"Song for Myla Goldberg" as written by and Colin Meloy....
Myla Goldberg sets a steady hand upon her brow
Myla Goldberg hangs a crooked foot all upside down

It comes around it comes around
It comes around it comes around

Pretty hands do pretty things when pretty times arise
Seraphim and seaweed swim where stick-limbed Myla lies

It comes around it comes around
It comes around it comes around

Still now you're waiting to grow
Inside you're old
Sew wings to your pigeon toes
Put paper to pen
To spell out "Eliza"

We begin with sticky shins make sticky then our shoes
Shoes beget to clothes and hat 'til sticky's sticking too

Finiculi finicula finiculi finicula

Listen in as shin-kicked Jim relates his story sad
About a boy who kicked until his shins were all but rubberbands
But now

I know New York I need New York
I know I need unique New York

Still now you're waiting to grow
Inside you're old
Sew wings to your pigeon toes
Put paper to pen
To spell out "Eliza"
Eliza
Eliza

It comes around it comes around it comes around


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"Song for Myla Goldberg" as written by Colin Meloy

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    General CommentMyla Goldberg is a young New York author who wrote the novella "Bee Season," about grade school spelling bees. Eliza is the main character. I've never read the book, but I think the other names are characters in there as well.

    Playing with the funny phrases makes you pay attention to the words themselves, which is appropriate for a song (sort of) about spelling bees. Also, they're catchy things to put in a really catchy song.

    Bee Season "comes around" every year, i.e., the annual spelling bee.
    thedouglason November 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song because its beautiful obviously but also because my name is eliza and my boyfriend burned this song on a cd for me...
    "Still now you're waiting to grow
    Inside you're old" this reminds me of a bob dylan song..'my back pages' where he says "ah but i was so much older then, im younger than that now"..
    we all have wisdom in our souls but as we grow and experience more, our hearts become more youthful, or at least can appreciate the beauty of youth and innocence.
    polythenepamon February 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"i know new york, i need new york, i know i need unique new york." amazing! love this song.
    CountMyCrowson October 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song consists mostly of theatre warm-ups. The only one I don't recognize is the chorus "Still now you're waiting to grow...etc...etc"
    p3nguinpi3on November 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUh well, my mom's reading this book right now, and I peeked a bit because I love this song.

    thedouglas is absolutely correct about Eliza and the spelling bee. It'd the story of a dysfunctional Jewish family and their slow-learning daughter finding her... passion of spelling. Because I didnt read the whole thing, I personally don't understand the "sticky" stuff. My guess its that it refers to Eliza's brother Aaron's first time masturbating and making a "sticky mess". I don't know who "shin-kicked Jim" could be, either.
    jxnarcoticzon May 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti just finished reading this book and can only find a few things that relate to bee season, but some may relate to myla goldberg herself. i don't know too much about her.

    i do know that jxnarcoticz is right about the sticky mess, though i don't get the impression that it's his first time at it. it is his first time attempting to meditate and he ends up masturbating and making a huge sticky mess.

    jim isn't a character but i think thedouglas has it spot on with the things that didn't come from the book.

    also, myla goldberg has super long legs.
    meggganon June 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a fabulous song. The Decemberists are amazing.
    Misseveruson August 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentColin Meloy met Myla Goldberg at a book reading she was doing with a friend of his in Portland. Since Colin is from Portland, he showed her around a bit. He thought she was pretty okay, and that she deserved to have a song written about her. She doesn't remember ever meeting him.
    The_Biggest_Lieon August 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHis lyrical phrasings are always so impeccable. Everything is always seamless. I know Colin hides all sorts of easter eggs in his songs but it's tough for me to spot them since the melody is always so damn catchy. It's like mental hypnosis... Listen to that beat...
    CynofChaoson September 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so fun to hear live in new york!
    lacaelaon November 06, 2006   Link

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