All of your friends are all letting you blow
Bristling and ugly, bursting with fruits falling out from the holes
Of some pretty, bright, and bubbly friend
You could need to say comforting things in your ear

from Neutral Milk Hotel – Oh Comely Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

One of Mangum’s brilliant surreal images evoking contrast emotion. Within the same unimaginable image, he changes from vulgarity to prettiness (or comeliness, if you will). Bristling and ugly contrast with pretty, bright and bubbly as mere words. But more drastic than that is the image of an eruption of fruit falling out from holes, followed up by a loving, reassuring comfort of conspiring among dearest friends. Beautiful surrealism.

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