Song of the Day #2,974: ‘Steal the Crumbs’ – Uncle Tupelo

uncle_tupelo_anodyneIn the first few years of the 90s, Uncle Tupelo launched the alt-country movement, two decades before bands like the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons would do the same for alt-folk.

Band leaders Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy didn’t get along very well but they collaborated on some beautiful music. 1992’s Anodyne was their first and last studio album (following three independent releases). The group disbanded a little while later, with Tweedy going on to form Wilco and Farrar launching Sun Volt.

I haven’t listened to much Uncle Tupelo but I really like everything I’ve heard. I feel the same way about early Wilco, though they lost me sometime after Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I’ve never heard a Sun Volt song as far as I know but I probably should.

Sidetracked down the middle
Never saw it coming, what a surprise
It’s been a wonder
Electricity tells a story
It’s a sound getting near as fear is watching you
It’s watching you close
You can fight it both arms swinging
Or try to wash it away
Pay up to the echoes of okay

No more, no more will I see you
No more will I see you
No more will I see you

You’ve schemed more than you have
You’ve borrowed more than you know
Better to steal the crumbs, makes it easier to go
Paralyzed by conscience
Looking for an opening
Apathy as your vocal cords cut out
Never thought once to ask, “How’s the temperature?”
Too busy with the finer points
Of each struggle we’re after

No more, no more will I see you
No more will I see you
No more will I see you

So long since I’ve seen you
Haven’t we both been living the high life
It flows on the bottom

No more, no more will I see you
No more will I see you
No more will I see you

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,974: ‘Steal the Crumbs’ – Uncle Tupelo

  1. Dana says:

    I believe Tweedy went on to form the alt right movement.😄

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