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seriously, this comes up every time someone mentions the Silver Jews - it doesn't even make much sense. Was he ill (mentally / physically)? Was he forcefully hospitalised? What is going on?
It's completely nonsensical, but it grabs you. I can understand not liking it as an opening lyric, but I bet you noticed it the first time you heard it.
The way its delivered as well just makes me smile
like, people who are manic feel on top of the world and have delusions of grandeur and that, so he'd probably feel he was "approaching perfection". And then the line would be a wry reflection on his lack of insight into why he was hospitalised at the time. It'd fit with the next line, too - "slowly screwing my way across Europe" - people with mania often end up having sex with a lot of people.
No idea if that's actually what it means, might be just my imagination running away with me.
'It was the biggest cock you'd ever seen, but you'd no idea where that cock has been...'
I've always had a problem with the concept of the song encapsulated by the line 'you say you did it four times but jonnies come in packs of three'.
Seems as silly as suggesting that you can't eat 26 fruit pastilles because you only get 15 in a packet.
I... don't - what? I don't think you understand the line, then.
Surely it means that the fourth time she didn't use a condom -because "jonnies come in packs of three".
What am I missing?
Every time that thread comes up (every 3-4 months?), this and the Silver Jews one get spouted out, along with some McClusky gubbins.
That's a pretty good opening line.
As far as that Arab Strap line goes, I prefer "Another bloated disco, another sniff If romance I'll forget"
my favourite album of their's is, without a doubt, American Water. to me, it's one of those really rare, genuinely 10/10 albums
I think Bright Flight takes it though for my money, probably because it's sadder/more romantic and I'm a total sap.
The Wild Kindness is stunning
In twenty-seven years,
I drunk fifty thousand beers,
and they just wash against me
like the sea into a pier.
There are some astonishing lines in that song.
I completely agree
Album - American Water
Song - Send In The Clouds (maybe)
Lyric - 'When I go downtown I always wear a corduroy suit, cos it's made from a hundred gutters that the rain can run right through"
I fucking love Silver Jews.
with my strange ginger mate. Loved that album when I was a teenager, not listened to them in a couple of years. David Berman is amazing.
Is it available? Is it good?
The Arizona Record is on Grooveshark if you want to give it a go
whose vocals stop me listening to them. Sorry.
remember being overjoyed when I found out about Bill Callahan soon after cos he sounds similar. Love monotone word bummers.
One of the best feelings in the world for me is to have a few beers and sing along to the entirety of Bright Flight, adopting a faux-Texan accent.
"A black hawk nailed to the sky, and the tape hiss from the trees"
I'll bring the tortilla chips.
I haven't talked to him yet but I'm sure he won't mind
the more time I spend on here the more I like yoose
Pretty Eyes maybe? too many to pick from. "The elephants are so ashamed of their size, hosing down I tell them "you got pretty eyes"'
Pretty Eyes. Berman wrote some great songs.
Room games and diamond rain
It's a fox hunt
It's an f stop
It's a ten acre wood
Outbound on a western train
It costs a quarter, man
Out on the border land
I can dance real good
I used to think that line was...
"The butler has a taste at the top of the stairs"
I was lucky to see them live in Edinburgh, did anybody else see them live?
It was on their last tour, unbeknownst to me. I kept the ticket stub in my wallet even after the ink had rubbed out. The years/beers/washing against a pier line is my favourite line, song Horseleg Swastikas, album American Water. A gem of a band.
absolutely 100% going to play Punks in the Beerlight
Careful with the prescription analgesics mind.
stopped paying attention to the after that, even though I liked both albums. Rebel Jew is probably my favourite of theirs, although I really like Trains Across the Sea, too
Bright Flight and American Water are wonderful records.
And I should know, I'm a prick.
I can't hear anything.
I mean, Berman's lyrics are outstanding, but often they just seem too overwrought for me. Like, clever, but just too deliberate and not so natural. I'm not making sense
I don't agree imo - you can't accuse DB of not being natural. His heart and failings and addictions and mistakes and fuckups are all there. And he puts it beautifully into lovely melodies.
you can just hear that he's trying to be good - all the time. He wants to be normal. But then - why not get fucking slaughtered instead, eh? I guess you can relate, or not. Maybe that's it.
Every song on the album is brilliant, but my favourite is Friday Night Fever.
Lyric: "She wouldn't change me if she could
I wouldn't change her, she's too good
Sometimes a man just needs a change of pace"
So simple it gets me every time. I heard somewhere that this was a cover. Can someone with more knowledge enlighten me?
it's kind of interesting that they cut out the bridge sections
I guess less is more sometimes