On her latest solo album, the annoyingly titled The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Neko Case delivers another batch of her signature smoky indie blues songs.
Today’s SOTD is one of the simplest, and the one that has stuck with me the most.
‘Calling Cards’ is the flip side of a lonely musician on the road song. The narrator of this tune seems to be reaching out to a musician on tour, or at least that’s how I read it.
The personal connection, predictably, isn’t quite working. Promises of a future together dissolve into “blah blah blah.”
The song’s final lines (“I’ve got calling cards from 20 years ago”) are interesting. Is this the tale of a long ago relationship? Or is this a new relationship echoing one from her past?
From the other coast
Just to tell you how good it was to hear you
In those songs you wrote
They made me think there was something coming
Really something worth waiting for
Blah, blah, blah… they talk about, oh oh
Every dial tone, every truck stop, every heartbreak
I love you more
Looking like you just woke up from making songs
Shooting satellites that blew up the pay phones…
Singing we’ll all be together
Even when we’re not together
With our arms around each other
With our faith still in each other
I’ve got calling cards
From 20 years ago