Who Sang Jezebel? 10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs Our Time in Eden cover art
publisher: ©EMI Music Publishing
writers: Kurt Carr
release date: 1992-9-29
length: 4:03
producer: Paul Fox
conductor: Paul Buckmaster
piano: Dennis Drew and Natalie Merchant
vocal: Natalie Merchant
mixer: Ed Thacker
electric guitar: Robert Buck
recording engineer: Ed Thacker
violin: Ralph Morrison and Bruce Dukov
Hammond organ: Dennis Drew
keyboard: Dennis Drew
viola: Pamela Goldsmith
additional engineer: Michael Reiter and Scott Blockland
acoustic guitar: Robert Buck
accordion: Dennis Drew
percussion: Jerome Augustyniak
cello: Larry Corbett
banjo: Robert Buck
strings arranger: Paul Buckmaster
drums (drum set): Jerome Augustyniak
bass guitar: Steven Gustafson
pedal steel guitar: Robert Buck
lap steel guitar: Robert Buck
electric sitar: Robert Buck
mandocello: Robert Buck
composer: Natalie Merchant
lyricist: Natalie Merchant
To think of my task is chilling. To know I was carefully building the mask I was wearing for two years, swearing I'd tear it off. I've sat in the dark explaining to myself that I'm straining too hard for feelings I ought to find easily. Called myself Jezebel. I don't believe.
Before I say that the vows we made weigh like a stone in my heart. Family is family, don't let this tear us apart.
You lie there, an innocent baby. I feel like the thief who is raiding your home, entering and breaking and taking in every room. I know your feelings are tender and that inside you the embers still glow. But I'm a shadow, I'm only a bed of blackened coal. Call myself Jezebel for wanting to leave.
I'm not saying I'm replacing love for some other word to describe the sacred tie that bound me to you. I'm just saying we've mistaken one for thousands of words. And for that mistake, I've caused you such pain that I damn that word. I've no more ways to hide that I'm a desolate and empty, hollow place inside.
I'm not saying I'm replacing love for some other word to describe the sacred tie that bound me to you. I'm not saying love's a plaything. No, it's a powerful word, inspired by strong desire to bind myself to you. How I wish that we never had tried to be man and his wife, to weave our lives into a blindfold over both our eyes.

CD 1
  • 1 Noah’s Dove
  • 2 These Are Days
  • 3 Eden
  • 4 Few and Far Between
  • 5 Stockton Gala Days
  • 6 Gold Rush Brides
  • 7 Jezebel
  • 8 How You’ve Grown
  • 9 Candy Everybody Wants
  • 10 Tolerance
  • 11 Circle Dream
  • 12 If You Intend
  • 13 I’m Not the Man