Stay until
You're sure that i'm asleep
Warm safe and very still
Give all my things away
Just wait until tomorrow
Bury me in sorrow
Cover me in joy

Every afternoon i wasted being mad at You
The things I never said
The things I can't say tomorrow
Bury me in sorrow
Cover me in joy

After death i'll think of You somehow
I'll have an eternity to think about tomorrow
I beg of You tomorrow
Bury me in sorrow
Cover me in joy


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Icebox song meanings
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    General Commentnada surf is definitely one of the few bands that can make me want to cry. incredible songs.
    darrenron July 01, 2003   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about having a family member addicted to alcohol. The song's title, "Icebox" denotes the feeling of being isolated and chilled to the bone by the harmful impact on a relationship because of an alcohol addiction. He says, "Every afternoon I wasted being mad at you". When you care for someone so much afflicted by the struggles of addiction, they can be so blinded by it, that "The things I never said" become "The things I can't say tomorrow", or ever - except maybe in the next life, when it is possible our views become clearer - both those who are addicted and affected by the addiction. "Bury me in sorrow" denotes the pain that a belligerent drunk can afflict emotionally. But also, "Cover me in joy" expresses the beauty of the person beset with such an addiction, who often have a beautiful and wonderful side that blesses others. But then a side that destroys and takes away, "Give all my things away".

    It's a really sad song.
    nadaninon March 11, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is a pretty tough song to decipher but i think i got it. i think it's just about how this one person (either friendship or relationship) and how he/she turned their back on their friend or lover. and now the person looks back at it and realises he wasted time with her/him. and how the person took everything in on what they did. and wasn't sure how to express it. bury me in sorry (hurt me) and cover me in joy (hide the face that you hurt me). and at the end, the person then realises he or she will never get it out of his/her mind. and how the person misses he or she. got that?
    def_linuson March 31, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is a pretty tough song to decipher but i think i got it. i think it's just about how this one person (either friendship or relationship) and how he/she turned their back on their friend or lover. and now the person looks back at it and realises he wasted time with her/him. and how the person took everything in on what they did. and wasn't sure how to express it. bury me in sorry (hurt me) and cover me in joy (hide the face that you hurt me). and at the end, the person then realises he or she will never get it out of his/her mind. and how the person misses he or she. got that?
    def_linuson March 31, 2003   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song is awesome. Daniel is amazing...how else could this song be so good if he didn't write it and sing it?!? This is definatly one of my favorites by Nada Surf.
    jimadkinsloveron June 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is awesome. Daniel is amazing...how else could this song be so good if he didn't write it and sing it?!? This is definatly one of my favorites by Nada Surf.
    jimadkinsloveron June 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was about someone close to you dying, and the regret and associated feelings afterward.

    This is not only my favorite Nada Surf song, but one of my favorite songs of all time.
    mightformiracleon April 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI kinda saw this song as, his love is going to leave him, and knows it's gonna happen, the end of the relationship, and he's like give me one happy moment before it has to end.
    aquagrrl84on June 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti view this song as a long distance relationship, or at least that's what it means to me.

    "stay until you're sure that i'm asleep" [not wanting the lover to leave]

    "Just wait until tomorrow
    Bury me in sorrow
    Cover me in joy" [the lover leaving, and the person having to deal with different emotions after they're gone]

    "Every afternoon i wasted being mad at You
    The things I never said
    The things I can't say tomorrow" [wasting time before the person leaves and than realizing that they may not come back for a long time]

    "I'll have an eternity to think about tomorrow" [maybe as in i'll have an eternity to think about you not being there?]

    it's a stretch, but that's my perception.
    rustytheskatemakeron March 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe singer has died, and is realizing it and realizing what he wants of his lover, in that very last second of life.

    "Stay until you're sure that I'm asleep" - Don't leave me yet, don't go until I'm gone.

    "Just wait until tomorrow, bury me in sorrow, cover me in joy" - I'm gone. You'll get past this and in the meantime, be sad if you must, but remember me with joy, becauser that's how I'll remember you.

    "Every afternoon I wasted being mad at you, the things I never said, the things I can't say tomorrow" - All of that shit isn't important, I said things and you said things and the rest will never come, so don't dwell.

    "I'll have an eternity to think about tomorrow" - I'm not going anywhere. I just might never think of anything but you again, and how you're getting on, and what happened once I was gone?

    That's my take on it, folks.
    soberlokion July 10, 2005   Link

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