Wish I could remember
why it mattered to me.
It doesn’t matter to me.
It doesn’t matter to me
anymore.
Now that you’re
feeling fine,
I’ll admit that – though

I know it’s coming down,
and see it shattering me
- it doesn’t matter to me,
and I’m not sadder for
seeing it come.
I’m not going to run.
I will just come
when I am called.

You want to cut me off
because I took too much,
but don’t leave me alone
Take off your scarves,
your winter coat.
The night’s too cold.

When we met I should have said
you’re like a sister to me,
how all that kiss her just seem
like puny suitors I can see through,
how none will do,
no not for you,
how it might as well just be us two.

And when I pulled you by the jacket
from the clattering street,
you started flattering me,
you started saying I was so strong.
String me along,
but I can’t become
all that I’m called.

And I can’t claim to know
what makes love die or grow,
but I can still take control
and so refuse to just go home,
back down the hall.

And as I crawl,
as finally all
the false confetti blooms
up in this attic room,
I’m going make my stand.
I want to see both of your hands
put down the phone.

I won’t let you go,
although
the moment stole
my self-control
from us all
and now it can only end
end with a fall.


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    General CommentThere's a huge recurring theme in almost all Okkervil albums about impossible or irretrievable love and how hard it is to deal with. Black Sheep Boy was all about a man watching a woman fall in love with the wrong man (For Real, Song of Our So-Called Friend, A Stone, So Come Back, I am Waiting, etc.). And then obviously the album Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You See was about exactly what it sounds like. So now, different album, similar story. It Ends with a Fall is pretty much the same thing but now it's not just any girl, it is his best friend. Watching your best friend of the opposite sex fall in love with "puny suitors I can see through" is probably one of the most frustrating things to experience, frustrating enough that he had to do something about it and it led to the downfall of his friendship with her. It's a shame, but sometimes you just can't help it.

    Pretty sad.
    rossismadon December 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Wish I could remember why it mattered to me." My favorite OR song. One of my favorite songs by any band actually. This song is a collection of conflicting statements and emotions. Reminds me of relationship I've been interwined in now for 6 years. Like most great songs the main theme is resignation to the failure of romance. "I won't let you go, although the moment stole my self-crontrol from us all and it can only end...end with a fall."
    Milkman82on December 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgah....i have tears
    IAmAClicheon December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is just SO right on.
    pleasetravelon December 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song just always reminded me of a situation where you're falling in love with your best friend. This case in particular seems like he's falling in love with his roommate. The jealousy and saying that no one is good enough for the person, and, the ending itself speaks to how such closeness always "ends with a fall." In others words, he can't help falling in love with her, even though he knows he shouldn't.

    The song spoke to me so much, and I can't help but cry so many times I listen to it. It's one of my favorite Okkervil River songs
    Jyanon April 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is just such a simply beautiful song
    bangkissbangon September 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe first song by them i've heard and it's really really really good.
    fireplaceon October 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is only the third song i know by them but i like it! it seems real?
    pandora_ash_avalieon April 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is only the third song i know by them but i like it! it seems real?
    pandora_ash_avalieon April 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is only the third song i know by them but i like it! it seems real?
    pandora_ash_avalieon April 23, 2007   Link

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