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Beck — Scarecrow
Album: Guero
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Released: 2005
Length: 4:06
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Walking to the other side
With the devil trying to take my mind
And my soul's just a silhouette
On the ashes of a cigarette

Illusions never fake their lives
Trick cards fool the eyes
Carry zeroes over 'til they add up
Bury tears in the chapters you shut
Sometimes the jail can't chain the cell
And the rain's too plain to tell
All alone by a barren well
Scarecrow's only scaring himself

I've been digging the ground
Beneath the dust and the clouds
I see miles and miles
Of junkyard piles
I wanted hope from a grave
I wanted strength from a spade
What gives you comfort now
Might be the end of your vein
Crows are pulling at my clothes
The wind got my fingers froze
Standin' all day, keepin' watch
Over all the treasures we've lost
Sometimes the jail can't chain the cell
And the rain's to plain to tell
All alone by a barren well
The scarecrow's only scaring himself
Oooh ooh ooh
Oooh ooh ooh

Scarecrow's only scaring himself
Scarecrow's only scaring himself
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 ThePoose wrote:
Wonder if he was listening to Billie Jean when writing this.
 

Nah, he probably didn't think about putting that bassline in there until they got to the studio.
gif of The Scarecrow from "The Wiz" dancing
Had this on heavy rotation in my iPod when this came out. I still think it's super-groovy! Cool cover: Diego Rivera's disembodied head!
This whole record is amazing, but I think that this one & Que Onda Guero are among the best he's ever done!  Beck is quite The Artist!
 Geecheeboy wrote:
I didn't hear what followed because I went to the YouTubes to hear Billy Jean.

 
LOL got the BJ right away but the song went cool so give it another try
Boooringggggg
Boring as hell.....
I didn't hear what followed because I went to the YouTubes to hear Billy Jean.
 ThePoose wrote:
Wonder if he was listening to Billie Jean when writing this.

 
I just saw him in concert Friday night.  They actually did Billie Jean live.  And it was unexpected and very good!  Surprised the hell out of the audience.
Best by Beck that I've heard for a while. Just wish he would occasionally sing with a bit of passion!
Good stuff. Very good.
Not saying anything negative cuz that's not nice.
Wonder if he was listening to Billie Jean when writing this.
song starts like Robert Palmer...Got some Pictures in my Mind...
Love me some Beck   {#Jump}
Get it!!  {#Dance}
fantastic.....vusion..
Nice groovy tune ... {#Dancingbanana_2}
 1wolfy wrote:
shades of Robert Palmer and Michael J
 
YES

loving it!
shades of Robert Palmer and Michael J
Great segue from Nirvana's All Apologies!
 coloradojohn wrote:
This one really kicks it out...fantastic, and fits the vibe of some of the other wild songs on this great record; probably my fave by him...
Thanks, RP, for playing it!
 
i'm with you.
This one really kicks it out...fantastic, and fits the vibe of some of the other wild songs on this great record; probably my fave by him...
Thanks, RP, for playing it!
 socalhol wrote:
I just noticed the beginning of this song reminds me of Folk Implosion's "Natural One"
 
Good catch!  This a pretty darned good Beck song - not one of his best, in my opinion, but I do like it a lot. (And "Natural One" invariably gets my foot tapping...) {#Dancingbanana}


Now I'll have to go back and listen to the whole album again. I must have missed this song. And yes, it is a good one. 8
love this whole album. actually the whole set that's been playing for the last half hour has been great.
I just noticed the beginning of this song reminds me of Folk Implosion's "Natural One"
Somehow manages to be completely original and yet rather catchy, even on a first listen. Nice!

J.J. Cale would be proud.
He seems to always push the envelope. What a talent.
Love it.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
The usual Beck Brilliance! {#Sunny}
 
How predictable can Beck be?...Always coming out with awesome music.

Thumbs UP!

The usual Beck Brilliance! {#Sunny}
Nice segue.  
 arielspace wrote:


The bass line and some of the drums are identical to Billie Jean...
 
The bass line is very similar to "Billie Jean," but not identical—at least not the way I learned to play it. That said, what strikes me about this song, indeed the whole of Beck's work, is his ability to summon shards of rock's past and reform them to his own devices. His encyclopedic knowledge of rock history, much like Dylan and Prince, serves as the foundation for his own compositions. In the end he sounds refreshingly new, yet hauntingly familiar. Pretty cool.

 i4niblind wrote:
crazy, i was just listening to this in the car, and i come inside and look what's playing..  nice.
 
not really a beck fan, except jeff beck...my fav, but somehow this caught my attention
crazy, i was just listening to this in the car, and i come inside and look what's playing..  nice.
I done tole ya...
:hearteyes:
One of my favorites from Guero. Go on witchya self, Beck!
:dancingbanana: "I like this one better" says a 3 year old. Beck it is.
!!!YEAH!!! :bounce:
yea! - for dancing in your seat!
Its a pretty good song :whistle:
arielspace wrote:
The bass line and some of the drums are identical to Billie Jean...
Agreed. I was just going to post that! I can deffo hear Micheal Jackson in this...
i dont like it ...
The French word Bec means kiss
2Hawks wrote:
Get a grip. This is nothing like Billie Jean.
The bass line and some of the drums are identical to Billie Jean...
He's channeling Tom Waits
beck is teh shit
Get a grip. This is nothing like Billie Jean.
esotericderek wrote:
Ooh!...ooh! Ooh!...ooh! Billie Jean is....not my lover. She's just a girl who...claims that I am the one. ......but the kid is not my son!
I came over to say the same... had never noticed it until now
esotericderek wrote:
Ooh!...ooh! Ooh!...ooh! Billie Jean is....not my lover. She's just a girl who...claims that I am the one. ......but the kid is not my son!
Close but not the same
Ooh!...ooh! Ooh!...ooh! Billie Jean is....not my lover. She's just a girl who...claims that I am the one. ......but the kid is not my son!
yeah! :dancingbanana_2:
queenjill wrote:
oh no! not beck too?
Plenty of links on the web, but specifically for Guero: https://www.stylusmagazine.com/feature.php?ID=1710 (a bit of a stretch but interesting nonetheless)
Atombender wrote:
Why scientology? WHY? Great music anyway :)
oh no! not beck too?
:devil_pimp: Beck = muh dude! rockin brotha!
Absolutely one of the very best pieces of innovative tune-ology out there! Yeah -- Why, indeed, the church of LRon? but Senor Beck has crafted a rare and true gem or two I love to repetitive little bits...
It's official: Grampa likes Beck.
Atombender wrote:
Why scientology? WHY? Great music anyway :)
LOL... I often think that as well
Why scientology? WHY? Great music anyway :)
honeygirl wrote:
I want a little drink, with my Beck.
Maybe a Beck's :wink: Sorry, could'nt resist :whistle:
A little Billy Jean in this groove?
rascal420 wrote:
He must be a thetan. Come to think of it, everyone around me is acting strangely...
he's actually a second generation scientologist who likes to say he was raised jewish. go figure. :)
DisplacedNorthrnr wrote:
I think that they are birds...flying birds, perhaps crows? seagulls? hmmm.... anyhoo there just ain't enough bird sounds in today's popular music, is there?
same ones from "it's my life" - talk talk. must have a strong union.
this is a great one, too. :)
Beck. Very Good Loud @ 6:32am :cool:
Fat_Man_Flo wrote:
Jackal! Jackal! Is it a jackal?!? Jackal, it's a jackal! Jackal! It's a jackal! Jackal!
Ahhh Great Stewie line. Guero has gotten me more into Beck than i have ever been. ┬┐Que Onda?
I want a little drink, with my Beck.
7 on an album that scores a 9. Not that it's even one of the lower rated songs on the album, the album's just a great cumulative effort .
:clap: I love this song. One of my all-time favorites. :clap:
Just a *touch* of Tom McRae's Walking to Hawaii- 7.
rumplestiltskin wrote:
Are those jackals I hear in the background?
I think that they are birds...flying birds, perhaps crows? seagulls? hmmm.... anyhoo there just ain't enough bird sounds in today's popular music, is there?
Not a bad song, not a bad album, but nowhere equal to Sea Change (esp. in SACD format).
This has to be Beck's best impersonation of himself. I mean, this has to be the first time I've heard a song and thought "This guy sounds a lot like Beck", only to find out that it was him.
rumplestiltskin wrote:
Are those jackals I hear in the background?
Jackal! Jackal! Is it a jackal?!? Jackal, it's a jackal! Jackal! It's a jackal! Jackal!
rascal420 wrote:
He must be a thetan. Come to think of it, everyone around me is acting strangely...
A thesbian? :) BTW, this is not the strongest song on this album. == :sleep:
Beck's stuff will always be hit and miss for me. More often than not, there's little hope of ever understanding a smidgeon of his lyrical content. Still, rather catchy tune, makes me wanna sway and shake a little :moon:
This song is deemed Clear ...OT Level III all the way.
lalindalinda wrote:
I just heard this weekend that Beck is a **scientologist**. Any word on this?
He must be a thetan. Come to think of it, everyone around me is acting strangely...
Are those jackals I hear in the background?
jbtidwell wrote:
I don't know if he is or isn't, and don't care as long as he doesn't start talking about it in his songs or on Good Morning America.
I googled it and its true. How depressing. Well. if it helps him compose then more power to him. Scientology theology is even more ridiculous than mosst religions. They do have some useful exercises though I think. But they exploit the poor and gullible into taking out $10K loans for their "classes" which is a crime.
lalindalinda wrote:
I just heard this weekend that Beck is a **scientologist**. Any word on this?
I don't know if he is or isn't, and don't care as long as he doesn't start talking about it in his songs or on Good Morning America.
I just heard this weekend that Beck is a **scientologist**. Any word on this?
mezzanine wrote:
Bassline sounds a bit like the bassline to MJ's 'Billie Jean'. Not a bad thing. Nice groove.
I thought the same thing, but then said to myself, nah, it's late and I am tired..must be hearing things. Glad someone else hears it as well!
Very interesting sound. There is much here that I like.
:nodhead: The lyrics really do it :nodhead: Well there's not much else in there really is there ?
DannieBamBam wrote:
Maybe his brillance is derived from the fact that he is making music that is unlike anything that has been heard before. Imitation can be done by a parrot but creation is something completely novel and wholy restricted to humans. A lot of people, including myself, appreciate listening to new music that makes one think about the possiblities that it has to offer. I personally think Beck is brilliant. Is that good enough of an answer for you?
Danny--Sense of Humor Check coming up. You ready? Okay: This guy walks into a bar . . . Etc. I understand your point, of course. My comment was meant to express my own mystification at what might be the oldest adage there is: there's no accounting for taste. And I admit--humorously, or so I intended--that it may well be MY taste that is, in the case of Beck, unnaccountable.
Made me shake it off in my little cubicle. :moon:
Jennnn wrote:
Scott, its so funny... I would have said the same thing when Odelay came out. The first time I listened to it I really didn't like it and thought WTF? I don't know how long it was, at least a year though, before I played it again. Something happened to me between the first time I heard it and that second listening. It was like my brain had changed how it perceived the music. I don't know how to explain it except that I had listened to a lot of other music and was just in a different place. But now... I am one of the Beck worshipers. He is the forefront of musical evolution. Cannot get enough of this guy. Go figure!
Yup the same thing happend for me too! I think the difference for me was getting exposed to more "electronic" music, which made me better able to tell that what Beck was doing was very unique and brilliant.
Xeric wrote:
Beck does it again--more awful noise that everybody thinks is brilliant. What the hell is the matter with everybody? It couldn't be me. . . .
I'm totally with you! I concede that he is brilliant and original but he irrates the hell out of me.
Xeric wrote:
Beck does it again--more awful noise that everybody thinks is brilliant. What the hell is the matter with everybody? It couldn't be me. . . .
Scott, its so funny... I would have said the same thing when Odelay came out. The first time I listened to it I really didn't like it and thought WTF? I don't know how long it was, at least a year though, before I played it again. Something happened to me between the first time I heard it and that second listening. It was like my brain had changed how it perceived the music. I don't know how to explain it except that I had listened to a lot of other music and was just in a different place. But now... I am one of the Beck worshipers. He is the forefront of musical evolution. Cannot get enough of this guy. Go figure!
Beck is brilliant and ORIGINAL. I feel like I am on a safari in the ghetto and peering at the cosmos here with this unusual song. I only wish I had the ingenuity that he does to take all those ideas and blend it into a marketable product that's entertaining to listen to, and leaves you wanting more brain candy!
Xeric wrote:
Beck does it again--more awful noise that everybody thinks is brilliant. What the hell is the matter with everybody? It couldn't be me. . . .
Maybe his brillance is derived from the fact that he is making music that is unlike anything that has been heard before. Imitation can be done by a parrot but creation is something completely novel and wholy restricted to humans. A lot of people, including myself, appreciate listening to new music that makes one think about the possiblities that it has to offer. I personally think Beck is brilliant. Is that good enough of an answer for you?
Radiohead-head wrote:
This album blows me away....Beck's "Odley" voice is back as strong as ever.
More of a "Sea Change" fan, but the guy is a talent and his music, diverse. Have to appreciate that.
I love this stuff. Must... buy... album...!
This album blows me away....Beck's "Odley" voice is back as strong as ever.
Wow this is awesome. Sounds like 'the art of noise', a bit of the Robert Palmer era... Love it.
Xeric wrote:
Beck does it again--more awful noise that everybody thinks is brilliant. What the hell is the matter with everybody? It couldn't be me. . . .
I think "what's wrong" is that lots of other people simply have a different opinion than you. You're entitled to your opinion, and to share it...but nothing is wrong with those with whom you disagree.
Beck does it again--more awful noise that everybody thinks is brilliant. What the hell is the matter with everybody? It couldn't be me. . . .
Each track on this masterpiece of a disc is a sonic shmorgasbord. Love it that so many tracks are in the library. Need to add "Black Tambourine," too. Down and dirty drum and bass fest, it is.
I just gotta say (not that it really matters to anyone!) that I didn't really find Beck's last album very interesting at all. This one is just the opposite. Every tune I hear off of it makes me stop workin to listen! Guess I gotta get the album.
Great song! It's got a great theme to it, and it's really catchy (as is the entire album).
It sounds a bit like Robert Palmer being revived(?) through Beck :wink:
* tapping the keybord *.... \:D/ damn.... undo, undo, undo...
Not my favorite on what is a good disc.
So far it's a 7... plodding, repetitive, no real hooks, I'm not entranced by it's trance attempt...
Waiter, a 10 for the song in the corner, with my compliments. Thanks, you're a peach.
Second cut I've heard off of it. And loving it, too. Beck continues to amaze and delight.
There is nothing I've heard off this new album that hasn't immediately pulled me in... good stuff!
Bassline sounds a bit like the bassline to MJ's 'Billie Jean'. Not a bad thing. Nice groove.
Must...wait...one...more...day...for...it...to...arrive...