Red is my favorite color
Red like your mother's eyes after a while
Of crying about how you don't love her
She says, "I know I don't deserve
Supervised sight of her
But each day becomes a blur without my daughter"

Fall is my favorite season
Like falling to reasoning why you crashed from on high
She says, "Why is my life so uneven
And what have I done right
But given you your life
If after I led you on into that bar room?"

"Yes" is my favorite answer
I took a dancer home, she felt so alone
We stayed up all night in the kitchen
Doing my dishes, on and on until the dawn
She said, "I know that it's easy to have me
But I have seen some things
That I cannot even tell to my family pictures
And I'm full of fictions and fucking addictions
And I miss my mother"

She'll never know I could never forget her
If I could write her a letter, I'd try with every line
To say, "She still remembers your touch
And I know that it's not much
But you still haven't lost her"


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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is the total opposite from lovely and happy. What are you talking about? (Or did I miss the irony.) Anyway, great explanation to one of the best songs ever.
    InspectorMustacheon February 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe mom feels guilty for not raising her daughter right, and thinks she introduced her daughter to they lifestyle she is living in now. He takes the dancer home and she tells him how her life is hard and she misses her mom no matter what her upbringing was like she still loves her. he wishes he could write the girl telling her her mother probably misses her as much as she misses her mother. he does not tell the girl that, he simply says he wants to tell her. it is a sad song with a happy idea...bringing a mother and daughter back togther.
    surprisesmileon November 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy understanding is that this song is a about Shannon Wilsey (the American porn star known as Savannah) written from/ about the perspective of her mother. This would be the third song by Okkervil River about the deceased former adult film star (the others being "Savannah Smiles" (from the Father's perspective) and "Starry Stairs" (from her own perspective).
    aloston December 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is a very beautiful song. I reacted to one thing, just like their song "black", this song is also named by a colour and both of them have the same theme about ruined family relationships.
    ellennon April 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow has no one commented on this?

    This is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. The lyrics are amazing, and the music fits so tightly with the theme. SUCH an amazing song.
    HellaGayFagon January 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with HellaGayFag. beautiful song.
    Stonemanon December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah its pretty amazing...i need someone who can write me some Okkervil type songs...
    IAmAClicheon December 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful, its such a lovely happy song after all the other sad depressing okkervil river ones.

    Anyway I thought the meaning was pretty self explanitory, like, it's about a guy who takes a girl home and her life is pretty messed up and she feels distant from her mother, and her mother also feels like she's distant from her daughter, and he basically tells her that they havent forgotten eachother.

    I didnt explain that very well, but yeah.

    God I love this song.
    blomon March 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPlus it is a waltz, and who doesn't love a good waltz?
    JimDillonon March 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst of all it is not a happy song. Blom got it pretty close, but he is saying he wishes he could tell them that they haven't forogt each other, which implies he did not tell them.
    Spunkleson March 15, 2007   Link

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