If i died tomorrow
would this song live on forever?
and here is my

unopened letter to a world
that never shall reply

if i died tomorrow
would this song live on forever?
and here is my

unopened letter to a world
that never shall reply

never shall reply
from this second story window
i can hear the church balls calling out my name
this table is set for one
even angels would be homesick
in this forsaken town

on random notes of parchment
i'm scrawling my existence
dressed in white

this candle radiates throughout the night
and it's never burning out

never burning out

from this second story window
i can hear the children down on main street
they're singing their songs tonight

in the shadows i will listen to their every movement

Mr. Higginson am i not good enough for the world?

am i destined only to die
the same way that i lived,
its seclusion?

but high up on this mountain
i can almost see your lonely window sill

they'll carry you off tonight

there's a ghost in your old bedroom
and a candle burning bright

if i die tomorrow
will this song live on forever?


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Unopened Letter To The World song meanings
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    General Commentthis song is indeed about Emily Dickinson, and like helenrips said, its only obvious by those words in there, aslo acoording to kris roe himself he says "so this song unopened letter to the world, i wrote based on the life and death of the poet emily dickinson, but i was just kind of comparing it to how some artist today dont really get known or noticed until after they die, kurt cobain or elliot smith or authors or poets or whatever, so that song i was kind of playing it to that as well as telling the story of Emily Dickinson."

    by the way you can see where he said this at youtube.com
    just look up unopened letter to the world and you will see it right away.

    but yea, so emily dickinson lived her life in suclusion never stepping out of her home, in that line "mr.higginson, am i not good enough for the world" is also a good line because in one of emily's letters she wrote to thomas w. higginson - HIGGINSON,--Are you too deeply occupied to say if my verse is alive?....

    but yea it also relates to her poem-
    This is my letter to the world,
    That never wrote to me,--
    The simple news that Nature told,
    With tender majesty.
    Her message is committed
    To hands I cannot see;
    For love of her, sweet countrymen,
    Judge tenderly of me!

    well i pretty much wrote a novel here but i just felt like i needed to say all this...

    tis all I have to say.
    Notes Of Parchmenton December 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA Very, Very good song, It grows on ya
    ADimeADexteron March 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a guy who's looking at his life and worried that he is wasting his time. He wonders if anything that he has done will give him some measure of immortality. His songs are his only way to pur himself out to the world, thus the "on random notes of parchment i'm scrawling my existance". His heart and soul is in his music and all he wants is to be remembered for it.
    DancesWithPandason March 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"church balls", eh? ;)

    Anyway... this song is great and I love the CD.
    Ataris rock my world.
    Jillian04on March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually this song is about Emily Dickinson, Mr. Higginson(a preacher) was her mentor and was the one that convinced her not to publish her poems, so she would live only to die in seclusion, sad but true...
    B8448on March 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh wow b8...i would have NEVER of realized that. but now that i think of it, you must be right. thats so weird
    sodabreezeon March 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentB8448 is right...kris was at the Dickinson house(homestead?) and he was so impressed that he had to write the song...
    i'm amazed by how much work kris put into this album (So Long Astoria)...it totally shows
    TuercaTenshion March 30, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwe are studying emily dickinson in english class and when i listened to the song more carefully, i started to suspect that it was about her. thank you for confirming it. its a good song, but their older stuff is much better
    ataris-kidon April 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just started listening to The Ataris, I normally don't listen to the really poppy stuff but considering where they came from I decided to give them a listen and I must say that I am throughly impressed. I like this song a bunch and I must say that I too, agree with B8448's idea on the song meaning. This Kris fellow is a smart kid and I must say (my friends are gonna shit their pants) that I really like his music a lot.
    dnask8on April 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMaybe you should check out their OLDER work too. They didn't just pop out of no where, you know.
    da77ynon April 27, 2003   Link

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