"I Love You Too, Death" as written by and Ben Goldwasser Andrew Vanwyngarden....
Who is much more than a friend,
But never by my side?
All beginnings are an end,
In the blackness there’s a light
Maybe you will only read
One or two letters at the most
Shipping crates might line the streets,
Every stranger is a ghost
Cashiers won’t deduct the pain,
Loneliness sleeps on the couch
Only noticing the stain
Once the color’s faded out
Let’s go camping in the cold,
Make a fire, buy a tent
Envision leather getting old,
Re-send pigeons that were sent
Try to memorize your smell,
It reminds me of a field
Crickets clearer than a bell
Have all their guts recast in steel
Birds don’t cry when echoes quit,
They trail off into the fog
Autumn hurts far less than sticks,
Knowing winter’s five feet tall
Generations of defeat
All assuming your the worst
They never tied the cans
To the back end of a hearse
Take your hand against my own,
If there’s a finger I can grip
Reassure me at the ace
Mine’s a black heart you could flip
I’ve come to terms with what I have,
What’s been given, what’s been asked
Turn my back against the sea,
And beg the serpent for a dance
But in the red dirt muddy towns,
Celebration of the dark
Children walking hand in hand
With the pygmies in the park
I can’t touch you only once,
You always leave me wanting more
So keep my feet within the house,
And stick my toes just past the door
Let me know when I’m in love,
Let me die when I’m in love


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"I Love You Too, Death" as written by Benjamin Nicholas Huner Goldwasser Andrew Wells Vanwyngarden

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  • +2
    My InterpretationDeath comes to pick up the narrator. The narrator doesn't fight him and is glad to go. Maybe because of depression

    "Who is much more than a friend,
    but never by my side?"

    Death. Whoo-hoo

    "All beginnings are an end,
    in the blackness there’s a light"

    First glimps of heaven's gates?

    "Try to memorize your smell
    it reminds me of a field"

    Maybe, because death has a scythe ^^

    "Take your hand against my own
    if theres some finger i can grip"

    The narrator invites death to take him

    "I cant touch you only once
    you always leave me wanting more"

    Tired of life? Flirting with death? Dude, this line gives me goosebumps

    "Let me know when I'm in love
    let me die when I'm in love"

    I kind of read this line independently from the rest of the song. The "story" is over, I think, this is a statement: Let me live until i'm comtended with my life, you can let me die then. Don't let me end up like the guy in this story.

    I absolutely love this song
    TristanNoelon October 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about someone who's trying to make the most of the time he has left with his terminally ill lover. The song goes backward in time. The first part, which is disconnected and disorienting, takes place after her death. The second part, which is much more cohesive, mostly takes place while she's still alive, though the last few lines go back to the present.

    "Who is much more than a friend,
    but never by my side?"

    She's gone, but he can feel her presence still.


    "All beginnings are an end,
    in the blackness there’s a light"

    Maybe she's in a better place now.


    "Maybe you will only read
    one or two letters at the most
    Shipping crates might line the streets,
    every stranger is a ghost"

    He's grieving for her and it's distorting his perception of the world. He doesn't read anymore, he doesn't talk to anybody, they might as well be ghosts to him.


    "Cashiers won’t deduct the pain,
    loneliness sleeps on the couch
    Only noticing the stain
    once the color’s faded out"

    I'm envisioning him, grieving and lonely, going to get something from the store, coming back, and noticing a stain on the couch where she spilled something a long time ago and just breaking down in tears.


    Now the second part, where the guitar starts to fade in. This takes place while she's still alive, as I said earlier:

    "Let’s go camping in the cold,
    make a fire, buy a tent
    Envision leather getting old,
    re-send pigeons that were sent"

    They want to make the most of the time they have together and have fun. He keeps imagining what it would be like to grow old with her, but it can't ever happen.


    "Try to memorize your smell,
    it reminds me of a field"

    Self-explanatory. Sometimes a smell is the most vivid way to remember a person or place.


    "Crickets clearer than a bell
    have all their guts recast in steel
    Birds don’t cry when echoes quit,
    they trail off into the fog"

    These lines reference nature being silenced or altered in some way, which makes me think they're referring to her being hooked up to tubes in the hospital. Her guts have been "recast in steel."


    "Autumn hurts far less than sticks,
    knowing winter’s five feet tall"

    The little things really can't bother him anymore after this.


    "Generations of defeat
    all assuming you're the worst
    They never tied the cans
    to the back end of a hearse"

    Older people like to look down on younger generations. Here he's calling out a possible parental figure for judging him when that person didn't have to go through the grieving process he's enduring.


    "I’ve come to terms with what I have,
    what’s been given, what’s been asked
    Turn my back against the sea,
    and beg the serpent for a dance"

    He's accepted that soon she'll be gone for good, but on some level he's still praying desperately for a miracle recovery.


    "But in the red dirt muddy towns,
    celebration of the dark
    Children walking hand in hand
    with the pygmies in zee park"

    Life is still going on outside. No one cares about their private tragedy


    "So keep my feet within the house,
    and stick my toes just past the door"

    After she's gone, he becomes a hermit and stays at home.


    "Let me know when I’m in love,
    let me die when I’m in love"

    He doesn't think he'll be able to love anyone more than her, and he envies her being able to die while in love.
    Crane42on June 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmmm..

    Well..

    ...they're still tripping. That's all I got. :)
    FractalRealityon September 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI picked up on "children walking hand in hand with pygmies in zee park."

    There's a band called Chrome from the mid-70's that were experimental' post-punk, psychadelic rock (which MGMT is trying to recreate) that has a song called "Pigmies in Zee Park" off their album "Alien Soundtracks"

    Interesting.
    Bearstronautson November 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove the new direction. These guys are the new Bowie, the only other really big band that's dared to be this experimental is Radiohead.
    Crane42on December 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes Ben sing this one or Andrew?
    ella108905on January 06, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song might be the most beautiful song MGMT has written. I think this song is open to many, many interpretations. I first envisioned it very abstractly as an invitation to an alien to feel what we feel, as humans. But my view has changed to something much less more abstract as of late, having been heartbroken by my ex. I think the song is an expression of growth and decay in relationships, and it's about how we feel as the cycle repeats itself. This song evidences how far Andrew's writing has come, and how far their music production skills have evolved; the lyrics are brilliant and the emotions this song radiates are overwhelming.

    "Who is much more than a friend,
    but never by my side?
    All beginnings are an end,
    in the blackness there’s a light"

    Having a connection with someone that is much deeper than just friendship would indicate. Deciding not to capitalize on that connection, but holding out hope that one day it might work.

    "Let’s go camping in the cold,
    make a fire, buy a tent
    Envision leather getting old,
    re-send pigeons that were sent"

    Wanting to get back together again. Notice the uplifting sound, and how the sound "sparks a fire" after the second line. Imagining the future of the relationship, but then realizing that the signals being sent to each other haven't changed from the first go around. How will this time be any different?

    "Turn my back against the sea,
    and beg the serpent for a dance
    But in the red dirt muddy towns,
    celebration of the dark"

    One lover turning their back on the other, and leaving, but wanting them to come back. The lover doesn't return, and the lonely one cries in pain. A long, enveloping "celebrations" is sung out to comfort you, while you cry in pain. MGMT understands your pain, and they want to take it away from you.

    "I can’t touch you only once,
    you always leave me wanting more
    So keep my feet within the house,
    and stick my toes just past the door"

    This can't be the end. We've always needed each other. I'll keep close by, just close enough to welcome your return.
    RebornAgainAndon March 06, 2014   Link

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