Neutral Milk Hotel

Albums:
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On Avery Island (1996)
In the Airplane Over the Sea (1998)

Track Listings:
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On Avery Island
 Song Against Sex
 You've Passed
 Someone Is Waiting
 A Baby for Pree
 Marching Theme
 Where You'll Find Me Now
 Avery Island/April 1st
 Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone
 Three Peaches
 Naomi
 April 8th
 Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey's Eye

In the Airplane Over the Sea
 The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. One
 The King of Carrot Flowers Pts. Two & Three
 In the Aeroplane over the Sea
 Two-Headed Boy
 The Fool (Spillane)
 Holland, 1945
 Communist Daughter
 Oh Comely
 Ghost
 [untitled]
 Two-Headed Boy Pt. Two

Lyrics:
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(Album titles preceded by ##, Song titles by --)

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On Avery Island

--
Song Against Sex

And the first one tore a picture
Of a dead and hanging man
Who was kissing foreign fishes
That flew right out from his hands
And when I put my arms around him
Felt the blushing blood run through my cheeks
And an eerieness surrounded
When his tongue began to speak
And he said, "Oh, boy, you are so pretty,
Enough to wrap tight in rice-paper string"
And when I finally kissed him
The whole world began to ring
Lost like a bell that's tipping over
With two cracks along both sides
And I knew the world was over
So I took a look outside
And watched the fires that were reaching
Up to the weather vanes and the tops of trees
And the waiting scene and the Sunday dream -
They're all waiting here for me

Deli markets with their flower stands
Their pretty girls and their burning men
Hanging out on the hooks next to the window displays
And I took out my tongue, twice removed from my face
Across a bridge and across the mountains
Threw a nickel in the fountain
To save my soul from all these troubled times
And all the drugs that I don't have the guts to take to soothe my mind
So I'm always sober
Always aching
Always heading towards
Mass suicide, occult figurines
And wasted gas-station attendants
Attending to their jobs
And a nice drive in the country
Finds a nice cliff to drop off
Oh, when this life just gets so grating
All the grittiness of life
But don't take those pills your boyfriend gave you . . .
You're too wonderful to die

And the last one tore a picture
From the pornographic page
And all the pleasure points attacking
All the looks of love were staged
And it's a lie that you've been given
That just hurts you every day
So why should I lie here naked
When it's just too far away
From anything we could call loving -
Any love worth living for?
So I'll sleep out in the gutter
You can sleep here on the floor
And when I wake up in the morning
I won't forget to lock the door
'Cause with a match that's mean and some gasoline
You won't see me anymore.

--
You've Passed

The lady is dying
She bends back like a wave
As her spirit is climbing
Through the hospital wall and away

And I wanted to hold you
As you made your escape
But now I should have told you
When your eyes were alive and awake
Always in life we all must make this mistake

And so I go it alone
And the pressure is great
I hold on to my own
Oh, please - oh, don't go away

I wanted to know you
Before you started to fade
But I gave everything to
A lie and a farce and a fake
Always in life we all must make this mistake

And so I go it alone
And the pressure is great
I hold on to my own
Oh, please - oh, don't go away
I'd like to see you when all these angry days flow away

--
Someone Is Waiting

Someone is waiting
To swallow all the halos out of you
As your face blows
Through my windows
Sending pieces flying all around the room

And I love you
And I want to
Shoot all the superheroes from your skies
Watch them bleeding
From your ceiling
As their empty anger falls out from their eyes
All alone...

--
A Baby for Pree

Blistering Pree, all smiling and swollen
Makes babies to breathe
With their hearts hanging open
All over the sheets as soft as beets
In some brown dresser drawer
And with bees in her breath,
And the rest of her ringing
They'll sting through her chest
With a force hard and beating,
'Till wonderfully wet she will get
Until she's soaked inside her clothes.
And there is no sorry to be sorry for,
For a roll around the floor
Some afternoon so sound and soft,
It made her swallow all her sweat
With every bit of breath she coughs,
And when the day it came to pour
All her babies all across the bathroom floor
She will be swimming in them all forever more.

--
Marching Theme
[instrumental]

--
Where You'll Find Me Now

All I perceive is wasted and broken
Silvery streams, sacred when spoken
Slam into me and into the ditch of debris.
And you smoke in the park, you sleep in the greenery,
Everyone barks but all still believing
To tear out your heart would send all your secrets to me,

But I let you down,
And swollen and small is where you'll find me now
With that silver stripping off
From my tongue you're tearing out,
And you'll never hear me talk.

Your teeth believe that teeth are for tearing
Tear into me and the scent of you sweating
Smells good to me, as long as we keep in our clothes
And out in the dark, the world is still rolling,
Kids in their cars, cigarette smoking
And all that they are, just reeks with the sweetest belief.

But I let you down,
And swollen and small is where you'll find me now,
With that silver stripping off
From my tongue you're tearing out,
And you'll never hear me talk.

All I could want is silver and spinning
Out from your arms and into the pretty
Pit of your heart - so simply and softly we'd flow.

But I let you down,
And swollen and small is where you'll find me now,
With that silver stripping off
From my tongue you're tearing out,
And you'll never hear me talk.

Into you I will glow.
Into you.

--
Avery Island/April 1st
[instrumental]

--
Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone

There are beads that wrap
Around your knees that crackle into the dark
Like a walk in the park, like a hole in your head
Like the feeling you get when you realize you're dead
This time we ride roller coasters into the ocean
We feel no emotion as we spiral down to the world
And I guess it's worth your time
Because there's some lives you live
And some you leave behind
It gets hard to explain
The gardenhead knows my name

Leave me alone,
For you know this isn't the first time
In fact this is twice in a row
That the angels have slipped through our landslide
And filled up our garden with snow
And I don't wish to taste of your insides
Or to call out your name through my phone
For the glory boys at your bedside will love you
As long as you're something to own

Follow me through a city of frost covered angels
I swear I have nothing to prove
I just want to dance in your tangles
To give me some reason to move
But to take on the world at all angles
Requires a strength I can't use
So I'll meet you up high in your anger
Of all that is hoping and waiting for you

--
Three Peaches

So wake up
Run your lips across your fingers till you find
Some scent of yourself that you can hold up high
To remind yourself that you didn't die
On a day that was so crappy - whole and happy, you're alive

And you seem so bruised
And it's beautiful as it's reflecting off from you as it shines
You're in the bathroom carving holiday designs into yourself
Hoping no one will find you but they found you
And they took you
And you somehow survived

So wake up and if the holidays don't hollow out your eyes
Then press yourself against whatever
You find to be beautiful and trembling with life
Because I'm so happy you didn't die

--
Naomi

Your prettiness is seeping through
Out from the dress I took from you
So pretty
And my emptiness is swollen shut
Always a wretch - I have become
So empty
And please, please dont leave me

I'm watching Naomi, full bloom
I'm hoping she will soon explode
Into one billion tastes and tunes
One billion angels come and hold her down
They could hold her down until she shines

I'm tasting Naomi's perfume
It tastes like shit and I must say
She comes and goes most afternoons
One billion lovers wave and love her now
They could love her now and so could I

There is no Naomi in view
She walks through Cambridge stocks and strolls
And if she only really knew
One billion angels could come and save her soul
They could save her soul until she shines

So pretty

And please, please don't leave me here.

--
April 8th

Crawl across toward your window
I'm calling softly from the street
Always a lonely widow
half-awake and sleeping on my feet
I'm of age but have no children
No quarter phone booth calls to home
Just late night television
inside my bedroom all alone

There is no use in waiting
offer up your steps so I can climb
Show me all your figure paintings
etched in the middle of the night
Let me stretch upon your carpet
let me hear the rain tap on your street
knowing I am safe on the inside
blankets wrapped and drifting off to sleep

--
Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey's Eye
[instrumental]

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In the Airplane Over the Sea

--
The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. One

When you were young you were the king of carrot flowers
And how you built a tower tumbling through the trees
In holy rattlesnakes that fell all around your feet

And your mom would stick a fork right into daddy's shoulder
And dad would throw the garbage all across the floor
As we would lay and learn what each other's bodies were for

And this is the room one afternoon I knew I could love you
And from above you how I sank into your soul
Into that secret place where no one dares to go

And your mom would drink until she was no longer speaking
And dad would dream of all the different ways to die
Each one a little more than he could dare to try

--
The King of Carrot Flowers Pts. Two & Three

Part Two

I love you Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ, I love you, yes I do
I love you Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ, I love you, yes I do

And on the lazy days
The dogs dissolve and drain away
The world it goes and always waits
The day we are awaiting

Part Three

Up and over, we go through the wave and undertow
I will float until I learn how to swim
Inside my mother the garbage bin
Until I find myself again, again

Up and over we go with mouths open wide and spitting still
I will spit until I learn how to speak
Up through the doorway as the sideboards creak
With them ever proclaiming me, me

Up and over we go, the weight it sits on down and I don't know
I will shout until they know what I mean
I mean the marriage of a dead dog sing
And a synthetic flying machine, machine

--
In the Aeroplane over the Sea

What a beautiful face I have found in this place
That is circling all 'round the sun
What a beautiful dream that could flash on the screen
In the blink of an eye and be gone from me

Soft and sweet
Let me hold it close and keep it here
With me

And one day we will die and our ashes will fly
From the aeroplane over the sea
But for now we are young, let us lay in the sun
And count every beautiful thing we can see

Love to be
In the arms of all I'm keeping here
With me

What a curious life we have found here tonight
There is music that sounds from the street
There are lights in the clouds, Anna's ghost all around
Hear her voice as it's rolling and ringing through me

Soft and sweet
How the notes all bend and reach above
The trees

Now how I remember you, how I would push my fingers through
Your mouth to make those muscles move that made your voice so smooth
and sweet
But now we keep where we don't know, all secrets sleep in winter
clothes
With one you loved so long ago, now he don't even know his name

What a beautiful face I have found in this place
That is circling all 'round the sun
When we meet on a cloud I'll be laughing out loud
I'll be laughing with everyone I see

Can't believe
How strange it is to be anything
At all

--
Two-Headed Boy

Two-headed boy
All floating in glass
The sun it has passed, now it's blacker than black
I can hear as you tap on your jar

I am listening to hear where you are
I am listening to hear where you are

Two-headed boy
Put on Sunday shoes
And dance 'round the room to accordion keys
With the needle that sings in your heart

Catching signals that sound in the dark
Catching signals that sound in the dark

We will take off our clothes
And they'll be placing fingers through the notches in your spine
And when all is breaking everything that you could keep inside
Now your eyes ain't moving now, they just lay there in their clouds

Two-headed boy
With pulleys and weights
Creating a radio play just for two
In the parlor with a moon across her face

And through the music he sweetly displays
Silver speakers that sparkle all day
Made for his lover who's floating
And choking with her hands across her face

And in the dark we will take off our clothes
And they'll be placing fingers through the notches in your spine
And when all is breaking everything that you could keep inside
Now your eyes ain't moving now, they just lay there in their clouds

Two-headed boy
There's no reason to grieve
The world that you need is wrapped in gold silver sleeves
Left beneath Christmas trees in the snow

And I will take you and leave you alone
Watching spirals of white softly flow
Over your eyelids and all you did
Will wait until the point when you let go

--
The Fool (Spillane)
[instrumental]

--
Holland, 1945

Two... One, two, three, four...

The only girl I've ever loved was born with roses in her eyes
But then they buried her alive one evening, 1945
With just her sister at her side
And only weeks before the guns all came and rained on everyone

Now she's a little boy in Spain
Playing pianos filled with flames
On empty rings around the sun
All sing to say my dream has come

But now we must pick up every piece
Of the life we used to love
Just to keep ourselves at least
Enough to carry on

And now we ride the circus wheel with your dark brother wrapped in
white
Says it was good to be alive
But now he rides a comet's flame and won't be coming back again
The earth looks better from a star that's right above from where you
are

He didn't mean to make you cry
With sparks that ring and bullets fly
On empty rings around your heart
The world just screams and falls apart

But now we must pick up every piece
Of the life we used to love
Just to keep ourselves at least
Enough to carry on

And here's where your mother sleeps
And here is the room where your brothers were born
Indentions in the sheets
Where their bodies once moved but don't move anymore

And it's so sad to see
The world agree
That they'd rather see their faces fill with flies
All when I'd want to keep white roses in their eyes

--
Communist Daughter

Sweet communist, the communist daughter
Standing on the sea-weed water
Semen stains the mountaintops
Semen stains the mountaintops

With coca leaves along the border
Sweetness swings from every corner
Cars careening from the clouds
The bridges burst and twist around

And wanting something warm and moving
Bend towards herself, the soothing
Proves that she must still exist
She moves herself about her fist

Sweet communist, the communist daughter
Standing on the sea-weed water
Semen stains the mountaintops
Semen stains the mountaintops

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Oh Comely

Oh comely, I will be with you when you lose your breath
Chasing the only meaningful memory you thought you had left
With some pretty, bright and bubbly
Terrible scene that was doing her thing on your chest

But oh comely
It isn't as pretty as you'd like to guess
In your memory you're drunk on your automy
It doesn't mean anything at all

Oh comely, all of your friends are all letting you blow
Bristling and ugly, bursting with fruits falling out from the holes
Of some pretty, bright and bubbly
Friend you could need to say comforting things in your ear

But oh comely
There isn't such one friend that you could find here
Standing next to me, he's only my enemy
I'll crush him with everything I own

Say what you want to say
Hang for your hollow ways
Moving your mouth to pull out all your miracles
Aimed for me

Your father made fetuses with flesh-licking ladies
While you and your mother were asleep in the trailer park
Thunderous sparks from the dark of the stadiums
The music and medicine you needed for comforting

So make all your fat, fleshy fingers to moving
And pluck all your silly strings and bend all your notes for me
And soft silly music is meaningful, magical
The movements were beautiful, all in your ovaries

All of them milking with green, fleshy flowers
While powerful pistons were sugary sweet machines
Smelling of semen all under the garden
Was all you were needing when you still believed in me

Say what you want to say
Hang for your hollow ways
Moving your mouth to pull out all your miracles
Aimed for me

And I know they buried her body with others
Her sister and mother and five hundred families
And will she remember me fifty years later?
I wished I could save her in some sort of time machine

Know all your enemies
We know who our enemies are
Know all your enemies
We know who our enemies are

Goldaline, my dear
We will fold and freeze together
Far away from here
There is sun and spring and green forever

But now we move to feel
For ourselves inside some stranger's stomach
Place your body here
Let your skin begin to blend itself with mine

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Ghost

Ghost, ghost, I know you were within me, feel you as you fly
In from the clouds above the city, into one that I loved
With all that was left within me 'till we tore in two
Now wings and rings and there's so many waiting here for you

And she was born in a bottle rocket, 1929
With wings that ringed around a socket right between her spine
All drenched in milk in holy water pouring from the sky
I know that she will live forever, she won't ever die

She goes
And now she knows she'll never be afraid
To watch the morning paper blow
Into a hole where no one can escape

And one day in New York City, baby, a girl fell from the sky
From the top of a burning apartment building fourteen stories high
And when her spirit left her body, how it split the sun
I know that she will live forever, all goes on and on

And she goes
And now she knows she'll never be afraid
To watch the morning paper blow
Into a hole where no one can escape

--
[untitled instrumental]

--
Two-Headed Boy Pt. Two

Daddy, please hear this song that I sing
In your heart there's a spark that just screams for a lover to bring
A child to your chest that could lay as you sleep
And love all you have left like your boy used to be long ago, wrapped
in sheets warm and wet

Blister please with those wings in your spine
Love to be with a brother of mine, how he'd love to find
Your tongue in his teeth in a struggle to find
Secret songs that you keep wrapped in boxes so tight, sounding only at
night as you sleep

And in my dreams you're alive and you're crying
As your mouth moves in mine, soft and sweet
Rings of flowers 'round your eyes and I'll love you
For the rest of your life when you're ready

Brother, see we are one in the same
And you left with your head filled with flames and you watched as your
brains
Fell out through your teeth, push the pieces in place, make your smile
sweet to see
Don't you take this away, I'm still wanting my face on your cheek

And when we break, we'll wait for our miracle
God is a place where some holy spectacle lies
When we break, we'll wait for our miracle
God is a place you will wait for the rest of your life

Two-headed boy, she is all you could need
She will feed you tomatoes and radio wires
And retire to sheets safe and clean
But don't hate her when she gets up to leave

Douglas Brick / dbrick@kom.net
Fri Nov 17 22:37:14 PST 2017