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Middleton
(along for the ride)
Posted: Apr 16, 2014 - 14:56
 

 Stephenater wrote:
Never noticed this song before, I like it!

 
Agreed!

rascal
(Toronto)
Posted: Apr 16, 2014 - 14:56
 

nice production...well crafted sound

mkrueck
(Germany)
Posted: Mar 16, 2014 - 01:13
 

 bam23 wrote:
I absolutely will not accuse him of "ripping off" anyone, a common enough phrase here, but "the scum also rises" was the title of a Hunter Thompson article in Rolling Stone back when Watergate was evolving. Referred to a disgraceful/disgraced president. Possibly Hunter Thompson was not the first to use the term, but it has stuck with me. Therefore, anyone who employs it merits some level of attention.
PS. For those unfamiliar with the literature, this is a play on The Sun Also Rises by E. Hemingway, a regional American writer.

 
Hi bam23,
thanks for your informative comment, but it eludes me why you refer to Ernest Hemingway as a "regional" American writer.

bam23
(Berkeley)
Posted: Mar 02, 2014 - 20:17
 

I absolutely will not accuse him of "ripping off" anyone, a common enough phrase here, but "the scum also rises" was the title of a Hunter Thompson article in Rolling Stone back when Watergate was evolving. Referred to a disgraceful/disgraced president. Possibly Hunter Thompson was not the first to use the term, but it has stuck with me. Therefore, anyone who employs it merits some level of attention.
PS. For those unfamiliar with the literature, this is a play on The Sun Also Rises by E. Hemingway, a regional American writer.

bronorb
(Wisconsin)
Posted: Feb 12, 2014 - 07:42
 

Anyone have an opinion on the rest of this album? I love this.

Stephenater
(Marin County, CA)
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 - 16:30
 

Never noticed this song before, I like it!

westslope
(BC coast)
Posted: Nov 27, 2013 - 12:58
 

 rdo wrote:
 "Walk on the Wild Side" anyone?

 

Yup.

 

Nowhere near as interesting as walk on the wild side....



Nadita
(Zürich, Switzerland)
Posted: Oct 27, 2012 - 19:13
 

When it was playing first I thought its Lambchop. But the voice was too young.
You find it on myspace.

DD rabbi_phil
(beach)
Posted: Sep 13, 2012 - 06:04
 

 Toke wrote:

I NEVER EVER use that Google thing.......

http://www.tommcrae.com/Store/Store.html
 

my granpa calls it "The google".....found on the "interweb"

Hannio
(Austin, TX)
Posted: Jul 25, 2012 - 07:31
 

Oooooh.  Edgy.    {#Rolleyes}

Toke
(Bournemouth UK)
Posted: Apr 08, 2012 - 03:33
 

 libsang wrote:


Where did you find it? I've been looking everywhere for a download—no itunes, no amazon, no link on his website? help????
 
I NEVER EVER use that Google thing.......

http://www.tommcrae.com/Store/Store.html

ScottFromWyoming
(Powell)
Posted: Mar 07, 2012 - 11:25
 

 jam5ie76 wrote:
8  reminds me a bit of The The and not just the harmonica
 
I have made that mistake for years. Hmm.

NeuroGeek
(Just Way Out There)
Posted: Mar 07, 2012 - 11:24
 

 Shesdifferent wrote:
Didn't car for the beginning, but loved the end. Go figure.
 
You aren't the only one.

TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: Feb 04, 2012 - 18:38
 

Just think, in 40 years, he'll sound like Leonard Cohen.

fredriley
(Nottingham, UK)
Posted: Jan 17, 2012 - 02:55
 

A song for our times, for warmongering governments and robber barons in Finance Capital.

"the strongest will survive
but it's the scum that always rises"

Isn't that the truth! You just have to look at those who've emerged to rule us in the last decade or so, in politics and the economy. Reminds me of an old saying about UK Tories:

Q: Why are the Tories the cream of society?
A: Because they're rich, thick and full of clots

dabeyc
Posted: Dec 16, 2011 - 10:07
 

whisper. or sing. not both. argghhh

George_Tirebiter
(Phoenix)
Posted: Nov 01, 2011 - 14:46
 

Mental root canal.  {#Fever}
a 2 is all it gets, and that's generous

hippiechick
(topsy turvy land)
Posted: Sep 30, 2011 - 21:14
 

I like this!

rdo
(DC)
Posted: Aug 30, 2011 - 11:36
 

 "Walk on the Wild Side" anyone?

eswiley2
Posted: Jun 10, 2011 - 05:51
 

Too early for this one!!{#Naughty}

jam5ie76
Posted: Jun 10, 2011 - 05:51
 

8  reminds me a bit of The The and not just the harmonica

Cynaera
(South of Neanderthal)
Posted: May 09, 2011 - 15:21
 

Bumping this from 7 to 8 - I really like it!  Wickedly-clever lyrics and unexpected musical injections.  Snarky and fun.

Here I go
back again
sliding off the ceiling
was I gone for long
did I just flick the switch?

across the street
away from me
a man is singing Sympathy for the devil
and he's getting all the words wrong

his newspaper flies desperately
but words aren't wings like gravity
they'll keep you here

It's a theory to subscribe to
but you know you're being lied to
so keep your picture clear
keep your picture clear

Stay awake
the lines are drawn
you're never right until you're wrong
in the eyes of the world

and a picture tells a thousand lies
little dots in black and white
you have no idea
the strongest will survive
but it's the scum that always rises

So keep your picture clear
keep your picture clear
keep your picture clear

you talk just like a diplomat
but hide the gun behind your back
and lead us near a bloody war
congratulations, this is yours
looking through the history books
of liars cheats and petty crooks

they'll print your picture clear
they'll print your picture clear
keep your picture clear

keep your picture clear



Sasha2001
(Where the last of the union men run free)
Posted: Apr 26, 2011 - 11:23
 

A song that seems greater then the sum of it's parts.

peter_james_bond
(West Of The Burg)
Posted: Apr 26, 2011 - 11:20
 

 crockydile wrote:
What a very odd song. Starts with spoken word, finger snapping and ends with a harmonica laced choir...{#Think} Very Creative.

 
{#High-five} Agreed, very cool.


cattail321
Posted: Mar 25, 2011 - 21:34
 

woot/......yeah  baby

Shesdifferent
(Just visiting this planet this is not my home)
Posted: Mar 07, 2011 - 12:31
 

Didn't car for the beginning, but loved the end. Go figure.

fast_eddie
Posted: Nov 01, 2010 - 14:39
 

What a cool fun song!!

libsang
Posted: Oct 19, 2010 - 12:21
 

 jkhandy wrote:

Agreed!   {#Cheers}
 

Where did you find it? I've been looking everywhere for a download—no itunes, no amazon, no link on his website? help????

vandal
(arriving somewhere, but not here. . .)
Posted: Oct 19, 2010 - 09:56
 


It's a theory to subscribe to
but you know you're being lied to
so keep your picture clear


helgigermany
(Germany)
Posted: Sep 30, 2010 - 23:26
 

Not bad! Like to hear new music!!

ScottFromWyoming
(Powell)
Posted: Aug 16, 2010 - 15:40
 

300+ ratings so it's been played many times... and I've never heard it? Oh, sure now I hear the bit at the end I remember it. Hmm. 7

bseib
(40 24' N 86 53' W)
Posted: Jul 28, 2010 - 23:39
 

hmmm..... i find myself lowering my ranking of this song each time i hear it....  the repetition is driving me nuts!!!!!!!!!

crockydile
(Outer Spiral Arm, Milky Way)
Posted: Jul 15, 2010 - 18:01
 

What a very odd song. Starts with spoken word, finger snapping and ends with a harmonica laced choir...{#Think} Very Creative.


jkhandy
(Near the ocean (in my mind))
Posted: Jun 13, 2010 - 21:10
 

 skdenfeld wrote:
No higher recommendation for a song than to purchase it.  Done.
 
Agreed!   {#Cheers}

skdenfeld
(Bend, Oregon)
Posted: Mar 23, 2010 - 22:28
 

No higher recommendation for a song than to purchase it.  Done.

coffee-eyes
(Across the bridge from Charlestown)
Posted: Feb 20, 2010 - 08:31
 

 DoctorHooey wrote:
This one's a creeper - snuck under my skin while I was working from repeat listenings. It's really cool - nice slow burn.
 
Most definitely.


Sloggydog
(UK)
Posted: Jan 19, 2010 - 22:37
 

Now this I like.  Ooh just looked.  Apparently i liked it last time too.


DoctorHooey
(/etc)
Posted: Dec 06, 2009 - 10:19
 

This one's a creeper - snuck under my skin while I was working from repeat listenings. It's really cool - nice slow burn.

Sloggydog
(UK)
Posted: Nov 18, 2009 - 02:43
 

The quiet rhythm of passionate lyrics - i dig it alot.

mirland
(Denmark)
Posted: Sep 16, 2009 - 02:07
 

Very good!

paulmack
(the hissing swamps)
Posted: Aug 15, 2009 - 14:12
 

I like the piano - it's repetitive, I admit, but I almost like it more for that very reason. Keeps me grounded in the surreal while I'm attempting to detail the picture that I, personally, would keep clear....sorry, I shouldn't have done that.

Bone
(Divided States of Sanity)
Posted: Aug 02, 2009 - 10:53
 

=SNAP=  Dig it, Daddy-O, it's the CRAAAAZYIEST!  =SNAP=

-7 

jsjacob
(El Cerrito, CA)
Posted: Jun 05, 2009 - 12:30
 

For me the second half makes up for the first half, but just barely.
 

ArbiterOfGoodTaste
(Seattle, WA)
Posted: May 12, 2009 - 09:30
 

Intriguing...

Moonman1
(Massachusetts)
Posted: Apr 29, 2009 - 05:31
 

Sounds like Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys.

surreal1221
(Atlanta, GA)
Posted: Dec 05, 2008 - 11:41
 

Wow. . .his tone, the slight scratch of his voice.  The strum of the guitar. . .very nice, indeed quite likable. 

pannaramma
(not from around here)
Posted: Oct 27, 2008 - 08:33
 

yup. It's a dark, grey Monday morning.

Kittee
(NC- Dreaming of the Mountains)
Posted: Oct 03, 2008 - 08:50
 

Meh, kinda sounds like a public service announcement commercial.

lattalo
(Beartooths)
Posted: Aug 19, 2008 - 15:51
 

I am trying to keep my picture clear, the drugs help but it's hard.

Govi
(Left Coast)
Posted: Aug 11, 2008 - 06:55
 

Eeeek!  That harmonica just drilled a hole in my head....