Two-Headed Boy, Pt. 2 Lyrics - Neutral Milk Hotel

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Daddy please, hear this song that I sing.
In your heart there's a spark that just screams,
For a lover to bring a child to your chest,
That could lay as you sleep and love all you have left,
Like your boy used to be, long ago,
Wrapped in sheets warm and wet.

Blister please, with those wings in your spine.
Love to be with a brother of mine.
How he'd love to find your tongue in his teeth,
In a struggle to find secret songs that you keep,
Wrapped in boxes so tight, sounding only at night as you sleep.

And in my dreams you're alive and you're crying,
As your mouth moves in mine, soft and sweet.
Rings of flowers round your eyes and I love you,
For the rest of your life (when you're ready).

Brother see, we are one in the same.
And you left with your head filled with flames,
And you watched as your brains fell out through your teeth.
Push the pieces in place.
Make your smile sweet to see.
Don't you take this away.
I'm still wanting my face on your cheek.

And when we break we'll wait for our miracle.
God is a place where some holy spectacle lies.
And when we break we'll wait for our miracle.
God is a place you will wait for the rest of your life.

Two-headed boy, she is all you could need.
She will feed you tomatoes and radio wires,
And retire to sheets safe and clean,
But don't hate her when she gets up to leave.

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introversion = dissociating into a dying baby. | Reviewer: em | 8/28/12

i think the two headed boy is him. and he's speaking to his better more vulnerable side of himself, like an introvert would (brother we are one and the same.") he turns him into something so harmless and genuine, i think it's an aspect of his own personality that sort of went unexpressed for a time, but that he'd like to reacquaint himself with. i'm probably just projecting. but i see deep beauty in that.

Thanks Jeff | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/21/11

I'm fairly certain this song is about a brother he could have had. Like a pregnancy gone wrong. Wishing for himself and his father that this boy could have existed instead he's at god being fed tomatoes and stereo wire.
Every theory here seems valid though.

Quick correction | Reviewer: Jordan | 7/24/11

Quick correction on what I said before: I was thinking that the father was the one who "loved to find your tongue in his teeth" but I read it again and it's clear to me now that it's the child/brother. But it still works with my precious idea. Kids like to sound very adult. It's also a little weird because kids often want to sound as little like their parents as possible, so I'd assume this kid has a good relationship with their parent. Aaaanyway, that's my quick correction.

My idea, aside from this song is made of all the most beautiful and depressing feelings ever | Reviewer: Jordan | 7/24/11

This song truly is beautiful. It kind of reminds me of my dad, who never was really there for me as a child, and just when I thought I could open up to him he had another kid. It speaks to me in that sense. But I personally think that the part where it says "how he'd love to find your tongue in his teeth" means he'd love to find himself speaking like his child (or whomever he's addressing), because parents tend to admire the simplicity in children, and wish they could be more like that. So when they find themselves being that way, it's like an unexpected and sentimental moment. Kind of hard for me to explain, but I think you'll get what I'm saying. Anyway, that's what I think.

hey | Reviewer: antigone | 11/22/10

I love the way the people the narrator is speaking to constantly change. Some might think it disturbing... He wants to feel his father's mouth move on his? But I think it's so beautiful... that in a way, all love and all loss are fundamentally the same, and he loves his brother and father and lover equally, and feels equal regret for them.

Memories | Reviewer: Danny | 1/18/09

I always listen to "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" to officially end the summer, and "Two-Headed Boy" is the perfect song to end off on. The summer is always an amazing, memorable four months, and when the end rolls around, many of my friends are off to different schools in different cities. The album and this song in particular always force me to reflect back on the past few months. Always brings a tear to my eye.

Homegrown | Reviewer: Brittany | 12/12/08

I am in love with Neutral Milk Hotel. They started out in Ruston, that is only an hour away from where I live. It is amazing to think that small town produced this genius.

Neutral Milk Hotel are prophets that will be rediscovered centuries from now, and finally understood for what they really were...

Okay so | Reviewer: Jimmy | 7/14/08

I can't put into words the beauty of this song. I can try though.

You know when you're alone and nostalgic and just a little high, and you're sitting in your own little corner of the world and no one else exists, or at least in your mind they don't, and this song comes on and it's so beautiful that a tiny tear rolls down your cheek and you don't even notice it, and for that one second that tear and that song are the only thing in this world that are beautiful, and then all of a sudden you're bawling and screaming and punching walls because you just can't hold it in any longer and you're yelling everything bad that's ever happened to you to the air because there's no one there to listen for you, so you just pretend, and you really wish you had someone to hold you and tell you that everything will be alright and you're just having a rough time, but there's no one, so you hold yourself and sit with your legs crossed just holding yourself and thinking, and crying silent tears, because you don't want anything to hear you crying and walk over and see if you're okay, because just for this 5 minutes you need to be not okay, and you need to let your thoughts and anger and everything spill across the floor, and then the song ends and everything is okay.

I think if you did that you would hear this song.

oh hell yes | Reviewer: XTRMNTR | 12/30/07

This song fucking KILLS me every time I hear it. I get chills and I cry and I shake and I feel like I've just lived a lifetime in those five minutes.

If I ever get married, I'm having either this or "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" played at my ceremony. I know some people would think that is dark and weird, but to me, those songs encapsulate every single thing that is love between two human beings, and I think it would be beautiful.

no one has reviewed this song yet? | Reviewer: Parkersaurus | 10/1/07

this is my favorite song on the album.
it speaks of love and loss and things that typically enter my mind.

"god is a place where some holy spectacle lies...god is a place you will wait for the rest of your life."

it makes so much sense but it's stated so simply that i wonder why no one else thought of it...that i wonder why i didn't think of it.

all my favorite bands have already written songs and lyrics i've been searching for my whole life, just more so in the case of neutral milk hotel.

thank you jeff magnum.
i could never write anything as tragic and beautiful as the worst song you've ever written, though i have yet to hear it.

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