A Baby For Pree
Neutral Milk Hotel Lyrics


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Blistering Pree, all smiling and swollen
Makes babies to breathe
With their hearts hanging open all over the sheets
As soft as beets in some brown dresser drawer

And with bees in her breath and the rest of her ringing
They'll sting through her chest with a force hard and beating
Till wonderfully wet she will get
Until she's soaked inside her clothes

And there is no sorry to be sorry for
For a roll around the floor some afternoon so sound and soft
It made her swallow all her sweat
With every bit of breath she coughs
And when the day it came to pour all her babies




All across the bathroom floor
She will be swimming in them all forever more

Overall Meaning

The song "A Baby For Pree" by Neutral Milk Hotel can be interpreted in a variety of different ways, as the lyrics are quite abstract and poetic. One possible interpretation is that the song is about the surreal and overwhelming experience of falling in love and becoming physically intimate with someone. The first verse describes the intense physical sensations of being with someone you love, with references to swollen body parts and open hearts. The second verse continues this theme, describing the feeling of being so absorbed in someone else that their presence feels like an invasion of your body. The final lines of the song suggest that this experience is so powerful that it can lead to a sense of total immersion in the other person, as if you are "swimming" in their essence.


Line by Line Meaning

Blistering Pree, all smiling and swollen
Pree is an enthusiastic woman who loves to create babies. Her appearance is cute yet swollen, as she is pregnant or recently gave birth.


Makes babies to breathe
Every birth is like giving life to a baby, enabling its first breath of life.


With their hearts hanging open all over the sheets
The babies are still fully dependent on their mother and are vulnerable in their early stages, with the love and affection they need.


As soft as beets in some brown dresser drawer
The babies are delicate and need careful attention, like something that should be kept safe in a drawer.


And with bees in her breath and the rest of her ringing
Pree's voice sounds sharp like a bee's sting and her body is ringing, revealing her high energy levels.


They'll sting through her chest with a force hard and beating
The babies' movements are so strong they feel like bees stinging through her chest and causing a fast, hard heartbeat.


Till wonderfully wet she will get
The exhaustion Pree feels during childbirth can cause intense sweating, making her clothes wet.


Until she's soaked inside her clothes
The sweat will be so intense that it will flow down her body and will soak her clothes.


And there is no sorry to be sorry for
The joy of birthing and becoming a mother is so immense that any pain during childbirth is outweighed by the elation of having a new baby.


For a roll around the floor some afternoon so sound and soft
The beauty of being a mother will bring joy that is boundless and delightful, with the child's quiet fascination with their mother.


It made her swallow all her sweat
The superhuman effort of giving birth could cause even Pree to get exhausted and make her swallow her sweat.


With every bit of breath she coughs
The labor pains are so intense that Pree has to take every breath with a cough.


And when the day it came to pour all her babies
The day has arrived for Pree to deliver her babies.


All across the bathroom floor
The delivery is likely being performed in an unconventional setting, perhaps due to urgency or lack of medical facilities.


She will be swimming in them all forever more
Pree's love for her new babies is immense, and she will always be submerged in love and nurturing throughout their lives.




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Written by: JEFF MANGUM

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Vinnie Slughead Music

Blistering Pree, all smiling and swollen
Makes babies to breathe
With their hearts hanging open all over the sheets
As soft as beets in some brown dresser drawer
And with bees in her breath and the rest of her ringing
They'll sting through her chest with a force hard and beating
Till wonderfully wet she will get
Until she's soaked inside her clothes
And there is no sorry to be sorry for
For a roll around the floor some afternoon so sound and soft
It made her swallow all her sweat
With every bit of breath she coughs
And when the day it came to pour all her babies
All across the bathroom floor
She will be swimming in them all forever more



All comments from YouTube:

Rhapsody Afternoon

I wish this were longer, but the lyrics already say everything that needs to be said. This is a dilemma.

Fair Weather Friends

Rhapsody Afternoon has he ever written anything that wasn’t a dilemma?

Jack Behrens

Where You’ll Find Me Now is basically an embellished version of this song.

Zarlock 77

There is glow into you which is where youll find me now and blistering pree so you can listen to all three

Vinnie Slughead Music

Blistering Pree, all smiling and swollen
Makes babies to breathe
With their hearts hanging open all over the sheets
As soft as beets in some brown dresser drawer
And with bees in her breath and the rest of her ringing
They'll sting through her chest with a force hard and beating
Till wonderfully wet she will get
Until she's soaked inside her clothes
And there is no sorry to be sorry for
For a roll around the floor some afternoon so sound and soft
It made her swallow all her sweat
With every bit of breath she coughs
And when the day it came to pour all her babies
All across the bathroom floor
She will be swimming in them all forever more

xanfus

Jeff Mangum..... man what can I even say? I can't believe this was out when I was 16, and I didn't hear it till I was more than twice that.

Mario Stares Sternly

such a good album

danqueef

[Verse]
Blistering Pree, all smiling and swollen
Makes babies to breathe
With their hearts hanging open all over the sheets
As soft as beets in some brown dresser drawer
And with bees in her breath and the rest of her ringing
They'll sting through her chest with a force hard and beating
Till wonderfully wet she will get
Until she's soaked inside her clothes
And there is no sorry to be sorry for
For a roll around the floor some afternoon so sound and soft
It made her swallow all her sweat
With every bit of breath she coughs
And when the day it came to pour all her babies
All across the bathroom floor
She will be swimming in them all forever more

Alanis

impecável

hiraeth

forever my favorite song

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