sometimes it's better not to know,
holding on to something when you should just let go.
true words, spoken in a dream,
swimming to the surface like a last breath, last scream.

push, pull, hurry up and stall,
would you give a little if you can't give it all?
ten years of picking at a seam,
trying to wake the kid, messing up my wet dream.
hey kid, rock and roll, a bulls eye's hung on your soul.

I wish I knew a sure simple way to reach you.
I'd be the king if I could say to you,
"Cut the baby in two", the baby in two.

true words spoken in a dream
swimming to the surface like a last breath, last scream.
sometimes it's better not to know,
holding on to nothing when you should just let go.
hey kid, rock and roll, a bulls eye's hung on your soul.

I wish I knew a sure simple way to reach you.
I'd be the king if I could say to you,
"Cut the baby in two", the baby in two

sometimes this sweet life feels like
it's never been as bad as it is tomorrow.
all right, you can cry,
living with the price of a world of sorrow.

I wish I knew a sure simple way to reach you.
I'd be the king if I could say to you,
"Cut the baby in two", the baby in two...


Lyrics submitted by EnidCaulfield

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    General CommentI think this song is about being in a long term relationship with someone who is also in love with someone else.
    He wishes he didn't know, but he does know subconsciously, and he wishes he could let this person go, but he can't because of love.

    He knows that he is holding onto nothing, and that the relationship will end soon (e.g., sometimes this sweet life feels like
    it's never been as bad as it is tomorrow), but he feels that this person must be the one to decide to end it because he can't.

    He wishes he could find a sure and simple way to reach this person, to force them to make a decision between him and the other person they are in love with, or simply to make a decision to let him go (i.e., like the Biblical reference Enid mentioned, where like King Solomon suggested cutting a baby in two when two women came fighting over who's baby it really was, forcing the true mother to reveal her identity by thinking of the best interest of the baby and letting the baby go).
    Fantasticfolkon January 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI can't be the only person who loves this song, right? I'm not really a huge Pernice Brothers fan, but this song is absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Best and most interesting use of a biblical reference I've heard in years. The doubled backing vocals, the imagery, the way the drums stop and start at exactly the right moments--all perfect.
    EnidCaulfieldon March 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe divorce.
    That's just a guess though, it fits the lyrics.

    Like how it shifts from "Holding onto something when you should just let go." to "Holding onto nothing when you should just let go." is saying something. "Cut the baby in two" as well, for obvious reasons.

    Just a guess though.
    DiePolizeion December 29, 2007   Link

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