Lay me down in a hearseback, it's where my new best look is at.
If I slit a purse or two then I can't curse if my cake is cooked and minor veins are mapped.

These tits not filled with milk, these cold bones wrapped in hunger
Like a bundle of sticks in a fire so slow it leaves them unburned, black and yearning.

Will this new year's see my rotting hair's release?
Will my new black book pull the sick from my deepest creases?
-A gift from The Maccabees to mom to me,
No more flier backs or receipts, using magazines for tables.

A girl's down bed and corresponding naked wings unable

When I felt my ribs come closing slow, a row of snakes set to strangle

I am survived

Lay me down in a hearseback, it's where my new best look is at.
If I slit a purse or two then I can't curse if my cake is cooked and minor veins are mapped

But you might find me in the white pages yet, my name is next to numbers
Like someone's father's father: left listed in the book of numbers,
Like someone's father's father: left listed in the book of numbers.


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  • +1
    General Commentyoni obviously wrote most of these songs in the winter after new year's (see also january twentysomething)--

    Will this new year's see my rotting hair's release?
    Will my new black book pull the sick from my deepest creases?
    -A gift from The Maccabees to mom to me,
    No more flier backs or receipts, using magazines for tables.


    this means his mother got him a new black book for hannukah to write his lyrics in. no more flyer backs, or receipts, using magazines for tables. will it cure his depression this year? who knows, but he might go bald.
    cuttyon September 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds like writing letters to old friends you haven't heard from in a long time.
    That's not what it's about, but for some reason it just sounds like that. Like, the actual music.
    PhilipWithOneLon October 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother song about surrendering to death. This one hits me like Light Leaves hits me, i.e. in a huge way. One of my favourites on the album, no doubt.

    "If I slit a purse or two then I can't curse if my cake is cooked and minor veins are mapped."

    "When I felt my ribs come closing slow, a row of snakes set to strangle."

    So great.
    leahperon July 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat's the "slit a purse" action all about?
    patm718on August 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm wondering what the final part about the book of numbers is about. Something to do with being remembered after death in some manner?
    nedologiston August 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Jewish reference of the Maccabees makes me think the numbers mentioned in the last verse are a Holocaust reference.
    sadiethebullon August 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSurely the Book of Numbers is a reference to the book of the bible, right?
    Dawn717545on August 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think the "book of numbers" is meant to have multiple meanings here, and i think that's what makes it a great line.
    patm718on August 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn the Bible, characters are usually introduced by saying who his father was, like "Abraham, son of Isaac, son of Jacob, son of so and so." I think that is what Yoni is referring to here.
    james85on August 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPretty sure the first part is:

    "Lately down in a hearse back is where my new best look is at
    if I slit a purse or two then I can't curse
    if my cake is cooked and my nerve veins are mapped."
    james85on August 27, 2009   Link

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