"Washer" as written by and David Pajo Brian Mc Mahan....
Goodnight, my love
Remember me as you fall to sleep.
Fill your pockets with the dust and the memory,
That rises from the shoes on my feet.

I won't be back here
Though we may meet again.

I know, it's dark outside
Don't be afraid.
Every time I ever cried for fear,
Was just a mistake that I made.
Wash yourself in your tears,
And build your church
On the strength of your faith.

Please,
Listen to me,
Don't let go,
Don't let this desperate moonlight leave me,
With your empty pillow,
Promise me
The sun will rise again.

I, too, am tired now
Embracing thoughts of tonight's dreamless sleep.
My head is empty,
My toes are warm.

I am safe from harm.


Lyrics submitted by a thousand leaks, edited by cosmicsea

"Washer" as written by David Pajo Brian Mc Mahan

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  • +6
    General Commentone of the saddest songs i've ever heard, but beautiful. does anyone else think its about suicide
    a thousand leakson June 07, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General Commentthis is my favorite song off spiderland. it definitely implies death: "dust and the memories...from the shoes on my feet." implying that he intends turning into ashes and never return, hence the memories. also, the same point that cherub rock made about leaving this life, but possibly meeting in an afterlife.

    however, i don't want to believe that the song is about suicide since he obviously has a strong love and sees himself as a protector to the girl. his lyrics imply that she loves him deeply. i don't understand why he would want to break that bond by killing himself.
    d_lacyon March 17, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think it's more. 'what's the point in even existing if i can't exist with you...' kind of thing. so, it's basically suicidal. in the nihilistic form of it i guess. even if that would count as nihilistic. i'm just so in love with his voice. and the very first verse. the 'fill your pockets with the dust of the memories that rises from the shoes on my feet'. ahhh, the amounts of love.
    metalhearton October 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSuch a sad song. I think the lyric is "wash yourself in your tears, and build your church on the strength of your fears" and not "faith" though.
    RadioGraon September 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt really is a beautiful song.
    Songmeaningsuseron March 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see it as the girl is dying by his side and he commits suicide because of this.

    Don't let go,
    Don't let this desperate moonlight leave me,
    With your empty pillow,
    Promise me
    The sun will rise again.
    (her dying next to him as he says goodnight/goodbye. leaving him. him begging for her to stay til morning.)

    I, too, am tired now
    Embracing thoughts of tonight's dreamless sleep.
    My head is empty,
    (him shooting himselff. or the sleeping pill type situation mentioned before)
    will100560on February 26, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a beatifully poetic song, i love the guitar line. stunning
    maybe you're right.. i'd never thought of it like that before but it makes sense. "i won't be back here, though we may meet again" -- i'm leaving this life but i may see you in the hereafter. "promise me the sun will rise again" -- promise me you'll get over my passing and have something else to live for
    Cherub Rockon April 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWith the last verse it sounds like he overdosed on sleep medication.
    charrbinon May 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, why do you guys think the song is called "washer"... any ideas? Maybe it just has to do with the "wash yourself in your tears" line... like he's calling the girl the "washer".
    zeroplaneon August 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of those songs i just want to melt into, and live with. ya.
    deadpiloton September 03, 2006   Link

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