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Wilco — You Are My Face
Album: Sky Blue Sky
Avg rating:
7.4

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Total ratings: 2206









Released: 2007
Length: 4:34
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I remember my Mother's
Sister's Husband's Brother
Workin' in the goldmine, full-time
Fillin' in for sunshine
Filin' into tight-lines
Ordinary Beehives
The door screams: I hate you, hate you
Hangin' 'round my bluejeans
Why's there no breeze?
No current sea of leaves?
No current through the water, why?
No feelings I can see?
I trust no emotion
I believe in locomotion
I turn to rust as we've discussed
Though I must have let you down too many times
In the dirt
And the dust

I have no idea how this happens
All of my maps have been overthrown
Happenstance has changed my glance
So many times my heart has been outgrown
Now everybody's feelin' all alone
Can't tell you who I am
When everybody's feelin' all alone
Can't tell you who I am

I am looking forward
Toward the shadow's tracing bones
Our faces stitched and sewing
Our houses hemmed into homes
Trying to be thankful
Our stories fit into phones
Our voices lift so easily
A gift given accidentally
When we're not sure
We're not alone
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I finally rated this a 9 after years of loving this album. Then I immediately read the lyrics and bumped it to 10.
Their current European tour show was absolutely amazing in Paris.  The tracks from their upcoming album that they played there have me very much looking forward to the October release date.  

This band is as good now as it has EVER been.
 dig wrote:
For all of you making cracks about the vocals, perhaps you should stick to "The Voice".
 

I hear American Idol is back too!
 Vinni_NL wrote:


Give it time cj. Took me well over 3 years until I finally saw what they were about. Now I love them and wish I had gone to one of their shows!
 

It's 7 years later in 2019 and you still can Vinni.  They have a new album out this fall and a tour pending.
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
The guitar break after the first verse is simply pure bliss!
 

Amen - tore up!! Nels just has a way with a solo - tight and memorable.
The guitar break after the first verse is simply pure bliss!
For all of you making cracks about the vocals, perhaps you should stick to "The Voice".
 undo_silence wrote:
Everytime this song begins, I think it's Van Morrison ... 

 
Into the Mystic
 stevieslo wrote:

Me thinks the whole genius of Wilco is missed here...there is beauty in imperfection.   I really don't want everybody to sound like CSN&Y...a bit boooring for my taste.

Triattack wrote:

Mediocre vocalists trying to all harmonize. God
 

 
Oh...I get it. They're trying to harmonize like shit! Brilliant!  {#Doh}
 karljonasson wrote:
God I hate when people use that term. Some dumbass rock journalist thought he was being clever. Because people over 30 like Wilco, they're 'uncool'. So stupid.
 
Jeff Tweedy doesn't think much of the term either, though I think it originally was an expression used by younger people in the 1990s, who were referring to the music of the 1960s and '70s that their dads listened to.  I also dislike the use of those sort of dismissive (e.g. glam, shoe-gaze) or even ethnically insulting terms (i.e. kraut rock), that do seem to have been coined by dimwitted music critics, in attempts to cubby-hole" musical artists.
 stevieslo wrote:

Me thinks the whole genius of Wilco is missed here...there is beauty in imperfection.   I really don't want everybody to sound like CSN&Y...a bit boooring for my taste.

Triattack wrote:

Mediocre vocalists trying to all harmonize. God
 

 
Great point stevieslo - that's pretty much what I say to Dylan haters...especially on his "sad" or "lonesome" songs - how should one sound when they're blue? Anyways, I'm not sure if that applies perfectly to the Wilco example - still I like this track enough to rate it an 8.

Long Live RP!


Me thinks the whole genius of Wilco is missed here...there is beauty in imperfection.   I really don't want everybody to sound like CSN&Y...a bit boooring for my taste.

Triattack wrote:

Mediocre vocalists trying to all harmonize. God
 


Mediocre vocalists trying to all harmonize. God
I hate it when multiple mediocre vocalists try to sing the lead . It rarely works well and doesn't here either.
I really like this song, but not as much as "Impossible Germany." 
A muster of storks?
This song would be much better without the vocal "harmony" (if that's what you want to call it). Sounds like a couple of sick Hillbilly Bears.
 FrankDebbieCote wrote:

Ha, I get the reference. 
 
Yeah, so do I now, it took me a sec...
 I agree toootttaalllyy
coloradojohn wrote:
Truly amazing lyrics, astounding musicality, and unbelievable vocals in this one. Secures some deserved immortality for them, for sure!

 


Truly amazing lyrics, astounding musicality, and unbelievable vocals in this one. Secures some deserved immortality for them, for sure!
 Orodrigues wrote:
The next song could be The Boxer...

 
Ha, I get the reference. 
The next song could be The Boxer...
Ditto on collecting full sets when able for groups and musicians I adore .... Especially as they develop -- I love then shuffling on iPod -- 
 dig wrote:
The thing about Wilco is that everyone of their great songs is even better live. Very respectable.

 
{#Clap} ... you have hit the nail on the head
nice song to zone out to... okay back to work..
 lemmoth wrote:
Freaking brilliant song.

 
+1
Freaking brilliant song.
The thing about Wilco is that everyone of their great songs is even better live. Very respectable.
The last year I have changed my CD buying habits such that I now just buy the complete works of the performers I love...I get each cd...right now I got wilco in my sights...I love all that I already have by them...but I don't got this one yet
SO SICK of this song.  Sucko-barfo.  Anything else on the album?
So happy this came on! Reminded me to get it back out. What a fine album...
Upgrade from a 7 to an 8 with this listen. 
Everytime this song begins, I think it's Van Morrison ... 
Quite likeable.
Digging all the Wilco in the week leading up to Solid Sound, thanks RP!
No clue what this song is trying to tell me, but it's still interesting.
Still FLOORS me every time...the sweet riffs, the polar electric changes, the unfathomable emotional shifts...a lot like Life, I guess...DIG IT!
Bejeezerz, please come to Duluth.
 
 adroc wrote:

I think they meant "Dad Rock"
 
adroc
"Dad Rock"

 
 adroc
"Dad Rock"

 
  
  
{#Flamed}
I hear quite a few influences in this piece, Pink Floyd, some Beatles (who didn't the Beatles influence?).  I like.
 JHZ wrote:

if you are interested in this you can check the forum in the community section, there is a thread on this. just search for Romeo.
 
Now I can sleep at nights, thank you sir.
 ozancali wrote:


Well, being a little out of topic, what happened to him? Seriously, everyone keeps saying that he did bad things and got banned. But I can't find ANY information regarding his ban anywhere. He seemed to enjoy dancing naked, thats all I know. Or is it because he supported Pussy Riot?
 
if you are interested in this you can check the forum in the community section, there is a thread on this. just search for Romeo.
 lemmoth wrote:

Darbuka88 wrote:

Every one in my Northern Paradise loves this song.  We be groovin'.

(Tribute to romeotuma)

 
if you ventured out of the comments and into the website's forum - into the threads, you wouldn't want to do that. different things going on there from that person, which got him banned. and with good reason. just sayin.

WTF - no more romeo??

 

Well, being a little out of topic, what happened to him? Seriously, everyone keeps saying that he did bad things and got banned. But I can't find ANY information regarding his ban anywhere. He seemed to enjoy dancing naked, thats all I know. Or is it because he supported Pussy Riot?

Darbuka88 wrote:

Every one in my Northern Paradise loves this song.  We be groovin'.

(Tribute to romeotuma)

 
if you ventured out of the comments and into the website's forum - into the threads, you wouldn't want to do that. different things going on there from that person, which got him banned. and with good reason. just sayin.

WTF - no more romeo??


 Darbuka88 wrote:

Every one in my Northern Paradise loves this song.  We be groovin'.

(Tribute to romeotuma)

 
if you ventured out of the comments and into the website's forum - into the threads, you wouldn't want to do that. different things going on there from that person, which got him banned. and with good reason. just sayin.
this gets played a lot.
 adroc wrote:

I think they meant "Dad Rock"
 
God I hate when people use that term. Some dumbass rock journalist thought he was being clever. Because people over 30 like Wilco, they're 'uncool'. So stupid.
 Darbuka88 wrote:

Every one in my Northern Paradise loves this song.  We be groovin'.

(Tribute to romeotuma)

 
Hear, Hear!
This has become one of my favorite songs of this recent incarnation of Wilco!
 Stingray wrote:

THE THE

STONES

ARCTIC MONKEYS

 
....TOOL......
 lemmoth wrote:
List of bands in the order that I most look forward to their next album:

1. Radiohead
2. Wilco
3. Pearl Jam
 

THE THE

STONES

ARCTIC MONKEYS


This. Is. Just. Ok.
List of bands in the order that I most look forward to their next album:

1. Radiohead
2. Wilco
3. Pearl Jam
Upped from six.
Nice transition from Pearl Jam.  Well done.
 hippiechick wrote:
Someone referred to Wilco as the new adult contemporary. ?? Wilco certainly doesn't bring up images of Celine Dion to me
 
I think they meant "Dad Rock"


Every one in my Northern Paradise loves this song.  We be groovin'.

(Tribute to romeotuma)


This song sucks.  Time for a potty break.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Does anybody remember when this band use to be a RnR band?

Why the fascination with ballads?

Bring back Uncle Tupelo! Go back to your Belleville, IL roots!

Drink that Stag beer!
 

Are you freaking kidding me?  Rock n Roll encompasses a broad range of great music, including this masterpiece.  And there is clearly a rootsy feeling in the versus that wouldn't have been out of place on an Uncle Tupelo record.  9 plus 
Does anybody remember when this band use to be a RnR band?

Why the fascination with ballads?

Bring back Uncle Tupelo! Go back to your Belleville, IL roots!

Drink that Stag beer!
 jagdriver wrote:
Weird.... I borrowed all of the Wilco CDs from my daughter-in-law about eight years ago and didn't get into them much. Upon hearing the group over the past six years on RP, however, I've come to really appreciate Wilco.

Who says RP doesn't have an influence?
 
I did not hear anyone say that, nope, not at all....................
The lunatic is in the hall
The lunatic is in my hall...
Weird.... I borrowed all of the Wilco CDs from my daughter-in-law about eight years ago and didn't get into them much. Upon hearing the group over the past six years on RP, however, I've come to really appreciate Wilco.

Who says RP doesn't have an influence?
What an awesome guitar song.....Play the blues boys.....
Someone referred to Wilco as the new adult contemporary. ?? Wilco certainly doesn't bring up images of Celine Dion to me
Pink Floyd with John Lennon sitting in. {#Angel}
 cjknipe@msncom wrote:
I try, and I try...but I just don't like Wilco the same way others do.  *sigh*
 

Give it time cj. Took me well over 3 years until I finally saw what they were about. Now I love them and wish I had gone to one of their shows!
 Baum74 wrote:
nobody thinking of Pink Floyd here?
Anyway, nice song!
 
Oh yeah. Us and Them.

nobody thinking of Pink Floyd here?
Anyway, nice song!
 fredriley wrote:

Melody's one of the pilots of interceptor craft in the Gerry Anderson series UFO, and way above your class, mate. Stick to Marina.
 
Don't even think of trying with Lady Penelope.
10+ excellent tunes in a row now!!!
 Stingray wrote:
SOOO BORING!
Means absolutely SERO to me!

Melody...?
 
Big LOL
Mrs. cosmiclint and I will be seeing these guys perfrom at the fabulous Vancouver Orpheum in February. I can hardly wait :)

Nice keyboard work!!! Sounds good.

Steve Jobs has died.. check-out the Apple website.  This is really sad. 
quite nice. good vocals nice sounds good vibe & mood. almost john lennon isk. radio paradise is a delight, thank u
never been a big wilco fan, but i'm diggin' this track.
New album announced for September with US Fall Tour to follow!!!!
I hear tones of Crowded House here, anyone else? Love it.
 fredriley wrote:

Melody's one of the pilots of interceptor craft in the Gerry Anderson series UFO, and way above your class, mate. Stick to Marina.
 
Oh, well played, Sir!
*golf clap*
 Stingray wrote:
SOOO BORING!
Means absolutely SERO to me!

Melody...?
 
Melody's one of the pilots of interceptor craft in the Gerry Anderson series UFO, and way above your class, mate. Stick to Marina.

SOOO BORING!
Means absolutely SERO to me!

Melody...?
Subtle sophistication
He's unique. Easy to listen to.
I'm just a poor boy...
 erichb wrote:
He sounds like Don Henley on this track. That does not sit well with me, as I feel the same way about the Eagles as The Dude does in the Big Lebowski.
 

...but they found his Creedence.
ThePoose wrote:
Channelling Joe Cocker

Sounds more like John Lennon to me.

Wish I had the chance to have seen them in Halifax with Neil Young, instead of the dreadful band he had with them that night. They are good.
Channelling Joe Cocker

Wilco à l'Ancienne Belgique by trou2000
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Vendredi 6 novembre 2009. 

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I'm still REALLY diggin' this one :)
{#Cheers}
 Dancing_banana wrote:
this is a great song because of music AND lyrics.

I trust no emotion
I believe in locomotion
But I've turned to rust as we've discussed
Though I must have let you down
too many times
In the dirt and the dust
 
the lyrics to this song are very, very good...

I have not heard a lot of wilco, but this one is very nice!!
 MaryM wrote:
I find this cut to be very Beatle-esque
They're devotees, that's for sure. I hear it even more in the latest album.

Gorgeous song. I love the music, the lyrics and the splendid guitar work.
I try, and I try...but I just don't like Wilco the same way others do.  *sigh*
He sounds like Don Henley on this track. That does not sit well with me, as I feel the same way about the Eagles as The Dude does in the Big Lebowski.
 black321 wrote:
It seems Wilco can craft some very fine songs.  But still, there somethings missing.  They are like a steely dan, without the great licks and melodies. 
 
Yeah there's no payoff.  Beatle-y sounds, short little melodies, but it doesn't have any soul.  And in the end, it just kind of ends.

I'm not a big Wilco fan, but this is quite good.

My all time favorite band.

Yes, it is nice to hear any Wilco that is not that piece of crap they just released!{#Doh}
Just found out this morning that Wilco is coming back to Halifax in March of 2010....SOOOOOOO excited.  {#Tongue}
What a great seamless segue from Pearl Jam....Bill at his best! {#Notworthy}
These guys are just plain ass good.
cool guitar riffs and drums
This song leaves me the taste as 'Us and them' by Pink Floyd
this is a great song because of music AND lyrics.

I trust no emotion
I believe in locomotion
But I've turned to rust as we've discussed
Though I must have let you down
too many times
In the dirt and the dust
 MaryM wrote:
I find this cut to be very Beatle-esque
 

I find it Simon and Garfunkle ish(the Boxer)  with a sprinkle of Bob Dylan(everything he's done) and Tom Petty droppings( for good balance and measure)...etc etc  ( sounds good to moi!!)...then again, I like Music{#Clap}

Good stuff...a friend just turned me on to Wilco this year.  I like them enough I recognize the lead's voice.
I find this cut to be very Beatle-esque
Somebody knows their chord changes !!
Just don't like this one...
wrong album, but RIP Jay Bennett.{#Notworthy}
I sure do like those Wilco guitars.  Who is that guy (Nels Cline?)?  Embarrassing because I own this album.  Shows how much I read of an album (listened to it a lot though). 

This song reminds me to 'Us and them' by Pink Floyd and 'The boxer' by Simon & Garfunkel...
 Geecheeboy wrote:
Is it just me or do we have a cross feed on the music?

 

and here I thought I had a special gift.
 Geecheeboy wrote:
Is it just me or do we have a cross feed on the music?

 
Not just you. Terri Hendrix - Gravity playing over Wilco - You Are My Face. What's more, many of the comments on Terri Hendrix - Gravity seem actually directed towards Yo La Tengo - The Summer. Weird.

Cross feed fail...
Why is this playing at the same time as Terri Hendrix - Gravity? {#Crashcomp}