You used to love a lot of things
You used to love talking
This you never told me about
If it's what your eyes were saying
I already figured it out
I could just tell it was bad
I couldn't tell how bad
You never took off your shades
And you stayed like that for days
I guess your pain never weakened
Your cool blood started burning
Scorching most of us in the flames
But there are things you can't change
There are things you can't change
You called that the curse of a human's life
That you couldn't change
Said you'd never be old enough
Or young enough
Tall enough
Or thin enough
Or smart enough
Or brave enough
Rich enough
Pretty enough
Strong enough
Good enough
Well you were to us
You wanted silence by itself
Just the word
You wanted peace by itself
Just to learn
There were things you couldn't change
You got the dull pounding rain
You got the last car in the long desert train
You almost made it
You almost made it again

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    General CommentMy guess is that this is about the suicide of a friend.
    Troglodyteon October 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favourite songs of all time from anyone ever.

    I love Jason Molina’s songs so deeply and the impact they have on me is entirely unique and absolutely profound. The way the lyrics touch me is less like a story and more like a haunting. I’m left feeling in the presence of something I completely understand and identify with, but with no ability whatsoever to articulate the experience or any language (or ambition) to decipher the lyric’s intended meaning.
    tommyraindogson November 17, 2013   Link

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