Song of the Day #1,723: ‘Eli’s Comin” – Laura Nyro

nyroLaura Nyro was not only ahead of her own time (late 60s and early 70s), but pretty much every time after that as well. This is some crazy shit.

Nyro has a knack for writing 4-minute songs that feel more like 45 minutes. I mean that in both a good and bad way. She is a master of shifts in both tone and time signature, throwing left-field change-ups into every song, which certainly makes for interesting listening, though it can also be a bit exhausting. This certainly isn’t Sunday morning chill-out music.

I hear a lot of Laura Nyro in Fiona Apple’s music, in spirit if not exactly in sound. I’d be surprised if Apple didn’t count her among her stronger influences.

Eli’s comin’. Eli’s comin’ (Eli’s a-comin’). Well, you better hide your heart, your loving heart.
Eli’s a-comin’ and the cards say a broken heart, a broken heart.

Eli’s comin’, hide your heart, girl, Eli’s comin’, hide your heart, girl.
Girl, Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide, girl, Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide.
Girl, Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide, girl, Eli’s comin’, hide your heart, girl.
You better, better hide your heart, Eli’s comin’, better walk.
Walk but you’ll never get away, no, you’ll never get away from the burning a-heartache.
I walked to Apollo by the bay, everywhere I go though,
Eli’s a-comin’ (she walked but she never got away).
Eli’s a-comin’ (she walked but she never got away).
Eli’s a-comin’ and he’s comin’ to get ya (she walked but, she walked but)
Get down on your knees (she walked but she never got away), Eli’s comin’,

(Hide it, hide it, hide it) Girl, Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide, girl, Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide. Girl, Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide, girl, Eli’s comin’, hide your heart, girl (hide it).
You better, better hide your heart Eli’s comin’, better walk.
Walk but you’ll never get away, no, you’ll never get away from the burning a-heartache.
I walked to Apollo by the bay, everywhere I go though,
Eli’s a-comin’ (she walked but she’ll never get away).
Eli’s a-comin’ (she walked but she’ll never get away).
Eli’s a-comin’ and he’s comin’ to get ya (she walked but, she walked but).
Get down on your knees (she walked but she’ll never get away). Get down on your knees.
No, no, no, no Lord, I said no, no, no, no, no, no (hide it).
She can (hide it) hide it, (hide it). You better (hide it). Somebody (hide it). You got to (hide it).

Eli’s comin’. Eli’s comin’ (Eli’s a-comin’). Well, you better hide your heart, your loving heart.
Eli’s comin’, better hide your heart, girl. Eli’s comin’, better hide your heart, girl.
Eli’s comin’, better hide your heart, girl. Eli’s comin’, better hide your heart, girl!

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,723: ‘Eli’s Comin” – Laura Nyro

  1. Dana says:

    Well, Andie will be thrilled to see nyro make an appearance on the blog. Amy and I are listening to this at 1am and it is a bit intense for late night listening.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    Swoon!

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