Take my sword from the slaughter.
Melt it down into vapor, and my armor, too.
I hear hot blood flap and flutter
from your temple to shoulder,
and all through you.

When you hold on to me it isn’t easy.
When you hold on to me isn’t fair.
But when there’s no key you find me there.

I’m turning white, I’m leaves of paper.
Turn my hands from this labor and lift me through.

When you hold onto me it isn’t easy, but you should hold on to me.
It isn’t fair, but when there’s no key you find me there.

And kids get lost, lambs out wandering.
And bigger, blacker things come calling
from outside a tiny garden somebody once laid their hearts on.
And kids get lost, and kids get broken.
And their diaries get found and opened.
And their legs get led astray,
and then they lie inside some secret place
where the sun looks in the open ceiling.
And kids grow up, and kids stop feeling
kids, and feel adults, and face away.

But in last love dreams,
the lost and passed out of this world are softly sighing.
They’re trying to decide if they should leave the things that keep them crying.
And some will rise and keep on living with open eyes, with minds forgiven.

The river’s flowing is arrested and resumed after they’ve blessed it
over and over and over, and over and
over and over, and over again.
(It’s over.)


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    General Commentwhy hast this song no comments?! it is quite possibly the most rockin' okkervil river song ever.
    JimmieNeverDieson June 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is really nice, his little stream of consciousness at the end is amazing
    jasono52on September 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, and find it a perfect (albeit puzzling) coda to the Black Sheep Boy saga. I'm going to post a bit of the Pitchfork review of this, in the hopes of shedding some light...

    "He repeats the lyrics from "Missing Children", but in a different context-- not merely with a faster tempo, but also with a more foreboding gravity that has accrued meaning and significance over these seven songs. This recurrence completes a small cycle that begins with "Missing Children", as well as a larger cycle that encompasses the entire Black Sheep Boy project, one that laments the loss of possibilities as lambs become lost rams and children become "numb" adults. Okkervil River end "Last Love Song for Now" singing "over and over and over and over" until Sheff declares, "It's over." Whether that's the band's victory cry or an admission of defeat is undeterminable."

    I only disagree with the last sentence - I think the "over and over" repetition is triumphant; the death of the BSB cathartic. We've left the things that keep us crying, and faced away from the self-destruction and nihilism. The missing children have become found adults.
    Joe Howellon August 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI do not hear either victory or defeat in his voice or this song. I see a statement of fact.
    P to the Gon August 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen you hold onto me it isn’t easy, but you should hold on to me.
    It isn’t fair, but when there’s no key you find me there.


    My current state of mind.
    Low Feedbackon October 28, 2008   Link

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