when i was a little boy,
i threw away my action toys
while i became obsessed
with operation
with hearts and minds and certain glands,
you learn to keep a steady hand, and thus began a morbid fascination
with sweetbreads
i could taste what you were thinking
ooh, sweetbreads
that's the taste of neurons
blinking

do you wonder where the self resides?
is it in your head, or between your sides?
and who's gonna
decide it's true location?
cos it's a
question for the centuries,
from communion to mad cow disease
but is it worthy of a song
or life's location?

oh, and the sweetest sweetbread
of them all
within the kingdom of our fall [??]
call of thoughts [??], and many foreign nations

they call them sweetbreads
i could taste what you were thinking
ooh, sweetbreads
that's the taste of neurons
blinking

does the thought of bile that's red and black,
the thought of tongues that taste you back,
fill you with a nauseous elation?
where a simple trip to the grocery store
could fill you with an abject whore
can you taste the misery
of those crustaceans?

oh, and the sweetest sweetbread of them all
within the kingdom of our fall [??]
and it shoulda caused some
sightly machinations

they call them sweetbreads
i could taste what you were thinking
ooh, sweetbreads
that's the tase of neurons blinking
oh, i could taste what you were thinking
oh, give me your thoughts about
sweetbreads


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    General Commentapparently some kind of bizarre precursor to dark matter?
    foggyon May 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen listening to this song on Fingerlings, did anyone else notice how small the live audience is? It was recorded back in 2002, but that goes to show the popularity he's gained. yay!
    grrsawnon June 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin the kingdom of afar
    and I hear "caught on thoughts"
    wild_ cosmiaon February 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAt the concert in Boston that I went to, he was describing where this song came from. He said he had a dream of flipping through a French cookbook, and then he came upon a page entitled 'Sweetbreads', and in parenthesis it said 'Thoughts'. Then he goes on to say how it might be possible to eat the brain to find out what something is about.
    It's a lovely song and the explanation he gave was really cute - I have the video of him talking about it if anybody wants to watch it.
    Jykoneon June 23, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionPretty sure it's "neurons blinking".
    I take it the "sweetest sweetbread of them all" is brains, since that would be the only organ to get caught on thoughts, or to make any secret machinations/schemes.
    rimaTerzaon February 19, 2012   Link
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    General Comment"In the kingdom of Offal"

    Offal is the term used for variety meats, such as stomachs, hearts, livers, etc
    Ekorion May 23, 2013   Link

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