Neutral Milk Hotel - Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone Lyrics




There are beads that wrap
Around your knees that crackle into the dark
Like a walk in the park, like a hole in your head
Like the feeling you get when you realize you're dead
This time we ride roller coasters into the ocean
We feel no emotion as we spiral down to the world
And I guess it's worth your time
Because there's some lives you live
And some you leave behind
It gets hard to explain
The gardenhead knows my name

Leave me alone,
For you know this isn't the first time
In fact this is twice in a row
That the angels have slipped through our landslide
And filled up our garden with snow
And I don't wish to taste of your insides
Or to call out your name through my phone
For the glory boys at your bedside will love you
As long as you're something to own

Follow me through a city of frost covered angels
I swear I have nothing to prove
I just want to dance in your tangles
To give me some reason to move
But to take on the world at all angles
Requires a strength I can't use
So I'll meet you up high in your anger
Of all that is hoping and waiting for you





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Neutral Milk Hotel Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone Comments
  1. Allen M. Zimmerman

    If you play the song at 1.25x playback speed, the song sounds like how the band used to play it live. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think this song sounds so much better when it's faster.

  2. L a i n_

    I love this song.

  3. Romina Bran López

    If you're reading this, I'm so sorry.

  4. Mother Joan Hazy

    This is a genuine banger.

  5. neros1234

    This may be the best song that has ever been written by a human

  6. neros1234

    I AM ALIVE

  7. Marc-André

    BON SANG

  8. vertsk8er419

    the drums are so perfect, fuck

  9. Ana Kelly

    SEMPRE SEMPRE

  10. Christopher Pearson

    When you're in love with a woman and she whispers these words to herself while you're driving. Then, on the radio you hear this song and just hits you like something out of the corner of your vision. Holy shit it's Jessalyn's song.

  11. Devious Grace

    69 people are deaf.

  12. L a i n_

    forever my favorite band

  13. Yiota Aris

    f*cking love this band

  14. Bridget M

    “But to take on the world at all angles requires a strength I can’t use” hit me like a ton of bricks.

  15. Devious Grace

    I listen to this every day because all i want is to be left aaaaaaallllllloooooooooooonnnne

  16. eileen wulf

    real music sung with a real voice- miss jeff

  17. Shaelin Grady

    Such a great song!!!

  18. Shane V

    We are a group of music lovers nerding out over our favorite songs that fall under a new theme each day. Come show us what you got! Today’s theme is “Garden”.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/SupercordsMusicClub/

  19. Tara O'Reilly

    GLORYBOYS-AT-YER-BEDSIDE

  20. Tara O'Reilly

    By golly that was beautiful

  21. Cj Poe

    Best song ever written

  22. J.C Camarillo

    "For the glory boys at you bedside, will love you as long as theres something to own!" Yikes

  23. J.C Camarillo

    Love it how 'Avery Island / April 1st' plays in the background throughout the song. Nice touch

  24. Петр Дубинин

    Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone
    Neutral Milk Hotel
    Around your knees that crackle into the dark
    Like a walk in the park like a hole in your head
    Like the feeling you get when you realize you're dead
    This time we ride roller coasters into the ocean
    We feel no emotion as we spiral down to the world
    And I guess it's worth your time
    Because there's some lives you live
    And some you leave behind
    It gets hard to explain
    The gardenhead knows my name
    Leave me alone, for you know this isn't the first time
    In fact this is twice in a row
    That the angels have slipped through our landslide
    And filled up our garden with snow
    And I don't wish to taste of your insides
    Or to call out your name through my phone
    For the glory boys at your bedside will love you
    As long as you're something to own
    Follow me through a city of frost covered angels
    I swear I have nothing to prove
    I just want to dance in your tangles
    To give me some reason to move
    But to take on the world at all angles
    Requires a strength I can't use
    So I'll meet you up high in your anger
    Of all that is hoping and waiting for you
    Songwriters: JEFF MANGUM
    © Universal Music Publishing Group
    For non-commercial use only.
    Data from: LyricFind

  25. Boston Bombay

    got an advertisement for weed killer....

  26. Szása H.

    My theme song.

  27. gay roach

    god i just can’t get over how “name” transitions so smoothly into “leave me alone” i swear every time i hear that part it adds five years to my lifespan. jeff’s vocals are so beautful and magical

    Boyo

    It's like in that part in Oh Comely where "anything at all" goes straight to "oh comely"
    Good shit

  28. Oliver Dreyer

    This song gives me the weirdest form of depression, like it's so good I never want it to end and that makes me really sad for a few hours idk why

  29. Oliver Dreyer

    One of the songs that takes me places

  30. Anthony Weiss

    This album is better than in the aeroplane

    TWL .v

    And thats a fact

  31. Joseph Campbell

    God gave us NMH as a code through which we can interpret life. If we can break the code, we can see true beauty.

  32. Bryson Spahn

    anyone that can pull off the "KNOWS MY NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME LEAVE ME A-LONE" without losing breath is to be feared

    abigail s.

    Fear me, peasants.

    Hollow Pops

    @Fabian Basker I almost died, thanks

    Miss Tidlywinks

    Ok i can do it. Just not that loud and i have to take a hefty breath between that and the gardernhead part. So im kinda the coolest

    communistdaughter

    It’s all about breath control. Take a deep inhale after “gardenhead” and let out as little air as possible when you sing name. Finally, my three years of vocal lessons have purpose.

    Krypo1290

    i can do it

  33. Jack Dong

    I was a weird kid once before it was cool ,as an adult I finally got the chance to see jeff when he did his comeback tour years ago and it was very uncomfortable to say the least.. poor guy obviously didn't want to be up on stage ,must've gone broke or something..was just sad

  34. Virgil

    Terra if you're reading this I love you.

  35. w1zard

    this is the feeling of love. jeff mangum loves us all. i love jeff mangum. i miss 2015.

  36. Pat L

    This is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.

  37. Dylan502123

    The way this song is sung reminds me of what shall we do now by Pink floyd

  38. greasy reece

    you're a real one if you can the hold the gardenhead knows my name note and then have enough oxygen to sing leave me alone too

  39. ThePolarBearProductions

    So glad I saw these guys live.

  40. Andrew Cameron

    still in love with how fuckin awesome this track is

  41. cas

    they fear u

  42. Ian Wilmoth

    still this.

  43. Semiautomaticforestelf

    <3 ily jeff thank you. god bless you.

  44. NUTS! McAuliffe

    this is the best song of all time

  45. Josedan99

    iiiiiiii llloooovvveeee yyyooooouuuuuuuu jjjeeesssuuuusssccchrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiist

  46. Miguel Almeidah maculinah

    FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLOW ME THROUGH

    DynomiteKid65

    CITY OF FROST COVERED ANGELSSSSS

    Kekkle

    I SWEAR I HAVE NOTHING TO PROOOOVE

    Miguel Almeidah maculinah

    please stop im dyslexic and i cant go on

    DynomiteKid65

    I JUST WANNA DANCE IN YOUR TANGLES

    Ian Wilmoth

    sigh.. that lyric always reminds me of my most recent exes tangled curls... like in tangled... red.. ok replaying the song.

  47. Hannah Catherine

    in love

  48. boomerang2455

    the city of frost covered angels

    greasy reece

    FOLLOW ME THROUGH

    Christian Alfaro

    greasy reece I SWEAR I GOT NOTHING TO PROVE

    chend

    @TITATNO Straight

  49. Dan J

    Jeffs voice is a super power

  50. brennen spice

    "Follow me through" is delivered with so much conviction it gives me chills - Mangum is a genius.

  51. Grobo Clone

    The transition from B dorian to B major is so seamless, and I feel like if I said that to Jeff he'd be like "huh?" haha

    Oliver Dreyer

    Grobo Clone I have no idea what that means but I totally agree

    ItsCC13x

    oliver dreyer Hehehe

    Jam Shaid Baloch

    Who cares? It sounds like heaven. That's what matters.

    Jules Gilmour

    These are just made up concepts. Music theory is designed to explain what people have been doing musically..to make sense of it. Most good musicians have an innate ability.

    tf2gifzguy

    b minor technically but okay....

  52. JWJSSIFII

    That feel when pizza wraps around your knees

    J. Copache

    under-fucking-rated

  53. Tetrapodbomb

    A year ago I met Jeff. He traded me his pen for my marker. I will never forget.

    DCUE

    What a legend

    So 1

    Mr soulakhs..

    Nomad 352K

    What color was it?

    Ted

    Did you get him to sign your pen?

  54. Jameson Jaksch

    Its so amazing how they put 2 songs together, I would've never have guessed unless I listened to Demo Types. Viva Neutral Milk Hotel.

    Horror Wagen

    amazing how they put all the songs together most of the time in their albums all the songs connect in some different way like ghost untitled and two headed boy part 2 line up almost better than perfectly

  55. Jim Audiffred

    I don't wish to taste of your insides
    Or to call out your name through my phone!

  56. kizmania1

    I'm not sure what it is about NMH, but when listening to any of their albums for the first time you are so taken aback it's hard to enjoy the experience, but by the second time around you quit resisting, and realize you love every song.

    Blitz Krieg

    I thought he sung too clearly when I first heard him, and i'm hesatant to play them in front of friends because I know they're a personal acquired taste.

    stopaskingformyname

    Quit being a sissy Blitz, or you'll have no FEELING when you play for people

    Oliver Dreyer

    yeah, that's why my friend isn't enlightened yet

    neros1234

    SERIOUSLY THOUGH! That is EXACTLY what happened to me!!

    evo lution

    My friend showed me sailing through as my first experience
    I hatttttted it. Then itaots album. I hated it the first 3 times. But i kept being drawn to it.

    The i liked it.

    Then i looooved it.
    Then i saw them live, and a second time. And i have a deep appreciation for all of their music. I consider them my favorite band, and never not in the mood to listen to any of their music. They are one of the few bands i can love all their music. Only one comes close is conner oberst imo

  57. Butt Hole

    Buttcrack

    No Name

    Shut it buttmunch

  58. Matthew Setlak

    how about we shut up with the hipster or not bs, and the better or worse than itaots crap. I'm my mind, there is hipster(all the demo tape stuff) and non hipster(all the officially released stuff) neutral milk hotel. and both albums are beautiful. instead, let's marvel that in "the leave me alone" part, April 1st/Avery island is in the background.

    Matthew Setlak

    @Séamus Ó Dálaigh I don't claim to be a hipster,don't really want to be cool, also no-one says "hip" anymore and I don't care if people don't like my music choices. Just trying to stop a civil war within the nmh fan base(it probably too late though) let's just enjoy the music that we like and not care what other people think. (This was troll bate wasn't it?)

    Matthew Setlak

    @Séamus Ó Dálaigh oh. Sorry if I came off as a jerkface. I'm not a hipster, I just like some hipsterish (when it comes to music) things. I just have a wide range of music that I listen to.

    Matthew Setlak

    +Séamus Ó Dálaigh *thus peace was restored to the land*

  59. Destiny Duprey

    crying to this

    Destiny Duprey

    +Shalankey Dimfedron this is funny i wasnt literally crying i was weeping to the beauty. i love jeff mangum. I agree with most of ur points but kt wasnt like a literal thing. But thank you most girls cant take jokes or have intelligent conversation.

    the sleeping bag

    how are you crying to this fucking awesome omage to fugazi punk

    the sleeping bag

    if anything this song is a triumph, it's not a weep to beauty song its a yes we have had shitty days and we will all die someday but fuck it. thats what this song is, a fuck it. you can't cry to this dude you gotta like idk just live to it. i played bass to this song earlier and was so tingly. great feeling. beautiful music. doug outski

    Ian Wilmoth

    sleeping bag gets it. this song is playing grand theft auto with one life. but with a better sound track.

  60. John Lepley

    I like it real well it takes a few times through to get the feel.

  61. JammastaJ23

    Aeroplane is better, but Avery Island doesn't get the credit it deserves. Really good album.

    neros1234

    nah dude i prefer avery island

    Joshua Colson

    I think it's to easy to fall into the trap of one is better than the other. Both have great music and tracks. Arguably on Avery Island is not as great because it is very rough on the edges and doesn't have a defined sound. But at the same time in the aeroplane over the sea can be almost repetitive and uses very simple chord structures. Overall I think both are great albums both due equal merit. Sometimes I prefer one to the other. I'd agree this is due more credit. But id argue music is to subjective to have anything better than anything

    Crossing With Declan

    Both albums are amazing

    lassiecomehome

    thats ridiculous. on avery island is way better. more noisy, more sad, more songs in minor scales that trick oyu into thinking theyre in major scales (thats right). itaots is still a 10/10 tho

    Crossing With Declan

    lassiecomehome yeah exactly both albums are absolutely amazing it honestly just comes down to personal preference

  62. cjn6strings

    I just want to dance in your tangles to give me some reason to move

  63. bill smith

    Ive had this album for awhile now but I've only just started really coming around to the music. The lyrics are really poetic and visual.

    brennen spice

    bill smith I think there is also a certain cadence in Jeff's voice that really brings the images to life in the listener - At least for me.

  64. Maia Mendez

    There are beads that wrap
    Around your knees that crackle into the dark
    Like a walk in the park, like a hole in your head
    Like the feeling you get when you realize you're dead
    This time we ride roller coasters into the ocean
    We feel no emotion as we spiral down to the world
    And I guess it's worth your time
    Because there's some lives you live
    And some you leave behind
    It gets hard to explain
    The gardenhead knows my name

    Leave me alone,
    For you know this isn't the first time
    In fact this is twice in a row
    That the angels have slipped through our landslide
    And filled up our garden with snow
    And I don't wish to taste of your insides
    Or to call out your name through my phone
    For the glory boys at your bedside will love you
    As long as you're something to own

    Follow me through a city of frost covered angels
    I swear I have nothing to prove
    I just want to dance in your tangles
    To give me some reason to move
    But to take on the world at all angles
    Requires a strength I can't use
    So I'll meet you up high in your anger
    Of all that is hoping and waiting for you

    Gloom Weaver

    Maia Mendez THANK YOU, THE LITTLE GOD

    Maia Mendez

    Gloom Weaver :p

    No Name

    @Aymen Nib *the gardenheaaaaaaad knows my naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame

    Brooke Ballman

    Maia Mendez
    its bee's like bees knees.

    Valeria Pannunzio

    Bless your soul, I had always understood 'there are pizza wraps around your knees'

  65. Isaac Freeman

    I can never listen to nmh without listening to this song at least once

    Amanda Tinginys

    Isaac freeman and faust

    Yiota Aris

    exactly

  66. Leo Lion

    For the glory boys at your bedside, will love as long as you're something to own

  67. BJMcB92

    That last verse might be my favorite lyrics I've ever heard.

  68. Kayley Lauren

    Wonderful

  69. Brian Puckett

    To take on the world at all angles.

  70. Thomas Fogg

    Like a walk in the park.

    chend

    guys we need to keep the amount of likes equal to how many years old this comment is

    Erik Gustave

    @chend yes

  71. Good Humphrey

    Saw this song played in Toronto. It was da best!

  72. speedmetal99

    ...and I know this is not the first time, in fact this is twice in a row... so bitter.

    Ian Wilmoth

    shit happon\\

    Krill Grill

    that line is one of my favorites in Avery Island

  73. spo0kyb0ogie

    this must be what love feels like

    Κ ο μ ν η ν ό ς

    Yes.

    That is correct.

    Super French Robot

    but then when she fucks you you to the point of no return it starts the feel like "LEAVE ME ALONE"

    jake dingus

    Komnenos and jxxxxhiuNjbmk. mmm-ķ00ķMQKQKJHHI

    Ian Wilmoth

    pretty close...

  74. Connor MacDonald

    Instrumentals remind me of Sex Bo Omb from Scott Pilgrim.

  75. 1MahKinburd1

    Kanye blasts this song after talking to paparazzi

  76. callibretto

    this is one of the best songs ever. period.

  77. vedderforever24

    Brings tears to my eyes every fucking time...

  78. Jesus Joe

    I got tickets for Atlanta.

  79. Jesus Joe

    I think you may be my biological father :D

  80. Carol

    If that's a green Ovation in your picture that's just taking the piss because you're obviously me.

  81. Jesus Joe

    SAME. Thats how I got my name ^_^

  82. Carol

    lol



    On a not entirely separate note, my name is actually Joseph and people at school used to call me Jesus.

  83. Jesus Joe

    XD LOOK AT THE FUCKING UPLOADER'S NAME!

  84. ek rats

    NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL WORLD TOUR 2013!

  85. James Tilsner

    Hell yeah. So is Naomi and Song Against Sex.

  86. gijose95

    Jeff Mangum is like the Alejandro Jodorowsky of Indie music. He turn anything disturbing and obscure into a beautiful masterpeice, now only if he can turn his Sh#t into gold...(literally)

  87. Κ ο μ ν η ν ό ς

    Better than AOTS?

  88. Spin Al-Fluid

    True that

  89. Shelby Swanson

    He just played this live at the concert I was at.

  90. Spacegutz

    Guess some people have a death wish.

  91. Alex Price

    If you dislike this song I will kill you.

  92. TheShadowFog

    what the heck

  93. coodog1

    His voice is not fantastic but his lyrics are amazing. kinda like Bob Dylan they make songs that compliment their voices.

  94. musicbylodik

    dis mah jammm man

  95. blue

    needs more potato head

  96. iraplikeyoubreathe

    he has an amazing voice you try to sing them hes got lungs that go on forever so shhhhhh