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The Shins — Turn On Me
Album: Wincing the Night Away
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Released: 2007
Length: 3:34
Plays (last 30 days): 3
You can fake it for a while,
Bite your tongue and smile,
Like every mother does an ugly child.
But the stars are leaking out,
Like spittle from a cloud,
Amassed resentment counting ounce and pound.

You're entertaining any doubt,
Because you had to know that I was fond of you,
Fond of Y-O-U,
Though I knew you masked your disdain.
I can see that change was just too hard for us,
Hard for us.
You always had to hold the reigns,
But where I'm headed, you just don't know the way.

So affections fade away,
And do adults just learn to play
The most ridiculous, repulsive games?
On the faith of ruddy sons,
And the double-barreled guns,
You better hurry,
Rabbit, run, run, run.
'Cause meeting you was fun,
And there's a lot of hungry howlers in this one cell.
We're taking it over,
Their brittle, thorny stems,
They break before they bend,
And neither one of us is one of them.

And the tails will never mend,
'Cause you had it in for me so long ago.
Boy, I still don't know,
I don't know why and I don't care,
Well, hardly anymore,
If you'd only seen yourself hating me.
Hating me,
When I've been so much more than fair.
But then you had to lay those feelings bare,
One thing I know still got you scared,
You're all that cold iron,
And never once aired of our dead.

You had to know that I was fond of you,
Fond of Y-O-U.
So I took your licks at the time,
And to change like that is just so hard to do,
Hard to do.
Don't let it whip-crack your life,
And bow out from the fight,
Those old pious sisters were right
The worst part is over,
Now, get back on that horse and ride.
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The Shins are starting to become that relationship that's becoming more annoying by the day. 
 kingart wrote:
Great hooks, but the semi-happy, hopeful music does not match the lyrics. 

 
Pretty much describes every Shins song ever! :)
 lizardking wrote:

 

All that to say that times and tastes change.  Bill and Rebecca - THANK YOU for helping me out in finding new music to listen to and not have to listen to crappy FM radio anymore!



 

me too
 Rockit9 wrote:
Top 250 Albums of all time.

 
Top 25 for me
drivel
Top 250 Albums of all time.
I love this song and this album, but given Bill & Rebecca's thrashing of their newest album I admit to feeling ennui that The Shins' best days are beyond them.  Hopefully it's just a bump in the road.

Clearly I've put this (buying this CD) off too long - considering I LOVE "Sea Legs" and seem to like several other tracks from this album - how does one buy music nowadays?  Is it only MP3s, or can I buy an actual disc still? 

I remember when I was a paperboy, each pair of new subscriptions I signed up yielded me a free cassette tape (3 new subs for a CD.)  I didn't have a CD player yet; that was courtesy of my 486dx with 4 MEGAbytes of RAM and Windows, and a new fangled CD ROM Drive.  Anyways, I would bust my ass trying to talk folks into a subscription of the Seattle Times (geez...this ENTIRE story is obsolete!) and once I got 2 new customers I would fill out a form, mail it off somewhere, wait a week or two, get the certificate and take it to the mall where I'd find a Sam Goody store and pick out my new album.  I remember specifically wanting the new "MC" song (which was MC Hammer "Can't Touch This) but I ended up with Young MC's 1989 release "Stone Cold Rhymin'" - thankfully it only took a decade or so to get out of the RAP/Hip-Hop only phase ;-)

All that to say that times and tastes change.  Bill and Rebecca - THANK YOU for helping me out in finding new music to listen to and not have to listen to crappy FM radio anymore!


 LizK wrote:

The Shins do seem to have borrowed from Phil Spector. {#Naughty}  But I forgive them.

 
Yes, a pretty obvious nod/homage to Spector and Greenwich using that opening chord with the suspended fourth; it's not like they're trying to deceive anyone. Just about anyone who knows anything about popular music knows "And Then He Kissed Me"; I'm not sure why people seem to feel it necessary to link to that song.  Anyhow, the rest of this song is entirely different.  Suspended fourth chords are used in the intros to thousands of songs.
 thewiseking wrote:
"and then he kissed me"?
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=and+then+he+kissed+me&*

 
The Shins do seem to have borrowed from Phil Spector. {#Naughty}  But I forgive them.
"and then he kissed me"?
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=and+then+he+kissed+me&*
Great hooks, but the semi-happy, hopeful music does not match the lyrics. 
And what's up with that bizarre broken biology of the cover art?
 
This song has some really nice hooks in it.
so hard to do,
For a reason they remind me of The Cars, percussions and his voice. westslope wrote:

Kaisersosay, Bill just immortalized your words in streaming audio space.  Made me look!  

Interesting comment.  I cannot think of anything from the 1960s and 1950s that makes think of the Shins.  But then perhaps you were in college in the 1940s?  

Regardless.  Nice pop music.   

 


Lyrics matter. Dark lyrics matter .Dark matter matters.
Perhaps i should not get another liter out of the beer cooler.
 Kaisersosay wrote:

When ever I hear a Shins song, It makes me feel like I am in college again. The funny thing is these guys were not even born when I was in college.

Their music just has a familiar sound to that time for me. 



 
Kaisersosay, Bill just immortalized your words in streaming audio space.  Made me look!  

Interesting comment.  I cannot think of anything from the 1960s and 1950s that makes think of the Shins.  But then perhaps you were in college in the 1940s?  

Regardless.  Nice pop music.   
Love your comments Bill. Give us more. Most DJs talk too much. You don't talk enough.
Ahhh.  Music from before the crash. Luckily I walked away with copy of this CD.  

When ever I hear a Shins song, It makes me feel like I am in college again. The funny thing is these guys were not even born when I was in college.

Their music just has a familiar sound to that time for me. 


Seeing them jam Shibuya's Club Quattro on this tour was to be enveloped in waves of powerful sound that penetrated to our marrow...
                                  

                   God I give this surprisng horse back
             Just pending  a wedding invitation between Marianna
        I guess the guy is formerly was holed up near mezzo corona.
                

Every song is a gem.

 

"Another afternoon of the goat head tunes,
And pilfered booze."


Masterpiece CD.
Thousands of listens.
Unrivaled.
"I was fond of 'why, oh you?'!"
 YES!

jademon wrote:
This entire album is so unbelievably solid... one of the best of the decade?

 


My fave from this CD.  Recent additon to RP. 10 of course
This entire album is so unbelievably solid... one of the best of the decade?
Opening is reminiscent of . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE_jOD2Fxvs
Haven't heard this on RP before... great album.
 Babette55 wrote:
Still rocking since the 80s {#Music}

 
I don't think James Mercer was playing music until the 1990s.  Good tune - cool guitar sound.
Still rocking since the 80s {#Music}
Another great song from a great CD!