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Jenny Lewis — Next Messiah
Album: Acid Tongue
Avg rating:
6.6

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Total ratings: 1613









Released: 2008
Length: 8:35
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Livin' in the meadow
The mighty, mighty meadow
With too many people
Suckin' all the water
And my daddy was a farmer
He was a racecar driver
He is a four leaf clover
He is the next messiah

Now he's living in the woods
The dark and dank woods
With a cocktail waitress
Who thinks she's an artist
Take it down to the river
Split it right up the middle
Now it's gonna be trouble
For a pregnant lamb and a con man

Now he's sick in the clink
With his head in the sink
And the tumor gonna make a
Man outta him
Now, my daddy was a chancer
He was a bad-check bouncer
But he beat that cancer
He's a survivor

He's the next messiah
He's the next messiah
He's the next messiah
He's the next messiah

Covering it up
Squeezing it out
Watching it bleed
You're watching it all
Taking it back
She's down on her knees
When did she come to detest you?

Giving it back
Backing you up
Nothing's for free
You're giving it back
For locking you up
Those terrible deeds
When will they come to arrest you?
When did she come to detest you?

When will they come to arrest you?
When did she come to detest you?

I'm gonna give my love to you on a day you gotta bring it back
I'm gonna give my love to you on a day you gotta bring it back
(I want to tell you I love you) I'm gonna give my love to you
(I want to tell you I love you) on a day you gotta bring it back
(I want to tell you I love you) I'm gonna give my love to you
(I want to tell you I love you) on a day you gotta bring it back

I want to tell you I love you
I want to tell you I love you
(I'm gonna go out walking baby) I want to tell you I love you
(Better be here when I get back) I want to tell you I love you
(I'm gonna go out walking baby) I want to tell you I love you
(Better be here when I get back) I want to tell you I love you

I'm gonna give my love to you on a day you gotta bring it back
I'm gonna give my love to you on a day you gotta bring it back
I want to tell you I love you
I want to tell you I love you

He's the next messiah
He's the next messiah
He's the next messiah
He's the next messiah
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Like it.  A lot.
I keep hearing Robby Kreiger in the guitar
God, I thought it was finally over and then that guy started singing.
 obankenobi wrote:
FrankMc wrote:
What a great song. Seems well better than any old 6.5, as the consensus has it.

RP made me a Jenny disciple and I thank you for that. (Purchased the disc with the Watson Twins via RP link the other day, so me and Jenny and the Twins have helped support the cause of quality ad free radio. Great disc.)
 
A decade later, still a 6.5.  Fascinating
 
I know, how is it that high?
FrankMc wrote:
What a great song. Seems well better than any old 6.5, as the consensus has it.

RP made me a Jenny disciple and I thank you for that. (Purchased the disc with the Watson Twins via RP link the other day, so me and Jenny and the Twins have helped support the cause of quality ad free radio. Great disc.)
 
A decade later, still a 6.5.  Fascinating
MOOOOOO-sigh-ya..... (wn)

long-ace song, man.
This song is too long. It just never ends!!!!!!!
 KaiT wrote:
You know what I don't hear?


Your song on RP. 
 
"You may scold a carpenter who has made you a bad table, though you cannot make a table. It is not your trade to make tables."
-- Samuel Johnson

 StfuDonny wrote:
Is there ever a good reason for beating up girls?
 
This song?
This song kicks.  The album is good all around, and Jonathan Rice's contributions are great.
Tasty tune with a savory flavor -- leaves a slight but pleasant after taste. 
 mandolin wrote:

...jenny lewis, neko case, and patty griffin walk into a bar...



...right, so neko case, jenny lewis, and patty griffin are just settling down at their table together when jeff beck and imogen heap walk into the bar and proceed to kick the crap of them...

...jeff beck's such a total dick, beating up girls for no good reason...

 
Is there ever a good reason for beating up girls?
 holborne wrote:
Have to say, I don't understand why most listeners seem so ecstatic over this one — I really dislike it. It never fucking ends and is incoherently put together. It also seems like I hear it every single day on RP. (And I also can't stand that she says "Moosiah," although that's the least of the problems here.) Oh well, let a thousand flowers bloom, I guess.


 
I like the incoherency of it, but the moosiah - I'm with ya on that!
 aelfheld wrote:

The result demonstrates ambition & effort are insufficient.
 
You know what I don't hear?


Your song on RP. 
I need to own this on LP. Between this song, Acid Tongue and Fernando, this woman rocks! I haven't heard any others from it but I want it in my collection!
 Alexandra wrote:
Moose-iah?

 
Ah, I thought it was moo-siah!
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
 October 2012 scraig wrote:
You gotta see this song performed live. Jenny is amazing.
   
October 2012 gandalfbmg wrote:
If she comes around, I'm there...
   
October 2014 gandalfbmg wrote:
So excited... just got my tickets to see Jenny in a little over a month!

And I would like to dedicate this to the KC Royals' Mike Moustakas before tonight's game! 
   
January 2015 gandalfbmg wrote:
Gotta bump this to a 9, after seeing her do it live
 


 
I saw her again a few months ago, after seeing her TWICE on that 2014/15 tour; this song was always a highlight.Her band this time around didn't go as great a job on this song as the last band (I'm looking at YOU rhythm section)...
 LinThizzy wrote:
ambitious effort with very powerful passages.....I challenge any of you to do better......
 
The result demonstrates ambition & effort are insufficient.
She resembles the lead singer of the last song by  Lone Justice.  Great segue.
 
ambitious effort with very powerful passages.....I challenge any of you to do better......


The song that never stops.
 jambo wrote:

did she like it?
 
She was Karving her initials on the møøse with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given her by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian møvies: "The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink"...
No realli! She was Karving her initials on the moose with the sharpened end of an interspace toothbrush given her by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian movies: "The Hot Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Molars of Horst Nordfink"... Mynd you, moose bites Kan be pretti nasti...
 ziggytrix wrote:

A moose once bit my sister... No realli!
 
did she like it?
 dc_zee wrote:

But it's three songs in one!

 
Indeed.
 DrLex wrote:

But they are all about some kind of moose.

 
A moose once bit my sister... No realli!
7 for me.  Then again, I'm a sucker for those low-note chords.  Morphine -ish.
This doesn't improve with familiarity.

Or repetition.
Like it...the end of the tune starts to sound like The Kills a bit...
 DrLex wrote:

But they are all about some kind of moose.

 
The three Mooseketeers!
 Alexandra wrote:
Moose-iah?

 
Over and over and over. {#Frustrated}
Moose-iah?
 fauxtoejoe wrote:
I think Jenny Lewis was best as part of Rilo Kiley.

 
I don't know... the way she and Blake Sennett seemed to riff off of one another in their song writing, to me, made the sum greater than the two (her solo and with various collaborators and him with The Elected) apart.  It added a depth to Rilo Kiley that is not there with the other efforts.  Admittedly, she has done better since the parting but I'm hoping we see them come back together some day.

Of course, all of this is probably true of most bands where the component parts went on to solo careers.



Ok, this is growing on me.
I think Jenny Lewis was best as part of Rilo Kiley.
 dc_zee wrote:
But it's three songs in one!

 
But they are all about some kind of moose.
 pcc wrote:
Far too long..

 
But it's three songs in one!
Far too long..
 ploba wrote:
anyone who doesn't love this song is wrong!  {#Bananajam}

 
They call me Mr. Wrong.
She sounds like Exene Cervenka from X.
 Piranga wrote:
Wow. Had to turn up the volume - twice! Great find!
 
aelfheld wrote:

There is a cosmic balance - had to turn the volume off. 

 
Not so much a cosmic balance as a negative reflection.
This is very "The Kills" like.... but not as good.
 Piranga wrote:
Wow. Had to turn up the volume - twice! Great find!
 
There is a cosmic balance - had to turn the volume off. 
When it started, I thought it was David Gilmour's 'Take A Breath'.

Get dowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn. Boogie. 
“-tomorrow is our permanent address

and there they’ll scarcely find us(if they do,
we’ll move away still further:into now”

E.E. Cummings
Wow. Had to turn up the volume - twice! Great find!
anyone who doesn't love this song is wrong!  {#Bananajam}
 kcar wrote:

It's like two songs fighting to get free of each other. 

{#Drunk}

 
I was wondering what everyone was going on about, and then the song changed.... I see now {and it reminds me to have the hubris to wait until the end of the track before commenting}.  Not sure it's a bad as many are making out though.  there are many 'classics' by certain people/bands that are far worse than this! a 5 or 6 for now.
 fredriley wrote:

The promised one who will rescue mooses (or meese, if you prefer) from oppression and servitude and deliver them to moose heaven. See comments below.

 
{#Roflol}  That's what I get for making a drive-by comment.
 dwhayslett wrote:
What's a moosiah?

 
The promised one who will rescue mooses (or meese, if you prefer) from oppression and servitude and deliver them to moose heaven. See comments below.
it did it this time
.
bump to 8 
Official theme music of Trump 2016.
 aelfheld wrote:

A toddler banging about in the cupboard is better.

 
Everyone seems to think that their child has talent.
What's a moosiah?
 floydoftherocks wrote:
Freaking awesome tune. {#Bananasplit}

 
i'll go along with that
Freaking awesome tune. {#Bananasplit}
 Oxen1morale wrote:
Yo La Tengo is so much better
 
A toddler banging about in the cupboard is better.
Groovee! {#Whistle}
It was horribly repetitive.  I understand that an ostinato is a valid musical device, but the verses (and therefore any interesting content) got buried under it...got real tired of this song really quickly. 
Yo La Tengo is so much better
Best deal on iTunes - a 9 minute song that's actually several songs in one. Thanks, Jenny! {#Bananapiano}
Managed to get by the unpleasant opening to hear a very good song.
 October 2012 scraig wrote:
You gotta see this song performed live. Jenny is amazing.
   
October 2012 gandalfbmg wrote:
If she comes around, I'm there...
   
October 2014 gandalfbmg wrote:
So excited... just got my tickets to see Jenny in a little over a month!

And I would like to dedicate this to the KC Royals' Mike Moustakas before tonight's game! 
   
January 2015 gandalfbmg wrote:
Gotta bump this to a 9, after seeing her do it live
 

Wow! Best thing I've heard in a long time.
This is stunning
Bizarre hodgepodge of a song. I love it. {#Bananajam}
one of my biggest regrets was not going to see her play locally this past year....next time!!!
 
I dropped by just to see Bullwinkle again.
I need an.... easy friend
I do.... with an ear to lend 
Having heard this song live twice now... I can say it's every bit as awesome as you'd think it is...
 kcar wrote:

It's like two songs fighting to get free of each other. 

{#Drunk}

 
And one of them is always and alternatively really bad. 
 kcar wrote:

It's like two songs fighting to get free of each other. 

{#Drunk}

 
I can hear that, but it is very probable that she and the producer intended for this song to sound that way.  It's very unlikely that it was an accident.  I had read somewhere that this was originally three different songs that they had strung together, almost like a medley and it was a fully "live" recording.  I'm not sure if that's true though.  Anyhow, there probably haven't been many "happy accidents" since Bob Ross checked out.
 testpilot wrote:
The song structure resembles somebody randomly switching radio channels. The bad ones.

 
It's like two songs fighting to get free of each other. 

{#Drunk}
 LowPhreak wrote:

Fred, the plural of moose is...meese...(goose > geese, etc.).

Usage: Canada is known for its large herds of meese, ay?  {#Biggrin}

 
{#Roflol} I love them meeses to pieces :o)
The song structure resembles somebody randomly switching radio channels. The bad ones.
preach it!

moosiah! 
Can't believe that this is the person that sings "The Voyager".  This is mad and great.  Can't tolerate the other thing.
 rd wrote:
When I hear this song, I keep picturing that the "moo-siah" shows up and it's one of those Chik-Fil-A cows holding a sign that says "Eat Mor Chikin"

 
i love this comment soo much.

Help me RP Crew!

The third portion of... 'I'm gonna give my love to you; someday you're gonna give it back."  Whose song was that?  I started w/Alejandro, passed over Chris Isaak, then thought...Lucinda Williams?

Thanks!


 fredriley wrote:
I could never quite figure out how mooses (is that the right plural?) are used for hair treatment.

I'll get me antlers...



 
Fred, the plural of moose is...meese...(goose > geese, etc.).

Usage: Canada is known for its large herds of meese, ay?  {#Biggrin}


When I hear this song, I keep picturing that the "moo-siah" shows up and it's one of those Chik-Fil-A cows holding a sign that says "Eat Mor Chikin"
Gotta bump this to a 9, after seeing her do it live
This is Jenny Lewis?
Moose - I get it - she says it - you RP'ers - funny!
Is the next mouse higher? 
So excited... just got my tickets to see Jenny in a little over a month!

And I would like to dedicate this to the KC Royals' Mike Moustakas before tonight's game! 
I finally heard this.  Now the comments make some sense.

Don't know what to make of it yet.  It goes all over the place with a generous helping of some twangy ear candy on the way.

7 for now. 
 fredriley wrote:
I could never quite figure out how mooses (is that the right plural?) are used for hair treatment.

I'll get me antlers...



 
...we truckers up north here refer to them as "swamp donkeys"
Oh, this is cool, nice way to wrap up my Friday afternoon.
{#Beat}  
 kcar wrote:
Jesus wept, it's a Christian fundamentalist psychopunkabilly rock opera on caffeine.
 
Jesus wept, it's a Christian fundamentalist psychopunkabilly rock opera on caffeine. 
 If that's a moose, I'd hate to see a rrrat.
fredriley wrote:
I could never quite figure out how mooses (is that the right plural?) are used for hair treatment.

I'll get me antlers...



 


I really must have this in my ears when doing a 180 on a quarter pipe.
This is great! I mean Michelle Shocked great!
Love it!  Everyone I have ever played this for, especially while driving on the way to see a music show, falls in love with her voice, and digs the split-personality of the whole thing...Thanks, RP for turning us all onto it!
 scraig wrote:
You gotta see this song performed live. Jenny is amazing.
 

If she comes around, I'm there...
You gotta see this song performed live. Jenny is amazing.
HAHA - this song is great!  
Great album!!  Jenny is my favorite!  Thank you RP!  {#Good-vibes}
 anumidium wrote:
I don't know what's wrong with you guys, I love it.. love all the shifts and changes. 
 
i know. i can't believe it's only rated 6.4.
As a John Cleese character put it dismissively in The Life of Brian: "Messiahs? Seen one, seen 'em all." :o)
 smackiepipe wrote:
I'm getting a George Thorogood vibe from the rhythm guitar.
 

Did George Thorogood ever play rhythm guitar?  There is a similar guitar sound, though.
I don't know what's wrong with you guys, I love it.. love all the shifts and changes. 
Oh my GAWD this is just so damn good...
I'm getting a George Thorogood vibe from the rhythm guitar.
I could never quite figure out how mooses (is that the right plural?) are used for hair treatment.

I'll get me antlers...


 apololi wrote:
No melody to speak of.
 
Nor singing.

This song is a hoot and I plan on playing at my next bible study group.
Jenny Lewis singing about Moose is HAWT.
OK, Jenny singing about anything is pretty hawt...

Never heard it before - I quite like it. I am not so crazy about the "Next Messiah" chorus part - doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the song to me. Found myself wondering if that was what the commenter was thinking if with the "shoot that moose" comment. That was the reason I downgraded it from a '7' to a '6'. Maybe I need to hear it a few more times and it will make more sense.



No melody to speak of.
I just saw her in Asheville awesome
Would someone just shoot that f!#$ing moose already. 

Maybe then she'll stop singing about it.

 Kokoloco53 wrote:
This has been a very weird day for RP, I must say, just never got into this whole "give me some more tylenol for my headache" music.
 
 Don't worry Morphine is probably on it's way soon. {#Wink}

This has been a very weird day for RP, I must say, just never got into this whole "give me some more tylenol for my headache" music.
Dave_Mack wrote:
I really liked the first 5 minutes, but then it wore out its welcome.

It struck me the opposite way. I thought it was just okay at the start, but then it kept switching gears and suprising me, so my rating kept increasing.


I really liked the first 5 minutes, but then it wore out its welcome.
Oh well.  Another 10 minute break from RP.