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Neko Case — Prison Girls
Album: Middle Cyclone
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Released: 2009
Length: 5:19
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Where am I tonight?
My hotel room won't remember me
And this dream will die, die by morning
And this dream will not remember me

Awakened by a droning voice
"I love your long shadows and your gunpowder eyes"
Is it a lady? Or is it a man?
Humming helicopters through the blades of a fan
I love your long shadows and your gun powder eyes
I love your long shadows and your gun powder eyes

On my feet to chase it down
The light switch spooks and runs away
I stumble back and hit the floor
Long shadows crawl beneath the door
To a passage
So poorly lit
There are moths flying away from it

Who am I tonight?
My hotel room won't remember me
From darkness enter prison girls
Pushing mops and kicking pails
Now's my chance, I clasp my chest
And declare unto my audience
"I love your long shadows and your gun powder eyes"
"I love your long shadows and your gun powder eyes"

The prison girls are not impressed
They're the ones who have to clean this mess
They've traded more for cigarettes than I have managed
To express

Filing past
Miles long
My cheek is frozen to the floor
The prison girls have filled their beds
Their thoughts to dry above their heads
(I'll wear them in the morning)

I love your long shadows and your gunpowder eyes
I love your long shadows and your gunpowder eyes
I love your long shadows and your gunpowder eyes
I love your long shadows and your gunpowder eyes
I love your long shadows and your gunpowder eyes
I love your long shadows and your gunpowder eyes
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ENOUGH of her flat, reverbed crap! Please!


I love this song... sigh...

Neko Case 

 

 fuh2 wrote:
What are "Gunpowder Eyes" anyway?
 
Betty Davis eyes after lots of coke ?

 whatever888 wrote:
i have met and hung out with neko on a number of occasions.. she's not a very nice person, but then again this is not a very nice world

 

 

That is no excuse, we all live in it, some of us are nice and some are not. It is on us. This song is weird, kinda like it, but not Neko overall.
 fuh2 wrote:
What are "Gunpowder Eyes" anyway?
 

Makes me think of Pris in Bladerunner.
 whatever888 wrote:
i have met and hung out with neko on a number of occasions.. she's not a very nice person, but then again this is not a very nice world
 
Meeehhhh, mebbe it's a red-head thing.  Artists.  Go figger...

 Jonathan_pa wrote:
This song is so terrible that people are talking about the car on the album cover instead of the music. Telling no?
 

NO
This song is so terrible that people are talking about the car on the album cover instead of the music. Telling no?
 ezzyme wrote:
Sorry friends, the car on the cover is a Mercury Cougar.

 
cosmiclint wrote:

The bumper is slightly different, but I would say you are right on the money.

1969 Mercury Cyclone CJ 428
Mercury Cyclone

From this guy's Flickr page.
 
 
Freddy and John...?

...not really, Mama Case!

 whatever888 wrote:
i have met and hung out with neko on a number of occasions.. she's not a very nice person, but then again this is not a very nice world

 

 
Whatever.

i have met and hung out with neko on a number of occasions.. she's not a very nice person, but then again this is not a very nice world

 

Sorry friends, the car on the cover is a Mercury Cougar.

 
cosmiclint wrote:

The bumper is slightly different, but I would say you are right on the money.

1969 Mercury Cyclone CJ 428
Mercury Cyclone

From this guy's Flickr page.
 


 DaMoGan wrote:

Strangely enough, I think it may be a Mercury Cyclone, though I'm not positive.
 
The bumper is slightly different, but I would say you are right on the money.

1969 Mercury Cyclone CJ 428
Mercury Cyclone

From this guy's Flickr page.

A good music choice for my next Halloween party {#Evil}!!
 big_gare wrote:
Great song and a great CD Cover Design.  67 Cougar?  68 maybe?
 
Strangely enough, I think it may be a Mercury Cyclone, though I'm not positive.


Great song and a great CD Cover Design.  67 Cougar?  68 maybe?
PaperNapkin: I think you accidentally got here from the American Idol site.  Git.
The upside to dating prison girls?  No pop-ins.
WHOA..ful.  sorry - next please.
 fuh2 wrote:
What are "Gunpowder Eyes" anyway?
 
smoking?
smoldering?
dark gray?

What are "Gunpowder Eyes" anyway?
 Papernapkin wrote:
I've really come to despise Neko's songs and singing style. I can't bear to hear it at all.
 
Just stick your namesakes in your ears for awhile.

Nice!
 RadioDoc wrote:
 peter_james_bond wrote:
Well bye for now, I'm off to St. Louis de Ha! Ha! in Quebec, Canada (an actual town) sounds like the logical place to start on my quest.
Did you make it back?  No luck, eh?

 
Oh contraire monsieur....take my wife.....please! {#Biggrin}

How about this one; How many Neko Case haters does it take to screw in a light bulb?

None, because they'd rather sit in the dark than see the light. {#Idea}

Cheers!

Nice prison girls

 Mandible wrote:
I'm no expert, but does she seem a little flat?
 
Sounds like it, to me. Also? Pon....der....ous.....

Just saw Neko and Co. on Wednesday — she and Kelly really stunned with the vocals on this one
I gotta admit, I am very dissapointed in this new release.{#Sad} I like her more when she does country, it suits her voice more. Although, this song is pretty cool.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
Well bye for now, I'm off to St. Louis de Ha! Ha! in Quebec, Canada (an actual town) sounds like the logical place to start on my quest.
Did you make it back?  No luck, eh?

A 7 on the title alone, but there is something quite infectious about this song as well.
 peter_james_bond wrote:

Oh God forbid....a talented singer/songwriter releasing CDs, the nerve of that woman!

Sorry I can't write more Mr. Funny Pants, I don't have time, I have to go off in search of wit. You're lucky that you have wit, and I can see from your posts that you are full of it. We, who are wit-challenged, lead lives of sullen desperation. Well bye for now, I'm off to St. Louis de Ha! Ha! in Quebec, Canada (an actual town) sounds like the logical place to start on my quest.

Au Revoir, mon ami
 

hahahahhahahaaaaa!!
Still deciding how i feel about the song but i love the sleeve art on her album.

OK i think i quite like the music too.
Each time I hear her I love her more!

please, no more neko!

this song is driving me mad 
 Mandible wrote:
I'm no expert, but does she seem a little flat?
 
Do you mean 'Phat'? She's certainly all that

Geeze, she's good.  And props to the band. They're superb as well.  I'd compare this tune to Deep Red Bells musically.  I'm diggin' it.
I'm no expert, but does she seem a little flat?
Loving these dark, haunting sets. Bring on the minor keys!
One of my student assistants recommended Neko Case a year or so ago and I've liked much of everything she's done, especially those from the CD, "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood."

As this CD has finally started to grow on me, I've come to think of this song as the latest installement in a kind of musical trilogy over three albums: Deep Red Bells, Star Witness, and Prison Girls... they all seem to tie in with each other even as the rest of the albums show a lot of change between each.


Love how she hangs those soaring creative melodic vocals over the scant backing rhythmn track.
Love your gunpowder eyes!
Pure harmonic soul.
The album becomes addictive
 swruch wrote:
This is one of those artists that I can't quite get my head around.
When I'm working with RP on in the background - I occasionally hear
Neko Case and I get a country-music vibe from it without realizing
who it is.  Does anyone else hear this?  Since I don't really like much
country, I'm not drawn to it.  She does have an impressive voice, though.

 
Her music is sometimes labeled "Alternative Country", though labels generally mean very little.

 RadioDoc wrote:

Cute.  Come back once you find wit.

She is probably the most over-hyped artist of the last three years.  The problem is that everyone oozes praise over her live performances—which is fine—but for some reason she insists on releasing CDs.  Blecch. 

 
Oh God forbid....a talented singer/songwriter releasing CDs, the nerve of that woman!

Sorry I can't write more Mr. Funny Pants, I don't have time, I have to go off in search of wit. You're lucky that you have wit, and I can see from your posts that you are full of it. We, who are wit-challenged, lead lives of sullen desperation. Well bye for now, I'm off to St. Louis de Ha! Ha! in Quebec, Canada (an actual town) sounds like the logical place to start on my quest.

Au Revoir, mon ami
 ortallcowgirl wrote:
There are some artists I do not hear often, I hear her name alot.  At least three times this week.  That seems rare for RP.  Maybe bill likes her!

 
You must be new {#Lol} ...welcome! {#Smile} Yes, Bill and most of the RP audience likes Neko. There are a few cranks who feel differently.
There are some artists I do not hear often, I hear her name alot.  At least three times this week.  That seems rare for RP.  Maybe bill likes her!

This is one of those artists that I can't quite get my head around.
When I'm working with RP on in the background - I occasionally hear
Neko Case and I get a country-music vibe from it without realizing
who it is.  Does anyone else hear this?  Since I don't really like much
country, I'm not drawn to it.  She does have an impressive voice, though.

This is too rehashy. I already have Fox Confessor.
 rtrudeau wrote:


Excelsior ... is that you?
 
Excelsior

RIP
She channels, she inhabits, she grabs attention, she is one of a kind.
A style that reminds us of NO ONE.
Will she sleep with me?

Maybe she'll pull up in my driveway looking like this?
 rtrudeau wrote:


Excelsior ... is that you?
 

Nope; I just have heard too much Neko Case lately.  I'm not a hater, really... I just don't get this artist, and she's played a LOT.
It's official. Radio Paradise has become The Neko Case Radio Network. Booo.

Love for the new album.  Neko is in a world of her own, and I like to go there :)
Oohhhh... Neko is such a cool, cool kitty. Her music is both intensely dreamy and immensely genuine all at once. I'm so appreciative of her existence in the world of music. Yes indeed.
 Holmestc wrote:
I saw her live a while ago.  She really blew me away, and most of what I've heard that's recorded doesn't do her justice. Her voice is just a thing of nature when you hear it live, very powerful, yet clear.  I can actually understand the people who don't like her singing, because it seems 'country', kind of like a patsy cline but crossed with Grace Slick, maybe.
 
I was curious about the authenticity of her voice since she used so much reverb in previous albums.  Then I saw her this week in Raleigh - wow ! Power, intonation, clarity, and remarkable ability hit the same tones live that you hear on this album (with less reverb).

Nice, laid-back live show. No pretense or theatrics - just Neko power.

As for this song:  It was not my initial favorite on the new album, but let it sink in after 2-3 listens.  As another post said, it is one of her longest and musically more complex songs.

I saw her at Austin City Limits. I agree that she has an amazing voice. I guess the thing that's missing is subtlety. To my ears It sounds like she belts out pretty much everything (even on background vocals w/New Pornographers).
This is just all over the place in an annoying way—and her voice (to me) is like nails on a chalkboard. {#Headache} Guess we can't like everyone.

 peter_james_bond wrote:

Yes that does describe you, but what about the song?

Here is a comment from Holmestc that you should chew on:

'I saw her live a while ago.  She really blew me away, and most of what I've heard that's recorded doesn't do her justice. Her voice is just a thing of nature when you hear it live, very powerful, yet clear.'
 
Cute.  Come back once you find wit.

She is probably the most over-hyped artist of the last three years.  The problem is that everyone oozes praise over her live performances—which is fine—but for some reason she insists on releasing CDs.  Blecch. 

 denmom wrote:
UNCLE.  Enough Neko Case, already.  I like her, but I've heard her WAY too much lately.  Need a rest...{#Stop}
 

Excelsior ... is that you?
 denmom wrote:
UNCLE.  Enough Neko Case, already.  I like her, but I've heard her WAY too much lately.  Need a rest...{#Stop}
 
That happens when an already heavily playlisted artist releases a new album.  When Radiohead released In Rainbows, I thought I was gonna hurl.

And I am a big Neko fan, but this particular tune, not so much.

Geeze, Neko is soooo good.  Lots of credit to the band and the compositional diversity.
UNCLE.  Enough Neko Case, already.  I like her, but I've heard her WAY too much lately.  Need a rest...{#Stop}
Well my ears are perked to hear more from this album.  And what with Bill's crush on Neko, it's certain to happen. :P
As someone else said, all of her songs are starting to sound the same. Except this one, which sounds worse. The lurching, halting cadence of the song makes me feel like I'm riding a bicycle just a little too slowly to keep my balance. And don't get me started on the banal lyrics.


 wild_mercury wrote:
I really love Neko's voice, but many of her songs are starting to sound the same. I don't mean similar, I mean identical. I'll bet she's a knockout live performer though.

 

We're seeing her in April in a venue that holds maybe 1,000 people.  Should be good.
 Holmestc wrote:
I saw her live a while ago.  She really blew me away, and most of what I've heard that's recorded doesn't do her justice. Her voice is just a thing of nature when you hear it live, very powerful, yet clear.  I can actually understand the people who don't like her singing, because it seems 'country', kind of like a patsy cline but crossed with Grace Slick, maybe.
 
{#Yes}

 Hannio wrote:


Her feet look big.
 
Big Feet Big...   Wait a minute, that's definitely not what I want.  Never mind. {#Biggrin}
"Long shadows and gunpowder eyes" - evocative imagery. Nice for a change that she's not using any reverb on here. 7 from the Nottingham jury.
I really love Neko's voice, but many of her songs are starting to sound the same. I don't mean similar, I mean identical. I'll bet she's a knockout live performer though.

Seems purposefully stalled, and it does not come off well in my opinion . . .
 UltraNurd wrote:
The cover art is nifty.
 

Her feet look big.
 RadioDoc wrote:
All the subtlety, control and charm of a leaf blower.

 
Yes that does describe you, but what about the song?

Here is a comment from Holmestc that you should chew on:

'I saw her live a while ago.  She really blew me away, and most of what I've heard that's recorded doesn't do her justice. Her voice is just a thing of nature when you hear it live, very powerful, yet clear.'
All the subtlety, control and charm of a leaf blower.

 sfListener wrote:
Quite a low rating for her. Is the love affair fading?  Will she be sent away to be with Ms. Merchant?  She was a darling once too.
 

Even a stopped clock is right, twice a day.

Nice firebomb there, twit. {#Stupid}

OMG!       this is painful !!!!!!

OK, she DOES have a great voice..... but this song sucks !!! 




I saw her live a while ago.  She really blew me away, and most of what I've heard that's recorded doesn't do her justice. Her voice is just a thing of nature when you hear it live, very powerful, yet clear.  I can actually understand the people who don't like her singing, because it seems 'country', kind of like a patsy cline but crossed with Grace Slick, maybe.


Quite a low rating for her. Is the love affair fading?  Will she be sent away to be with Ms. Merchant?  She was a darling once too.
I can't believe this is rated as low as it is...
 jagdriver wrote:

Although the Cyclone was actually a Mercury Comet derivative....not from the Cougar line.

But yes, a very interesting hood ornament, indeed.
 
I love you Neko, but GET THE HELL OFF THE HOOD OF MY CAR!


 Papernapkin wrote:
I've really come to despise Neko's songs and singing style. I can't bear to hear it at all.
 
Tell someone who cares. Somewhere else. Soon.
ktnxbai.

Normally, I like Neko a lot. This one does not do much for me. Keep the bridge Neko, re-write the rest.
Ponderous.
I've really come to despise Neko's songs and singing style. I can't bear to hear it at all.
Prison girls eh {#Ask} .... not exactly the kind you want to bring home to meet your parents {#Biggrin}. This is one strange song {#Stupid} but, as usual, Neko forges her own path and she sounds terrific! {#Music}
 UltraNurd wrote:
The cover art is nifty.
 
Although the Cyclone was actually a Mercury Comet derivative....not from the Cougar line.

But yes, a very interesting hood ornament, indeed.
 nimesay wrote:
her singing gets on my nerves...  ALL her songs...  {#Doh}
 
yep, still gets on my nerves.  Ugh.  {#Crashcomp}
 UltraNurd wrote:
The cover art is nifty.
 
Yeah, I agree.  I'd joust with Neko any where, any time. ;)  She seems to enjoy working with photographers based on the rather interesting work available of her on the Internet.  She's definitely my kinda woman... {#Yes}

So happy to see a new album from Neko. Amazing voice.
not one of the better songs on this cd.
Good god.

Horrible singing and a stupid song.  How fun!

{#Rolleyes}

May have to take an RP vacation until this POS CD gets off the 'hot' rotation.  Unbearable.

her singing gets on my nerves...  ALL her songs...  {#Doh}
Nice!
The cover art is nifty.
Did you see her on Leno last night?
This song is one of Neko Case's longest, if not the longest. Its really good. A lot of her songs seem to end right as they are getting good, or end abruptly making me feel like they could have gone for at least another minute or so. This one seems perfect to me. One of my favorite tracks off the new album.