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Neko Case — Night Still Comes
Album: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight...
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Released: 2013
Length: 3:43
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My brain makes drugs to keep me slow,
A hilarious joke for some dead pharaoh.
But now, not even the masons know
What drug will keep night from coming.

There are so many tools that are made for my hands.
But the tide smashes all my best-laid plans to sand.
And there's always someone to say it's easy for me,
But I revenge myself all over myself.
There's nothing you can say to me.

You never held it at the right angle,
You never held it at the right angle,
Catch a, catch a, catch a, catch a falling star,
But wash your hands of it
Catch a, catch a, catch a, catch a falling star
Because you can't hold it.

Did they poison my food? Is it cause I'm a girl?
If I puked up some sonnets, would you call me a miracle?
I'm gonna go where my urge leads no more.
Swallowed, waist-deep, in the gore of the forest
A boreal feast, let it finish me, please.
Cause I revenge myself all over myself.
There's nothing you can do to me.

You never held it at the right angle,
You never held it at the right angle,
Catch a, catch a, catch a, catch a falling star,
But wash your hands of it
Catch a, catch a, catch a, catch a falling star
Because you can't own it.
You never held it at the right angle,
You never held it at the right angle.

You never held it,
You never held it,
You never held it, oh...
You never held it,
You never held it,
You never held it, oh...
You never held it,
You never held it,
You never held it, oh...
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Kinda weird but pretty good... 
I was going to write a song today but now I don't have to because I've held it at the right angle.
 flyboy wrote:

To beat a very dead horse, I understand what you are saying.  I understand that Neko is saying that whoever the object of her disdain is is not holding something at the angle that she would like said person to hold it at.  My original question was whether the angle needed to be made less acute or less obtuse.  In other words, which direction would Ms. Case like for the said object to be moved in order to achieve the angle that she prefers for whatever task is being done here.  Grammarcop said that neither movements were needed, which doesn't make sense because that would imply that the angle currently being held is indeed correct, which contradicts what Neko has repeatedly told us throughout this song, namely that "you never held it at the right angle."  Perhaps my use of the words "acute" or "obtuse" was not strictly correct.  Perhaps I should have asked instead whether she would like the angle to be more or less acute.

Anyhow, when I hear this song I just want her to tell me what to do to make her happy instead of just saying it is wrong and not offering a solution.
 
Understood.
{#Cheers}
 Proclivities wrote:

I think grammarcop interpreted "the right angle" as meaning the correct or appropriate angle for whatever task needed to be done.  If Neko Case had meant holding something at a 90° angle, she probably would've said "...you never held it at a right angle".

 
To beat a very dead horse, I understand what you are saying.  I understand that Neko is saying that whoever the object of her disdain is is not holding something at the angle that she would like said person to hold it at.  My original question was whether the angle needed to be made less acute or less obtuse.  In other words, which direction would Ms. Case like for the said object to be moved in order to achieve the angle that she prefers for whatever task is being done here.  Grammarcop said that neither movements were needed, which doesn't make sense because that would imply that the angle currently being held is indeed correct, which contradicts what Neko has repeatedly told us throughout this song, namely that "you never held it at the right angle."  Perhaps my use of the words "acute" or "obtuse" was not strictly correct.  Perhaps I should have asked instead whether she would like the angle to be more or less acute.

Anyhow, when I hear this song I just want her to tell me what to do to make her happy instead of just saying it is wrong and not offering a solution.
 flyboy wrote:

I've spent two years now trying to understand the disconnect between my question and your answer and the only thing I can come up with is that either I need to take more Grammar lessons or you need to take more Geometry lessons, because one of us is not understanding the other.  Probably me not understanding you.

 
I think grammarcop interpreted "the right angle" as meaning the correct or appropriate angle for whatever task needed to be done.  If Neko Case had meant holding something at a 90° angle, she probably would've said "...you never held it at a right angle".
 flyboy wrote:

I've spent two years now trying to understand the disconnect between my question and your answer and the only thing I can come up with is that either I need to take more Grammar lessons or you need to take more Geometry lessons, because one of us is not understanding the other.  Probably me not understanding you.

 
90°?
 Grammarcop wrote:

Neither. It's just the right angle. Thanks for playing math geek!

 
I've spent two years now trying to understand the disconnect between my question and your answer and the only thing I can come up with is that either I need to take more Grammar lessons or you need to take more Geometry lessons, because one of us is not understanding the other.  Probably me not understanding you.
 Chrisjea wrote:
 Greet the world at the right angle I will.

 
Said Yoda.
0750 here in sunny FL and what great lyrics!  Greet the world at the right angle I will.
Beautiful Neko swinging some sledgehammer lyrics. Love it.
In Portsmouth, NH tonight, my neck of the woods..won't be there. Was just thinking about it..poof. 
Yay!  Neko!  {#Hearteyes}
 WonderLizard wrote:
As I prepare to transfer way too many CDs to digital FLAC files—and in the process sell off the CDs, I'm looking at Neko's album art and wonder once the CD is farmed off to oblivion, will there ever be album art again? After all, music files are things you listen to, not look at. Too bad if that's the case. I like, and in some instances love, album art.

 
As others have noted here, LPs are comin' back (not for me, thank God). There was a lot of angst back in the day when CDs pushed vinyl off to the back rooms...dude, what about the cover art!?!? For a while CDs came in long boxes to address that issue, but then people started to complain about the waste of printed cardboard. 

Now...cover art is the least of a recording artist's worries. Try getting people to buy any of your work instead of stealing it off the Web or Spotify, which isn't exactly generous in its royalties. Cover art? Get someone to make an animated, interactive Web page/site instead.  
Ah, my indie-rock crush! Neko, call me, darlin'!

This is s great record start-to-finish, btw. 
 WonderLizard wrote:
As I prepare to transfer way too many CDs to digital FLAC files—and in the process sell off the CDs, I'm looking at Neko's album art and wonder once the CD is farmed off to oblivion, will there ever be album art again? After all, music files are things you listen to, not look at. Too bad if that's the case. I like, and in some instances love, album art.

 
A number of artists (including Neko Case) are releasing versions of their albums on vinyl.  I believe (hopefully) that physical album art will never go entirely go away, but I guess we'll find out.
 WonderLizard wrote:
As I prepare to transfer way too many CDs to digital FLAC files—and in the process sell off the CDs, I'm looking at Neko's album art and wonder once the CD is farmed off to oblivion, will there ever be album art again? After all, music files are things you listen to, not look at. Too bad if that's the case. I like, and in some instances love, album art.

 
There's still album art because people are making vinyl again. Owning something like Zeppelin IV on vinyl, after years of CDs, and having the full-size art is wonderful. It may not be the main medium but I think books, records etc. will stick around. Kind of makes me think I should get this one, come to think of it...Fine song.
 WonderLizard wrote:
As I prepare to transfer way too many CDs to digital FLAC files—and in the process sell off the CDs, I'm looking at Neko's album art and wonder once the CD is farmed off to oblivion, will there ever be album art again? After all, music files are things you listen to, not look at. Too bad if that's the case. I like, and in some instances love, album art.

 
Yes album art,  especially on LP's definitely added to the experience and artistic direction of the artist(or the record company marketing dept!) .  I recently saw a quote on a vinyl forum '... everyone remembers their first LP,  who can remember their first download... ?' 
 
As I prepare to transfer way too many CDs to digital FLAC files—and in the process sell off the CDs, I'm looking at Neko's album art and wonder once the CD is farmed off to oblivion, will there ever be album art again? After all, music files are things you listen to, not look at. Too bad if that's the case. I like, and in some instances love, album art.
 drivingunit103 wrote:


...upon reattachment, the Dr's billed for an "addadicktome"

 
{#Clap}{#Roflol}{#Notworthy}
 flyboy wrote:
So I'll play the math geek.

Does the angle need to be less obtuse or less acute? 

 
Neither. It's just the right angle. Thanks for playing math geek!
I want Neko Case to have my baby...  love this song...
Neko is one eccentric chick.
Gauche, arch, touched!
 kcar wrote:

Looks like that Don Draper type needs a vocab refresher: 

https://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bobbitt


Main Entry:   bobbitt
Part of Speech:   v
Definition:   to cut off a man's penis
Etymology:   from Lorena Bobbitt, who did such so to her abusive husband in 1994
Usage:   slang

 

 

...upon reattachment, the Dr's billed for an "addadicktome"
So I'll play the math geek.

Does the angle need to be less obtuse or less acute? 
 NeuroGeek wrote:

I usually don't like it when lyrics get posted, but man, I'm glad I saw those.  I'm not a huge Neko fan (when she's off-key it really is annoying), but those are some fantastic lyrics.  Kudos.

 
I have no idea what kind of alternate reality you live in, but Neko has never sung off key in any way shape or form.

So just reach down deep and grab all your musical knowledge and do what seems right with it. 
{#Daisy}  "Outstanding" song from an "Outstanding" album
Thought this was HEM for a minute. Very enjoyable.
simply beautiful and well written. 
 TerryS wrote:

You decide;

 

 

"Night Still Comes"

 
 


 
I usually don't like it when lyrics get posted, but man, I'm glad I saw those.  I'm not a huge Neko fan (when she's off-key it really is annoying), but those are some fantastic lyrics.  Kudos.
 Businessgypsy wrote:


 
Looks like that Don Draper type needs a vocab refresher: 

https://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bobbitt


Main Entry:   bobbitt
Part of Speech:   v
Definition:   to cut off a man's penis
Etymology:   from Lorena Bobbitt, who did such so to her abusive husband in 1994
Usage:   slang

 

{#Kiss} luv it a lot - amazing album to 8 >>>>>>>>>>>>>> 9
 musickat wrote:


Just wondering how the show was??   I was sorry to have missed her recently.   Love her voice and songs.

 
Second time I've seen her - a terrific show. Didn't hurt that the venue was very nice also (The Paramount in C'ville).

Neko was suffering a bit from some sort of a head cold but sounded fantastic. She had trouble a couple of times hitting some notes but when that happened Kelly Hogan would step in quickly and hit them for her. Fun show.

You decide;

 

 

"Night Still Comes"

My brain makes drugs to keep me slow,
A hilarious joke for some dead pharaoh.
But now, not even the masons know
What drug will keep night from coming.

There are so many tools that are made for my hands.
But the tide smashes all my best-laid plans to sand.
And there's always someone to say it's easy for me,
But I revenge myself all over myself.
There's nothing you can say to me.

You never held it at the right angle,
You never held it at the right angle,
Catch a, catch a, catch a, catch a falling star,
But wash your hands of it
Catch a, catch a, catch a, catch a falling star
Because you can't hold it.

Did they poison my food? Is it cause I'm a girl?
If I puked up some sonnets, would you call me a miracle?
I'm gonna go where my urge leads no more.
Swallowed, waist-deep, in the gore of the forest
A boreal feast, let it finish me, please.
Cause I revenge myself all over myself.
There's nothing you can do to me.

You never held it at the right angle,
You never held it at the right angle,
Catch a, catch a, catch a, catch a falling star,
But wash your hands of it
Catch a, catch a, catch a, catch a falling star
Because you can't own it.
You never held it at the right angle,
You never held it at the right angle.
 
 
 


You never held it,
You never held it,
You never held it, oh...
You never held it,
You never held it,
You never held it, oh...
You never held it,
You never held it,
You never held it, oh...
 
 
 

did I really hear something about puking up sinus? for God's sake what is she thinking
Fantastic -- really gets me, every time.  I can't believe how overflowing with talent this amazing gal is.  I have all her stuff and love this too!
Great outdoor concert this summer. After several encores and leaving the stage the final time, they noticed the harvest moon rising behind the stage. They came back and sang I Wish I Was the Moon.
An amazing collection, hers.  Lovely, lovely stuff.

 Propayne wrote:
Seeing Ms. Case tomorrow night in Charlottesville!

 

Just wondering how the show was??   I was sorry to have missed her recently.   Love her voice and songs.
Neko, with sword. I'm starting to get the message.
Whatever it is.
A unique voice.
Oh, to meet her.
Seeing Ms. Case tomorrow night in Charlottesville!
Seeing her in Durham tonite!!!!  Love this song!
 Bat wrote:
She played the Austin City Limits festival this past weekend and will be back for next weekend's version, but I can't bring myself to deal with that 3 day mess anymore (I went from 04-07 and yes I am getting old).  I was hoping that she'd have a show sometime during the "off" week but nothing that I can find.  Her sidekick Kelly Hogan does have a show on her own but no Neko Case solo show.

I do have tickets for the Patty Griffin show this week so I'm still a happy man. 

 
Replying to my own post:

1) Artists who play a festival like ACL have to sign a clause that says that they will not book another show within a certain distance and time of the festival.  Basically to protect the festival from people like me who just want to see a small few of the artists and don't want to pay for a three day ticket.  I noticed that a lot of artists played shows in Dallas and/or Houston which are each 150-200 miles away, but not in San Antonio which is only about 60 miles away.

2) She did play a show - a taping of the Austin City Limits TV show.  Tickets were free.  You get them by paying attention to their Facebook and quickly responding when they announce a show.  I don't use Facebook and only found out about the show after all tickets where gone.

So, keep an eye out for her ACL TV show. 
 ziakut wrote:
Oh yes!

 
And Yes again! An 8 right out of the gate!
Oh yes!
Neko does a great stripped down version of "Night Still Comes" on NPR's World Cafe

https://www.npr.org/2013/09/18/223705056/neko-case-on-world-cafe

Love this album...after a few listens I just like it more and more...Neko's voice is so distinctly beautiful
She played the Austin City Limits festival this past weekend and will be back for next weekend's version, but I can't bring myself to deal with that 3 day mess anymore (I went from 04-07 and yes I am getting old).  I was hoping that she'd have a show sometime during the "off" week but nothing that I can find.  Her sidekick Kelly Hogan does have a show on her own but no Neko Case solo show.

I do have tickets for the Patty Griffin show this week so I'm still a happy man. 
Alpha Blondie to Neko Case... Okay...
A true artist with no pretense. Saw her in Chicago. She came out ready to play and no frills...no rockstar crap. She just played and entertained. Understated talent and great show!
As someone said commenting on a previous song of hers: "She could sing me the phonebook."  Same here.  An 8 at first blush. 
Minimally obtuse. 
Neko Case: 'I Couldn't Really Listen To Music'
Love the cover. Neko vs. the Shrieking Eels! I'd pay to see that.
I love her voice and the fact that most of her songs hit that dark, minor note thing that sucks me in everytime. Thanks for playing her Bill!
 xtalman wrote:
A little too similar to her other stuff.  Not bad but not terribly original either.
 
Came here to say exactly this. And the tag line gets old after the 3rd repetition.
SO looking forward to this album.
<snark on>

Yawn.
Same old lyrical abstract poetry.
Same delightful melodies.
Same edgy arrangement.
Same siren's voice.

Neko, just being a genius again.

Been there done that.
{#Nyah}
<snark off>


A little too similar to her other stuff.  Not bad but not terribly original either.
I was just wondering yesterday, When will Neko come out with new tunes? & Bill lays it down right here on RP, the best station to orbit!
She is perfect. 
Joy is a new Neko album.
Seeing her for the first time next month. Yay! 
New Neko!   Yay!