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song oracle
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Posted - 01/21/2004 :  05:43:59  Show Profile
Today's random song of the day is You're Such A Wire.

What do you think of it?

lyrics
Why do you hate me?
Why don''t you just simmer down?
You could be doing great things
Instead of just pushing me around
Or maybe just be sleeping
Even you at times must get tired

You''re such a wire
You''re such a wire
Look at you
You''re such a wire

Look at you
Packing it
Blasting it
You''re such a wire

The world it looks so big
But it feels so small
I''m snapping like a twig
In this dried up, dying fall
I think the winter is going to be a real whirligig

Why do I hate you?
That''s because I am full of it
If all your dreams came true
Then you must be completely full of it
You won''t catch me weeping
''Cause you know that I''m not a crier

I''m such a wire
I''m such a wire
Look at me
I''m such a wire

Look at me
Packing it
Blasting it
I''m such a wire


vilainde
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Niue
7311 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  06:56:00  Show Profile  Visit vilainde's Homepage
I knew the day would come when the SOTD would be You're Such A Wire. I hate this song as much as I love every other Frank Black song, i.e. a lot. Weak lyrics, weak melody, weak singing, weak instrumentation. Making "full of it" rhyme with... "full of it" is ugly.


Denis
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Frog in the Sand
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France
2715 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  07:13:39  Show Profile  Visit Frog in the Sand's Homepage
I partially agree with Denis.
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billgoodman
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Netherlands
5174 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  07:33:03  Show Profile  Click to see billgoodman's MSN Messenger address
the full of it rhyme is weak
but I tend to like this song
was even the first fb song that I learned to play
and I recorded it immediately, I was like 14



"I joined the Cult of Frank/Nobody wanted to join my Culf"
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Cult_Of_Frank
= Black Noise Maker =

Canada
11523 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  08:13:05  Show Profile  Visit Cult_Of_Frank's Homepage
One of the blander, more timid entries by Mr. Black, perhaps more suited to patients recovering from surgery...


"Join the Cult of Frank / And you'll be enlightened"

Edited by - Cult_Of_Frank on 01/21/2004 08:13:28
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Jayhawk
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80 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  08:16:43  Show Profile
FB sounds kinda bored on this one, but I like the melody of it. OK tune, not great.
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BLT
> Teenager of the Year <

South Sandwich Islands
4204 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  08:57:04  Show Profile
Not my favorite FB song, but I still like it a lot. Especially the "..or maybe just be sleeping..." and "...you won't catch me weeping..." lines.
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Valhalla
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Germany
80 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  09:20:51  Show Profile
This is one of my FB favourites ! I like it, I also like "Can I Get a Witness" and "Punk Rock City" - songs which so many in this forum don't like. I always wonder why ? They are great songs.


"You take the moon / I'll take the sun..."
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apl4eris
~ Abstract Brain ~

USA
4800 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  09:59:37  Show Profile  Visit apl4eris's Homepage
I really like this song, for what it is. It's definitely a downtempo mood, very similar to "Can I Get a Witness", which I also like - I think those 2 songs are very close to roots country. It gives me the same feeling that old Willie Nelson and Hank Williams Sr. songs do. I have a hunch that 5 years down the road I will rediscover this song and love it.

The "full of it" rhyming could grate on my nerves, but knowing FB's penchant for brilliant lyricism, I take this more as a psychological twist than an attempt to write a pleasing rhyme. To me, it's a tongue-in-cheek jab where he's playing off of higher expectations, and while doing so, also making a statement about the ugliness and baseness the relationship has devolved into.

Valhalla - the numbers are not so terribly few, my husband and I both love "Punk Rock City". That makes at least 3 of us. ;)


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apl4eris
~ Abstract Brain ~

USA
4800 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  10:08:59  Show Profile  Visit apl4eris's Homepage
Ok, that 5 years down the road thing just happened. Is anyone else missing time? I had to listen to the song after solidifying my observations, and I heard things I've never heard before. The surf-style steel guitar on the delay (I'm not a musician, so please don't rail at me if this is wrong :)) is supremely beautiful -I never paid any mind to it before. And this stanza is so complex - I usually just skimmed past it as well:

The world it looks so big
But it feels so small
I''m snapping like a twig
In this dried up, dying fall
I think the winter is going to be a real whirligig

This part just really blossomed for me.

I like this song oracle thingy!


What da ya want for nothing? ... a rubber biscuit?

Edited by - apl4eris on 01/21/2004 10:10:09
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George42
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USA
188 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  11:51:19  Show Profile
this is a great song. sounds great on album and live. i like the start of the second verse, "the world looks so big, but it feels so small....". i liken the song to 'I dont want to hurt you' on COR. i happen to like both songs. probably in the minority with my opinion of both.
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Valhalla
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Germany
80 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  12:04:34  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by apl4eris

Valhalla - the numbers are not so terribly few, my husband and I both love "Punk Rock City". That makes at least 3 of us. ;)



Apl4eris, I know that you also like Space, I am also a big fan of it What other artists do you listen to ? Maybe you have some recommendations ?


"You take the moon / I'll take the sun..."
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NimrodsSon
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1938 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  13:19:20  Show Profile
I like this song a lot


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FrequencyOfGlow
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USA
157 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  13:53:38  Show Profile  Visit FrequencyOfGlow's Homepage
hell, i must like it. my signature is taken from the lyrics!!!

I think the winter is going to be a real whirligig
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Little Black Francis
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Posted - 01/21/2004 :  17:50:10  Show Profile
I always thought of it is: you are such a "why'er"

like you ask "why" all the time...

which I thought was cool.


It always reminds me of "summer's almost gone" by the Doors for some odd, unkown reason... I guess the seasonal references
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floop
= Wannabe Volunteer =

Mexico
15297 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  18:33:11  Show Profile
this was my first favorite on Pistolero.. i think the writing is quite excellent actually. the vocal melodies are cool in the "world it looks so big.." stanza. and his singing voice on this song is unique.

short and sweet and beautiful; this is the Salma Hayek of Frank Black songs..
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Jason
* Dog in the Sand *

1348 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  20:53:24  Show Profile
what Frank was aiming for with "I Don't Want to Hurt You", I think he more successfully achieves here.

And I actually like the "full of it" rhyme. The repetition makes thematic sense, to me.

Never thought of that "Why'r" thing before. I like it!
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mereubu
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USA
2677 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2004 :  21:14:47  Show Profile  Visit mereubu's Homepage
This is such a lovely little song. I think it's perfect.


"I joined the Cult of Frank / And all I got was this lousy icon"
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Frog in the Sand
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France
2715 Posts

Posted - 01/22/2004 :  00:43:17  Show Profile  Visit Frog in the Sand's Homepage
I just listened to YSaW - for the first time for... a long time - and I must say I enjoyed it more than I expected. I guess my French ears weren't ready to enjoy 'country' songs at the time I bought Pistolero. Or maybe your posts simply made me change my opinion.
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GoddessTheory
= Cult of Ray =

USA
675 Posts

Posted - 01/22/2004 :  07:04:29  Show Profile
Very successful song. Perfect. Well written. A+.
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Cult_Of_Frank
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Canada
11523 Posts

Posted - 01/22/2004 :  07:29:27  Show Profile  Visit Cult_Of_Frank's Homepage
quote:
Originally posted by Little Black Francis

I always thought of it is: you are such a "why'er"

like you ask "why" all the time...

which I thought was cool.


It always reminds me of "summer's almost gone" by the Doors for some odd, unkown reason... I guess the seasonal references



That is a pretty cool idea, actually... the why're thing.


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El Barto
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USA
4020 Posts

Posted - 01/22/2004 :  10:42:41  Show Profile  Visit El Barto's Homepage
I really like this one...the lyrics mostly...I really dig the first verse. I think all the lyrics are brilliant. They're pretty simple, but still brilliant.


"I joined the Cult of Clops / If I were you, I'd sleep with one eye open."
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yarbles
= Cult of Ray =

USA
423 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2004 :  19:29:29  Show Profile  Visit yarbles's Homepage
I cannot stand the background harmonies....that's the main problem with the whole album (which is why it's my least favorite catholics album). They just don't work!!!
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frankblackphx
= Cult of Ray =

USA
287 Posts

Posted - 02/19/2004 :  20:42:21  Show Profile  Visit frankblackphx's Homepage
This and Western Star have always been my favorites off Pistolero.

I drive my wife crazy with this song as I always sing the first Verse when she gets mad at me. :)

Great lyrics and beautiful melody. Frank at his best.

Dan

I got me so down I got me a headache.
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The Calistanian
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1342 Posts

Posted - 02/20/2004 :  07:45:05  Show Profile
The "packing it, blasting it" part is sung with such ease, but authoritative.
It's cool.
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Don Eduardo
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Australia
403 Posts

Posted - 02/22/2004 :  19:48:03  Show Profile  Click to see Don Eduardo's MSN Messenger address
This song finished 131st (out of 157) in the 3rd Annual Australian Frank Black Countdown August 2003(this event involves ranking all songs in order, averaging each others rankings and counting them down backwards....add beer and it makes for a fun-filled day of FB) comprising all released FB songs from FB S/T to SMYT. We were probably a bit harsh on this track - im blaming my fellow countdown participant - he ranked it lower than me.
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DruggedBunny
= Cult of Ray =

United Kingdom
395 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2004 :  02:48:48  Show Profile
I beg to differ with the why'er thing. My guess is that it started as "you're such a liar", but it was too mundane so he changed it...



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"I appreciate your being offended, but who gives a fuck? Where do I take my list of things Iím offended by? Is anybody accepting applications?" -- Bill Hicks
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VoVat
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

USA
9168 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2004 :  14:19:40  Show Profile  Visit VoVat's Homepage  Click to see VoVat's MSN Messenger address
But does it have anything to do with "Hang Wire"?



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Adnan_le_Terrible
* Dog in the Sand *

France
1973 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2004 :  15:30:21  Show Profile  Visit Adnan_le_Terrible's Homepage
I hate this song. Apl4eris, I think you shouldn't compare "Can I get a Witness" and "Punk Rock City". I hate PRC, whereas "Can I get a Witness" is one of my favorite unreleased tracks. Of course, these are just personal opinions, and we all agree on one fact : Charles Michael Kitteridge Thompson IV is a genius.



Have some wine, please, don't run away.
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