I have my pictures of you, you don't look back at me
a smile I'd almost forgotten, bruises I don't see
I'll never forgive you for a sky turned from grey to black
come out and kiss me, darling
I promise I'll kiss you back.

a new head on my shoulder,
a needle in my ear
every kind word brings new pain
instead of my eyes,
her reflection in the mirror.

I have a sickness, but I'm not the only one
Even in health, with their triumphs and their charms
in eachother's arms, they're wasting away
Sickened just as I am, and crippled with disease
a song comes from above
I look up -- there's a tree and a small brown bird
even the sparrows have built a nest
but we, poor fools, have built nothing
what a shame not to know that you're dying
tell us we're dying, tell us again


I have a sickness
the sparrows built a nest
my trampled, twisted body is swallowed by the earth
as my broken head finds rest.


Lyrics submitted by jindakinsa

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  • +1
    General Commentit's
    "with their triumphs and their charms"
    its taken from the song "i know it's over" by the Smiths.
    bricksandwind0wson November 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen i first heard this i also noticed the "triumphs and their charms" part also.
    I'm a big fan of the smiths, too.
    MaggiexMaccaon March 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think there are two versions of this song. the spoken part is a little bit different in the other version that i have, but i like this version better so this is the one that i posted.

    also, if anyone can figure out what he says between "even in health.." and "..in eachother's arms, they're wasting away" please post it here.. thanks. =)
    jindakinsaon August 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit sounds like hes saying "i've been charged with these charms, in each other's arms..."
    angstyon October 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentor "charred"
    angstyon October 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere is this song from? I've never heard it and I have both there cd's
    GeeEyeGeffon March 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounds like he's saying
    "Sickened just as I am and crippled with disease." as opposed to "crippled just as I am and dripping with disease." eh, I don't know.

    It's from their "I never said that I was brave" Ep. Only a few were released. This cd is my favorite of theirs by far. I love the sound of his voice in their older stuff, but the lyrics just keep getting better and better.
    polished_messon July 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHm, sorry guys, my first posting of these lyrics was pretty unfortunate. It took me 4 years to get back here, but I think it's all fixed now.
    jindakinsaon September 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...and there aren't 2 versions of this song. I think the "other version" was just a really crappy mp3.
    jindakinsaon September 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcan't you like remove the Fixed from teh title it looks mega stupid, and there is no need for it at all. We're glad you fixed it that is all we need to know.
    Knife2aGunFighton September 22, 2006   Link

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