"If I Could Give All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)" as written by and Adam/gillingham Duritz....
Got a message in my head
That the papers had all come
Richard Manuel is dead
And the daylight's coming on
I've been wandering through the dark
Now I'm standing on the lawn

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
But I'm just not coming through
You're a pill to ease the pain
Of all the stupid things I do
I'm an anchor on the line
Of a clock that tells the time
That is running out on you

It was cold when I awoke
And the day was halfway done
Nearly spring in San Francisco
And I cannot feel the sun
You were sleeping next to me
But I knew you'd be gone


Take some time before you go
To think of Mondays coming down
And the people that you knew
And the ones that aren't around
You've been fading day to day
I've been moving town to town


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"If I Could Give All My Love" as written by Ben Mize Adam Duritz

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    General CommentI just wanted to say that my favorite part of this song is the piano in the background. Just listen to it, especially right before and during the chorus. This is one of the best songs off Hard Candy, if you ask me. But I feel like I've heard it before somewhere. I'm I stupid, or is it just me?
    monica2031on July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti LOVE this song soooo much. this cd is so much better than this desert life. I don't like the opening guitar riff in this song- too catchy.......I love the meaning of this song- similar to 4 am by our lady peace- love things while we have them......they may disappear quickly.
    tms6879on August 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFor anyone who doesn't already know, Richard Manuel was the piano player/vocalist for The Band. He had the most heartbreaking voice I've ever heard (best example: "Whispering Pines" on the album THE BAND from 1969). Manuel committed suicide in 1986.
    kenf62on October 15, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"Well, it was cold when I awoke,
    and the day was halfway done.
    Nearly spring in San Francisco
    and I cannot feel the sun."

    I love those lines. When God was handing out musical and lyrical talent, Adam must have been first in line.
    divicanon May 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about Adam learning the value and fragility of life, and him wanting to take every moment by the throat - "ive been wandering through the dark, and now i'm standing on the lawn"
    folk_foolon June 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a good impression/tribute to The Band.
    suckmykisson October 02, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"Too catchy"? What's wrong with that?

    I think that this album marked the return of the Counting Crows. It comes quite close to the perfection of their first album.

    And this song is their best jam yet. And I agree, the piano is so much fun to listen to. But it's the guitar work, in my opinion, that is the best part. You can tell the band really went balls to the wall on this song, to stretch their skills.
    therealsvendenon October 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIn case you guys didn't know, Richard Manuel was in The Band, a great country/folk rock (forgive me, I don't exactly know how to classify them). Adam, and I'm sure other members of Counting Crows are big fans of The Band. Adam wrote this song about one day when he woke up and read the paper and saw that Richard Manuel was dead. After that, in my opinion, he proceeded to do what my girlfriend calls "thinking too much". heh. And out came this song. Like I said, it conceivably could be a riff from The Band.
    suckmykisson November 05, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"This song is about someone thinking about his life passing him by… well, it's about me thinking about my life passing me by. I was looking back on this relationship of mine that was gone.

    A long time ago I was coming home from being out all night, drinking with this girl and some friends. Me and the girl came back to my house; this was when I lived in Berkeley. It was about 6:30 in the morning, so the paper was there. I went inside and looked through it before crashing, and it said that Richard Manuel [of the Band] had died; he hung himself in a hotel room in Florida. I just sat there at seven in the morning, still pretty wasted, thinking how impermanent things were. I remember thinking that you just can't let things slip by you, because one day they're gone. The girls that you can't get your act together for, they go off and marry other people. People die. Life is not sitting around, waiting for you."

    You start this reflective song with a catchy, upbeat guitar lick.

    That's about just aching to let it out. Each chorus starts off with that line: 'If I could give all my love to you ...' It's not until the second line that he adds this caveat: "… but I can't."
    MICon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit wasn't that he woke up and read it in the papers it was that he came home drunk and with a girl real early in the morning/late in the night and he read the papers and suddenly whatever he was doing meant absolutely nothing and the girl wouldn't be there long...
    matthewconteon August 05, 2008   Link

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