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Jenny Lewis — Carpetbaggers
Album: Acid Tongue
Avg rating:
4.5

Your rating:
Total ratings: 60








Released: 2008
Length: 3:26
Plays (last 30 days): 0
They come to town when the war is over
Dirty boots in the middle of the night
Trolling the bars, hitting on the soldiers
Boys give it up without a fight
They say, "Hey, boy, how about your place?
I know you really want to take me home"
Drop the bags off on the bedroom floor
They make love with the lights on, saying

"I'm a carpetbagger, baby
I'm coming to your town
I'm going to treat you kind
I'm going to rob you blind
I'll smile all the time
Whoa yeah, whoa yeah, whoa yeah, whoa yeah

Sally could have had any one of the boys
But she couldn't love no one she could not control
Friend of mine and her got married
I don't hear too much from him anymore
Last I heard, he had a rope 'round his neck
Dragging around the grocery store
Carrying her bags and pushing down the aisles
Saying, "I ain't got no home in this world anymore"

"I'm a carpetbagger, baby
I'm coming to your town
I'm going to treat you kind
I'm going to rob you blind
I'll smile all the time
Whoa yeah, whoa yeah, whoa yeah, whoa yeah

They come to town when the party's over
Books been written and truths been tried
They'll take it all if the door's left open
Steal the nose right from under your eyes

"I'm a carpetbagger, baby
I'm coming to your town
I'm going to treat you kind
I'm going to rob you blind
I'll smile all the time
Whoa yeah, whoa yeah, whoa yeah, whoa yeah
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The rating is a little harsh but Elvis does sound like he's gonna pop a vein any second.
Well, me oh my.  First time I've heard this track.  Drummer should take some lessons from Meg White, too; either that or the DAT machine skipped a track.  The voices?  Well, Jenny has a kind of Southern Daisy Mae kind of singing .. flat in places, sharp in others.  The guy?  Yikes.

Sorry — I rarely give anything a lousy rating.  I know how difficult it is to create music and put down a track.  But this Piece of Work needs some Work.  Reminds me of the Karaoke Booth at "The Music Machine" on Music Row Circle — before the nekkid statues came to town and they tore it down.
I think the reason I despise this so much is that it's almost great.   {#Razz}

Inamorato wrote:
Elvis Costello's singing doesn't help this song at all.

100% disagree. {#No}  Unmuted after reading Elvis was involved, and will be upping my rating after I post this . . .

2  —>  1


Inamorato wrote:
Elvis Costello's singing doesn't help this song at all.

So that was Elvis ? I thought some drunk guy had wandered into the studio and started babbling incoherently !


 davin wrote:
Reminds me of Tom Petty - Apartment.  Except with a woman, and then some dude falling off a building and yelling in the middle.
 
Yeah, exactly - George Harrison got sued for a lot less of an "similarity"

Hey Bill ... how about following this up with the Carpet Crawlers, by G.
Nothing wrong with alt-country ... reminds me of Maria McKee of the late great Lone Justice. But Elvis C kind of overwhelms Jenny.

Ummm....yuck. 


 Leslie wrote:

What have you got against carpetbaggers?

 


Elvis Costello's singing doesn't help this song at all.
well, it did remind me that it is Miller time here....
It took a minute to realize this is the Rilo Kiley lead, then three more seconds to recognize Elvis C. Pleasant.

 AliGator wrote:
Good Lord, this is obnoxious.
 
What have you got against carpetbaggers?

davin wrote:
Reminds me of Tom Petty - Apartment. Except with a woman, and then some dude falling off a building and yelling in the middle.


Exactly!!{#Lol}


Nice lively tune. I like it.
Ok, I liked it up until the point mr costello started singing. where did he come from ??
Yarf! 

Good Lord, this is obnoxious.

Reminds me of Tom Petty - Apartment.  Except with a woman, and then some dude falling off a building and yelling in the middle.
Is this one of those jokes where you change the format to Country Western?
Uh Oh! ... Oh no.
First! This is an enjoyable but forgettable song. I like her work with Rilo Kiley more.

Can someone fill me in - does this mean Rilo Kiley is done?

Edit: holy smokes, what a terrible debut. The average rating is 3. That's positively dismal. I think Dengue Fever does better!