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Nine Black Poppies
YPJ9A

Album

Nine Black Poppies

Released

1995

Artist

the Mountain Goats

Length

3:05

Previous Track

"I Know You've Come to Take My Toys Away"

Next Track

"Stars Fell on Alabama"

Nine Black Poppies is the seventh song on the Nine Black Poppies EP.

LyricsEdit

When I got home I meant to give you some sweet chrysanthemum
The wind chimes were ringing all wrong
And you were standing in the doorway singing along
And I tried to rememeber how nice it had been
A long long time ago
But I couldn't remember
I honestly could not remember
 
And a package came for you today from the Hunan province
The postmark burning jet black in the summer sun
Someone was changing, someone was changing from the inside out
And I turned around to face you

Sweet peas in the garden, all in full bloom
And I thought I heard the traces of an old song murmuring in the room
Like a half-remembered conversation, but I let it fall away
And then I could not remember
I honestly could not remember
 
And a package came for you today, from the Hunan province
The postmark burning jet black in the summer sun
Someone was changing, someone was changing from the inside out
And I turned around to face you

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "You know, there was a book when I was a kid, uh, by Erma Bombeck, and it was called, uh, something about life being a bowl of cherries, I think she had a punchline. But really, if this - this song had another title, it would quite obviously be 'Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries'." -- 2003-09-27 - Mercury - Austin, TX
  • "It's a story about people who don't trust each other. If you were their therapist, you'd be telling them, 'You need to learn to trust.' And they would say to you, 'What are you fucking talking about? Have you even been listening to who we are? If we trust one another, what's going to happen? The whole house will burn. Burning burn. People will be able to see it from several cities over if we trust each other Are we paying you for this?'" -- 2007-10-01 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

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