"A Baby for Pree (Live at Jittery Joe's)" as written by and Jeff Mangum....
Blistering Pree, all smiling and swollen
Makes babies to breathe
With their hearts hanging open all over the sheets
As soft as beets in some brown dresser drawer

And with bees in her breath and the rest of her ringing
They'll sting through her chest with a force hard and beating
Till wonderfully wet she will get
Until she's soaked inside her clothes

And there is no sorry to be sorry for
For a roll around the floor some afternoon so sound and soft
It made her swallow all her sweat
With every bit of breath she coughs
And when the day it came to pour all her babies
All across the bathroom floor
She will be swimming in them all forever more


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"A Baby For Pree" as written by Jeff Mangum

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    General CommentThis would be my favorite live song by Jeff Mangum. I love how he combined Baby for Pree and Where You'll Find Me Now and improvs some words too. Simply brilliant I say.
    twoXhededXboyon November 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentjust an odd coincidence-
    whenever I listened to this version, I would hear "And when Isaiah came to pour all her babies all across the bathroom floor" instead of "the day it came to pour".

    Isaiah 44:3 "For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring"
    chafedon April 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHaving never seen Jeff Mangum live, I don't know if he always adds in the "With my little finger, I could make it all crumble..." (finger is singular, not plural; huge difference) lines, but I think that first couplet might be my favorite thing Jeff's ever written.
    noahcoburnon February 23, 2011   Link

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