"Driftwood: A Fairy Tale" as written by Gretta Mindy Cohn, Tim Kasher, Matthew Ryan Maginn, Clint Frederick Schnase and Ted James Stevens....
He swam steadily for most of the day. Suddenly he found
Himself approaching an enormous huge floating cavern.
Could it be an island? Pinocchio looked closed and he
Saw two huge rows of sharp yellow teeth and he realized
His mistake.

So he would sulk and drink and mope
And cross his arms and hope to die
And then a fairy came one night
To bring this sorry boy to life
She pulled some strings, spilled him about
That boy jumped up and began to shout
"My arms, my legs, my heart, my face
They are alive!"
And she would cry, "Liar, liar!
What have I done?
You're no lover, and I'm no fighter"

(The story goes on)

So he would buy her things and kiss her hair
To show he was for real
And she would take those gifts and kisses
Though just stringing him along
She knew about those wooden boys
They take empty love to fill the void
"Pinocchio, oh boy, how your nose has grown!"
So he would cry, "Liar, liar!"
I'll prove it to you!"
But then it grew
He had grown tired of her
So it was true

He left her apartment
And he walked all night long
Until he was stopped by the shore of the ocean
But still he walked on
Amongst the whales and waves
And screamed, "Liar, liar!"
And his wooden body floated away
He just drifted away

And now I wonder how I was made
Now I wonder how I was made
My arms, my legs, my heart, my face
My name is Driftwood


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"Driftwood: A Fairy Tale" as written by Gretta Mindy Cohn Clint Frederick Schnase

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    General Commenti think that this song is about a guy who gets into a relationship for the wrong reasons, not because he is in love, but because its better than being alone. he is so depressed when he is alone that once someone new comes along, he thinks he's fallen in love with them. he tries to convince himself that he really loves her but he just never will be able to stay with one person for too long. finally he realizes he's tired of the girl and leaves her, drifting along till someone else finds him. the girl realized he didnt love her early into the relationship but just stays with him, because she too would rather be with him than alone. the way pinnochio is used metaphorically is brilliant
    unquestionedanswerson November 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe nobody has commented on this song. I think this is one of my favorites songs of all time. I've been through this exact thing, losing someone you love and then trying to find it again with anyone you possibly could. Nothing catches the despair that you feel in this type of situation better than the last four lines, and the strained vocals make it ten times better.
    mattrickon June 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti want to know what the whispering after the track says. I have caught a little of it, the only words i can always here are "come out, come out wherever you are, come out before i drag you out." does anyone else know what is being said.
    tiki_12on June 22, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe wispering is probably from a fairy tale to fit the whole theme of the song. hanzel and gretal maybe? if you got a book of fairy tales you might be able to find what he's saying.
    mattrickon June 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thought the fairy tale was pinnochio, i am pretty sure
    empty_satireon June 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes the song is in reference to pinnochio
    mattrickon June 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis, in combination with "The Recluse", are the definitive tracks of "The Ugly Organ". Tim Kasher's talent for instilling within his listeners genuine emotion is incomparable to any other artist, the best way to describe it is "simply enthralling". The introduction of both cello and organ into Cursive give Cursive the most unique sound on Saddle Creek (Other than the amusing synthpop of The Faint), let alone on their entire genre.

    The song itself seems to be a metaphor for Kasher's rocky relationship, divorce and break up. While I'm not sure as to Kasher's true meaning behind the song, anything we say is speculative and therefore one's own interpretation is best.
    sex_funeralon June 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can totally relate to this song. i dated a driftwood once.
    asshaton April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe it's about identity... Whatever. I love the song.
    swanstreeton April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe best explantion of this is, that it's like saying that you love someone, and they don't believe you and call you a liar and how you can tired of having the conversation over and over again and how bad it can hurt you
    Devo2234on April 18, 2004   Link

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