This place with its old plantations
These roads leading out to the sea
This day full of promise and potential
More clay pigeons for you and me
All of them all of them
All of them all of them
All of them all of them all of them all of them
All lined up

Huge crows loitering by the curb
Our shared paths unraveling behind us like ribbons
And I dreamed of vultures
In the trees around our house
And cicadas and locusts
And the shrieking of innumerable gibbons
All of them all of them
All of them all of them
All of them all of them all of them all of them
All lined up

How long will we ride this wave out?
How long 'til someone caves under the pressure?
My dreams are haunted by armies armies of ghosts
Faces too blurry to make out
Numbers far too high to measure
Your face like a vision straight out of Holly Hobby
Late light drizzling through your hair
Your eyes twin volcanoes
Bad ideas dancing around in there
All all of them all of them
All of them all of them
All of them all of them all of them all of them
All lined up


Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery, edited by OctaVariuM8

Idylls of the King song meanings
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    General Comment1. _Idylls of the King_ is a long, contemplative cycle of poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, built around the legend of King Arthur. I'm not totally sure I see the exact connection, but Tennyson is always about loss, regret, and elegy, and so is Darnielle.

    2. "Your face like a vision straight out of Holly Hobby" -- who else could put Tennyson and Holly Hobby together? I always thought this was one of Darnielle's best lines, because you usually can't see Holly Hobby's face at all. It's hidden under her bonnet. Who knows what she's thinking, that deep and brooding country lass.
    kagion January 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song completely reminds me of living back in Tallahassee and the memories surrounding that great town. This whole album is so incredibly composed- I listen to it every time I am homesick.
    owlthewiseon April 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is in the same vein as "First Few Desperate Hours". It's the gnawing realization that they're already doomed, both as individuals and as a couple. Regardless of what they've been telling each other, they did not move to Tallahassee to find a new life; they moved there to die.

    The imagery is all evil portents, bad omens, visions of death and decay:

    Huge crows loitering by the curb
    Our shared paths unraveling behind us like ribbons
    And I dreamed of vultures
    In the trees around our house
    And cicadas and locusts
    And the shrieking of innumerable gibbons

    And he actually breaks down and openly asks:

    How long will we ride this way about?
    How long 'til someone caves under the pressure?
    jf998247on July 18, 2014   Link
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    General Commentthere's always bad ideas in our heads reserved for those most important to us.
    fuckedupdogon April 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGee, I don't know, but this thing is fucking brilliant.
    The first verse is "lined up" as in hunting, the second is "lined up" as in harmony, the last one is "lined up" as in ready to be taken down (her, his neuroses, etc.)
    sternjon April 04, 2006   Link

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