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Jesca Hoop — Enemy
Album: Kismet
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Total ratings: 605









Released: 2007
Length: 3:24
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Beautiful
Alone with my enemy
And share a bitter cup
Of poisoning
My countenance
To see his face in mine
And follow every line
Back to my enemy

You are mine
Pennyroyal wine fly
Like an innocent child
That followed every line
Back to my enemy

Beautiful
Falling fast from a state of grace
And trusting there is a light
In darkest place
My dirty knees
Hold the ground till it's done with me
I've come to see that beauty is a thing
That is without grace

You are mine
Pennyroyal wine fly
Like an innocent child
That followed every line
Back to my enemy

Beautiful
At home with my history
And run the scarlet ink
With the tears of mercy
My battle wounds
Lay to rest a treasure box
And thinkin of the scars
As the jewels of my story

You are mine
Pennyroyal wine fly
Like an innocent child
That followed every line
Back to my enemy
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 Dave_Mack wrote:
Very interesting performer. I've heard her a number of times on "Live from Here", the evolution of the Prairie Home Companion show hosted by Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek, and a damn good mandolinist). Then I saw Jesca open for Elbow earlier this year. Really good show!
 

You were lucky to have her as Elbow's opening act! When I saw Elbow some years ago their opening act was someone I don't remember that sang nothing but 'downer' songs. It was so depressing someone in the audience finally yelled out 'Don't you have any happy songs?'.
Reminds me a lot of “Blank piece of paper” by Luthea Salom.
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Very interesting performer. I've heard her a number of times on "Live from Here", the evolution of the Prairie Home Companion show hosted by Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek, and a damn good mandolinist). Then I saw Jesca open for Elbow earlier this year. Really good show!
 Rockit999 wrote:
Hoop there it is!
 

love love love this song. "My dirty knees
Hold the ground till it's done with me" - poet, singer and songwriter.
I guess you either love or hate this song. It sounds discordant to me. Sorry. :1
Lovely, this.
Sure does the trick for me. Straight into my bloodstream, like an intravenous drug.
I'm not sure if it's layered vocal tracks, or just a breathy sound, but it's not really working for me... It's better when it goes into harmony, but the unison layered breathy vocal sound is a bit grating to me. Maybe worth a 5...
To my ears this song is at least as good as some of the female Scandinavian singer/ songwriters that are regularly played on RP.

If the rest of the album is as good as this then I wish Jessica Hoop all the best success in the music industry. 
 pontfarrer wrote:
this is painful ...................

 
You're kidding aren't you?
Love Jesca  Hoop, she lives in the next street to me! Chorlton, Manchester UK. I did submit some Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop to RP but it was rejected.....shame.
Hoop there it is!
this is painful ...................
Jescan Hoop and Sam Beam toured together recently and I read about them coming to Dallas and so I thought I'd buy a ticket to see them and don'cha know while I was reading about them coming to town the Dallas show was already under way at that very moment. Dang, missed it.
Gorgeous - must listen to the rest of the album
 rdo wrote:
I love this song...buying it now.  This shud be in the regular rotation...

 

hard to belive this guy likes anything.....
I love this song...buying it now.  This shud be in the regular rotation...
 Cynaera wrote:

ROMEO!!!!!  Good to see you! The back is totally FUBAR, but the spirit is still strong. Hope you're doing well, my friend. {#Hug}
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

everybody in my church loves this song...

 
Got this on psd...wonderful...play this moe
I still think this is ''Kimya Dawson'' maybe they came out of the same egg... ??
Grating. Annoying.  PSD ==>  bye bye.


This song is groovy...  dig it...

 


beautiful...  love it...

 
I had not heard of Jesca when I saw her open for the Eels a year or so back.

I was just mesmerized by her. Not sure why, as she is such a unique performer, but she really seemed familiar to me. Her voice, her lyrics.

She manned her merchandise table after her performance and I got to chat with her and bought some cds and some vinyl.

She made a fan out of me and I hope she continues to make records. 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
Lovely harmonies
More from Jesca please...
both albums are exquisite
Come on Bill, a bit more action for this cold and windy morning in europe!!
This song - her voice, those mystic lyrics, the simple-yet-complex guitar - hits me right in the muse, much the way the "Runes" Zeppelin album did.  I think I'm going to buy this. I bought this just now.  It's exquisite.  RP, you make it FAR TOO EASY to get carried away with spending money on good music. {#Naughty} {#Mrgreen}
 Cynaera wrote:

ROMEO!!!!!  Good to see you! The back is totally FUBAR, but the spirit is still strong. Hope you're doing well, my friend. {#Hug}
 


Cynaera, I sure hope your back is feeling better now...  I am so sorry you are having to deal with that...  hugs to you—  very gentle hugs...

Jesca Hoop reminds me of my father, Elvis Presley...  I like this song a lot...


 
What a sweet little thing this is.
 romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo good for the ears...


 
ROMEO!!!!!  Good to see you! The back is totally FUBAR, but the spirit is still strong. Hope you're doing well, my friend. {#Hug}


This song is soooo good for the ears...


 danimal3114u wrote:
She reminds me of Regina Spektor, but with more range.
 
And less accent.  Of course, I like her accent.

 Cynaera wrote:

I agree - I bumped it to a 9, because those vocals are SO intriguing, and it's almost like there are some subliminal messages being sent. This song entrances me. I might have to buy the CD to see if her other work has a similar effect on me.

 


Yes, it has a really beautiful sound to it... and there is some irony to how the music is so beautiful and gentle and the lyrics are so hard and brutal...  makes this song very interesting...



This aint Kimya Dawson's sister by any chance ??
Beautiful song, disturbing lyrics. I bought her "Hunting My Dress" album and can't stop listening to it. Highly recommended.
 romeotuma wrote:


The music and the melody are just gorgeous...  this song is soooo interesting...

 
 
I agree - I bumped it to a 9, because those vocals are SO intriguing, and it's almost like there are some subliminal messages being sent. This song entrances me. I might have to buy the CD to see if her other work has a similar effect on me.



The music and the melody are just gorgeous...  this song is soooo interesting...

 
 Cynaera wrote:
I like the simplicity and complexity of this song.  The vocal is almost childlike, but the guitar is more complicated than it seems. And when the harmonies kick in, it's just magical.  A very good listen!{#Sunny}


 



Yeah, this music is gorgeous...

in the lyrics there are hints of some profound possibilities...  I don't quite know what to make of this song...


Enemy

by Jesca Hoop


Beautiful

Alone with my enemy
And share a bitter cup
Of poisoning
My countenance
To see his face in mine
And follow every line
Back to my enemy

Chorus:
You are mine
Pennyroyal wine fly
Like an innocent child
That followed every line
Back to my enemy

Beautiful
Falling fast from a state of grace
And trusting there is a light
In darkest place
My dirty knees
Hold the ground till it's done with me
I've come to see that beauty is a thing
That is without grace

(repeat chorus)

Beautiful
At home with my history
And run the scarlet ink
With the tears of mercy
My battle wounds
Lay to rest a treasure box
And thinking of the scars
As the jewels of my story

(repeat chorus)

 




Thanks for introducing me to this amazing artist. She works between a wide variety of genres, all of which she does an excellent job with. She reminds me of Regina Spektor, but with more range.
Lovely voice.

I love the song. Can someone explain the lyrics?
What a lovely little bit of strangeness that was.

Listen different. 
Okay, wow. These vocals are pretty awesome. I like the haunting lyrics (I mean, who ever uses the word "pennyroyal"?)  This is probably going to end up on my list of music to purchase. Good stuff!
 wonderunit wrote:
In truth, Tom Waits is only 3 years older than Justin Bieber. 
  
They have about the same level of talent too.
MORE JESCA PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

She has at least a dozen songs that would fit great in the rotation here...

 
A nice song....but a sway away from the mood of the previous sets.....
Mmmmm - I really like this one. Intricate, pure vocals and harmonies. This and the Jennys... I'm getting back into female vocalists lately, it seems! {#Meditate}
I heart hippie art chicks!

 handyrae wrote:
Something about this sounds very old. Like she's using a centuries-old melody. Very interesting.
 
Good call. It sounds a bit like renaissance music, or a madrigal.

 bugleboy624 wrote:
She was Tom Waits nanny? She doesn't look quite old enough, but I'll go with it.

Kinda cute, tho.
 
If you believe Wikipedia, she was born in '76 and was indeed nanny to Tom Waits' children (not to Tom Waits himself, note). And yes, she is kinda cute, as is this song which is rather sweet :o)

Choking up my coffee, bugleboy and wonderunit! {#Arrowd} {#Lol} Thanx!!!

What Mandolin said...
{#Sleep}
Something about this sounds very old. Like she's using a centuries-old melody. Very interesting.
Finally, Jesca Hoop on RP!  Her first album is wonderful.  She's incredible live —- saw her open up for Sinead O'Connor in San Francisco and I was blown away.
 bugleboy624 wrote:
She was Tom Waits nanny? She doesn't look quite old enough, but I'll go with it.

 
In truth, Tom Waits is only 3 years older than Justin Bieber.  His publicists try to suppress knowledge of the fact that he suffers from Richards' Syndrome, a condition wherein the body ages prematurely in response to relentless exposure to recreational pharmaceutical agents.  Being raised by a licentious nanny probably didn't help, either.
A Jesca Hoop song on RP at last! I like this entire album, perhaps better than her new one, Hunting My Dress, which is finally available in the US.
She was Tom Waits nanny? She doesn't look quite old enough, but I'll go with it.

Kinda cute, tho.
{#Hearteyes} LOVE this whole album! Tom Waits: "Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night."
Where is STINGRAY complaining about "Bill's Army of Girls"?? {#Roflol}
I like the simplicity and complexity of this song.  The vocal is almost childlike, but the guitar is more complicated than it seems. And when the harmonies kick in, it's just magical.  A very good listen!{#Sunny}
I like this.