The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight The More I Love You

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The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight The More I Love You

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  1. WILD CREATURES

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    When you catch the light
    You look like your mother
    It crushes me some, just right from the side
    When you catch the light
    There’s a flash of wild creatures
    Before the stone age of the preachers and the husbands and the wives
    When you catch the light
    The flood changes direction
    And darkens the lens that projects my disguise
    As you fight alongside you’ll discover my weakness
    I’m not fighting for your freedom, I am fighting to be wild
    Hey little girl would you like to be the king’s pet or the king?
    I'd chose odorless and invisible but otherwise I would choose the king
    Even though it sounds the loneliest
    And my brother’s hands would poison me.
    Hey little girl would you like to be the king’s pet or the king?
    I’ll choose odorless and invisible but otherwise I would choose the king
    Even though it sounds melodious
    There’s no mother’s hands to quiet me

  2. NIGHT STILL COMES

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    My brain makes drugs to keep me slow
    A hilarious joke from some dead pharaoh
    But now not even the masons know
    What drug will keep night from coming
    There are so many tools that are made from my hands
    But the tide smashes all my best laid plans to sand
    And there’s always someone to say it’s easy for me
    But I’ve revenged myself, all over myself, there’s nothing you can say to me
    You never held it at the right angle
    You never held it at the right angle
    Catch a catch a catch a catch a falling star, but wash your hands of it
    Catch a catch a catch a catch a falling star, because you can’t hold it
    Did it poison my food, is it ‘cause I’m a girl?
    If I puked up some sonnets, would you call me a miracle?
    I’m gonna go where my urge leads no more
    Swallowed waist deep in the gore of the forest
    Arboreal feast, let it finish me please
    ‘Cause I revenged myself, all over myself, there’s nothing you can do to me
    You never held it at the right angle
    You never held it at the right angle
    Catch a catch a catch a catch a falling star, but wash your hands of it
    Catch a catch a catch a catch a falling star, because you can’t own it
    You never held it at the right angle
    You never held it at the right angle
    You never held it
    You never held it
    You never held it
    Oh
    You never held it
    You never held it
    You never held it
    Oh
    You never held it
    You never held it
    You never held it
    Oh

  3. MAN

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    I’m a man
    That’s what you raised me to be
    I’m not an identity crisis
    This was planned
    I’m a man
    As in, a citizen of mankind
    It’s what kind of animal I am, It’s that simple
    Oh
    I’m a man, and not just casually
    I pull this barge full time
    Your treehouse will not support me
    I’m not the runt of the litter
    Fat-fingered bullies were no match for me
    I still taste them in my teeth
    I’m a man
    I’m a man’s man, I’ve always been
    But make no mistake, what I’ve invested in
    A woman’s heart is the watermark
    Of which I measure everything
    I’m a man
    That’s what you raised me to be
    I’m not your identity crisis
    This was planned
    I’m a man
    You’ll have to deal with me
    My proxy is mine
    You’ll deal with me directly
    And if a dipshit drunk on pink perfume
    Then I am the man in the fucking moon
    ‘Cause you didn’t know what a man was
    Until I showed you

  4. I'M FROM NOWHERE

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    Goodnight sunshine, the ghetto bird shines 4am
    Welcome to the West
    A mosquito to kiss your hands and feet
    Welcome to this dirty business
    I was surprised when you called me a lady
    ‘Cause I’m still not so sure that that’s what I wanna be
    ‘Cause I remember the eighties
    And I remember its puffy sleeves
    You say I’m lucky to be here
    Then maybe you can take this over and I’ll gladly wear the pants into the next century
    Past the scanners with ease
    Past armies of them who once played in a band
    And wasted it complaining like a trust fund kid
    Paying you to play here while they hate you because of it
    You say I’m lucky to be here
    But I’ve been driving for twenty-one days
    Oh Oh Oh
    Oh Oh Oh
    Oh Oh Oh
    What’s that nasty sound?
    The e-brake drags the ground
    God if you only knew what my candied fist could do
    The curtain’s closing in from all directions
    Just answer my question
    Perhaps it’s best if I continue starring me as you, me as you
    Starring me as you, me as you
    There you are at the edge of the world
    Dangling with my heart a-pounding
    Above a gulf of hamstrung promises you sang like “Auld Lang Syne”
    You wanted it so badly you that believed them at the time
    With every fashion’s flame, every jet plane lie
    Every second helping of that off-ramp fame we die a little
    You’re right I’m from nowhere
    You’re right I’m from nowhere
    You’re right I’m from nowhere
    You’re right

  5. BRACING FOR SUNDAY

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    I dropped my gloves into the stove
    Hymns echoed out the grate
    I fell in love with those electric lights that drug me into town so late
    To nimble cunning clever nights I railed behind them deputized
    To scrape the lens of Christian eyes
    I’m a Friday night girl, bracing for Sunday to come
    I only ever held one love her name was Mary Ann
    She died having a child by her brother
    He died because I murdered him
    I shot him through his jelly eye
    I won myself his wicked life
    Now I "thread the needle waltz" through mine
    I’m a Friday night girl, bracing for Sunday to come
    Emptied onto shifting sheets
    Staring rosary holes in my ceiling
    Waiting for my purpose to deliver and reveal itself to me
    But all I hear are subway trains bang against their bedrock lanes
    So I bang a little too
    I’m a Friday night girl, bracing for Sunday to come

  6. NEARLY MIDNIGHT, HONOLULU

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    Hey little kid that I saw at the bus stop one day
    It was nearly Midnight in Honolulu
    We were waiting for the shuttle to take us to the aeroplane
    When your mother said, your mother said, like I couldn’t hear her, she said
    Get the fuck away from me
    Why don’t you ever shut up
    Get the fuck away from me
    Oh
    Well I just want to say that it happened
    ‘Cause one day when you ask yourself “Did it really happen?”
    You won’t believe it but yes it did and I’m sorry
    And I’m sorry
    “cause it happens every day
    They won’t believe when you tell them
    They won’t believe you when you say my mother
    She did not love me
    My mother she did not love me
    No No No No No No No No
    Some days you’ll feel like a cartoon
    And people will rush to make excuses for you
    You’ll hear yourself complain
    But don’t you ever shut up please kid have your say
    ‘Cause I still love you even if I don’t see you again
    Oh

  7. CALLING CARDS

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    Used a calling card at the pay phone from the other coast
    Just to tell you how good it was to hear you in those songs you wrote
    You made me think there was something coming
    Really something worth waiting for
    Blah blah blah blah blah blah they talk about
    Oh
    Every dial tone every truck stop every heartbreak I love you more
    Looking like you just woke up from making songs
    Shooting satellites that blew up the pay phones
    Singing “we’ll all be together even when we’re not together
    With our arms around each other with our fate still in each other”
    I’ve got calling cards from twenty years ago

  8. CITY SWANS

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    Baby come out meet you in the street
    At the place by the old fire station
    We’ll get something to eat like we talked about
    Baby come down it’s been a while now
    I’ve got so many things I can tell you
    If my stubborn mouth doesn’t let me down
    And I can’t look at you straight on
    You’re made from something different than I know
    I try to slip the marching clock
    But centipedes invade my thoughts
    Without free will I heel and I go
    I step onto that metal plate
    Where it meets that dazzling sound of trains
    And I beg those trains to run
    ‘Cause I can’t look at you straight on
    You’re made from something different than I know
    My eyes are on the sidewalk
    It’s gum holding your feet
    I swear under my breath because I’m starving in your gravity
    You’re made from something different than I know
    Linger just a little long I see your gun is drawn with the safety on
    You can walk me back to my hotel like it was home
    And smell those fools you make
    Chord wood of
    In petty dreams that leave me sleeping here in your arms
    City swans
    Our crook’d necks long
    City Swans
    And I can’t look at you straight on
    You’re made from something different than I know
    And it breaks my heart just like that day that i looked down and realized that I’d been
    Sailing so long I had become the shore
    City swans
    Our crook’d necks long
    City swans

  9. AFRAID

  10. LOCAL GIRL

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    I pass the light that the young people make
    How joyfully it’s wasted
    I feel the weight of the needle’s repeat and sigh
    I sang my weight in metric trash tripped the light in Saturn’s embrace
    And you’ll give up with some local girl while our lights, our lights blot out her face
    All of you lie about someday
    Like you’re on a first-name basis
    All of you lie about someday
    Like you’re on a first-name basis
    All of you lie about someday
    Like you’re on a first-name basis
    All of you lie about someday
    Like you’re on a first-name basis
    Goddamn the time, Goddamn the miles that take me away from you
    And change your face
    And change the way I love you
    And change the way I love you
    And change the way I love you
    And change the way I love you

  11. WHERE DID I LEAVE THAT FIRE

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    A chill ran through me and I grabbed on tight
    That’s when I left my body for good
    And I shook off all the strength I’d earned
    I wanted so badly not to be me
    I wanted so badly not to be me
    I saw my shadow looking lost checking its pockets for some lost receipt
    Where did I leave that fire?
    Where did I leave that fire?
    Will a stranger find it on a curb idling?
    A cold call from a time zone just short of outer space
    From 6 o’clock tomorrow a strange voice says to me
    I do believe we have your fire lady
    You can pick it up if you come down with ID
    You can pick it up if you come down with ID

  12. RAGTIME

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    Last night late I was watching it snow
    It always goes sideways in the city
    It comes right out from the streetlights you know
    Pumped out by an engine deep inside the earth’s core
    It goes sideways in the city
    Cover the shapes and erase the date
    This could be any evening in any place
    The blizzard blows from left to right
    Which is funny because the piano’s playing “Summertime” from 1935
    So sounds the alarm of Ragtime
    It’s ragtime keeping time
    Brave to the waves of its residue
    Its laughter from a marbled room
    The white crowned sounds of possible
    The sound that lures me
    It says don’t you hurry, don’t you worry kid
    We’ll be seeing you
    We’ll see you when you’re ready
    Ragtime turning out the sun and moon
    Its gravity is soothing
    Winds me in a sleek cocoon
    I’ll reveal myself when I’m ready
    I’ll reveal myself invincible soon

ALBUM DESCRIPTION

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, is Neko Case’s first album in over four years.

Pitchfork named ‘The Worse Things Get…’ #27 on their best albums of 2013.”Her most vulnerable and human record to date, is also her best…she remains miraculous.”