If the strain proves too much
Give up right away
If the light hurts your eyes
Stay in your room all day

When the room fills with smoke
Lie down on the floor
In the declining years
Of the long war

Well the blood’s in the water
And the shark’s gonna come
And we swim in the dark
Until our bodies are numb

Blind desert rats in the moonlight
Too far from shore
In the declining years
Of the long war

Empty room with a lightbulb
Where the phone starts to ring
Everybody gets nervous
Nobody says anything

The next day someone’s initials
Show up on the door
I think I’m gonna crack
Can’t live like this anymore

Ugly things in the darkness
Worse things in store
In the declining years
Of the long war

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    General CommentIn March in New York, Darnielle told a story that, to paraphrase, "sometimes you just don't want to leave the house for days... and your friends come over and say they brought groceries. Don't let them in! It's a trick! They're not really your friend. When you lock yourself in your house and all you need is daytime TV, and a pencil, to keep track of the days that you've been locked in the house. This song was written, with that pencil."
    deevoon August 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSmall point, but it's actually "In the Craters ON the Moon."
    PureSophiston February 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest song on the album.
    Code_Jon February 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCode J, Agreed.
    WantedManon February 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjohn darnielle and jeffery lewis made a comic explaining each song on the new album, you can look at it here:

    Sunset Rubdownon March 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI just saw John Darnielle live in portland and he told us about how this song was about a hotel his friends lived in that was notable for "its remarkable power to destroy" he said he doesnt remember where it is but it was in a broken down neighborhood in portland OR.
    benthebeardedon October 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentjust saw the MG live in Melbourne he intro'd the song as "for people for when you look in the mirror and you think 'who has stolen my mirror?' then you go to find medicine in your medicine cabinet and you dont really mean medicine, i do know what you mean and thats why i wrote this song"
    pickingpocketson December 10, 2008   Link

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