Naomi Lyrics - Neutral Milk Hotel

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Your prettiness is seeping through
Out from the dress I took from you, so pretty
My emptiness is swollen shut
Always a wretch i have become
So empty
Please, Please don't leave me.

I'm watching Naomi, full bloom
I hope that she will soon explode
Into one billion tastes and tunes
One billion angels come and hold her down
They could hold her down until she cries

I'm tasting Naomi's perfume
It tastes like shit and I must say
She comes and goes most afternoons
One billion lovers wave and love her now
They could love her now and so could I

There is no Naomi in view
She walks through Cambridge stocks and strolls
And if she only really knew
One billion angels could come and save her soul
They could save her soul until she shines.

Until she Shines x4

So pretty x4
Please, Please don't leave me.

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Not as deep as you think | Reviewer: Bart | 5/7/14

It's just a love song, or a lovesick song. It's just Mangum's eclectic lyrics that trick you into assuming symbolism, but it's not. It's just teen lyrics. That said, this kind of groundwork of oddball lyrics did lay the foundation for ITAOTS, which was awesome.

reference | Reviewer: kid vesuvius | 5/26/13

"No deeper meaning, just some vague bullshit for angsty teenagers." - man, that's bullshit in itself.

It may supposedly be about Naomi Yang but everything in the lyrics reference Junichiro Tanizaki's novel 'Naomi'. Set in 1920's Japan, it's about a man in his late 20's who falls in love with a 15 year-old girl and takes her as his wife, it then follows their relationship for 8 years as she grows into a beautiful woman and learns how to use his growing obsession for her own gains. That's a very simplistic synopsis but it's a great novel and the song captures one element of it brilliantly.

There is no Naomi in view | Reviewer: Glebecow | 1/14/13

This song connects deeply with us its admirers because Mangum isn't "simple," despite what the tin-eared icke claimed below.

Naomi is told from the point of view of a troubled lover, likely ex-lover or never-lover. He's lost her, or maybe has never known her except in his longing. What really matters is that now he clings pathetically to the sacred emblem of the dress he "took" from her. She or her essence seems to seep out of it as if this dress were a leaking vessel.

And this dress theft is problematic, possibly creepy. It doesn't seem like a typical keepsake, does it.

It's only the first of several images that are unsavory and anti-romantic. This isn't a Billboard pop song after all; no plain old lovey-dovey here. You must ask yourself: why did he take the dress? How? And furthermore: what kind of angels are these that could "hold her down until she cries"? Why does the perfume of his beloved "taste like shit"? Why is he himself so empty that he claims to be emotionally "swollen shut" like bruised flesh? Why is there "no Naomi in view" and yet she still "comes and goes most afternoons"? What is really being seen, felt, wanted, expressed? Heartbreak's ghosts, remorse, something else?

If you answer these questions (and others such as why any generic "billion lovers" could love Naomi instead of the singer) to your satisfaction, you will have entered the heartbreaking and unsettling complexities of this art. Its surfaces may betray you. Its subterranean implications should definitely upset you. It gropes terribly after hope, but what it finds doesn't necessarily give us any. Not even in the angelic is there entirely any perfect outcome for Naomi, since "sav(ing) her soul" will involve being essentially manhandled. How many believers in angels think that they'll be violently piled on by the wing├Ęd feathery kind as entry into some kind of held-down salvation?

Troubling, troubling, troubling, troubling: and so beautiful.

Discussions above | Reviewer: icke | 1/8/13

Just listening to the album once again. Listened to it alot when i was in my early twenties and gotta say, it's exactly that: Music for people in their early twenties. "ambiguity and imagery gallore in lyrics" - what bullshit. The lyrics are simple and all the ambiguity stems from them being just unprecise. No deeper meaning, just some vague bullshit for angsty teenagers. Still pretty good music, bringing back lots of memories from those days.

Beautiful | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/25/11

This song makes my heart swell. I wish everything were as wonderful as this.

It has the ability to make me smile and cry; does anyone else know the feeling?

Oh and On Avery Island was, in my opinion, as good as In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.

previous reviewer hates music | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/15/09

you're a dumbass...on avery island is great...what about Gardenhead/Leave Me alone, A baby for pree, song against sex? This is a great album, not near as good as in the aeroplane over the sea, but he had a different band for those two albums, and his songs are damn pretty.

glimmer of hope | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/4/08

naomi is largely a beautiful glimmer in an oily sea of "on avery island". it shows the brilliant mind of jeff mangum like few other songs off this album do. and after hearing this song its understandable to see where the perfect "in the aeroplane over the sea" came frmo

brilliant song, melody from nowhere, passionate, simple chord progression, introduction to mroe ambient sound, ambiguity and imagery gallore in lyrics


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