Let the world collapse and die
It's sinking deeper in your eyes
And I will sing a sweet surprise for no one

Let the world collapse and swallow
All the love she'll hold tomorrow
And I will shield and I will follow no one

And I'm all screwed up
But I feel all right
Sinking deeper all the time
Inside a hole deep in my mind
But I love you, I love you
More than life

Let the world collapse and fold
It gave me no, nothing at all
And I will shield and I will fall for no one

Let it sink and let it shudder
All the words that I will mutter
In hopes your love will soon discover no one

And I'm all screwed up
But I feel all right
Sinking deeper all the time
Inside a hole deep in my mind
But I love you, I love you
Oh, I love you, yes, I love you
Oh, I love you
More than life

More than life
More than life
More than life


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    General Commentmotnaibaf, geez buddy calm your emotions
    NMHMANon May 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is a beautiful song... haha i can relate to this song. its like... you used to be so inlove but they stoped loving you and went out WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND.... haha and you just want everyone he touches to die...
    trajikclownon June 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's I will sing a "sweet" surprise
    RainSongon December 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of the only neutral milk hotel song that has lyrics you can understand lol
    float on OK?on January 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnd I'm all screwed up
    But I feel all right
    Sinking deeper all the time
    Inside a hole deep in my mind
    But I love you, I love you…
    More than life.

    those lines are so beautiful, it reminds me of well..me and all the stuff going on in my life right now.
    float on OK?on January 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song it is beautiful i can't believe i just typed that haha i'm a lOser!
    cruel to be kindon March 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe great thing about neutral milk hotel is that even in such a straightforward song Jeff still manages such an original and poignant line as "Love you more than life." It seems so obvious when you hear it, but when have you ever heard anybody else say that? It's original yet universal, and that's why it's amazing.

    and that's what I think....
    slowdownidioton April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI used to take this as the cliche sort of line, the title I mean, just another expression of the seemingly boundless capacity of one's love. However, I think the true meaning of this song is actually more complex than that for which most people give it credit.
    Think of the implications of loving a person more than loving life. To not love life creates a vacuum like existence, with no cares or thoughts or wants or needs. It is like a numb existence that is hardly an existence at all. This kind of life is depicted throughout all of the narrator's lyrics about indifference as to the state of the world and mental "sinking". Because he lives this life, he will never be with whomever he loves, and will never be able to do anything but profess the fact that he loves her more than life. It's like a coma, sort of, where one is indifferent to the coma itself but cannot voice such indifference, although it is truth.
    words&trickson December 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmaybe it's just my audio file, but does anyone else hear that extremely high-pitched "mosquito" noise throughout the song? It's most prominent at the beginning and makes it literally hurt to listen to. Which is a goshdurn shame.
    vintagerocketon April 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah i get that too. i think it's just because it's recorded on a tape or something.
    kyleeburnson August 19, 2007   Link

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