We got in your car and we hit the highway
Eastern sun was rising over the mountains
Yellow and blood red bits
like a kaleidoscope

And flaming swords may guard the garden of Eden
But we consulted maps from earlier days
Dead languages on our tongues
Holding on to our last hope

And the day was bright and fine
And the highway sign said, �San Bernardino welcomes you��

I checked us into our hotel and filled the bathtub
And you got in the warm warm water
I pulled pedals from my pocket
I loved you so much just then

And it was hard but you were brave, you are splendid
And we will never be alone in this world
no matter what they say
We�re gonna be okay

We were safe inside
and our new son cried, �San Bernadino welcomes you�

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    General CommentDarnielle:
    "this is a big jump ahead. All the preceding songs are old ones. I prefer the newer songs to the older ones by a wide margin, and I suspect that most eMusic listeners would, too. With my early stuff, it's wise to take advantage of those thirty-second song clips, because my early recording technology was more primitive than anybody's. (I repeat, anybody's. Nobody could touch my boombox flow.) But it's always harder, much harder, to talk about newer songs. I feel like I don't really know anything about a song until it's five or six years old.

    Here, however, the story is pretty clear, or I hope it is, and the song gave me a pretty good punch in the face as soon as we were done recording it, because I just lost my mind for about five minutes. Gone. Slumped over a piano a few feet from the microphone I'd been singing into, Erik Friedlander sitting in his chair where he'd been playing. (I did my vocal live with one of the cello parts, sitting facing Erik as he played.) I was thinking again about people who others talk down to: young mothers and fathers who have no prospects, no money, nothing going on.

    The two kids here give birth in a cheap motel somewhere in San Bernardino, probably right off the freeway, and the young man tries to express his love for the girl who's about to give birth. Which she does, and they feel at home in the world, even though the world isn't giving them its best yet. I feel hope for them, because they love each other. I know that that is a corny thing to say, so for people who have corn allergies I apologize. But these two, they're going to be the future, so it'd be awesome if we could give them enough leeway to become who they're gonna become, and encourage them when we can. I have a fondness for them though I barely know them. Their feeling for one another inspires me, is what it is."
    whatchamacallmeon February 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSo narrator and wife just gave birth to a new son in a hotel bathroom...

    I think...
    milk_and_honeyon February 20, 2008   Link
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    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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