Sep 15, 2006

Cat Power

One of the reasons I went to NYC earlier this week was to see the talented Chan (pronounced "Shawn", I believe) Marshall aka Cat Power play an early show at Irving Plaza.

Recent convert to the church of Cat Power, but damn is this one fine performer. Trying to describe her is like trying to describe your favorite bourbon. Husky, wood-smoked voice with trailer-trash beginnings aged into smooth honey-coated lyrics. She is an angel in blue jeans with a cigarette smoke halo.

Wow! New lady love (shiny!) might have to watch her back! Not like me to wax poetic like that.

One complaint that I have is the crowd at the show. Besides scattered pockets of fun people, everyone else seemed to be watching as if zombie-fied. I know her music is a bit somber and smart, but she was having fun on stage. Smoking cigs and dancing around...having fun! The rest of the crowd treated each song as a dirge and acted accordingly. Not us! We danced and drank Rolling Rock out of cans! Yezzir!

Anyway, here is one of my favorite songs she performed the other night. If you ever get a chance to hear it, enjoy the tempo change towards the end of the song.


Lived in Bars

We've lived in bars
And danced on tables
Hotel trains and ships that sail
We swim with sharks
And fly with aeroplanes in the air

Send in the trumpets
The marching wheelchairs
Open the blankets and give them some air
Swords and arches bones and cement
The light and the dark of the innocent of men

We know your house so very well
And we will wake you once we've walked up
All your stairs

There's nothing like living in a bottle
And nothing like ending it all for the world
We're so glad you will come back
Every living lion will lay in your lap
The kid has a homecoming the champion the horse
Who's going to play drums, guitar or organ with chorus
As far as we've walked from both of ends of the sand
Never have we caught a glimpse of this man

We know your house so very well
And we will bust down your door if you're not there

We've lived in bars
And danced on tables
Hotel trains and ships that sail
We swim with sharks
And fly with aeroplanes out of here

7 comments:

Steven Novak said...

Cat Power is great. Love her stuff.

Steve~

B.E. Earl said...

Yeah...I lust her for just being her.

Thanks for stopping in - great blog, by the way...if I manage to un-lazy myself, I'll update my links.

Kat - betcha thought this article was gonna be about something else, right?

Kat said...

What? You mean it's not all about me? Actually, I did start to wonder after Steve showed up and said he liked my stuff. I'm pretty sure I've never met him before. Pretty sure.

Kat said...

PS...where you bin? You didn't take offence to chicken larry did ya?

Slyde said...

You love me, Earl... just admit it...

elizabeth said...

Earl - are you lost?

B.E. Earl said...

Not lost...just been busy. Work stuff, if you can believe it.

Got some interesting stuff to post, if I ever get the chance. Maybe later today.