Song of the Day #3,184: ‘Name For You’ – The Shins

A few years ago I counted down my favorite albums of the decade so far and The Shins’ Port of Morrow took the #1 spot. I’ll have to revisit that exercise as the end of the 00’s gets closer, and when I do, I’m confident that album will remain at or near the top.

Five years after Port of Morrow‘s release, The Shins have finally released a new album, Heartworms. Will it give its predecessor some competition on that list?

I only downloaded it yesterday and haven’t heard a note, so I can’t offer up a verdict just yet. But I have supreme faith in James Mercer (the one man band who records under his former group’s name) to deliver smart, hooky pop songs with a dash of melancholy.

Oddly, Port of Morrow, which I consider The Shins’ best work by far, received mixed reviews by critics and fans alike. I hope Mercer didn’t take that to heart and change things up to much on this release.

Opening track ‘Name For You,’ written for his daughters, suggests not.

[Verse 1]
My girl, if you’re lucky one day
Rolling down the ancient high street you’ll find
In the mirror reflects a woman in her prime
Can you make your way out?
In a world dearly won
Well it’s yours love
You can move it around
Given all the drops in the ocean
Better take it one sip at a time
Somebody with an antique notion
Comes along to tighten the line
They’re just afraid of you speaking your mind

[Chorus]
They’ve got a name for you girls
What’s in a name?
They got a name for everything
All of the clothes that you wear
And all of your bits and pieces yeah

[Verse 2]
You’re flipping through the check-stand rags it appears
There ain’t no time to waste, you’re getting on in years
You can keep your can up
If you just never eat again
It’s a means to a terrible end
Even if your plan is successful
Have you really got room in your life?
Yeah and it’s a bland kind of torture
You’ve played the mother and wife
But what do you really dream of at night?

[Chorus]
They’ve got a name for you girls
What’s in a name?
They’ve got a name for you girls
What’s in a name?
They got a name for everything
All of the clothes that you wear
And all of your bits and pieces yeah

[Outro]
They’ve got a name for you girls
Some stupid name
They’ve got a name for you girls
What’s in a name?
What’s in a name?
What’s in a name?
What’s in a name?
What’s in a name?

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,184: ‘Name For You’ – The Shins

  1. Dana says:

    That was a fun pop song. I’m sure you will be letting us know how the rest of the new album is.

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