Worth the Time

I’m sure that everyone knows this band, and that I’m just coming very very late—a decade late—to the party. But let’s just celebrate the fact that I showed up at all rather than focus on my tardiness.

I’m talking about Neutral Milk Hotel.

I bought this song on iTunes, Oh Comely, because I thought it sounded cool. It’s 8 minutes long. But the sound is unique. And I have to admit it grows on you. At least, it grew on me.

I’m going to try to find a way tonight to post the actual song here. Until then, here are the lyrics.

I’m still trying to figure out what the hell the lyrics mean.

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
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 your 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 500 families
And will she remember me 50 years later
I wished I could save her in some sort of time machine
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

For those of you who read to the bottom, first congratulations. Second, here’s a grammar tip for free. “Try and” is correct only if using “try” along with other similar verb such as “try and fail,” “try and try again.” When talking about making efforts, always use “try to.” Such as, “I will try to fix the drain,” versus, “I will try and fix the drain.” Who’s better than me?


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