8. Wholly / by The Lulls

The last song on a lot of albums is usually a soft ballad, and “Wholly” doesn’t stray too far from this custom. Borrowing some suspended chords from a Deep Sea Diver song and Grizzly Bear’s rockabye toms, the song follows the structure of a lot of songs on the album—first movement, second movement, third movement. The second movement, which is just guitar and voices, requires a lot of implicit timing agreement, because again, the voices are syncopated with the guitar on very important beats. This song really brings the album to a close with a sense of finality and wholeness—the final dream of the collection.

Your body, my baby
Complete me, wholly

Your thought stream, I'm listening
Completely, wholly

Wholly, wholly


It’s been a long, long time
Do you grow tired?
Because I do
And I want to
Lie all of my life
Sometimes

Your body, my baby
Complete me, wholly

Your false dream, I'm listening
Completely, wholly


Wholly, wholly