Several years before it was so fashionable to have multi-member folksy pop bands, Margot and the Nuclear So-and-Sos were doing their thing and doing it oh so well. A vastly underappreciated band on many levels, Richard Edwards is a fantastic songwriter capable of poignant, original metaphors and beautiful melodic layers, accented by lap steel and horns. Love this song, for its dynamics and drama.
“I gotta go, and you’re talking in code
Saying I know where you’ve been and I know where you go
I’ve been tired from the moment I woke
I stopped listening the moment you spoke
and said I’m long gone
yeah, I’m long gone
And I’m sleeping alone
in a house I don’t own
cause if you’re touring your mind
you’ll get lost every time
you’ll sing me sad songs to keep me awake
in that bedroom where we hid away
Baby, I’m long gone.
Yeah, I’m long gone.
And your voice cracks like a piano
you keep moving,
but where are you going?
Baby, we’re long gone
Yeah, we’re long gone”
~Talking in Code,
Margot and the Nuclear So-and-Sos, The Dust of Retreat