The sun and the shutters and the sun shattered hair
The butler hesitates at the top of the stairs
A kitten from Great Britain sleeps behind the drapes
An old silver bowl filled with apples and grapes

It's so very cold in the mansion after sunset
The snow is blowing through the baseboard outlets
And I have no idea what drives you, mister
Tanning beds explode with rich women inside

All my poor, hungry children
All my poor, hungry children
All my poor, hungry children
Time will break the world
Time will break the world
Time will break the world

The snow falls down so beautiful and stupid
For the black silhoutte of Abraham Lincoln trees
The sky's low and grey like a Japanese table
And my horse's legs look like four brown shotguns

The icicles are dripping like the whole house is weeping
On an evil little car with gull-wing doors
And I have no idea what drives you, mister
But I've killed you in my mind so many times before

All my poor, hungry children
All my poor, hungry children
All my poor, hungry children
Time will break the world
Time will break the world
Time will break the world


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    General CommentThis song is sort of like the "Bright Flight" Rosetta Stone. It's completely fat with Southern Gothic images, bitter humor and cryptic metaphors. I don't know if this song is about anything greater than the success of its own poetry, but if I had to suggest some point to it....how bout drug addiction? Or not?

    Also, "Bright Flight" is Berman's most interesting achievement in terms of lyric and theme. All the songs seem to reference one another throughout. Here, there's Abraham Lincoln trees which connect with the George Washington reference in "Slow Education." Plus we have the shotgun horse legs and something else in "Horseleg Swastikas."
    supposablethumbson January 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about his father, apparently a powerful lobbyist for some pretty powerful & heinous interests (whom he outed when he announced the end of the Jews). He even mentioned that the Tanning Salon Owners of America count among his dad's clients.

    "And I have no idea what drives you, mister
    But I've killed you in my mind so many times before"

    stereogum.com/47621/silver_jew_calls_it_quits_exposes_dad/news/
    killertomatoeson November 25, 2010   Link

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