"I Want to Vanish" as written by and Elvis Costello....
I want to vanish
This is my fondest wish
To go where I cannot be captured
Laid on a decorated dish
Even in splendor, this curious fate
Is more than I care to surrender
Now, it's too late

Whether in wonder or indecent haste
You arrange the mirrors and the spools
To snare the rare and precious jewels
That were only made of paste

If you should stumble upon my last remark
I'm crying in the wilderness
I'm trying my best to make it dark
How can I tell you I'm rarer than most
I'm certain as a lost dog
Pondering a sign post

Whether in wonder or indecent haste
You arrange the mirrors and the spools
To snare the rare and precious jewels
That were only made of paste

I want to vanish
This is my last request
I've given you the awful truth
Now give me my rest


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"I Want To Vanish" as written by Declan Macmanus

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentI've always thought that this song was about suicide... my mother was taken from me in that way and for a long time after that my dad would sometimes sit down with a scotch, listen to this, and cry...
    Halo_Cureon October 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis makes me think of a guy who feels like a wretch in the eyes of a girl, walking through an empty alleyway under moonlight.
    suclid003on June 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSuch a sweet song...Love the orchestra singing in the background....crooning and beautiful.
    suclid003on June 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow, now that's what I call sad. Sometimes when I don't feel so well emotionally I have to listen to this song, and I also think that this song is about a depressed and/or suicidal person.
    lost_oneon June 17, 2009   Link

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