With one you loved so long ago

from Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A photo of an old boy/girlfriend, that you want to forget about; or perhaps a loved one that is now gone, that you don’t want to be sad about anymore. You wish the memory were a secret to you, but you just can’t throw it out. In Jeff’s case, the object perhaps isn’t a picture, but instead a copy of Anne Frank’s diary. The book literally represents the person, because she is dead.

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