Full Force Galesburg




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Minnesota is the 14th song on the album Full Force Galesburg.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Seeds came in the mail today from Holland
And the language on the package is wonderful and strange
All sorts of flowers that grow up from the earth
In goodly colors gloriously arranged
I circled the house and I scattered them around
Let the water sink down into the soil
Stared a long time at the residue
Blood, milk and oil
God the humidity is something
Our shirts are soaked clean through
The house is throbbing and the heat keeps coming 
And I keep looking at you 

And then you're singing in Dutch to me
And I recognize the song
It seems so old and so fragile 
And I haven't heard it in so long
We may throw the windows open later
But we are not as far west as you suppose we are
Hot wind coming off the water
Sky gone crazy with stars
While we stay here we imagine we're alive
We see shadows on the walls
There's something waiting for us in the hot, wet air
Sweat, water and alcohol
Just the old blood
Rising up through the wooden floor again
Just the old love
Asking for more again

Comments by John Darnielle About this Song[edit | edit source]

  • "This is a song about that point in the relationship—you've all been there—where you've been drunk for weeks, and you look across the table at the person you used to know, and you say 'I used to know you. Don't you live here?' It's called 'Minnesota'." -- 2001-08-03 - 40 Watt Club - Athens, GA
  • "This is a, a love song from an album called Full Force Galesburg, and it's about a couple of people plotting harm." -- 2002-11-13 - Opolis - Norman, OK
  • "This is one about a collapsing marriage. It's called 'Minnesota'." -- 2017-12-14 - Holocene - Portland, OR

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