"Return" as written by and Timothy Nordwind Damian Kulash....
Now its years since your body went flat and even memories of that
Are all think and dull, all gravel and glass. But who needs them
Now -- displaced they're easily more safe -- the worst of it now: I
Can't remember your face.


For a while, with the vertigo cured, we were alive -- we were pure.
The void took the shape of all that you were, but years take their
Toll, and things get bent into shape... Antiseptic and tired, I can't
Remember your face.


You were supposed to grow old. Reckless, unfrightened, and old,
You were supposed to grow old.

Return. You were supposed to return.

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"Return" as written by Timothy Nordwind Damian Kulash

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    General CommentI just heard a song that reminded me of my sister Timory, so I googled her. She was indeed a good friend of Damien's and fell out of a window at a party on (not for) her birthday. I'd like to set something striaght. She did not commit suicide. We were very close and I can say with assurance that she was a very positive person and a fighter. I saw the window she fell from and talked to numerous eye witnesses, and heard from the poor fellow she pulled out with her as she tried to maintain her balance. She was also a very accomplished musician and singer. I suspect you'd know her name as well had she not died before her time.

    Oh, and I agree that the song is beautiful. Ted Leo also wrote a song about her called "Timmorous me." You may not take my word for it, but if two people like that write a song about a girl, you know she must of been something special. (coincedentally I knew Ted in college and he met my sister through his brother completely independantly of me - in fact he didn't know she and I were related until after she died).
    nhydeon January 21, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Yeah, this song is about Timory Hyde, a good friend of the singer, Damian, and mine. She fell out of a third-story window on her birthday. She was at a party, leaning against a window, and a friend came up to her and gave her a big hug. The window gave out and they fell 3 stories to the driveway. The friend lived, she did not. That song tears me to pieces, esp. when Damian sings 'You were supposed to grow old.'"
    onemessedzebraon June 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe line i love so damn much in this song is "and the worst of it now: I can't remember your face".. the way damian kulash sings this... just so overwhelming!
    ChubbyPrincesson April 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI feel like if me and my boyfriend broke up, and a few years later i'd be thinking them things about him. about how you were supposed to grow old, and return, and how ya can't remeber his face.
    sedated1985on October 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about damian's friend, timmery, who committed suicide. also, the tattoo of a star on his arm has a "T" inside it for her.
    this is my favorite OKgo song.
    Statbucksbabe28on March 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing. "you were supposed to grow old" is just one of those lines that leave you speachless.

    statbucksbabe28, thanks for the info on the song, i always suspected that it was about somebody who had died, but i never knew who.
    stellaluna1125on March 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentDidn't know this song had anything to do with suicide.. but it's still my fav song on that cd
    FrostedMiniWheat05on March 23, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwhen correy told me it was about suicide it all made sense. it's sad to begin with (the song that is) but that makes it twice as sad. the "i can't remember your face" and "you were supposed to grow old/return" so poigant and it just plucks at your heart strings!
    fuzzyslipperz869on March 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI knew it was about someones death/ or suicide but thanks for telling us the real deal Statbucksbabe28. yeah my fave part is..."the worst of it now: I
    can't remember your face." and "You were supposed to grow old" i agree this song hits and u and ur just like "wow" i get chills when i hear "u were supposed to grow old" plus this band is amazing very talented and original
    Ramones_Rejecton April 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I knew this song was about Damian's friend who committed suicide. She was only 21 I believe. Hence the "you were supposed to grow old" line. I love that line so much. It makes me feel a lot.
    darianesson April 15, 2003   Link

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