"Keepsake" as written by and Glen James/macconiomaire Hansard....
Maybe its all we can't take
Keeps us always returning
I'm keeping this as a keepsake
And everything else I'm burning

And maybe its cause you can't wait
Keeps you always regretting
I'm keeping this as a keepsake
And everything else forgetting

When were down, down, down,
All the way
Can we run away.

And maybe it cause I can't say
Keeps you always believing

And maybe it's cause you can't say
Keeps me always believing
I'll give you this as a keepsake
And right after that I'm leaving

And maybe its all we can't take
Keeps us always returning
I'll give you this as a keepsake
And everything else I'm burning..

I can't sleep..

Their hunting me down like an insect
Chasing me down like an insect
Crushing me down like an insect
Stamping me out like an insect
Running me down like an insect


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"Keepsake" as written by Glen Hansard Colm Macconiomaire

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    General CommentGlen says this song is about that feeling whereby everything is wrong and the past "hunts you down like an insect".

    And you just want to burn everything (in the metaphorical sense of course - to burn is to destroy leaving no trace) that's gone before, all of your memories, and mistakes, and all of the mementos, both physical and mental, that we carry through life - taking only the good thoughts with you as a keepsake - and starting all over again.

    The album's title - Burn The Maps - comes from the sentiment behind this song too.

    According to Glen "sometimes in life, to get anywhere, you have to burn the maps that showed you the way there, and just become lost again."

    To just start all over again with no history or memories of how you got to the mess you're in now.
    niteflite01on December 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think that is soo true!love the song, so calm,makes me think about life
    sparkly_121on March 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThanks for the info, niteflite.
    Revirescoon October 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCan anyone tell me what he's saying at 3.13? It sounds like ummm, mum, mud. And then he says "can't sleep". It's bothering me.
    oreomonon January 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOr perhaps it's "burn"?
    oreomonon January 22, 2010   Link

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