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Song of the Week: Gardenhead, by Neutral Milk Hotel
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Gardenhead, by Neutral Milk Hotel

Neutral Milk Hotel is a rather interesting band. The lyrics are designed such that they rarely have any explicit meaning, and therefore leave the whole song open to the listener's interpretation. Their music is grungy, distorted, emotional, and incredibly amazing. The distortion really gives off an extraordinary sense of substance that is not easily described. As their lyrics are generally about not so happy subjects, the distorted instruments really reinforce the sense of longing, or melancholic emotion, contained within the singer's voice.

Gardenhead is no exception.

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 rollercoasters 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

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That is probably my favorite sone of theirs. Avery island was a bit too lo fi for my tastes, though anti sex song is pretty good. Or Baby Pre song.

WOW, I actually listened to the song. This is so amazing to me. It deals with this apathetic downward spiral that can consume us if we are not careful.

"For the glory boys at your bedside will love you
As long as you're something to own"

Now that is a line. Tears at my heart.

I think this a song about God. I think that is the Gardenhead.

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