Their name from a character in William Burroughs novels, and this is among the Boston alt-country band's greatest songs. Taken from their mischievously titled second album of 1999, Your Favorite Music, and written by singer Eef Barzelay, it trips along with a sensitive, wistful, lazily-paced beauty, telling the tale of a fearless, restless young man who confounds and confuses others around him by refusing to settle down as he grasps a life's new experiences. It was also used in Jeffrey Blitz's 2007 indie comedy-drama feature film about a teenager with a stutter.
The doctor asked him what he was afraid of
Just what was he running from?
And he said, "it's not a fear of success, nor of closeness
But of going through life feeling numb."
That's why I love the unknown
Love the unknown
He said he loves the unknown
That's why I love the unknown …
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