"Better Half" as written by and Colin Meloy....
Tender the light
I left you for your better half
Tender the light
I left you for your better half
It's not better by half

But, I'm not the only one
Who let you down
I'm not the only one who
I'm not the only one who

Turned your head around
Turned your upper down
Tender the light
I left you for your better half

Sweet was the wine
Sweet was the opium-fettered soul
Sweet was the wine
Sweet was the opium-fettered soul
And I lost control

But I'm not the only one
Who let you down
I'm not the only one who
I'm not the only one who
Turned your head around

Turned your upper down
Tender the light
I left you for your better half

Well, this is the light
List the coordinates of your heart
Oh, this is the light
This is the crankshaft of your car
It's not better by far

But, I'm not the only one
Who let you down
I'm not the only one who
I'm not the only one who
Turned your head around

Turned your upper down
Tender the light
I left you for your better half
I left you for your better half
I left you for your better half




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"Better Half" as written by Colin Meloy

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    General CommentIsn't this song called "tender the light"?
    dragonflower44on January 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNope. It's "Better Half".
    wastrelon June 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always thought he said "turned you offer down" not upper. I might be wrong though.
    pogueson July 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI hear it as "turned your offer down" as well.
    ggreenappleon July 15, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Well, this is the light.
    List the coordinates of your heart.
    Oh, this is the light.
    This is the crankshaft of your car"

    I love love love how they use words strictly for how nice they sound. It doesn't have to mean anything, but at the same time it doesn't not make sense. Also I love the way Colin's voice shakes on that second 'light'.

    Pretty much this song is saying "Well...yeah, I left you, it hurt you, and maybe it wasn't the nicest thing to do, but you sort of have that effect on people. This is the crankshaft of your car. I just got a little caught up in things. Doesn't the light feel nice and thick today? You're a little fucked up, also."
    ABookOnAShelfon January 06, 2009   Link

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