"Strawberry Hill" as written by and Mark Edward Kozelek....
I can hear them
Speakin' in the next room
As they drink and start losin' control and get louder
They lose control and get louder

They wonder about me
I can hear her twirling the ice with her fingers
She's got that half-dead look in her eyes by now
She worries about me

He's not like the
The other boys around here
He's says nothing and sits in his room
And he's afraid to

And he's afraid to drive a car
So sad he is
And he's afraid to drive a car
So sad he is

It's our duty as we're respected
It's our duty as Californians
To show a new life
To show a new life

Ever since my staying I
I've been having bad dreams
So stop eating cabbage
And stop talking to that girl

What are the winters like here?
Hush up and play the piano
But have I told you how I love her?
Yes, but you are Aquarius and she is Capricorn

Come come now
And meet your cousins from L.A.
Shut up and leave me alone

We know who you are
I read your palm while you were sleeping
And I read though your diary
And the secrets you've been keeping
We're already aware of

And I pretended [Incomprehensible]
Have a drink and talk this over
And in the meantime, please
Think of the good things that we've done for you

It's our duty and we're expected
It's our duty as Californians
To show a new life
To show a new life

It's our duty and we're expected
It's our duty as Californians
To show a new life
To show a new life



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"Strawberry Hill" as written by Mark Edward Kozelek

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  • +2
    General CommentWhat pilot said is right, but I thought I would add that it is based around the time that Kozelek moved from Georgia to California to stay with relatives. I believe he had just completed rehab as a teenager and was still somewhat of a "misfit" so he went there for a change of scenery, a new life. We can infer from the song that his relatives worried about his insular nature and felt it was their duty as Californians to make him happy about life.

    A fascinating song. I have a hard time saying anything by Kozelek is my "favorite," as the man has written too many amazing songs to pick. But yet I've gotta say this is at least ONE of my favorites of his.
    leamancon March 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's a very personal song by Kozelek. He describes what happpens to him when he was younger, the hypocrisy of the people around him, they don't understand why he is different and they don't respect him at all.
    piloton September 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite song :]
    aicsylaon July 12, 2010   Link

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