I drew a picture of you
You and your anchor tattoo
And saw the face that I knew
Covered in shame

You drew a bird that was here
A kind of sweet chanticleer
But with a terrible fear
That the cage couldn't tame

That's how I knew this story would break my heart–
When you wrote it
That's how I knew this story would break my heart

So, like a ghost in the snow
I'm getting ready to go
'Cause, baby, that's all I know–
How to open the door

And though the exit is crude
It saves me coming unglued
For when you're not in the mood
For the gloves and the canvas floor

That's how I knew this story would break my heart–
When you wrote it
That's how I knew this story would break my heart

That's how I knew this story would break my heart–
When you wrote it
That's how I knew this story would break my heart


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    General CommentBeautiful.
    torrance21on August 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI pluck the willow of sorrow
    A gulf divides us and there is no fairy bridge to carry me across
    I weep along
    Sadness sits on the grass
    I sing the story but I am heavy with sorrow
    She hears a flute afar—she shivers
    Dreaming a man sings to her of his love
    Dreaming a man’s hand is opening her robe
    Loyal but in despair
    I begin my journey of exile
    I played my flute to the summer moon
    But the moon soon veiled itself with cloud
    I decided to drown myself
    Fierce desire pulls me back
    Our world cares only for un-enchanted things
    Never listens to my song …
    We stand hand in hand
    We stand without talking
    We stand with tears
    Everything is fog and water

    All the same, my late chrysanthemums are in bloom
    Gaze at them—their hot colors will re-warm your heart

    [paraphrased poetry]
    sillybunnyon September 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is part of Aimee Mann's concept album about John and Caroline, two lovers who meet at a fair and follow a tumultuous affair through addiction and despair. This song represents the part where Caroline realies that it's finally over and there's nothing left to do but leave.
    Oxytoneon October 02, 2006   Link

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