I think that some company that makes carpet cleaning foam should hook up with Natalie Merchant from 10,000 Maniacs and license this song for a campaign about removing pet odors from carpeting… what do you think?
Alternately I could have started a somewhat more serious thread asking the question: what is up with Natalie Merchant’s pronunciation? Is it a speech impediment? An accent? An affectation? It is particularly evident in this song, (which I cannot hear in my head as anything other than “…ride on the pee stain…” now thanks to my ex-husband,) and in some other songs you can’t hear her R’s either (one song she sings the phrase ‘cut and dried’ in the chorus, and it sounds like ‘cut and dyed’ to me every time) but in some you can hear them just fine. I’ve just never heard anyone else pronounce “train” as “tain” before in any accent that I can remember, so it’s always confused me.