Still I wonder how you are
And what became of all of this
Did you cry when winter's hands
Stole you from that fertile grave?
Did your mother hold you dear
To ease the burden of your pain?
Swallowed out into the light
Happy birthday

Still I wonder how you are
And how you ever came to be
I was nothing but a hole
You nestled in and fell asleep
Are you sad when you're awake
Torn away from fertile dreams?
Didn't want to wake you up
I'm still sorry
Happy birthday

Do you wonder how I am
What ever became of me?
Do you envision my thin face
Where the beaten go to dream?
I didn't want to cut the cord
You suck the life right out of me
Do you regret choices you've made?
I guess I was a mistake
I guess I was a mistake
I guess I was a mistake
I guess I'm your big mistake
Well, happy birthday anyway
Happy birthday


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    General CommentI love this song. It reminds me of things so personal. Like someone that you cared alot about (a past love) You think about that person all the time.... and how you want to tell them what you feel. The only excuse you have to really talk to that person is on their birthday when you simply wish them a happy birthday... but its really so much more. All of your feelings and emotions that you can't express in that simple birthday greeting. Regrets and questions, thoughts and feelings are all chopped down to 2 words. I think that's what this song is about. I love how he says "well, happy birthday anyway."
    sXe_chicanaon April 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit seems like this band's lyrics have many different meanings...i have trouble understanding sometimes but i like them.
    babyMEon June 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's writing this song to a former lover. The relationship went bad, obviously. But, he still has feelings for her - so, happy birthday anyway.
    i_forgot_to_breatheon April 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It reminds me of things so personal. Like someone that you cared alot about (a past love) You think about that person all the time.... and how you want to tell them what you feel. The only excuse you have to really talk to that person is on their birthday when you simply wish them a happy birthday... but its really so much more. All of your feelings and emotions that you can't express in that simple birthday greeting. Regrets and questions, thoughts and feelings are all chopped down to 2 words. I think that's what this song is about. I love how he says "well, happy birthday anyway."
    sXe_chicanaon April 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is possibly the most beautiful song i've ever heard, both lyric and music wise. tim's live version is also incredible. brings me to tears.
    stoplayinguitaron June 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttim is definitely my hero.
    drunkcatholickidon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's about his daughter...just a thought
    selferon May 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's about his daughter...just a thought
    selferon May 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrections: "...cry when winter's hands, stole you..." and "...nothing but a hole, you...". Anyways, I think this song is definitely related to maternity and birth (swallowed out into the light, didn't want to cut the cord, etc..). I'm not exactly sure who's perspective it's sung from, but a lot of seems like it's sung by a mother to her child. The last four lines seem like the opposite, perhaps.
    coldwindon June 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcoldwind: thanks, I made the changes...

    WEZ
    Wezzulon December 09, 2004   Link

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