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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mp3 of the Week: “Two-Headed Boy” by Neutral Milk Hotel

So my Mp3 of the Week segment is very late, almost next week, but I had trouble choosing one, but I did and so I’m going to do it.



I recently started listening (obsessing) about Neutral Milk Hotel, specifically In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. And I think it is one of the greatest albums of all time. Filled with wild, childlike surrealism and sheer physicality and emotion, I feel this album in some ways more than I actually listen to it.

Every song is flawless, but this week I am going to talk about “Two-Headed Boy.” This song makes me weep; there is something so fragile, so fucking beautiful about it. The popular line in the song, “And they'll be placing fingers through the notches in your spine,” is one of the many perfect lines that say twenty different things at once without any pretension.

Just download it already.

Neutral Milk Hotel-“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 played 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 is 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


Mp3:
Neutral Milk Hotel-"Two-Headed Boy"

Links:
Neutral Milk Hotel site
Pitchfork review of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

2 comments:

tinyfolk said...

No offense, dude, but this is kinda old hat.

Steven Ray Morris said...

of course it is, but that's not the point of my Mp3 of the Week segment. This segment is just a way for me to post one thing of what I've been into for whatever week it is. It's in no way meant to be current or anything.