Throwing Muses – Not Too Soon

This song is straight-ahead pop/rock with some cool vocal hooks. This song was off The Real Ramona album but did not chart.

The band was formed in 1981 by step-sisters Kristin Hersh (vocals/guitar) and Tanya Donelly (guitar/vocals), who were both at high school at the time. Initially called Kristin Hersh And The Muses, the line-up was completed by bassist Leslie Langstons and drummer David Narcizo. Tanya and Kristin wrote most of the songs. Tanya Donelly is singing this one. She admitted that her songs were a little more simple whereas Kristin Hersh’s were more eccentric.

They lived close to Providence, Boston, and New York and so they could play a club quite often in both places. They had a lot of colleges and some local newspapers, magazines, and radio stations to promote them.

They were the first American band to sign to the British 4AD label. Tanya would go on to form the Breeders with Kim Deal of the Pixies. She also formed Belly as guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, with Thomas Gorman on lead guitar, Chris Gorman on drums, and Fred Abong on bass guitar.

Tanya was never replaced and the band is still active today as a trio with Hersh. The two step-sisters did get together in 2018 and do some shows together.

Not Too Soon

She colorblind tired eyesHer hallway achingShe’ll never move him, likes it that wayHe’s just a walker and he’ll never stop walking awayIt’s not too soon, he said, you know it’s not too soon at allAnd you might as well be dead, he saidIf you’re afraid to fall, I said, I know her

She said, oh, my, why do you stare so hard?Wrapped up like a doll in bad dreams and broken armsMake these old bones shiverIt’s not too soon, he said, you know it’s not too soon at allAnd you might as well be dead, he saidIf you’re afraid to fall, I said, I know her

The last time I saw you, you were standing in the darkAnd with a freezing face, I watched you fall apart

It’s not too soon, he said, it’s not too soon at allAnd you might as well be dead, he saidIf you’re afraid to fall, I saidDone your time, been in your placeI couldn’t look you in the faceand tell you that it turns me onit makes my stomach turnI know, I know her


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

25 thoughts on “Throwing Muses – Not Too Soon”

    1. Thanks Dave! I thought you would like it. This is pretty good…she usually doesn’t sing as much as her step sister but she sounds great!


      1. I was very fond of 4AD bands at that time : Breeders, Pixies (have you thrown an ear on “Doggerel” by the way ?) in the first raw of course, and This Mortal Coil and Throwing Muses just behind them.

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      2. I will check them out! At one time I was posting an 80s “alternative” band each week…I may do that again soon. I love those band. I found a lot of cool bands that I wish I would have known about at the time…Thanks!

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  1. Think I heard the new maybe in Rolling Stone or Creem maybe back in the day… Not a bad track as the video is pretty decent as well. Speaking of Power Pop..Sloan drops there new album this Friday!

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      1. I just listened to it…that is really good. The lyric “It’s the blaze across my nightgown” got my attention… really cool. I missed this at the time.

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  2. I recall this song from the local college stations during a job that had me on the road. I never knew the band’s history. It was interesting to see Belly mentioned. I fell in love with their song Feed the Tree. It always woke me up on those early morning drives … very catchy tune.

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