stopped by for the coffee and cake that you promised.
saw your porch light on.
saw your wire-haired terrier lazing on the lawn.
came right in through the front door.
went right down the main hall.
turned right into the kitchen.
there you were alright.
the moon was rising over bridlington.
and you had blood all over your hands.
someone was singing in the yard next door.
and you had blood all over your hands.

sat down on the kitchen floor.
looked up at you.
saw you smoothing down your skirt around your thighs.
wondered what good that was supposed to do.
and i saw you pull your hair back.
saw you messing with your earrings.
saw you trying to smile.
hey! you don't have to smile for me.
the moon was rising over bridlington.
and you had blood all over your hands.
something was cracking in the rafters of our house.
and you had blood all over your hands.
the moon was rising over bridlington.
the moon was rising over bridlington.
the moon was rising.


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    General CommentI think the song is about a woman who tried to kill herself. A friend so happens to come by "stop by for the coffee and cake that you promised" and she is in the kitchen bleeding from her wrists. the narrator of the songs instantly see what’s happening and sees that she needs help. the woman is embarrassed by someone seeing this "saw you messing with your earrings. saw you trying to smile. hey! you don't have to smile for me." and tries to make things seems ok. but they are not.
    lyssa821on November 27, 2009   Link
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    General Commentfor some reason i just love

    saw you trying to smile.
    hey! you don't have to smile for me.

    so much.
    shewouldnton July 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat's no weird.

    That's my favorite line in the song too.

    Anyway, I adore this song. It's amazing.

    Can't say I know what it's about though.
    a345jklon March 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsounds to me like she either hurt herself or someone else and she just doesn't really know what to do or who to turn to any more.
    mohawk1guyon November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCould be that she's the one who got hurt, and she's trying to put on a brave face to cover it up? Smoothing her skirt around her thighs, messing with her earrings, trying to smile... but the protagonist sees through the facade, as clear as blood on her hands.

    Something like that, anyway...
    collideron October 26, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"for some reason i just love

    saw you trying to smile.
    hey! you don't have to smile for me.

    so much."

    Me too. Emphatically.
    ABookOnAShelfon February 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIn my opinion, the song is about the singer walking on his wife who is cheating on him. He has "caught her red-handed". That's why she's trying to "fix her skirt"
    Alexdmkon July 14, 2009   Link

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