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Andrew Bird — Bloodless
Album: My Finest Work Yet
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Released: 2019
Length: 6:20
Plays (last 30 days): 2
They're profiting from your worry
Selling blanks down at the DMZ
Banking on the sound and fury
Wonder what it's to do with me

Bloodless for now

I'm keeping mine with the altruists
Putting my weight behind the dancer
I know it's hard to be an optimist
When you trust least the ones who claim to have the answers

And it's an uncivil war

Bloodless for now

And the poets they explode like bombs
While the gentry is drinking Moet Chandon
Turn around and quote a well known psalm:
Don't you worry 'bout the wicked
Don't you envy those who do wrong
And your innocence will be like the dawn
While the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun

The best have lost their convictions
While the worst keep
Sharpening their claws
Peddling in their dark fictions
While what's left of us we just hem and we haw

And it feels like 1936
In Catalonia
Catalonia
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Great music and beautiful insightful lyrics
Andrew Bird is so amazing! Thanks, RP, for playing him TWICE today, including his latest Inside Problems.  He is on my bucket list for a live show!
 SmackDaddy wrote:

Except that both sides are NOT wrong. The right is wrong. Period. 

The "Left" is striving for:

Equal and fair treatment of all people
Minimizing greenhouse gases to avert the worst of climate change
Protection of the biosphere
Equality to women in all aspects

The "Right" want:

A White Christian Theocracy - authoritarian rule in this country = death of democracy.

White Supremacy/Patriarchy to be cultural norm. 

To screw the environmental for maximum profit regardless of what destruction may come from it. 

Maximum penalties for being not-white in all aspects of life.


Prove me wrong.


Have you even talked to someone on the right with an honest desire to understand their perspective or do you rely only on the people of the left to explain what the right wants so they can inflate your ego?  Everything you said is inspired out of blind arrogance and self righteousness and the true definition of bigotry.  Whatever... I give up.  So many people like you have lost any sense of humility and are being lead around by the nose and you like it because it feeds your ego.  I cannot offer you anything that feeds your ego and self righteousness, which is the only thing you are willing to listen to and that's why you are blind to any of the proof that is already available to you.  At this point, why should anyone even try.  

And the passive remain passive while people like you get affirming thumbs up as you spout out popular nonsense with zero self awareness and pretend you are part of powerless that aren't creating any of the problems.
 Grammarcop wrote:

"The best have lost their convictions
While the worst keep
Sharpening their claws
Peddling in their dark fictions
While what's left of us we just hem and we haw"

Bird is commenting on 2021, not 1936, and the song is a call for action on the part of us passive folks who aren't lying about free and fair elections.



Haha, passive.  You really think you are amongst the passive folks?  Nah.  You are amongst the very active establishment sharpening its claws peddling dark fiction over and over again during primetime until you believe it is true just because you have a shallow view of others that don't agree with you.  
 haretic wrote:

Bird references "Catalonia in 1936," which I think is one of the most interesting times and places in modern history. The Wikipedia article is excellent, I think.

"In Spain during almost three years, despite a civil war that took a
million lives, despite the opposition of the political parties
(republicans, left and right Catalan separatists, socialists,
Communists, Basque and Valencian regionalists, petty bourgeoisie, etc.),
this idea of libertarian communism was put into effect. Very quickly
more than 60% of the land was collectively cultivated by the peasants
themselves, without landlords, without bosses, and without instituting
capitalist competition to spur production. In almost all the industries,
factories, mills, workshops, transportation services, public services,
and utilities, the rank and file workers, their revolutionary
committees, and their syndicates reorganized and administered
production, distribution, and public services without capitalists, high
salaried managers, or the authority of the state."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

The thing is that according to G. Orwell and others who were there, it was working quite well; despite the protests from pundits of various political stripes that such a thing was insanely naive and could never work.

Good song, 7 for now. It probably  deserves an 8 just for mentioning Catalonia '36



You're listening to RadioParadise for heaven's sake.  What more proof do you need to know that what you are romanticizing and pontificating about in the past is possible now inside of a capitalist system, contrary to the beliefs of a socialist libertarian.  Nobody is standing in the way of groups of people, like yourself, from sacrificing their private wealth to put some of the philosophies you are dreaming about into practice in a company or in a region inside of a free market, anti-monopoly, capitalist system.   All it takes is inspiration, which is the only thing that made the people in 1936 Catalonia voluntarily work the way they did for the brief period.  Or do you think it requires a forceful revolution to make everyone comply with a new system of not owning property, which would make a socialist libertarian the oxymoron it sounds like, despite any intellectual gymnastics?  

Hopefully you voluntarily donate to RP.  As a capitalist that doesn't want my freedoms taken away, I make a point of VOLUNTARILY donating and paying for all of the things that bring value to my life in one form or another.  I don't need my neighbor forced into giving up his plot of land because he hasn't been able to convince the community committees that he isn't doing enough with it in order for me to continue to voluntarily contribute and be an example of what I humbly think is fair and ideal and what others should do only voluntarily.
love this song, just doesn't get old....
 lit_doc wrote:
I’m surprise that no one has commented on the connection to W B Yeats, who wrote "The Second Coming" over 100 years ago:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43290/the-second-coming
 
Ok, I'll mention it.  One's moronic, the other inspired. 
 killahfunkadelic wrote:

Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.



I'm enjoying Andrew Bird as a musician thanks to RP.  But he needs to brush up on history, or read Animal Farm and 1984 again.  Written by Eric Arthur Blair, aka George Orwell, after his experience fighting in the Spanish Civil War against the fascists, and dealing with the anarchists, socialists, communists and propagandists in that conflict.  All sides have individuals and principles, all sides cater to the masses to amass power, and a totalitarian left is no better than a totalitarian right
This song has so much significance for our current dark times.
I’m surprise that no one has commented on the connection to W B Yeats, who wrote "The Second Coming" over 100 years ago:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43290/the-second-coming
 killahfunkadelic wrote:

Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.



very relevant at this time 
another artist I heard of thru RP - this guy's got great songs, including this one. Thanks Bill & Rebecca!
 unclehud wrote:

Nice when art begets art.

Death of Marat, painted by Jacques-Louis David:

https://mymodernmet.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/death-of-marat-1.jpg



Thank you, unclehud. Too good to be hidden behind a URL:
 haretic wrote:

Bird references "Catalonia in 1936," which I think is one of the most interesting times and places in modern history. The Wikipedia article is excellent, I think.

"In Spain during almost three years, despite a civil war that took a
million lives, despite the opposition of the political parties
(republicans, left and right Catalan separatists, socialists,
Communists, Basque and Valencian regionalists, petty bourgeoisie, etc.),
this idea of libertarian communism was put into effect. Very quickly
more than 60% of the land was collectively cultivated by the peasants
themselves, without landlords, without bosses, and without instituting
capitalist competition to spur production. In almost all the industries,
factories, mills, workshops, transportation services, public services,
and utilities, the rank and file workers, their revolutionary
committees, and their syndicates reorganized and administered
production, distribution, and public services without capitalists, high
salaried managers, or the authority of the state."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

The thing is that according to G. Orwell and others who were there, it was working quite well; despite the protests from pundits of various political stripes that such a thing was insanely naive and could never work.

Good song, 7 for now. It probably  deserves an 8 just for mentioning Catalonia '36



Thank you for this very educational, informative and timely comment.  It did work.  I wish to know what happened next.  WWII I presume.  Maybe one day humans will learn to live together peacefully where no one is in want and capitalists dont't run governments and populists become humanitarians and motivated by love rather than fear and anger.  Such hope...
 haretic wrote:

Bird references "Catalonia in 1936," which I think is one of the most interesting times and places in modern history. The Wikipedia article is excellent, I think.

"In Spain during almost three years, despite a civil war that took a
million lives, despite the opposition of the political parties
(republicans, left and right Catalan separatists, socialists,
Communists, Basque and Valencian regionalists, petty bourgeoisie, etc.),
this idea of libertarian communism was put into effect. Very quickly
more than 60% of the land was collectively cultivated by the peasants
themselves, without landlords, without bosses, and without instituting
capitalist competition to spur production. In almost all the industries,
factories, mills, workshops, transportation services, public services,
and utilities, the rank and file workers, their revolutionary
committees, and their syndicates reorganized and administered
production, distribution, and public services without capitalists, high
salaried managers, or the authority of the state."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

The thing is that according to G. Orwell and others who were there, it was working quite well; despite the protests from pundits of various political stripes that such a thing was insanely naive and could never work.

Good song, 7 for now. It probably  deserves an 8 just for mentioning Catalonia '36



Thanks for this Haretic :)
If you've not seen it, check out "Land and Freedom", by Ken Loach, you won't be disappointed I think. I love this film. 
He's obviously a greatly talented musician, but some of his stuff in the past grated or just turned me off. This, however, is darkly brilliant, deep as Hell, and sharply relevant. His poetry, playing, timing and arrangement in this are truly next-level! Bravo, AB & RP!
 yeshetarchin wrote:

an honor the be the first one on this. Wonderful flow. Great talent this guy!




The whole album is quite good; Mr. Bird has achieved a very thoughtful & melodic space with this one. I find myself revisiting it on a fairly regular basis.
 Grammarcop wrote:

"The best have lost their convictions
While the worst keep
Sharpening their claws
Peddling in their dark fictions
While what's left of us we just hem and we haw"

Bird is commenting on 2021, not 1936, and the song is a call for action on the part of us passive folks who aren't lying about free and fair elections.



I mean, you can comment on more than one thing at once, yes? The Crucible, e.g.?
Nice Yeats shout-out!
"The best have lost their convictions
While the worst keep
Sharpening their claws
Peddling in their dark fictions
While what's left of us we just hem and we haw"

Bird is commenting on 2021, not 1936, and the song is a call for action on the part of us passive folks who aren't lying about free and fair elections.
Sounds a lot like The Guillemots, which is no bad thing.  Me likey.
Elevated to an 8! So many facets to this tune, just love it. 1936 in Catalonia…………….
 unclehud wrote:

Nice when art begets art.

Death of Marat, painted by Jacques-Louis David:

https://mymodernmet.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/death-of-marat-1.jpg



Uncle:
Your post inspired me to take a closer look. I just realized that's not Marat -- that's Andrew Bird mimicking the great piece. DUH!

Thanks for pointing it out. 
 SmackDaddy wrote:

Except that both sides are NOT wrong. The right is wrong. Period. 

The "Left" is striving for:

Equal and fair treatment of all people
Minimizing greenhouse gases to avert the worst of climate change
Protection of the biosphere
Equality to women in all aspects

The "Right" want:

A White Christian Theocracy - authoritarian rule in this country = death of democracy.

White Supremacy/Patriarchy to be cultural norm. 

To screw the environmental for maximum profit regardless of what destruction may come from it. 

Maximum penalties for being not-white in all aspects of life.


Prove me wrong.



And you are completely blind if you believe that.
 GTT wrote:


... and if both sides are in the wrong,  as is now the case, it is a time for humility and serious reflection on both sides.

Except that both sides are NOT wrong. The right is wrong. Period. 

The "Left" is striving for:

Equal and fair treatment of all people
Minimizing greenhouse gases to avert the worst of climate change
Protection of the biosphere
Equality to women in all aspects

The "Right" want:

A White Christian Theocracy - authoritarian rule in this country = death of democracy.

White Supremacy/Patriarchy to be cultural norm. 

To screw the environmental for maximum profit regardless of what destruction may come from it. 

Maximum penalties for being not-white in all aspects of life.


Prove me wrong.
Credit to Mr Bird for introducing "altruists" into the lyrics.  I doubt whether there are any other examples in popular music


woodchuk wrote:
Perhaps an 8 for paraphrasing W. B. Yeats as well:

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.



 tonyinnj wrote:


A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
signifying nothing...
  -W Shakespeare

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.


Oh geez this is a smart crowd, I was going to give Faulkner credit for the Sound and the Fury quote. ...
 woodchuk wrote:

Perhaps an 8 for paraphrasing W. B. Yeats as well:

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.


A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
signifying nothing...
  -W Shakespeare

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.
 killahfunkadelic wrote:

Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.



... and if both sides are in the wrong,  as is now the case, it is a time for humility and serious reflection on both sides.
His voice sounds like the Guillemots' singer, which is no bad thing.  7
Wow, when this first starts, I always think it's "What Makes the Monkey Dance"
I kinda wish it was but this is pretty good, too.
 unclehud wrote:

Nice when art begets art.

Death of Marat, painted by Jacques-Louis David:

https://mymodernmet.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/death-of-marat-1.jpg


Poor old Marat, they hunt you down

The bloodhounds are searching all over the town

Just yesterday they smashed your press

And now they're asking your home address

- The Persecution and Assassination of Jean Paul Marat

as Performed by the Inmates of Charenton Under the

Direction of the Marquis De Sade

Tony in NJ

W.A.S.T.E.



Was a 9 for me, the years (2016-current) in America moved it to a 10. 
This is a brilliant song and very true to today but the reference to Catalonia in 1936 is really pretty esoteric outside Southern Europe and sent me scurrying to Wikipedia. And yup, it was complicated. Anarchy, Communism, Socialism and Nationalism in a pretty terrible mix.
Andrew Bird may have to demand royalty rights from Amtrak Joe over the use of "uncivil war". Who knows, maybe the Pres is an RP fan. 
 killahfunkadelic wrote:
Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.
 
Sadly, no one heeded your advice and it's no longer bloodless. The struggle is real.


now that is quality!
 killahfunkadelic wrote:
Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.
 

Mmm, yes. Certainly very meaningful lyrics.

But If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next  might be a better anthem for this age if things continue in the direction they are going.

Damn the cyclical nature of history! 
 haretic wrote:
Bird references "Catalonia in 1936," which I think is one of the most interesting times and places in modern history. The Wikipedia article is excellent, I think.

"In Spain during almost three years, despite a civil war that took a
million lives, despite the opposition of the political parties
(republicans, left and right Catalan separatists, socialists,
Communists, Basque and Valencian regionalists, petty bourgeoisie, etc.),
this idea of libertarian communism was put into effect. Very quickly
more than 60% of the land was collectively cultivated by the peasants
themselves, without landlords, without bosses, and without instituting
capitalist competition to spur production. In almost all the industries,
factories, mills, workshops, transportation services, public services,
and utilities, the rank and file workers, their revolutionary
committees, and their syndicates reorganized and administered
production, distribution, and public services without capitalists, high
salaried managers, or the authority of the state."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

The thing is that according to G. Orwell and others who were there, it was working quite well; despite the protests from pundits of various political stripes that such a thing was insanely naive and could never work.

Good song, 7 for now. It probably  deserves an 8 just for mentioning Catalonia '36
 
Perhaps an 8 for paraphrasing W. B. Yeats as well:

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Blimey, this is mellow.
 
This guy puts the low in mellow.


Blimey, this is mellow.
 Edweirdo wrote:
Nice song, but it's pronounced Mo- et, not Mo-ay.
 And there was me thinking it was Marat, not Mo-et as in Chandon

Nice song, but it's pronounced Mo- et, not Mo-ay.
Got to love that album cover - everything but the stab wound.

Hence "Bloodless", eh?
 jahgirl8 wrote:

I wouldn't say finest, but it's okay.
 
Damn you had to duck to miss that one.
Live from here


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrTZF3J6YNk

Dude sounds like young, dispassionate Van Morrison. Not a bad thing.
Thanks RP.
To title a record with such modest aspirations is ambitious to say the least, but Bird nails it with this little ditty of a track. 
 SmackDaddy wrote:

It's a fantastic piece of work, matter of fact, one might say, if so inclined, that it is his finest work yet.
 
I wouldn't say finest, but it's okay.
 SmackDaddy wrote:
 killahfunkadelic wrote:
Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.
 

To better understand what divides us, this will enlighten. Are political leanings are hardwired. There is no changing it. Trump  (and the GOP over the years have motivated their base with fear because it works biologically). Dems use logic and empathy to manage risk. 
Brain Structure Determines Political Leanings 


 
Guess four people don't like the truth
 ScottishWillie wrote:
So very, very, exceptionally good. 

OK folks is this a good album to make my first Andrew Bird purchase?
 
It's a fantastic piece of work, matter of fact, one might say, if so inclined, that it is his finest work yet.
Bird references "Catalonia in 1936," which I think is one of the most interesting times and places in modern history. The Wikipedia article is excellent, I think.

"In Spain during almost three years, despite a civil war that took a
million lives, despite the opposition of the political parties
(republicans, left and right Catalan separatists, socialists,
Communists, Basque and Valencian regionalists, petty bourgeoisie, etc.),
this idea of libertarian communism was put into effect. Very quickly
more than 60% of the land was collectively cultivated by the peasants
themselves, without landlords, without bosses, and without instituting
capitalist competition to spur production. In almost all the industries,
factories, mills, workshops, transportation services, public services,
and utilities, the rank and file workers, their revolutionary
committees, and their syndicates reorganized and administered
production, distribution, and public services without capitalists, high
salaried managers, or the authority of the state."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

The thing is that according to G. Orwell and others who were there, it was working quite well; despite the protests from pundits of various political stripes that such a thing was insanely naive and could never work.

Good song, 7 for now. It probably  deserves an 8 just for mentioning Catalonia '36
Haven't cared for much of his other stuff I've heard, but this is pretty good.
Bumped from an 8 to a 9. Love the lyrics, the vocal, and that catchy little chorus. It might even eventually be a 10 for me.
the video for this song is worthy
 killahfunkadelic wrote:
Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.
 

What a fantastically uninformed view on the spanish civil war.
So very, very, exceptionally good. 

OK folks is this a good album to make my first Andrew Bird purchase?
Kinda like Boz Scaggs................without the soul
Always interesting, never less than thought provoking. Also a lush arrangement.. I shall be visiting Bandcamp again soon!
Lovely sounds, lovely arrangement, though the drumming  is pretty OTT.
 jlind wrote:
Anything else off this album worth listening to?
 

I listened to the whole thing a few times yesterday - there are a few as good or better than this one. 
My new favorite up-comer Madison Cunningham has been touring with him. Here they are playing each other's songs. She's credited as a vocalist on this record - she's singing harmony on this song.
Strongly recommend seeing Andrew Bird live. Truly a transporting experience.
Very wise words.
 jlind wrote:
Anything else off this album worth listening to?
 
I've been listening to several albums of his and haven't heard a bad song yet.

Love the album cover. Andrew's amazing. 
Bumping this up. What a cool groove...
very, very cool sound
So glad you are playing Andrew Bird as a regular selection.  He is an a amazing artist.  I love the depth of his sound, the randomness and wandering as we glide along with him.  The whistle, the piano, his voice, the violin.  He is a master musician.  He isn't there for the money, he is there for the creative.  So glad you are sharing his masterpieces with the RP audience!
 killahfunkadelic wrote:
Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.
 

To better understand what divides us, this will enlighten. Are political leanings are hardwired. There is no changing it. Trump  (and the GOP over the years have motivated their base with fear because it works biologically). Dems use logic and empathy to manage risk. 
Brain Structure Determines Political Leanings 


Notes from the music video:

We find ourselves in a cold civil war. Everyone is playing their part
too well. Certain actors are reaping power and wealth from divisiveness.
Echoes of the Spanish civil war when fascists and clergy win because
they put up a united front against the individualistic and principled
(yet scattered) left. We can turn this ship around but need to step back
and be honest with ourselves about what’s happening while it’s still
relatively bloodless.
Anything else off this album worth listening to?
I don't know if it's his finest work - but it's great!
Whoa, thought it was Hozier.
Nice when art begets art.

Death of Marat, painted by Jacques-Louis David:

https://mymodernmet.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/death-of-marat-1.jpg
New Andrew Bird -  Me Likey!
Man, Andrew Bird grooooooooves!!!

Eyes closed, tiny waves of pleasure from the "togetherness" of all the sounds. And, there's even some whistling :-) He's brought it all in a whole.

Thank you Mr Bird, thank you Mr G, you're making my late night working much nicer :-)

And there's even the album art. Marat-bird :-) and the lyrics. Yes, yes, yes.
an honor the be the first one on this. Wonderful flow. Great talent this guy!
Last one in the office... Can crank the sound up!

Am liking this mellow sound