"The Mess Inside" as written by and John Darnielle....
We took a weekend, drove to Provo
The snow was white and fluffy
A weekend in Utah won't fix what's wrong with us
The gray sky was vast and real cryptic above me

I wanted you
To love me like you used to do

We took two weeks in the Bahamas
Went out dancing every night
Tried to find the creeping sense of dread with temporal things
Most of the time I guess I felt alright

But I wanted you
To love me like you used to do

But you cannot run
And you cannot hide
From the wreck we've made of our house
From the mess inside

We went down to New Orleans
One weekend in the spring
Looked hard for what we'd lost
It was painful to admit it but we couldn't find a thing

I wanted you
To love me like you used to do

We went to New York City in September
Took the train out of Manhattan to the Grand Army stop
Found that bench we'd sat together on a thousand years ago
When I felt such love for you I thought my heart was gonna pop

I wanted you
To love me like you used to do

But I cannot run
And I can't hide
From the wreck we've made of our house
From the mess inside


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"The Mess Inside" as written by John Darnielle

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  • +5
    General CommentI think that this is the explanation of the "Going to..." series. A couple that escapes from their problems by escaping to far away places rather than escaping into alcohol like the Alphas.
    mtfujiinmypantson September 04, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis is probably the saddest song I have ever heard. It is absolutely bursting with feeling and his vocals are so wonderfuly emotional.

    "It was painful to admit but we couldn't find a thing"

    This line just kills me it so sad and pensieve. Not only is John a great songwirter but his vocals really compliment his work and add so much.


    "we went to new york city in september.
    took the train out of manhattan to the grand army stop.
    found that bench we'd sat together on a thousand years ago
    when i felt such love for you i thought my heart was gonna pop.
    i wanted you to love me like you used to do."

    This verse is amazingly perfect and really captures the whole feel of the song in so many ways. John Darnielle is the best songwriter alive!!!

    Durango95on December 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentincredible song.
    &i think the meaning is pretty obvious.
    roadmapon January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh i love this song.
    oh.pinknesson April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wanted you to love me like you used to do.

    *sigh*
    dagwoodon September 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnow who cant relate to this feeling of lost emotions for one person. or having someone loose them for you..
    emiton May 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is song is amazing. I love the analogy.
    kurashuon September 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"looked hard for what we'd lost.
    it was painful to admit it, but we couldn't find a thing."

    This kills me. I feel like those two lines sum it up.
    This song also feels like an early version of what became the "Tallahassee" album, with the metaphor of a broken house and a broken relationship. Mm.
    heroinhotwateron May 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentstandout on AHWT. amazing melody to go along with the lyrics.
    ExoM7on June 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe this is couple in "Jenny," which refers to a southwestern ranch-style house that they had just purchased, along with the motorcycle. At some point their love wanes and they try through a variety of trips and consumer goods to recapture their earlier love. Now the southwestern ranch-style house just hides the mess inside from the outside world. This is also likely the same couple in "Riches and Wonders".
    aristotelianon September 30, 2016   Link

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