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released March 3, 2009

Thanks a’ hoy to all of you! Thank you for listening!
Thanks to all the kind and talented musicians who took the time to help out.
I love you!

Thanks to Harvey at Rainbow and Pete Weiss in Vermont for loaning me gear.
Big thanks also to James Ogilvie for home-made music box inspiration.

All drawings and photos by Neko except the old ones whose copyrights have died…
-photos of Neko by Jason “Sandy” Creps, make-up by Erin “E-Dog” Collins
-owl photo courtesy of Robert Myers-
“Middle Cyclone” photo courtesy of Lewis Stillwell
-paintings by Amy Casey – amycaseypainting.com
Art put together by Judge + Neko
www.nekocase.com

Amy Lombardi at Beekeeper Corp in Chicago is my manager and helps me out in every way. Thank you Amy!
Ali Hedrick at the Billions Corp. of Chicago is my booking agent. She does an amazing job. Just please don’t ask her to try and get me to play your wedding. No offense. www.billions.com
Legal – I own all the songs I wrote and they are protected by copyright law. My lawyer is not to be trifled with and will most definitely sue you. I won’t be able to stop him, so if you get something in the mail from Goldring, Hertz, & Lichtenstein, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I, Neko Case, acted alone in the creation of this album, except when I recruited the help of these folks…
I have veto power because I paid for this recording, which technically makes me the “executive producer”, but that’s kind of a bullshit term because everyone involved contributed to the sound of this recording. For example: Darryl Neudorf and I mixed it together at “The Woodshed” in Toronto, and “Operation Northwoods” in Mono, Ontario. We had a great deal of help from Chris Shreenan – Dyck at The Woodshed. The bed tracks and countless overdubs were recorded at Wavelab in Tucson, AZ by Craig Schumacher, Chris Schultz, and Nick Luca. They were great! And lucky for me lots of vocals were done at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn with Phil Palazzolo, who also recorded the piano orchestra in my barn with help from Ryan Boyles. Dan at Wall to Wall in Chicago also recorded Kelly and Nora’s pretty singing. Mitch at Batty Steer in Mono Center, Ont. also recorded some additional vocals on short notice. Thank you all! And also the ladies at Starfish Entertainment for taking such care in all they do. Also to Brendan for putting us up! Good folks! Big hearts!
Mastering was done by the mighty Peter Moore at the E Room in Toronto, as usual!
My good looking band are:
Kelly Hogan, Barry Mirochnick, Jon Rauhouse, Tom V. Ray, Paul Rigby, and let’s not forget Judge.

The piano orchestra are:
Kathryn Calder, Neko Case, John Collins, Garth Hudson, Blaine Thurier, Paul Rigby and Ryan Boyles.

Carolyn Mark Esq. appears courtesy of Mint Records, Kurt Heasley courtesy 3TA, Carl Newman courtesy Matador, as do John Collins, Kathryn Calder and Blaine Thurier, Joey Burns courtesy Quarterstick Records, and so does John Convertino! Howe Gelb courtesy Yep Roc, Sarah Harmer courtesy Rounder/ Cold Snap/ Universal Canada, Nora O’Connor courtesy Bloodshot, Steve Berlin courtesy of Los Lobos! Yeah! And last, but first, M Ward courtesy of Merge.

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Track Name: This Tornado Loves You
MY LOVE I AM THE SPEED OF SOUND
I LEFT THEM MOTHERLESS, FATHERLESS
THEIR SOULS DANGLING INSIDE-OUT FROM THEIR MOUTHS...
BUT IT'S NEVER ENOUGH
I WANT YOU

I CARVED YOUR NAME ACROSS THREE COUNTIES
AND GROUND IT IN WITH BLOODY HIDES
BROKEN NECKS WILL LINE THE DITCH
TIL YOU "STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP THIS MADNESS!"
I WANT YOU

I HAVE WAITED WITH A GLACIER’S PATIENCE
SMASHED EVERY TRANSFORMER WITH EVERY TRAILER
TIL NOTHING WAS STANDING
SIXTY-FIVE MILES WIDE

BUT STILL YOU ARE NOWHERE, STILL YOU ARE NOWHERE, NOWHERE IN SIGHT
COME OUT TO MEET ME, RUN OUT TO MEET ME
COME INTO THE LIGHT

CLIMB THE BOXCARS TO THE ENGINE
THROUGH THE SMOKE AND TO THE SKY

YOUR RAILS COULD ALWAYS OUTRUN MINE SO I
I PICKED THEM UP AND CRASHED THEM DOWN
IN A MOMENT CLOSE TO NOW
CAUSE I MISS, I MISS, I MISS, I MISS
HOW YOU'D SIGH YOURSELF TO SLEEP
WHEN I'D RAKE THE SPRINGTIME ACROSS YOUR SHEETS

CHORUS

MY LOVE, I'M AN OWL ON THE SILL IN THE EVENING
BUT MORNING FINDS YOU
STILL WARM AND BREATHING
THIS TORNADO LOVES YOU, WHAT WILL MAKE YOU BELIEVE ME?
Track Name: The Next Time You Say "Forever"
I HEAR THE TINIEST SPARKS AND THE TENDEREST SOUNDS DIVING MUSIC DROWNING THE SOUND WALTZING WITH THE HAIRS UPON MY ARMS THEN YOUR FIGHT OR FLIGHT ALARM THEN YOU TREMBLE THEN YOU STUMBLE AND YOU SCRAPE UP YOUR PALMS
I CAN'T STAY HERE TO HOLD YOUR HAND
I'VE BEEN AWAY FOR SO LONG
I'VE LOST MY TASTE FOR HOME
AND THAT'S A DIRTY, FALLOW FEELING...
TO BE THE DANGLING CELING
FROM WHEN THE ROOF CAME CRASHING DOWN
PEELING IN THE HEAT
VANISH IN THE RAIN
THE NEXT TIME YOU SAY "FOREVER"
I WILL PUNCH YOU IN YOUR FACE
JUST BECAUSE YOU DON'T BELIEVE IT
DOESN'T MEAN I DIDN'T MEAN IT
YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN I'LL SHOW YOU THE NEVER
Track Name: People Got A Lotta Nerve
AS THE SAYING SAYS "AN ELEPHANT NEVER FORGETS"
STANDING IN THE CONCRETE CAVE
SWAYING SAD AND INSANE
THEY WALKED OVER THE OCEAN IN THEIR DREAMS THEY DREAM AWAKE
UNTIL THE LIGHT GREW DIM
UNTIL THE COP CARS CAME
EVERYBODY TELLS ME THIS IS CRAZY YES, I KNOW IT

I'M A MAN-MAN-MAN, MAN-MAN-MAN-EATER
AND STILL YOU'RE SURPRISED WHEN I EAT YOU

YOU KNOW THEY CALL THEM "KILLER" WHALES?!
BUT YOU SEEM SURPRISED WHEN IT PINNED YOU DOWN
TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TANK
WHERE YOU CAN'T TURN AROUND
IT TOOK HALF YOUR LEG AND BOTH YOUR LUNGS
"WHEN I CRAVED I ATE HEARTS OF SHARKS, I KNOW YOU KNOW IT"

I'M A MAN-MAN-MAN, MAN-MAN-MAN-EATER
AND STILL YOU'RE SURPRISED WHEN I EAT YOU
IT WILL END AGAIN IN BULLETS, FRIEND
Track Name: Polar Nettles
HE TAKES HIS DINNER IN THE BED
LOVE SICKENED AND INFIRM-ED
THE ORDERLY FOUND HIM THERE
FILLETED ON THE MARBLE STAIRS
HAT STILL IN HAND,
HIS SMOKING REMAINS BLOWN OUT BY A KISS FROM NURSE SOMEDAY SOON.......SOMEDAY SOON

HIS EYES ARE CLOSED
HE MOUTHS HER NAME
THE ROSARY HER LIPS AND TOUNGE
SHE IS THE CENTRIFUGE THAT THROWS THE SPIRES FROM THE SUN
THE SISTINE CHAPEL PAINTED WITH A GATLING GUN

POLAR NETTLES SET ON END
MOVE LIKE STARLINGS UP A CLIFF
ANTENNAE OF HER FOGGY TOUCH
THE FORCE FIELD ROUND HER FROSTY HIPS
WHO'S SHAPE RECALLS THE WICKED SPADE
THAT BURIED HIM BUT ON HIS LIPS
THE LAST RIGHTS OF NURSE SOMEDAY SOON
Track Name: Vengeance Is Sleeping
I DID NOT KNOW WHAT A BRUTE I WAS
I DIPPED MY CIGARETTE AND RODE THE BUS
VENGEANCE BUILT ME HASTILY

AND I DRAGGED THE CLANGING NOTION I WAS NOBODY, NOBODY
...NOBODY

ALL I HAD WAS MY INVENTION
AND MY LOVE INVENTED ALL OF YOU

OH, LOOK WHAT THOUGHTS CAN DO
WHAT THOUGHTS CAN DO

IF BY NOW YOU ARE NOT DEAD AND BURIED
YOU ARE MOST CERTIFIABLY MARRIED, OH MARRIED

I'M SURE YOU'RE SLEEPING SOUND
WITH THE MISTRESS OF THE HOURS
THE HOURS THAT GRIND YOUR LIFE TO DUST
YOUR EASY LOVES YOU KEEP LIKE PETS
DENIED THEM YOU ARE POWERLESS

WHATEVER KEEPS YOU SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT

I'M NOT THE MAN YOU THOUGH I WAS
MY LOVE HAS NEVER LIVED INDOORS
I'VE HAD TO DRAG IT HOME BY FORCE
HIRED HOUNDS AT BOTH MY WRISTS
DAMP AND BRUISED BY STRANGERS KISSES ON MY LIPS
BUT YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I STILL MISS

YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I STILL MISS

AND IT'S RUTHLESS THAT IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE

I'M NOT THE MAN YOU THINK I AM
Track Name: Middle Cyclone
OH BABY, WHY AM I WORRIED NOW?
DID SOMEONE MAKE A FOOL OF ME BEFORE I COULD SHOW THEM HOW IT'S DONE?

I CAN'T GIVE UP ACTING TOUGH
IT'S ALL THAT I'M MADE OF
CAN'T SCRAPE TOGETHER QUITE ENOUGH
TO RIDE THE BUS TO THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE FACT THAT I NEED LOVE

THERE WERE TIMES
THAT I TRIED
ONE FOR EVERY GLASS OF WATER THAT I SPILLED
NEXT TO THE BED
RETCHING PENNIES IN A BOILING WELL
IN A DREAM
THAT AT ONCE BECOMES A FOUNDRY OF MUTE AND HEAVY BELLS
THEY SHAKE ME DEAF AND DUMB
SAY SOMEONE MADE A FOOL OF ME
‘FORE I COULD SHOW THEM HOW IT'S DONE

IT WAS SO CLEAR TO ME
THAT IT WAS ALMOST INVISIBLE
I LIE ACROSS THE PATH WAITING
JUST FOR A CHANCE TO BE
A SPIDER WEB TRAPPED IN YOUR LASHES
FOR THAT, I WOULD TRADE YOU MY EMPIRE FOR ASHES
BUT I CHOKE IT BACK, HOW MUCH I NEED LOVE
Track Name: Fever
IN AN OPEN FIELD AT DUSK
TO FOOTFALLS I AWOKE
MARCHING ANTS ACROSS MY TEMPLES, OH
THEIR FEET HAD NO INTENTION
THEY FOLLOWED SOME MAGNETIC DRUM
PRISONERS OF THEIR DESTINATION

FROM THE SLATS OF THE FACTORY COME
WHERE ONCE THEY DID MAKE RAILS
OLD DEATH'S PECULIAR SONGS
HE DIDN'T KNOW I WAS LISTENING
SO HE CROWED OUT NICE AND LONG
TO THE SPIDERS AND THE LUMBER AND THE DUST
OF HIS CONQUESTS AND HIS HUNGER, HIS LUST
I HEARD HIS FEET REJOICE
I HEARD HIM TAP HIS CANE
AS IF HE HAD HIS OWN REVIEW
ON STAGE AT THE ATHENAEUM

I CAUGHT HIS WORDS WITH MY OPEN MOUTH
I GAGGED AND CHOKED AND SPIT THEM OUT
I HEARD HIM TURN AS HE DID HEAR
MY TINY HEARTBEAT IN HIS EAR
I WAS ALREADY RUNNING
I HEARD HIM COMING
SHRAPNEL SPITTING FROM HIS WHEELS
HIS SCYTHING ARMS RAKE FOR MY HEELS
I DOVE AND ROLLED AND HID MY FACE
AND I SAID THESE MAGIC WORDS:

"MY DOVE IS HOME, HER BREAST IS WARM, MY DOVE IS HOME"

I SPOKE THESE MAGIC WORDS AND
FELL DOWN, DOWN, THE ANTHILL
FOR DAYS

"MY DOVE IS HOME, HER BREAST IS WARM, MY DOVE IS HOME"
"MY DOVE IS HOME, HER BREAST IS WARM, MY DOVE IS HOME"
Track Name: Magpie To The Morning
MAGPIE COMES A CALLING
DROPS A MARBLE FROM THE SKY
TIN ROOF SOUNDS ALARMING
"WAKE UP CHILD"
"LET THIS BE A WARNING"
SAY THE MAGPIE TO THE MORNING
DON'T LET THIS FADING SUMMER PASS YOU BY

BLACK HANDS HELD SO HIGH
THE VULTURE WHEELS AND DIVES
SOMETHING ON THE THERMALS YANKED HIS CHAIN
HE SMELLED YOUR BORING APEX
ROTTING ON THE TRAIN TRACKS
HE LAUGHED UNDER HIS BREATH
BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT THAT YOU COULD OUTRUN SORROW
TAKE YOUR OWN ADVICE
THIS THUNDERING AND LIGHTNING GETS YOU RAIN
YOU RUN AN AIRTIGHT MISSION
A COUSTEAU EXPEDITION
TO FIND A DIAMOND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DRAIN

MOCKING BIRD SINGS
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
ALL HIS SONGS ARE STOLEN SO HE HIDES
HE STOLE THEM OUT FROM WHIPPOORWILLS
AND SCREAMING CAR ALARMS
HE SINGS THEM FOR YOU SPECIAL
HE KNOWS YOU'RE AFRAID OF THE DARK

COME ON SORROW
TAKE YOUR OWN ADVICE
HIDE UNDER THE BED
TURN OUT THE LIGHT
THE STARS THIS NIGHT IN THE SKY ARE RINGING OUT
YOU CAN ALMOST HEAR THEM SAYING
"CLOSE YOUR EYES NOW KID"
"CLOSE YOUR EYES NOW KID"
"MORNINGS TEETH ARE LIT"
THEY ARE WAITING
Track Name: I'm An Animal
YOU COULD SAY IT'S MY INSTINCT
YES I STILL HAVE ONE
I DON'T SECOND GUESS IT
AND YES, THERE ARE THINGS THAT I'M STILL SO AFRAID OF...
BUT MY COURAGE IS ROARING LIKE THE SOUND OF THE SUN
CAUSE IT'S VAIN ABOUT IT'S MANE AND WILL REVEAL THEM TO NO ONE
I'M AN ANIMAL, YOU'RE AN ANIMAL TOO

PICK UP THAT ROCK, DRINK FROM THAT LAKE
I DO MY BEST BUT I'M MADE OF MISTAKES
AND THERE'S STILL A FEW THINGS THAT I'M SURE OF
I LOVE YOU THIS HOUR, THIS HOUR TODAY
AND HEAVEN WILL SMELL LIKE THE AIRPORT
I MAY NEVER GET THERE TO PROVE IT
BUT LET'S NOT WASTE OUR TIME THINKIN' HOW THAT AIN'T FAIR
I'M AN ANIMAL, YOU'RE AN ANIMAL TOO
Track Name: Prison Girls
WHERE AM I TONIGHT?
MY HOTEL ROOM WON'T REMEMBER ME
AND THIS DREAM WILL DIE, DIE BY MORNING
AND THIS DREAM WILL NOT REMEMBER ME

AWAKENED BY A DRONING VOICE
"I LOVE YOUR LONG SHADOWS AND YOUR GUN POWDER EYES"...
IS IT A LADY? OR IS IT A MAN?
HUMMING HELICOPTERS THROUGH THE BLADES OF A FAN
I LOVE YOUR LONG SHADOWS AND YOUR GUN POWDER EYES

I LOVE YOUR LONG SHADOWS AND YOUR GUN POWDER EYES

ON MY FEET TO CHASE IT DOWN
THE LIGHT SWITCH SPOOKS AND RUNS AWAY
I STUMBLE BACK AND HIT THE FLOOR
LONG SHADOWS CRAWL BENEATH THE DOOR
TO A PASSAGE
SO POORLY LIT
THERE ARE MOTHS FLYING AWAY FROM IT

WHO AM I TONIGHT?
MY HOTEL ROOM WON'T REMEMBER ME
FROM DARKNESS ENTER PRISON GIRLS
PUSHING MOPS AND KICKING PAILS
NOW'S MY CHANCE, I CLASP MY CHEST
AND DECLARE UNTO MY AUDIENCE
"I LOVE YOUR LONG SHADOWS AND YOUR GUN POWDER EYES"

THE PRISON GIRLS ARE NOT IMPRESSED
THE ONES WHO HAVE TO CLEAN THIS MESS
THEY'VE TRADED MORE FOR CIGARETTES THAN I HAVE MANAGED TO EXPRESS

FILING PAST
MILES LONG
MY CHEEK IS FROZEN TO THE FLOOR
THE PRISON GIRLS HAVE FILLED THEIR BEDS
THEIR THOUGHTS TO DRY ABOVE THEIR HEADS
(I'LL WEAR THEM IN THE MORNING)

I LOVE YOUR LONG SHADOWS AND YOUR GUNPOWDER EYES
Track Name: The Pharaohs
WE WERE MARRIED IN THE MIRRORED HALL WHEN I WAS SIXTEEN
YOU SPOKE THE WORDS "I LOVE GIRLS IN WHITE LEATHER JACKETS"
THAT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR LOVE
IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME

I LISTENED IN WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE ALONE
CALLING THE SPHINX ON A TORNADO'S PHONE
WHO KNOWS WHAT YOU MEANT?
I ONLY HEARD WHAT I WANTED

YOU SAID I WAS YOUR BLUE, BLUE BABY.....AND YOU WERE RIGHT
YOU SAID I WAS YOUR BLUE, BLUE BABY.....AND YOU WERE RIGHT

YOU WANDERED THE HALLS ALL THE NIGHT TIME
MY BODY BURNED, MY LEGS ACHED
BUT YOU NEVER CAME TO BED, YOU JUST LEFT ME THERE AWAKE
YOU KEPT ME WANTING, WANTING, WANTING
LIKE THE WANTING IN THE MOVIES AN THE HYMNS
I WANT THE PHARAOHS BUT THERE’S ONLY MEN
I WANT THE PHARAOHS BUT THERE’S ONLY ME

YOU SAID I WAS YOUR BLUE, BLUE BABY.....AND YOU WERE RIGHT
YOU SAID I WAS YOUR BLUE, BLUE BABY.....AND YOU WERE RIGHT
Track Name: Red Tide
THERE'S A SMELL HERE THAT STANDS MY HAIRS ON END
DOG HAIR IN THE HEATER,
GAS PUMPS AND CEDAR
AND JACK KNIVES ON THE 9
AND SEA BIRDS CHOKED IN FISHING LINE

THE CLOUDS SAY HUSH BUT THE CHAINSAWS MUSH ON
THROUGH CUSTER AND COLUMBIA
SALTY TENTACLES SHRINK IN THE SUN BUT THE RED TIDE IS OVER
THE MOLLUSKS THEY HAVE WON

THERE'S A SMELL HERE OF GRAVEL AND CIGARETTES LIT
WHEN THE MATCH MADE THEM SWEET
WHEN THE ENGINE TURNED OVER AND BEAT UP OUR STREET
OH, THAT WAS A DAY TO REMEMBER

I REMEMBER BECAUSE OF THE FIRES THAT LEFT
FROM THE CAVES OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE NOT HAPPENED YET
WHEN I THINK OF THEM NOW THEY SMELL TO ME QUITE SINISTER

I WANT TO GO BACK AND DIE AT THE DRIVE-IN
DIE BEFORE STRANGERS CAN SAY
"I HATE THE RAIN"
"I HATE THE RAIN"

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