Song of the Day #167: ‘Old Enough’ – Nellie McKay

nellieNellie McKay is an artist I feel I should like even more than I do. She is fiercely talented, super smart, quite witty and has a gift for melody. Her debut album, Get Away From Me, is chock full of inventive and addictive tunes that are right up my alley.

But for some reason she kind of lost me with the release of her second album, Pretty Little Head. That album was delayed for over a year while she fought with the record company over its length… she wanted to release a 2-disc, 23-song version while the label insisted on a single disc, 16-song version. I applaud her tenacity in sticking to her guns as she eventually broke with the label and released it the way she intended.

But the thing is, at least seven of the songs on that album were indulgent crap. It would have been much better served as a single-disc release. So while she’s tenacious and unwilling to compromise her artistic integrity, she’s also in need of a good editor. And I think the best artists know that.

Many of the songs were quite good, though, including this one — the final song on disc two. I hope she learned a lesson and can get over herself enough to continue putting out quality songs rather than wind up living in an alley somewhere content that at least she did things her way.

I see that her third album clocked in at 30 minutes, so that’s a start.

Never thought I’d live to be old enough
To be old enough to feel like this and
Never thought I’d figure it out enough
To be loud enough to make you listen
On and on the meadows sing
They ring out merry the view
On and on my conscience blared
And shared my longing for you

Never thought I’d live to be old enough
To be bold enough to make a difference
Never thought I’d figure it out enough
To be proud enough to take my mission
Never thought I’d live to be smart enough
To have heart enough to find a better way

Never thought I’d live to be old enough
To have soul enough to pass perdition
Never thought I’d count up the years enough
To be clear enough on my convictions
Life ain’t all it claims to be
It clings to me when it’s blue
Life brought all its pain to me
And shamed my longing for you

Never thought I’d live to be old enough
To be told enough to lose the bullies
Never thought I’s able to learn enough
To be firm enough to live life fully
Never thought I’d live to be strong enough
To be young enough to find a better song
Then you came along

Never thought I’d live to be old enough

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #167: ‘Old Enough’ – Nellie McKay

  1. Dana says:

    This song is okay, but nothing special to me. I probably know other songs from her, but I’m not sure.

  2. Amy says:

    lol 🙂 re her living in an alley content she’d done things her own way.

    I listened a lot to parts of that double album after you got it for me several birthday’s ago, then shelved it and promptly forgot about it until reading your entry today. This song reminds me how much I like her sound. Tomorrow it goes back into the car and into the rotation.

    As an amusing aside (or maybe this is what prompted your very funny comment), I’m looking at the photo on the back of that CD and she’s kneeling over and feeding pigeons in what looks an awful lot like an alley.

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