Song of the Day #5,039: ‘Nanci’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

Continuing my look at 1994, first by counting down my own top ten albums of that year.

#2 – Dulcinea – Toad the Wet Sprocket

I know this is an album I love, because it’s almost tapped out in terms of representation on this blog. Today’s track is the ninth of its 12 songs to feature as a Song of the Day.

Dulcinea is Today the Wet Sprocket’s fourth album, and the first new release after I became a fan of the band. My future wife and I had bonded over our love of their previous album, Fear, and we eagerly anticipated the release of this one.

It didn’t disappoint. Dulcinea remains the best work of Toad’s eight-album, three-decade career. It’s a rich collection of smart alternative pop, blending folk, rock, and country influences into a wholly satisfying work.

I can’t believe you
You bend your words like Uri Geller’s spoons
Not quite safe here
When every judgement seems to smack of doom

Are you ok? I’m just fine
You take Nanci, for me Loretta’s fine

A legal precedent could set us straight
But no one’s brought up suit
And I’m assuming if they did
The point would still be moot

Are you joking? No I’m just fine
You take Nanci, for me Loretta’s fine
No, I’ve changed my mind
I’ll take Nanci, for you Loretta’s fine

And still we walk without quite seeing things
And I’ll admit there’s not that much to see
I will follow through
And expect that you will follow suit
And I can’t believe you
You bend your words like Uri Geller’s spoons
Not quite safe here
When every judgement seems to smack of doom

Are you ok? I’m just fine
You take Nanci, for me Loretta’s fine
No, I’ve changed my mind
I’ll take Nanci, for you Loretta’s fine
Loretta’s fine
Loretta’s fine

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #5,039: ‘Nanci’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I knew if I stuck with this blog long enough I would hear this whole album. 😀

  2. Amy says:

    I didn’t notice this album when I did my own search yesterday of all albums released in ‘94. I’ve always enjoyed their sound but knew them more from the songs you placed in mix tapes than from their albums. The only two I discovered in my search that were staples on my CD player but haven’t appeared on your blog are Seal’s album (self-titled, I believe) and Tom Petty’s Wildflowers, which would be an easy #1 and the only one I regularly listen to nearly 30 years later. Otherwise I was stunned by how many albums are released in a given year of which I’ve never even heard let alone listened to.

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