"Already Dead" as written by and Beck Hansen....
Time wears away
All the pleasures of the day
All the treasures you could hold
Days turn to sand
Losing strength in every hand
They can't hold you anymore

Already dead to me now
'Coz it feels like I'm watching something die

Love looks away
In the harsh light of the day
On the edge of nothing more
Days fade to black
In the light of what they lack
Nothing's measured by what it needs

Already dead to me now
'Coz it feels like I'm watching something dyin'

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"Already Dead" as written by Beck Hansen

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is a big part of why I love Sea Change so much. Unlike in previous albums, where the lyrics were mostly nonsense, almost every song on this album has a fairly specific meaning.

    This song is about knowing that a relationship is already dead, and nothing can be done to save it. All you can do now is watch it die.
    YanYan108on April 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is one brilliant and sad song. Sea Change as a whole is a biliiant album. What strikes me most is the line "Nothing's measured by what it needs". For me it descibes the fact that no matter how much you need that other person, the need will not get hin/her to stay with you or love you again. He's watching his relationship and love die. My interpetation, I could be wrong though
    fabricebon November 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song comes off of Beck's breakup CD. This is evident. It's a horrid song. Brilliant, but horrid. "Already dead to me now
    'Coz it feels like I'm watching something dyin'"
    erriganon October 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy band may be breaking up, and our last practice was like wathing something dying. It works in all cases of loss that occurs over time, rather than suddenly. One day you wake up and it's already dead, even if it doesn't know it.
    ndoon February 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbeautiful song. i remember sitting on my couch last year watching beirut (a city very near and dear to my heart) being bombed, and then listening to this song and just being overwhelmed. its applicable in so many situations - the hallmark of a great song!

    the statement that "it feels like i'm watching something die" is genius - simple language but complex emotions.
    danielleyvetteon April 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song sooooooo much! It makes me cry everytime!
    funkybass85on May 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a brilliant song, to me is to move on with your life after a breakup with someone, to be dead for you al least emotionaly.
    deftorafaon January 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey, I've been there. I know exactly what this feels like. You don't have to break up with someone to feel this.
    Mrs. Nelsonon February 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with all of the statements above.

    The line "Nothing's measured by what it needs" has always piqued my interest. I have always interpreted it as meaning that Beck's needs go unfulfilled, however strong or important they may feel.
    bjengles3on March 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it IS a lot like that emotional deadness... even not just from breakups, but love leaves ya like that sometimes.
    Snuffyon May 05, 2005   Link

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