Wilco — Muzzle of Bees
Album: A Ghost is Born
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Released: 2004
Length: 4:46
Plays (last 30 days): 2
There's a random painted highway
And a muzzle of bees
My sleeves have come unstitched
From climbing your tree

And dogs laugh, some say they're barking
I don't think they're mean
Some people get so frightened
Of the fences in between

And the sun gets passed from tree to tree
Silently, and back to me
With the breeze blown through
Pushed up against the sea
Finally back to me

I'm assuming you got my message
On your machine
I'm assuming you love me
And you know what that means

Sun gets passed, sea to sea
Silently, and back to me
With the breeze blown through
Pushed up above the leaves

With the breeze blown through
My head upon your knee
Half of it's you, half is me
Half of it's you, half is me
Comments (212)add comment
 lee_sf wrote:
I found this tune simplistic and tedious. Then reading through the first two pages of comments... lots of raves. I'm clearly missing something.

 
You may find it "tedious", which is obviously a matter of opinion, but this is not really a "simplistic" song at all, though I guess it can sound that way to some.
 oldsaxon wrote:

I think it's fine. Just fine not special. I suppose it's different strokes, huh? It's like that for me and that dreaded Kathleen Edwards dirge everyone raves about.

 
Try looking up the meaning of dirge.   There are reasons for not liking KE's music, but its "funereal quality" would not be one of them.
 oldsaxon wrote:

I think it's fine. Just fine not special. I suppose it's different strokes, huh? It's like that for me and that dreaded Kathleen Edwards dirge everyone raves about.

 
Ahh, but have you ever tried her coffee?
sweet strong song (that album art is a primary drawing lesson: hard boiled egg on a large sheet of white paper, single light source on one side, shadows are there for you to capture with delicate light marks or even with extreme cuts with bold declaration : )
Please play something from their first album: AM. This is a mighty fine album. One of the best from the 1990s.

At one time, these guys were true RnRs.  
I think Nick C. said it all:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1GadTfGFvU
Live version on kicking television even better if that's possible 
 twoplain2sea wrote:
I really know some dogs so frightened
Of the fences in between.
Specially when we're a walking.

 
The higher, the fewer.
I really know some dogs so frightened
Of the fences in between.
Specially when we're a walking.
my very favorite wilco song :-)
 hallogallo wrote:

For some reason, reminds me a little of Cat Stevens 'Into White.'

 

 

This reminds me of Paul Westerberg ..."One the day your were born"...
Yes!
 egbertveneman wrote:
more Wilco, Please {#Good-vibes}

 


For some reason, reminds me a little of Cat Stevens 'Into White.'

 
I love this song - so evocative.  It made my pile of paperwork seem more doable!  Thanks.
Thanks Bill, haven't heard this in a while.  Excellent choice:)
 JHZ wrote:
Wasn't going to rate the Coldplay song on before this Wilco gem, but than Muzzle of Bees just made that Coldplay track seem so average.
 
My thoughts exactly.
more Wilco, Please {#Good-vibes}
{#Clap} ..... nice one Bill, can't get enough Wilco 
 JHZ wrote:
Wasn't going to rate the Coldplay song on before this Wilco gem, but than Muzzle of Bees just made that Coldplay track seem so average.
 
Effing A, man! {#Notworthy}
Sounded like Neil Finn at first. 
Wasn't going to rate the Coldplay song on before this Wilco gem, but than Muzzle of Bees just made that Coldplay track seem so average.
 lee_sf wrote:
I found this tune simplistic and tedious. Then reading through the first two pages of comments... lots of raves. I'm clearly missing something.

 
Whatever it is you're missing, I'm missing it too. And I generally like Wilco. Just not this song.
 balconybar wrote:
I love that everyone loves Wilco like a cult but I just can't hear anything in their music.
I keep trying, like listening to The National or something, haven't got it yet.
But I'll keep an open mind, maybe one day it'll click.

Love RP, thanks guys!

 
Seeing them live might change your mind.
I love that everyone loves Wilco like a cult but I just can't hear anything in their music.
I keep trying, like listening to The National or something, haven't got it yet.
But I'll keep an open mind, maybe one day it'll click.

Love RP, thanks guys!
I love it when Wilco get the guitars screaming and reverbing and feed backing. 
Only through death is a ghost born?
One of those very rare acts that delivers live just what it recordings promise....and they set a high bar.
Brilliant Wilco tune.
I knew a Wilco was coming, just not which one. Wouldn't have guessed this delicate conspiracy. Love it.
 lee_sf wrote:
I found this tune simplistic and tedious. Then reading through the first two pages of comments... lots of raves. I'm clearly missing something.
 
I think it's fine. Just fine not special. I suppose it's different strokes, huh? It's like that for me and that dreaded Kathleen Edwards dirge everyone raves about.
Don't know, a wee bit advertisement like!
 
 Agreed. Brilliant album. 

rdo wrote:
I think this is their masterpiece. 

 

I think this is their masterpiece. 
I found this tune simplistic and tedious. Then reading through the first two pages of comments... lots of raves. I'm clearly missing something.
 Giselle62 wrote:
i love Smog—just sayin'.
 
me too :) RP could use a little more Smog, and Wilco is always good...
this tune really gets to me.
i love Smog—just sayin'.
Beautiful, beautiful song. Wilco I will always return to you. You and Smog.
Love you RP...have a blessed weekend.
 Stingray wrote:
You have to be a 53 year old pot-smoking college-boy to understand them!

 
Damn, caught in the middle... {#Doh}
 Dotman wrote:

i stopped listening to wilco after he cut his main band member. he was the guy who made his sound. not this jackass smoking fool who pretends he was responsible for the only good thing they ever did. i miss the real arranger of his songs. who he abandoned. and is dead now. wilco in nothing now.how dare he take credit.

dot.

 

"I stopped listening to wilco after he cut his main band member"  - I guess I understand that by referring to Wilco as a "he" you mean Jeff Tweedy.  My assumption then is you then acknowledge that THE "main band member" is Jeff Tweedy, who is the # 1 creative force behind the band.

My understanding is that all of the band departure's were relatively amicable.
Ok...what's going on?

First, it was Son Volt (Farrar at his sad country best)

Now, Wilco (Tweedy at his trippy best). 

Next has to be Tupelo (trippy and sad country and punk).

Let's do it!

And remember, it all came from Belleville, IL. Home tot Stag Beer. 
Not the best Wilco. But pleasant enough I suppose.
great groove!
oh well. i like this song a lot.

i stopped listening to wilco after he cut his main band member. he was the guy who made his sound. not this jackass smoking fool who pretends he was responsible for the only good thing they ever did. i miss the real arranger of his songs. who he abandoned. and is dead now. wilco in nothing now.how dare he take credit.

dot.


"I'm assuming you got my message on the machine" - if it was from you, guy, it would have been deleted out of hand. Sometimes the adjective 'tedious' just doesn't do justice to Wilco numbers. 'Sedating' might be closer. Wilco and out {#Sleep}
Nice song.

No, outstanding song.  
Tomorrow playing in Tilburg. Looking forward.