Rattlesnakes-Lloyd Cole and the Commotions

The video plays the ol’ tracking shot through dusty neighborhoods, dusty highways, and that might be the easy way out except this song was made for an actual mixtape in your Walkperson, your crappy headphones and soul-calming motion of some sort, not the plane taking off, more the bus getting on the highway, you are about to daydream about something, perhaps some romanticized, idyllic mess of a woman, a woman not anyone that could ever be your contemporary, someone much more sophisticated, older, literary in the actually in a book way, not real, like a still in a museum from an unproduced film. Also, Lloyd’s voice is much, much cooler than he looks in the video. And the strings that perfect 3:23 of romantic, wistful, distant pop. The key is the last line.

Jodie wears a hat although it hasnt rained for six days
She says a girl needs a gun these days
Hey on account of all the rattlesnakes
She looks like eve marie saint in on the waterfront
She reads simone de beauvoir in her american circumstance
Shes less than sure if her heart has come to stay in san jose
And her neverborn child still haunts her
As she speeds down the freeway
As she tries her luck with the traffic police
Out of boredom more than spite
She never finds no trouble, she tries too hard
Shes obvious despite herself
She looks like eve marie saint in on the waterfront
She says all she needs is therapy yeah
All you need is, love is all you need
Jodie never sleeps cause there are always needles in the hay
She says that a girl needs a gun these days
Hey on account of all the rattlesnakes
She looks like eve marie saint in on the waterfront
As she reads simone de beauvoir in her american circumstance
Her heart, hearts like crazy paving
Upside down and back to front
She says ooh, its so hard to love
When love was sure a great disappointment

Rattlesnakes-Lloyd Cole and the Commotions

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