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The Decemberists — Severed
Album: I'll Be Your Girl
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7.1

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Total ratings: 1069









Released: 2018
Length: 3:57
Plays (last 30 days): 4
I alight like a whisper
I alight with the lights out
And it won't take me long just to find you
And it won't take me long just to find you

I'm allied to the winter
But don't you get clever
Don't you get clever
I'm allied to the landslide
Gonna leave you all severed
Gonna leave you all severed

I alone am the answer
I alone will make wrongs right
But in order to root out the cancer
It's got to be kept from the sight

I'm allied to the winter
But don't you get clever
Don't you get clever
I'm allied to the landslide
Gonna leave you all severed
Gonna leave you all severed

I was born to a jackal
I was born in a whiteout
Gonna smother you all till I choke you
Gonna smother you all till you kick out

I'm allied to the winter
But don't you get clever
Don't you get clever
I'm allied to the landslide
Gonna leave you all severed
Gonna leave you all severed
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You play this one a bunch.... Why ?
New soundtrack for Stranger Things Season 3?
Hey, DJ - I've been listening this evening since Eleanor Rigby to Moby's Extreme Ways to Shawn Mullens and Sheryl Crow, to a pair of cellos who Smell Like Teen Spirit, and now The Decemberists' Severed. I'm in bliss. If you get a chance, please let me know more about your schedule, and I'll be tuning in! The joy this evening inspired me to send a contribution and make my first ever comment. Many thanks! 
Damn good.  This is the first song they have released that I really dig since The Hazards of Love album (which is awesome all the way through).
Some one has been listening to a lot of Alt-J. 
 Canadese wrote:

Look again at the lyrics, as you could interpret them to mean the exact opposite too. Depends on your political point of view.
 

Please explain yourself. My gut reaction is that there is no substance to your words, but maybe I misunderstand you.

Also, as far as meaning goes, there is a context of the rest of the album to consider, and if you still don't get it, you can read an interview with the writer.
The drums on that are not half bad, are they? Thou shalt move thy hips!!
 ziggytrix wrote:

"In a recent interview with the New York Times, author Phillip Roth recollected the words of pundit H.L. Mencken about democracy in America, "It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." When the Decemberists sing, "I was born to a jackal", the accompanying video makes it clear the band is referring to President Donald Trump. The songs' lyrics may be somewhat vague, but the notion that our head has been severed from the body politic comes across clearly. The lilting voice in which the lines are sung and the serene way the music is played suggests a feeling of helplessness. That does not seem to be intended ironically. The damage has already been done. The only solace we find is with others who share the same consciousness, like the work songs of the enslaved that make the burden easier to share."  - www.popmatters.com
 
Look again at the lyrics, as you could interpret them to mean the exact opposite too. Depends on your political point of view.
This is Debbie Downers' theme song.
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
I don't really want to be left severed... 
 what on earth is he singing about? 
 
"In a recent interview with the New York Times, author Phillip Roth recollected the words of pundit H.L. Mencken about democracy in America, "It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." When the Decemberists sing, "I was born to a jackal", the accompanying video makes it clear the band is referring to President Donald Trump. The songs' lyrics may be somewhat vague, but the notion that our head has been severed from the body politic comes across clearly. The lilting voice in which the lines are sung and the serene way the music is played suggests a feeling of helplessness. That does not seem to be intended ironically. The damage has already been done. The only solace we find is with others who share the same consciousness, like the work songs of the enslaved that make the burden easier to share."  - www.popmatters.com
 kopfhoerer wrote:
Love the song and I'd love to keep it that way. So, please take it easy on the rotation (6 times in last 4 weeks!)

Why not throw in the old crane wife or mariner's revenge for a change?
 

This song still gets more-than-usual play (6 plays in last 30 days) because it's from a "new album", but 39 other songs from them are played here: Total plays this month (main channel): 35
Love the song and I'd love to keep it that way. So, please take it easy on the rotation (6 times in last 4 weeks!)

Why not throw in the old crane wife or mariner's revenge for a change?
I'm seeing them tonight at our local venue, so I'm expecting a top night.  I'll keep you posted ...


Future Islands does it better...
Previous comments notwithstanding, I saw them last Saturday and it was a great show.  Unfortunately they were sandwiched between Lucero and Jason Isbell (Lucero is the best live band on the planet BTW) so it was a strange lineup, but very fun.  Decemberists put on a good show, and no I never watched Barney lol.  Great song.
 
Oh and OT but if you get a chance to see Isbell, go and do.  Phenomenal as well.
Great song.  Leaving a note here for Giacomo, the developer to check something:

"This is a test of 'smart quotes' as entered via the web form."

“This is a test of ‘smart quotes’ copied and pasted from MacOS TextEdit.”

I don't really want to be left severed... 
 what on earth is he singing about? 
To the folks claiming The Decemberists are a great band live; were your previous live experiences comprised of acts where the musicians wore brightly colored clothes, sang about letters and numbers, dinosaurs and/or the days of the week? Did you accompany these shows with a small child? Were you miffed because they served juice boxes instead of craft brews? And then were you ecstatic to attend a big kid rock show where The Decemberists were the headliners?

The only reason this song is better than all their others is because it ISN'T a sea shanty!
 jchrise wrote:
Gawd...this is even worse than all the previous Decemberist songs. No other band on RP makes me race as quickly to the PSD button!

 

I hear you. I hit PSD asap when they come one BUT I'm liking this one.
 SCRPListener wrote:
Quite the style shift from their previous work. I think I like it, but would like to hear more from the album.

 
Yeah, interesting stuff. I'll wait a bit before rating this but I'm liking it tonight.

Quite the style shift from their previous work. I think I like it, but would like to hear more from the album.
How hip is this Decemberist tune. Transcends so many eras of great music. Well selected.
There seems to be a trend towards the "techno" sound with a few bands these days....hmmmmmm
But I am seeing them live next month!!!!
I like the Decemberists, but this... well... this just might be their Kid A.  
 nebbie wrote:
Have tickets to see them in March - looking forward to it, second year in a row

 
Such a great live act.  Have fun!
Gawd...this is even worse than all the previous Decemberist songs. No other band on RP makes me race as quickly to the PSD button!
I'm a big Decembeists fan, and this is such a surprising change in direction... Love it! Can't wait for the new album
 gmichaelt wrote:
What can you say?

Meh?

 
{#Yes}  (wish this emoji wasn't smiling, Meh-loy's voice is so negatively mood changing)
 haljordan wrote:

As of now: 11 times in the last 30 days = ~ 1 every three days.
 
Agree!!! I started turning it off when I hear it on the radio now since it's played way to much there too. 
Have tickets to see them in March - looking forward to it, second year in a row
It's a catchy tune, but is being KILLED by overplay!
Been hearing this rotate a lot through Bill's playlist. Must mean it's a new album!  Looking forward to this bold sound coming in March. 
The guitar sounds a bit Ricky Wilson-ish (the one from the B-52s).
Ha ha ha is anyone else hearing Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap for second there?

BTW, that is not a bad thing and this is excellent.
What a change, but still making me tap my feet....
This track has me excited to hear the rest of the album!
At first I thought it was a cover of Peter Schilling. Then upon hearing Colin Meloy's voice didn't know what to think. Definitely an interesting evolution for the band. Now to find out if the album is a concept/prog album or not.
Thank god it doesn't sound like an R.E.M. production. I like this. 
Electronic Decemberists—what a concept!

I kinda like it.
like most new Decembrists songs, I hated it the first time.  Now on the third time hearing and I'm into it!  got my tickets for DPAC!
What can you say?

Meh?
nice tune {#Bananajam}
Blimey, this is a change of direction.  I like it a lot, but then I am thoroughly enjoying a lot of their work lately.  Talented folks, I feel.

edit.  I'm looking forward to seeing them here in November.