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My Morning Jacket — Librarian
Album: Evil Urges
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Released: 2008
Length: 4:11
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Walk across the courtyard towards the library
I can hear the insects buzz and the leaves 'neath my feet
Ramble up the stairwell into the hall of books
Since we got the interweb these hardly get used

Duck into the men's room, combing through my hair
When God gave us mirrors he had no idea
Looking for a lesson in the periodicals
There I spy you listening to the AM radio

Karen of the Carpenters, singing in the rain
Another lovely victim of the mirror's evil way
It's not like you're not trying, with a pencil in your hair
To defy the beauty the good Lord put in there

Simple little bookworm, buried underneath
Is the sexiest librarian
Take off those glasses and let down your hair for me

So I watch you through the bookcase, imagining a scene
You and I had dinner, spending time, then you sleep
And what then would I say to you, lying there in bed
These words with a kiss I would plant in your head

What is it inside our heads that makes us do the opposite
Makes us do the opposite of what's right for us
'Cause everything'd be great and everything'd be good
If everybody gave like everybody could

Sweetest little bookworm, hidden underneath
Is the sexiest librarian
Take off those glasses and let down your hair for me
Take off those glasses and let down your hair for me

Simple little beauty, heaven in your breath
Simplest of pleasures, the world at its best
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It's a beautiful song, but damn if the lyrics aren't creepy.  What a weird juxtaposition.
Stalking a librarian,
Hiding in the stacks,
I wonder if she sees me,
Lurking in the back.
 Grammarcop wrote:

For those of you who might be unaware, Karen Carpenter died of anorexia. Her death was totally unnecessary and a damn shame.
 Mental illness is often cruel. What a tragedy.
c.

Is he the librarian stalker?
The saddest
 Proclivities wrote:

Don't we all?  However, they are also more like they are now than they have ever been before.
{#Propeller}
 
This is true in a very real sense!  As Regina Spektor sang "Today were younger than we ever gonna be"! (Small Town Moon) 
 Relayer wrote:
Sometimes you hear a lyrics that catches your ear,and you realize just how clever some lyricists are:
"Karen of the Carpenters, singing in the rain
Another lovely victim of the mirror's evil way"
 
For those of you who might be unaware, Karen Carpenter died of anorexia. Her death was totally unnecessary and a damn shame.
I knew a librarian like that a long time ago
 Spiderwoman wrote:
Musical storytelling at its best. Sooo romantic! 
 
I totally agree!  
Feel like I am listening to SNL parody.  I like the melody, but really? 
 h8rhater wrote:


A small downside to the new ordering (e.g. by up/down votes) is that
comments don't remain side-by-side in time anymore. Someone did indeed
compare this to Dylan's Lay Lady Lay (1wolfy wrote: Like this one...it has a Bob Dylan style 'lay across my big brass bed') prompting the comment to which you
replied.

That said, I in no way agree with mikec09 that this is "schmaltzy".  It's a great song from a great band.




 
It's a default setting to order by up/down, though a simple click on the newest/oldest fixes that!  

And I'm OK with the "Lay Lady Lay" comparison, heck enough so to go 8 to 9 today....Long Live RP!!
This song is growing on me in a good way
 h8rhater wrote:


A small downside to the new ordering (e.g. by up/down votes) is that
comments don't remain side-by-side in time anymore. Someone did indeed
compare this to Dylan's Lay Lady Lay (1wolfy wrote: Like this one...it has a Bob Dylan style 'lay across my big brass bed') prompting the comment to which you
replied.

That said, I in no way agree with mikec09 that this is "schmaltzy".  It's a great song from a great band.




 Sounds like Dylan doing the only song he  could sing. But just the sound....

 Proclivities wrote:

Did someone make that comparison somewhere?  This song sounds nothing like that song to me - different chords, different tempo, different melody.
 

A small downside to the new ordering (e.g. by up/down votes) is that
comments don't remain side-by-side in time anymore. Someone did indeed
compare this to Dylan's Lay Lady Lay (1wolfy wrote: Like this one...it has a Bob Dylan style 'lay across my big brass bed') prompting the comment to which you
replied.

That said, I in no way agree with mikec09 that this is "schmaltzy".  It's a great song from a great band.




Sometimes you hear a lyrics that catches your ear,and you realize just how clever some lyricists are:
"Karen of the Carpenters, singing in the rain
Another lovely victim of the mirror's evil way"
Musical storytelling at its best. Sooo romantic! 
 mikec09 wrote:
Sorry ... seems schmaltzy to me.  In no way does this compare to "Lay Lady Lay" except an occasional slide guitar lick.
 
Did someone make that comparison somewhere?  This song sounds nothing like that song to me - different chords, different tempo, different melody.
Sorry ... seems schmaltzy to me.  In no way does this compare to "Lay Lady Lay" except an occasional slide guitar lick.
I met someone who fit this bill.  And told her so.
It didn't' materialized into anything, but I'm glad to know her.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
What a wonderful song to listen to on this Tuesday afternoon.  I'd love to know who this was written for.  Thanks RP.

 
yeah, I'd like to meet her
Like this one...it has a Bob Dylan style {#Heartkiss}   'lay across my big brass bed'
wonderful, beautiful little song
What a wonderful song to listen to on this Tuesday afternoon.  I'd love to know who this was written for.  Thanks RP.
Nice!
 black321 wrote:
These guys try to sound a lot better than they actually are.

 
Don't we all?  However, they are also more like they are now than they have ever been before.
{#Propeller}
09/25/80 - 2nd year law student comes to the reference desk; says he wants a tour; the rest is history
Miracle. I can actually comprehend the lyrics he's not mumbling and garbling and losing in the mix. He's telling a story. I think I can actually like MMJ even more now.  
 
 black321 wrote:
These guys try to sound a lot better than they actually are.

 
Isn't that what you are supposed to do?
 esacconcia wrote:
haters gonna hate!! LOVE MMJ and this song is a charm 

 

Hear hear!!!!!!!!
 chyk5 wrote:


The only response I can come up with is, WTF?

 
that's pretty much my response to all the RP comments for this song. beautiful song, sweet story.
 chyk5 wrote:
The only response I can come up with is, WTF?
 
"A man's got to know his limitations."
 
haters gonna hate!! LOVE MMJ and this song is a charm 
 black321 wrote:
These guys try to sound a lot better than they actually are.

 

The only response I can come up with is, WTF?
 kingart wrote:
A MMJ song with lyrics I can actually comprehend! Great idea! Good song! He likes the librarian!

 
My grandmother would tell him to get a room and stop scaring the horses. 

I'll bet female librarians get all sorts of damp and clammy "friends" like this. 
These guys try to sound a lot better than they actually are.
 wrangler wrote:
YAWN.  is there a ranking less than 1?  {#No}
 
still dislike this one oh so very much. 
Stolen .......... from David Grey ..... totally.
 coolpeople_rule wrote:


How sad...that you don't understand.

 

The tyranny of cool raises its ugly head.
One of their best Albums.  Great Song !
 kingart wrote:
A MMJ song with lyrics I can actually comprehend! Great idea! Good song! He likes the librarian!
 
this is why my email address is what it is. i love this song.
A MMJ song with lyrics I can actually comprehend! Great idea! Good song! He likes the librarian!
I generally like their stuff, but as mentioned earlier, this one is awfully repetitive.
 
haven't heard this in awhile! I love this MMJ song...so sweet!
 Maret wrote:
Repetitive schmalz. I could go my entire life without ever hearing this song again.
 
Funny!  I can tell you're kidding because otherwise you wouldn't type like that.
 l like the pace of the song, unhurried at its own pace and vocals are good. 
Repetitive schmalz. I could go my entire life without ever hearing this song again.
Still one of my favorite bands...  
 fuh2 wrote:
I'm off to the libarry now.
 
I think I'll head off to The Library as well...  Not sure how much reading I'll get done, but I know a cute Librarian or two there.
 coolpeople_rule wrote:


How sad...that you don't understand.

 

I understand that I don't like the song and that is all I need to know. I also understand that I do not like onions therefore I will not eat them. I really do not think any deeper than that about likes and dislikes. I am glad that listening to music is a cereberal experience for you, I  would rather just sit back and enjoy the tunes or change the station when I don't.

9- Any song that contains the words "interweb," "bookworm," and "sexiest librarian" can't be all bad.
I like it!  Great article about MMJ and Yim Yames in this months Rolling Stone.
librarians were always shy and retiring, but now they're also a threatened species
 sirdroseph wrote:


Well stated, Sir.
 

How sad...that you don't understand.

 wrangler wrote:
YAWN.  is there a ranking less than 1?  {#No}
 

Well stated, Sir.
 duchamp wrote:
Does it not touch your heart?   

A bit lower.

And not in a good way.

YAWN.  is there a ranking less than 1?  {#No}
 freeone1 wrote:
i use the word "interweb" instead of "internet" now.  its just more fun and brings a smile to my face when i do...
 
I suppose it would feel more appropriate if this were a song about LOLCats...

For me it's just like "Did he really just sing that?  Ugh!"


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It took me awhile to get into MMJ but now I'm hooked. Their live shows are an incredible experience.  I loved their little appearance in "I'm Not There."
 fuh2 wrote:
I'm off to the libarry now.
 
At least I get the joke.  I once had someone tell me that it was an accepted pronunciation. {#Rolleyes}
 sirdroseph wrote:
Dammit, I am trying to like this band cause everyone tells me I am supposed to or something, but you know what, I just don't.{#No}
 

Same here.  And I'm even finishing up my Master's in Library & Information Science.  This song (and this band) just leave me cold.
My favorite band at this moment.
 sirdroseph wrote:
Dammit, I am trying to like this band cause everyone tells me I am supposed to or something, but you know what, I just don't.{#No}
 
Does it not touch your heart? 


My Morning Jacket by ~eliotwilder
©2003-2010 ~eliotwilder

I recently photographed the new band My Morning Jacket for the cover of the next issue of Amplifier magazine (the Web site is www.amplifiermagazine.com). I met them backstage right after their soundcheck at the Fleet Pavillion in Boston (where they were to open for Peter Yorn and Foo Fighters). It was 95 degrees, 100% humidity and they were sweaty and road weary, but friendly and willing. I had 15 minutes to get my shots done and virtually nowhere to shoot them that looked interesting. We ended up between two tour buses, where I got this shot. I asked them to walk away and then suddenly turn and face me. I think it came out well I think.

Oh yeah, I saw Dave Grohl, and he *is* a goofy guy.


Dammit, I am trying to like this band cause everyone tells me I am supposed to or something, but you know what, I just don't.{#No}
 mandolin wrote:


...it's curious how the difference between romantic longing and creepy stalking is simply how attractive one's suitor may be...
 
I dont think it matters. It's creepy. I like the sound of the song but I can't get passed the creepiness.
Fleet Foxes <<==>> My Morning Jacket?
 lawman wrote:
The lyrics are that kind that are pretty nice – if they come from a hot young man. If they were comin' from some kinda geek, or some kinda old freak ... they'd be horribly creepy.
 

...it's curious how the difference between romantic longing and creepy stalking is simply how attractive one's suitor may be...

 25demayo wrote:


Check out a dictionary while you're at the library. {#Smile} 
 
silly!  everyone knows the Dictionaries are in the Reference collection and can not be checked out!  {#Snooty}
i use the word "interweb" instead of "internet" now.  its just more fun and brings a smile to my face when i do...

"everything'd be great, and everything'd be good.  if everybody gave, like everybody could..."

 westslope wrote:

OK redstorm, that may very well be the case in the USA, because local governments have difficulty deficit-financing expenditures, US priorities are screw-ball, and you are living through the worst economic recession since the 1930s.  

But my original statement stands.  The demand is surely there and can be expected to increase going forward.  Information and technology can be safely predicted to play an ever increasing, more important role in the economy of the 21st century.

Directing deficit-financed federal revenues to local libraries during this nasty recession would make excellent, superb social sense from this economist's perspective.  I thought part of Obama's stimulus package was supposed to do this but I don't pretend to know all the details.

We do a lot of screw-ball things up here in old self-righteous Canada.  But at least we maintain our essential public services.  Both provinces and municipalities can raise money in the markets to deficit-finance expenditures if need be.  I am not aware of a public library ever being closed in a post-war recession.   Recessions are a great time to get educated, upgrade skills, etc.

To borrow a phrase from ecological activists:  "The long-term is now."

 
There are plenty of other libraries than your local public one. Large law firms and investment firms often have them and also have research departments that employ people with library science backgrounds (my brother is one of those people). Quite a few corporations have them too. It's a degree that applies to more than just your local library. 

Good observation about the similarity to Lay Lady Lay before .
pants
Kinda like 'Lay lady Lay'....whatever colors you have in your mind..I show them to you, can you see them shine ? 

 pugifat wrote:
my univiersity library had a great vinyl collection... sigh
 
The university you attended might have had a great vinyl collection, but it looks like it had a shortage of dictionaries. {#Smile}

The lyrics are that kind that are pretty nice – if they come from a hot young man. If they were comin' from some kinda geek, or some kinda old freak ... they'd be horribly creepy. (In which context ... that cover doesn't help! Yikes.)

Edit: Oh - I just noticed the album title ... have I been missing something here?
 fuh2 wrote:
I'm off to the libarry now.
 

Check out a dictionary while you're at the library. {#Smile} 
my univiersity library had a great vinyl collection... sigh
I'm off to the libarry now.
They mention Karen - I love her.
 lattalo wrote:

He writes the music, and is great live.

 
Few decades past Bette and Barry writes the songs, but i like it!

 nevar23 wrote:
Love the lyrics, not wild about the singer.
 

Interesting.  My hatred of the lyrics obliterates anything I might think about the singer.

 nevar23 wrote:
Love the lyrics, not wild about the singer.
 
He writes the music, and is great live.

As with many MMJ songs, I find this to get rather tedious and monotonous after the first minute/minute and a half.
 dogpound wrote:
I wanna like this song, but really it just makes me wanna punch the singer in the neck
 
you summed up my exact sentiments much more hilariously than could have.

 dogpound wrote:
I wanna like this song, but really it just makes me wanna punch the singer in the neck
 
This the stupidest comment I have seen in awhile, what's the word here, juvenile.  Yes that's it.

Love the lyrics, not wild about the singer.
dogpound wrote:
I wanna like this song, but really it just makes me wanna punch the singer in the neck

Hm. I think I know what you mean. I see I gave this a 3 (Ho Hum) last time. I've just re-rated it as a 7.


 dogpound wrote:
I wanna like this song, but really it just makes me wanna punch the singer in the neck
 
{#Lol}  Funniest comment I've seen on here in a while.

I wanna like this song, but really it just makes me wanna punch the singer in the neck
Hearing this song for the first time right now and love it... especially since my wife is the sexiest librarian I know. {#Surprised}


 redstorm wrote:
 westslope wrote:

I'm warming up to this song.

Other posters are right.  Librarian skills are going to be in heavy demand going forward.

Probably one helluva a recession-proof job to have right now.


 
not really, lot's of library's are being closed,  or having hours shortened, as the counties in which they reside look at reducing costs, and trying to find ways to keep police, firemen, teachers, and road crews employed....God, what a mess we are in.


 

OK redstorm, that may very well be the case in the USA, because local governments have difficulty deficit-financing expenditures, US priorities are screw-ball, and you are living through the worst economic recession since the 1930s.  

But my original statement stands.  The demand is surely there and can be expected to increase going forward.  Information and technology can be safely predicted to play an ever increasing, more important role in the economy of the 21st century.

Directing deficit-financed federal revenues to local libraries during this nasty recession would make excellent, superb social sense from this economist's perspective.  I thought part of Obama's stimulus package was supposed to do this but I don't pretend to know all the details.

We do a lot of screw-ball things up here in old self-righteous Canada.  But at least we maintain our essential public services.  Both provinces and municipalities can raise money in the markets to deficit-finance expenditures if need be.  I am not aware of a public library ever being closed in a post-war recession.   Recessions are a great time to get educated, upgrade skills, etc.

To borrow a phrase from ecological activists:  "The long-term is now."


 nate917 wrote:

That must've been quite a tour.  I guess you covered the Do-me Decimal system.
 

HAHAHAA.

Except if they were at an academic library, there's a very real possibility the classification system in use would have been the Library of Congress's.  But 20 years ago, some prominent academic libraries were still using Dewey.

True fact about Dewey - he wanted to change the way we spelled words in order to be more efficient and phonetic.  Given his druthers, he would have spelled his surname Dui.

 HilaryM wrote:
I love that you guys play this song all the time.  I'm at work right now (at a library) and it makes me happy!
 
Welcome to RP.  {#Dance} 

I love that you guys play this song all the time.  I'm at work right now (at a library) and it makes me happy!
Cleaning Woman? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 MojoJojo wrote:

Bogey? Germans?

Can't help but fondly remember "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"...

>>What do you know about a plane with Germermans on it?

>>Germerm... Germans.

>>Germermans.

>>There's a plane with mermans on it.

>>The plane's in town.

>>Ethel Merman came in on it.

>>Wanna go see Ethel Merman with me?

>>I'll buy two tickets.

>>Let me get on my pajamas, I'll be ready to go.

>>I'd done some brilliant things in my time.

>>Asking Kitty Collins to mix me a drink wasn't one of them.

{#Roflol}

 
One of my favourite movies!  Let me make you a cuppa my famous java...


I was just about to request this song this morning. It's a great song. 
 westslope wrote:

I'm warming up to this song.

Other posters are right.  Librarian skills are going to be in heavy demand going forward.

Probably one helluva a recession-proof job to have right now.


 

I am heavily into post-apocalyptic sci-fi right now, and it's amazing how many of these stories have people burning books from the library to keep warm...it's become a symbol of everything good and mindful and enlightened that we will lose when this world implodes, that we will shed in order to survive.  Personally, I think I'd rather freeze. 
 redstorm wrote:
 westslope wrote:

I'm warming up to this song.

Other posters are right.  Librarian skills are going to be in heavy demand going forward.

Probably one helluva a recession-proof job to have right now.

 
not really, lot's of library's are being closed,  or having hours shortened, as the counties in which they reside look at reducing costs, and trying to find ways to keep police, firemen, teachers, and road crews employed....God, what a mess we are in.
 
Our library system (NY) is looking into: 1) Charging you to use the online catalog. 2) Charging you for using the interlibrary loan system.

Gotta make up those deficits somehow.

Idiots.

"The boys upstairs wanna see...how much you'll pay, for what you used to get for free."

-Tom Petty


Another great group, in a somewhat similar vein, is Ruckus and the song "Same in any Language."
A perfect song on this wet dreary day in Chicago.

 toterola wrote:

Too right. I am stunned by the irrationalism and the blatant denial that people in this country have about our current economic dilemma. We are in danger of losing an entire generation of school-age children, due to poor education.

Yet we have to keep on waging a stupid war on two fronts, and try to pull ourselves out of BUSH'S f*cking Depression. Damn, this crap makes me mad! {#Yell}
 

Vouchers, baby. . .vouchers. And if that's not convincing enough for you, let John Stossel give it a try.

 redstorm wrote:
 westslope wrote:

I'm warming up to this song.

Other posters are right.  Librarian skills are going to be in heavy demand going forward.

Probably one helluva a recession-proof job to have right now.


 
not really, lot's of library's are being closed,  or having hours shortened, as the counties in which they reside look at reducing costs, and trying to find ways to keep police, firemen, teachers, and road crews employed....God, what a mess we are in.


 
Too right. I am stunned by the irrationalism and the blatant denial that people in this country have about our current economic dilemma. We are in danger of losing an entire generation of school-age children, due to poor education.

Yet we have to keep on waging a stupid war on two fronts, and try to pull ourselves out of BUSH'S f*cking Depression. Damn, this crap makes me mad! {#Yell}
 westslope wrote:

I'm warming up to this song.

Other posters are right.  Librarian skills are going to be in heavy demand going forward.

Probably one helluva a recession-proof job to have right now.


 
not really, lot's of library's are being closed,  or having hours shortened, as the counties in which they reside look at reducing costs, and trying to find ways to keep police, firemen, teachers, and road crews employed....God, what a mess we are in.


reminds me of Herman's Hermits.....
I'd give this one a better rating, but I work for a library and I have to take exception to the assumption that the 'interweb', as MMJ puts it, is making books dusty and obsolete.  Couldn't be more wrong, especially in economically troubled times like these.  Our circulation is going up each and every year, while Barnes and Noble and others are having to lay off staff.
What a sweet little song.

 An excellent example of quality musicianship...through and through!


This song kind of creeps me out.
Are you kidding me? They're using the librarian stereotype as a basis for a song?
I've had a couple of whiskeys and then a phat blow ( legal here in Holland) /...this was phantastic..{#Mrgreen}

I'm warming up to this song.

Other posters are right.  Librarian skills are going to be in heavy demand going forward.

Probably one helluva a recession-proof job to have right now.


 SusieQ wrote:
being at work is tough enough without the depressed-man-music....
  There's a difference between depressed and wistful - which is what this is.
YAWN
this Band "My Morning Jacket" formed in 1998 has been faithful and known to keep its proper identity, also has fact enormous progresses in the way to make music, what it is a factor of great importance and that i appreciate; excellent register of voice of Mr. Jim James and playing rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar; Rolling Stone listed James among their "20 New Guitar Gods"; 

the remaining members of the band, and not less important, are, Carl Broemel – guitar, "Two-Tone" Tommy – bass, Patrick Hallahan – drums, Bo Koster – keyboards & layout;  

** 7 **

and going on...


 SusieQ wrote:


ooh...think I found a depressed man. Haha!  (Chyky...I take many pills...now do you think that's a good idea to take more?)
 
That's quite funny, actually. I'm not depressed nor do I find Jim James' music depressing. I've seen this group live 5 times and have all their music. I think their work is inspiring, not depressing. To each his own. Please don't take any more pills! Maybe just adjust the dosage and listen to more MMJ.


 chyk5 wrote:


Take a pill. I think you really need it. You're taking this far too seriously.
 

ooh...think I found a depressed man. Haha!  (Chyky...I take many pills...now do you think that's a good idea to take more?)
 SusieQ wrote:
In this case, which is rare, I don't care what the lyrics are....I'm too busy thinking how I'm gonna kill myself! Aougggfffhhh!   {#Puke} And I'm not remotely suicidal.

What in God's name is going on with all this depressed-man-music?? The continual Coldplay, "wahn hanh hanh...life sucks... I'm a depressed whiner-man pretending to be a sensitive male"   Lilith Fair'ers were nothing compared to these these depressed dudes! blech!!!.....   eSPECcially on Monday mornings!! C'mon guys! - being at work is tough enough without the depressed-man-music....PERK US UP...PLEASE!)   
 

Take a pill. I think you really need it. You're taking this far too seriously.
In this case, which is rare, I don't care what the lyrics are....I'm too busy thinking how I'm gonna kill myself! Aougggfffhhh!   {#Puke} And I'm not remotely suicidal.

What in God's name is going on with all this depressed-man-music?? The continual Coldplay, "wahn hanh hanh...life sucks... I'm a depressed whiner-man pretending to be a sensitive male"   Lilith Fair'ers were nothing compared to these these depressed dudes! blech!!!.....   eSPECcially on Monday mornings!! C'mon guys! - being at work is tough enough without the depressed-man-music....PERK US UP...PLEASE!)   
 cc_rider wrote:

Oh man, you had me at 'The Big Sleep'. I have not been able to decipher the whole plot, it's so convoluted and full of holes. But with dialogue like that, who cares?

Another memorable broa... er, lady is the snappy cab driver. Same movie, right? Sometimes Bogie movies run together...

"I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray. You wore blue."

 
Bogey? Germans?

Can't help but fondly remember "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"...

>>What do you know about a plane with Germermans on it?

>>Germerm... Germans.

>>Germermans.

>>There's a plane with mermans on it.

>>The plane's in town.

>>Ethel Merman came in on it.

>>Wanna go see Ethel Merman with me?

>>I'll buy two tickets.

>>Let me get on my pajamas, I'll be ready to go.

>>I'd done some brilliant things in my time.

>>Asking Kitty Collins to mix me a drink wasn't one of them.

{#Roflol}