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Intro to Walls of Jericho Live - Magnolia

Fair to Midland uses sound bytes as introductions to their songs when playing live.
The following is usually played just before Walls of Jericho.
Jason Robards as Earl Partridge from the film Magnolia (1999).

..and I lost.
This is the regret that you make.
This is the... regret that you make and the something you take and the blah, blah, blah, something, something.


...all the fucking stupid things I'd done.


The goddamn regret. The goddamn regret!


... the biggest regret of my life... I let my love go.


...and I lost.

What did I do?

I'm ashamed.

Don't ever let anyone ever say to you you shouldn't regret anything.
Don't do that. Don't!
You regret what you fucking want! Use that. Use that. Use that regret for anything, any way you want.
You can use it, OK? This is a long way to go with no punch.

So long. Life ain't short, it's long. It's long, goddamn it. Goddamn.
What did I do? What did I do? What did I do? What did I do? Help me. What did I do?


Intro to April Fools and Eggmen Live - True Stories


Fair to Midland uses sound bytes as introductions to their songs when playing live.
The following is usually played just before April Fools and Eggmen.
Spalding Gray as Earl Culver from the film True Stores (1986).


This part of the country's been through a lot of changes.
I think they're in the process of going through another one.


What time is it?
No time to look back.


Hell, most middle-class people have worked for large corporations.


They're calling it a celebration of specialness.
But this place is completely normal.


Let's look at what's happened to the national morals since World War II.


They don't work for money anymore, or to earn a place in Heaven.
Which was a big motivating factor once upon a time, believe-you-me.


People here are inventing their own system of beliefs.
They're creating it...
Doing it...
Selling it...
Making it up as they go along.


Like the song says,
It's a scientific lifestyle.


Intro to Dance of the Manatee Live

Fair to Midland uses sound bytes as introductions to their songs when playing live.
The following is usually played just before Dance of the Manatee.
Some lines were used in earlier versions of Dance of the Manatee's bridge.


The early birds and worrywarts waste their time.
And with brute force he will take what's his.

Unless those who have been told to hold,
Project on my cue.
Project on my cue.


Intro to Uh-Oh Live - Lonesome Valley

Fair to Midland uses sound bytes as introductions to their songs when playing live.
The following is usually played just before Uh-Oh.
Lonesome Valley is an old american traditional gospel folk song, dating back to its first known recording in 1927 by old-time musician David Miller.

You got to go there by yourself.
Nobody else can go for you.
You got to go there by yourself.


Intro to Coppertank Island Live

Fair to Midland uses sound bytes as introductions to their songs when playing live.
The following is usually played just before Coppertank Island.
From the film House of Flying Daggers (2004).


You and I are just
You and I are just
You and I are just
You and I are just pawns on a chessboard.

Nobody cares if we live or die.


h1>Intro to Rikki Tikki Tavi - Visioneers
Fair to Midland uses sound bytes as introductions to their songs when playing live.
The following is usually played just before Rikki Tikki Tavi.
From the film Visioneers (2008).


Today is Thrusday, there are 1,200 minutes of productivity remaining before the weekend.

There are 1,199 minutes of productivity remaining before the weekend.

Regardless, it's a bad sign that you're dreaming.
Dreams are dangerous, they cause instability and pain,
And that's why we don't like to talk about them.
But the most important thing for you to remember,
Is to remember that, in this word, in our world,
Dreams are never real.

There are 3,056 minutes of productivity remaining before the weekend.

Happiness is being happy.


Dance of the Manatee (Acoustic)



The acoustic version of Dance of the Manatee was released on the compilation album WCCC Live at Planet of Sound, Vol. 3, released Dec 1, 2007
and on Live at Andy's, released November 27th, 2012.



Take a little dive in the shallow or spy what do you see?
I see the tortoise and the hare in a rat-race and it fits like a glove under my sleeve,
Just wait 'till then.
Their heads are the heaviest in operation,
You still haven't lost imagination,
You can hear him mouth the whole ending,
Just wait 'till then.

We Marys had ourselves a ball,
Oh yes we did.
We Marys had ourselves a ball,
I must admit.

Hang us,
If there's one thing those limbs cannot do, is hold on to virtue.
Genghis,
You're the type of man to make deals with the Devil, because he can.

Whether a he or a she, put your mouth where your money is.
Are the birds of a feather that clever?
If I knew I'd keep locks, that's a given,
Just wait 'till then.
Their heads cast shadows like skyscrapers.
Just small enough to fit up their asses, to put it all into perspective, with definition.

Hang us,
If there's one thing those limbs cannot do, is hold on to virtue.
Genghis,
You're the type of man to make deals with the Devil, because he can.

Listen to proven guarantees while you're rolling up your sleeves, beatin' on the chest.
But we can keep it in a jar, when it's comin' cats and dogs for days.
We Mary's had ourselves a ball, and I guarantee,
That what they've done for you, they're done for me.

And hang us! Those limbs hold no virtue!
Those told to hold! Project on my cue.
And hang us! Those limbs hold no virtue.
Those told to hold! Project on my cue.


Abbey's Account

This song was presumably never recorded. It has similarities with Dance of the Manatee.


take a dive into the shallow or deep
make a choice between which one
live alone among the wolf and the sheep
I felt a piece of the portion
catching eyes of the ill tasted will

so as to feed on the pressure
she felt alone so she tempted her means
I made my home in the earthquake

bullshit
your safe
let your guards down

walk
sigh
fate
reply


-darroh - Her Eyes Are Underneath The Ground
by Antony and the Johnsons

Album: Escaping the Ordinary Volume III
Track: 18
Running Time: 03:38


Her eyes are underneath the ground
I have heard the crying sound
No one can stop you now
No one can stop you now

Her eyes are basking in the sun
No one knows why she did the things she's done
Ocean, swallow me now
Ocean, swallow me now

In the garden with my mother
I stole a flower
With my mother and in her power
I stole a flower

I saw six eyes glistening in my womb
I felt you calling to me in the gloom
Rest assured your love is pure
Rest assured your love is pure

In the garden with my mother
I stole a flower
With my mother and in her power
I chose a flower


-darroh - capital n



Throw caution in the air,
You really should have been there.
I've talked myself out of things,
I wouldn't turn to cheap affairs.

Wait your turn I have seen enough,
No one listens with an inch to grow.
Break my arms with a calling card,
Now the filth is where I make my home.

I waited for a time to grow.
I waited for a no show.
So if you walk on air,
Don't get caught in a blank stare.

Wait your turn I have seen enough,
No one listens with an inch to grow.
Break my arms with a calling card,
Now the filth is where I make my home.

If you have then make some promises,
To my chest on the day of rest.
You just took off and acted like Jack Frost,
In the fall I stood by your cause.

Wait your turn I have seen enough,
No one listens with an inch to grow.
Break my arms with a calling card,
Now the filth is where I make my home.


A Thirsty Fish


A Thirsty Fish, which might be an early version Amarillo Sleeps on My Pillow, could have possibly been recorded as a demo in late 2009. It was not recorded during the May 2009 demos, but was played infrequently around the same time, these lyrics were discovered by a fan after a live show.


It was an early Thursday afternoon
when she skinned us alive
and blamed it on her mother.
And now when she heads out in her "sunday best,"
I'm wrapped around her neck,
but she won't admit.

A yellow-belly isn't gonna' have the guts,
but sometimes, son, they still get the glory.
It's like the story of the thirsty fish
that jumped Bailey Bridge,
and wouldn't admit it.

You wonderful waste of space,
who quotes 'Amazing Grace,'
raising up your right hand
with a little X behind your back.