Three different flavors of "Civilian"

I think Wye Oak's song "Civilian" is one of the best songs of the past decade, easy. I can't necessarily explain or quantify this statement. I just know it. Lately, I've been getting a Neil Young with Crazy Horse feeling from the tune, both lyrically and musically. Her guitar solo at the end of the electric version is simply one of the purest expressions my ears have heard in a very long time. And the words…..they really get to me deep down. Bless.







I am nothing without pretend
I know my thoughts
Can't live with them
I am nothing without a man
I know my faults
But I can hide them

I still keep my baby teeth
In the bedside table with my jewelry
You still sleep in the bed with me,
My jewelry, and my baby teeth

I don't need another friend
When most of them
I can barely keep up with
I'm perfectly able to hold my own hand,
but I still can't kiss my own neck

I wanted to give you everything
but I still stand in awe of superficial things
I wanted to love you like my mother's mother's mothers did
Civilian

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