Song of the Day #2,572: ‘Blacklisted’ – Neko Case

nekocaseHere’s a typically moody southern gothic track from Neko Case’s 2002 album Blacklisted. The whole album has this great sound.

Today’s track — the title cut — is a quick little poem that seemingly uses a train as a metaphor for a person who won’t settle down. That’s how I read it, anyway.

What’s unclear to me is how this song fits its title.

Is the train (or person) fleeing from the sort of ostracization one faces when being blacklisted?

Fast train
Where do your passengers wait?
What’s at the heart of your engine’s rage?

To what smooth place at the end of the line
With crackling fires and quiet plains?
Do the trees bend down
Fold their limbs round you?
Welcome home faithful one
We forgive you.

Slow down fast train
Slow down fast train
Take me with you

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,572: ‘Blacklisted’ – Neko Case

  1. Dana says:

    I don’t interpret this as having to do with settling down. I think perhaps she is struggling as an artist, has faced rejection, struggled, and wants the fast train to the smooth place that is success, comfort, acceptance, to slow down for her enough so she can hop on board.

  2. Peg says:

    Really like her voice; not sure about the meaning but I think Dana might be on the right “track” 🙂

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