What you gonna do?
I don't know, my friend
But I'm open to suggestion if you'll proffer two cents
Give me something I can hang my coat on, yeah!

Nine times out of ten
I'm not the guidance type
I've been sitting on a fencepost for the brunt of my life
And now I need some help to find out what I feel, it kills

It kills the time
Until you fill your heart, you'll see
There's more to you than what you think and need

Where you gonna go?
I don't know, my friend
But I'll take this road forever or until it does end
Here or there or someplace else, man, anywhere!

Maybe to the west
Where they don't fall down
In a canyon of a valley in a twenty-horse town
A voluntary rest home where they lecture you, it kills

It kills the time
Until you fill your heart, you'll see
there's more to you than what you think and need

We can share our bland opinions
About the quality of air
and all will be right
All will be right on top

There's a place in old dominion
Near that courthouse by the square
Where all will be right
All will be right on top of the day


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    General CommentThis is a shockingly straight-forward song for a guy who hung the lyric "go back to those gold sounds and keep my advent to yourself" on us. It's also the best Malkmus song (musically) since Terror Twilight IMHO.

    I think the song is about coming to terms with your own humility and limitations. It's about an aging smartass learning to get over himself and wake up to the spirtual and emotional world around him.
    supposablethumbson March 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was "a voluntary rest home with an extra you". I don't have the album sleeve, so I don't know what's official or not, though.
    porkstaleon January 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe words sung at the end are probably:

    "Don't cater to
    The throng in your head
    Lead with your heart
    Open instead
    Transi-i-tion is where we make it happen
    Transition is where we make it happen
    And how it starts
    It's not an art
    You come apart
    You be reborn into a form
    Of what you are and what you were
    And what you're gonna be"

    according to this "acoustic session" from a radio thing where he sings it plainly: youtube.com/… . in that performance, these words are there too:

    "What can I say
    Some people stain
    Get way inside
    Under your brain
    And no one wants to be a nervous actor
    No one wants to be a nervous actor"

    I think It Kills cannibalized Nervous Actor, so
    eleventyon June 28, 2010   Link

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