the cabbages that I will grow
one by one and row by row
will fatten in the spring sun
and breathe in the night air

you will hear them breathing
if you walk by at night
you may not hear them after all
but that's all right

I've set the table for two
I've cleaned the windows for you
I've got cinnamon from Jakarta
for making French toast
the doctor says that I've got
thirty days left at most

the cabbages that I will grow
the love songs on the radio
will deepen in the springtime
theyll be brighter than the stars

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Narakaloka song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentShit. I love this song. It sounds so topically bright and sunny and then you listen to it again and the words creep into your head and...

    SO he knows he's dying, but he's preparing everything he can to make the last days perfect and leave a piece of himself alive. Ouch.
    ABookOnAShelfon February 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMm, forgot, Narakaloka is a Hindu concept loosely translated as the earthly realm, where violence and death and hurt exist.
    ABookOnAShelfon February 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNarakaloka is in hindu mythology a place consisting of 28 different hell equivilants. Of the 28 the lowest one is a place with a lake some 8,000 long filled with worms. You end up in this worm lake for having a small portion of food and not sharing it with company. The song is about a dying man's fear of ending up here.(John @ some concert in chicago around the time it came out) =)
    lemonpiandmeon April 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI can remember the first time I listened to this song. I was rocking along with this guy, growing cabbages, making toast. Life was good. Then it got to the line "the doctor says that I've got
    thirty days left at most". It nearly tore me in half.
    dagwoodon June 03, 2009   Link

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