"Parachutes (Funeral Song)" as written by Kori Gardner Hammel and Jason Edward Hammel....
Twenty-five seconds to live and I'm falling down
There the darling goes, magnetics that are pulling her down
Twenty-five seconds to live and I'm waving high
All this white's a thrill
Turning just to give us the sign

And what I never had were pictures passing by
Forces that make your way down
And what I had between the things I never tried
Was you reaching out in hopes that you could grab
Forces that make your way down
I'd say that's better 'cause at least I know you tried

At least I know you tried

Twenty-five seconds to live and I'm falling down
There the darling goes, whipping out her funeral song
Twenty-five seconds to live and I'm waving high
Now he cuts to go, deciding just to trade it all in

And what I never had were pictures flashing by
Forces that make your way down
But what I had between the things I never tried
Was you reaching out in hopes to hold your hand
Forces that make your way down
I'd say I'm better 'cause I lived before I died

At least I know you tried


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"Parachutes (Funeral Song)" as written by Kori Gardner Hammel Jason Edward Hammel

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    General Commentthis song is about a miscarriage. she lost a baby. it's heartbreaking to know this, but i saw them live shortly after it happened and a drunk friend in the crowd heckled them into playing a new song about it. it was this song. she got so upset in the middle she left crying...
    kiki714on March 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is so indie...i love it
    purplestain713on January 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song uses skydiving as metaphor for a marriage (or possibly a romance) that although was short-lived, they were a better person for it. Some say it's better to have loved and lost then to never have loved at all. It seems that they are trying to get that across with this line: "But what I had between the things I never tried Was you reaching out in hopes to hold your hand [...]I'd say I'm better 'cause I lived before I died.
    At least I know you tried"
    jadedconformiston December 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song uses skydiving as metaphor for a marriage (or possibly a romance) that although was short-lived, they were a better person for it. Some say it's better to have loved and lost then to never have loved at all. It seems that they are trying to get that across with this line: "But what I had between the things I never tried Was you reaching out in hopes to hold your hand [...]I'd say I'm better 'cause I lived before I died.
    At least I know you tried"
    jadedconformiston December 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this band.
    i discovered them today, best discovery of my life.
    this song means living before you die, and uses skydiving definately. both love and skydiving are ways of living before you die.
    jaimalalaon April 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is just sort of fun literal song, I think that the two of them are skydiving, and she cant open her shoot
    What i never had were pictures flashing by, like when people say they see there life flash by, she does not. At the end he cuts his line to just reach her and die with her
    JimmyMorrison202on June 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentgets me every time ... heartbreakingly wonderful.
    mrgrimmon January 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNo skydiving... She lost a baby, its pretty easy to understand...
    Brenckon April 05, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song always feels like it's about finally giving up and metaphorically plummeting toward the earth, or the same thing except actually falling to your death.

    "Deciding just to trade it all in."
    NeoDamiuon May 16, 2014   Link
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    General CommentFrom a Reddit AMA:

    Hi! Team Boo is one of my favorite albums ever, especially because of the heavy organ sound. Question: Is there a specific story behind the lyrics for Parachutes (Funeral Song)? Literally taken it's an absolutely beautiful and tragic song, I was just curious if that was the intention when it was written or if I'm just missing some kind of other interpretation. Love it either way. :)

    [–]Mates_of_State[S]
    It was about this couple who took their 1000th skydive together. A friend of ours was accompanying them. They had just gotten married. Tragically the womans' chute didn't open and she turned on her back and waved goodbye to her husband who had just pulled him. So sad but definitely warranted a song.
    psearlson January 04, 2016   Link

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