Neil

 
Same dynamic when we saw them last year. It may have more to do with who sings the lead—the author—than anything else. They don't do Cara Luft's songs either. That said, Heather Masse ("the token American") is a terrific addition. Their new one, Bright Morning Stars, doesn't miss a beat.

Love all their music...but the lyrics on this is killer. Bumpin it to an 8.

 I feel bad for anyone who doesn't smile, drink or like the Jennys

 osbyec wrote:
I often hear something I like, then I look at the playlist and find it's by the Wailin' Jennys.  May have to finally buy one of their albums...
  
ercasul wrote:

Took the words right out of my keyboard.  
 
it might even have to be THIS album.   Couple of real nice tracks from it gracing the RP playlist at the moment.

 
Yes, the more I hear from this album, the more I like it and I'm not usually all that into folky bluegrass type music.

 osbyec wrote:
I often hear something I like, then I look at the playlist and find it's by the Wailin' Jennys.  May have to finally buy one of their albums...
 
Took the words right out of my keyboard.  
 
it might even have to be THIS album.   Couple of real nice tracks from it gracing the RP playlist at the moment.

I often hear something I like, then I look at the playlist and find it's by the Wailin' Jennys.  May have to finally buy one of their albums...
Hi,

Yes, and unfortunately, they did not play this song, or any other songs that were written by Ms. Chvostek, in the concert we saw at the Somerville Theater last year.

Neil

 WonderLizard wrote:
This was newcomer Annabelle Chvostek's first contribution to the Jennys. She lasted one album. Sigh.
 

I perfer there first CD without Annabelle, nothing against Annabelle, I think all of the Jennys are angels!
Zeito wrote:
One of many CDs I have bought because of RP. Played this at the fire pit at the cabin, the neighbors really seemed to like it. Hope the RIAA doesn't try to charge me. I almost forgot Bill is the reason I bought this. Long time listener, first time poster. Thank you Bill.
Yeah, Ol' Bill has cost me a fortune, too! :dance:
Not one of my Jennys favorites but I can take anything they can give!
Love the devil theme Bill! :fire: :evil: :angel:
This was newcomer Annabelle Chvostek's first contribution to the Jennys. She lasted one album. Sigh.
jmsmy wrote:
Bill - play some Heart
Um, no, please don't play "Heart" - These here Jennys are serving us just fine.
Bill - play some Heart
One of many CDs I have bought because of RP. Played this at the fire pit at the cabin, the neighbors really seemed to like it. Hope the RIAA doesn't try to charge me. I almost forgot Bill is the reason I bought this. Long time listener, first time poster. Thank you Bill.
Wha caint everbahdy lurn to git along?
rluking wrote:
Now you've gone and done it. Badmouthed him, and he left. I may have not always agreed with him, but he was entertaining and often astute.
While PG occasionally extruded intelligent comments and was often amusing after the fashion of a drunk uncle at a wedding, I do not think his departure is a great loss for RP. He was more frequently insulting and intentionally contentious. He was here, and on several other web sites, a classic troll who apparently took some pleasure in pissing folks off. But that's just my opinion.
physicsgenius wrote:
"90% of everything is crap"
lnostdal wrote:
including you
Now you've gone and done it. Badmouthed him, and he left. I may have not always agreed with him, but he was entertaining and often astute.
Just love these girls!
With regards to The Wailin' Jennys, as well as The Howling Bells, I am glad there is no truth-in-advertising in their names. They sing beautifully!
savoyard wrote:
Get the DIXIE CHICKS off of here!! :wall:
So what if the Dixie Chicks were played?
coccyx wrote:
Anabelle plays her violin like a little guitar in this one - very cool. :guitarist:
She will be doing that no more. She left the band. They announced it yesterday and the new linup has to do a show tomorrow. They are in the middle of a tour,in the UK no less,so it had to be some kind of ugly chick fight thing. Or maybe she she was just tired of this song too.
bokey wrote:
I've really heard this song enough now,thanks.
you're welcome ... but i don't share the sentiment :)
savoyard wrote:
Get the DIXIE CHICKS off of here!! :wall:
two snarls?...might I suggest that if you hate this so much perhaps you should go over to SOMA for a few minute and maintain your composure
physicsgenius wrote:
"90% of everything is crap"
including you
every time this song comes on, my feet just start a tappin'
Mari wrote:
Don' know 'bout Bill? :think: But certainly, I am :hearteyes: :music:
So right. Me to. Haven't felt like this since Annette Funicello.
Get the DIXIE CHICKS off of here!! :wall:
diseasedyak wrote:
Hmm...could Bill be smitten?
Don' know 'bout Bill? :think: But certainly, I am :hearteyes: :music:
Hmm...could Bill be smitten?
Can someone teach me to clogg! Sweet tune!
Talented. I like chorded vocal harmonies!
agnes wrote:
LOVE EM!!! :motor:
HATE EM!!! :motor:
I'm reluctantant to admit, but with each subsequent listen, and that's quite a bit when I listen to RP, this song has slowly grown on me. It's catchy bluegreass.
Anabelle plays her violin like a little guitar in this one - very cool. :guitarist:
agnes wrote:
LOVE EM!!! :motor:
Awesome to the max huh!
LOVE EM!!! :motor:
I've really heard this song enough now,thanks.
Dude, chill. This CD was just released. Bill is introducing us to this song, so he's playing it *slightly* more often. And its not like the Jennys are getting Top 40 airplay. They just played a tiny club near here, and I had the bad luck to miss them. rastille wrote:
NOT AGAIN! *sigh*
Wish I could get quit of you...
RParadise wrote:
My daughter is starting to wear this track out on her stereo in her room. Glad to know I instilled an eclectic sense of music in her. (By accident, probably.)
Same for my daughter!
Oh, I like this. Folksy stuff really rocks.
poor Rastille.... :cool:
Sounds like Russian girl-band "Blestyaschie"
NOT AGAIN! *sigh*
meydele wrote:
I agree. I like it and all, but I could stand to hear it a little less often.
Looks like it's played twice a day!
roseap wrote:
Is it my imagination, or is this song on every freakin day? I'm getting kinda worn out on it...
I agree. I like it and all, but I could stand to hear it a little less often.
Music should be future! The "Wailin` Jennys" are (musical) past! But in the very best possible way! LOVELY and SWEET. Stingray
physicsgenius wrote:
Wouldn't listening to one and only one song be exactly the opposite of eclectic?
Physicsgenius, I found out who you are: It's you MARVIN, right? How did you reach this remote planet? After waiting some u billion years in that parking lot and all the other things after that! Welcome and give me more proof of your depressed personality! :idea:
physicsgenius wrote:
Wouldn't listening to one and only one song be exactly the opposite of eclectic?
Read between the lines.
RParadise wrote:
My daughter is starting to wear this track out on her stereo in her room. Glad to know I instilled an eclectic sense of music in her. (By accident, probably.)
Wouldn't listening to one and only one song be exactly the opposite of eclectic?
My daughter is starting to wear this track out on her stereo in her room. Glad to know I instilled an eclectic sense of music in her. (By accident, probably.)
Is it my imagination, or is this song on every freakin day? I'm getting kinda worn out on it...
i love those bass drum hits at the beginning
Kregg wrote:
this song reminds me of the music that was playing when i had my foreskin removed for the 3rd time. i'd really appreciate a little less airplay for this song, like maybe even no more of it, conjures up such bad memories.
did you squeal like a pig?
this song reminds me of the music that was playing when i had my foreskin removed for the 3rd time. i'd really appreciate a little less airplay for this song, like maybe even no more of it, conjures up such bad memories.
Inamorato wrote:
I heard the Jennys perform this song today on A Prairie Home Companion. Their harmonies sure are sweet.
That was a great show, wasn't it? I'd love to see them live!
Sometimes the Jennys forget to wail... ...this is not one of those times. Yeee haaaawwww!
I heard the Jennys perform this song today on A Prairie Home Companion. Their harmonies sure are sweet.
onebrewlove wrote:
Went to the Jennys' performance in Platteville, WI on Wednesday (10-18-06) with two buddies who had never heard their music. Now all three of us are in love...
Going to see the Jennys this Sunday. Last year they were supposed to open up for Loudon Wainwright III, but he got stuck in bad weather, and the Jennys carried the whole show themselves. This year they are THE act!
Went to the Jennys' performance in Platteville, WI on Wednesday (10-18-06) with two buddies who had never heard their music. Now all three of us are in love... tweeter_freak wrote:
Just an update. Their concert in their home town was so excellent. I had 6 th row center seats. Perfect sound and distance to the stage. What a awesome performance they put on. Make a point to see them if they are playing in your location! :good-vibes: :good-vibes: :good-vibes:
zakfoy wrote:
Why so many haters on RP?
Because this song is horrible and I think it's gets more airtime that Peter Gabriel. Nothing against Peter Gabriel, but I see a pattern here....
Why so many haters on RP?
Please stop playing this freaking song, or at least don't play it as much...
liking the jenny's; but tiring of this particular song. . . :yawn:
tweeter_freak wrote:
Only 7 days till the Jenny's concert in Winnipeg :smile:
Just an update. Their concert in their home town was so excellent. I had 6 th row center seats. Perfect sound and distance to the stage. What a awesome performance they put on. Make a point to see them if they are playing in your location! :good-vibes: :good-vibes: :good-vibes:
ahoylola wrote:
it's a widely held belief (one i don't share), that song ratings drive bill's play list. it's a widely held opinion (one i share), that name calling is inappropriate in any venue. :wink:
I'm with you on both counts... however, as far as name calling is concerned, "buttmunch" is quite entertaining. I think it's the conjugation of the two words that makes it so good. I give this song a 7, btw, even though it is overplayed.
The Wailin' Jennys always make me think of Prairie Home Companion (in a good way). I think I may have heard them first there. Anyway, this is a yummy song :)
savoyard wrote:
Not again! Rating 1, This song is overplayed here. :frustrated:
I agree!!
savoyard wrote:
Not again! Rating 1, This song is overplayed here. :frustrated:
djblitz wrote:
Hearing it often does NOT justify a low rating, buttmunch.
it's a widely held belief (one i don't share), that song ratings drive bill's play list. it's a widely held opinion (one i share), that name calling is inappropriate in any venue. :wink:
I'm going to see these guys live next week at a funky little lounge in Connecticut. Should be a great show! Thanks RP for turning me onto their first album, and now this one.
Not bad; sort of like Santa Cruz hillbilly. :lol: