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The Sad Story Behind The Final Song Of "The Colbert Report"

In April, Colbert talked about his relationship with the song "Holland, 1945" by Neutral Milk Hotel.

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The final episode of The Colbert Report aired Thursday night. The last segment was a huge sing-along of “We’ll Meet Again.”

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Right after that, however, there was one more song. As the credits rolled, Neutral Milk Hotel's song "Holland, 1945" played.

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As Slate points out, when Stephen Colbert was 10, his father and two brothers closest to him in age died in a plane crash. Colbert told the New York Times how he loved Neutral Milk Hotel's song:

He said he loved the "strange, sad poetry" of a song called "Holland 1945" by an indie band from Athens, Ga., called Neutral Milk Hotel and sent me the lyrics, which included this heartbreaking bit:

"But now we must pick up every piece
Of the life we used to love
Just to keep ourselves
At least enough to carry on. . . .
And here is the room where your brothers were born
Indentions in the sheets
Where their bodies once moved but don't move anymore."

You can listen to the song here.

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And watch Colbert's final segment here.

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