My Uncle's Navy

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  • Penned by Neko Case with New Pornographers' Carl Newman, this song tells the story of someone who takes pleasure in hurting people and animals. It's not about a specific uncle, Case told Q magazine, but an amalgam of people and experiences of "being a little girl and people telling you you're not worth a s--t."

    She added regarding the troubled memories of "My Uncle's Navy": "It's weird to be a child and know adults who are competitive with children and who bully them and no one stops it, even though they see it. No one stops it for years and you actually stop loving people in your family because someone was so cruel and they do nothing about it. You're like, 'Really?!'"

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