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A music video I made for the Neutral Milk Hotel song "Engine".
This recording is from a broadcast by XFM in May 1998 in which Jeff Mangum was interviewed and sang four songs solo including this one.
You can download this set here: http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/2008/02/12/jeff-mangum-xfm-radio-session-may-1998-2/
The movie is a 1924 silent film part of the Tribune-American Dream Picture serial. It is part of the Prelinger Archives so it is licensed under the Creative Commons No Rights Reserved. The short film was originally over seven minutes long, but I cut it down to have the same length and fit with specific parts of the song.
For I am an engine and I'm rolling on
Through endless revisions to state what I mean
For sweetness alone who flew out through the window
And landed back home in a garden of green
You're riding alone in the back of a steamer
And steaming yourself in the warm shower spray
And water rolls on off the round captain's belly
Who's talking to tigers from his cafeteria tray
And sweet babies cry for the cool taste of milking
That milky delight that invited us all
And if there's a taste in this life more inviting
Then wake up your windows and watch as those sweet babies crawl away