seeds came in the mail today from holland
and the language on the package was wonderful and strange
all sorts of flowers that grow up from the earth
in goodly colors gloriously arranged
i circled the house and i scattered them around
let the water sink down into the soil
stared a long time at the residue
blood, milk and oil
god the humidity is something
our shirts are soaked clean through
the house is throbbing and the heat keeps coming
and i keep looking at you

and then you're singing in dutch to me
and i recognize the song
it seems so old and so fragile
and i haven't heard it in so long
we may throw the windows open later
but we are not as far west as you suppose we are
hot wind coming off the water
the sky gone crazy with stars
while we stay here we imagine we're alive
we see shadows on the walls
there's something waiting for us in the hot, wet air
sweat, water and alcohol
just the old blood
rising up through the wooden floor again
just the old love
asking for more again


Lyrics submitted by shewouldnt

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    General Commenti love this song, so much.
    shewouldnton May 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe use of blood, milk, oil, sweat, water, and alcohol is my favorite thing about this song. The most important liquids to human life.

    I love everything about this song. It's such a good example of Darnielle's writing style. Little things that matter more than they might seem.
    a345jklon March 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy favourite mountain goats song
    nickvbon July 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSeriously, this song could make me cry.
    owlonthegroundon April 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI do like this song though I've never been quite sure if it is about a current or past love? anyone?
    Octaviusmanon March 22, 2012   Link

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