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Natalie Merchant — Giving Up Everything
Album: Natalie Merchant
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Released: 2014
Length: 4:13
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Giving up everything,

my hungry ghost of hopefulness.


Giving up everything,

not haunted by wanting this.


Giving up everything,

the fortune I was saving. 


Giving up everything,

I mercy-killed my craving.


Giving up everything,

I've opened up my eyes for this.


Giving up everything,

see the whole magnificent emptiness.


Gave what I want for how it is,

for the stone inside and the bitterness,

for the sweetness at the core of it.


Giving up everything,

the master plan, the scheming.


Giving up everything,

my cursed search for meaning.


Giving up everything,

the compass and the map I was reading.



The hinterlands I'm leaving,

I'm finally leaving behind.


Giving up everything,

the big to-do, the hullabaloo,
the tug-of-war for some twisted truth.

For the everlasting ache of it,

no longer slave, not chained to it,

no gate, no guard, no keeper,

no guru, master, teacher.



See the slow-receding faces

dissolve to black, no traces.
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 yofitofu wrote:
These are playing just post Trump being elected. This particular playlist seems particularly timely.
 
Four years later the song's played here again, and the lyrics are just as applicable with the shoe on the other foot.
another dirge from her. Not bad.
Wasn't a fan of the maniacs.  Even less of a fan of Ms. Merchant on her own.
Love Natalie, but her wikipedia photo here looks like she's doing the Elaine dance
 Proclivities wrote:

You should've thought about that before you moved in with her.  Just make her some coffee and a bowl of Cap'n Crunch and everything will get better.


 
That really made me laugh!!!

 DaidyBoy wrote:
Wonderful stuff, probably my favourite from her.  I would rate it much higher than the average here.

 
Ditto here. Too many naysayers and not enough yaysayers for my liking.
Natalie at her whiniest.
 Segue wrote:

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. NO.

The worst part of her is on top of the sound and maudlin mewling, she isn't believable. Maybe then.



 

{#Yes}

WR for hitting the PSD button. Give it a rest, Natalie. 
 carlos65 wrote:
Jeez, she was on just before I went to sleep last night and here she is again when I wake up. Too much NM thanks. 

 
You should've thought about that before you moved in with her.  Just make her some coffee and a bowl of Cap'n Crunch and everything will get better.
Funny how musical taste differs. I quite like the song, especially the orchestral background.
These are playing just post Trump being elected. This particular playlist seems particularly timely.
Jeez, she was on just before I went to sleep last night and here she is again when I wake up. Too much NM thanks. 
People with whom I share similar music tastes really like Natalie Merchant.   That's where we differ.  
every song of her is a frigging dirge. Lighten up, Natalie!

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. NO.

The worst part of her is on top of the sound and maudlin mewling, she isn't believable. Maybe then.


With serious talk on  both side of telephone lines females do  better than males.
                     They don't loose their shirts so easily.
Wonderful stuff, probably my favourite from her.  I would rate it much higher than the average here.
 A happy little ditty for a Friday.... 
Bones quick! Give him a shot of Spencer Davis "I'm a Man"
Not...acclimating..... to this persons'....... voice 


I used to PSD on this song, but today, I don't know why, it hit me. Maybe one has to be in the right mood, very open minded... And then let him/herself be moved. A very striking song and beautiful lyrics to my opinion.
What a boring song from an extremely interesting artist
I asked my dentist, a RP fan, why he doesn't  stream RP in his office. He said "because  I don't want my patients to leave depressed." 
 TerryS wrote:
 
What leads you to believe that those two groups are composed of the same people?



Easy: Because I like Forager Pinot Noir. 


 
Ah, yes..of course.  I should've known.
{#Cheers} 
Ok, you can like the voice or hate the voice or be indifferent about it.......but it is the unusual texture of the voice that made here interesting in the first place.  Don't wanna take the bounce outta Tigger. 
 TerryS wrote:

To those who describe themselves as NM voice haters, how can you also listen to Beth Or'hor'ton and like her vocal stylings?

Not that this is outstanding, but it is a tolerable, minimalist non-nihilistic effort.



  
What leads you to believe that those two groups are composed of the same people?



Easy: Because I like Forager Pinot Noir. 

A song for adults in a tween society. 
probably the only song from her latest album that I don't have to use PSD
it goes with a rainy day we're having 
 TerryS wrote:

To those who describe themselves as NM voice haters, how can you also listen to Beth Or'hor'ton and like her vocal stylings?

Not that this is outstanding, but it is a tolerable, minimalist non-nihilistic effort.



 
Her voice is so distinctive and immediately recognizable that it sounds, rightly or wrongly, like she's giving every song the same treatment.

I liked her much better with 10,000 Maniacs. 
Studied. Precious. Featureless. Gray. Other than that...
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
She's getting irritating.

 
I guess you just have to be in the right mood to enjoy some music.  I really like the instrumentals on this song, the vocals are typical Natalie—the combination evokes Philip Glass's 'Songs From Liquid Days", which is a good thing for me.  :)
 TerryS wrote:

To those who describe themselves as NM voice haters, how can you also listen to Beth Or'hor'ton and like her vocal stylings?

Not that this is outstanding, but it is a tolerable, minimalist non-nihilistic effort.



 
What leads you to believe that those two groups are composed of the same people?
Too sad, {#Eyes}
She's getting irritating.
 offroadbiker wrote:
I've never appreciated this woman's work until now.  She has aged beautifully as a musician.  Rich, fascinating interview regarding this album, fourteen years in the making:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX4iXjbWqDQ&list=RDMx5Iq0LTYw0&index=5

 
Amazing interview. What's immediately apparent is that she's chosen not to cover her graying, getting older. And what you gain from the piece is that she's looking forward to creating songs/art from the fact that she's becoming older, that she has the experience to express ideas that she simply couldn't 25 years ago. In a sense she encapsulates the journey that many pop singers make, from brash talent and perhaps revolutionary ideas to wizened professional, where craft is as important as raw talent and family is as important as hordes of screaming fans.

Rock'n'roll is indeed the province of the young. Music, however, is the province of those who lived to tell about it.
Natalie still has it. As if there were any doubts.

To those who describe themselves as NM voice haters, how can you also listen to Beth Or'hor'ton and like her vocal stylings?

Not that this is outstanding, but it is a tolerable, minimalist non-nihilistic effort.


Never a fan but I like this.
Mid-life crisis, Natalie? Almost a very nice song.  Provocative lyrics...strings  render it..ordinary.
Nails on a chalk board for this one....
I cringe upon hearing this person's voice......{#Frustrated}
 oldfart48 wrote:

no neked mule skinners??, but, but it;s my b-day 6/8 or is this a very different reanimated dude?
 
I be me...

this new album is loaded with marvelous songs, but this particular song by Natalie Merchant is not a bad song, just a ho hummer...  ho ho ho...

hope you be having a marvelous time these days, oldfart48...  smiles to ya...
{#Sleep}
 offroadbiker wrote:
I've never appreciated this woman's work until now.  She has aged beautifully as a musician.  Rich, fascinating interview regarding this album, fourteen years in the making:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX4iXjbWqDQ&list=RDMx5Iq0LTYw0&index=5

 
Have always enjoyed her soulful energy and sound {#Wave}
I've never appreciated this woman's work until now.  She has aged beautifully as a musician.  Rich, fascinating interview regarding this album, fourteen years in the making:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX4iXjbWqDQ&list=RDMx5Iq0LTYw0&index=5
This song dovetails beautifully with It's A Coming. 
 handyrae wrote:

After reading all the comments about the lyrics, I found and read them. She seems to be taking a very Buddhist approach and accepting things as they are and as they arise instead of experiencing them through her conditioned experiences, cravings and desires. All that's a very good thing. What I don't get is why does she sounds so terribly sad about it. Any person I've ever known who has come anywhere close to achieving this goal is happy. The obvious example would be the Dalai Lama.

 
She usually sings that way.
I'm a fan, but this just isn't one of her better efforts.
 Jive wrote:

I agree - if you read the lyrics it seems she is singing about shedding many things we all struggle with, ego, desire to control the outcome, a need for complete certainty. Life would certainly be a whole lot simpler without a bunch of those things.



 
After reading all the comments about the lyrics, I found and read them. She seems to be taking a very Buddhist approach and accepting things as they are and as they arise instead of experiencing them through her conditioned experiences, cravings and desires. All that's a very good thing. What I don't get is why does she sounds so terribly sad about it. Any person I've ever known who has come anywhere close to achieving this goal is happy. The obvious example would be the Dalai Lama.
I don't know if its something wrong with me or lots of you but I don't get how people fail to see the beauty of darkness.  Loving this tune like my favourite Natalie song - "My Skin" which is about the most beautifully dark exploration of human relationships and their affect on us that I have heard.
I don't like this one... 
 Lazarus wrote:
"The fewer our wants, the nearer we resemble the gods."  —Socrates (469 BC to 399 BC)

Natalie Merchant superficially sounds like she is trying to become a monk who doesn't want anything, so who feels no pain from unrequited desire, but at a deeper level, she sounds like she is devoid of any pleasure in life...  (in the Greek language the word for "monk" is "μοναχός" and it can apply to women...)

the lyrics for this song are complex and very interesting... the extreme nihilism and absence of hope expressed by Natalie Merchant in "Giving Up Everything" gives the song some potent emotive punch lyrically... this song reminds me a lot of Gary Numan's album last year
Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind)...  Natalie sounds like she is going nuts with Freudian rationalizations — not to escape from desire — but really because life has become such a bummer for her...  

but musically, in my opinion, Merchant tries too hard to sound unique and experimental, and the music consequently drains a lot of emotional force from the lyrics... the music is a distraction from the message in the lyrics...

(and if you haven't seen the official video for this song, the video is an artsy-fartsy mess...)

so to me, the music cancels out the force of the lyrics and I am leaving this song unrated...

 
no neked mule skinners??, but, but it;s my b-day 6/8 or is this a very different reanimated dude?
 BillG wrote:

Sounds more like nonattachment to me.
 
thank you. again  for the fact that against the hate you continue to support Nat, her songs are powerful and often disturbing. thats a GOOD thing. and where did the lyrics button go...?
 jagdriver wrote:
What the heck is she so depressed about?

 
probably about the fact that she sucks.
thank you again, Bill, & Rebeca for supporting nat, she is hot, smart and has a killer voice.
Very cool comment Lazarus.  Tuck. 

P.S.  To BillG, another terrific set this evening.  Tusin tuck!
 BillG wrote:

Sounds more like nonattachment to me.

 
I agree - if you read the lyrics it seems she is singing about shedding many things we all struggle with, ego, desire to control the outcome, a need for complete certainty. Life would certainly be a whole lot simpler without a bunch of those things.


"The fewer our wants, the nearer we resemble the gods."  —Socrates (469 BC to 399 BC)

Natalie Merchant superficially sounds like she is trying to become a monk who doesn't want anything, so who feels no pain from unrequited desire, but at a deeper level, she sounds like she is devoid of any pleasure in life...  (in the Greek language the word for "monk" is "μοναχός" and it can apply to women...)

the lyrics for this song are complex and very interesting... the extreme nihilism and absence of hope expressed by Natalie Merchant in "Giving Up Everything" gives the song some potent emotive punch lyrically... this song reminds me a lot of Gary Numan's album last year
Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind)...  Natalie sounds like she is going nuts with Freudian rationalizations — not to escape from desire — but really because life has become such a bummer for her...  

but musically, in my opinion, Merchant tries too hard to sound unique and experimental, and the music consequently drains a lot of emotional force from the lyrics... the music is a distraction from the message in the lyrics...

(and if you haven't seen the official video for this song, the video is an artsy-fartsy mess...)

so to me, the music cancels out the force of the lyrics and I am leaving this song unrated...


 jagdriver wrote:
What the heck is she so depressed about?

 
Sounds more like nonattachment to me.
What the heck is she so depressed about?
huh....wha..... I must have fallen asleep...... soooooo boring......
Thank God for the PSD button.
...only caught the tail measures as it was ending, but i'm intrigued...
Image removed at request of Not So Humble Opinion {#Hearteyes}