down here where the heat's so fine
I'll drink to your health and you drink to mine
as we try
to make the money we scored out in vegas hold out for a while
we drink
vodka from russia
we got chocolates from belgian
we have our strawberries flown in from england
but none of the money we spend
seems to do as much good in the end
I got a cracked engine block
both of us do
got a house, the jewels, the italian racecar
they don't make us feel better about who we are
I got termites in the framework
so do you
down here where the watermelon grows so sweet
where I worship the ground underneath of your feet
we are experts
in the art of frivilous spending
it's gone on like this
for three years I guess
and we're drunk all the time
and our lives are a mess
and the deathless love we swore to protect with our bodies
is stumbling across it's bleak ending
but none of the rage in our eyes
seems to finish it off where it lies
I got sugar in the fuel lines
both of us do
got a fight and the lies that we both love to tell
fail to send our love to it's reward down in hell
I got pudding for a backbone
but so do you

La la la La, hey hey.


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  • +2
    General Commentthis isn't an alpha song. alpha songs not on talahassee generally have the word alpha in the title and this song really doesn't describe the alpha couple.

    i definitely thing this is the same couple from jenny. in jenny they're young, carefree, and in love as they cruise about on the new motorcycle. now this sort of lifestyle is starting to become meaningless, no matter how much money they do or do not have. the deteriorating motorcycle is on obvious metaphor for their collapsing relationship.
    Cyrus_and_Jeffon April 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thought this was about the alpha couple on my first listen as well, especially with the preference for harder liquors. However, if you really listen to it you can tell it's not them. The alpha couple never had much money; in the song "Southwood Plantation Road," the alpha male claims he's spending a lot of money when he's buying his wife white gold. That doesn't seem like the kind of remark that would come from someone who buys jewels and Italian race cars for his wife.
    toaster-chanon July 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCorrect lyrics:

    down here where the heat's so fine
    i'll drink to your health and you drink to mine
    as we try to make the money we scored out in vegas
    hold out for a while

    we drink
    vodka from russia
    we get our chocolates from belgium
    we have our strawberries flown in from england

    but none of the money we spend
    seems to do us much good in the end
    i got a cracked engine block
    both of us do

    got a house, the jewels, the italian race car
    they don't make us feel better about who we are
    i got termites in the framework
    so do you

    down here where the watermelon grows so sweet
    where i worship the ground underneath of your feet
    we are experts
    in the art of frivolous spending

    it's gone on like this
    for three years i guess
    and we're drunk all the time
    and our lives are a mess
    and the deathless love we swore to protect with our bodies
    is stumbling across its bleak ending

    but none of the rage in our eyes
    seems to finish it off where it lies
    i got sugar in the fuel lines
    both of us do

    got a fight and the lies that we both love to tell
    fail to send our love to its reward down in hell
    i got pudding for a backbone
    but so do you

    la la la la, hey hey
    commonlwwifeon January 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy favorite mountain goat song... as soon as those first chords play its like an energy comes to me.. material things cant be glue for people.. especially lovers.. love it!
    kickinsideon June 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure that this is the couple from the song "Jenny".
    SasquatchAttackon January 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of the most beutiful songs ever written.




    i think he sings [deathless]
    fuckedupdogon April 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts deathless.
    dagwoodon September 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me think of f. scott fitzgerald and his wife.
    though i doubt that was the intention.
    ccrookedteethon April 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionJust wanted to say that I think it is amazing that both this song and "No Children" came out the same year. Second I believe this is about a couple that has fallen out of love, refuses to admit it, and tries to fill the gap with material goods.
    Badgermoleon April 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI believe that this is the outcome of the couple in Jenny after their trip. If you see these lyrics from Jenny as he keeps mentioning the Kawasaki motorbike that drove them away to fulfill 'their dreams'..
    "how much better, how much better could my life get?
    nine hundred cubic centimeters of raw whining power"
    You can see that he associates already the idea of leaving with this girl and being free, with a material good. He then goes on to sing about how there is a crack in the engine in Fault Lines and the Italian racecar.
    "I got a cracked engine block
    both of us do
    got a house, the jewels, the italian racecar
    they don't make us feel better about who we are"
    After associating the feeling with the material good, perhaps along the way of their relationship, he forgot what the meaning of it was. And so he starts to buy more and more stuff and starts to become aware of it happening.
    To put it to more simple words... their relationship used to be about driving away and being free, but now it's just about the bike.
    Also, dreaming about times that could have been/could be and hopefulness that soon crumbles seems to be a theme through AHWT.
    louisjoeon August 31, 2013   Link

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