Boats ease into the harbor bearing real suspicious cargo
And the sunlight on the water
Sets a switch off in your brain
The things that you've got coming will consume you
There's someone waiting out there in an alley with a chain

The ghosts that haunt your building are prepared to take on substance
And the dull pain that you live with isn't getting any duller
There's a closet full of almost-pristine videotape
Documenting sordid little scenes in living color

Here they come
The young thousands
Here they come
The young thousands

You drive east from the ocean with both hands tied on the wheel
And you go past Garden Grove
As the pleasure index rises
The things that you've got coming will do things that you're afraid to
There is someone waiting out there with a mouthful of surprises

The ghosts that haunt your building have been learning how to breathe
They scan the hallways nightly vainly searching for a sign
There must be diamonds somewhere in a place that stinks this bad
There are brighter things than diamonds coming down the line

Here they come
The young thousands
Here they come
The young thousands


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    General CommentIMO, "closet full of almost-pristine videotape / documenting sordid little scenes in living color" refers to memories that you don't want to confront, so you push them in the back of your mind (the closet) and don't think about them. I think that "ghosts that haunt your building" also refers to memories that haunt you but that you're not quite consciously aware of.

    The use of the second person in this song is great because it underscores how universal the tendency is, in people who've survived trauma, to reach for anything (often, drugs) that distracts from these memories. I think that's one of the things this whole album is about.

    Background: the wtfpod link that some other people gave, but here's an actually correct link:

    wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/…
    obsequiousleafon April 10, 2015   Link

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