at your house the smell of our still living human bodies and oven gas
you pray to nothing out loud
two first names and an ampersand
embroidered proudly on a kitchen towel
you're a beautiful and violent word
with the skinny neck of a chinese bird
in a fading ancient painting
and if you're in heaven waiting
you made it there fighting
the tightest kite string
in a bad storm with lightning

and now these few presidents
frowning in my pocket
can persuade no god
to let me let you talk, oh
these few presidents
frowning in my pocket
can persuade no god
to let me let you off

even though i haven't seen you in years
yours is a funeral i'd fly to from anywhere

i thought i had a pebble in my sock
i pulled it off and shook out a wasp
it stumbled out lost, and without a pause
unstung as i was, still i stomped it
i thought, there is no paved street worthy
of your perfect scandanavian feet
while my crooked chinese fingers groped
the machinery of your throat

and now these few presidents
frowning in my pocket
can persuade no god
to let me let you talk, oh
these few presidents
drowning in my pocket
can persuade no god
to let me let you off

even though i haven't seen you in years
yours is a funeral i'd fly to from anywhere


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  • +4
    General CommentI don't think he killed her in a literal sense.
    Metaphorically, he killed the relationship... emotionally killing her.

    The lines "i thought i had a pebble in my sock
    i pulled it off and shook out a wasp
    it stumbled out lost, and without a pause
    unstung as i was, still i stomped it"
    refer to him "killing" the relationship even though he didn't get hurt. The relationship is the wasp because it has the potential to be painful so he "stomps it" to avoid it.

    At least that's what I got.
    KissandParton March 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm in a band called Moirae. Haha.
    But I disagree with you on that. I think the friend's funeral interpretation is closer.
    Havenspearon June 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"it stumbled out lost, and without a pause
    i'm stung as i was, still i stomped it"

    is incorrect, "i'm stung" should be "unstung"

    also

    "these few presidents
    frowning in my pocket"

    the 'few presidents' are dollar notes? or is that obvious ;)
    mrkpwnzon January 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"of your perfect scandanavian feet"

    I thought this line was "of your perfect skin and avian feet"
    because it continues the bird theme from the first verse.

    (and if it's not, scandinavian's still spelled wrong)
    twobluestripeson May 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentonly a couple typos in this one:

    ...i thought i had a pebble in my sock

    ...i thought, there is no paved street worthy

    good work on all of these lyrics by the way


    and now these few presidents
    frowning in my pocket
    can persuade no god
    to let me let you talk, oh
    these few presidents
    drowning in my pocket
    can persuade no god
    to let me let you off

    even though i haven't seen you in years
    yours is a funeral i'd fly to from anywhere
    zumicroomon January 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAAH! Scratch that. I messed up the order of the words in my mind, it changes everything. I interpreted it as "let you let me off" when really it's "let me let you off".
    It makes me think he's sort of glad the person's dead, they may have done something to deserve it. Maybe he's just imagining the person's death and it's about someone he doesn't really like. But there are so many compliments throughout the whole song.
    Confusing.
    Coowon April 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a really beautiful song..
    I think it's about a lover that got away.. but i can't quite pin-point it.
    Obviously it's about someone he lost, or hasn't seen in a very long time.
    Good song.
    selenaababyyon April 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti am a convicted killer, and i can say with absolute certianty that he killed her, or that he has been fantisizing about doing so for a long time.
    moiraeon May 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalso, i am not moirae, so dont berate her.
    moiraeon May 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin a recent interview (with pitchfork, i think) yoni mentioned a song on the album that was about killing someone, i think he was talking about this one.

    to me, it seems like he killed his girlfriend in the heat of an argument or something and then comes to really regret it when he realizes he'll never see her again.
    just my opinion, though. :)
    caverneuxon July 04, 2008   Link

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