MIDDLE CYCLONE

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MIDDLE CYCLONE

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  1. THIS TORNADO LOVES YOU

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    “THIS TORNADO LOVES YOU”
    ©N. Case/Nedotykomka 2008

    MY LOVE I AM THE SPEED OF SOUND
    I LEFT THEM MOTHERLESS, FATHERLESS
    THEIR SOULS DANGLING INSIDE-OUT FROM THEIR MOUTHS...
    BUT IT'S NEVER ENOUGH
    I WANT YOU

    I CARVED YOUR NAME ACROSS THREE COUNTIES
    AND GROUND IT IN WITH BLOODY HIDES
    BROKEN NECKS WILL LINE THE DITCH
    TIL YOU "STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP THIS MADNESS!"
    I WANT YOU

    I HAVE WAITED WITH A GLACIER’S PATIENCE
    SMASHED EVERY TRANSFORMER WITH EVERY TRAILER
    TIL NOTHING WAS STANDING
    SIXTY-FIVE MILES WIDE

    BUT STILL YOU ARE NOWHERE, STILL YOU ARE NOWHERE, NOWHERE IN SIGHT
    COME OUT TO MEET ME, RUN OUT TO MEET ME
    COME INTO THE LIGHT

    CLIMB THE BOXCARS TO THE ENGINE
    THROUGH THE SMOKE AND TO THE SKY

    YOUR RAILS COULD ALWAYS OUTRUN MINE SO I
    I PICKED THEM UP AND CRASHED THEM DOWN
    IN A MOMENT CLOSE TO NOW
    CAUSE I MISS, I MISS, I MISS, I MISS
    HOW YOU'D SIGH YOURSELF TO SLEEP
    WHEN I'D RAKE THE SPRINGTIME ACROSS YOUR SHEETS

    CHORUS

    MY LOVE, I'M AN OWL ON THE SILL IN THE EVENING
    BUT MORNING FINDS YOU
    STILL WARM AND BREATHING
    THIS TORNADO LOVES YOU, WHAT WILL MAKE YOU BELIEVE ME?

  2. THE NEXT TIME YOU SAY FOREVER

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    “THE NEXT TIME YOU SAY FOREVER”
    ©N. Case/Nedotykomka 2008

    I HEAR THE TINIEST SPARKS AND THE TENDEREST SOUNDS
    DIVING MUSIC
    DROWNING THE SOUND
    WALTZING WITH THE HAIRS UPON MY ARMS
    THEN YOUR FIGHT OR FLIGHT ALARM
    THEN YOU TREMBLE
    THEN YOU STUMBLE
    AND YOU SCRAPE UP YOUR PALMS

    I CAN'T STAY HERE TO HOLD YOUR HAND
    I'VE BEEN AWAY FOR SO LONG
    I'VE LOST MY TASTE FOR HOME
    AND THAT'S A DIRTY, FALLOW FEELING...
    TO BE THE DANGLING CEILING
    FROM WHEN THE ROOF CAME CRASHING DOWN

    PEELING IN THE HEAT
    VANISH IN THE RAIN
    THE NEXT TIME YOU SAY "FOREVER"
    I WILL PUNCH YOU IN YOUR FACE
    JUST BECAUSE YOU DON'T BELIEVE IT
    DOESN'T MEAN I DIDN'T MEAN IT
    YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN I'LL SHOW YOU THE NEVER

  3. PEOPLE GOT A LOTTA NERVE

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    “PEOPLE GOT A LOTTA NERVE”
    ©N. Case/Nedotykomka 2008
     
    AS THE SAYING SAYS "AN ELEPHANT NEVER FORGETS"
    STANDING IN THE CONCRETE CAVE
    SWAYING SAD AND INSANE

    THEY WALKED OVER THE OCEAN IN THEIR DREAMS THEY DREAM AWAKE
    UNTIL THE LIGHT GREW DIM
    UNTIL THE COP CARS CAME
    EVERYBODY TELLS ME THIS IS CRAZY YES, I KNOW IT
     
    I'M A MAN-MAN-MAN, MAN-MAN-MAN-EATER
    AND STILL YOU'RE SURPRISED WHEN I EAT YOU
     
    YOU KNOW THEY CALL THEM "KILLER" WHALES?!
    BUT YOU SEEM SURPRISED WHEN IT PINNED YOU DOWN
    TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TANK
    WHERE YOU CAN'T TURN AROUND
    IT TOOK HALF YOUR LEG AND BOTH YOUR LUNGS
    "WHEN I CRAVED I ATE HEARTS OF SHARKS, I KNOW YOU KNOW IT"
     
    I'M A MAN-MAN-MAN, MAN-MAN-MAN-EATER
    AND STILL YOU'RE SURPRISED WHEN I EAT YOU
     
    IT WILL END AGAIN IN BULLETS, FRIEND

  4. POLAR NETTLES

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    “POLAR NETTLES”
    © 2008/N. Case/Nedotykomka

    HE TAKES HIS DINNER IN THE BED
    LOVE SICKENED AND INFIRM-ED
    THE ORDERLY FOUND HIM THERE
    FILLETED ON THE MARBLE STAIRS
    HAT STILL IN HAND,
    HIS SMOKING REMAINS BLOWN OUT BY A KISS FROM NURSE SOMEDAY SOON…..SOMEDAY SOON

    HIS EYES ARE CLOSED
    HE MOUTHS HER NAME
    THE ROSARY HER LIPS AND TONGUE
    SHE IS THE CENTRIFUGE THAT THROWS THE SPIRES FROM THE SUN
    THE SISTINE CHAPEL PAINTED WITH A GATLING GUN

    POLAR NETTLES SET ON END
    MOVE LIKE STARLINGS UP A CLIFF
    ANTENNAE OF HER FOGGY TOUCH
    THE FORCE FIELD ROUND HER FROSTY HIPS
    WHO'S SHAPE RECALLS THE WICKED SPADE
    THAT BURIED HIM BUT ON HIS LIPS
    THE LAST RIGHTS OF NURSE SOMEDAY SOON

  5. VENGEANCE IS SLEEPING

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    “VENGEANCE IS SLEEPING”
    ©N. Case/Nedotykomka 2008

    I DID NOT KNOW WHAT A BRUTE I WAS
    I DIPPED MY CIGARETTE AND RODE THE BUS
    VENGEANCE BUILT ME HASTILY

    AND I DRAGGED THE CLANGING NOTION I WAS NOBODY, NOBODY
    ...NOBODY

    ALL I HAD WAS MY INVENTION
    AND MY LOVE INVENTED ALL OF YOU

    OH, LOOK WHAT THOUGHTS CAN DO
    WHAT THOUGHTS CAN DO

    IF BY NOW YOU ARE NOT DEAD AND BURIED
    YOU ARE MOST CERTIFIABLY MARRIED, OH MARRIED

    I'M SURE YOU'RE SLEEPING SOUND
    WITH THE MISTRESS OF THE HOURS
    THE HOURS THAT GRIND YOUR LIFE TO DUST
    YOUR EASY LOVES YOU KEEP LIKE PETS
    DENIED THEM YOU ARE POWERLESS

    WHATEVER KEEPS YOU SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT

    I'M NOT THE MAN YOU THOUGH I WAS

    MY LOVE HAS NEVER LIVED INDOORS
    I'VE HAD TO DRAG IT HOME BY FORCE
    HIRED HOUNDS AT BOTH MY WRISTS
    DAMP AND BRUISED BY STRANGERS KISSES ON MY LIPS
    BUT YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I STILL MISS

    YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I STILL MISS

    AND IT'S RUTHLESS THAT IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE

    I'M NOT THE MAN YOU THINK I AM

  6. NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH

  7. MIDDLE CYCLONE

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    “MIDDLE CYCLONE”
    ©N. Case/Nedotykomka 2008

    OH BABY, WHY AM I WORRIED NOW?
    DID SOMEONE MAKE A FOOL OF ME BEFORE I COULD SHOW THEM HOW IT'S DONE?

    I CAN'T GIVE UP ACTING TOUGH
    IT'S ALL THAT I'M MADE OF
    CAN'T SCRAPE TOGETHER QUITE ENOUGH
    TO RIDE THE BUS TO THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE FACT THAT I NEED LOVE

    THERE WERE TIMES
    THAT I TRIED
    ONE FOR EVERY GLASS OF WATER THAT I SPILLED
    NEXT TO THE BED
    RETCHING PENNIES IN A BOILING WELL
    IN A DREAM
    THAT AT ONCE BECOMES A FOUNDRY OF MUTE AND HEAVY BELLS
    THEY SHAKE ME DEAF AND DUMB
    SAY SOMEONE MADE A FOOL OF ME
    ‘FORE I COULD SHOW THEM HOW IT'S DONE

    IT WAS SO CLEAR TO ME
    THAT IT WAS ALMOST INVISIBLE
    I LIE ACROSS THE PATH WAITING
    JUST FOR A CHANCE TO BE
    A SPIDER WEB TRAPPED IN YOUR LASHES
    FOR THAT, I WOULD TRADE YOU MY EMPIRE FOR ASHES
    BUT I CHOKE IT BACK, HOW MUCH I NEED LOVE

  8. FEVER

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    “FEVER”
    ©N. Case/Nedotykomka 2008

    IN AN OPEN FIELD AT DUSK
    TO FOOTFALLS I AWOKE
    MARCHING ANTS ACROSS MY TEMPLES, OH
    THEIR FEET HAD NO INTENTION
    THEY FOLLOWED SOME MAGNETIC DRUM
    PRISONERS OF THEIR DESTINATION

    FROM THE SLATS OF THE FACTORY COME
    WHERE ONCE THEY DID MAKE RAILS
    OLD DEATH'S PECULIAR SONGS
    HE DIDN'T KNOW I WAS LISTENING
    SO HE CROWED OUT NICE AND LONG
    TO THE SPIDERS AND THE LUMBER AND THE DUST
    OF HIS CONQUESTS AND HIS HUNGER, HIS  LUST
    I HEARD HIS FEET REJOICE
    I HEARD HIM TAP HIS CANE
    AS IF HE HAD HIS OWN REVIEW
    ON STAGE AT THE ATHENAEUM

    I CAUGHT HIS WORDS WITH MY OPEN MOUTH
    I GAGGED AND CHOKED AND SPIT THEM OUT
    I HEARD HIM TURN AS HE DID HEAR
    MY TINY HEARTBEAT IN HIS EAR
    I WAS ALREADY RUNNING
    I HEARD HIM COMING
    SHRAPNEL SPITTING FROM HIS WHEELS
    HIS SCYTHING ARMS RAKE FOR MY HEELS
    I DOVE AND ROLLED AND HID MY FACE
    AND I SAID THESE MAGIC WORDS:

    "MY DOVE IS HOME, HER BREAST IS WARM, MY DOVE IS HOME"

    I SPOKE THESE MAGIC WORDS AND
    FELL DOWN, DOWN, THE ANTHILL
    FOR DAYS

    "MY DOVE IS HOME, HER BREAST IS WARM, MY DOVE IS HOME"
    "MY DOVE IS HOME, HER BREAST IS WARM, MY DOVE IS HOME"

  9. MAGPIE TO THE MORNING

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    “MAGPIE TO THE MORNING”
    ©N. Case/Nedotykomka 2008

    MAGPIE COMES A CALLING
    DROPS A MARBLE FROM THE SKY
    TIN ROOF SOUNDS ALARMING
    "WAKE UP CHILD"
    "LET THIS BE A WARNING"
    SAY THE MAGPIE TO THE MORNING
    DON'T LET THIS FADING SUMMER PASS YOU BY

    BLACK HANDS HELD SO HIGH
    THE VULTURE WHEELS AND DIVES
    SOMETHING ON THE THERMALS YANKED HIS CHAIN
    HE SMELLED YOUR BORING APEX
    ROTTING ON THE TRAIN TRACKS
    HE LAUGHED UNDER HIS BREATH
    BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT THAT YOU COULD OUTRUN SORROW
    TAKE YOUR OWN ADVICE
    THIS THUNDERING AND LIGHTNING GETS YOU RAIN
    YOU RUN AN AIRTIGHT MISSION
    A COUSTEAU EXPEDITION
    TO FIND A DIAMOND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DRAIN

    MOCKING BIRD SINGS
    IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
    ALL HIS SONGS ARE STOLEN SO HE HIDES
    HE STOLE THEM OUT FROM WHIPPOORWILLS
    AND SCREAMING CAR ALARMS
    HE SINGS THEM FOR YOU SPECIAL
    HE KNOWS YOU'RE AFRAID OF THE DARK

    COME ON SORROW
    TAKE YOUR OWN ADVICE
    HIDE UNDER THE BED
    TURN OUT THE LIGHT
    THE STARS THIS NIGHT IN THE SKY ARE RINGING OUT
    YOU CAN ALMOST HEAR THEM SAYING
    "CLOSE YOUR EYES NOW KID"
    "CLOSE YOUR EYES NOW KID"
    "MORNINGS TEETH ARE LIT"
    THEY ARE WAITING


  10. I'M AN ANIMAL

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    “I'M AN ANIMAL”
    ©N. Case/Nedotykomka 2008

    YOU COULD SAY IT'S MY INSTINCT
    YES I STILL HAVE ONE
    I DON'T SECOND GUESS IT

    AND YES, THERE ARE THINGS THAT I'M STILL SO AFRAID OF...
    BUT MY COURAGE IS ROARING LIKE THE SOUND OF THE SUN
    CAUSE IT'S VAIN ABOUT IT'S MANE AND WILL REVEAL THEM TO NO ONE
    I'M AN ANIMAL, YOU'RE AN ANIMAL TOO

    PICK UP THAT ROCK, DRINK FROM THAT LAKE
    I DO MY BEST BUT I'M MADE OF MISTAKES
    AND THERE'S STILL A FEW THINGS THAT I'M SURE OF
    I LOVE YOU THIS HOUR, THIS HOUR TODAY
    AND HEAVEN WILL SMELL LIKE THE AIRPORT
    I MAY NEVER GET THERE TO PROVE IT
    BUT LET'S NOT WASTE OUR TIME THINKIN' HOW THAT AIN'T FAIR
    I'M AN ANIMAL, YOU'RE AN ANIMAL TOO

  11. PRISON GIRLS

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    “PRISON GIRLS”
    ©N. Case/Nedotykomka 2008

    WHERE AM I TONIGHT?
    MY HOTEL ROOM WON'T REMEMBER ME
    AND THIS DREAM WILL DIE, DIE BY MORNING
    AND THIS DREAM WILL NOT REMEMBER ME

    AWAKENED BY A DRONING VOICE
    "I LOVE YOUR LONG SHADOWS AND YOUR GUN POWDER EYES"...
    IS IT A LADY? OR IS IT A MAN?
    HUMMING HELICOPTERS THROUGH THE BLADES OF A FAN
    I LOVE YOUR LONG SHADOWS AND YOUR GUN POWDER EYES

    I LOVE YOUR LONG SHADOWS AND YOUR GUN POWDER EYES

    ON MY FEET TO CHASE IT DOWN
    THE LIGHT SWITCH SPOOKS AND RUNS AWAY
    I STUMBLE BACK AND HIT THE FLOOR
    LONG SHADOWS CRAWL BENEATH THE DOOR
    TO A PASSAGE
    SO POORLY LIT
    THERE ARE MOTHS FLYING AWAY FROM IT

    WHO AM I TONIGHT?
    MY HOTEL ROOM WON'T REMEMBER ME
    FROM DARKNESS ENTER PRISON GIRLS
    PUSHING MOPS AND KICKING PAILS
    NOW'S MY CHANCE, I CLASP MY CHEST
    AND DECLARE UNTO MY AUDIENCE
    "I LOVE YOUR LONG SHADOWS AND YOUR GUN POWDER EYES"

    THE PRISON GIRLS ARE NOT IMPRESSED
    THE ONES WHO HAVE TO CLEAN THIS MESS
    THEY'VE TRADED MORE FOR CIGARETTES THAN I HAVE MANAGED TO EXPRESS

    FILING PAST
    MILES LONG
    MY CHEEK IS FROZEN TO THE FLOOR
    THE PRISON GIRLS HAVE FILLED THEIR BEDS
    THEIR THOUGHTS TO DRY ABOVE THEIR HEADS
    (I'LL WEAR THEM IN THE MORNING)

    I LOVE YOUR LONG SHADOWS AND YOUR GUNPOWDER EYES

  12. DON'T FORGET ME

  13. THE PHARAOHS

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    "THE PHARAOHS"
    ©N. Case/Nedotykomka 2008

    WE WERE MARRIED IN THE MIRRORED HALL WHEN I WAS SIXTEEN
    YOU SPOKE THE WORDS "I LOVE GIRLS IN WHITE LEATHER JACKETS"
    THAT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR LOVE
    IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME

    I LISTENED IN WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE ALONE
    CALLING THE SPHINX ON A TORNADO'S PHONE
    WHO KNOWS WHAT YOU MEANT?
    I ONLY HEARD WHAT I WANTED

    YOU SAID I WAS YOUR BLUE, BLUE BABY.....AND YOU WERE RIGHT
    YOU SAID I WAS YOUR BLUE, BLUE BABY.....AND YOU WERE RIGHT

    YOU WANDERED THE HALLS ALL THE NIGHT TIME
    MY BODY BURNED, MY LEGS ACHED
    BUT YOU NEVER CAME TO BED, YOU JUST LEFT ME THERE AWAKE
    YOU KEPT ME WANTING, WANTING, WANTING
    LIKE THE WANTING IN THE MOVIES AN THE HYMNS
    I WANT THE PHARAOHS BUT THERE’S ONLY MEN
    I WANT THE PHARAOHS BUT THERE’S ONLY ME

    YOU SAID I WAS YOUR BLUE, BLUE BABY.....AND YOU WERE RIGHT
    YOU SAID I WAS YOUR BLUE, BLUE BABY.....AND YOU WERE RIGHT

  14. RED TIDE

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    “RED TIDE”
    ©N. Case/Nedotykomka 2008

    THERE'S A SMELL HERE THAT STANDS MY HAIRS ON END
    DOG HAIR IN THE HEATER,
    GAS PUMPS AND CEDAR
    AND JACK KNIVES ON THE 9
    AND SEA BIRDS CHOKED IN FISHING LINE

    THE CLOUDS SAY HUSH BUT THE CHAINSAWS MUSH ON
    THROUGH CUSTER AND COLUMBIA
    SALTY TENTACLES SHRINK IN THE SUN BUT THE RED TIDE IS OVER
    THE MOLLUSKS THEY HAVE WON

    THERE'S A SMELL HERE OF GRAVEL AND CIGARETTES LIT
    WHEN THE MATCH MADE THEM SWEET
    WHEN THE ENGINE TURNED OVER AND BEAT UP OUR STREET
    OH, THAT WAS A DAY TO REMEMBER

    I REMEMBER BECAUSE OF THE FIRES THAT LEFT
    FROM THE CAVES OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE NOT HAPPENED YET
    WHEN I THINK OF THEM NOW THEY SMELL TO ME QUITE SINISTER

    I WANT TO GO BACK AND DIE AT THE DRIVE-IN
    DIE BEFORE STRANGERS CAN SAY
    "I HATE THE RAIN"
    "I HATE THE RAIN"

ALBUM DESCRIPTION

This fifteen-track collection is Case’s best-reviewed and best-selling album, and it earned her two Grammy nominations. Produced by Case with Darryl Neudorf and recorded in Tucson, Brooklyn, Toronto, and Vermont, Middle Cyclone features Case backed by her core band – guitarist Paul Rigby, bassist Tom V. Ray, backing vocalist Kelly Hogan, multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse, and drummer Barry Mirochnick – along with numerous guests including M. Ward, Garth Hudson, Sarah Harmer, and members of The New Pornographers, Los Lobos, Calexico, The Sadies, Visqueen, The Lilys, and Giant Sand, among others. In addition to twelve new songs written by Case, Middle Cyclone includes covers of “Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth” by Sparks, and “Don’t Forget Me” by Harry Nilsson.