September 22, 2008

Juliana Hatfield//Fleur De Lys

I remember vividly when I bought this Only Everything by Juliana Hatfield. I was probably about 16. I bought it in a used record store in Columbia, MO. I picked it up and thought, “what’s with the colorful buffalo?” I was there with my Dad. I also bought Hope Chest by the 10,000 Maniacs (an album I still LOVE without any reservation about how nerdy it makes me seem) and a Grant-Lee Phillips album that I never listened to (Buffalo theme, anyone?).

I love Juliana Hatfield. Her lyrics are pretty overwhelmingly cheesy and bad, but I still love her. Her voice is so weird. Her sound is so 90s Pacific Northwest grunge. This song is perfect because the lyrics are all in French, so you can’t really tell how bad the words are they are. Oh my god! I’m wearing a flannel!



Fleur De Lys.mp3

Où habitez-vous? Chez qui? Peut-être à la fin du siècle, vous m’aimerez. Je peux jouer. Jouer! Jouer!
(Where do you live? In which house? Maybe at the end of the century, you’ll love me. I can play. Play! Play!)
<--This is my personal translation, so it could be slightly wrong, but see how bad her lyrics are?
Maybe I should have just written, “Hey. Can I get some bass?”

BLAKE BABIES FOREVER?!?!?!

3 comments:

nitroglycol said...

Well, I wouldn't judge her ability as a lyricist based on how well she writes in another language. But yeah, Only Everything overall is not her high point in that matter. At her best, though, she has a dry wit that's hard to match.

And yeah, musically OE pretty much kicks ass.

Unknown said...

If you think her lyrics are cheesy, then you don't get it. She's one of the best songwriters ever, and every single song has something to say more than break ups and the repetitive topics that everyone else writes about. The album Only Everything is one of the best albums ever in the history of music. I bought it brand new on 1995, I was 19 and the songs were everything I was experiencing as a young woman. You don't understand anything about her. She's not writing music for a catchy no minded bubble gum teenage hormone rage. She writes because she loves and lives music. I was looking for the translation of a song, and came across your dumb-assery. I suggest you go back to Katy Perry, it's more your speed.

teresa sparks said...

If you think her lyrics are cheesy, then you don't get it. She's one of the best songwriters ever, and every single song has something to say more than break ups and the repetitive topics that everyone else writes about. The album Only Everything is one of the best albums ever in the history of music. I bought it brand new on 1995, I was 19 and the songs were everything I was experiencing as a young woman. You don't understand anything about her. She's not writing music for a catchy no minded bubble gum teenage hormone rage. She writes because she loves and lives music. I was looking for the translation of a song, and came across your dumb-assery. I suggest you go back to Katy Perry, it's more your speed.