Monday, 31 October 2011

Misery Monday part 1/26 - Eels

New Monday and no new moon but a new theme. Driven by the fact that most of my favourite songs aren't really sunnyside feel good ditties , mondays will be taken over by sad songs (not much different to other posts then)

First up is a bit of slacker sadness. Some sad songs are driven by the lyric , by the melody , or by the knowledge of the what the writer was going through. The best kind of put all of that together.

I've written before about how Mark  Everett has had more than his fair share of sadness. As a reminder

Father - a genius who developed the theory of multiple universes, who died of a heart attack , Eels discovered the body.

Sister - committed suicide

Mother - died of cancer

Cousin - was an air stewardess on the hijacked plane that crashed into the Pentagon.

As a result the It's a Motherfucker refrain has a air of weary resignation about it as the song contemplates either life after a loved one leaves or dies I'm never really sure, the sense of permanency suggests the latter
Its a simple tune (the saddest often are) of piano backed with some gorgeous strings and at just over 2 mins it leaves you wanting more which only adds to the sense of loss

It's a motherfucker
Being here without you
Thinking 'bout the good times
Thinking 'bout the bad
And i won't ever be the same

It's a motherfucker
Getting through a sunday
Talking to the walls
Just me again
But i won't ever be the same
I won't ever be the same

It's a motherfucker
How much i understand
The feeling that you need someone
To take you by the hand
And you won't ever be the same
You won't ever be the same

It's a Motherfucker - Eels


  1. I really like the live version of this on 'With Strings: Live at the Town Hall'.
    The original is included on a recent compilation 'Meet the Eels 1996-2006'.
    Talk about giving it away; you can buy the 24 track CD here for £3.99:

  2. blimey that is a bargain

    I've got about 4 of his lps so wuill need to look at what I havent got

    have you read his autobiography its a great read

  3. It's on a pile at the bottom of my stairs sandwiched between 'Baby, I Don't Care' (a Robert Mitchum biog) and Greil Marcus's 'Listening to Van Morrison'. Non a comedy methinks...


Leave a comment and let me know what you are listening to.