Myopic Books

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"Myopic Books"
Love Songs For Patriots cover
Song by American Music Club from the album Love Songs For Patriots
Released 2004
Format LP / CD
Length 3:31
Label Merge Records (US) / Cooking Vinyl (UK) / Devil In The Woods (UK LP)
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Mark Eitzel / Tim Mooney
Love Songs For Patriots track listing
  1. "Ladies And Gentlemen"
  2. "Another Morning"
  3. "Patriot's Heart"
  4. "Love Is"
  5. "Job To Do"
  6. "Only Love Can Set You Free"
  7. "Mantovani The Mind Reader"
  8. "Home"
  9. "Myopic Books"
  10. "America Loves The Minstrel Show"
  11. "The Horseshoe Wreath In Bloom"
  12. "Song Of The Rats Leaving The Sinking Ship"
  13. "The Devil Needs You"
  14. "1000 Miles"

"Myopic Books" is the 9th song on American Music Club's 8th album, 2004’s Love Songs For Patriots. Mark Eitzel solo demos of the song appeared on the Comes With A Smile, Vol. 8: Like Others Need Oxygen compilation as "Bought A Book" and on Eitzel's Demos Before Love Songs as "Bookstore".


One day I left my room in the evening
It was freezing, a sidewalk shining
But it was okay - I wasn't lonely
I wasn't no one, I was just hoping
for a bookstore like the one I prayed for
and the music they'd play there would be Dinosaur Jr.
and the people who worked there would be super skinny
and super unfriendly - and that would make me happy
That would make me happy

And what really kills me is I'm only lonely
when I talk to you, yeah I should have told you
I just can't handle your endless sorrow
All I wanted from you was some tomorrow
But it's okay - I'll find a bookstore
and buy Saul Bellow
and one about old ruins for my mother
You never met her - she liked Manhattans
They taste like mouthwash
She understood how to be alone, all alone
All alone

Maybe the worst is over
Maybe the worst is over
Maybe the worst is over
Maybe the worst is over

One day I left my room in the evening
The sun had just gone down, but the sky was still shining
and not even the stars out, up in their heaven
could throw their ashes on the blue still burning
over this ugly city - and that makes me happy
and that makes me happy
and that makes me happy
that makes me happy.


American Music Club performing "Myopic Books" on April 10, 2005 in Kerry, Ireland.

Mark Eitzel performing "Myopic Books" on October 23, 2009 in Brussels, Belgium.


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