"Cries of the Dead" as written by and Chad Vangaalen....
I can hear the cries of the dead
maybe it's your neighbor beating his dog in the basement
I can hear the cries of the dead
muffled by the ground, but still loud enough to make it out

monkey webs of concrete road disappear in time
leaves and trees that grow from seeds will cover us in time
swallowing all of the buildings
and every single piece of trash

I can hear the cries of the dead
maybe it's your neighbor playing his trumpet in the basement
I can hear the cries of the dead
muffled by the ground, but still loud enough to make it out

you went to the mountains true, and painted what you saw
you came back late and hid the painting underneath the couch
and I wasn't there when you made it
but I feel like I'm there when I'm looking at it

hoo, hoo, hoo-ooh, hoo
hoo, hoo, hoo-ooh

I can hear the cries of the dead
maybe it's your neighbor beating his dog his dog in the basement
I can hear the cries of the dead
muffled by the ground, but still loud enough to make it out


Lyrics submitted by Yelir, edited by pindongle

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    General CommentI think Chad is clearly obsessed about his own mortality. Specifically, whether or not the soul lingers after you die.
    philliposophyon December 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyes, and I think this song is about how most of his songs are about death.
    kooperon June 17, 2009   Link

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