Song of the Day #2,376: ‘The Next Time You Say Forever’ – Neko Case

cycloneHere’s a quick song from Neko Case’s 2009 album Middle Cyclone.

Not much to this one other than the rustic, majestic sound she captured on this record and its predecessor, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, but I do find a lot to like in the lyrics.

Lines like “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 ceiling from when the roof came crashing down” are evocative and sad in the best way.

The line that gives the song its title goes in another direction. “The next time you say forever I will punch you in the face” is so direct, shedding the poetry of the earlier verses for some tough love.

And I love the line after that: “Just because you don’t believe it doesn’t mean I didn’t mean it.” A great way to capture the failure to communicate effectively in a relationship.

I hear the tiniest sparks and the tenderest sounds
Diving music, drowning the sound
Waltzing with the hairs upon my arms
And your fight-or-flight alarm
And you tremble and 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 ceiling
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 knew when I’ll show you the never
You never know when I’ll show you the never

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,376: ‘The Next Time You Say Forever’ – Neko Case

  1. Dana says:

    Interesting. I agree the lyrics are provocative.

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