Monday, December 31, 2007

Hung on Every Word

From The Whole Shebang

An interesting premise for a song, the song whose name I gave to this blog is about the treacherous effects of the rumor mill as our speaker hears that a certain someone harbors certain feelings about him. Upon hearing that she can’t get enough of him, the speaker vows to make her prove that this is true. He says that if the rumor is not true, it should mean nothing to him, but he finds himself too excited about the possibility to just let this rumor be “a lot of noise in [his] periphery.” And so going on a simple rumor, he rejects logic and anything telling him to restrain himself, only to plunge into a situation that probably does not end favorably, hence the imagery of being executed, as the song ends in a cacophony of guitar walk-downs and shouting, “hung on every word.”

I will confess that I thought this song was the low point of The Whole Shebang from my very first listen to the record. I became a fan of it in the summer of 2005 when the live band began playing it, adding its energy and power to the guitar set. It was short-lived in the set, and its last performance that I can recall is from January, 16 2006, from which this recording was taken.

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6 comments:

Tom Foolery said...

I never cared for this song much either. I remember the first time we listened to The Whole Shebang together. When this song was done, I think we both just looked at each other, shrugged, and said, "Eh."

I'm still disappointed that you chose this as the blog's title track.

Juan Horsetown said...

Hey, you suggested it.

tha b said...

get a room you guys....

this song is fun to play live.. plenty of ROCK RIFFS!!!

magnum opus said...

i actually tried to give this song over to Jason Moore of The Katies fame because i thought it was more in their wheelhouse than ours. i remember he liked it but i guess since he has 70,000 songs of his own there was really no need to go to an outside man.

Soymilk Revolution said...

damn! a katies take on this would be nice...

interesting to hear. in any case, i like this song. not top shelf, but solid.

Kerriffic said...

this girl i went out with briefly once told me that this song should have been left off the record. to me its nice to have a an "off" track. nothing wrong with some guitar rocking in the mid section of a record.

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