"Tropical Ice-Land" as written by and Matthew Friedberger Eleanor Friedberger....
Goat's head in the deli case
Oh sweet angel-angel-bearded face
Paper maché parade on at night
That's what you do with no sunlight
In the tropical tropical
Tropical ice-land

Bleak church on a cold tundra
Mountain-glacier-glacier-glacier-stream
Black stone beach and a black death bottle
Is all me and my baby'll need
In the tropical, tropical
Tropical ice-land

Take intermission at the movies
Freeze outside for one quick smoke
Take a klondike bar from the pop machine
Hey it's ice cream, no not coke
In the tropical tropical
Tropical ice-land

Let's meet in Kristiana next summer
Let's get out before we melt away
I've seen enough stray ponies and puffins
To get me through till the end of May
In the tropical tropical
Tropical ice-land


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"Tropical-Iceland" as written by Matthew Friedberger Eleanor Friedberger

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    General CommentThis was the first Fiery Furnaces song I ever heard, late one night on Brave New Waves. I downloaded a few more of their songs, and in less than a week, owned both of their CDs.
    Airycaon December 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis was the first FF song I heard too, and I fell in love. It was the single version, the one with the verse at the end where half of it is played backwards. I have this dream that someday I'll be able to play those parts forward and figure out what the verse says. Then my life will be complete.
    notemilyon March 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe last verse on the EP version, including the backwards parts, goes like this:

    And if you ever need some hash or weed
    You won't be gettin' it here
    Just take a boat across the bumpy sea
    Go to Denmark, man, oh it's so near

    Is marijuana legal in Denmark? Maybe they were thinking of the Netherlands...
    teiladnamon October 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentobviously, inspriation.
    tropical icelandon February 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDenmark because of Kristiana. (it's the old name for oslo but thees also a part called freetown christiania)

    FOr more info :-en.wikipedia.org/wiki/….
    sunshine112on April 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo teiladnam I think they mean marijuana is just very hard to come by in Iceland. I don't know for sure but its probably hard to grow there and there probably isn't a lot smuggled in either, not a big enough population to support the cost.
    TFUon May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOf Montreal covered this.. awesome.
    youtube.com/…

    I love when bands are fans of other bands ^_~
    hugmecolinon April 22, 2008   Link

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