This basket arrives
To show your condolence
You hope that it finds me well
And just in time
This loss was unbearable
But now I have flowers
A thoughtful, blooming bright arrangement
I can out live too

Dress the corpse in his best
You only have one shot
To knock 'em dead
And toast to the way he left us
Counting our blessings
And holding our heads

We better speak up
We better say something
We better believe ourselves for once
'Cause he never said help
He never said anything
In the way that we trained ourselves to hear
It's only in this silence
That I can hear he'd been screaming
All alone, All along

Dress the corpse in his best
You only have one shot
To knock 'em dead
And toast to the way he left us
Counting our blessings
And holding our heads

Dress the corpse in his best
You only have one shot
To knock 'em dead

And I would have thought
That I had more color than him
But my skin is stark stark white
And ash covers my skin

Alternate Endings (He changes some lyrics from the two versions I've heard)

To toast to the way he left us
Counting our blessings
And holding his hand

Or

I should have worn make-up
It seems to have worked for him


Lyrics submitted by No_Point

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    General CommentVery well written song. Very haunting way of writing a funeral and a loss. Mr. Carrabba is getting better and better everyday.
    No_Pointon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhere is this from? No Point, where do you find these? or even hear them?
    Markbilliardson March 03, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyou can get this on dcsoimpossible.com.
    sobeautifulon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyour lyrics are pretty close, but i have a few disagreements...

    "you only have one shot"
    "i can hear ethan screaming"

    and you missed the last part of the song:

    "And I would've thought that I had more color than him,
    My skin has gone stark white and an ash colors my skin,
    I'd sworn off of making up sincere words for you."
    emo glennon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentmr. carrabba used to be superman. now... he's just mr.carrabba. and if he keeps sucking at this rate, i am going to be a every sad lady.

    im sorry if that offends anyone; i just really think that this mainstream stuff has taken a poopie on his songwriting abilities. =\
    the magic toasteron March 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI used to have a comment on her before song meanings shut down, I really wish I could remember what it was...
    Phrenchornon April 02, 2003   Link
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    General Commentmagic toaster i dont think you understand what is like to lose somebody close to you... i just lost one of my best friends in a car accident and i can totally relate to this song and understand it for what it means.... stay open minded
    expeditiONeon May 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think he's just really awesome.. and he knows it, that's why he didn't worry about this song and people not liking it. If you'd ever feel this way that he did about loosing someone, you'd like the song, ya know? It would mean something to you. Obviously for everyone else, you've never lost anyone, so you don't have a reason to like it. Don't diss it though, it's his song, he didn't tell you to like it.
    sprklenshimr025on June 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think he's just really awesome.. and he knows it, that's why he didn't worry about this song and people not liking it. If you'd ever feel this way that he did about loosing someone, you'd like the song, ya know? It would mean something to you. Obviously for everyone else, you've never lost anyone, so you don't have a reason to like it. Don't diss it though, it's his song, he didn't tell you to like it.
    sprklenshimr025on June 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI aggree with emo glenn, it is ethan screaming
    nor-cal_boy63on June 10, 2003   Link

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