Oh God, would I give her up to him
If she told me he was better
And that I didn't have the chance
That he did to impress her

Does she test me, does she know
That I would sooner turn and go
Than fight another, if that is what she have me do

And would she stop and hold me near
If she could see the future here
Would hold me if she held me to her too

I would not fight with hands or words
Another man – no, that's absurd
Or would I end what victory betray me

Or is that what she's waiting on
A-pounding down one standing man
To kiss her in a blood embrace of victory

Or would I give her up at all
Because I know it could not be better
To live without what she provides
When we're alone and I undress her

Does she test me, does she know
That I would never turn and go
But fight another, if that's what she'd have me do

Woman : Charlie... I've been with another man ...
Aren't you gonna say anything?
You're just gonna sit there?
Oh Charlie, I didn't know when you were coming back
Or if you ever would.
I tell you the men around here don't respect anything
If I told you all the guys that called me up...
And then Cliff... He didn't make a pass at me.
I mean he didn't even... do it at all, Charlie
I knew what he wanted, but...
he never did anything about it.
And then it just seemed like the two of us just had to.

Charlie : I don't think I'm up for any more of this.
Why don't you go to bed ? I'll work this all out.

Woman : What are you gonna do ?

Charlie : I'm just gonna sit here

Or is that what she's waiting on
A-pounding down one standing man
To kiss her in a blood embrace of victory


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    General CommentI love this band usually, but not such a fan of this song. I don't know what it is exactly, maybe it just holds no relavence to my life. I don't know, thoughts?
    LeslieAnnLevineon February 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat movie is that quote from?
    FallSemester_on March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe quote is film noir for sure. I think that it might be the Blue Dahlia, or something similar.
    amberoon January 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's from Rolling Thunder
    AKABloodbathon July 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHarrowing guitar! The meaning seems obvious, but that doesn't mean all that much with Will Oldham. A guy has lost his woman/love. and is agonzing over what it would take to get her back or hold her. It's self-absorbed, as many Will Oldham songs are, and I don't mean that as a criticism. The song, to me, expresses pain over the loss of a love. And a great deal of helplessness.
    interpretiveon October 29, 2007   Link

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