The Milk Carton Kids took the Jimmy Kimmel Live audience on a wistful journey through life with “Younger Years” and “All the Things…” as part of the Mercedes-Benz Concert Series on Wednesday (Nov. 7).
The indie folk duo opened with “Younger Years,” standing against a warm background that resembled a sky, shifting between yellow and pink. “Above the plains of Omaha,” Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan harmonized, “I think of all the suffering I saw/ The soaking of the pavement/ Sprawled upon a land without a law/ Everythin’ I loved, everythin’ I found what I hoped for/ Frightened and surrounded/ Who else is there to turn to anymore?”
The band followed with the more sentimental “All the Things,” a gentle, winding story about love. “I have the weight of the world on my chest,” crooned Pattengale, “Well, sometimes it feels that way/ For real when my minds at its best I still feel afraid/ Light turns to dark and my tears turn to ice/As I turn to my lover and thinking I’m right/ I tell only the truth every last little thing that I knew.” He continued with the refrain, “All the things that I did and all the things that I didn’t do,” the line for which the duo’s most recent album is named.
Watch the The Milk Carton Kids’ Kimmel performance below.