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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Song That’s Been Stuck In My Head for the Last Two Weeks…

posted by on February 26 at 12:16 PM

Is “Where Lies My Tarp?” by the Microphones. The song appears on the expanded re-issue of the Microphones’ masterpiece, The Glow pt. 2, available April 8th via K Records. A version of the song called “Where Is My Tarp?” also appears on the album “Singers”, and you could probably find the song on the internet somewhere if you’re into that sort of thing.

The recording included with The Glow pt. 2 reissue (on the disc titled “Other Songs & Destroyed Versions”) is striking for how little it sounds like anything else on the album. Phil Elverum’s vocals are, of course, instantly recognizable, as is the song’s subject matteróglowing orbs in the sky, camping supplies, loveóbut, after an intro of dubbed brass and tape noise, the song’s instrumentation is clean and traditional, picked electric guitar and unobtrusive drums, closer to straight folk or country than almost anything in the Microphones oeuvre. Here are the song’s lyrics, as transcribed at the frightfully comperhensive Mt Eerie Preservation Society (let it be noted that on the Glow pt 2 version, the line goes “my arms have to row”):

I can not sink into your bed tonight. I have to go. My arms must row. Your bed is soft, Your face is sweet, You gaze is true, Your eyes are blue, But mine see through to: Where? Oh where? Where lies my tarp tonight? Where lies my moonlight? Where lies my sunrise? Where lies my heart? There is a ball of fire above your house, You squirm and coo, I’m petting you. But there is a ball of fire inside your chest. I’m a mirror moon. You’re a black lagoon. I’m a birch canoe. I’m a wind that blew. I’m a migrating moose on the prairie, loose.

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i spent many days last year with "where lies my tarp?" on repeat. by far the most beautiful song that phil has ever written and recorded!

Posted by songsfromgreysharbor | February 26, 2008 12:34 PM

I only got into Elvrum's work last year. But of course I'm in love now. I am very excited for this reissue. As well as seeing Mt. Eerie with Why? in April. That's a good bill!

Posted by Morgan | February 26, 2008 4:58 PM

Can't wait for the show at vera in April. It should be awesome.

Posted by Al | February 27, 2008 12:30 AM

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