Another one from the new Joanna Newsom album I just gushed about

23 02 2010

The song below gives a better idea of the “new direction” Joanna takes on parts of the new album, Have One On Me. Very Joni Mitchell, very awesome-’70s-folk-pop. Practically groovy (haha)… Practically gospel. All hail, Joanna!


“Good Intentions Paving Company”

Update: The lyrics to this one are ridiculously good, too. Jesus…

“Good Intentions Paving Company” by Joanna Newsom
________________________________________________________
Twenty miles left to the shore
Hello my old country hello
Stars are just beginning to appear
And I have never in my life before been here

And it’s my heart, not me, who cannot ply
That base conclusion you may write
Watching me sit here bolt upright and cry
For no good reason at the Eastern sky

And the tilt of this strange nation
And the will to remain for the duration
Waving the flag, feeling it drag

Like a bump on a bump on a log, baby
Like I’m in a fist fight with a fog, baby
Step-ball-change and a pirouette
And I regret, I regret

How I said to you, honey, just open your heart
When I’ve got trouble even opening a honey jar
And that right there is where we are

And I been ‘fessing double fast
Addressing questions nobody asks
I’ll get this joy off of my chest at last
And I will love you ’til the noise has long since passed

And I did not mean to shout, just drive
Just get us out .. [Can’t make out what she sings here]
A road too long to mention holds us up ..
Laid down by the good intentions paving company

All the weight of the thing we’ve been playing at, darlin’
I can see that you’re wearing your staying hat, darlin’
For the time being all is well
Won’t you love me a spell?

This is blindness beyond all conceiving
Well, behind us the road is leaving, yeah, leaving
And falling back
Like a rope gone slack

And the sauce strayed away but the ladle will stay
But I fell for you, honey, as easy as falling asleep
And that right there is the course I keep…

And no amount of talking
Is going to soften the fall
But, like after the rain, step out
Of the overhang, that’s all

It had a nice ring to it
When the old Oprey house rang
So with a song I’m all ran
“Signed, sealed, delivered” I sang

And there is hesitation
And it always remains
Concerning you, me,
And the rest of the gang

And in a quiet hour
I feel I see everything

And am in love with the hook
Upon which everyone hangs

And I know you meant to show the extent
To which you gave a god dang
It rings real hot and real cold but I’m sold
I am at home on that range

And I do hate to fold
Right here at the top of my game
When I’ve been trying with my whole heart and soul
To stay right here in the right lane

But it can make you feel over and old
Lord, you know it’s a shame
When I only want for you to pull over and hold me
‘Til I can’t remember my own name

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